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CURRENT AFFAIRS: IMPORTANT DAYS

World Chocolate Day – Observed on July 07

  • World Chocolate Day, sometimes referred to as International Chocolate Days, is an annual celebration of chocolate, occurring globally on July 7.
  • The observance of World Chocolate Day dates back to 2009 and some suggest July 7 in particular celebrates the introduction of chocolate to Europe in 1550.
  • The day is observed to celebrate chocolate, and lovers of chocolate around the world enjoy different kinds of chocolates on this day.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: NATIONAL NEWS

KVIC project ‘BOLD’ initiated to boost tribal income

  • A unique scientific exercise serving the combined national objectives of reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support has been initiated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
  • The project named “Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought” (BOLD) is the first of its kind exercise in India which was launched from the tribal village NichlaMandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
  • 5000 saplings of special bamboo speciesBambusaTulda and BambusaPolymorpha specially brought from Assam – have been planted over 25 bigha (16 acres approx) of vacant arid Gram Panchayat land.
  • KVIC has thus created a world record of planting the highest number of bamboo saplings on a single day at one location.

About the Project:

  • Project BOLD, which seeks to create bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid land zones, is aligned with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s call for reducing land degradation and preventing desertification in the country.
  • The initiative has been launched as part of KVIC’s “Khadi Bamboo Festival” to celebrate 75 years of independence “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”.
  • KVIC is set to replicate the Project at Village Dholera in Ahmedabad district in Gujarat and Leh-Ladakh region by August this year.
  • Total 15,000 bamboo saplings will be planted before August 21.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: STATE NEWS

J&K introduced Geotagged photographs through ‘PROOF’ mobile app

  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory Administration accorded sanction to uploading of Geotagged photographs through ‘PROOF’ (Photographic Record of On-site Facility) mobile application while preferring bills in the concerned Treasuries against the budget allotted through BEAMS application.
  • The necessary training and hand-holding will be immediately provided to all the DDOs enabling them to upload photographs through this application from 15th of this month.
  • The ‘PROOF’ application will be available for downloading on the BEAMS Portal.

About J&K:

  • Jammu and Kashmir was a state of India from 1954 to 2019, constituting the southern and southeastern portion of the larger Kashmir region, which has been the subject of a dispute between India, Pakistan and China since the mid-20th century. 
  • The state of Jammu and Kashmir was accorded special status by Article 370 of the Constitution of India.
  • At the same time, a reorganization act was also passed, which would reconstitute the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. 
  • The reorganization took effect from 31 October 2019.
  • Capital: Jammu(winter), Srinagar(Summer)
  • Lieutenant Governor: Manoj Sinha
  • National Parks: Dachigam National Park, Salim Ali National Park, Kazinag National Park, Kishtwar High Altitude National Park.

Odisha state govt approves five major industrial projects

  • The Odisha Government has approved five major industrial projects giving a big push to the steel production capacity of the state.
  • This will almost double the state’s capacity to 58 million tonnes per annum from the current 30 million tonnes.
  • These projects worth over 1.4 lakh crore rupees were approved by the State High-Level Clearance Authority chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. 

These projects include the expansion of five major existing steel projects in the state namely:

  • Tata Steel in Jajpur,
  • Bhushan Power and Steel in Sambalpur,
  • Jindal Steel and Power in Angul and
  • Rungta Mines Limited’s steel projects in Keonjhar and Dhenkanal districts.
  • These extended projects will ensure a capacity addition by 28 million tonnes per annum which will further zoom in on the state’s dream to achieve 100 million tonnes steel production capacity by the year 2030 which was a rock-bottom two million tonnes in the year 2000.

About Odisha:

  • Odisha (formerly Orissa), an eastern Indian state on the Bay of Bengal, is known for its tribal cultures and its many ancient Hindu temples.
  • The capital, Bhubaneswar, is home to hundreds of temples, notably the intricately-carved Mukteshvara.
  • The Lingaraj Temple complex, dating to the 11th century, is set around sacred Bindusagar Lake.
  • The Odisha State Museum is focused on the area’s history and environment.
  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik
  • National Parks: Similipal National Park, Bhitarkanika National Park.

Rajasthan: NTCA approved conversion of Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary into fourth tiger reserve 

  • National Tiger Conservation Authority, NTCA, has approved the conversion of the Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary in Rajasthan’s Bundi district into the fourth tiger reserve in the state.
  • According to the 2018 tiger census, there are 102 tigers in three reservesRanthambore Tiger Reserve in Sawai Madhopur, Sariska Tiger Reserve in Alwar and Mukundra Hills Tiger Reserve in Kota – in the state.
  • The proposal for converting the Ramgarh Vishdhary Sanctuary, which is spread across 1,071 square kilometres, into a tiger reserve was recently approved by the National Tiger Conservation Authority’s technical committee.
  • The NTCA is now expected to send a committee to review the Bundi sanctuary.
  • Tigers from Ranthambore can only be translocated to the new sanctuary after the NTCA’s approval.
  • Upgrading the sanctuary would resolve the space crunch at Ranthambore reserve.

About Rajasthan:

  • Rajasthan is a state in northern India.
  • The state covers an area of 342,239 square kilometres or 10.4 percent of the total geographical area of India.
  • It is the largest Indian state by area and the seventh largest by population.
  • Capital: Jaipur
  • Governor: Kalraj Mishra
  • Chief Minister: Ashok Gehlot
  • National Parks: Keoladeo National Park, Ranthambore National Park,

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BANKING NEWS

PayU partners with WooCommerce 

  • PayU, India’s leading online payment solutions provider, has partnered with WooCommerce, an open-source, customizable e-commerce platform, to enable WooCommerce merchants with digital payments infrastructure, and end-to-end digitalization of business processes.
  • The partnership will offer merchants exclusive pricing on transactions, no hidden charges, and contactless payment solutions to scale growth and profitability.
  • PayU accelerates SMB digitalization by providing 100 percent online and hassle-free onboarding, zero set up charge, smooth check-in & checkout, 100+ local payments options, real-time tracking and business monitoring on the go.

Benefits of the partnership:

  • Merchants can accept payments across 100+ payment options, including UPI, wallets, credit and debit cards, leading to a best-in-class payment experience.
  • With a powerful business dashboard, merchants can monitor transactions, settlements, and cash flow across all payment methods on the PayU platform.
  • Other value-added features such as receiving same-day settlements, refunds, bulk payouts, international card payments & EMI options will boost business growth.

About PayU:

  • PayU is a fintech company that provides payment technology to online merchants.
  • The company was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Hoofddorp, Netherlands.
  • It allows online businesses to accept and process payments through payment methods that can be integrated with web and mobile applications.
  • CEO: Laurent le Moa

About WooCommerce:

  • WooCommerce is an open-source e-commerce plugin for WordPress.
  • It is designed for small to large-sized online merchants using WordPress.
  • Launched on September 27, 2011, the plugin quickly became popular for its simplicity to install and customize and for the market position of the base product as freeware.
  • Original author(s)Mike Jolley, James Koster

Paytm unveiled ‘Postpaid Mini’- small ticket loan product

  • Paytm announced the launch of Postpaid Mini, a need-based and consumption-based credit for users to help them manage their household finances.
  • This product is an extension of its Buy Now, Pay Later service targeted at users who don’t have a credit score.
  • Bhavesh Gupta, CEO, Paytm Lending  stated, “The idea behind launching this product is to give an opportunity to a wider section of people to experience credit with smaller ticket size loans and learn fiscal discipline”.

About Paytm:

  • Paytm (a partial abbreviation for “pay through mobile”) is an Indian digital payment system and financial technology company, based in Noida.
  • Paytm is currently available in 11 Indian languages and offers online use-cases like mobile recharges, utility bill payments, travel, movies, and events bookings as well as in-store payments at grocery stores, fruits and vegetable shops, restaurants, parking, tolls, pharmacies and educational institutions with the Paytm QR code.
  • As of January 2018, Paytm is valued at $10 billion.
  • CEO: Vijay Shekhar Sharma

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT AND RESIGNATION NEWS

President appointed new Governors for eight states

  • President Ram Nath Kovind appointed eight new governors giving them charge of administration of new states.
  • While many were transferred, others were new appointments.
  • P.S. Sreedharan Pillai, Governor of Mizoram, was transferred and appointed as Governor of Goa.
  • Satyadev Narayan Arya, Governor of Haryana is transferred and appointed as Governor of Tripura.
  • Ramesh Bais, Governor of Tripura is transferred and appointed as Governor of Jharkhand.
  • Bandaru Dattatraya, Governor of Himachal Pradesh is transferred and appointed as Governor of Haryana.
  • However, Thaawarchand Gehlot, who currently serves as Cabinet Minister, has been appointed as Governor of Karnataka.
  • Besides, Member of Parliament to the 16th Lok Sabha from Visakhapatnam Hari Babu Kambhampati has been appointed as Governor of Mizoram.
  • Gujarat Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel as Governor of Madhya Pradesh and former Speaker of Goa Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar as Governor of Himachal Pradesh.

List of Appointed Governors:

Governor Name State
P.S. Sreedharan Pillai Goa
Satyadev Narayan Arya Tripura
Ramesh Bais Jharkhand
Bandaru Dattatraya Haryana
Thaawarchand Gehlot Karnataka
Hari Babu Kambhampati Mizoram
Mangubhai Chhaganbhai Patel Madhya Pradesh
Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar Himachal Pradesh

 

Lt Gen Madhuri Kanitkar labelled as new Vice-Chancellor of MUHS

  • Lt. Gen. Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar, Deputy Chief, Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) in the Ministry of Defence, has been named the new Vice-Chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik.
  • The announcement by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, who is also the Chancellor of the state’s universities, said Lt. Gen. Kanitkar’s appointment will be for five years, or till she attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier.

About MHUS:

  • Maharashtra University of Health Sciences is a higher education institution in Nashik, Maharashtra, India.
  • The health university covers the entire state.
  • The colleges of the deemed universities are within the same area of MUHS though they are not affiliated to MUHS as they are part of the deemed university.
  • Both function within the geographical area of the state of Maharashtra.

Nitin Gadkari became “Brand Ambassador” of Khadi Prakritk Paint  

  • Road Transport and Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari declared that he is “brand ambassador” of Khadi Prakritk Paint and noted that he would promote it across the country so as to encourage young entrepreneurs to take up the manufacturing of cow dung paint.
  • Virtually inaugurating the new automated manufacturing unit of Khadi Prakritik Paint, India’s first and only paint made from cow dung, in Jaipur, the minister appreciated the technology innovation and said this would go a long way in empowering the rural and agro-based economy in the country.
  • Gadkari stated inaugurating infrastructure projects worth lakhs of crores of rupees is not as pleasing and satisfying as inaugurating this manufacturing unit.
  • He lauded Khadi and Village Industries Commission for the successful research.

About Khadi Prakritik Paint:

  • Khadi Prakritik Paint was conceptualized by KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena in March last year and has been developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).
  • The paint is said to be free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium, etc.
  • The “Khadi Prakritik Paint” is a first-of-its-kind product based on cow dung as its main ingredient.
  • It is cost-effective as well as odourless and has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Neha Parikh appointed as CEO of ‘Waze’

  • Neha Parikh, the former Indian-American president of the travel website Hotwire, has been appointed as the new CEO of Waze, a crowd-sourced navigation app and a subsidiary of tech giant Google.
  • Neha, a board member of the online used car retailer Carvana, replaced Noam Bardin, who stepped down in November as the CEO after leading the Israeli company for 12 years.

About Waze:

  • Waze is a GPS navigation software app and a subsidiary of Google.
  • It works on smartphones and tablet computers that have GPS support.
  • It provides turn-by-turn navigation information and user-submitted travel times and route details, while downloading location-dependent information over a mobile telephone network.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Korean Air bags “2021 Airline of the Year” Award

  • South Korea’s national flag carrier Korean Air has been named the airline of the year by aviation publication Air Transport World.
  • The Seoul-based airline was chosen by an independent board of ATW and Aviation Week Networks editors and analysts for its leadership and ability to stay profitable throughout last year despite the industry’s unprecedented crisis during the pandemic.
  • This award is a tribute to our employees for their dedication, sacrifices and loyalty, especially during the tumultuous past year”.

About Korean AIR:

  • Korean Air Co., Ltd., operating as Korean Air, is the largest airline and flag carrier of Korea based on fleet size, international destinations and international flights.
  • CEO: Cho Won-tae
  • Headquarters: Seoul, South Korea

About the Award:

  • The World Airline Awards from Skytrax are coveted Quality accolades for the airline industry, and a global benchmark of airline excellence.’
  • Skytrax presents awards annually to airports and airlines that it considers noteworthy in their performance.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: PERSONS IN NEWS

Sirisha Bandla became 2nd Indian woman to fly into space

  • Sirisha Bandla was the second Indian-origin woman to head to space as part of Virgin SpaceShip Unity on July 11.
  • Andhra Pradesh-born Bandla will be one of the six space travellers aboard ‘VSS Unity’ of Virgin Galactic, scheduled to take off from New Mexico alongside the company’s founder Richard Branson.
  • The Telugu woman from Andhra’s Guntur district who was brought up in Houston will become the second India-born woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla.
  • Rakesh Sharma and Sunita Williams were the other Indians who went into space prior to Bandla.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Minister Of Ayush Launches 5 Important Portals On Ayush Sector

  • On July 05, 2021, Union Minister of Ayush (IC) Shri Kiran Rijiju launched five portals of importance and four publications were released Virtually.
  • The Minister launched CTRI portal pertinent to Ayurveda Dataset along with AMAR, RMIS, SAHI and e-Medha portals.
  • Those four publications related to the Traditional Indian Medicine System of India.

About Portals:

  • Ayurveda Dataset on Clinical Trial Registry of India- CTRI is a primary Register of Clinical Trials under the world health Organization’s International Clinical Trials Registry Platform.
  • Creation of Ayurveda Data Set in CTRI facilitates the usage of Ayurveda Terminologies to record clinical study based on Ayurveda interventions.
  • This is a great step towards a worldwide visibility for Ayurveda based Clinical Trials.
  • CCRAS-Research Management Information System- A collaborative effort of ICMR and CCRAS, this portal will be a one stop solution for Research and Development in Ayurveda based studies.
  • Free of cost research guidance by experienced Scientists, Clinicians of Ayurveda can be availed through this portal. Research tools, reference material are also in place in this portal.
  • E-Medha (electronic Medical Heritage Accession) Portal- Online public access catalog for more than 12000 Indian medical heritage books through NIC’s e-granthalaya platform.
  • AMAR (Ayush Manuscripts Advanced Repository) Portal– This Portal is of immense value and it has digitized information on rare and hard to find Manuscripts and catalogues of Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa in libraries or in individual collections across India or in other parts of the world.
  • SHAI (Showcase of Ayurveda Historical Imprints) Portals– This portal showcases inscriptions, Archeo-botanical Information, Sculptures, Philological sources and advanced Archeo Genetic studies.
  • This portal will be of tremendous use in understanding of Indian Knowledge system with a focus on indigenous health care practices.

Four publications were also released by the Ministry of Ayush.

  • Proceedings of International workshop on Preservation and Promotion of SOWA-RIGPA in Asia
  • Compendium of Important Cereals mentioned in Ayurveda-Series-1, volume-1
  • Ayurveda Sangraha: An important classical textbook of Ayurveda which is mentioned in the Schedule 1 of Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. Up till now this book was available in Bengali language. Now it has been transliterated to Devanagari Script.
  • PathapathyaVinishcaya– An important book of Ayurveda and has details of diet and lifestyle.

About Ministry of Ayush :

  • It Includes  Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa-Rigpa and Homoeopathy
  • Founded: 9 November 2014
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Officeholder: Shripad Naik

Note :

  • In May 2019, Rijiju became Minister of State for Youth Affairs and Sports and Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Tokyo Olympics: Mary Kom, Manpreet Singh to be India’s flag-bearers 

  • On July 05, 2021, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced Mary Kom, the six-time world boxing champion, and Manpreet Singh, the men’s hockey team skipper, will be India’s flag-bearers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Bajrang Punia, a silver medallist at the 2018 World Wrestling Championships, will be the flag-bearer at the closing ceremony on August 8.
  • This is for the first time that India will have two flag-bearers, one male and one female, at Olympics Games, to ensure “gender parity”.
  • Around 126 athletes are taking part in the Tokyo Olympics Games, comprising 56 percent male and 44 percent female athletes.

About Mary Kom :

  • Mary Kom had been ranked as the world’s No. 1 female light-flyweight by the International Boxing Association .
  • In March 2017, the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, appointed Mary Kom along with Akhil Kumar as national observers for boxing.
  • On 24 November 2018, she created history by becoming the first woman to win 6 World Championships.
  • In October 2019, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) named her as a female representative of boxing’s athlete ambassadors group for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

Achievements :

  • For Boxing, In 2003, Mary Kom received Arjuna award, highest sporting honour of India.
  • In 2006, She received the Fourth Highest Civilian award in the republic of India, Padma Shri.
  • In 2009, She awarded highest sporting honour of the Republic of India Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna 
  • In 2013, She received the third-highest civilian award in the Republic of India, Padma Bhushan.
  • She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India’s second highest civilian award, in 2020.

About Manpreet Singh :

  • Manpreet Singh was named Asia’s Junior Player of the Year in 2014.
  • He was named in the Indian squad for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
  • He was awarded 2019 Men’s FIH Player of the Year Awards.

Note :

  • The Tokyo Olympics is scheduled to be held from July 23 to August 8. 

About Indian Olympic Association :

  • President: Narayana Ramachandran
  • Chief : Narinder Batra
  • Founded: 1927
  • Secretary General: Rajeev Mehta
  • Founders: Arthur Noehren, Harry Buck

Women’s Speed Chess Championship: Hou Yifan Wins 2021 FIDE Chess.com

  • Grand Master Hou Yifan won the FIDE Chess.com Women’s Speed Chess Championship.
  • She defeated GM Harika Dronavalli from India by 15-13.

About Hou Yifan :

  • Hou Yifan is a Chinese chess grandmaster
  • She is a four time Women’s World Chess Champion.
  • Hou clinched the $20,000 first prize in a tight match where she won the final two bullet games.
  • She is the youngest female player ever to qualify for the title of grandmaster.
  • Also, she is the youngest ever to win the Women’s World Chess Championship
  • She achieved the titles of Woman FIDE Master in January 2004, Woman Grandmaster in January 2007, and Grandmaster in August 2008.
  • Hou is the third woman ever to be rated among the world’s top 100 players, after Maia Chiburdanidze and Judit Polgár.
  • As of May 2021, she is the No. 1 ranked woman in the world.
  • She was named in the BBC’s 100 Women programme in 2017.

About Harika Dronavalli :

  • Harika Dronavalli has won three bronze medals in the Women’s World Chess Championship, in 2012, 2015 and 2017.
  • Dronavalli was honored with the Arjuna Award for the year 2007–08 by the government of India.
  • In 2019, she was awarded the Padma Shri for her contributions towards the field of sports.

About FIDE :

  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Founded: 20 July 1924, Paris, France
  • President: Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Levon Aronian wins Goldmoney Asian Rapid   

  • Levon Aronian became the winner of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid chess tournament held in virtually.
  • The Armenian grandmaster defeated the Russian chess player Vladislav Artemiev.
  • He will receive a $ 30,000 prize for winning first place.

About Goldmoney Asian Rapid :

  • Goldmoney Asian Rapid is the 7th round of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour organized by Magnus Carlsen. 
  • The total prize fund is 1.6 million dollars, Goldmoney Asian Rapid – 100 thousand dollars.

About Levon Aronian :

  • Aronian won the FIDE World Cup in 2005 and 2017. 
  • He was awarded the title of Honoured Master of Sport of the Republic of Armenia in 2009. 
  • In 2012, he was awarded the Order of St. Mesrop Mashtots.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES

Bollywood Legendary Actor Dilip Kumar Passes Away 

  • On July 07, 2021, Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar passed away.
  • He was 98.

About Dilip Kumar :

  • He was popularly known as the tragedy king of Bollywood.
  • He was last seen in the 1998 film Qila.
  • Dilip Kumar made his Hindi film debut in 1944 with the movie ‘Jwar Bhata’. In a career spanning over six decades.
  • The legendary actor played prominent roles in several classic Hindi language films in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Some of these films include Mughal-E-Azam, Devdas, Naya Daur, Ganga Jumna, Ram aur Shyam, and others.
  • Dilip Kumar was nominated as a member of the Rajya Sabha.

Achievements :

  • He was the first actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor in 1954.
  • For his outstanding contribution to Indian Cinema, he was awarded the prestigious Padma Bhushan award in 1991.
  • He was honoured with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993.
  • Kumar was bestowed with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994.
  • The Government of Andhra Pradesh honoured Kumar with NTR National Award in 1997.
  • In 1998, Government of Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz.
  • Till 2000s Kumar was the only actor to have won 8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards.
  • He was honoured with CNN-IBN Lifetime Achievement Award in 2009.
  • In 2015, he received India’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan, for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

Director of ‘Superman’ Richard Donner, Passes away

  • On July 05, 2021, Hollywood director and producer, Richard Donner, Passed away.
  • He was 91.

About Richard Donner :

  • In 1976, The Omen became his first major hit.
  • Donner is best known for the Lethal Weapon series, and the original Superman film featuring Christopher Reeve.
  • Some of his Popular movies are Superman (1978), Maverick(1994), Conspiracy Theory(1997).
  • Donner’s first feature film was X-15 (1961).
  • Donner became the executive producer for the 2000 Marvel Comics film X-Men, then also an executive producer for the 2009 X-Men prequel, X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Achievements :

  • In 2000, he received the President’s Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
  • In 2008, he received, Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • In 2009, he got Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year Award.

 

Daily CA On July 06 :

  • World Zoonoses Daycommemorates the work of French biologist Louis Pasteur; on 6 July 1885, Pasteur successfully administered the first vaccine against rabies, a zoonotic disease. This year’s World Zoonoses Day theme is “Let’s Break the Chain of Zoonotic Transmission”.
  • The Health Ministry has launched COVID GuruKool, an informational video series on its social media platforms. It is aimed at disseminating authentic information on COVID-19 pandemic and it’s vaccination program.
  • Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), Ministry of Commerce and Industry has initiated a project on Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC). The task has been assigned to the Quality Council of India (QCI).
  • During his four-day visit to the UK and Italy, Indian Army Chief Manoj Naravane will inaugurate the Indian Army Memorial at Cassino in Italy, about 140 km away from Rome. The memorial commemorates over 3,100 Commonwealth servicemen who took part in the effort to liberate Italy in World War II.
  • Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant announced that the Government is now launching Tika Utsav 1.2 from 5th July, which will emphasize on the administration of the 2nd dose of vaccine to those who have completed 84 days.
  • Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha launched a golf training academy here and said the Jammu and Kashmir administration has made the sport accessible to the common man and it is no longer a game of the elite only. The academy was launched at the Kashmir Golf Club.
  • The Maharashtra government is planning to appoint “Marathi language officers” to increase use of state language at the district level to address complaints that the Marathi language is not being used properly in administrative activities, minister Subhash Desai mentioned in the Legislative Council, July 5.
  • Digital payments platform PhonePe  stated it has partnered withFlipkart to enable pay-on-delivery service for the e-commerce major’s orders. PhonePe’s dynamic QR code solution will enable customers who earlier opted for ‘cash on delivery’ to pay digitally through any UPI app at the time of delivery.
  • Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) has become the second most-valued listed public sector bank (PSB) with a market capitalization of over Rs 50,000 crore.
  • NABARD has sanctioned an assistance of Rs 388 crore for Odisha under the Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF) for setting up four mega piped drinking water supply projects. The sanctioned amount would also be used for construction or up-gradation of 20 village roads across 15 districts in the state.
  • Veteran advocate Kalyan Narayan Bhattacharjee has been appointed as the new Lokayukta in Tripura. He has been appointed to the post for three years with effect from July 1.
  • Airtel Business, the B2B unit of Bharti Airtel (Airtel), India’s premier communications solutions provider, has announced the appointment of Harish Laddha as CEO, Emerging Business. Harish will report to Ajay Chitkara, Director and CEO, Airtel Business.
  • French tyre major Michelin stated it has appointed Gaganjot Singh as the President of Africa, India and the Middle East region.
  • Azhar Maqsusi, a social activist from the city, whose initiativeHunger Has No Religion’ by Sani Welfare Foundation feeds about 1,500 people every day in five cities across the country was granted the United Kingdom Commonwealth Points of Light Award
  • A short film titled Monks on Mission made by a team of young monks at ISKCON Gurugram won the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 24th monthly season of Tagore International Film Festival (TIFF). The film has been automatically nominated for the prestigious Sun of the East Award, and is based on the Covid-aid programme initiated by ISKCON temple at Gurugram in the second wave.
  • The Ministry of Tourism has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with Com to strengthen the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. The primary objective of this MoU is to provide extensive visibility to accommodation units, which have self-certified themselves on System for Assessment, Awareness and Training for the Hospitality Industry- SAATHI on the OTA platform.
  • On July 05, 2021, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addressed the CoWin Global Conclave virtual meet of representatives from 142 countries.
  • On July 02, 2021, The Central Government launched 6 technology innovation platforms that will focus on the development of technologies for globally competitive manufacturing in India.
  • On July 12, 2021, Author Kavitha Rao’s new book titled Lady Doctors: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine will be released. The book will be published by Amazon-backed Westland Books.
  • A biography of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse will be titled ‘Nathuram Godse: The True Story of Gandhi’s Assassin Authored by Mumbai-based journalist Dhaval Kulkarni will be released in 2022. The book will be published by Pan Macmillan India.
  • On July 01, 2021, Norwegian star Karsten Warholm broke the 400m men’s hurdles world record, by clocking 46.7 seconds at the Bislett Games in Oslo.
  • On July 04, 2021, Max Verstappen won the 2021 Austrian Grand Prix. In second place was Mercedes-Benz AMG’s Valtteri Bottas followed by Lando Norris. This is the 3rd Consecutive & fifth win of Verstappen in the 2021 Formula One season.
  • On July 02, 2021, Top para high-jumper Mariyappan Thangavelu was named the flag-bearer of the Indian contingent in the Tokyo Paralympics.

Daily CA On July 07 :

  • World Chocolate Day, sometimes referred to as International Chocolate Days, is an annual celebration of chocolate, occurring globally on July 7.
  • A unique scientific exercise serving the combined national objectives of reducing desertification and providing livelihood and multi-disciplinary rural industry support has been initiated by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).  The project named “Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought” (BOLD) is the first of its kind exercise in India which was launched from the tribal village NichlaMandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
  • In Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory Administration accorded sanction to uploading of Geotagged photographs through ‘PROOF’ (Photographic Record of On-site Facility) mobile application while preferring bills in the concerned Treasuries against the budget allotted through BEAMS application.
  • The Odisha Government has approved five major industrial projects giving a big push to the steel production capacity of the state.
  • National Tiger Conservation Authority, NTCA, has approved the conversion of the Ramgarh Vishdhari Sanctuary in Rajasthan’s Bundi district into the fourth tiger reserve in the state.
  • PayU, India’s leading online payment solutions provider, has partnered with WooCommerce, an open-source, customizable e-commerce platform, to enable WooCommerce merchants with digital payments infrastructure, and end-to-end digitalization of business processes.
  • Paytm announced the launch of Postpaid Mini, a need-based and consumption-based credit for users to help them manage their household finances.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind appointed eight new governors giving them charge of administration of new states.
  • Lt. Gen. Dr. Madhuri Kanitkar, Deputy Chief, Integrated Defence Staff (Medical) in the Ministry of Defence, has been named the new Vice-Chancellor of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS), Nashik.
  • Road Transport and Highways and MSME Nitin Gadkari declared that he is “brand ambassador” of Khadi Prakritk Paint and noted that he would promote it across the country so as to encourage young entrepreneurs to take up the manufacturing of cow dung paint.
  • Neha Parikh, the former Indian-American president of the travel website Hotwire, has been appointed as the new CEO of Waze, a crowd-sourced navigation app and a subsidiary of tech giant Google.
  • South Korea’s national flag carrier Korean Air has been named the airline of the year by aviation publication Air Transport World.
  • Sirisha Bandla was the second Indian-origin woman to head to space as part of Virgin SpaceShip Unity on July 11.
  • On July 05, 2021, Union Minister of Ayush (IC) Shri Kiran Rijiju launched five portals of importance and four publications were released Virtually.
  • On July 05, 2021, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) announced Mary Kom, the six-time world boxing champion, and Manpreet Singh, the men’s hockey team skipper, will be India’s flag-bearers at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics.
  • Grand Master Hou Yifan won the FIDE Chess.com Women’s Speed Chess Championship. She defeated GM Harika Dronavalli from India by 15-13.
  • Levon Aronian became the winner of the Goldmoney Asian Rapid chess tournament held in virtually. The Armenian grandmaster defeated the Russian chess player Vladislav Artemiev.
  • On July 07, 2021, Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar passed away.
  • On July 05, 2021, Hollywood director and producer, Richard Donner, Passed away.

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