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Contents

Month Highlights: July 2016

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July 1, 2016

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Antarctic ozone hole is starting to heal: Scientists

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Argentina women s team wins 2016 Champions Trophy title of Hockey

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Union Government enhances Financial Powers of Ministries, Departments

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World Bank, ISA sign agreement for India s solar-energy program

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About International Solar Alliance (ISA)

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Union Railway Ministry launches Nivaran portal, an online grievance redressal system

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Union HRD Ministry launches Prashikshak, an online teacher education portal

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Eminent Marathi literary scholar RC Dhere passes away

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About Dr. R C Dhere

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India s rst integrated Defence Communication Network launched

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First squadron of LCA Tejas inducted into Indian Air Force

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About LCA Tejas

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1 July: National Doctors Day

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About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

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July 2, 3, 2016

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Amul to of cially sponsor Indian contingent at Rio Olympics 2016

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FSSAI inks MoU with ASCI to check misleading advertisements in food and beverages sector

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About Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) President Pranab Mukherjee presents BC Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 & 2010

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About BC Roy Awards

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Union Sports Ministry grants recognition to Paralympic Committee of India

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About Paralympic Committee of India (PCI)

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RIL, SBI ink Subscription and Shareholders Agreement for payments bank JV

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About Payments banks

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India ranks 105th in 2016 Human Capital Index

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About Human Capital Index

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Union Government launches National Green Highways Mission

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Kerala Government bans e-cigarettes

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High-speed OPV INS Tarasa launched by Indian Navy

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About INS Tarasa

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RIMPAC 2016: World s largest international maritime exercise kicks off

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About Rim of the Paci c (RIMPAC) Exercise

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India ranks 35th in 2016 Logistics Performance Index: World Bank Report

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July 4, 2016

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Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Austrian Grand Prix of F1

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India s rst Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre inaugurated in Chattisgarh

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1st meeting of BRICS Working Group on Energy Saving and Energy Ef ciency begins in Visakhapatnam

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Brexit: IMF warns of repercussions for global economy

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SBI

secures $625 million from World Bank for solar programm

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Second BRICS Youth Summit concludes in Guwahati

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Gurpreet Singh Sandhu becomes rst Indian footballer to play in Europa League

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About Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

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B Sai Praneeth wins 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton title

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July 5, 2016

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Sudarshan Sen appointed Executive Director of RBI

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About Sudarshan Sen

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Researchers build super-sensitive e-nose

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India to host meet of BRICS anti-narcotics heads

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JNPT becomes rst Indian port to implement logistics data tagging of containers

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About Radio-frequency identi cation (RFID)

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MV

Dhekane takes over as Director of IISU

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About M V Dhekane

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About ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU)

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NASA extends New Horizons mission

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About New Horizons

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About Kuiper belt

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19 new Ministers of State inducted in Union council of Ministers

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NASA s Juno spacecraft successfully begins orbit of Jupiter

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About Juno spacecraft

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July 6, 2016

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Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tanzania in the eld of Traditional Systems of

Medicine and Homeopathy

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Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan wins eight medals in 2016 IWAS World Games

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About Niranjan Mukundan

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Union Cabinet approves the High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016

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Union Cabinet Approves Interest Subvention Scheme for farmers for year 2016-17

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July

6: World Zoonoses Day

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About Zoonoses

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World s largest charkha unveiled at Delhi s IGI airport

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Union Cabinet approves setting up a Major port at Enayam near Colachel in Tamil Nadu

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Union Cabinet approves import of pulses through long-term contract with Mozambique

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Union Cabinet approves National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme

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SBI launches SBI Mingle, a social media banking platform

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TRAI launches Myspeed App to measure real time mobile internet speed

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July 7, 2016

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Rajasthan becomes rst state to introduce minimum wages for part time workers

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China inducts largest homegrown Y-20 military transport plane

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Union Government unveils National Mineral Exploration Policy

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India ranks 91st in 2016 Networked Readiness Index

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Cabinet Reshuf e: Cabinet Ministers and MoS portfolios

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Union Government constitute Shankar Acharya Committee to examine desirability and feasibility of new nancial year

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World famous Rath Yatra of Lord Jagannath begins

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Namami Gange projects for cleaning river Ganga launched

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About Namami Gange Programme (NGP)

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July 8, 2016

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Noted Music director Omi passes away

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About Omi

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South African writer Lidudumalingani wins 2016 Caine Prize

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About Caine Prize

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gives assent to Big Brother law

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Astronomers discover HD 131399Ab, planet with three suns

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India-Mozambique ink three agreements

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BRICS drug control meeting begins in New Delhi

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India, South Africa sign MoUs in four areas of co-operation

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India sets up apparel training centre in Kaduna, Nigeria

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Union Government launches KVK portal for monitoring of farm centres

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Kerala Government imposes 14.5 per cent fat tax on Junk Food

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July 9, 2016

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Nimi Sunilkumar wins Gourmand World Cookbook Award

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About Nimi Sunilkumar

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IUCN declares Bornean orangutan critically endangered

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About Bornean orangutan

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Union Government constitutes cyber cell to check online abuse and harassment of women

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Captain Radhika Menon: First woman to receive Exceptional Bravery award at Sea

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About Radhika Menon

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DRDO inks MoA with IITs for Centre for Propulsion Technology

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Pakistani philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away

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Security forces cannot use excessive force in AFSPA areas: Supreme Court

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July 10, 11, 2016

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Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 British Grand Prix of F1

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Winners of 2016 Wimbledon Championships of Tennis

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Tathagata Roy sworn-in as acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh

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About Tathagata Roy

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Second unit of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant gets operational

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About Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP)

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NBAGR confers rare and singular species genetic recognition tag to Kendrapara sheep

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About Kendrapara sheep

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Portugal wins 2016 UEFA European football championship

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India, Tanzania ink ve agreements

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First woman Chief Justice of Nepal Sushila Karki takes oath

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51st Jnanpith Award conferred on Gujarati writer Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari

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About Raghuveer Chaudhary

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About Jnanpith Award

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India, Kenya ink seven agreements to deepen and expand cooperation

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11 July: World Population Day

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July 12, 2016

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Sanjay Gupta appointed CMD of Konkan Railway Corporation

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About Sanjay Gupta

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About Konkan Railway Corporation (KRC)

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India s rst Centre of Excellence on Internet of Things launched in Bengaluru

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Union Government launches Intensi ed Diarrhoea Control Fortnight

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Mahindra Aerostructures bags supply contract from Airbus

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Pokhara-New Delhi direct bus service launched

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SBI inks MoU with IIT Bombay to promote startups in nancial sector

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July 13, 2016

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Bangladesh, India sign agreement for joint coal red power plant

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Indian Navy s Marine Commandos base INS Karna commissioned

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About MARCOS

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D Rajkumar appointed as CMD of BPCL

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SC orders restoration of Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh

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Union Government noti es AADHAR Act giving UIDAI legal basis

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China has no historic rights over South China Sea: Hague Tribunal

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Union Government Arvind Subramanian committee to tackle the shortage of pulses

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INS India, base depot ship of Indian Navy at New Delhi celebrates Platinum Jubilee

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About INS India

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Theresa May takes over as second woman Prime Minister of United Kingdom

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About Theresa May

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July 14, 2016

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Union Cabinet approves facilities extended to persons residing in India on Long Term Visa

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Union Cabinet approves revival of defunct Fertilizer Units in Gorakhpur, Sindri and Barauni

 

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Peru declares Zika emergency across northern half of the country

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About Zika virus

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CCEA approves disinvestment of 15% in NBCC

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About National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC)

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Union Cabinet approves the Revised Cost Estimate of Punatsangchhu-II Hydroelectric Project in

Bhutan

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Senior IPS of cer A K Patnaik appointed as CEO of NATGRID

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About National Intelligence grid (NATGRID)

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Union Government launches Operation Sankat Mochan to evacuate Indian citizens from South

Sudan

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Union Cabinet allocates Rs 12,000 crore to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

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About Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

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July 15, 2016

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KVR Murthy appointed as CMD of Jute Corporation of India Limited

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About Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCIL)

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Harika Dronavalli wins Fide Women s Grand Prix trophy of Chess

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About Harika Dronavalli

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India, ADB sign $100 Million Loan pact on Cauvery basin development

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About Asian Development Bank (ADB)

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Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi appointed as Chairman of CBSE

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About Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)

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DRDO successfully tests New Advanced Towed Artillery Artillery Gun System

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11th ASEM summit begins in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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About Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM)

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India certi ed Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free by WHO

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RBI sets up Sudarshan Sen-headed Working Group on Fin Tech and Digital Banking

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15 July: World Youth Skills Day

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July 16, 2016

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Tata Advanced Systems signs deal with Bell Helicopter

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About Tata Advanced Systems Limited (TASL)

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Union Government launches Transforming India website

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Lifeline Express: World s rst hospital on a train completes 25 years of service

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About Lifeline Express

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Madhya Pradesh becomes rst state to have Happiness Department

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Nalanda Mahavihara enters UNESCO s World Heritage Site list

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11th ASEM Summit issues Ulaanbaatar Declaration

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UNESCO announces 9 new World Heritage Sites

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About UNESCO World Heritage List

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July 17, 18, 2016

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Union Commerce Ministry launches e-marketplace portal for goods procurement

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Pema Khandu sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh

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About Pema Khandu UP Government, Netherlands ink MoU for setting up skill development Center for farmers

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UNESCO lists Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier s works among World Heritage Sites

 

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About Le Corbusier

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Railway Ministry launches project to install Solar Panels in all Railway Buildings

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HDFC becomes rst Indian Company to issue masala bonds

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UNESCO lists Khangchendzonga National Park and Chandigarh Capitol Complex in World Heritage Sites

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Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Saurav Ghosal win 73rd Senior National Squash Championship

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Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner named UNESCO Artist for Peace

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About Kudsi Erguner

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About UNESCO Artists for Peace

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18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day

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SpaceX successfully launches Dragon Cargo capsule using Falcon 9 rocket

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July 19, 2016

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Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passes away

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About Mubarak Begum

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Guruprasad Mohapatra appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority of India

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About Guruprasad Mohapatra

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About Airports Authority of India (AAI)

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Fourth tranche of Sovereign Gold Bond scheme opened for subscription

99

CBDT inks 7 Advance Pricing Agreements to cut tax litigation

100

India s rst e-court opened at Hyderabad High Court

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Parliament passes Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016

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Indian Railways to install TRI-NETRA to reduce train accidents

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Malcolm Turnbull sworn in as Prime Minister of Australia

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About Malcolm Turnbull

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SC accepts Lodha committee s recommendations on structural reforms in BCCI

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July 20, 2016

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Rohit Khandelwal becomes rst Indian to win Mr. World title

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About Rohit Khandelwal

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Nigerian journalist Didi Akinyelure wins BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

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About BBC World News Komla Dumor Award

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Glaciers melting at 5 to 20 metre rate annually: Government

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Rajya Sabha passes Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016

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About Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986

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Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passes away

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About Mohammed Shahid

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Canada to conduct world s rst Zika vaccine test on humans

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About Zika virus

Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Tunisia in eld of ICT and Digital Economy

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Union Cabinet approves Air Services Agreement between India and Mozambique

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Union Cabinet approves MoU between India and Switzerland for cooperation in skill development

108

NITI Aayog, Intel India ink SoI to set up Atal Tinkering Lab Initiative for young innovators

108

Atal Innovation Mission (AIM)

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July 21, 2016

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CCEA approves construction of new dry dock within Cochin Shipyard Limited

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India, Japan ink Social Security Agreement

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Union Cabinet approves Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 Union Cabinet approves amendment in Benami Transactions (Prohibition) amendment Bill,

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2015

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About Benami Transaction (Prohibition) Act, 1988

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Turkey declares three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup

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ECI launches National Electoral Roll Puri cation 2016

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Union Cabinet approves incorporation of Sagarmala Development Company

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About Sagarmala Development Company (SDC)

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About Sagarmala Project

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CCEA approves Ghatampur Thermal Power Project in Uttar Pradesh

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Union Cabinet approves establishment of new AIIMS at Gorakhpur

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July 22, 2016

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NDMC ink MoU with NEERI to develop sewage treatment plants

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Lok Sabha passes Bill for new NIT in Andhra Pradesh

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7 Indian companies on 2016 Fortune 500 list

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PM Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurate Petrapole Integrated Check Post

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Ajay Bhushan Pandey appointed as CEO of UIDAI

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About Unique Identi cation Authority of India (UIDAI)

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PM Narendra Modi lays foundation stone of AIIMS and fertiliser plant in Gorakhpur

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Facebook s Internet drone Aquila passes rst full-scale test

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About Aquila

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India ranks 110th on Sustainable Development index

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About Sustainable Development index (SDI)

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About Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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July 23, 2016

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Virat Kohli becomes rst Indian captain to score double century outside India

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Kerala Tourism wins two Gold Gongs at PATA Awards

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About Paci c Asia Travel Association (PATA) awards

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Ganesh Singh appointed Chariman of JPC for Land Acquisition Bill

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Legendary modern artist S H Raza passes away

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About Syed Haider Raza

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CSIR-CMERI develops Solar Power Tree for generation of electricity from solar energy

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Madhav Chitale committee constituted to prepare guidelines for desiltation of River Ganga

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Singer Bapi Lahiri honoured with Mahanayak award by West Bengal Government

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Neeraj Chopra becomes 1st Indian to set world record in Jr athletics Championship

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Kerala Government launches rst ever Water Metro project in the country

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Scientists to undertake eld trials of Oil-degrading bacteria in Kochi

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July 24, 25, 2016

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Lewis Hamilton wins 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix of F1

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Indian shooters Manavaditya Rathore and Anant Naruka win Bronze medal in Junior World Cup

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China unveils world s largest amphibious aircraft

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Violinist A Kanyakumari, rst female violinist to get Sangita Kalanidhi Award

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About Avasarala Kanyakumari

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About Sangita Kalanidhi award/title

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India s rst Green Rail Corridor launched in Tamil Nadu

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Brazilian scientists identify another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito

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About Zika virus

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Wrestler Narsingh Yadav fails Dope Test: NADA

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About National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA)

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Union Government to redraw Red Corridor

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Scientists working toward storing digital information in DNA

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July 26, 2016

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India makes rst contribution to UN Trust Fund for victims of sexual exploitation

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G-20 Finance Ministers pledge to boost global economy

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Budha Rashmi Mani appointed as Director General of National Museum

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About Budha Rashmi Mani

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About National Museum

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Lok Sabha passes Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016

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Flipkart acquires Jabong through fashion portal Myntra

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About Jabong

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Rio bound shot putter Inderjeet Singh fails dope test: NADA

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BRICS policy planning dialogue concludes in Patna

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Solar Impulse 2 completes historic round-the-world trip

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Union Government issues noti cation for implementation of 7th Pay Commission

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MHA sets up T V S N Prasad Committee to explore possible alternatives to pellet guns in Kashmir

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Parliament passes Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016

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July 27, 2016

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WHO declares Brazil measles free

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About Measles

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Union Government approves Rs 1,601 crore for Himayat programme in J&K

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About Himayat Scheme

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Permanent Court of Arbitration rules against Antrix Coroporation in Devas case

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About Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)

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India-US joint expedition discovers natural gas in Indian Ocean

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Bezwada Wilson, TM Krishna win Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016

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About Ramon Magsaysay Award

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Lok Sabha passes Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016

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India s CSIR ranked world s 12th best Government Institute

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About Council of Scienti c and Industrial Research (CSIR)

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Union Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Bhatinda

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July 28, 2016

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Union Cabinet approves Bilateral Investment Treaty between India and Cambodia

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Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao, Father of Hybrid Sorghum passes away

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About Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao

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Union Cabinet approves key changes to GST Constitutional Amendment Bill

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Union Cabinet increases limit for foreign investment in Stock Exchanges from 5% to 15%

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Lok Sabha passes Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015

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Michel Barnier appointed as Chief Brexit Negotiator by European Union Commission

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About Michel Barnier

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Lohmann, Morris, Muralidaran and Rolton to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

 

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About ICC Cricket Hall of Fame

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India-US ink $1 billion deal to buy four Poseidon-8I aircraft

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About Poseidon-8I (P8I) aircraft

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July: World Hepatitis Day

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About World Hepatitis Day

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IMD to use supercomputer to forecast monsoon based on dynamical model

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Dynamical Monsoon Model

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Ensemble model

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July 29, 2016

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Noted Tabla maestro Lachu Maharaj passes away

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About Lachu Maharaj

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July: International Tiger Day

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Eminent writer and social activist Mahasweta Devi passes away

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About Mahasweta Devi

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Parliament passes Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016

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Haryana Government launches Pashudhan Bima Yojana

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First BRICS Employment Working Group meeting held in Hyderabad

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July 30, 31, 2016

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Adman Srinivasan Swamy conferred with AAAI Lifetime Achievement Award

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About Srinivasan K.Swamy

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About Advertising Agencies Association of India (AAAI)

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Syed Nayeemuddin conferred Mohun Bagan Ratna

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Abiut Syed Nayeemuddin

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About Mohun Bagan Ratna

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30 July: World Day against Traf cking in Persons

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Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale sworn in as Chief Justice of Allahabad HC

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About Justice Dilip Bhosale

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Strategic Forces Command exempted from ambit of RTI

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About Strategic Forces Command (SFC)

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About Nuclear Command Authority (NCA)

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Compendium of 260 Multiple Choice Questions

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Month Highlights: July 2016

Persons in news Appointments / Elections

Sudarshan Sen

Persons in news Appointments / Elections Sudarshan Sen Sudarshan Sen has been as Executive Director of

Sudarshan Sen has been as Executive Director of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will replace NS Vishwanathan who was elevated as Deputy Governor of RBI.

M V Dhekane

Noted scientist M V Dhekane has assumed the office of Director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.who was elevated as Deputy Governor of RBI. M V Dhekane Tathagata Roy Tripura Governor Tathagata

Tathagata Roy

Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. Tathagata Roy Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has sworn in as the acting

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy has sworn in as the acting Governor of Arunachal Pradesh. With this he becomes 18th person to be sworn in as Governor of Tripura.

Sushila Karki

person to be sworn in as Governor of Tripura. Sushila Karki Sushila Karki has become the

Sushila Karki has become the first woman Chief Justice of Nepal after taking oath of office and secrecy at a special programme organised at the Presidential Residence, Sheetal Niwas.

Sanjay Gupta

at the Presidential Residence, Sheetal Niwas. Sanjay Gupta Sanjay Gupta has been appointed as chairman and

Sanjay Gupta has been appointed as chairman and managing director (CMD) of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL).

D Rajkumar

of Konkan Railway Corporation Limited (KRCL). D Rajkumar Technocrat D Rajkumar was appointed as the new

Technocrat D Rajkumar was appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).

Theresa May

of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL). Theresa May Conservative party leader Theresa May (59) became Prime

Conservative party leader Theresa May (59) became Prime Minister of United Kingdom after meeting Queen Elizabeth II. She succeeds David Cameron, who had resigned in the wake of Brexit referendum that ended his six-year-long stint as the Prime Minister of Britain.

Ashok Patnaik

stint as the Prime Minister of Britain. Ashok Patnaik The Union Government has appointed senior IPS

The Union Government has appointed senior IPS officer Ashok Patnaik as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID).

Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi

Intelligence Grid (NATGRID). Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi Senior IAS officer Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi has been

Senior IAS officer Rakesh Kumar Chaturvedi has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE).

KVR Murthy

the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE). KVR Murthy KVR Murthy was appointed as the Chairman-cum-Managing

KVR Murthy was appointed as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of the Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCIL).

Pema Khandu

of the Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCIL). Pema Khandu Pema Khandu (36) of Congress Party

Pema Khandu (36) of Congress Party was sworn in as the 10th Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. With this,he became the youngest Chief Minister in the country.

Guruprasad Mohapatra

youngest Chief Minister in the country. Guruprasad Mohapatra Senior IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra was appointed as

Senior IAS officer Guruprasad Mohapatra was appointed as Chairman of Airports Authority

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of India (AAI).

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull was sworn as Prime Minister of Australia for second term after a narrow victory in the federal election. He became the 29th Prime Minister of the country.2016 [Date-wise Compendium] of India (AAI). Malcolm Turnbull Ajay Bhushan Pandey Senior IAS officer Ajay Bhushan

Ajay Bhushan Pandey

Senior IAS officer Ajay Bhushan Pandey was appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).the 29th Prime Minister of the country. Ajay Bhushan Pandey Ganesh Singh BJP Lok Sabha member

Ganesh Singh

BJP Lok Sabha member Ganesh Singh was appointed as Chairman of the Joint Committee of Parliament (JCP) to examine provisions of the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, 2015.Identification Authority of India (UIDAI). Ganesh Singh Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani Former Archaeological Survey of India

Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani

Former Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) official Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani was appointed as Director General (DG) of National Museum.Land Acquisition Amendment Bill, 2015. Dr. Budha Rashmi Mani Michel Barnier The European Union (EU s)

Michel Barnier

The European Union (EU s) executive has appointed Michel Barnier, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom s s) executive has appointed Michel Barnier, as its Chief Negotiator for the United Kingdom s exit from the bloc.

Justice Dilip Bhosale

Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale was sworn in as the new Chief Justice of Allahabad High Court. He succeeds Justice D.Y. Chandrachud who was appointed judge of Supreme Court.Kingdom s exit from the bloc. Justice Dilip Bhosale Places in News Raipur: India s first

Places in News

Raipur: India s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre

Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre JNPT India s first Commercial Court and Commercial

JNPT

India s first Commercial Court and Commercial Disputes Resolution Centre was inaugurated at Raipur, capital of Chhattisgarh. It has ultra-modern facilities like e-Court, e-Library, e- Filing, Video-conferencing and e-Summons.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Port (JNPT) at Nhava Sheva in Raigad District of Maharashtra has become the first port in India to implement logistics data bank tagging system of containers.e-Library, e- Filing, Video-conferencing and e-Summons. Major port at Enayam The Union Cabinet has given its

Major port at Enayam

The Union Cabinet has given its in-principle approval for setting up a Major port at Enayam near Colachel in Tamil Nadu. On completion the port will become country s 13th major port. s 13th major port.

Nalanda Mahavihara

The ruins of ancient Nalanda Mahavihara (also known as old Nalanda University) of Bihar has been included in the List of UNESCO s World Heritage Site. s World Heritage Site.

Khangchendzonga National Park, Chandigarh Capitol Complex

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), has added Sikkim s Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) and Chandigarh Capitol Complex in its list s Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) and Chandigarh Capitol Complex in its list

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of World Heritage Sites.

India s first e-court

India s first e-court (paperless court) was opened at High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad which s first e-court (paperless court) was opened at High Court of Judicature at Hyderabad which is the common high court for the states of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated the Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP).Pradesh and Telangana. Petrapole Integrated Check Post (ICP) First Water Metro project Kerala Government has launched

First Water Metro project

Kerala Government has launched Kochi Water Metro project, the first ever Water Metro project in the country. It was launched by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan at Kochi. The project aims to provide water connectivity to people living between islands in the Kochi agglomeration area and the city.Integrated Check Post (ICP). First Water Metro project India s first Green Rail Corridor The India

India s first Green Rail Corridor

The India s first Green Rail Corridor was inaugurated on the 114-km long Rameswaram- Manamadurai stretch in s first Green Rail Corridor was inaugurated on the 114-km long Rameswaram- Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu.

Sports

Argentina

Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu. Sports Argentina Argentina women s team has won the 2016 Champions

Argentina women s team has won the 2016 Champions Trophy title of Hockey by defeating Netherlands by 2-1 goals.

Amul

India s largest food products marketing organization Amul has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent s largest food products marketing organization Amul has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix title of Formula One.Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Lewis Hamilton Gurpreet Singh Sandhu Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian football player to play in UEFA Europa League. He achieved this feat after was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC s squad for qualifying match against Connah s Quay Nomads FC in Europa League. s squad for qualifying match against Connah s Quay Nomads FC in Europa League.

B Sai Praneeth

Ace Indian shuttler B Sai Praneeth (World no 33) has won the 2016 Canada Open Grand Prix Badminton title in the men s singles category. s singles category.

Niranjan Mukundan

Para swimmer Niranjan Mukundan has won eight medals at the recently-concluded IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports) U-23 World Games held in Prague, Czech Republic.title in the men s singles category. Niranjan Mukundan Winners: 2016 Wimbledon Championships © 2016 GKToday

Winners: 2016 Wimbledon Championships

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Men s Singles Title: Andy Murray (Britain). s Singles Title: Andy Murray (Britain).

Women s Singles Title: Serena Williams (United States). s Singles Title: Serena Williams (United States).

Men s Doubles Title: French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. s Doubles Title: French pair of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.

Women s Doubles Title: US pair of Serena Williams and Venus Williams s Doubles Title: US pair of Serena Williams and Venus Williams

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 British Grand Prix title of Formula One.US pair of Serena Williams and Venus Williams Lewis Hamilton Portugal Portugal has won the 2016

Portugal

Portugal has won the 2016 UEFA European football championship (Euro Cup 2016) by defeating host France. It was Portugal s first UEFA European Championship title. s first UEFA European Championship title.

Harika Dronavalli

India s Chess Grand Master Harika Dronavalli has won the Fide Women s Grand Prix trophy s Chess Grand Master Harika Dronavalli has won the Fide Women s Grand Prix trophy

in Chendu, China. It was her maiden career GP title.

Dipika Pallikal Karthik, Saurav Ghosal

Dipika Pallikal Karthik and Saurav Ghosal have won the 73rd Senior National Squash Championship in men s and women s single categories respectively. s and women s single categories respectively.

Mohammed Shahid

Noted Indian hockey player Mohammed Shahid passed away. He was a member of thewomen s single categories respectively. Mohammed Shahid V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a Gold medal

V Baskaran-led Indian team that won a Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Virat Kohli

Indian test team captain Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to score a double century outside India. He achieved feat after scoring 200 runs against West Indies on second day of the first Test at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium in Antigua, North Sound.won a Gold medal at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. Virat Kohli Neeraj Chopra Javelin thrower Neeraj

Neeraj Chopra

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra (18) created history by becoming first Indian Junior athlete to create a World Record in Junior athletics Championship.Richards stadium in Antigua, North Sound. Neeraj Chopra Lewis Hamilton Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great

Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton from Great Britain has won the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix title of Formula One.Record in Junior athletics Championship. Lewis Hamilton Narsingh Yadav Top Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed a

Narsingh Yadav

Top Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav failed a dope test after he was tested positive for a banned substance steroid.Hungarian Grand Prix title of Formula One. Narsingh Yadav Inderjeet Singh India s Rio Olympics bound

Inderjeet Singh

India s Rio Olympics bound shot putter Inderjeet Singh (28) has been tested positive for a s Rio Olympics bound shot putter Inderjeet Singh (28) has been tested positive for a banned substance.

Syed Nayeemuddin

The Mohun Bagan FC has conferred club s highest decoration Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel) on s highest decoration Mohun Bagan Ratna (jewel) on

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legendary Indian Footballer Syed Nayeemuddin.

Persons in news: Died

Dr. R C Dhere

Syed Nayeemuddin. Persons in news: Died Dr. R C Dhere Renowned Marathi literary scholar Dr. Ramchandra

Renowned Marathi literary scholar Dr. Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere passed away. He was an insightful scholar who had unraveled the Cultural linkage between the past and the present through his path-breaking literally research on various subjects.

Om Prakash Sonik

Noted music director Om Prakash Sonik passed away. He was composer part of the Sonik- Omi duo consisting of Master Sonik (a blind music director) and his nephew Omi.literally research on various subjects. Om Prakash Sonik Abdul Sattar Edhi Pakistani philanthropist, social activist,

Abdul Sattar Edhi

blind music director) and his nephew Omi. Abdul Sattar Edhi Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, humanitarian and

Pakistani philanthropist, social activist, humanitarian and ascetic Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away. He was famously known as Pakistan s Father Teresa , Angel of Mercy and was Pakistan s most respected figure for his humanitarian work.

Mubarak Begum

respected figure for his humanitarian work. Mubarak Begum Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passed away. She

Legendary playback singer Mubarak Begum passed away. She was known for her singing scores of songs, duets and ghazals for Bollywood, mainly during the 1950s-1970s.

Syed Haider Raza

Bollywood, mainly during the 1950s-1970s. Syed Haider Raza Legendary modern Indian artist Syed Haider Raza passed

Legendary modern Indian artist Syed Haider Raza passed away. He was best known for popularising Indian concepts of art and iconography globally and was also building a towering legacy of modern art.

Dr. Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao

legacy of modern art. Dr. Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao Distinguished agricultural scientist Dr. Neelamraju Ganga

Distinguished agricultural scientist Dr. Neelamraju Ganga Prasada Rao passed away. He was famously known as Father of Hybrid Sorghum . He was also famous for his basic and applied research in breeding and agronomy of several dryland crops.

Pandit Lachu Maharaj

and agronomy of several dryland crops. Pandit Lachu Maharaj Noted Tabla maestro Pandit Lachu Maharaj passed

Noted Tabla maestro Pandit Lachu Maharaj passed away in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh due to cardiac arrest. He was 73 years old.

Mahasweta Devi

due to cardiac arrest. He was 73 years old. Mahasweta Devi Eminent author and social activist

Eminent author and social activist Mahasweta Devi passed away. Her writings had mainly focused on the marginalised communities in the country and served as the voice of the oppressed and downtrodden.

Science, Technology & Environment

Super-sensitive electronic nose

Technology & Environment Super-sensitive electronic nose Researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in

Researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have built a super- sensitive electronic nose comprising of chemical sensors metal-organic frameworks (MOFs).

Juno spacecraft

sensors metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). Juno spacecraft NASA s Juno spacecraft has successfully entered into the

NASA s Juno spacecraft has successfully entered into the orbit of Jupiter on 4th July 2016 and

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started orbiting solar system s most massive planet.

New Horizons mission

solar system s most massive planet. New Horizons mission The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has given its approval to extend New Horizons mission to investigate a mysterious object deep in the Kuiper Belt.

Bornean orangutan

Bornean orangutan, a primate species has been declared critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN).mysterious object deep in the Kuiper Belt. Bornean orangutan Tri-NETRA The Indian Railways has initiated process

Tri-NETRA

of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). Tri-NETRA The Indian Railways has initiated process to launch the

The Indian Railways has initiated process to launch the Terrain Imaging for Diesel Drivers- Infrared Enhanced Optical and Radar Assisted (Tri-NETRA) system to avoid train accidents.

Facebook s Internet drone Aquila

avoid train accidents. Facebook s Internet drone Aquila Social networking giant Facebook s Internet drone named

Social networking giant Facebook s Internet drone named Aquila has passed first full-scale test. This was the first time using the full-scale drone.

Solar Power Tree

the first time using the full-scale drone. Solar Power Tree The Union Ministry of Science and

The Union Ministry of Science and Technology has launched Solar Power Tree , an innovative way to generate electricity by harnessing maximum solar energy in a limited space.

AG600:World s largest amphibious aircraft

limited space. AG600:World s largest amphibious aircraft China has completed the production of the world s

China has completed the production of the world s largest amphibious aircraft dubbed as the AG600. It was unveiled by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) in the southern port city of Zhuhai.

Solar Impulse 2

(AVIC) in the southern port city of Zhuhai. Solar Impulse 2 The Solar Impulse 2 has

The Solar Impulse 2 has become the first aircraft to circle the globe using solar energy after landing in Abu Dhabi on the last leg of its journey.

Events & Observances

1 July: National Doctors Day

Events & Observances 1 July: National Doctors Day The National Doctors Day is observed on 1

The National Doctors Day is observed on 1 July every year across to raise the awareness about the doctor s role in daily life.

Second BRICS Youth Summit

doctor s role in daily life. Second BRICS Youth Summit The second BRICS Youth Summit was

The second BRICS Youth Summit was held in Guwahati, Assam from 1st July 2016 to 3rd July 2016. The theme of the summit was Youth as bridge for intra-BRICS exchanges .

July 6: World Zoonoses Day

for intra-BRICS exchanges . July 6: World Zoonoses Day The World Zoonoses Day is observed every

The World Zoonoses Day is observed every year on July 6 to create awareness on zoonotic diseases, how to prevent them and what actions to take when exposed.

Second BRICS anti-drug working group meeting

when exposed. Second BRICS anti-drug working group meeting The second anti-drug working group meeting of heads

The second anti-drug working group meeting of heads of anti-narcotics agencies of BRICS countries was held in New Delhi to discuss issues related to narco-terrorism and money

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laundering. It was organised by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) of India.

11 July: World Population Day

Control Bureau (NCB) of India. 11 July: World Population Day The World Population Day is observed

The World Population Day is observed across the world on July 11 to seek attention of people on the urgency and importance of population issue.

11th ASEM summit

The eleventh edition of Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM11) or ASEM2016 began in Ulaanbaatar, the capital of Mongolia. The theme of the Summit is 20 Years of ASEM: 20 Years of ASEM:

Partnership for the Future through Connectivity .

15 July: World Youth Skills Day

through Connectivity . 15 July: World Youth Skills Day The World Youth Skills Day is observed

The World Youth Skills Day is observed globally on 15 July every year to raise awareness about the importance of investing in youth skills development.

The Lifeline Express

investing in youth skills development. The Lifeline Express The Lifeline Expr e ss, the world s

The Lifeline Express, the world s first hospital on a train of Indian Railways has completed 25

years of service to the poor and underprivileged masses of rural India.

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July: Nelson Mandela International Day

Every year Nelson Mandela International Day (also known as Madela Day) is observed across the

Every year Nelson Mandela International Day (also known as Madela Day) is observed across the world on 18 July to mark birth anniversary of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela.

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July: World Hepatitis Day

The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 around the globe

The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 around the globe to spread awareness about viral hepatitis.

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July: International Tiger Day

The International Tiger Day (also known as Global Tiger Day) is observed annually on 29

The International Tiger Day (also known as Global Tiger Day) is observed annually on 29 July to raise awareness for tiger conservation.

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July: World Day against Trafficking in Persons

30 July: World Day against Trafficking in Persons The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is

The World Day against Trafficking in Persons is observed across the world on 30 July to raise awareness of the plight of victims of human trafficking and to protect their rights.

Defence Related

LCA Tejas

and to protect their rights. Defence Related LCA Tejas The first squadron of indigenously designed and

The first squadron of indigenously designed and manufactured Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF). It has been named as Flying Daggers Its base will be located in Sulur, Tamil Nadu. It will have total 20 aircrafts, including 4 trainers by 2018.

Defence Communication Network (DCN)

4 trainers by 2018. Defence Communication Network (DCN) India s first integrated Defence Communication Network

India s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was recently. The network will enable India Army, Air force, Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. DCN is the largest single satellite network in

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the Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country.

INS Tarasa

Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country. INS Tarasa Indian Navy has launched INS Tarasa, the

Indian Navy has launched INS Tarasa, the fourth and last ship in the series of the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFA).

RIMPAC 2016

World s largest international maritime exercise named RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016 was held in s largest international maritime exercise named RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2016 was held in Pacific Ocean at Hawaii, United States. In it navies from 26 countries had participated.

Y-20 transport aircraft

from 26 countries had participated. Y-20 transport aircraft China inducted its largest indigenously-built transport

China inducted its largest indigenously-built transport aircraft named as Y-20, marking a crucial step in its Air Force history for improving its strategic power projection capability.

INS Karna

its strategic power projection capability. INS Karna Indian Navy has commissioned INS Karna, an independent base

Indian Navy has commissioned INS Karna, an independent base of Marine Commandos (MARCOS) at Bheemunipatanam Naval Base, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.

Operation Sankat Mochan

Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. Operation Sankat Mochan The Union Government has started the operation Sankat

The Union Government has started the operation Sankat Mochan to evacuate Indian citizens stranded in South Sudan s capital Juba. Sankat Mochan in Hindi means reliever from troubles.

DRDO tests Advanced Towed Artillery Artillery Gun System

DRDO tests Advanced Towed Artillery Artillery Gun System The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

The Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully conducted proof firing tests of Armament system for 155 mm x 52 calibre New Advanced Towed Artillery Artillery Gun System (ATAGS).

Finance, Business and Economy

2016 Human Capital Index

Finance, Business and Economy 2016 Human Capital Index India was ranked low at 105th position out

India was ranked low at 105th position out of 130 countries globally on the 2016 Human Capital Index (HCI), which was recently released in the World Economic Forum (WEF) report.

RIL-SBI payments bank

the World Economic Forum (WEF) report. RIL-SBI payments bank Telecom-to-energy conglomerate Reliance Industries (RIL) and

Telecom-to-energy conglomerate Reliance Industries (RIL) and India s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) have signed Subscription and Shareholders Agreement to set up payments bank.

Logistics Performance Index (LPI)

to set up payments bank. Logistics Performance Index (LPI) In the recently released bi-annual Logistics Performance

In the recently released bi-annual Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016 of World Bank Group, India ranked 35th among 160 countries. The index was published in the World Bank bi-annual report Connecting to Compete 2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy .

SBI Mingle

2016: Trade Logistics in the Global Economy . SBI Mingle India s largest lender State Bank

India s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) recently had launched SBI Mingle, a social

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media banking platform for Facebook and Twitter users.

India ranks 91st in 2016 Networked Readiness Index

India was placed at 91st position in the recently released 2016 Networked Readiness Index (NRI) by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).

India ranks 110th on Sustainable Development index

India has been ranked a low 110th out of 149 countries on Sustainable Development index (SDI). Government Policy and Schemes Government Policy and Schemes

Prashikshak

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched Prashikshak - an online teacher education portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs). It has been developed by the Union HRD ministry in collaboration with the Central Square Foundation, a policy think tank focused on improving quality of school education.

Nivaran portal

The Union Railway Ministry has launched Nivaran portal, an online system for redressal of service related grievance of serving and former Railway employees. It is an online system that seeks to facilitate the employees to lodge their grievances and also monitor the progress.

National Green Highways Mission (NGHM)

monitor the progress. National Green Highways Mission (NGHM) The Union Government has launched National Green Highways
monitor the progress. National Green Highways Mission (NGHM) The Union Government has launched National Green Highways
monitor the progress. National Green Highways Mission (NGHM) The Union Government has launched National Green Highways
monitor the progress. National Green Highways Mission (NGHM) The Union Government has launched National Green Highways

The Union Government has launched National Green Highways Mission (NGHM), a plantation drive around 1500 km of National Highways.

Interest Subvention Scheme

1500 km of National Highways. Interest Subvention Scheme The Union Cabinet has approved the Interest Subvention

The Union Cabinet has approved the Interest Subvention Scheme for farmers for the year 2016-17. For this purpose Union Government has earmarked a sum of 18,276 Crore Rupees.

National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS)

Rupees. National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) The Union Cabinet has approved a National Apprenticeship

The Union Cabinet has approved a National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS) for providing apprenticeship training to over 50 lakh youngsters in order to create more jobs.

MySpeed mobile application

in order to create more jobs. MySpeed mobile application The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has launched MySpeed mobile application for measuring real time mobile Internet speed that consumers get.

National Mineral Exploration Policy, 2016

consumers get. National Mineral Exploration Policy, 2016 The Union Government has unveiled National Mineral

The Union Government has unveiled National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP), 2016 for adaptation of comprehensive exploration of non-fuel and non-coal mineral resources.

Shankar Acharya Committee

and non-coal mineral resources. Shankar Acharya Committee The Union Finance Ministry has constituted four members

The Union Finance Ministry has constituted four members committee to examine the feasibility and desirability of having a new financial year.

Namami Gange projects

of having a new financial year. Namami Gange projects Union Government has launched various projects under

Union Government has launched various projects under Namami Gange programme for

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cleaning of river Ganga and its tributaries from Haridwar, Uttarakand.

Apparel training centre in Kaduna, Nigeria

Uttarakand. Apparel training centre in Kaduna, Nigeria India has set up an apparel training centre in

India has set up an apparel training centre in Kaduna, Nigeria to support textiles industry of the West African country. This is a first of its kind centre in Nigeria which has been set up by India in partnership with their government.

Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) portal

The Union Government has launched Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) portal (http://kvk.icar.gov.in). It was launched by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Radha Mohan Singh in New Delhi.with their government. Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) portal Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) The Union

Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF)

in New Delhi. Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched a nationwide Intensified Diarrhoea Control Fortnight (IDCF) to check child diarrhoeal deaths.

Arvind Subramanian Committee

check child diarrhoeal deaths. Arvind Subramanian Committee The Union Government has recently constituted a high-level

The Union Government has recently constituted a high-level committee headed by Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian to tackle the shortage of pulses in India.

Transforming India Website

the shortage of pulses in India. Transforming India Website The Union Government has launched Transforming India

The Union Government has launched Transforming India Website (www.transformingindia.mygov.in), a repository for sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real-time.

Sagarmala Development Company (SDC)

citizens in real-time. Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) The Union Cabinet has approved the incorporation of

The Union Cabinet has approved the incorporation of Sagarmala Development Company (SDC) to give a push to port-led economic development under ambitious Sagarmala project.

National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) 2016

project. National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) 2016 The Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched National

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has launched National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) 2016 across the country. The 2016 motto of the ECI is No voter to be left behind .

Madhav Chitale committee

No voter to be left behind . Madhav Chitale committee The Union Ministry of Water Resources,

The Union Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation has constituted a committee to prepare guidelines for desiltation of Ganga River. The four member committee will be headed by Madhav Chitale (Expert Member of NGRBA). The tenure of the committee would be for a period of three months.

T V S N Prasad Committee

be for a period of three months. T V S N Prasad Committee The Union Ministry

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has setup a seven-member expert committee for exploring the other possible alternatives to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons.

Pashudhan Bima Yojana

to pellet guns as non-lethal weapons. Pashudhan Bima Yojana Haryana Government has launched Pashudhan Bima Yojana,

Haryana Government has launched Pashudhan Bima Yojana, an insurance cover scheme for cattle breeders in the state. It will provide insurance cover to cattle breeders in the state at different premium rates for different animals.

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Awards

Lidudumalingani

July 2016 [Date-wise Compendium] Awards Lidudumalingani South African writer, filmmaker and photographer

South African writer, filmmaker and photographer Lidudumalingani has won the 17th edition of prestigious Caine Prize 2016.

Nimi Sunilkumar

Cookbook author and food blogger Nimi Sunilkumar has won the Gourmand World Cookbook Award for 2015-16.edition of prestigious Caine Prize 2016. Nimi Sunilkumar Captain Radhika Menon Captain Radhika Menon became the

Captain Radhika Menon

World Cookbook Award for 2015-16. Captain Radhika Menon Captain Radhika Menon became the first woman in

Captain Radhika Menon became the first woman in the world to receive the Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for the year 2016 from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO).

Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari

Maritime Organisation (IMO). Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award

President Pranab Mukherjee conferred the 51st Jnanpith Award on renowned Gujarati writer and litterateur Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari.

Kudsi Erguner

and litterateur Dr. Raghuveer Chaudhari. Kudsi Erguner Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO

Turkish musician Kudsi Erguner was appointed as the UNESCO Artist for Peace by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova.

Didi Akinyelure

Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova. Didi Akinyelure Nigerian journalist and presenter Didi Akinyelure has won

Nigerian journalist and presenter Didi Akinyelure has won the second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award.

Rohit Khandelwal

second BBC World News Komla Dumor Award. Rohit Khandelwal Indian actor, model, television personality Rohit Khandelwal

Indian actor, model, television personality Rohit Khandelwal won the prestigious

2016

Mr. World title. With this he became first Indian and first Asian to win the Mr. World

title.

Bapi Lahiri

and first Asian to win the Mr. World title. Bapi Lahiri Renowned Music Director and singer

Renowned Music Director and singer Bapi Lahiri was honoured with Mahanayak award by the West Bengal Government.

Avasarala Kanyakumari

award by the West Bengal Government. Avasarala Kanyakumari Renowned violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari from south India

Renowned violinist Avasarala Kanyakumari from south India was selected for the prestigious

2016 Sangita Kalanidhi Award. With this, she becomes first female violinist chosen in the

history of this prestigious award.

Bezwada Wilson and musician TM Krishna

prestigious award. Bezwada Wilson and musician TM Krishna Two Indians, social activist Bezwada Wilson and musician

Two Indians, social activist Bezwada Wilson and musician TM Krishna, have won the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award 2016.

Miscellaneous Terms and Facts

Kerala Government bans e-cigarettes

Terms and Facts Kerala Government bans e-cigarettes Kerala Government has banned electronic cigarette

Kerala Government has banned electronic cigarette alias e-cigarette as its use can cause various health issues, including cancer and heart ailments. With this, Kerala becomes fourth

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state in India to ban e-cigarette after Punjab (first state to ban),Maharashtra and Karnataka.

High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016

and Karnataka. High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 The Union Cabinet has given its approval

The Union Cabinet has given its approval to The High Courts (Alteration of Names) Bill, 2016 to change names of the High Courts based on the nomenclature cities they are located.

World s largest Charkha

The world s largest Charkha was unveiled at the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport s largest Charkha was unveiled at the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) in New Delhi. It was unveiled to remind India s timeless heritage and the values of sustainability and harmony that it stands for.

Peru declares Zika emergency

and harmony that it stands for. Peru declares Zika emergency Peru has declared Zika outbreak as

Peru has declared Zika outbreak as a health emergency across the northern half of the country after 102 people were infected with the virus.

India certified Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free by WHO

certified Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free by WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified

The World Health Organization (WHO) has certified India as Yaws, Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus free country.

Madhya Pradesh: first state to have Happiness Department

Madhya Pradesh: first state to have Happiness Department Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India

Madhya Pradesh became the first state in India to have Happiness Department that will work as knowledge resource centre on the subject of happiness on the lines of Bhutan.

Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016

of Bhutan. Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 The Parliament has passed the Regional Centre for

The Parliament has passed the Regional Centre for Biotechnology Bill, 2016 to provide statutory status to the existing Regional Centre for Biotechnology in Faridabad, Haryana.

Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016

Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016 The Parliament passed Child Labour (Prohibition and

The Parliament passed Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2016. The Bill seeks to amend the Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 1986 to widen the scope of the law against child labour and stricter punishments for violations.

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016

The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 The Union Cabinet has approved The Transgender Persons

The Union Cabinet has approved The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016 to protect transgenders from discrimination.

India first contributor to UN Trust Fund for victims of sexual exploitation

to UN Trust Fund for victims of sexual exploitation India has contributed US 100,000 dollars to

India has contributed US 100,000 dollars to the United Nations Trust Fund in support of victims of sexual exploitation and abuse by peacekeepers.

Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016

Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The Lok Sabha has passed Institutes of Technology

The Lok Sabha has passed Institutes of Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2016 or opening six new IITs. The Bill seeks to amend the Institutes of Technology Act, 1961 to add six new IITs as institutions of national importance.

Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016

importance. Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016 The Parliament has passed the Lokpal and Lokayukta

The Parliament has passed the Lokpal and Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill, 2016 without discussion.

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Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015

The Lok Sabha has passed comprehensive Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 to curb domestic black money.Benami Transactions (Prohibition) Amendment Bill, 2015 Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 The Parliament

Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016

The Parliament has passed the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 after it was approved by the Rajya Sabha.black money. Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2016 July 1, 2016 Antarctic ozone hole is starting to

July 1, 2016

Antarctic ozone hole is starting to heal: Scientists

July 1, 2016

Scientists for the first time have found clear evidence that the thinning in the ozone layer above Antarctica is starting to heal. Ozone layer in the atmosphere s stratospheric layer comprises of Ozone (O3), an allotrope of oxygen. It plays important role in blocking harmful ultraviolet radiation (UV) from the Sun. The absence or thinning of Ozone layer increases the chances of skin cancer, cataract damage in human beings and even causes harm to animals and plants. Key Findings

In the research, scientists have found that ozone hole was around 4 million square kilometres in September 2015, smaller than it was in the year 2000.and even causes harm to animals and plants. Key Findings It was based on detailed measurements

It was based on detailed measurements of the amount of ozone in the stratosphere between 2000 and 2015.in September 2015, smaller than it was in the year 2000. These measurements were based on

These measurements were based on data obtained from weather balloons, satellites and model simulations.amount of ozone in the stratosphere between 2000 and 2015. The healing of ozone layer was

The healing of ozone layer was due to the long term phasing out (banning) of ozone- destroying chemicals (ODCs) such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in Montreal Protocol 1987.from weather balloons, satellites and model simulations. More than half the shrinkage of ozone hole was

More than half the shrinkage of ozone hole was due solely to the reduction in atmospheric chlorine.as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in Montreal Protocol 1987. However, it has found that on the role of

However, it has found that on the role of volcanoes in thinning of the ozone layer is making the problem worse.was due solely to the reduction in atmospheric chlorine. For more details: (i) Depletion of Ozone

Argentina women s team wins 2016 Champions Trophy title of Hockey

July 1, 2016

Argentina women s team has won the 2016 Champions Trophy title of Hockey by defeating Netherlands. In the final match played at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, UK, Argentina women s team defeated Netherlands by 2-1 goals.

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With this victory, Argentina women s team has won the Champions Trophy title of Hockey for record seventh time. Earlier they had won it in 2001, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2014. In 2016 title, goals Argentinean team were scored by Martina Cavallero and Noel Barrionuev. For the Netherlands team single goal was scored by Maartje Paumen. Final standings in Champions Trophy title: Argentina (1st position), Netherlands (2nd), United

States (3rd), Australia (4th) and Great Britain (5th). Individual Awards

Best player: Carla Rebecchi (Argentina) Carla Rebecchi (Argentina)

Best junior player: Maria Granatto (Argentina) Maria Granatto (Argentina)

Best goalkeeper: Joyce Sombroek (Netherlands) Joyce Sombroek (Netherlands)

Union Government enhances Financial Powers of Ministries, Departments

July 1, 2016

The Union Government has decided to enhance financial powers of its Ministries, Departments for appraisal and approval of Non-Plan Schemes or Projects. In this regard, Union Finance Ministry has issued a notification in order to expedite appraisal and approval process in the Union Government Ministries and Departments. As per the revised delegation by Union Finance Ministry

The Committee on Non-Plan Expenditure (CNE) will now appraise proposals involving expenditure of 300 crore rupees and above. The earlier this limit was of 75 crore rupees.As per the revised delegation by Union Finance Ministry The concerned Ministry or Standing Finance Committee

The concerned Ministry or Standing Finance Committee of the Ministry will now appraise Non-plan Schemes and projects involving expenditure less than 300 crore rupees.and above. The earlier this limit was of 75 crore rupees. The Minister-in-charge of the administrative

The Minister-in-charge of the administrative Ministry now can approve Non-Plan schemes costing less than 500 crore rupees. Earlier this limit was of 150 crore rupees.projects involving expenditure less than 300 crore rupees. Scheme or projects having financial implications of 500

Scheme or projects having financial implications of 500 crore rupees and above and upto 1000 crore rupees will be approved by Union Finance Minister.crore rupees. Earlier this limit was of 150 crore rupees. The Union Cabinet or Cabinet Committee

The Union Cabinet or Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs will final the competent financial authority for proposal having financial limits of 1000 crore rupees and above.crore rupees will be approved by Union Finance Minister. The Financial Adviser now can appraise upto

The Financial Adviser now can appraise upto 20% increase in the firmed up cost estimates.having financial limits of 1000 crore rupees and above. If the absolute cost escalation is upto

If the absolute cost escalation is upto 75 crore rupees it has to be approved by Secretary of the concerned administrative Department.appraise upto 20% increase in the firmed up cost estimates. In case the absolute cost escalation

In case the absolute cost escalation is above 75 crore rupees, then the Administrative Minister-in-charge will approve it.by Secretary of the concerned administrative Department. World Bank, ISA sign agreement for India s solar-energy

World Bank, ISA sign agreement for India s solar-energy program

July 1, 2016

The World Bank (WB) Group has signed an agreement with the International Solar Alliance (ISA)

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to provide more than 1 billion dollars to support India s solar initiatives. The agreement was signed in the presence of World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi. Under this agreement

World Bank will support projects such as solar rooftop technology, infrastructure for solar parks, introducing innovative solar and hybrid technologies to market and transmission lines for solar-rich state.Minister Piyush Goyal in New Delhi. Under this agreement It will provide 625 million dollars to

It will provide 625 million dollars to India s grid-connected rooftop solar programme that will finance the installation of at least 400MW of s grid-connected rooftop solar programme that will finance the installation of at least 400MW of solar photovoltaic installations.

This programme will provide clean, renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions by displacing thermal generation.of at least 400MW of solar photovoltaic installations. World Bank will also collaborate with the 121-member

World Bank will also collaborate with the 121-member International Solar Alliance (ISA) to mobilise 1 trillion dollars in investments by 2030 to promote solar energy worldwide.gas (GHGs) emissions by displacing thermal generation. For this purpose, World Bank will develop a roadmap

For this purpose, World Bank will develop a roadmap to mobilise financing for development and deployment of affordable solar energy.in investments by 2030 to promote solar energy worldwide. It will also work with other multilateral

It will also work with other multilateral development banks and financial institutions to develop financing instruments to support solar energy development.for development and deployment of affordable solar energy. About International Solar Alliance (ISA) ISA is India

About International Solar Alliance (ISA)

ISA is India s first international and inter-governmental organization comprising of 121 Countries. United Nations is its Strategic s first international and inter-governmental organization comprising of 121 Countries. United Nations is its Strategic Partner.

It was jointly launched by India and France in November 2015 during the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris.of 121 Countries. United Nations is its Strategic Partner. It has its headquarters in Gurgaon, India.

It has its headquarters in Gurgaon, India.United Nations climate change conference (COP21) in Paris. It seeks to empower solar-rich countries located between

It seeks to empower solar-rich countries located between the tropic of Cancer and tropic of Capricorn to make collaborative efforts to harness solar energy to generate the electricity.(COP21) in Paris. It has its headquarters in Gurgaon, India. Three Objectives of ISA: (i) To

Three Objectives of ISA: (i) To force down prices by driving demand, (ii) To bring (i) To force down prices by driving demand, (ii) To bring

standardization in solar technologies and (iii) To foster research and development.

It also seeks to improve access to energy and opportunities for better livelihoods in remote and rural areas and also to increase the standard of living.technologies and (iii) To foster research and development. Union Railway Ministry launches Nivaran portal, an online

Union Railway Ministry launches Nivaran portal, an online grievance redressal system

July 1, 2016

The Union Railway Ministry has launched Nivaran portal, an online system for redressal of service

related grievance of serving and former Railway employees. It was launched by Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu at function held in Rail Bhawan, New Delhi.

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Nivaran portal is an online system that seeks to facilitate the employees to lodge their grievances and also monitor the progress.

The system will also provide employees of Indian Railways facility for lodging appeal to the higher authority in case the decision is not found satisfactory. Highest controlling authorities will also be able to monitor the progress of grievance redressal by field offices through this system. It has been developed by CRIS (Centre for Railway information systems), an IT arm of Indian Railways on basis of process designed by Establishment directorate of Railway Board. This online system for redressal of service related grievance will help to achieve Union Railway Ministry s emphasis on the importance of its manpower. Indian Railways is the single biggest civilian employer in the country and has workforce of over 1.3 million people.

in the country and has workforce of over 1.3 million people. Union HRD Ministry launches Prashikshak,
in the country and has workforce of over 1.3 million people. Union HRD Ministry launches Prashikshak,
in the country and has workforce of over 1.3 million people. Union HRD Ministry launches Prashikshak,
in the country and has workforce of over 1.3 million people. Union HRD Ministry launches Prashikshak,

Union HRD Ministry launches Prashikshak, an online teacher education portal

July 1, 2016

The Union Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has launched Prashikshak - an online teacher education portal for District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs). The Prashikshak portal was launched by the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani in New Delhi. It seeks to strengthen DIETs and bring quality teachers into the school education system. Key Facts

The portal has been developed by the Union HRD ministry in collaboration with the Central Square Foundation, a policy think tank focused on improving quality of school education. It is an open online platform for collecting and reporting data from all DIETs which will help in the establishment of a strong monitoring mechanism. Prashikshak users will comprise pre-service teacher educators, DIET faculty and principals, policy makers at district, state and national level and the general public. The portal will strengthen the teacher education system in four ways (i) It will equip government officials with data for decision making, (ii) empower aspiring teachers (iii) Support innovation in teachers education and (iv) Increase transparency. It will help DIETs to make informed decisions about their institutes and compare the performance of their institute against other DIETs by facilitating online reporting of data. It will provide insightful analysis to strengthen the teacher education scheme in the country and allow states to spot areas where resources can be targeted. District Institutes of Education and Training (DIETs)

DIETs were formed under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme on Teacher Education (CSSTE). They offer pre-service and in-service teacher training programmes for Government elementary school

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Eminent Marathi literary scholar RC Dhere passes away

July 1, 2016

Renowned Marathi literary scholar Dr. Ramchandra Chintaman Dhere passed away after prolonged illness in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 86. He was an Insightful scholar who had unraveled the Cultural linkage between the past and the present through his path-breaking literally research on various subjects.

About Dr. R C Dhere

Born on 21 July 1930 at Nigade village near Pune. He had completed his graduation in 1966. He got his Ph.D. in 1975 and was honored with D.Lit. in 1980 by Pune University.literally research on various subjects. About Dr. R C Dhere Since 1955 he has been writing

Since 1955 he has been writing on various subjects including saint literature, Folk deities and gods, Bhakti cult, Holy places, Folk literature, Folk culture and Folk art in India.1975 and was honored with D.Lit. in 1980 by Pune University. He has written about 105

He has written about 105 books based on his research work on various subjects.places, Folk literature, Folk culture and Folk art in India. Some of his famous books are

Some of his famous books are History of Nath Cult , Chakrapani, History of Datta Cult , Lajjagauri , History of Nath Cult, Chakrapani, History of Datta Cult, Lajjagauri,

Khandoba, Shree Tulja Bhavani and In Search of Indian Theater.

Awards and Honours: Maharashtra Gaurav award, Sahitya Acadamy Award (1987), Maharashtra Gaurav award, Sahitya Acadamy Award (1987),

Maharashtra Sahitya Parishad award etc.

India s first integrated Defence Communication Network launched

July 1, 2016

India s first integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar in South Block, Delhi The network will enable India Army, Air force, Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. Key Facts

DCN is the largest single satellite network in the Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country.awareness for a faster decision-making process. Key Facts It is a strategic, highly secure and scalable

It is a strategic, highly secure and scalable system. It has has a pan-India reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories.in the Indian Defence Forces, spread across the country. The tri-communication network makes voice data and

The tri-communication network makes voice data and video data accessible to the three services over a secured network.reach from Ladakh to the North East to island territories. It has been designed, developed and

It has been designed, developed and deployed by the information technology services, distribution and digital solutions firm HCL Infosystems.accessible to the three services over a secured network. It is capable of working on both

It is capable of working on both terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication and has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles. HCL Infosystems has had a long association with the Indian Defence sector. The company has closelydistribution and digital solutions firm HCL Infosystems. © 2016 GKToday | All Rights Reserved | www.gktoday.in

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worked with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to deploy AFCEL (Air Force Cellular Network) and Air Force Network (AFNet). AFNet: It is the first network of its kind for Indian armed forces which interlinks major installations

throughout the country on a high bandwidth network and incorporates latest traffic transportation technology in the form of Internet Protocol.

First squadron of LCA Tejas inducted into Indian Air Force

July 1, 2016

The first squadron of indigenously designed and manufactured Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas was inducted into Indian Air Force (IAF). State-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) handed over the first two Tejas aircrafts to IAF as part squadron at the Aircraft System Testing Establishment in Bengaluru. Key Facts

The first squadron of LCA Tejas has been named as Flying Daggers . Its base will be located in Sulur, Tamil Nadu. It will have Flying Daggers . Its base will be located in Sulur, Tamil Nadu. It will have total 20 aircrafts, including 4 trainers.

However, the two aircrafts will be operated initially by the squadron at Bengaluru for nearly two years. Remaining 18 aircraft including 4 trainers will be inducted at Sulur base in 2018.Nadu. It will have total 20 aircrafts, including 4 trainers. About LCA Tejas Tejas is a

About LCA Tejas

Tejas is a single-engine lightweight multi-role fighter jet. It has been pegged as world s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter. s smallest and lightest supersonic fighter.

It is outcome of India s LCA programme, which began in the 1983 to replace country s aging MiG-21 fighters. s LCA programme, which began in the 1983 to replace country s aging MiG-21 fighters.

It is a tailless and having compound delta wing design. It is powered by a single engine. It is mounted with inbuilt MultiMode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) systems.in the 1983 to replace country s aging MiG-21 fighters. It is equipped with a quadruplex

It is equipped with a quadruplex digital fly-by-wire flight control system in order to ease handling by the pilot.MultiMode Radar (MMR), Radar Warning Receiver (RWR) systems. LCA Tejas has a limited reach of a

LCA Tejas has a limited reach of a little over 400-km. It will be mainly used for close air-to- ground operations. Note: LCA Tejas is not the first indigenous fighter to be inducted into the IAF. Note: LCA Tejas is not the first indigenous fighter to be inducted into the IAF. In April 1967, IAF

had formed the first operational squadron with the indigenous HF-24 Marut fighter.

1 July: National Doctors Day

July 1, 2016

The National Doctors Day is observed on 1 July every year across to raise the awareness about the doctor s role in daily life. Significance of the day: The observance of the day seeks to honour legendary physician, Dr Bidhan

Chandra Roy whose birth and death anniversary coincides on the same day.

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About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

Born on 1 July 1882 in Patna, Bihar and died on 1 July 1962 in Kolkata, West Bengal.July 2016 [Date-wise Compendium] About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy He was a highly respected physician and

He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter.Bihar and died on 1 July 1962 in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was the second Chief

He was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal and remained in his post for 14 years from 1948 until his death in 1962.a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter. He is often considered the great architect

He is often considered the great architect of West Bengal. He had founded five cities of West Bengal Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra.in his post for 14 years from 1948 until his death in 1962. He was also

He was also a member of the Brahmo Samaj. He was an alumnus of the Medical College Calcutta of the University of Calcutta.Durgapur, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar, Kalyani and Habra. Awards and Honours: Bharat Ratna (1961). The Union

Awards and Honours: Bharat Ratna (1961). The Union Government has instituted Dr BC Bharat Ratna (1961). The Union Government has instituted Dr BC

Roy National Award in his memory.

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Amul to officially sponsor Indian contingent at Rio Olympics 2016

July 2, 2016

India s largest food products marketing organization Amul has become the official sponsor of Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics. In this regard, Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation (GCMMF), which sells its product under the brand Amul has inked an agreement with Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Key Facts

By sponsoring Indian contingent, Amul seeks to engage with youth and leverage the connection between the energy of milk and sports.agreement with Indian Olympic Association (IOA). Key Facts In this regard, GCMMF will launch a series

In this regard, GCMMF will launch a series of advertising campaigns for milk and various dairy products to promote this association.the connection between the energy of milk and sports. Amul will use its famous tagline, Amul

Amul will use its famous tagline, Amul Doodh Pita hai India to cheer the Indian contingent. Amul Doodh Pita hai India to cheer the Indian contingent.

It also has embarked upon an Eat Milk with Every Meal campaign to highlight the importance of milk and dairy products Eat Milk with Every Meal campaign to highlight the importance of milk and dairy products like cheese, yogurt, butter, ghee, paneer, etc. Earlier, Amul also had sponsored the Indian contingent in the last edition of 2012 London Olympics games. 2016 Rio Olympics will play host to the largest Indian contingent ever in which more than 100 sports persons are taking part in different sporting events.

FSSAI inks MoU with ASCI to check misleading advertisements in food and beverages sector

July 2, 2016

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has inked a MoU with Advertising Standard Council of India (ASCI) to check misleading advertisements in the food and beverages sector.

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This partnership between FSSAI and ASCI will put in place a mechanism to monitor misleading advertisements. It will also lead to streamlining advertisements effectively through structured guidelines and appropriate action. Key Facts

As part of the MoU, ASCI will comprehensively monitor these advertisements across various media.structured guidelines and appropriate action. Key Facts FSSAI has given a suo motu monitoring mandate to

FSSAI has given a suo motu monitoring mandate to ASCI to process complaints against misleading advertisements of food and beverages.monitor these advertisements across various media. ASCI will report to FSSAI, the non- compliance of its

ASCI will report to FSSAI, the non- compliance of its decisions for further action as required per provisions of the FSS Act.against misleading advertisements of food and beverages. FSSAI will also redirect complaints against misleading food

FSSAI will also redirect complaints against misleading food and beverages advertisements to ASCI, which will be reviewed using ASCI s code and guidelines. s code and guidelines.

The review will include violation of the FSS Act and regulations related to advertisements making unsubstantiated, misleading or false claims.which will be reviewed using ASCI s code and guidelines. About Advertising Standards Council of India

About Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI)

ASCI is a self-regulatory voluntary non-governmental organization (NGO) of the advertising industry in India.claims. About Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) Aim: To maintain and enhance the public s

Aim: To maintain and enhance the public s confidence in advertising. To maintain and enhance the public s confidence in advertising.

Headquarters: Mumbai, Maharashtra. Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Established: 1985 by three main constituents of advertising industry viz advertisers, 1985 by three main constituents of advertising industry viz advertisers,

President Pranab Mukherjee presents BC Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 & 2010

July 2, 2016

President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday presented the Dr BC Roy national awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. These awards were presented on the occasion of National Doctors Day observed on July 1 to pay honour and tribute to India s most famous physician Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy. The awardees are

2010: Nikhil C. Munshi, O.P. Kalra, Tejinder Singh, Subash Gupta, Amrinder Jit Kanwar, : Nikhil C. Munshi, O.P. Kalra, Tejinder Singh, Subash Gupta, Amrinder Jit Kanwar,

Rajendra Prasad and Glory Alexander.

2009:H. Sancheti, Renu Saxena, Atul Kumar, A.K. Kriplani, Kanan A. Yelikar, H.S. H. Sancheti, Renu Saxena, Atul Kumar, A.K. Kriplani, Kanan A. Yelikar, H.S.

Bhanushali, G.V. Rao, Moti Lal Singh, C.N. Purandare and C.V. Hari Narayan.

2008: Rajeshwar Dayal, Mammen Chandy, Neelam Mohan, Rohit V. Bhatt, Mohan Rajeshwar Dayal, Mammen Chandy, Neelam Mohan, Rohit V. Bhatt, Mohan

Kameswaran, Harsha Jauhari, Gopal H. Badlani and Yash Gulati.

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About BC Roy Awards

The BC Roy Awards were instituted by the Medical Council of India in 1976 in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.airs: July 2016 [Date-wise Compendium] About BC Roy Awards They are bestowed annually in the following

They are bestowed annually in the following categories: Statesmanship of the Highest Order in India, Eminent Medical Person, Medical man-cum-Statesman, Eminent person in Philosophy, Eminent person in Arts and Eminent person in Science.and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. Union Sports Ministry grants recognition to

Union Sports Ministry grants recognition to Paralympic Committee of India

July 2, 2016

The Union Sports Ministry has granted recognition to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) after the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced temporary lifting of suspension on it. This recognition gives a huge confidence boost to the several para-athletes who have qualified for 2016 Rio Paralympics. The IPC had suspended PCI in April 2015 due to internal conflicts between different groups and persons, which were undermining the development of Paralympic Movement in India. Due to suspension, Indian para-athletes were not allowed to participate in any IPC-sanctioned competition, including 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

About Paralympic Committee of India (PCI)

PCI was founded in 1992 as the Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India.Paralympic Games. About Paralympic Committee of India (PCI) It was recognized in November 2011, as National

It was recognized in November 2011, as National Sports Federation (NSF) for promotion of sports amongst the physically challenged sportspersons in the country.as the Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India. It is responsible for selecting athletes to represent

It is responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.the physically challenged sportspersons in the country. RIL, SBI ink Subscription and Shareholders Agreement for

RIL, SBI ink Subscription and Shareholders Agreement for payments bank JV

July 2, 2016

Telecom-to-energy conglomerate Reliance Industries (RIL) and India s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) have signed Subscription and Shareholders Agreement to set up payments bank. As per the agreement, RIL will be the promoter with a 70 per cent equity contribution in the payments bank and SBI as joint venture will have 30 per cent equity contribution. Background

RIL-SBI combine was among the 11 entities that were in August 2015 were given licence by the Reserve Bank of 11 entities that were in August 2015 were given licence by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to start a payments bank.

So far two of these Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co and Sun Pharma, IDFC Bank and telecom operator Telenor have Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Co and Sun Pharma, IDFC Bank and telecom operator Telenor have decided to shelve plans of launching payments bank.

About Payments banks

Payments banks are small deposit-taking institutions that can accept deposits (initially up to 1 lakh rupees per individual).to shelve plans of launching payments bank. About Payments banks © 2016 GKToday | All Rights

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Besides, they will offer Internet banking, facilitate money transfers and sell insurance and mutual funds by piggy-backing on existing retail or other networks.Current A airs: July 2016 [Date-wise Compendium] They can also issue ATM/debit cards, but not credit

They can also issue ATM/debit cards, but not credit cards. However, they are also not allowed to lend. Instead, they can invest 75% of their deposits in short-term government bonds.funds by piggy-backing on existing retail or other networks. India ranks 105th in 2016 Human Capital

India ranks 105th in 2016 Human Capital Index

July 2, 2016

India was ranked low at 105th position out of 130 countries globally on the 2016 Human Capital Index (HCI), which was recently released in the World Economic Forum (WEF) report. The report was released by Geneva-WEF in the Chinese city of Tianjin at its Annual Meeting of New Champions which is also known as `Summer Davos summit. Key Facts

Top 10 Countries in 2016 HCI: Finland (1st position), Norway (2nd), Switzerland (3rd), Finland (1st position), Norway (2nd), Switzerland (3rd),

Japan (4th), Sweden (5th), New Zealand (6th), Denmark (7th), Netherlands (8th), Canada (9th) and Belgium (10th).

India s Neighbours: Sri Lanka (50th), China (71st), Bhutan (91st), Bangladesh (104th), s Neighbours: Sri Lanka (50th), China (71st), Bhutan (91st), Bangladesh (104th),

Nepal (108th) and Pakistan (118th).

Among BRICS countries: India is ranked lowest as against Russia (28th), China (71st), India is ranked lowest as against Russia (28th), China (71st),

Brazil (83rd) and South Africa (8th).

In the 2015 edition of HCI, India had ranked 100th out of total 124 countries.(28th), China (71st), Brazil (83rd) and South Africa (8th). India related: India has got better rankings

India related: India has got better rankings HCI s indicators such as quality of education India has got better rankings HCI s indicators such as quality of education

system (39th), staff training (46th) and ease of finding skilled employees (45th).

India is the second largest country in the global distribution of tertiary degree holders share at nearly 78 million after China (2.5 million) in STEM subjects (science, technology , engineering and mathematics).(46th) and ease of finding skilled employees (45th). India s concern: India has optimised just 57%

India s concern: India has optimised just 57% of its human capital endowment. Its youth s concern: India has optimised just 57% of its human capital endowment. Its youth

literacy rate is still only 90% (103rd in the world).

In case of labour force participation, India ranks low as it has world s largest employment gender gaps (121st). s largest employment gender gaps (121st).

About Human Capital Index

The Human Capital Index measures countries ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth. ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth.

It is based on 46 indicators about how well countries are developing and deploying their human capital, focusing on education, skills and employment.to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth. © 2016 GKToday | All Rights Reserved

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The WEF report of HCI presents an analysis by focusing on a number of key issues that can support better design of education policy and future workforce planning.Current A airs: July 2016 [Date-wise Compendium] Union Government launches National Green Highways Mission July 2,

Union Government launches National Green Highways Mission

July 2, 2016

The Union Government has launched National Green Highways Mission (NGHM), a plantation drive around 1500 km of National Highways. It was launched by the Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi. About National Green Highways Mission

NGHM was launched under the Green Highways Policy, 2015 to provide a holistic vision of developing eco-friendly and green National Highways.Gadkari in New Delhi. About National Green Highways Mission The mission aims to provide a green

The mission aims to provide a green canopy along 100,000 km of highways and create jobs for 1 million youth.of developing eco-friendly and green National Highways. It has been initiated to engage corporates, Public Sector

It has been initiated to engage corporates, Public Sector units, Government organizations and other institutions for developing green corridor along National Highways through plantation and allied activity on median, avenue and other available nearby land patches .100,000 km of highways and create jobs for 1 million youth. The funds for the mission

The funds for the mission will be met by Green Fund corpus which is 1 per cent of the total project cost set aside for plantation purposeson median, avenue and other available nearby land patches . Potential: The afforestation across National Highways

Potential: The afforestation across National Highways is expected to help in sequestering The afforestation across National Highways is expected to help in sequestering

approximately 12 lakh metric ton carbon annually.

It will also generate jobs and can be a game-changer for agriculture and rural economy.approximately 12 lakh metric ton carbon annually. In future, the mission will be linked with the

In future, the mission will be linked with the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee scheme. Besides, the minister also launched Adopt a Green Highway Program , Kisan Harit Rajmarg Adopt a Green Highway Program, Kisan Harit Rajmarg

Yojana and National Green Highways Mission Mobile App.

Kisan Harit Rajmarg Yojana: It is a pilot scheme to extend green belt beyond the existing Right of

Way of highways. It seeks to engage farmers and also provide alternative livelihood option to the nearby communities.

Kerala Government bans e-cigarettes

July 2, 2016

Kerala Government has banned electronic cigarette alias e-cigarette as its use can cause various health issues, including cancer and heart ailments. In this regard, an order was issued that banned the production, sale and advertisement of e-cigarettes in the state. With this, Kerala becomes fourth state in India to ban e-cigarette. Punjab was the first state to ban e-

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cigarettes in November 2014 under the provisions of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act

(COTPA), 2003. It was followed by Maharashtra and Karnataka. What are e-cigarettes?

e-cigarettes are handy battery-powered devices that emit doses of vaporised nicotine. It produces the feel of tobacco smoking.by Maharashtra and Karnataka. What are e-cigarettes? Unlike regular cigarette, e-cigarettes do not produce smoke

Unlike regular cigarette, e-cigarettes do not produce smoke but produces an aerosol (mist), which is inaccurately referred to as vapor.vaporised nicotine. It produces the feel of tobacco smoking. e-cigarettes have a heating element that atomizes

e-cigarettes have a heating element that atomizes a liquid solution known as e-liquid which usually is a mixture of propylene glycol, glycerin, nicotine, and flavorings.aerosol (mist), which is inaccurately referred to as vapor. Ill effects: A series of studies conducted

Ill effects: A series of studies conducted in Japan and United States (US) had proved that the A series of studies conducted in Japan and United States (US) had proved that the

usage of e-cigarette can cause cancer and heart ailments.

High-speed OPV INS Tarasa launched by Indian Navy

July 2, 2016

Indian Navy has launched INS Tarasa, the fourth and last ship in the series of the Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (WJFAC). It is being built by Kolkata (West Bengal) based Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), for the Indian Navy. The WJFACs are ideally suited and used for interception of fast- moving surface craft.

About INS Tarasa

INS Tarasa like the previously launched ships of WJFACs series has been named after the picturesque island in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in Bay of Bengal.interception of fast- moving surface craft. About INS Tarasa It is an improved variant of the

It is an improved variant of the Car Nicobar-class high-speed offshore patrol vessels (OPVs).in the Andaman and Nicobar archipelago in Bay of Bengal. It is powered by the latest

It is powered by the latest 4,000-series MTU engines and has displacement capacity of 315 tonnes. It is fitted with advanced machinery control system.Car Nicobar-class high-speed offshore patrol vessels (OPVs). It has been designed to attain maximum speed of

It has been designed to attain maximum speed of 35 knots and for an endurance of nearly 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots.tonnes. It is fitted with advanced machinery control system. The ship will be fitted with CRN-91

The ship will be fitted with CRN-91 indigenous 30mm gun with optronic pedestal. It will also have the latest communication equipment and radars to enable effective surveillance.an endurance of nearly 2,000 nautical miles at 12-14 knots. INS Tarasa will perform anti-smuggling, fishery

INS Tarasa will perform anti-smuggling, fishery protection and search and rescue operations.equipment and radars to enable effective surveillance. RIMPAC 2016: World s largest international maritime

RIMPAC 2016: World s largest international maritime exercise kicks off

July 2, 2016

World s largest international maritime e