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The first company to manufacture Trifloxystrobin
- Best Crop Science LLP (BCS) has been granted a registration for indigenous manufacturing of Trifloxystrobin Technical, becoming the first agrochemical industry to manufacture it in India.
- The registration has been granted by Central Insecticides Board & Registration Committee.
- Trifloxystrobin is India’s no.1 fungicide in demand and its market size values at Rs. 400 Crores in India.
Largest Li-ion battery factory to be set up
- Lohum has planned to set up India’s largest 3 GWh Li-ion battery factory in Greater Noida.
- Lohum Cleantech is one of the world’s leading Li-ion battery players.
- The proposed factory will also integrate the battery manufacturing capacity of 1 GWh/ 1,000 MWh and 2GWh/ 2,000 MWh of recycling per annum.
- More than Rs 300 crore will be invested in this facility.
Bhageerathi Amma passes away
- The “great granny of letters”, Bhageerathi Amma (107) Kollam, passed away on 23 July 2021.
- She was a recipient of the prestigious Nari Shakti Puraskar by the central government.
- She had scripted history by becoming the oldest student by clearing the fourth standard equivalency examination conducted by the state-run Kerala State Literacy Mission (KSLM) in 2019.
35 new SOs to become operational by Dec
- The National Center for Seismology (NCS) has decided to commission 35 new seismological observatories (SO) by December 2021, taking the strength to 150.
- Additional 100 new observatories will be installed by March 2026.
- The NCS, under the Ministry of Earth Science, is the nodal agency of the government for monitoring and to study earthquakes in and around the country.
Delhi govt announces “Samman Rashi”
- The Kejriwal government approved a ‘Samman Rashi’ of ₹1 crore each to the family of six bravehearts of Delhi who lost their lives in the line of duty.
- The families of the brave men who will be given the ex-gratia include two officers who were posted with the Delhi Police, three with the Indian Air Force, while one jawan was posted in Civil Defense.
World Universities Summit inaugurated
- Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu inaugurated the World Universities Summit 2021 (WUS 21) on 21 July 2021.
- The summit was organised by O.P. Jindal Global University (JGU) on “Universities of the Future: Building Institutional Resilience, Social Responsibility and Community Impact”.
- JGU partnered with 6 Global Education Networks to bring this unprecedented 3-day World Education Summit.
Binaya Srikanta: HC of India to Tanzania
- Binaya Srikanta Pradhan, presently Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Moscow has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Tanzania.
- As a diplomat, he served in senior positions in Indian Embassies in Moscow, Turkmenistan, and Pakistan during 2004-12.
- Pradhan joined as Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India, Moscow on June 3, 2019.
Govt of UP and Sapio Analytics join hands
- Department of MSME, govt of Uttar Pradesh, has signed an MoU with government advisory firm Sapio Analytics.
- It will provide licenses of automation software Accloud, worth Rs. 72 crores, to 20,000 MSMEs of the state.
- The software licenses shall be provided free of cost to the MSMEs who can apply for the same through a portal (https://sapioanalytics.com/accloud/).
BARC develops cotton-based superabsorbent
- Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has developed a highly efficient super-hydrophobic (water disliking) and super-oleophilic (oil liking) cotton by radiation technology.
- The cotton can be used for the removal of toxic organic liquids such as benzene, toluene, etc. from industrial or municipal wastewater.
- The material was developed by bio-inspired molecular-scale surface engineering.
Philippines: 1st nation to approve golden rice
- The Philippines has become the world’s first country to approve the commercial production of genetically modified “golden rice”.
- The decision made by the Philippines will combat childhood blindness and save lives in the developing world.
- The rice is enriched with the vitamin A-precursor beta-carotene that makes it more nutritional.
IAS officer C.K. Gariyali’s book launched
- ‘Bank with a Soul: Equitas’, a book by retired IAS officer C.K. Gariyali was released by Duvvuri Subbarao, former Reserve Bank of India Governor, recently.
- Dr. Gariyali is a founder trustee of EDIT (Equitas Development Initiative Trust).
- In the book, she writes about, how as a founder trustee, she has seen Equitas go beyond banking and play a role in empowering over 30 lakh women.
11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) meeting
- External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar addressed the 11th Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC) meeting on 21 July 2021.
- The MGC initiative comprises six countries — India, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.
- It was launched in 2000 to boost cooperation in a range of areas including connectivity, tourism and culture.
NSE Foundation launches a project
- NSE Foundation, in partnership with the NITI Aayog and UNICEF, has launched a program to spread awareness on COVID-19 vaccination in India.
- The programme will unite the efforts of the partners and the local district administration to facilitate increased vaccination in remote districts of India.
- The districts which include Nandurbar and Osmanabad in Maharashtra, Karauli in Rajasthan, etc.
Taiwan to use own name at new Lithuania office
- Taiwan will set up an office in Lithuania using its colloquial name.
- Taiwan’s first diplomatic outpost in Europe in 18 years will be called the Taiwanese Representative Office in Lithuania, not the Taipei Office.
- Taiwan, officially the Republic of China, is a country in East Asia.
- It shares maritime borders with the People’s Republic of China to the northwest and Japan to the northeast.
Russia unveils new fighter aircraft Checkmate
- Russia, which has given the world the likes of MiG and Sukhoi, has unveiled a new fighter aircraft named ‘Checkmate’.
- The aircraft will compete against US’ F-35 in the international market.
- The jet is expected to take to the skies in 2023.
- It has an internal weapons bay designed to preserve its anti-radar shaping and is capable of carrying both air-to-air and air-to-ground ordnance.
IPC and WHO sign MoU
- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have signed an agreement.
- They will work together to foster diversity and equity through global initiatives promoting health and sport for everybody, everywhere.
- Both will collaborate to improve global access to quality rehabilitation and assistive technology as part of universal health coverage.
‘Renewables Integration in India 2021’
- A report on “Renewables Integration in India 2021” was jointly launched by NITI Aayog and IEA (International Energy Agency) on 22nd July 2021.
- The report is based on the outcome of three states workshops held with the Governments of Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Gujarat to understand the specific energy transition challenges faced by these renewable-rich states.
Income Tax Day: 24 July
- Income Tax Department celebrates July 24 as the Income Tax Day.
- The day marks the anniversary of the creation of the first authority to administer income tax in India in the year 1860.
- Income Tax Department is responsible for administering direct taxes laws in India such as the Income Tax Act, Black Money Act and Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act.
Max Bupa rebrands itself as Niva Bupa
- Max Bupa Health Insurance, backed by private equity firm True North and Bupa, has rebranded itself to Niva Bupa Health Insurance.
- Max India, which owned 51 percent in the insurer sold its stake to True North in February 2019 for Rs 510 crore.
- The Bupa brand name, however, would continue as before.
- Niva Bupa aims to become a Rs 2,500 crore company by FY21-22.
World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge opens
- World’s first 3D-printed steel bridge was opened to the public in Amsterdam in July 2021.
- It was developed by MX3D, a Dutch robotics company, in collaboration with a consortium of experts, and represents a major milestone for 3D-printing technology.
- It was installed over one of the oldest canals in Amsterdam’s city centre – the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.
Gold nano-biocomposite synthesized
- Indian scientists from the Institute of Advanced Study in Science and Technology (IASST) have synthesized a low-cost gold nano biocomposite material from onion peel with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- The secondary product of the metabolism of plants, such as flavonoids, demonstrates high degrees of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer activities.
Mirabai Chanu bags silver at Tokyo Olympics
- Mirabai Chanu ended India’s 21-year wait for a weightlifting medal at the Olympics by clinching a silver medal in the 49kg category to open the country’s account on 24 July 2021.
- She lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
- The gold went to China’s Hou Zhihui while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze.
Avigna group signs MoU with Tamil Nadu govt
- Avigna Industrial and Logistics Park, part of Chennai-based Avigna Group has signed an MoU with the Tamil Nadu govt for an investment of Rs 837 crore in the state.
- Avigna is soon going to start operation of their first-of-kind Food Terminal Market near Chennai.
- Besides this, Avigna Group is envisaging to expand its base at Bhiwandi in Mumbai, Farruknagar in Haryana, Jaipur and Kolkata.
Former Virgin Galactic CEO to fly to space
- Former CEO of Virgin Galactic Holdings, George Whitesides, will fly to space on the aerospace company’s next test spaceflight.
- On 11 July 2021, Richard Branson flew into space aboard a Virgin Galactic vessel.
- Nine days after Branson, Jeff Bezos, along with three others including the world’s oldest space traveller and astronaut, Wally Funk, flew into space in Blue Origin’s rocket.
India’s Forex reserves touch an all-time high
- India’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $835 mn to touch a fresh lifetime high of 612.73 bn dollars in the week ended 16th July 2021.
- Foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, increased by 463 million dollars to 568.748 bn dollars.
- Before that, the reserves had jumped by 1.883 bn dollars to 611.895 bn dollars.
- The gold reserves went up by $377 mn to reach $37.34 bn.
7 power infrastructure projects launched
- J&K Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha dedicated 7 different power infrastructure projects worth Rs 10.11 crore to the public on 23 July 2021.
- The projects include a new receiving station and power augmentation in Kashmir Division.
- The projects target four districts in the Kashmir Valley which include Pulwama, Bandipora, Ganderbal, and Budgam, and would benefit 30,400 households.
Foundation laid for Sainik School in Gorakhpur
- Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath on 23 July 2021 laid the foundation stone of Sainik School in Gorakhpur.
- The school, to be built in Gorakhpur Fertilizer Complex, will be the 5th Sainik School in the state.
- He also inaugurated and laid the foundation stone of various development projects of over Rs. 187 crore.
- A Sainik School will come up in each of the Commissionerates of the state.
60% of people in Telangana develop antibodies
- In Telangana, over 60 percent of the population has developed antibodies against Covid-19.
- The Hyderabad-based National Institute of Nutrition (ICMR-NIN) has revealed this in its report relating to the fourth round of the sero-prevalence study held recently.
- Sero-positivity rate is 60.1 per cent in the state.
- The survey covered all age groups including children between 6 to 9 years.
Foundation stone laid for NESAC Facility
- Home Minister Amit Shah laid the foundation stone of NESAC Multi-purpose Conference Centre and Exhibition Facility in Meghalaya on 24 July 2021.
- He also inaugurated the Inter-State Bus Terminal at Mawiong in East Khasi Hills.
- He also inaugurated the cryogenic oxygen plant and Pediatric Ward at Umswali in East Khasi hills.
China clinches its 1st gold medal in Olympics
- China has clinched its first gold medal in Tokyo Olympics in women’s 10m air rifle shooting.
- Yang Qian set an Olympic record of 251.8 to win the medal at the Asaka Shooting Range.
- Russia’s Anastasiia Galashina won silver while Switzerland’s Nina Christen won the first bronze medal of Tokyo 2020.
- Syria’s Hend Zaza lost to her Austrian opponent Liu Jia in table tennis.
Defence Minister flags in ARMEX-21 in Delhi
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flagged-in the Indian Army Skiing Expedition, ARMEX-21, in New Delhi on 23 July 2021.
- The ARMEX-21 was conducted in the mountain ranges of the Himalayan region to promote the adventure activity in the country and the Indian Army.
- The expedition was flagged off at Karakoram Pass in Ladakh on 10th March and culminated at Malari in Uttarakhand on the 6th of July.
INS Tabar reaches St Petersburg
- Indian Naval Ship Tabar reached St Petersburg on 22 July 2021 as part of a five-day goodwill visit to Russia.
- INS Tabar will participate in the 325th Navy Day celebrations of the Russian Navy.
- During the Russian Navy Day Parade on 25th of July, INS Tabar will join the column of ships that will be reviewed by the President of Russia.
5th North-East India Traditional Fashion Week
- Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment organised the virtual 5th North-East India Traditional Fashion Week 2021 on 24 July 2021.
- The National Institute for the Empowerment of Persons with Visual Disabilities organized the event to cater to the Divyang populace and stakeholders from the North-East to promote the arts and artisans of North-East India.
- The 2-day event will end on 25 July.
US State Secretary Blinken to visit India
- US Secretary of State, Antony J. Blinken, will visit India on 27th and 28th of July 2021.
- This is Secretary Blinken’s first visit to India after assuming charge as US Secretary of State.
- On 28th July, he will meet the External Affairs Minister and the National Security Advisor.
- Both sides will review the robust and multifaceted India-US bilateral relations.
Marathi poet Satish Kalsekar passes away
- Renowned Marathi poet Satish Kalsekar passed away in July 2021.
- Kalsekar was awarded Sahitya Akademi Award in 2014 for his collection of essays ‘Vachanaryachi Rojanishee’.
- He was mostly known for his work as a poet.
- His popular collections of poems are ‘Indriyopnishad’, ‘Sakshat’ and ‘Vilambit’.
- He had contributed in the fields of poetry, translation, prose writing, and editing.
Raj. approves draft tribal upliftment scheme
- The Rajasthan government has approved a draft tribal participation scheme for the upliftment of the community in the state.
- The scheme will be launched on World Tribal Day on August 9, 2021.
- Under the plan, work will be done according to the needs of people living in tribal areas for the inclusive development of the tribal community.
SpaceX bags contract for “Europa”
- Elon Musk’s private rocket company SpaceX was awarded a $178 million launch services contract for NASA’s first mission on Jupiter’s icy moon Europa.
- The Europa Clipper mission is due for blastoff in October 2024 on a Falcon Heavy rocket owned by Space Exploration Technologies Corp.
- Its objectives are to produce high-resolution images of Europa’s surface and determine its composition.
Rajya Sabha pays tributes to former members
- Rajya Sabha paid tributes to its former members S Agniraj and Vijay Singh Yadav, and MPs observed a moment of silence as a mark of respect to the departed.
- Agniraj, an agriculturist, was an ardent promoter of the Tamil language and represented Tamil Nadu in this House from June 1998 to June 2004.
- Vijay Singh, a social worker, represented Bihar in the House from April 2000 to April 2006.
First 5-time woman lifter in Olympics
- Papua New Guinea’s Toua became the first 5-time woman Olympian lifter.
- When women’s weightlifting was introduced as an Olympic sport in 2000, Papua New Guinea’s then 16-year-old Loa Dika Toua became the first-ever female Olympian lifter.
- Her previous four achievements were in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London Olympics.
Rs746 cr disbursed from Agri Infra Fund
- The Centre has disbursed Rs746 crore till 20 July 2021 from the Agriculture Infrastructure Fund, a debt financing facility.
- The maximum outlay has been disbursed to Madhya Pradesh.
- The Agriculture Infrastructure Fund is a medium – long-term debt financing facility for investment in viable projects for post-harvest management infrastructure and community farming assets.