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CRPF Raising Day: 27 July
- The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) celebrated its 83rd Raising Day on 27 July 2021.
- The CRPF came into existence as Crown Representative’s Police on July 27, 1939.
- It became the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on the enactment of the CRPF Act on December 28, 1949.
- It is India’s largest Central Armed Police Force and functions under the authority of the Ministry of Home Affairs.
J&K Forest Dept formulates a plan
- J&K Forest Dept and its allied wings of Social Forestry, Wild Life Protection, and Soil and Water Conservation Departments have formulated an ambitious plan.
- It envisages large-scale afforestation during current monsoon season across various districts of Jammu.
- A plan under Farm Forestry Programme has also been drawn up to provide different plant saplings to farmers at subsidized rates.
Consignment of vegetables dispatched to UAE
- The first consignment of vegetables was dispatched to the UAE from Uttarakhand on 26 Jul’21.
- The consignment included curry leaf, okra, pear, and bitter gourd sourced from the farmers of Haridwar.
- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) has been carrying out promotional activities to bring Uttarakhand on the agricultural export map of India.
Relief of Rs.10,000 per family: Maharashtra
- Maharashtra government has announced an immediate relief of Rs 10,000 per family and foodgrains to the flood-affected people in Konkan and Western Maharashtra.
- Rescue operations in the Raigad district have now been called off but continued in other districts.
- The death toll due to flood has increased to 192 and 25 persons are still missing.
West Bengal govt sets up Inquiry Commission
- In West Bengal, a two-member Inquiry Commission has been set up to probe the reported interception through spyware.
- It comprises retired Supreme Court Justice M.B. Lokur and former Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya.
- West Bengal has become the first state to set up an Inquiry Commission over Pegasus row.
Manipur govt to appoint Mirabai Chanu as ASP
- The Manipur government has decided to appoint Olympic silver medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu as Additional Superintendent of Police (Sports) in the Police Department.
- She would also be rewarded with one crore rupees as announced by the government earlier.
- Olympian Judoka Likmabam Sushila Devi would be promoted from the post of Constable to Sub-Inspector.
Puri implements Drink from Tap project
- Puri in Odisha has become the first city in the country to implement the Drink from Tap project.
- The project will benefit about 2.5 lakh residents of Puri city in addition to about two crore tourists who visit the holy city every year.
- It saves people from botheration of either storing or filtering water before consumption.
- Water fountains have been set up in about 400 sites in the city.
Day for the Conservation of Mangroves
- The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem is celebrated each year on 26 July.
- It was adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2015.
- It aims to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation, and uses.
Myanmar economy to shrink by 18 percent
- Amid the ongoing political unrest, the economy of Myanmar is predicted to shrink by 18 percent in the fiscal year between October 2020 to September 2021.
- The World Bank informed this in its economic monitor for July 2021.
- The Myanmar economy could become 30 percent smaller relative to 2019.
- The Myanmar Kyat has depreciated by about 23 percent against the US dollar.
Govt to set up National Centre of Excellence
- The union government has decided to set up a National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics for creating a world-class talent pool in India to cater to the Indian as well as global industry.
- It will be set up in collaboration with Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay.
- Media and entertainment sector is one of the largest growing sectors in the country.
Government proposes to set up NRF
- The government has proposed to set up a National Research Foundation (NRF) to strengthen the research ecosystem in the country.
- NRF is being envisaged as an umbrella structure that will improve linkages between research and development, academia, and industry.
- The total proposed outlay of NRF is 50 thousand crore rupees over a period of five years.
Rajnath Singh on a visit to Tajikistan
- Defence Minister Rajnath Singh left for Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe on 27 July 2021.
- He will participate in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s Defence Ministers meet.
- Main engagement, which is on 28 July’21, includes a joint call on by the SCO defence ministers with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon.
- The SCO as a grouping occupies 60 per cent of the Eurasian continent.
Weightlifter Diaz gets 1st Philippines gold
- Hidilyn Diaz became the first ever Olympic gold medallist from the Philippines on 26 July 2021, winning the women’s 55-kilogram category.
- At her fourth Olympic Games, Diaz overtook Liao Qiuyun of China on her last lift in the clean and jerk to win with a total of 224 kilograms. That was one more than Liao.
- Zulfiya Chinshanlo of Kazakhstan took bronze with 213kg.
Wipro partners with 4baseCare
- 4baseCare, a precision oncology company in India, and IT services major Wipro announced their collaboration to develop precision oncology solutions.
- It aims at improving the affordability and timely availability of gene testing reports for cancer patients.
- The partners will build a framework of efficient, streamlined, and well-regulated workflows for the development of advanced gene panels.
BioNTech announces malaria project
- German biotech company BioNTech SE announced a project to develop a malaria vaccine candidate based on its proprietary mRNA technology.
- It aims at developing a first-generation mRNA vaccine, using a known antigen, the CSP protein.
- The clinical trial for this first-generation vaccine candidate is expected to start at the end of 2022.
- It also aims to expand vaccine production across Africa.
Vijay Mallya was declared bankrupt by UK court
- A court in the United Kingdom declared Indian fugitive businessman Vijay Mallya bankrupt on 26 July 2021.
- It will pave the way to pursue a worldwide freezing order to seek repayment of debt owed by Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines by seizing his Indian assets.
- The petitioners were made up of an SBI-led consortium of 13 Indian banks, including Bank of Baroda, IDBI Bank, UCO Bank, etc.
LS passes Factoring Regulation Amendment Bill
- Lok Sabha passed the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
- The bill seeks to help micro, small and medium enterprises by providing added avenues for getting credit facilities, especially through Trade Receivables Discounting System(TRDS).
- The bill seeks to amend the definitions of “assignment”, “factoring business” and “receivables” and to insert a new definition of TRDS.
Facebook Pragati to award grants
- Facebook India sought applications from women-led nonprofits under its Facebook Pragati programme, under which it will offer six grants worth a total of Rs 3 crore.
- The programme has been powered by The Nudge Centre for Social Innovation.
- It will incubate early-stage women-led non-profits that are working around women-related issues such as digital inclusion, technology, and health.
China launches campaign to clean up apps
- China has announced a 6-month campaign to clean up what it says are serious problems with internet apps violating consumer rights, cybersecurity, and “disturbing market order.
- It also aims at illicit broadband networks, which it called “black broadband” that failed to conform to website filing procedures or might be subletting or using illegal access to networks.
Power Exchange IEX partners with N-SIDE
- The Indian Energy Exchange has started using the N-SIDE Power Matching Solution that is based on Mixed-Integer Linear Programming (MILP) to determine the daily price and traded volume of electricity in the Day-Ahead Market.
- IEX expects to benefit from the Power Matching Solution as it enables the power exchange to offer complex bid types to meet the changing needs of the Indian Energy market.
“MyGov Uttar Pradesh” portal launched
- Chief minister Yogi Adityanath launched “MyGov Uttar Pradesh” portal on 26 July 2021.
- It aims to take forward the idea of citizen engagement and to achieve the goal of “Good Governance’ in the biggest State of India.
- With this “innovative effort”, now the citizens can share their opinion on the government’s policy and the government can receive their feedback on programs of public interest.
Govt procures record wheat in 2021-22
- The government has procured a record 43.33 million tonnes of wheat in the 2021-22 rabi marketing season.
- The previous record was 38.99 million tonnes (MT) in the 2020-21 rabi marketing season.
- About 49.15 lakh farmers have been benefitted from the current procurement operations with an MSP (minimum support price) value of Rs 85,581.39 crore.
Biocon Biologics ties up with Adagio
- Biocon Biologics has announced that the US-based Adagio Therapeutics has granted an exclusive license to it to manufacture and commercialize an antibody treatment based on ADG20 for India and select emerging markets.
- ADG20 is a novel monoclonal antibody targeting the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2 and related coronaviruses.
- Adagio plans to seek emergency use authorization in the US by 2022.
Centre of Excellence to be set up in Northeast
- The Ministry of Science and Technology will set up a first-of-its-kind “Centre of Excellence” in the Northeast.
- The prestigious project for establishing “Centre for Bio-Resources and Sustainable Development as a Centre of Excellence” was sanctioned by the Department of Biotechnology and is complete for formal inauguration shortly.
- It will be built at a cost of nearly Rs. 50 crores.
Nationwide helpline to be launched for women
- The Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Zubin Irani will be launching a 24/7 helpline number for women affected by violence on 27 July 2021.
- The aim of the helpline is to provide round-the-clock emergency and non-emergency complaints and counseling services to women by linking them with appropriate authorities.
- Any girl or woman aged 18 years and above can seek help.
Kandla becomes the first Green SEZ
- Kandla SEZ (KASEZ) was awarded IGBC Platinum Rating on 26 July 2021.
- KASEZ is the first green SEZ (Special Economic Zone) to achieve the IGBC Green Cities Platinum Rating for existing cities.
- The rating has been awarded for ‘green master planning, policy initiatives and implementation of green infrastructure by CII’s Indian Green Building Council (IGBC).
India in top 10 agricultural produce exporters
- India is in the top ten list of agricultural produce exporters in 2019 with a significant share within the export of rice, soya beans, cotton, and meat.
- This was given in a report by World Trade Organisation (WTO) on trends in world agricultural trade in recent 25 years.
- In 2019, India ranked ninth with a share of 3.1% in global agricultural exports.
Pramod: Differently Abled Sportsman of Year
- World No. 1 para shuttler Pramod Bhagat has been named Differently Abled Sportsman of the Year at Indian Sports Honours for 2019.
- Bhagat won two gold medals and a bronze at the Dubai Para-Badminton Tournament 2021.
- He will be participating in singles and mixed doubles events at the Paralympics which opens in Tokyo from August 24, 2021.
Nasir Kamal appointed BCAS DG
- Senior IPS officer Nasir Kamal has been appointed the Director-General of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS).
- Kamal is a 1986-batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Uttar Pradesh cadre.
- The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Kamal’s appointment to the post of Director General in BCAS for a tenure up to his superannuation on July 31, 2022.
Yusuffali was appointed Vice Chairman of ADCCI
- Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan has appointed Indian businessman Yusuffali MA as the Vice-Chairman of the apex government body for all businesses operating from the UAE’s capital city.
- He has been appointed to the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ADCCI).
- He is the only person from India on the 29-member board.
- He is the CMD of LuLu Group.
Yondr, Everstone ink JV
- US-based global data centre major Yondr Group has entered into a strategic joint venture with Singapore-based Everstone Group.
- It will invest over $1 billion to develop and operate data centers across India.
- The investment will be used to fund the development and operation of data center business across important geographies in India, including Hyderabad, Bangalore, Chennai, and Delhi.
Delhi to send names of doctors for Padma award
- The Delhi government has decided to send the names of doctors and healthcare workers for the Padma awards for 2021.
- The Delhi government has formed a screening committee that will screen the names in the next 15 days and recommend the names to the government.
- Instituted in 1954, these awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year and seek to recognize ‘work of distinction’.
Torrent Gas to set up CGD network over 5 years
- Torrent Gas Ltd, the gas distribution arm of $3 billion Torrent Group will invest ₹5000 crores in Tamil Nadu over the next five years to lay the infrastructure for its city gas distribution (CGD) business.
- The company plans to invest around ₹10,000 crores over the next five years across the country.
- Torrent Gas has already invested around ₹1,900 crores in India.
India’s GDP growth is expected to be 8.8-9%
- The country’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth is likely to be 8.8 to 9 percent in the current financial year, driven by agriculture and industry sectors.
- This was given in a report by Care Ratings.
- The country’s economy had contracted by 7.3 percent in fiscal 2020-21.
- It estimates the country’s foreign exchange reserves to be around USD 620-630 billion by March 2022.
World Heritage Status to Madrid’s Park
- Madrid’s tree-lined Paseo del Prado boulevard and the adjoining Retiro park have been added to UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
- The boulevard dates back to the 16th century while the park was originally for royal use in the 17th century before it was fully opened to the public in 1848.
- The committee also added China’s Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan to the World Heritage list.
Exercise Indra-21 to be held in August
- 12th Edition of Indo-Russia joint military exercise INDRA 2021 will be held at Volgograd, Russia from 1-13 Aug’21.
- It will entail the conduct of counter-terror operations under the UN mandate by a joint force against international terror groups.
- 250 personnel from both nations will form part of the exercise.
- The Indian Army contingent will comprise a Mechanised Infantry Battalion.
IIT Guwahati, IIM Bangalore’s new analysis
- A new mathematical analysis conducted by researchers from the IIT Guwahati and IIM Bangalore has established a relationship between the carbon footprint of companies and the potential risks of investing in these firms.
- The findings of this analysis were published in arXiv, a curated research-sharing platform maintained by a team at Cornell University, U.S.
British swimmer Tom Dean wins gold at Olympics
- Britain’s Tom Dean won gold in the 200-meter freestyle on 27 July 2021 and led a historic 1-2 in swimming for Team GB as teammate Duncan Scott took silver.
- He had contracted COVID-19 not once but twice in the run-up to the Olympics.
- It was also Britain’s first 1-2 finish in the pool at the Olympics in over 100 years, since the 1908 Games in London.
US veterans dept to adopt vaccine mandate
- The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has become the first federal agency to institute a mandate as California and New York City announced new vaccine requirements affecting workers.
- It has been announced that more than 100,000 health care personnel would have to get Covid-19 shots.
- Personnel such as physicians, dentists, registered nurses, etc. now have 8 weeks to be fully vaccinated.
Scientists to collaborate on covid research
- Scientists from India, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa will collaborate on research that will help develop or repurpose drugs against COVID-19.
- They will repurpose, validate and synthesize lead compounds against main protease and RNA replicas, the enzyme that catalyzes the replication of RNA, of SARS-CoV-2.
- It would be of great value for the search for new efficient drugs against COVID-19.