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Army inducts Short Span Bridging systems
- The Indian Army on 2 July 2021 inducted the first batch of 12 indigenously designed and developed Short Span Bridging systems into the Corps of Engineers.
- The system has been designed by DRDO and manufactured by L&T.
- The equipment will meet the important requirements of providing mobility to forces by speedy bridging of gaps during operations.
Wholesale trade under the ambit of MSMEs
- The government has decided to bring retail and wholesale trade under the ambit of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME).
- It has issued revised guidelines to include retail and wholesale trade as MSME and extending to them the benefit of priority sector lending under RBI guidelines.
- With the revised guidelines they will now be allowed to register on Udyam Registration Portal.
Satellite TV classrooms to be implemented
- ISRO has given its nod to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education to provide technical assistance for satellite TV classrooms in the country.
- It will bridge the learning gap due to the lockdown.
- ISRO scientists appeared before the Parliamentary Standing Committee for Education on 2 July 2021 and made a detailed presentation about the proposed satellite TV classroom for students.
Environmental Testing Facility to be set up
- The foundation stone has been laid for establishing an Environmental Testing Facility at the Visakhapatnam Unit of Bharat Dynamics Limited (BDL).
- It will be the first of its kind in the country.
- The facility, once operational, will enhance BDL’s capability in the testing infrastructure for Torpedoes and underwater weapons.
- It will also consist of a vibration testing facility.
Uttarakhand Chief Minister resigns
- Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat resigned on 2 July 2021.
- He handed over his resignation to Governor Baby Rani Maurya.
- He resigned in less than four months after taking over the charge of the Chief Minister.
- He has decided to resign considering the constitutional crisis.
- He served as the 9th CM of Uttarakhand.
Pregnant women can now take the Covid vaccine
- Pregnant women can now take the Covid vaccine.
- The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has given its nod for the vaccination of pregnant women.
- The effect of the vaccine and immunity developed in the mother’s body will remain in the child at least till the time of birth.
- The increased mortality of pregnant women during the second wave of COVID-19 has led to this decision.
Norms for interest on unclaimed amount tweaked
- The RBI has tweaked the norms for interest on the amount left unclaimed with the bank after a term deposit matures.
- Currently, if a term deposit matures and the proceeds are unpaid, the amount left unclaimed with the bank attracts the rate of interest as applicable to savings deposits.
- The new norms are applicable for deposits in all commercial banks, small finance banks, etc.
CRPF signs MoU with C-DAC
- The Central Reserve Police Force, CRPF has signed an MoU with the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing C-DAC.
- It will train the manpower of the force in advanced technologies and undertake joint projects.
- The MoU aims at augmenting the technical capabilities of CRPF by training its manpower in advanced areas like Internet of Things (IoT), Cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, etc.
Sanjay Miranka joins Magma Fincorp
- Poonawalla group acquired Magma Fincorp Ltd has announced the joining of Sanjay Miranka as its Group Chief Financial Officer (Group CFO).
- Sanjay will lead the group’s resource raising, regulatory compliance and governance, investor interactions, corporate legal, etc.
- He was recently associated with Aditya Birla Finance Ltd (ABFL) for close to 18 years in various capacities.
Virat Kohli: Highest paid Indian on Instagram
- Virat Kohli is the highest-ranking Indian on the Hopper Instagram Rich List 2021, bagging $680,000 (over ₹5 crore) for every promotional post on the photo-sharing socia media platform.
- He has more than 125 million followers on Instagram right now and a net worth of $60 million.
- The only other Indian on this list is Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who was placed 27th in the charts.
ICICI Bank launches ‘Salute Doctors’
- ICICI Bank has launched India’s most comprehensive banking solutions for medical doctors.
- Titled as ‘Salute Doctors’, the solution offers customized banking as well as value-added services for every doctor.
- The initiative is powered by ICICI STACK, a digital banking platform.
- The solutions are mostly digital and instant.
Odisha govt to set up the centre of excellence
- The Odisha government is developing the College of Engineering in Keonjhar to a centre of excellence in research of Earth Sciences and Technology at a cost of Rs 42.50 crore.
- The institute would have advanced divisions in Rock Mechanics, Rock Excavation, Mineral Processing, Extractive Metallurgy, Material Testing, Characterisation, etc.
- The project will be completed in 36 months.
Haptik partners with SETU
- Jio Haptik Technologies Limited has announced a strategic collaboration with SETU to offer a unified WhatsApp payment experience to businesses and users across India.
- SETU is India’s leading API infrastructure provider.
- With this integration, Haptik and SETU will convert WhatsApp into an ultimate all-in-one payment collection and commerce channel for Indian businesses.
OneWeb launches 36 satellites
- Britain-based tech company OneWeb sent 36 satellites into orbit on 1 July 2021.
- The launch from Russia’s Far East would allow it to offer connectivity everywhere north of 50 degrees latitude.
- The satellites were blasted into orbit by a Soyuz rocket from Russia’s Vostochny cosmodrome.
- The rocket bore the message “Hello North Pole” on it.
18.3C record heat confirmed in Antarctica
- The UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has confirmed a new maximum temperature record for the Antarctic of 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.9 degrees Fahrenheit).
- The previous record verified by the WMO for the Antarctic continent was 17.5 degrees Celsius (63.5 degrees Fahrenheit) recorded on March 24, 2015, at Esperanza Research Station.
Species of ‘extinct’ mouse rediscovered
- A mouse, whose species was believed to have been extinct more than 150 years ago, has been rediscovered in islands off Western Australia.
- Gould’s mouse, also known as Pseudomys gouldii, was commonly found in eastern inland Australia years ago but quickly disappeared after the 1840s.
- This species of the mouse was similar to a black mouse but slightly smaller and more social.
Andhra CM launches ‘YSR Bima’ scheme
- Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has launched the ‘YSR Bima’ scheme with new guidelines.
- Under this, the government itself will directly pay the insurance amount to the family of the deceased to make the insurance claims easier.
- In the last two years, the state government had spent Rs 1307 crore for YSR Bima.
Sun Pharma launches ‘Sunkalp’
- Sun Pharmaceuticals has launched an initiative ‘Sunkalp’ for the welfare of doctors, their families, and the community.
- It will be rolled out in a phased manner.
- It will include mental health support for doctors and their families, webinars for doctors on mental health by experts, donation of COVID-19 medicines, post-doctorate educational sponsorship, etc.
6 technology innovation platforms launched
- The Union Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises and Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javdekar virtually launched six technology innovation platforms, on 2 July 2021.
- These platforms will focus on certain identified mother technologies which will cover the manufacturing sector, capital goods, and mobility together for current and future needs.
Cooperation agreement between LABC and IETO
- Indian Economic Trade Organization signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the Libyan African Business council in Tunisia during the Financial Investment Trade Africa (FITA 2021).
- FITA 2021 was held in Tunis on June 25, 2021.
- The MoC broadly focuses on deepening engagements between business structures of both countries and will work closely in the field of IT development, healthcare, etc.
India joins G20 Inclusive Framework tax deal
- India has joined Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and G20 Inclusive Framework tax deal.
- The proposed solution consists of two components- reallocation of additional share of profit to the market jurisdictions and minimum tax subject to tax rules.
- A consensus agreement is expected by October 2021.
Turkey officially withdraws from a treaty
- Turkey formally withdrew on 1 July’21 from a landmark international treaty protecting women from violence.
- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has announced his “Action Plan for Combating Violence against Women”, which includes goals such as reviewing judicial processes, improving protection services and gathering data on violence.
- The Istanbul Convention seeks to prevent violence against women.
International Day of Cooperatives: 3 July
- International Day of Cooperatives is celebrated on the first Saturday of July every year.
- It was first celebrated under the auspices of the United Nations in 2005.
- The aim of International Day is to increase awareness on cooperatives.
- The theme for the 2021 International Day of Cooperatives is “Cooperatives for building a people-centred and environmentally just recovery”.
Black carbon could lead to premature mortality
- Black Carbon has a significant adverse effect on human health and leads to premature mortality, according to a new study.
- The Indo-Gangetic plain is exposed to black carbon (BC) with serious implications on regional climate and human health.
- Scientists from Mahamana Centre of Excellence in Climate Change Research explored the individual as well as the cumulative impact of BC aerosol.
Former India footballer Prasannan passes away
- Former international footballer M Prasannan passed away in July 2021.
- He played for Kerala, Maharashtra, and Goa in Santosh Trophy National Football Championship.
- He was part of the Indian team coached by PK Banerjee and captained by Inder Singh in the Merdeka Cup in 1973.
- He later coached Maharashtra and made them runners-up in a Santosh Trophy tournament.
Second Gender Samvaad organised
- The Second Gender Samvaad was organized by the Ministry of Rural Development’s Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-National Rural Livelihoods Mission (DAY-NRLM) on 2 July’21.
- Gender Samvaad is an attempt to create a common platform for generating greater awareness on NRLM’s interventions.
- It focuses on highlighting best practices and the lessons learnt in implementing gender-responsive interventions.
17th World Congress for Cervical Pathology
- Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare addressed at the inaugural session of the 17th World Congress for Cervical Pathology and Colposcopy on 1 July 2021.
- The event was organized by the Indian Society of Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology.
- The theme of the World congress was “Eliminating Cervical Cancer: Call for Action”.
6th meeting of BRICS Culture Ministers held
- The Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, Prahlad Singh Patel hosted the 6th BRICS Culture Ministers’ Meeting on 2 July 2021 through video conference.
- The delegates from Culture Ministries of the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Russian Federation, the Republic of India, the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa participated in the meeting.
WAKO Federation gets government recognition
- The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports has decided to grant recognition to WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as National Sports Federation (NSF).
- It has been recognized for promotion and development of the Kickboxing sport in India.
- WAKO Federation is affiliated to the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO), which is the International Federation for the sport of Kickboxing.
Jim Whitehurst resigns as IBM President
- Jim Whitehurst has announced he is stepping down as the President of IBM.
- He will continue to work as a senior adviser for the corporation.
- Whitehurst was appointed as IBM’s President in 2020.
- This was the first time in decades that the corporation split up the designation of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President.
Richardson suspended for one month
- American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson has accepted a one-month suspension after testing positive for cannabis.
- She has been ruled out of the 100 metres in Tokyo.
- Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency but if athletes can prove that their ingestion of the substance was unrelated to sports performance, then a suspension of three months rather than the usual four years is imposed.
Maana Patel qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
- Maana Patel, on 2 Jul’21, became the first Indian female swimmer to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics through the ‘Universality quota’.
- The Universality quota allows one male and one female competitor from a country to participate in the Olympics, provided no other swimmer from the same gender qualifies for the Games.
- She joins Sajan Prakash and Srihari Natarajan in India’s swimming squad.
Ashok Leyland appoints Andy Palmer as CEO
- Ashok Leyland has appointed former Aston Martin Chief Andy Palmer as Executive Vice Chairman and CEO of its electric vehicle arm Switch Mobility.
- Switch Mobility combines the electric commercial vehicle operations of Ashok Leyland and its British arm Optare.
- Nitin Seth has been appointed as Chief Operating Officer and Sarwant Singh Saini as Chief Planning Officer.
Phase 3 trial data for Covaxin released
- Bharat Biotech has published the trial data for its COVID-19 vaccine, Covaxin, which claims the India-made vaccine to be 77.8% effective against the coronavirus.
- The vaccine was found to have 93% efficacy against severe cases of COVID-19 and 63% efficacy against asymptomatic transmission.
- Trial data also indicated that the vaccine was effective against the Delta variant of the virus.
Richard Branson to make spaceflight
- Sir Richard Branson has named the date he’ll fly to the edge of space- it will be 11 July 2021, or very soon after.
- He’ll be a passenger in the back of the Unity rocket plane his Virgin Galactic company has been developing in the US for the better part of two decades.
- The vehicle can climb to an altitude of 90km (295,000ft), giving those onboard a few minutes of weightlessness.
India’s exports during Q1 rise to $95 billion
- Exports during the June quarter 2021 jumped to $95 billion on account of healthy growth in sectors, including engineering, rice, oil meals, and marine products.
- The merchandise exports were $82 billion during April-June 2018-19 and $90 billion during the last quarter of 2020-21.
- Exports during April-June period are the highest ever merchandise exports in a quarter in the history of India.
Passenger railways service trial successful
- The trial of passenger railways service from Silchar railway station of Assam to Vangaichungpao railway station of Tamenglong Manipur has been conducted successfully.
- The second railway station of Manipur, after Jiribam Railway Station, is expected to be inaugurated in the first week of July 2021.
- The new B.G. railway station- Vangaichungpao is around 11 km from Jiribam railway station.
Maharashtra govt announces evaluation scheme
- Maharashtra government has announced an evaluation scheme for students of 12th standard, studying in junior colleges of State Board of Higher Education.
- In the final result of the 12th standard, 30% weightage will be given for 10th and 11th standard marks.
- For 10th standard marks, an average of 3 subjects having the highest marks will be considered.
UP government plans to establish Health ATMs
- The Uttar Pradesh government is planning to establish Health ATMs to provide better health facilities to the people in the state.
- Through most advanced health ATMs machines, people would be able to get measured their body mass index, blood pressure, metabolic age, body fat, hydration, pulse rate, etc.
- These ATM machines will be installed in villages, small towns and other places in cities.
INS Sarvekshak completes survey around Colombo
- Indian Navy’s Hydrographic Survey Ship Sarvekshak successfully completed survey action around the site of MV X-Press Pearl on 2 July 2021.
- It handed over the survey data to the Sri Lankan authorities.
- The ship equipped with the state of the art survey equipment including the Side Scan Sonar was deployed on 25 June 2021 at the request of the government of Sri Lanka.