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Pradhan Mantri Matsya Sampada Yojana Launched

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi launched PM Matsya Sampada Yojana, e-Gopala App & several initiatives linked to studies and research in fisheries production, dairy, animal husbandry and agriculture in Bihar through video conferencing.

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BIS’ Draft Standard For Drinking Water Supply

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has prepared a draft standard for the supply system of piped drinking water and has invited comments from water utilities, including the Delhi Jal Board (DJB), on it.

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Lakshadweep-Barn Owls

The Lakshadweep Administration had embarked on the ‘Pilot project on Biological Control of Rodents (Rats) by Using Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Kavaratti Island’ after studies revealed the shocking extent of damage caused by rats to the island’s coconut yield and economy.

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Teesta River Dispute

Bangladesh is discussing an almost $1 billion loan from China for a comprehensive management and restoration project on the Teesta river.

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UN’s Guidelines

The United Nations has outlined a set of 10 principles for implementation of its first-ever guidelines on access to social justice for people with disabilities.

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Sri Lankan Govt Abolish 19th Amendment To Constitution

Sri Lankan government has granted approval to abolish the 19th amendment to the constitution and replace it with the 20th amendment.

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7 New ASI Circles

Culture Ministry announced 7 new circles of the Archaeological Survey of India, earlier there were 29 ASI circles across the country.

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Swachh Survekshan 2020 Report

Swachh Survekshan 2020 report was recently released by the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry.

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States-SCs/STs

A five-judge Bench of the Supreme Court has held that States can sub-classify Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Central List to provide preferential treatment to the weakest out of the weak.

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Domicile-based Job Quota

The Madhya Pradesh government’s recent decision to reserve all government jobs for children of the state raises questions relating to the fundamental right to equality.

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National Council For Transgenders

The Centre has constituted the national council for transgender persons.

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RORO Service

First ever RORO service of South Western Railway from Nelamangla (near Bengaluru) to Bale (near Solapur) has been started.

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Jammu And Kashmir

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified new rules for administration in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir that specify the functions of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) and the Council of Ministers.

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NDC-TIA

NITI Aayog will virtually launch the India Component of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)–Transport Initiative for Asia (TIA).

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Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Group (PVTG)

Five members of the Great Andamanese tribe, a Particularly Vulnerable Tribal group (PVTG), have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Papum Reserve Forest (RF)

Forest cover loss threatens hornbills in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Kariye Museum

Turkey’s government has decided to convert another Byzantine monument in Istanbul, which has been a museum for over 70 years, into a working mosque. This is another ancient Orthodox church after Hagia Sophia that has become a mosque.

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National Recruitment Agency

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi approved the proposal to set up the National Recruitment Agency (NRA), marking a paradigm shift in government recruitment.

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Forest Ministry - Human-elephant Conflict

The Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has compiled the best practices of human-elephant conflict management in India.

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India- Maldives

India unveiled a $500-million package to help the Maldives build a connectivity project linking its capital Male with three islands, and provided $250 million as budgetary support to help the Indian Ocean archipelago cope with the Covid-19 crisis.

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Arunachal Pradesh- 6th Schedule

The state government in Arunachal Pradesh has decided to appeal to the Centre for bringing it under the purview of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.

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Wolbachia Method

A recent study suggests that the “Wolbachia method” could be used to significantly reduce the incidence of dengue fever, a mosquito-borne disease, in populations where the illness is endemic.

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Flavonoids

Scientists from Agharkar Research Institute (ARI), Pune have found the first synthetic route for producing flavonoids molecules related to the treatment of tuberculosis and chikungunya.

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Hari Path Mobile App

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways developed the app with the assistance of National highways Authority of India

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Science And Technology Indicators (STI), 2018

Science and Technology Indicators (STI), 2018 is a periodic compendium of the state of scientific research in India.

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Ninja UAVs

Indian Railways has started deploying Ninja UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for establishing a drone-based surveillance system in a bid to intensify its security mechanism across its network.

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Swasthya Portal

Tribal Affairs Minister launched the e-portal on tribal health and nutrition named 'Swasthya'.

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Naval Innovation And Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO)

Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launched the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation (NIIO) through an online webinar.

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Health In India Report

The report is based on the 75th round of the National Sample Survey (July 2017-June 2018) on household social consumption related to health.

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Village Poverty Reduction Plans (VPRP)

DAY-NRLM has designed an online training program to train all State Missions across the country on Village Poverty Reduction Plans (VPRP), in partnership with Kudumbashree (National Resource Organisation), National Institute of Rural Development & Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR), Hyderabad and Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

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Best Before Date From 1 October

Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has released guidelines on sale of loose sweets

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Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY)

Cabinet approves establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Darbhanga, Bihar under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

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Five Star Villages Scheme

India Post launches Five Star Villages Scheme to ensure 100% rural coverage of postal schemes.

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Business Reform Action Plan For The Year 2019

Finance Minister announced the 4th edition of Business Reform Action Plan (BRAP) ranking of states.

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Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR)

Supreme Court has allowed telecom companies 10 years’ time to pay their adjusted gross revenue (AGR) dues to the government.

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Virtual Courts

Parliamentary Panel on Law and Justice headed by BJP MP Bhupender Yadav has recommended continuation of virtual courts even in a post-COVID scenario but also sounded a word of caution that infrastructure needs to be upgraded especially in district courts to implement this.

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Committee On Content Regulation In Government Advertising (CCRGA)

The Supreme Court mandated Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA) has today issued a notice to Government of NCT of Delhi on an advertisement of the Delhi Government which had appeared in newspapers

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Streets For People Challenge

The Streets for People Challenge is the response to the need for making our cities more walkable and pedestrian friendly.

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Customs (Administration Of Rules Of Origin Under Trade Agreements) Rules, 2020 (CAROTAR, 2020)

The Customs (Administration of Rules of Origin under Trade Agreements) Rules, 2020 (CAROTAR, 2020) came into force on September 21.

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Farmers Bills And The Controversies

Farmers in many states are protesting against three recent bills passed by the Parliament. President gave assent.

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RBI Extends Enhanced Borrowing Limit For Banks

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has extended the enhanced borrowing facility provided to banks by six months to meet liquidity shortage till March 31, 2021.

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Banking Regulation Amendment Bill, 2020 Passed

Lok Sabha passed Banking Regulation Amendment Bill, 2020 to bring the cooperative banks under the supervision of the Reserve Bank of India.

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Index-linked Life Insurance Policies

IRDAI has decided to constitute a working group to examine various aspects of Index Linked products in Life Insurance Segment.

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Systemically Important Insurers (D-SIIs) For 2020-21

The Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC), General Insurance Corporation of India and The New India Assurance Co have been identified as Domestic Systemically Important Insurers (D-SIIs) for 2020-21 by insurance regulator IRDAI.

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State Development Loans (SDLs)

Eleven States raised a total of ₹14,298 crore at the auction of State government securities or State development loans (SDLs).

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Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) For Electricity

Union Minister R K Singh launched the Green Term Ahead Market (GTAM) for electricity, a move that will lead to an increase in the participants in the renewable energy sector.

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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

NITI Aayog is in the last stage for preparation of Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) parameter dashboard and a State Reform Action Plan (SRAP).

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RBI Issues Draft On Rupee IR Derivatives

The Reserve Bank proposed allowing foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) to undertake exchange-traded rupee interest rate derivatives transactions subject to an overall ceiling of ₹5,000 crore.

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EASE 2

Recently, the EASE (Enhanced Access and Service Excellence) 2.0 Banking Reforms Index on performance of Public Sector Banks (PSB) from March 2018-2020 was released and best performing banks on EASE were felicitated.

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UN’s Guidelines On Access To Social Justice For People With Disabilities

The United Nations has released its first-ever guidelines on access to social justice for people with disabilities to make it easier for them to access justice systems around the world.

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Coal Gasification

India's target to gasify 100 million tonnes of coal by 2030 will entail an investment of over Rs 4 lakh crore.

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Aggregate Technical & Commercial Losses

It is suggested to use smart meters to decrease Aggregate Technical & Commercial losses

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Pakistan - Gilgit Baltistan

The Pakistan government plans to make Gilgit-Baltistan the country’s fifth province, two years after powers of the Islamabad-controlled council for the region were transferred to a local assembly.

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National Council For Transgender Persons

In exercise of the powers conferred by section 16 of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 (40 of 2019), the Central Government has constituted a National Council for Transgender Persons.

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US’ Trinity Test

On July 16, 1945 (exactly 75 years ago), the world’s first super bomb exploded in a desert in New Mexico, destroying everything in its vicinity and marking the dawn of the nuclear age.

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India And Bangladesh

India and Bhutan opened a new trade route between Jaigon in West Bengal and Pasakha in Bhutan.

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APT29

According to Britain, the United States and Canada, Russia is trying to steal information from researchers seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

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The Committee of Experts on Non-Personal Data Governance Framework submitted its report to the government.

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ZyCoV-D Vaccine

BIRAC has announced that ZyCoV-D, the plasmid DNA vaccine designed and developed by Zydus and partially funded by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has initiated Phase I/Phase II clinical trials in healthy subjects, making it the first indigenously developed vaccine for COVID-19 to be administered in humans in India.

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United Nations Economic And Social Council

UN Economic and Social Council held its high level dialogue virtually, in the context of COVID-19.

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NISHTHA

The first on-line NISHTHA programme for 1200 Key Resources Persons of Andhra Pradesh was launched by Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriya 'Nishank' and Minister of State for HRD Shri Sanjay Dhotre virtually in New Delhi.

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Judicial Review Of Speaker’s Decision

Rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot and 18 other dissident MLAs moved the High Court on challenging the disqualification notices issued to them by the Assembly Speaker.

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Barn Owls

The Lakshadweep government has initiated the Pilot project on Biological Control of Rodents (Rats) by Using Barn Owls (Tyto alba) in Kavaratti Island.

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Africa Declared Free Of Wild Polio

Africa has been declared free from wild polio by the independent body, the Africa Regional Certification Commission.

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EU - Turkey

The European Union on Friday urged Turkey to halt its drilling activities in contested waters in the Mediterranean and ordered EU officials to speed up work aimed at blacklisting some Turkish officials linked to the energy exploration.

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Jammu And Kashmir

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) notified new rules for administration in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir that specify the functions of the Lieutenant Governor (LG) and the Council of Ministers.

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Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA)

Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2020 was recently released by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

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U.S. Relaxes Rules On Sales Of Armed Drones

The US relaxed norms to allow American defence companies to sell more drones to allies by changing the decades-old Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), an agreement involving 35 countries to stop the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

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Istanbul Convention

Poland is set to withdraw from Istanbul Convention, a European treaty on violence against women, which the right-wing cabinet says violates parents' rights by requiring schools to teach children about gender.

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Mausam

Ministry of Earth Sciences launches Mobile App “Mausam” for Indian Meteorological Department.

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Blue Poppy

A recent comparative study of abundance of the species in alpine moraines at different elevations indicated that it is slowly depleting at lower altitudes and rocky moraines.

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TRIFED-UBA

TRIFED Signs MoU with IIT, Delhi for Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA).

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AstroGen Project

It is a genealogy project for academics — who earned doctorates on astronomy-related theses or supervised research for such dissertations.

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Rafale In Indian Air Force

The first five Indian Air Force (IAF) Rafale aircraft have arrived at Air Force Station, Ambala.

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Green-Ag Project

The Union government launched the Green-Ag Project in Mizoram, to reduce emissions from agriculture and ensure sustainable agricultural practices.

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High Levels Of Ammonia In Yamuna Water

Delhi Jal Board(DJB) had to reduce water production capacity by 25% after high levels of ammonia were detected in the Yamuna river.

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Nagorno-Karabakh Region

For approximately four decades, territorial disputes and ethnic conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan in Central Asia have impacted the Nagorno-Karabakh region in the South Caucasus. Recently, tensions escalated at the border between the two countries.

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15th India-EU Summit

India & the European Union agreed to renew the Agreement on Scientific cooperation for the next five years, 2020-2025, at the 15th India-EU Summit.

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TRANSGENDER ID CERTIFICATE

After facing flak from the transgender community, the Centre has done away with the requirement of a medical examination for trans persons applying for a certificate of identity in its latest draft rules framed under the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019.

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National Council For Transgender Persons Formed

The Centre has constituted the national council for transgender persons, headed by the Union social justice minster and comprising representatives from 10 central departments, five states and members of the community.

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The Supreme Court sided with the erstwhile Travancore Royal family for the administration and control of the Padmanabha Swamy temple in Kerala.

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NATIONAL DIGITAL HEALTH MISSION

PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES NATIONAL DIGITAL HEALTH MISSION TO ENSURE HEALTH SERVICES FOR ALL

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International Covenant On Civil And Political Rights (ICCPR)

UN committee reaffirmed that protesting peacefully, online or in person, is a fundamental human right.

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Antibiotic Use In The Dairy Sector

According to the survey report published by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) antibiotics are extensively misused in the dairy sector and its residues remain largely untested in milk.

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India And UK

India and Britain will deepen scientific research collaboration with five new projects to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR) that could lead to advances in the global fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and genes.

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Mosque In Ayodhya

The Uttar Pradesh Sunni Central Waqf Board announced that the trust to build a mosque in Ayodhya, following the verdict of the Supreme Court in the Babri Masjid-Ram Janmabhoomi title suit, would have a maximum of 15 members .

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National Education Policy 2020

The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi approved the National Education Policy 2020.

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UN’s High-Level Political Forum

NITI Aayog presented India’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020.

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Chabahar Rail Project

Iran’s Railway Minister said Iran and India are “determined to continue” cooperation on the railway line. The remarks contradict Iranian officials who had previously said India was not a part of the project.

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AIM-iCREST

It is an incubator capabilities enhancement programme for a robust ecosystem for creating high-performance start-ups.

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Aerial Seeding

The Haryana Forest Department has employed aerial seeding technique to improve green cover in the Aravalli area of Faridabad.

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has launched its Mars 2020 Perseverance rover aboard a United Launch Alliance Atlas V.

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Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)

A report on slavery was recently released by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and an international anti-slavery organisation Walk Free on the occasion of World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

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Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary

Assam government has decided to upgrade the Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a national park.

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Disabled Are Entitled To Same Benefits Of SC/ST Quota: SC

The Supreme Court confirmed that persons suffering from disabilities are also socially backward and entitled to the same benefits of relaxation as Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe candidates in public employment and education.

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Ophiocordyceps Sinensis

It has entered the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species.

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ATL App Development Module

The ATL App Development modules have been launched in collaboration with Indian homegrown startup Plezmo with an aim to hone the skills of school students and transforming them from App users to App makers in the times to come under AIM’s flagship Atal Tinkering Labs initiative.

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India's 2018 Tiger Census: Guinness Record

India's tiger estimation for the year 2018 has entered the record books as it was awarded the Guinness World Record for being the largest camera-trap wildlife survey.

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A new comet called Comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE was discovered by NASA’s Near Earth Object Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer telescope.

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The National Intelligence Grid (NATGRID) has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) to access the centralised online database on FIRs and stolen vehicles.

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China said it will impose tit-for-tat measures after the United States slapped sanctions on Chinese officials for their involvement in a crackdown on Muslim minorities, raising tensions between the superpowers.

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Rajasthan’s Education Guidelines Irk NCPCR

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) has pulled up the Rajasthan government for its new guidelines on elementary education that “violate” the Right to Education Act of 2009 and deny children from economically weaker sections the right to free education in nursery classes.

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Sikkim- Tibet Convention Of 1890

The skirmishes and the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops at Naku La in Sikkim, in an area of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) that is considered settled, may be Beijing’s way of attempting a new claim, highlighting the historic Sikkim-Tibet Convention of 1890 as proof of India’s ownership of the territory.

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International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report

The U.S. State Department has released its annual International Religious Freedom (IRF) Report, a survey of the state of religious freedom across the world, submitted to the U.S. Congress.

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Bangladesh will not move the Rohingyas settled on the Bhashan char island amid Corona pandemic in April 2020.

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Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi dedicated to the Nation the Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power project to the Nation via video conference.

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A key meeting of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) discussed the issue of inviting Australia for the trilateral Malabar naval exercise with Japan and the United States. However, a final decision has not been taken yet.

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U.S. Withdrawal From WHO

The U.S. officially notified the United Nations of its intention to withdraw membership from the World Health Organization. This comes after President Donald Trump decision to halt funding and pull out of the global health body.

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Sri Lanka, Maldives Measles-Free: WHO

According to World Health Organisation’s (WHO) South East Asian Region (SEAR) office Maldives and Sri Lanka have become the first two countries in the region to have eliminated both measles and rubella ahead of the 2023 deadline.

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Transparent Taxation - Honouring The Honest

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launches platform for “Transparent Taxation - Honouring the Honest”.

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System-based Asset Classification

The Reserve Bank has asked large urban cooperative banks (UCBs) to undertake the system-based asset classification from June 30, 2021

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Hindu Succession Act Amendment

The Supreme Court held that daughters, like sons, have an equal birthright to inherit joint Hindu family property.

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The Reserve Bank of India has assigned priority sector lending (PSL) status to India’s startup sector.

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The Ministry of Culture has taken up the project of reprinting of 108 volumes of Mongolian Kanjur under the National Mission for Manuscripts (NMM)

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Pratihara Style Of Architecture

A rare late ninth century stone statue of Lord Shiva, which was stolen from a temple in Rajasthan and smuggled to the UK, will be returned to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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FDI in coal mining from firm of a country that shares land border with India will need govt nod.

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Khadi Agarbatti Atma Nirbhar Mission approved by Govt. to generate employment and make India self-reliant in agarbatti production.

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HLEG On Agricultural Exports

The High Level Group (HLEG) on Agricultural Exports set up by the Fifteenth Finance Commission to recommend measurable performance incentives for States to encourage agricultural exports

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India Report- Digital Education

The report elaborates on the innovative methods adopted by Ministry of HRD, Education Departments of States and Union Territories for ensuring accessible and inclusive education to children at home and reducing learning gaps.

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India Likely To Miss Target Of Eradicating AIDS By 2030

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has warned that India may miss the national target to end AIDS by 2030.

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Financial Management Index For Rural Development Pogrammes

Rural development ministry will soon rank states on efficient management of financial resources allocated for implementing half a dozen rural development schemes.

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Remittances Likely To Decline 25%

Remittances to India are estimated to decline sharply by about 25 per cent in FY2021 amid the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown, according to a global banking group.

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India-Sri-Lanka Currency Swap

The Reserve Bank of India has agreed to a $400 million currency swap facility for Sri Lanka till November 2022

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Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology represented India during this virtual meeting

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GST Revenue Collection

The revenues for the month are 86% of the GST revenues in the same month last year.

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MANODARPAN Initiative

Union HRD Minister launches MANODARPAN initiative of Ministry of HRD to provide psychosocial support to students for their Mental Health and Well-being

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Agriculture Infra Fund Scheme

The Centre has issued guidelines for financing under the recently announced ₹1-lakh crore Agriculture Infrastructure Fund (AIF) scheme, that seeks to facilitate creation and strengthening of post-harvest management and marketing infrastructure across the country.

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Civil Aviation Ministry set up Investment Clearance Cell for assistance, clearance of proposals

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Department of Heavy Industry (DHI), Govt. of India, has taken initiative to promote innovation and to develop the related eco-system

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The 2020 Global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) data and publication "Charting pathways out of multidimensional poverty: Achieving the SDGs

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Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' released PRAGYATA Guidelines on Digital Education through online medium

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The finance ministry released Rs 15,187 crore to 28 states as grants to rural local bodies to help them restart economic activity.

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Minister of State for Shipping (I/C) Shri Mansukh Mandaviya has reviewed the development activities of Vallarpadam Terminal of Cochin Port

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State Of Food Security And Nutrition In The World 2020 (SOFI)

The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 (SOFI 2020) report presents the most recent and authoritative estimates of the extent of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition around the world.

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Google India Investment

Tech-giant Google announced plans to invest $10 billion in India over the next 5-7 years by way of equity investments, partnerships and other arrangements to “accelerate digitisation” in the country.

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India’s Second Voluntary National Review (VNR) By Niti Aayog

NITI Aayog presented India’s second Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020

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WTO World Tariff Profile 2020.

World Tariff Profiles, a joint publication of the WTO, International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), provides comprehensive information on the tariffs and non-tariff measures imposed by over 170 countries and customs territories

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Indo-Bhutan

The Bhutan government and the Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Limited signed the Concession Agreement for 600 MegaWatt (MW) Kholongchhu hydroelectric Projec (Joint Venture of India and Bhutan) in Thimphu, in virtual presence of Dr. S Jaishankar,Minister of External Affairs and his Bhutanese Counterpart Dr. Tandi Dorji.

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Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' virtually participated in G20 Extraordinary Virtual Education Ministers’ Meeting.

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Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) 2020

The 2020 Global Startup Ecosystem Report (GSER) from Startup Genome and the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) has launched at the Ecosystems Couch Conference, introduced by JF Gauthier of Startup Genome, Martina Larkin of the World Economic Forum, Jonathan Ortmans of the Global Entrepreneurship Network, Rajesh Agrawal of London City Hall, and Eui-Seung Kim of the Seoul Metropolitan Government. Startup Genome

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36th ASEAN Summit

The ASEAN Leaders’ Special Session at the 36th ASEAN Summit on Women’s Empowerment in the Digital Age was held on 26 June 2020 via videoconferencing.

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Palestine Faces An Existential Threat

UN Secretary General António Guterres told a virtual meeting of the United Nations Security Council that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is at a “watershed moment”.

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World Bank’s STARS Project

The World Bank announced the approval of project ‘Strengthening Teaching-Learning and Results for States Program (STARS)’ for India.

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It was launched by the Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi at the 2019 UN climate action Summit in September 2019.

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Central Zoo Authority (CZA)

The Environment Ministry has reconstituted the Central Zoo Authority (CZA) to include an expert from the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, and a molecular biologist.

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Two More Species Added To India’s List Of Butterflies

Lepidopterists in Arunachal Pradesh have helped add two species to India’s expanding list of butterflies.

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UNFCCC And Paris Agreement

The fourth edition of the virtual Ministerial on Climate Action witnessed countries exchanging views on how countries are aligning economic recovery plans with the Paris Agreement and the critical enabling conditions to ensure continued climate action.

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A Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing is India’s largest, a record an unknown specimen had held for 88 years.

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A team of researchers from Pune and Kerala have rediscovered a rare and plant species called Globba andersonii from the Sikkim Himalayas near the Teesta river valley region after a gap of nearly 136 years.

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UN Global E-waste Monitor 2020 Report

The third edition of the Global E-waste Monitor 2020 was launched in July 2020 by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership, provides comprehensive insight to address the global e-waste challenge.

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CAATSA

The US has urged all its allies and partners to forgo transactions with Russia that risk triggering sanctions under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA).

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World Drug Report

According to the latest World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) the fourth highest seizure of opium in 2018 was reported from India, after Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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Indian Coast Guard & Indonesia Coast Guard

MoU has been signed between the Indian Coast Guard and Indonesia Coast Guard.

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Bhutan - China

Bhutan’s foreign ministry issued a demarche to the Chinese embassy in New Delhi for the claims made by Beijing over Sakteng Wildlife sanctuary, situated in eastern Bhutan.

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11th Edition Of The Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020

According to the 11th edition of the ‘Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020’, which covers 99 countries and territories and 163 cities, released by Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL), India has improved by one place to 34th with a total score of 2.69 under ‘semi-transparent’ zone. Regulatory reforms, better market data and sustainability initiatives led to a one-point improvement in the nation’s ranking.

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Constitutional Amendments In Russia

77.95% Russians Voted in Favour of Constitutional Amendment, Putin can lead Russia until 2036.

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India And Nepal

A new four-storey school building built with Indian assistance of Rs 1.94 crore for students pursuing both vedic and modern education was inaugurated in Nepal’s Ilam district.

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Italian Marines Case

An international arbitration court has ruled that India does not have jurisdiction to try the marines, who, it held, were entitled to immunity as they were acting on behalf of a state.

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SDG Index 2020

According to the “Sustainable Development Report 2020- The Sustainable Development Goals and Covid-19”, comprising of SDG index 2020 India that has ranked at 117th position with a score of 61.92 is also facing various obstacles in 10 of the 17 SDGs including zero hunger, good health, gender inequality among others. The index has been topped by Sweden.

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UNFPA Report

According to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), report, “State of World Population 2020: Against my will – Defying the practices that harm women and girls and undermine equality” India accounts for 45.8 million of the world’s 142.6 million missing females over the past 50 years & it has the highest number of missing women after China (72.3 million).

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India-Afghanistan

India and Afghanistan signed five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed for developing educational infrastructure in four Afghan provinces, with the move seen as a reiteration of New Delhi’s support to Kabul at a time when the war-torn country’s peace process is confronting challenges.

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SAARC - China

As India-China border tensions continue to fester, China, is chipping away at India’s interests in South Asia.

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Alliance For Poverty Eradication

India became a founding member of the United Nation(UN)’s ‘Alliance for Poverty eradication’ launched by Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President of the 74th United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA).

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Raman Spectroscopy

Mumbai-based Tata Memorial Centre has turned to Raman Spectroscopy to detect RNA viruses present in saliva samples.

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NASA

NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) spacecraft had found evidence that the Moon’s subsurface might have greater quantities of metals such as iron and titanium than thought before.

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Bubonic Plague

A city in northern China sounded an alert after a suspected case of bubonic plague or ‘Black Death’ was reported.

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India’s First Plasma Bank

The Delhi government inaugurated India’s first plasma bank at ILBS Hospital in Vasant Kunj.

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DRDO

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will be establishing a research cell at Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad (IIT-H) to meet the future defence technological requirements of the country.

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Drug Discovery Hackathon

Union human resource development ministery launched a Drug Discovery Hackathon through video conferencing.

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Ofek 16

The launch of the Ofek 16 satellite was a joint collaboration between IAI, the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMoD), and the Space Administration in the Directorate of Defense Research and Development.

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G4 Virus

Researchers in China have discovered a new form of swine flu that can infect humans, and they believe it has the potential to cause a future pandemic.

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Mars’ Moon Phobos

The Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission has captured the image of Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars.

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ASEEM Portal

Government launches ASEEM portal to help skilled people find sustainable livelihood opportunities

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White Paper On ‘Focused Interventions For ‘Make In India' By TIFAC

Union Minister for Science & Technology, Health and Family Welfare and Earth Sciences Dr. Harsh Vardhan released a white paper on “Focused Interventions for ‘Make in India’: Post COVID 19”

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Sex Ratio At Birth

Latest data shows improvement in sex ratio at birth after four consecutive years of decline

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Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP)

Start-up Village Entrepreneurship Programme (SVEP) have generated an estimated 1,33,302 lakh employment opportunities across States in two years

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Sovereign Wealth Funds

Income Tax Department has notified norms for tax exemption on interest, dividend and capital gain incomes of sovereign wealth funds (SWFs)

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Bad Bank

Indian Banks Association, had recently submitted a proposal for setting up a bad bank to the finance ministry and the RBI.

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Guidelines For Assessing Nano-based Agri-input, Food Products

The Centre released guidelines for evaluation of nano-based agri-input and food products in the country

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Uganda To Submit Results Of REDD+ To UNFCCC

Uganda has become the first African country to submit results for Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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Dhanvantri Rath

It is a mobile van providing non-COVID essential healthcare services to the doorsteps of the people in the city of Ahmedabad.

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One Nation One Voter ID

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has made it possible for senior citizens above the age of 65 to vote by postal ballot, given that they are at greater risk from exposure to the novel coronavirus.

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Compulsory Licensing

Compulsory Licensing (CL) is the grant of permission by the government to entities to use, manufacture, import or sell a patented invention without the patent-owner’s consent.

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Strength Of The Council Of Ministers

Strength of the Council of Ministers in Madhya Pradesh reportedly exceeds the prescribed limit.

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National Highways Authority Of India

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) under the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has decided to undertake performance assessment and ranking of the highways in the country.

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Prerak Dauur Samman

Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has launched a new category of awards titled ‘Prerak Dauur Samman’ as part of Swachh Survekshan 2021.

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Ordinance To Reserve 75% Private Sector Jobs

The Haryana government cleared a draft ordinance, approving 75% reservation in jobs in private sector in Haryana for the residents of the state.

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Dhamma Chakra Day

Dhamma Chakra Day is celebrated all over the world to commemorate the first sermon that Gautama Buddha gave to his five ascetic disciples.

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Zardozi Art

Zari work or Zardozi, an art which is considered quite popular amongst embroiders and designers, survives in the narrow alleys of the Old Town of Bhopal.

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Hul Divas

Hul Kranti Diwas is celebrated on June 30 every year to mark the independence movement of 1855 led by tribal heroes Sidho, Kanho, Chand, Bhairav, among others.

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Namami Gange

The Second National Ganga River Basin Project has now been given the go-ahead for an amount of USD 400 million for taking up projects on the tributaries of Ganga with a view to address pollution abatement in the entire Ganga basin.

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Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Anna Yojana

PM announces the extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana Scheme till the end of November 2020.

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Plasma Therapy Trial Centre

Project Platina is claimed to be the world’s largest convalescent plasma therapy trial-cum-treatment centre for COVID-19 patients, at Nagpur’s government medical college.

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Jupiter Like Planet :TOI-849b

The researchers spotted a Jupiter-like planet, 39 times more massive than the Earth, orbiting around a distant star with temperature lower than the Sun, the planet is located around 730 light years away from Earth.

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NADA Launches Mobile Application

The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) launched a mobile application to provide athletes easy access to information on various aspects of sport, prohibited substances and dope-testing.

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SATAT Initiative

Indian Oil, NTPC and SDMC have signed an MoU to develop a waste-to-energy facility at Delhi’s Okhla landfill site using gasification technology.

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Shukrayaan-1

The Swedish Institute of Space Physics(IRF) will explore Venus for the second time through the India’s 1st Venus Mission Shukrayaan-1.

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PCR Testing

The causative agent for Covid19 is the SARS-CoV-2 virus. It is an RNA virus, that means it infiltrates a healthy cell to multiply and survive. Thus, the RT-PCR test is for the identification of SARS-CoV-2 RNA. In this, the RNA is converted to DNA through a process called ‘reverse transcription’ for detecting viruses.

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NPNT Compliant Drone Flight

India’s First No-Permission No-Takeoff (NPNT) compliant drone flight on the A200 Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS) has been completed successfully by Quidich Innovation Labs and Asteria Aerospace.

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Biofuels

Researchers in the Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IITH), used computational methods like Machine Learning techniques to understand the factors and impediments to incorporating biofuels into the fuel sector in India.

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Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyan Web Portal

Union Rural Development Ministry launched a web portal for monitoring implementation of the Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan (GKRA) and providing scheme-related information to the people.

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First Tourists On Space Walk In 2023

Space Adventures, a U.S. space tourism company, has booked two passenger seats on a Russian Soyuz capsule headed to the International Space Station in 2023, and one of those tourists will take part in a spacewalk.

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Zealandia

Scientists confirmed the existence of an eighth continent, called Zealandia, under New Zealand and the surrounding ocean in 2017.

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NASA Names Headquarters After Mary W. Jackson

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.

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GYNANDROMORPH

Researchers have spotted a very rare biological phenomenon – ‘gynandromorphism’ – in dragonflies of the Puzhakkal area of the Kole wetlands in Thrissur, Kerala.

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Nasha Mukt Bharat

Nasha Mukt Bharat: Annual Action Plan (2020-21) for 272 Most Affected Districts’ was e-launched by, Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment on the occasion of International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

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Covaxin

Covaxin is India’s first COVID vaccine candidate approved by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

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India’s First Lichen Park

Uttarakhand Forest Department has developed India's 'first' lichen park in Munsiyari in Pithoragarh district of the state.

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Adarsh Police Station Scheme

The Chhattisgarh government will launch Adarsh police station scheme.

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SC Dismisses Review Petitions

The Supreme Court has held that its historic decision stubbing out the 158-year old archaic law on adultery from the criminal statute book does not require any reconsideration.

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Chinese Apps Banned

The Indian government banned 59 apps of Chinese origin, citing data security and national sovereignty concerns.

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Godhan Nyay Yojana

The Chhattisgarh government announced the launch of Godhan Nyay Yojana to make animal husbandry commercially profitable.

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Statistics Day

The Government has been celebrating the Statistics Day, to popularize the use of Statistics in everyday life and sensitize public on how Statistics helps shaping and framing policies for the welfare of people.

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WMO Certifies Megaflash Lightning Extremes

A World Meteorological Organization (WMO) committee of experts has established two new world records for the longest reported distance and the longest reported duration for a single lightning flash in, respectively, Brazil and Argentina.

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Super Earths Gliese 887b And Gliese 887c

An international team of researchers has discovered two super-Earth planets orbiting the nearby star Gliese 887, the brightest red dwarf star in the sky, just 11 light-years away from us.

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High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP)

The five memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed under the high impact community development projects (HICDP) programme being implemented by India to further strengthen the bilateral development partnersh

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NHAI InvIT

The NHAI is in the process of setting up an Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) to facilitate investment in the highways sector

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National Logistics Efficiency And Advancement Predictability And Safety Act (NLEAPS)

The Commerce Ministry is considering replacing the Multi-Modal Transportation of Goods Act (MMTG) with a full-fledged national logistics law with a view to promote growth of the sector

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Current Account Surplus

India recorded a current account surplus of $0.6 billion, or 0.1% of GDP, for the January-March quarter, against a deficit of $4.6 billion, or 0.7% of GDP in the year-ago period

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World Bank MSME Emergency Response Program

Orld Bank targeted towards health and migrant labour post-Covid in India; the bank has approved a $750 mn MSME Emergency Response program to support increased flow of finance into the hands of micro, small and medium enterprises.

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Railway Private Investment

It invited proposals to shortlist bidders and allow private companies run 151 modern passenger trains over 109 Origin Destination(OD) pairs of routes.

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