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Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates India’s 1st Private LNG Facility Plant at Nagpur, MaharashtraNitin Gadkari inaugurates country’s First Private LNG Facility plantUnion Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari inaugurated India’s 1st Private LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) Facility plant at Nagpur, Maharashtra. The Plant has been set up by Baidyanath Ayurvedic Group.

  • Emphasizing the importance of alternate biofuels for diversification of agriculture towards the energy and power sector, Gadkari stated that India is spending 8 Lakh Crore for the import of petrol, diesel & petroleum products.
  • The Government has designed a policy which encourages development of cost effective pollution free and indigenous ethanol, bio CNG (Compressed Natural Gas), LNG and hydrogen fuels.
  • He stated that Surplus quantities of rice, corn and sugar must be used for production of alternative fuels.

Flex Engines
Nitin Gadkari highlighted the importance of ‘Flexible Fuel Vehicles (FFVs)’. FFVs have engines which are capable of operating on more than one fuel and also a mixture. Typically, a blend of petrol and ethanol or methanol or gasoline is used.
About Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH)
Union Minister – Nitin Jairam Gadkari (Lok Sabha – Nagpur, Maharashtra)
Minister of State – Gen. V K Singh (Lok Sabha – Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh)
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Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Co-chaired 21st Session of India-Italy JCEC21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation21st Session of India-Italy Joint Commission for Economic Cooperation (JCEC) held virtually in July 2021, it was Co-chaired by Piyush Goyal, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, and Luigi Di Maio, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Italy.
Key points:

i.Piyush Goyal has discussed the issues regarding – the Mutual recognition of the COWIN Vaccine Certificate, opening up of Travel restrictions, longer duration of Business Visas, and the Portability of social security benefits of Indians working in Italy.
ii.The progress on the outcomes of the India-European Union(EU) leaders’ Summit in Porto, Portugal was reviewed in the session.
iii.Both the country reiterated the vision laid down under the Plan of Action adopted on 6th November 2020 to promote energy transition, leveraging technology and climate partnership.
About Ministry of Commerce and Industry:
Union Minister – Piyush Vedprakash Goyal(Maharashtra)
Minister of State – Anupriya Singh Patel (Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh), Som Parkash (Hoshiarpur, Punjab)
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ICCR to Set up a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ at Delhi University

For the 1st time, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) has established the ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ at Delhi University to honour ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’, the father of Bangladesh and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Bangladesh Liberation War and Indo-Bangladesh diplomatic relations.

  • The Chair will be occupied by a foreign visiting professor or subject expert on Bangladesh preferably a person of that country’s origin.
  • Note – The Union government conferred Gandhi Peace Prize to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for the year 2020 and the Government of Bangladesh has declared the year 2020-21 as the Mujib Year.


3rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting held in Venice, Italy; Nirmala Sitharaman attended virtuallyThird G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meetingi.The 3rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting (FMCBGs) was held on July 9-10, 2021 in Venice, Veneto (Italy) where India was virtually represented by Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Ministry of Finance. This was the first in-person Finance Track meeting since February 2020.Italy hosted the Meeting.
ii.It was held as part of the G20 (Group of Twenty) Leaders Summit 2021, which will be hosted by Italy in October 2021.
iii.The discussions were held on a wide range of issues including global economic risks and health challenges, policies for recovery from the CoVID-19 pandemic, international taxation, sustainable finance and financial sector issues.
About Group of Twenty (G20):
The 2021 G20 is under the Italian Presidency. It is focusing on three broad, interconnected pillars of action: People, Planet, and Prosperity.
Members– 20 (19 countries + European Union)
Establishment– 1999
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Nepal Signed USD1.3 billion Deal with India’s SJVNL to Develop 679 MW Lower Arun HEPNepal signs pact with SJVN for 679 MW Lower Arun Electric Hydel ProjectInvestment Board of Nepal (IBN) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the India’s State-owned hydropower major ‘Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd’ (SJVNL) for the implementation of 679 Megawatt (MW) Lower Arun Hydro Electric Project (HEP) in eastern Nepal at the cost of US$1.3 billion.

  • It is the 2nd project of SJVNL in Nepal after the Arun-3 hydropower project.

Key Points about ‘Lower Arun HEP’:
i.Location & Allocation: The project lies in Sankhuwasabha and Bhojpur Districts of Nepal, and it was obtained by SJVNL through International Competitive Bidding. It has been allocated to SJVNL for 25 years on ‘Build, Own, Operate, Transfer’ (BOOT) basis.
ii.Type: The project will develop only the tailrace of the 900 MW Arun-3 hydro project; it doesn’t include any reservoir or dam. It will contain 4 Francis-type turbines to generate 2,970 million units of electricity per annum.
iii.The project was scheduled to be completed in 4 years after the onset of construction activities.
About Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL):
Currently it has an installed capacity of 2,016.51 MW and aims to be a 5,000 MW company by 2023.
Headquarters – Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
MD & CEO – Nand Lal Sharma
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IMF Board Approved US$650 Billion SDR Allocation Against COVID-19IMF approves $650 billion expansion to fight pandemicIn July 2021, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) allocation equivalent to USD 650 billion, to support the economically vulnerable member nations’ battle against COVID-19.

  • It is the largest allocation in the IMF’s history, it would boost the liquidity and reserves of all IMF member countries and promote the resilience and stability of the global economy.
  • The SDR allocation would be completed by the end of August 2021 and it would allow developing countries to immediately receive more than USD200 billion in support.
  • The IMF will channel the SDRs from wealthier members to poorer and more vulnerable member countries to help their COVID-19 recovery.
  • As per the record of Johns Hopkins University, deaths worldwide due to COVID-19 climbed to 4 million.

Note – Similar to the current expansion, in 2009 IMF approved a USD250 billion expansion in SDR reserves to recover from the 2008 global financial crisis.
About International Monetary Fund (IMF):
Establishment–  1944
Headquarters – Washington, D.C., United States
MD – Kristalina Georgieva
Member Countries– 190

RBI Approved Equitas SFB to Apply for Amalgamation of Promoter into itselfEquitas-SFB-gets-RBI-nod-to-seek-merger-of-promoter-into-itselfOn July 10, 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) approved the Equitas Small Finance Bank (SFB) to apply for the amalgamation of its promoter ‘Equitas Holdings’ into itself. Equitas SFB is the subsidiary of Equitas Holdings.

  • As per the RBI’s SFB licensing guidelines, the promoter of SFB should exit or cease to be a promoter after a lock-in period of 5 years.
  • In the case of Equitas SFB, the initial promoter lock-in period for Equitas Holdings expires on September 4, 2021, hence the Equitas SFB requested RBI for amalgamation of its promoter before completion of the lock-in period.
  • Now RBI has approved the bank to apply for amalgamation of its promoter into itself.

Note – The promoter of SFB should also have a minimum of 40 percent of the paid-up voting equity capital of the bank.
About Small Finance Banks (SFB):
Eligible Promoters to set up SFB:
i.Resident individuals/professionals (Indian citizens) having at least 10 years of experience in banking and finance at a senior level.
ii.Companies and Societies in the private sector, that are owned and controlled by residents and running their businesses for at least 5 years.
iii.Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs), Micro Finance Institutions (MFIs), and Local Area Banks (LABs) in the private sector, that are controlled by residents and running their businesses for at least 5 years.
iv.Joint ventures by different promoter groups for the purpose of setting up SFB were not permitted.
About Equitas Small Finance Bank (SFB):
Headquarters – Chennai, Tamil Nadu
MD & CEO – Vasudevan Pathangi Narasimhan P N
Tagline – It’s Fun Banking 

Exim Bank Lent $35.26 mn Loan to Kalpataru Power Transmission for Senegal ProjectExim-Bank-lends-$35The Export-Import (Exim) Bank of India has extended a USD 35.26 million loan for Mumbai based Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd (KPTL) to execute a power transmission project in Senegal.
Key Points:
i.The Credit facility was extended under the National Export Insurance Account (NEIA) scheme. NEIA would provide financing options to Indian project exporters with the support of cover from NEIA Trust.
ii.The project would enable KPTL to secure energy supply in the southern regions of Senegal viz, Tambacounda, Ziguinchor, and Tanaff, reduce operating expenses, and the cost per kWh(kilowatt-hour).
iii.Earlier the bank provided a Credit facility of USD 200 million for KPTL under NEIA to support the construction of a 225kV transmission line for the Tambacounda – Kolda – Ziguinchor link in Senegal.
About Export-Import (Exim) Bank of India:
Establishment – March 1982
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra
CEO – David Rasquinha
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Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed ‘s Party Won the Country’s Parliamentary ElectionEthiopia-PM-Abiy's-party-wins-landslide-victory-in-electionEthiopia‘s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed‘s Prosperity Party won the country’s parliamentary election by winning 410 of 436 parliamentary seats.

  • The victory assures Abiy Ahmed a 2nd 5-year term as PM. He was appointed as the PM of Ethiopia by the governing coalition in 2018.
  • The election was held on June 21, 2021, it was that country’s first free and fair election after decades of repressive rule.
  • Voting did not take place in 3 of Ethiopia’s 10 regions due to opposition boycott, a war in Tigray, ethnic violence, etc.
  • The key opposition party of ‘Ethiopian Citizens for Social Justice’, Birhanu Nega, lost the election.
  • In Tigray, the military has been battling forces loyal to the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF), as the fighting has displaced two million people, the United Nations has warned of famine conditions in parts of the region.

Note –  He won the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in ending the 20-year post-war territorial stalemate between Ethiopia and Eritrea. He is the 1st Ethiopian and the first Oromo to awarded a Nobel Prize.
About Ethiopia:
Capital – Addis Ababa
President – Sahle-Work Zewde
Currency – Ethiopian birr


ISRO to Launch Earth observation satellite, GISAT-1 from SDSC, Sriharikota, APISRO-plans-to-launch-geo-imaging-satellite-on-August-12The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to launch its Geo Imaging Satellite-1 (GISAT-1), weighing about 2,268-kg, onboard Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-F10 (GSLV-F10) rocket on August 12, 2021 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh.

  • This will be the 14th flight of the GSLV.
  • Sriharikota is regarded as the Spaceport of India.

Points to be noted:
i.It is the first state-of-the-art agile Earth observation satellite which will be placed in a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit by GSLV-F10 and, subsequently, positioned in the final geostationary orbit, about 36,000 km above earth’s equator.
ii.For the first time, a 4 metre diameter Ogive shaped payload will be flown in this GSLV flight.
iii.It will be the second launch of 2021 following the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C51 mission on February 28, 2021. It was launched with Brazil’s earth observation satellite Amazonia-1 and 18 as co-passengers, including some built by students.
What will GISAT-1 do?
i.It will facilitate real- time observation of the Indian subcontinent, real-time images of India’s borders under cloud-free conditions, at frequent intervals.
ii.It will also enable quick monitoring of natural disasters, episodic, and any short-term events.
iii.It will also help in obtaining spectral signatures of agriculture, forestry, mineralogy, disaster warning, cloud properties, snow and glacier and oceanography.
Launch Background:
Originally it was to be launched from Sriharikota on March 5, 2020 but was postponed a day before due to technical reasons. Thereafter, the launch was delayed due to Covid-19- induced lockdown. Again, it was scheduled for March 28, 2021 but postponed after facing a minor issue.

Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 Human Space Mission – Indian Origin Sirisha Bandla Joins the MissionVirgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo Unity 22 launchedUS based private Spaceflight company ‘Virgin Galactic’ announced the 6-member crew of its human commercial space mission “Unity 22”. The crew includes Richard Branson – the founder of Virgin Galactic as one of its passengers. Indian origin Sirisha Bandla will be the 4th crew member of the space mission.
Unit 22 Mission:
Objective – To act as a pre-run for all of its future commercial space trips, that will allow passengers to witness the curvature of Earth from space.
Sirisha Bandla – 3rd Indian Origin women to be on Space
Sirisha Bandla took part in the Virgin Galactic’s 1.5-hour trail space mission in July, to become the 3rd Indian Origin woman to be in space (after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams).
About Virgin Galactic:
Established – 2004
Founders – Richard Branson & Burt Rutan
Headquarters – Mojave, California, USA
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Tennis – Overview of Wimbledon Championships 2021134th edition of Wimbledon Championships 2021The 134th Edition (127th staging of the Ladies’ Singles Championship event, the 53rd in the Open Era) of Wimbledon Championships 2021 was held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, UK from 28th June – 11th July, 2021.

  • It is one of the 4 Grand Slam tennis tournaments (others being Australian Open, French Open and the US Open) and takes place in Grass court.
  • It has been held since 1877. The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) & International Tennis Federation (ITF) organized the tournament.
  • The 2020 Wimbledon Championships were cancelled due to COVID-19 (1st cancellation of the Tournament since World War II).

Men’s SinglesNovak Djokovic


Matteo Berrettini


Women’s SinglesAshleigh Barty (Australia)Karolina Pliskova

(Czech Republic)

Men’s DoublesNikola Mektic & Mate Pavic

(Croatian Pair)

 Marcel Granollers (Spain) & Horacio Zeballos (Argentina)
Women’s DoublesElise Mertens (Belgium) & Hsieh Su-wei (Chinese Taipei)Veronika Kudermetova & Elena Vesnina

(Russian Pair)

Mixed DoublesNeal Skupski (UK) & Desirae Krawczyk (US)Joe Salisbury & Harriet Dart (UK Pair)

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Football: Italy wins UEFA EURO 202016th UEFA EURO 2020The Italy National Football Team won the 16th Edition of ‘2020 UEFA European Football Championship (UEFA Euro 2020)’ by defeating England on penalties in the finals held at Wembley Stadium, London, UK.  This is Italy’s 2nd European Championship Title (1st one was in 1968).

  • For the 1st time, The UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Euro 2020  was held across Europe, with 11 host cities in all. 24 European National Teams participated in the Tournament which took place from  11th June-11th July, 2021.
  • UEFA European Championship is a Quadrennial men’s football  championship event ( held once in 4 years) organized by UEFA.
  • Defending Champions- Portugal

Awards – UEFA EURO 2020



Alipay Top Scorer Award
(Also known as Golden Boot Award)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
Player of the Tournament
(Also known as Golden Ball Award)
Gianluigi Donnarumma (Italy)
Young Player of the Tournament Pedro González López (Spain)

About Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)
President – Aleksander Čeferin
Headquarters – Nyon, Switzerland
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Vishwanathan Anand finishes 2nd in 2021 Croatia Grand Chess Tourvishwanathan anand finishes second in croatia grand chess tourIndia’s Vishwanathan Anand finished 2nd in the 2021 Croatia Grand Chess Tour Rapid and Blitz tournament held at Zagreb, Croatia from July 5-12, 2021.Maxime Vachier-Lagrave of France finished 1st in the tournament.

  • Vachier-Lagrave finished with 23 points (combined of Rapid & Blitz sections) while Anand finished with 21 points.
  • Croatia Grand Chess Tour is the 2nd Rapid and Blitz event and the 3rd stop on the 2021 Grand Chess Tour (GCT).
  • GCT is a circuit of international events, The inaugural Grand Chess Tour was held in 2015.

FIDE Rankings 
According to July rankings of FIDE (International Chess Federation), Norway’s Magnus Carlsen is the World Number -1. Vishwanathan Anand is the top ranked Indian at 15.

  • In the Women’s section – Hou Yifan (China) is the World Number 1. Koneru Humpy is the highest ranked Indian at Number 3.

Argentina wins Copa America 2021Argentina-beat-Brazil-1-0,-Messi-wins-first-senior-International-trophyOn 11th July 2021, Argentina won the 2021’s Copa America football tournament against Brazil in the finals on a 1-0 victory. The 2021 Copa America tournament was hosted by Brazil and the finals took place at Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
i.Argentina under the Captaincy of Lionel Messi won the 1st title for the country after a gap of 28 years. This also makes the 1st major International Trophy for Messi.
ii.The winning goal for the Argentinian side was scored by Angel di Maria.
Note – Qatar is set to host the 2022’s FIFA World Cup
Notable Awards:

  • Golden Boot (Top Scorer) Award – Lionel Messi
  • Golden Ball (Best Player) Award – Lionel Messi (4 Goals & 5 assist in 6-Matches)
  • Golden Glove (Best Goalkeeper) Award – Emiliano Martinez (Argentina)
  • Best Player Award – Lionel Messi (Argentina) & Neymar (Brazil)
  • Best Player of Final – Angel di Maria (Argentina)

iii.Copa America is the Oldest-running International Football Tournament, contested among the South American nations.
About FIFA:
It is the highest International governing body of the global football association
Established – 1904
Headquarters – Zurich, Switzerland
President – Gianni Infantino

Indian Bowler Pankaj Singh retires from all forms of Cricket

Bowler Pankaj Singh, who represented India in 2 Test matches & 1 One-Day International, officially retired from all forms of Cricket. He has also played 117 first-class games, with 28 five-wicket hauls. He has been a part of Rajasthan Cricket Association for the last 15-years, and represented Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL).


Padma Awardee, Dr PK Warrier Ayurveda Doyen Passed AwayDr PK Warrier, man who brought Ayurveda to masses, dies at 100Padma Awardee Dr Panniyampalli Krishnankutty Warrier (PK Warrier), a well-known ayurvedic physician who has contributed to popularising Ayurveda medicine has passed away in Kottakkal, Malappuram, Kerala. He was born on 5th June 1921 in Kottakkal, Malabar District, Madras Presidency, British India (now Malappuram, Kerala).
About Dr PK Warrier:
i.Dr PK Warrier was the chief physician and managing trustee of the Kottakkal Arya Vaidya Sala, a leading centre of ayurvedic medicine, converting traditional healing into modern, classical therapy.
ii.He has set a benchmark for the Indian traditional healing system and played a major role in the renaissance of Ayurveda.
iii.He started a nursing home and started Panchakarma and other special therapies of Kerala, this was a first-of-its-kind centre in the traditional healing system.
iv.He started a clinical research centre at the Vaidya Sala in 2018 to equip Ayurveda to tackle future healthcare challenges.
The government of India has honoured him with the Padma Shri (1999) and Padma Bhushan (2010) for medicine.


VP Venkaiah Naidu released book ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’ on Rural India and AgricultureVP releases book ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’On July 11, 2021, the Vice President (VP) Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu released the book namely ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’ authored by former MP (Member of Parliament) representing Andhra Pradesh (AP), Yalamanchili Sivaji, at Dr Marri Channa Reddy Human Resource Development Institute in Hyderabad.

  • The book is on rural India and agriculture.

Key Points from VP address:
i.In order to bring ‘Gram Swarajya’ to villages the issues of villages and agriculture must be addressed.
ii.There should be establishment of strong lab-farm links to ensure fruitful outcomes to the farmers.
iii.There is a need for support from scientists by developing climate and drought-resistant seed varieties.
iv.Greater participation of the new generation in agriculture – as farmers, researchers, scientists and entrepreneurs will boost this sector.
v.Also, more farmer-centric magazines and channels will raise awareness among farmers about the emerging practices in the field.
Other Participants at event:
Agriculturalist Yadlapalli Venkateswara Rao, L.V. Subramaniam, former Chief Secretary of AP, Dr T. Satyanarayana, Secretary, Indian Society of Agricultural Marketing, among others.

Sanjaya Baru & Rahul Sharma Edited a New Book “A New Cold War: Henry Kissinger and the Rise of China”A New Cold WarSanjaya Baru and Rahul Sharma have edited a new book titled “A New Cold War: Henry Kissinger and the Rise of China”. The book published by HarperCollins is a collection of essays that examines the impacts of the secret visit of Henry Kissinger, US National Security Advisor in July 1971 and discusses the relationship between China and the United States(US).
About the book:
i.The book features a collection of essays by eminent scholars and diplomats from around the world that explains America’s contribution to China’s rise and the origins of the New Cold War.
ii.The book analyses what prompted the Americans to open the doors to China and the challenges that it has created for just about every nation today.
iii.The essays in the book are divided into 2 sections:

  • Essays that examine the global implications of the US-China reset.
  • Essays that look at this process from the perspective of select countries.

About authors:
Sanjaya Baru is a political commentator, author, former newspaper editor and policy analyst.

  • He has served as the media advisor to former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
  • He has served as the Director for Geo-Economics and Strategy at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, London
  • He was a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board during 1998 – 2001.

Rahul Sharma is a former newspaper editor who advises corporates on public affairs, policy issues, business and communication strategy.

  • He was the co-founder and former President of the Public Affairs Forum of India

VP M Venkaiah Naidu Received the 1st copy of “Terrace Garden: Midde Thota” by Thummeti Raghothama ReddyVice-President-receives-first-copy-of-English-translation-of-Thummeti-Raghothama-Reddy’s-bookM Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President(VP) of India received the first copy of the book titled “Terrace Garden: Midde Thota”, the English translation of Thummeti Raghothama Reddy‘s Telugu book titled “Midde Thota: Terrace Garden”. The book was translated by Koduru Sitarama Prasad and published by Yadlapalli Venkateswara Rao.

  • The book provides insights on practical methods and techniques which can be used while cultivating terrace gardens.
  • The book features the story of how Thummeti Raghothama Reddy created a terrace garden at Narrapalle, Hyderabad, Telangana.

VP Released a Book Titled “Kotha (Corona) Kathalu – 4”:
i.VP Venkaiah Naidu virtually released the book titled “Kotha (Corona) Kathalu – 4”, an anthology of 80 short stories on COVID-19 in Telugu by eminent authors from across the globe.
ii.The book is published by Vamsee Prachurana.
iii.The book is dedicated to the legendary singer Padma Vibhushan S P Balasubramaniam, who died due to COVID-19.


21st National Fish Farmers Day – 10th July 2021National Fish Farmers Day 2021The National Fish Farmers Day is annually observed across India on 10th July in memory of the Scientists – Dr K. H. Alikunhi and Dr Hiralal Chaudhuri – who successfully demonstrated the induced breeding in Indian Major Carps on 10th July 1957. 
The day also recognises the contribution and the efforts of fish farmers in producing the fish to meet the needs of the people.

  • India celebrated the 21st National Fish Farmers Day on 10th July 2021. 

The National Fisheries Development Board(NFDB), under the Department of Fisheries, Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying virtually celebrated the 21st National Fish Farmers’ Day. 

  • The day is also observed as the National Fisheries Development Board(NFDB) Foundation Day. 
  • 2021 marks the 15th NFDB foundation day.

i.In 2001, the Government of India declared that the 10th July of every year will be observed as the National Fish Farmers’ Day” starting from 2001.
ii.The first Fish Farmers’ Day on 10th July 2001 was celebrated by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) -Central Institute of Fisheries Education(CIFE), Mumbai, the leading institute of Fisheries Education institution in India
About National Fisheries Development Board (NFDB):
Chief Executive- Dr Suvarna Chandrappagari
Headquarters– Hyderabad, Telangana
Established in 2006
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World Population Day 2021 – 11 Julyworld population day 2021United Nations(UN)’s World Population Day is annually observed across the globe on 11th July to create awareness about the urgency and importance of population issues such as the importance of family planning, gender equality, poverty, maternal health and human right, and their relations to the environment and development.

i.The World Population Day was first established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme in 1989, following the observance of the Day of Five Billion on 11th July 1987, the day when the world’s population reached 5 billion.
ii.The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted the resolution in December 1990 and decided to continue the observance of the World Population day on 11th July.
iii.The first UN’s World Population Day was observed on 11th July 1990.
UP’s Population Policy 2021-2030:
i.On the occasion of the World Population Day 2021, Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister(CM) of Uttar Pradesh(UP) inaugurated the Population Policy 2021-2030 for Uttar Pradesh.
ii.Aim: To bring down the gross fertility rate among women to 2.1 by 2026 and to 1.9 by 2030.
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Malala Day 2021 – 12th July Malala Day 2021Malala Day is annually observed across the globe on 12th July to mark the birthday of Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel laureate.
i.In 2013, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon dubbed the 16th birthday of Malala Yousafzai as Malala Day to honour her contributions to ensure education for all.
ii.Supporting the Global Education First Initiative of the UN Secretary-General, the youth representatives from across the globe celebrated the 16th Birthday of Malala as Malala Day to show their support for universal education.
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LG Manoj Sinha launched ‘mySrinagar’ Mobile App

The Lieutenant Governor (LG) of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, launched ‘mySrinagar’ mobile app to cater the needs of residents and tourists by integrating all available e-services offered by various departments and tourism-related information in both offline and online modes.

  • He also e-inaugurated multiple projects of Srinagar Smart City including Variable Message Displays (VMDs) installed across the city, and dedicated the new surface car parking that has been built on a total area of 16,000 sq ft at Residency Road, to the public.

Key Points:
i.More than 40 services from various line departments including 20 Srinagar Municipal Services are being offered through the app. It also supports the GIS (geographic information system)-based grievance management.
ii.The app also has an emergency helpline service.
iii.The new initiatives are on a line of mission to make cities of J&K  as per the needs of citizens with the use of modern technology.


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1Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates India’s 1st Private LNG Facility Plant at Nagpur, Maharashtra
2Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal Co-chaired 21st Session of India-Italy JCEC
3ICCR to Set up a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ at Delhi University
43rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors Meeting held in Venice, Italy; Nirmala Sitharaman attended virtually
5Nepal Signed USD1.3 billion Deal with India’s SJVNL to Develop 679 MW Lower Arun HEP
6IMF Board Approved US$650 Billion SDR Allocation Against COVID-19
7RBI Approved Equitas SFB to Apply for Amalgamation of Promoter into itself
8Exim Bank Lent $35.26 mn Loan to Kalpataru Power Transmission for Senegal Project
9Ethiopia PM Abiy Ahmed ‘s Party Won the Country’s Parliamentary Election
10ISRO to Launch Geo Imaging Satellite (GISAT)-1 on Aug 12, 2021from Sriharikota, AP
11Virgin Galactic’s Unity 22 Human Space Mission – Indian Origin Sirisha Bandla Joins the Mission
12Tennis – Overview of Wimbledon Championships 2021
13Football: Italy wins UEFA EURO 2020
14Vishwanathan Anand finishes 2nd in 2021 Croatia Grand Chess Tour
15Argentina wins Copa America 2021
16Indian Bowler Pankaj Singh retires from all forms of Cricket
17Padma Awardee, Dr PK Warrier Ayurveda Doyen Passed Away
18VP Venkaiah Naidu released book ‘Palleku Pattabhishekam’ on Rural India and Agriculture
19Sanjaya Baru & Rahul Sharma Edited a New Book “A New Cold War: Henry Kissinger and the Rise of China”
20VP M Venkaiah Naidu Received the 1st copy of “Terrace Garden: Midde Thota” by Thummeti Raghothama Reddy
2121st National Fish Farmers Day – 10th July 2021
22World Population Day 2021 – 11 July
23Malala Day 2021 – 12th July
24LG Manoj Sinha launched ‘mySrinagar’ Mobile App