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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

NTPC REL, Ladakh sign MoU to set up India’s 1st Green Hydrogen Mobility ProjectNTPC Renewable Energy Ltd (NTPC REL), the renewable energy arm of NTPC Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Union Territory of Ladakh to set up India’s 1st Green Hydrogen Mobility project in Ladakh.

  • The Agreement will enable NTPC to help Ladakh develop a carbon-free economy based on renewable sources and green hydrogen, which is in line with Prime Minister’s vision of ‘Carbon Neutral’ Ladakh.
  • It was signed in the presence of Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh R K Mathur and members of NTPC.

Other initiatives
i.During the event, NTPC’s 1st solar installations in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar carport were inaugurated.
ii.NTPC has plans to launch 5 Hydrogen Buses in Ladakh. It also aims to set up a solar plant and a green hydrogen generation unit in Leh.
iii.The setting up of a hydrogen generation unit in Leh will make it the 1st city in India to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project.
NTPC’s Renewable Energy initiatives
Recently, NTPC revised its target of achieving 60 GW renewables capacity by 2032.
About NTPC Ltd
NTPC REL Ltd is a100 % subsidiary of NTPC
CMD – Gurdeep Singh
Headquarters – New Delhi
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APEDA-NAFED collaborated to Strengthen Export Linkage of Farmer Cooperatives & FPOsi.On July 12, 2021, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED) to utilize the export potential of agricultural and processed food products of cooperatives, Farmer Producer Organizations (FPOs), partners and associates.
ii.The facilitation of exports will be done by APEDA while NAFED will promote them.
iii.The MoU was signed by Dr. Madhaiyaan Angamuthu, Chairman APEDA and Sanjeev Kumar Chadha, Managing Director, NAFED.
About Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA):
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Headquarter– New Delhi
About National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd (NAFED):
Establishment– 1958
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare (MoA&FW)
Chairman– Dr.Bijender Singh
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Central Govt reorganized Cabinet Committees; New Names IncludedGovt rejigs Cabinet Committees_ Smriti, Bhupender, Sonowal part of panel on political affairsi.After a major reorganization in Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi led union cabinet, the Government has reconstituted the cabinet committees with the inclusion of new ministers.
Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs:
Head– PM Narendra Modi
Members– It comprises 12 members including new members’ viz. Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, Ministry of Women and Child Development; Union Minister Bhupender Yadav, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), and Ministry of Labour and Employment; and Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW), and Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy)
Static:
There are 8 Cabinet Committees which are basically sub-committees within the Union Cabinet to look at specific issues, including security, economy, and even deciding on dates for Parliament sessions.
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Ministry of Corporate Affairs incorporates NARCL NARCL incorporated with authorised capital of Rs 100 croreThe Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) has incorporated the ‘National Asset Reconstruction Company (NARCL)’ also known as Bad Banks/Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC) with an authorised capital of INR 100 crore and paid-up capital of INR 74.6 crore.
‘Bad bank’ refers to a financial institution that takes over bad assets of lenders and undertakes resolution’.

  • It has been created in collaboration with both Public and Private Sector Banks, and Indian Banks’ Association (IBA).
  • During the 2021-22 Union Budget session, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced the setting of an ARC & Asset Management Company (AMC) for resolution of Non-Performing Assets (NPA) in the Indian Banking sector.

Key Points
i.Padmakumar Madhavan Nair, a stressed assets expert from SBI will serve as the Managing Director of NARCL.
ii.NARCL will house bad loan accounts of INR 500 crore or more. It will pay up to 15% of the agreed value for the loans in cash and the remaining 85% would be Government-guaranteed security receipts.
iii.Canara Bank would be the sponsor of NARCL and will hold a 12% equity, other large public sector banks will hold less than 10% each in NARCL.
iv.In the 1st phase, 22 stressed accounts worth INR 89,000 crore identified by the lenders will be transferred to NARCL.
Rao Inderjit Singh takes charge as Minister of State for MCA
Rao Inderjit Singh took charge as Minister of State in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA).
About Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA)
Union Minister –  Nirmala Sitharaman (Rajya Sabha – Karnataka)
Minister of State – Rao Inderjit Singh (Lok Sabha – Gurgaon, Haryana)
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In a 1st, NICL Provided Insurance Policy for High-Altitude YakThe National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) at Dirang in West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh has tied up with National Insurance Company Ltd (NICL) to provide an insurance policy for the 1st time to insure the highly valuable High-Altitude Yaks against the risks.
Features of the Insurance Policy:
i.The insurance policy would protect the yak owners against the risks posed by weather calamities, diseases, in-transit mishaps, surgical operations and strikes or riots.
ii.To get their yak insured under the policy, the owners should get their yaks ear-tagged and need to provide a proper description about it.
iii.To claim under the insurance policy, the owner has to submit the death certificate from the veterinary practitioner, and ear tag, within 15 days of the waiting period.
About Yak in India:
i.Yak belongs to the Bovini tribe, which also includes bison, buffaloes, and cattle. They are endemic to the Tibetan Plateau and the adjacent high-altitude regions.
ii.The total population of yak in India was around 58,000, they are used to found on the heights of Union Territories of Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir (26,000), Arunachal Pradesh (24,000), Sikkim (5,000), Himachal Pradesh2,000, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal (1,000).
iii.Threat: 

  • The yak population has been decreasing at an alarming rate due to climate change and changes in the weather pattern. In 2019, more than 500 yaks died due to heavy rainfall in northern Sikkim.
  • As per a 4-year-old report, the number of yaks across India declined by almost 24.7 percent between 2012 and 2019.

About National Insurance Company Ltd (NICL):
Establishment -1906
Headquarters – Kolkata, West Bengal
Director – Shri Sanjiv Chadha

India’s 1st Cryptogamic Garden Inaugurated in Dehradun, Uttarakhand

India’s 1st Cryptogamic Garden which has nearly 50 species of Lichens, Ferns and Fungi was inaugurated at Deoban area of Dehradun district, Uttarakhand. It was inaugurated by social activist Anoop Nautiyal.

  • Cryptogamae means ‘hidden reproduction’ which refers to the fact that no seed, no flowers are produced. Algae, bryophytes (moss, liverworts), lichens, ferns and fungi are the best-known groups of cryptogams
  • They are lower plants which have existed on earth since the Jurassic era. They are good bioindicators as species like Lichens do not come up in pollution-infected areas.

Ganga Expressway – India’s 2nd longest Expressway

Ganga Expressway, a 594 km long expressway covering important cities of Uttar Pradesh is set to be constructed in September 2021. The planned expressway is the 2nd longest in India, with 6 lanes covering Uttar Pradesh from Meerut to Prayagraj. This will cut the travel time between Delhi & Prayagraj from 11 hours to 6 hours.
i.The 1350 km long Delhi-Mumbai Expressway is the longest ever planned expressway of India.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Around 768 Million People in the World Faced Hunger in 2020: UN ReportAccording to ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World – 2021’ released by 5 Agencies of UN, Between 720-811 million people (768 million being the midpoint of project range) in the world faced hunger in 2020 compared to 2019. It is the 1st comprehensive report on food insecurity and nutrition in the Post-Pandemic era.

  • The 5 UN Agencies are – Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) & World Health Organization (WHO).
  • The report states that around 9.9% of the world’s population were estimated to have been undernourished in 2020, compared to 8.4% in 2019.

State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World
It is an annual flagship report jointly prepared by FAO, IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO which provides the progress made towards ending hunger, achieving food security, improving nutrition and achieving the goal of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
Malnutrition
i.Nearly 2.37 billion people did not have access to adequate food in 2020, which is an increase of 320 million people compared to 2019.

  • Children under 5 years of age who were affected by Stunting – 149.2 million (too short for their age), Wasting – 45.4 million (too thin for their height) or overweight – 38.9 million.

ii.Based on the current trends, the UN Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger by 2030 will be missed by a margin of nearly 660 million people.
About International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
President – Gilbert F. Houngbo
Headquarters – Rome, Italy
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BANKING & FINANCE

IFSCA Issued Framework for Setting up ITFS in IFSCIn July 2021, the International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA) issued a framework for setting up and operating an ‘International Trade Finance Services’ (ITFS) platform to provide trade finance services at International Financial Services Centres (IFSCs).
Key points:
i.ITFS is an electronic platform for facilitating the trade finance requirements of Exporters and Importers, through multiple Financiers.
ii.The framework would enable the Exporters and Importers to avail various types of trade finance facilities for their international trade transactions through ITFS, and it would support them to convert their trade receivables into liquid funds and to obtain short term funding for payments for import of goods/services.
iii.The company (parent entity/ the promoters/promoter groups) that is applying to set up ITFS in an IFSC should have a minimum net worth of USD 1 million.
About International Financial Services Centres Authority (IFSCA):
Establishment –  April 27, 2020, under IFSCA Act, 2019
Headquarters – GIFT City, Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Chairperson – Injeti Srinivas
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RBI Introduced ‘RBI Retail Direct’ Scheme to Facilitate Investment in G-Sec by IndividualsOn July 12, 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) introduced a scheme named ‘RBI Retail Direct’ to facilitate investment in Government Securities(G-Sec) by retail investors (individuals).
Key Points:
i.Objective: The bond-buying window was opened to increase the retail participation in G-Sec, and to democratize the ownership of G-Sec beyond banks and managers of pooled resources such as mutual funds.
ii.Under the scheme, the retail investors are enabled to open and maintain their gilt securities account named ‘Retail Direct Gilt Account’ (RDG Account) with RBI through an ‘Online portal’.
iii.List of G-Secs under the scheme:

  • Government of India Treasury Bills
  • Government of India dated securities
  • Sovereign Gold Bonds (SGB)
  • State Development Loans (SDLs)

iv.Fees and Charges: No fee will be charged for opening and maintaining the RDG Account, and for submitting bids in the primary auctions.
About Reserve Bank of India(RBI):
Established – 1st April 1935
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Governor– Shaktikanta Das
Deputy Governors –  Mahesh Kumar Jain, Michael Debabrata Patra, M. Rajeshwar Rao, T. Rabi Sankar
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Bhutan Became the 1st Country to Adopt UPI Standards for its QR DeploymentNPCI International Payments Ltd (NIPL), the international arm of National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), in partnership with the Royal Monetary Authority (RMA) of Bhutan implemented the Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) Unified Payments Interface (UPI) QR-based payments in Bhutan.
Key points:
i.Through this partnership, Bhutan became the 1st country to adopt India’s UPI standards for its QR deployment and the only country to issue and accept RuPay cards and accept BHIM UPI.
ii.The service was initiated in March 2021, and officially launched virtually on July 13, 2021 by Nirmala Sitharaman, the Finance Minister of India, in the presence of Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, Finance Minister of Bhutan.
iii.The collaboration will lead to financial integration between the two economies and it will enable acceptance of UPI powered BHIM App in Bhutan.
iv.The launch will benefit more than 200,000 tourists from India, who are travelling to Bhutan every year.
About NPCI International Payments Limited (NIPL):
It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NPCI, devoted to the deployment of NPCI’s indigenous, Real-Time Payment System – UPI and Card Scheme – RuPay, outside India.
Establishment – April 3, 2020
CEO – Ritesh Shukla
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

WHO Expert Advisory Committee on HGE released 2 Reports; Prof Maneesha Inamdar, part of committeeOn July 12, 2021, the WHO (World Health Organization) Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing has released the two new reports namely ‘Human Genome Editing- Recommendation’ and ‘Human genome editing: a Framework for Governance’.

  • Notably, Indian stem cell and developmental biologist Professor Maneesha S Inamdar is a part of this committee.
  • These two publications provide first global recommendations on appropriate institutional, national, regional and global governance mechanisms for human Genome Editing (HGE) and ensure that HGE should be used for public health, with an emphasis on safety, effectiveness, and ethics.

About Prof. Maneesha S Inamdar:
i.She along with her group, is conducting research at the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR), Bengaluru (Karnataka) that uses  gene-editing tools to manipulate stem cells in vitro.

  • JNCASR is an autonomous Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
  • This research will generate disease models for scientific insight into human development and devise therapeutic strategies.

ii.She represents the LMIC (Low and Middle-Income Countries) in Asia.
iii.She is a member of the Education, Engagement, and Empowerment (3E) subgroup of the above mentioned Committee.
iv.She was also involved in making recommendations to the Secretariat and WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on global governance structures for HGE.
About Committee:
In December 2018, WHO established a global, multidisciplinary committee (the Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing, hereafter called the Committee) to examine the scientific, ethical, social and legal challenges associated with human genome editing (somatic, germline and heritable).

NS Srinivasa Murthy Became the 1st Honorary Consul General of Vietnam from India Vietnam’s Minister of Foreign Affairs appointed Nama Subbiah Setty Srinivasa Murthy as the Honorary Consul General of Vietnam for Bangalore, Karnataka through the Vietnamese Embassy in India.

  • He is the 1st honorary consul general of Vietnam from India and the 19th across the world.
  • Role: He will provide consular protection of the State’s interests and lawful rights and interests of Vietnamese citizens in Bangalore along with promoting Vietnamese investments, trade and tourism within Bangalore, Karnataka.
  • His appointment is for 3 years. He is the owner and Managing partner of N. K. Subbiah Setty & Sons, the Incense Stick Manufacturers.

Note – Currently in Bangalore, there are Consulate Generals of 8 countries (Switzerland, Germany, UK, France, Japan, Canada, Israel and the Netherlands) and Honorary Consulates of a further 25 countries.
Consulate General: It is a representative of one country’s government in another territory, to protect the citizens of the consul’s own country.
Honorary Consulates: They are generally the citizens of the host country (not career diplomats) where they live, who would be designated by a foreign government to look after the affairs of its citizens.
About Vietnam:
Capital – Hanoi
President – Nguyen Xuan Phuc
Currency – Vietnamese dong
Ambassador of Vietnam to India – Pham Sanh Chau

ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

CCI Approved – Summit India(Tripura) to Acquire 23.5% Stake in OTPC & SVF II Songbird to Buy Stake in SwiggyONGC Tripura Power CoCompetition Commission of India (CCI), approved the proposed acquisition of 23.5 per cent stake equity share capital in ONGC (Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Limited) Tripura Power Company by Summit India (Tripura). 
CCI Approves SoftBank Group Entity Buying Stake in Swiggy
CCI approved the acquisition of stakes in Bundl Technologies Private Limited, a private limited company incorporated in India and is engaged in operating Swiggy, by the SVF II Songbird, a SoftBank Group entity.
About Competition Commission of India (CCI):
Chairperson- Ashok Kumar Gupta
Director-General– Dr Atul Verma
Headquarters- New Delhi
Established on 14th October 2003
About ONGC Tripura Power Company(OTPC):
Managing Director– Sanil C. Namboodiripad
Headquarters– Gomati, Tripura
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

IISc Scientists discover 2 Species of FEBs in Superfluid HeliumScientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru, Karnataka have discovered the existence of 2 species of Few Electron Bubbles (FEBs) in superfluid Helium for the 1st time. The study has been published in Science Advances.

  • The Team of Scientists was led by Professor Ambarish Ghosh at Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), IISc. Neha Yadav, a former PhD student at the Department of Physics; Prosenjit Sen, Associate Professor at CeNSE were the other scientists in the team.
  • The discovery will serve as a model to study the energy states of electrons and interactions between them in a material that influences its properties.

What are FEBs
FEBs are nanometre-sized cavities in liquid helium which contain only a handful of free electrons.
i.Significance of the Study – The number, state and interactions between free electrons dictate the physical and chemical properties of materials.
ii.Studying FEBs, therefore, could help scientists better understand how some of these properties emerge when a few electrons present in a material interact with each other.
About Indian Institute of Science (IISc)
Director – Govindan Rangarajan
Location – Bengaluru, Karnataka

Indian Navy receives 10th P-8I Aircraft from Boeing US-based Aerospace company Boeing has delivered the 10th P-8I Maritime Surveillance Aircraft (Poseidon 8I) to the Indian Navy at INS Hansa, Goa. It is the 2nd P-8I Aircraft to be delivered by Boeing to Indian Navy under the Option Contract signed by the Ministry of Defence in 2016.

  • P-8I is used for maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare. They are part of the 312A Naval Air Squadron and are based at Arakkonam, Tamil Nadu.
  • P-8I is a variant of the P-8A Poseidon used by the US Navy, it is developed and produced by Boeing Defense, Space & Security
  • India was Boeing’s 1st International customer for P-8I with the 1st P-8I aircraft being inducted into the Indian Navy in 2013. The 9th P-8I was inducted in November, 2020.

i.Indian Navy uses its existing fleet of 9 P-8I aircrafts to track the movement of ships and submarines in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) & humanitarian missions during disaster.
Background
The Defence Ministry had 1st signed a contract for eight P-8I aircraft in 2009, later in 2016, it signed a USD 1.1 Billion deal with the US for Four Additional P-8I Aircrafts.
About Indian Navy:
Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS) – Admiral Karambir Singh
Integrated Headquarters MoD (Navy)– New Delhi
About Boeing
President & CEO – David L. Calhoun
Headquarters – Chicago, USA

40th anniversary of APPLE Satellite – organised by Chandigarh University 

Chandigarh University organised the 40th anniversary celebration of India’s 1st Communication satellite – APPLE Satellite. On the occasion, Prof. RM Vasagam, Director of Project APPLE, was awarded ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ by Chandigarh University.
i.Ariane Passenger PayLoad Experiment (APPLE), satellite program launched in 1981. APPLE played a foundational role in development of ISRO’s INSAT and other communication satellites.

SPORTS

Chris Gayle becomes 1st Cricketer to Score 14,000 runs in T20

West Indies cricketer Chris Gayle popularly known as “Universal Boss” created history by becoming the 1st ever batsman to score 14,000 runs in T20 format. He achieved this feat during the ongoing T20 Internationals between Australia & West Indies. He also holds the record for Highest individual score of 175 runs in T20 format in 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL).

OBITUARY

Yashpal Sharma – 1983 World Cup winning Indian Cricketer passed awayFormer Indian Batsman, Yashpal Sharma, who represented India in the 1983 ICC World winning Cricket team passed away due to cardiac arrest on 13th July 2021. He represented India in 37 Test matches and 42 One-Day Internationals (ODI).
i.He also served as one of the selector of 2011 ODI World Cup winning Indian Team
ii.Yashpal Sharma was a Key middle order batsman in the 1983 ICC World Cup winning Indian team under the captaincy of Kapil Dev.
iii.In the 1983 tournament, he scored a total of 240 runs in 8 innings with 2 half centuries, to become the 2nd highest run scorer after Kapil Dev.
iv.Made his highest Test score of 140 against England in Chennai.
About Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI):
BCCI is the governing body of Cricket in India, it functions under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports.
Established – 1928
President – Sourav Ganguly
Secretary – Jay Shah
Headquarters – Mumbai, Maharashtra

BOOKS & AUTHORS

Former Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale authored a new book “The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India”Vijay Keshav Gokhale former Foreign Secretary of India has authored a new book titled “The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India”. The book is focused on diplomacy and China’s method of operations in diplomatic negotiations.
The book is published by Vintage Books, a subdivision of Random House, an international publishing group.
About the book:
i.The book examines how China negotiated with India in the past through 6 historical and recent events in the Indo China relationship.
ii.The book aims to identify the strategy, tactics and tools used by China during its diplomatic negotiations with India.
iii.The 6 case studies featured in the book are,

  1. Recognition by the Government of India of the People’s Republic of China on 30 December 1949.
  2. the Agreement on Trade and Intercourse between the Tibet Region of China and India of 29 April 1954.
  3. India’s nuclear tests in 1998.
  4. China’s formal recognition of Sikkim as a part of India on 11 April 2005.
  5. the India–China diplomatic negotiations on the 123 Nuclear Deal in 2008.
  6. the listing of Masood Azhar as a terrorist in the UNSC 1267 Sanctions List on 1 May 2019.

About Vijay Gokhale:
i.Vijay Keshav Gokhale from Pune, Maharashtra is a 1981-batch IFS(Indian Foreign Service) officer(retired).
ii.He has served as the 32nd Foreign secretary of India from January 2018 and retired in January 2020.
iii.He has also served as the High Commissioner of India to Malaysia between 2009 to 2013.
iv.He has served as the Indian Ambassador to Germany from 2013 to 2016 and as Ambassador to China from 2016 to 2017.
v.His first book wasTiananmen Square – The Making of a Protest” published by HarperCollins India in May 2021.

Indian Equestrian Olympian Imtiaz Anees Penned his Memoir “Riding Free: My Olympic Journey”Imtiaz Anees Indian Equestrian who represented India at the Summer Olympics 2000 held in Sydney, Australia has authored his memoir titled “Riding Free: My Olympic Journey”.
Imtiaz Anees is the only equestrian Olympian in India and the only Indian rider to complete an equestrian three-day event at the Olympics in Sydney in 2000.
The book is published by HarperCollins India.
About the book:
i.The book features the real-life struggle, relationships, dreams of Imtiaz Anees and how he tackled the hurdles and achieved his dream of representing India at the Olympics.
ii.The book retraces the major achievements of Imtiaz Annes during his 20 year-long careers.
About Imtiaz Anees:
i.Imtiaz Anees is an Equestrian trainer, NBC Commentator, qualified Level 2 instructor and coach educator.
ii.He operates an equestrian training centre Seahorse Equestrian in Nargol, Gujarat.

A Book on the Rise of Indian-Americans Inspired by Kamala HarrisA book on the rise of Indian-Americans inspired by Kamala HarrisA group of Indian-Americans, scholars, diplomats and entrepreneurs have come together to write first of its kind an anthology named ‘Kamala Harris and the Rise of Indian Americans’ to document the history of the rise of Indian diaspora’s in the United States(US) and the progress election of Kamala Harris as the Vice President of the US.

  • The anthology is compiled and edited by Indian editor, Tarun Basu.
  • The anthology combines the stories of the Indian-American community’s experience and the rapid emergence of Indian-Americans in US life. In which, the Scholars, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and others detail their paths to success and perspectives on diasporic progress.
  • Kamala Harris is the current vice president of the US. She is the 1st female vice president and the highest-ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the 1st African American and first Asian American vice president.

Note – Anthology is a collection of literary works of different authors compiled together.

STATE NEWS

Assam CM Launches ‘Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Widows Support Scheme’Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma launched the ‘Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Widows Support Scheme’ to provide social and financial security to the widows of COVID-19 victims.

  • Under the scheme, a one-time financial assistance of INR 2.5 lakh each will be provided to COVID-19 widows, whose family annual income is less than INR 5 lakh per annum.
  • A financial assistance of INR 830 per month will also be provided under Arunodoi scheme and monthly widow pension.
  • The financial assistance aims to assist widows to lead a life of dignity, after the loss of the head of their family.

Sishu Seva Scheme
The Assam Government had already launched the ‘Sishu Seva Scheme’ to provide INR 3,500 per month to children, who lost their parents due to COVID-19.
About Assam
Chief Minister – Himanta Biswa Sarma
Governor –   Professor Jagdish Mukhi
Capital – Dispur

Andhra Pradesh signs 14 MoUs under YSR Cheyutha SchemeOn 12th July 2021, the State government of Andhra Pradesh (AP) signed MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with 14 different companies under its women empowerment scheme ‘YSR Cheyuta Scheme’. The collaboration aims to improve the livelihood of 6 lakh women through business opportunities with the companies.
i.
The scheme aim to assist women from Minority communities (SC, ST, BC) through financial aid of Rs 75,000 which can be used as a capital investment for other businesses
About Andhra Pradesh:
Kuchipudi, an indigenous dance of Andhra Pradesh is one of the 8 Classical dances of India
GI Tagged product – Durgi stone carvings
Folk Dance – Buta Bommalu, a puppet dance form
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S.no  Current Affairs 14 July 2021
1 NTPC REL, Ladakh sign MoU to set up India’s 1st Green Hydrogen Mobility Project
2 APEDA-NAFED collaborated to Strengthen Export Linkage of Farmer Cooperatives & FPOs
3 Central Govt reorganized Cabinet Committees; New Names Included
4 Ministry of Corporate Affairs incorporates NARCL
5 In a 1st, NICL Provided Insurance Policy for High-Altitude Yak
6 India’s 1st Cryptogamic Garden Inaugurated in Dehradun, Uttarakhand
7 Ganga Expressway – India’s 2nd longest Expressway
8 Around 768 Million People in the World Faced Hunger in 2020: UN Report
9 IFSCA Issued Framework for Setting up ITFS in IFSC
10 RBI Introduced ‘RBI Retail Direct’ Scheme to Facilitate Investment in G-Sec by Individuals
11 Bhutan Became the 1st Country to Adopt UPI Standards for its QR Deployment
12 WHO Expert Advisory Committee on HGE released 2 Reports; Prof Maneesha Inamdar, part of committee
13 NS Srinivasa Murthy Became the 1st Honorary Consul General of Vietnam from India
14 CCI Approved – Summit India(Tripura) to Acquire 23.5% Stake in OTPC & SVF II Songbird to Buy Stake in Swiggy
15 IISc Scientists discover 2 Species of FEBs in Superfluid Helium
16 Indian Navy receives 10th P-8I Aircraft from Boeing
17 40th anniversary of APPLE Satellite – organised by Chandigarh University
18 Gayle becomes 1st batsman to score 14,000 T20 runs
19 Yashpal Sharma, member of India’s 1983 World Cup winning team, passed away
20 Former Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale authored a new book “The Long Game: How the Chinese Negotiate with India”
21 Indian Equestrian Olympian Imtiaz Anees Penned his Memoir “Riding Free: My Olympic Journey”
22 A book on the rise of Indian-Americans inspired by Kamala Harris
23 Assam CM Launches ‘Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Widows Support Scheme’
24 Andhra Pradesh signs 14 MoUs under YSR Cheyutha Scheme