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Top 30 Current Affairs of 23 July 2020

NATIONAL AFFAIRS

India & S.African Customs Union revived initiative for Preferential Trade Agreement via virtual meetIndia-revives-initiative-for-Preferential-Trade-Agreement-with-S

A virtual meeting between India and Southern African Customs Union (SACU), consisting of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, have been revived to achieve a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) and to discuss its various aspects. 

  • The Indian side was led by Srikar Reddy, Joint Secretary, Department of Commerce while SACU was led by Amb. Steve Katjiuanjo, Executive Director, Ministry of Industrialization,Trade and SME (small and medium enterprises) Development of Namibia.

Key Points:
-In 2019-20, trade between India and Africa as a whole stood at $ 66.7 billion, of which the India-SACU trade was $ 10.9 billion which can expanded further.
-Imports from South Africa to India include gold, steam coal, copper ores & concentrates, phosphoric acid, manganese ore, aluminium ingots & other minerals. 
-Exports from India to South Africa include vehicles and components thereof, transport equipment, drugs and pharmaceuticals, engineering goods, footwear, dyes and intermediates, chemicals, textiles, rice, gems and jewellery, etc.
About Southern African Customs Union (SACU):
It is a customs union among five countries of Southern Africa
Headquarter– Windhoek, Namibia
Executive Secretary– Paulina Mbala Elago
Recent Related News:
On May 11, 2020, A team of astronomers from the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO), the (US) National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the University of Pretoria, and Rhodes University(Both in South Africa), have used the MeerKAT telescope to solve a longstanding puzzle in ‘X’-shaped radio galaxies.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India, Maldives inked agreement for establishment of ‘Emergency Medical Services Unit’ in MaleIndia,-Maldives-sign-agreement.new

i.On July 20, 2020, the Government of India (GoI) has signed an agreement with Ministry of Health of Maldives for the establishment of ‘Emergency Medical Services Unit’ at Baa Atoll Dharavandhoo Hospital in Male.  
ii.The project would cost MVR (Maldivian rufiyaa) 8.5 million (Approximately Rs 4,14,58,782) out of which MVR 7.5 million (Approximately Rs 3,64,03,786) is grant from India. It will be constructed by LF Construction Pvt Ltd of Maldives.
iii.The agreement signing ceremony was held at Maldives’ Ministry of Health which was attended by Minister of Health Abdulla Ameen, Foreign Secretary Abdul Ghafoor Mohamed, High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudir, and other officials from the Government, and the High Commission of India in Male.
About Maldives:
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Capital- Male
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India ranked among 10 worst countries for working people: ITUC Global Rights Index 2020India Ranks Among 10 Worst Countries For Working People

i.In accordance with the 7th edition of “International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) Global Rights Index 2020-The World’s Worst Countries for Workers”, India became the new entrant in the 10 worst countries for working people in the world, with a rating of 5 that states “No guarantee of rights”. The index ranked 144 countries on the basis of respect for workers’ rights.
ii.The other countries among the worst ten are- Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, , Kazakhstan, Philippines, Turkey and Zimbabwe along with Egypt & Honduras being other two new entrants apart from India.
iii.On the region front, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is the worst region with 4.44 rating followed by Asia-Pacific with 4.09 in the world for working people for seven years (2014-2020).
About International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC):
General Secretary– Sharan Leslie Burrow
President– Ayuba Philibus Wabba
Headquarter Brussels, Belgium

  • The ITUC affiliates in India are the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of India (CFTUI), the Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) and the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA).

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Pakistan and China signed an EPC Agreement for 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project in PoKPakistan,-China-sign-agreement-for-“Azad-Pattan-Hydel-Power-Project”

On 7th July 2020, Pakistan and Gezhouba Group Company Limited of China signed an Engineer Procurement and Contract (EPC) agreement for the 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project on Jhelum River in the Sudhnoti District of Pakistan occupied Kashmir(PoK). 
Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan witnessed the signing in a ceremony in Islamabad.
About Pakistan:
Prime Minister– Imran Ahmad Khan Niazi
President– Dr. Arif Alvi 
Capital– Islamabad
Currency– Pakistani Rupee
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BANKING & FINANCE

LIC-UBI announced corporate agency pactLIC-UBI announce corporate agency pact

Union Bank of India (UBI), after its amalgamation with Corporation Bank and Andhra Bank, has announced a corporate agency agreement with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to distribute latter’s policies.

  • As per the pact, UBI can act as a financial supermarket by offering LIC products of term insurance, pension, plan, children plan, ULIPs, and endowment schemes to its account holders, whereby they can select products according to their choice.

About Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC):
Chairman– MR Kumar
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Virtual Assistant– LIC Mitra
About Union Bank of India (UBI):
Managing Director (MD) & Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Rajkiran Rai G.
Headquarter– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Virtual Assistant– UVA
Tagline– Good People to Bank with
Recent Related News:
On May 26, 2020, Vakrangee Limited (VL), a technology company based in Mumbai (Maharashtra), has entered into the Corporate Agency (Registration Code CA0249) partnership with Life Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) to distribute latter’s micro insurance products in unserved and underserved areas through its Nextgen Vakrangee Kendra network spread across India.

FamPay launched India’s 1st numberless card, Famcard FamPay-launches-India’s-first-numberless-payments-card

i.FamPay, India’s first Neobank for teenagers, in partnership with IDFC First Bank launched  India’s 1st numberless card, FamCard. FamPay with National Payments Corporation of India(NPCI) developed this card.  
ii.This card is accepted across the RuPay payment network of merchants. It is similar to a debit card which enables teenagers to transact in a cashless manner. 
iii.Teenagers can use the card independently without the intervention of the parents.
About FamPay:
Headquarters– Bengaluru, Karnataka
Founders– Kush Taneja & Sambhav Jain
About NPCI:
Registered Office– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Non Executive Chairman– Biswamohan Mahapatra
MD & CEO– Dilip Asbe
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

India’s GDP to contract by 6.1% in FY21: NomuraIndia's GDP to contract 6-1 pc in FY21 Nomura

i.As per the report of Nomura Holdings, Inc, a japanese brokerage firm, India’s Gross domestic Product(GDP) is likely to contract by 6.1%(-6.1%) in FY21 as economic activity continues to be weak due to COVID-19 pandemic.
ii.India’s economy to contract by 15.2% in the June quarter. For the rest of this fiscal year, GDP will never be positive. 
iii.It estimated contractions of 5.6% in the September quarter, 2.8% for the December quarter and 1.4% in the March quarter.
About Nomura Holdings, Inc:
Headquarters– Tokyo, Japan
President and Group CEO– Kentaro Okuda
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India’s HIL supplied 20.60 MT of DDT 75 % WP to South Africa for malaria controlHIL, India supplies 20-60 MT of DDT to South Africa

i.On July 21, 2020, HIL (formerly Hindustan Insecticides Limited), a PSU under the Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers has supplied 20.60 Metric tonne of DDT (dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane) 75 % Wettable powder (WP) to South Africa for their Malaria control program in three province adjoining Mozambique. 
ii.It is to be noted that HIL is the sole manufacturer of DDT globally.
iii.It has recently exported 25 MT of Malathion Technical 95% to Iran under Government-to-Government initiative for the Locust Control Programme and also exported Agrochemical-fungicide (32 MT) to Latin American region.
About HIL:
Chairman and Managing Director (CMD)– Dr. SP Mohanty
Headquarter– New Delhi
About South Africa:
Capitals– Cape Town, Pretoria, Bloemfontein
Currency– South African rand
President– Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
<< Read Full News >>

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

Kannan C S Warrier of IFGTB, receives 2019 National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research in Forestry from ICFREIFGTB scientist Kannan Warrier gets Indian Council of Forestry Research

i.Kannan CS Warrier, Senior Principal Scientist (Scientist F) at the Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding (IFGTB) received the 2019 National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research in Forestry from the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE).
ii.He received the National award for releasing three productive clones of Casuarina equisetifolia, first of its kind in India that are suitable for salt affected (sodic) soils.
About Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE):
Director General– Arun Singh Rawat(appointed after the repatriation of the previous DG SC Gairola to his parent cadre of Maharashtra on March 16, 2020)
Location–  Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg won 1st edition Gulbenkian Prize for HumanityEnvironmental activist Greta Thunberg wins first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

i.A 17 years old climate activist from Sweden namely Greta Tintin Eleonora Ernman Thunberg became the first recipient of the inaugural (1st edition) Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity, awarded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 
ii.The award in the amount 1 million euro ($1.15 million) recognized her ability to mobilize younger generations for the cause of climate change. 
iii.The entire prize amount would be donated by Greta Thunberg to the project and organisations who are working to help people on the front lines affected by the climate crisis and ecological crisis.
About Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation
President– Isabel Mota
Headquarter– Lisbon, Portugal
<< Read Full News >>

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS  

Prof. R. Narayanaswamy of IIM Bangalore appointed as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of NFRANFRA-constitutes-technical-advisory-committee-chaired-by-Narayanaswamy

On 21st July 2020, R. Narayanaswamy, Professor of Finance and Accounting in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore was appointed as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee(TAC) of the National Financial Reporting Authority(NFRA), independent accounting and auditing regulator set up by the Government of India under the Companies Act, 2013.
About National Financial Reporting Authority(NFRA):
Chairperson– R.Sridharan
Headquarters– New Delhi
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Prakash Chandra Kandpal Appointed as MD & CEO of SBI General InsuranceSBI General Insurance appoints PC Kandpal as MD, CEO

Non-life insurer SBI General Insurance Company Limited announced that it has appointed Prakash Chandra(P C) Kandpal as its Managing Director(MD) and Chief Executive Officer(CEO), effective from July 20. He succeeds Pushan Mahapatra, who has been appointed as a director (strategic investments & digital initiatives), effective from 18th July, 2020.

  • Pushan Mahapatra will also continue to be the whole time director of the insurance company.

About Prakash Chandra Kandpal
i.He started his career as a Probationary Officer at State Bank of India(SBI) in 1987.
ii.Prior to this, he was serving as deputy CEO of SBI General Insurance Company Limited from June 6, 2019 till July 18, 2020. 
iii.He also served as Chief General Manager at SBI and chief operating officer(COO) of SBI Mutual Fund.
iv.He has more than 33 years of experience with SBI i.e., has a wide experience in areas like HR, Retail and Subsidiaries of SBI. 
About Pushan Mahapatra
i.He joined the Company as the General Manager & Chief Operating Officer in July 2014.
ii.Prior to that, he worked as an Officer at SBI since 1985, he worked in areas of retail banking operations, IT, Risk and Compliance.
About SBI General Insurance Company Limited
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Tagline– ‘Suraksha aur Bharosa Dono’
Recent Related News:
i.The Finance Ministry appointed PR Jaishankar as MD of the India Infrastructure Finance Company Limited (IIFCL) for 3 years.
ii.The Board of Unit Trust of India(UTI )Mutual Funds Appointed Imtaiyazur Rahman as CEO  of the UTI Asset Management Company (AMC)

Sumit Deb appointed as CMD of NMDC succeeding N.Baijendra KumarSumit-Deb-appointed-CMD-of-National-Mineral-Development-Corporation

On 21st July 2020, the Appointment Committee of the Cabinet(ACC) approved the appointment of Sumit Deb as the Chairman and Managing Director of the National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC) till 28th February 2023, the date of his superannuation. 

  • Sumit Deb who is currently serving as the Director (Personnel) in NMDC, will take charge as the CMD of NMDC on or after August 1, 2020.
  • He succeeds N. Baijendra Kumar(IAS) the current CMD of NMDC who superannuates on 31st July 2020.

Note:
The Public Enterprises Selection Board(PSEB) recommended Sumit Deb for the position of CMD in NMDC on February 18,2020.
About Sumit Deb:
i.He started his career with Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited and served for about 25 years in the steel industry.
ii.He served as the Executive Director (Personnel and Administration) at NMDC prior to his appointment as the Director(Personnel) at NMDC.
iii.He received the Jawahar Puraskar for the financial year 2007-2008 from the RINL’s CMD.
About NMDC:
Chairman & Managing Director– N.Baijendra Kumar(superannuates on 31st July 2020)
Head Office– Hyderabad, Telangana
Recent Related News:
i.Mohandas Pai as the chairman of the advisory committee on Service provider of IBBI.
ii.G Kishan Reddy MoS Home Affairs as Chairman for the New Panel for Welfare of Freedom fighters.

Government extends NCLT Acting President BSV Prakash Kumar’s tenure for 1 monthGovernment-extends-NCLT-Acting-President-BSV-Prakash-Kumar's-tenure-for-one-month

The Ministry of Corporate affairs has extended the tenure of Bethala Shanta Vijaya Prakash Kumar, the acting President of National Company  Law Tribunal (NCLT) for one month with effect from 5th July, 2020. This is his second extension.

  • BSV Prakash Kumar was appointed as Acting President of NCLT after the retirement of Justice MM Kumar as NCLT President for a period of three months from January 5, 2020.
  • His tenure was extended for another three months in April upto July 5, 2020 which has again extended for one month.

About National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT):
NCLT was set up under section 408 of the Companies Act, 2013, on June 1, 2016.
Former President: Justice Shri Mahesh Mittal Kumar
Principal Bench: New Delhi
Recent Related News:
Centre approves to extend tenure of TN State Chief Secretary K Shanmugham for 3 months.
Dia Mirza’s tenure as UNEP Goodwill Ambassador extended till 2022.

Roshni Nadar Becomes 1st Woman to Chair Listed Indian IT firm after taking over as HCL Tech Chairperson

On July 17, 2020 Roshni Nadar Malhotra, India’s richest woman becomes the 1st woman to head a listed Indian IT company as she took over as the Chairperson of HCL Technologies from her father and billionaire Shiv Nadar(Founder & chairman). 

  • Shiv Nadar will continue to be the Managing Director of the company with designation as Chief Strategy Officer.
  • In addition to the post of Chairperson Roshni Nadar Malhotra will also continue to be the CEO of HCL Corporation.

Note- The company’s Board of Directors has appointed her as the new chairperson with immediate effect.
About Roshni Nadar Malhotra
i.Prior to joining the HCL Corporation in 2009 she worked with Sky News UK and CNN America as a news producer.
ii.Within a year of her joining HCL, she was elevated as executive director and CEO of HCL Corporation
iii.Apart from this, she is also a trained classical musician
Few Honours
i.According to the latest Hurun Rich List, Roshni is India’s richest woman with a net worth of Rs 36,800 crore.
ii.She featured in ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’ list compiled and released by Forbes in 2017, 2018, and 2019, consecutively.
iii.She is also an alumnus of the Forum of Young Global Leaders (YGL, 2014-19)
About HCL Technologies
Headquarters– Noida, Uttar Pradesh 
President & CEO– C Vijayakumar
Recent Related News:
i.Senior IAS officer Vishwas Mehta appointed as new Chief Secretary of Kerala
ii.Ramesh Babu appointed as NTPC(National Thermal Power Corporation Limited) director of operations. He was the successor of Prakash Tiwari who retired on April 30, 2020.

Rahul Bajaj to Step Down as Bajaj Finance Chairman; Sanjiv Bajaj to succeedRahul-Bajaj-to-step-down-as-Bajaj-Finance-chairman

Rahul Bajaj, the present non-executive chairman of Bajaj Finance has decided to step down on July 31, 2020 and he will be replaced by his son Sanjiv Bajaj (the present Vice Chairman of the company) from August1. 

  • Rahul Bajaj will continue to serve as a non-executive non independent director of the company. 

About Sanjiv Bajaj:

  • Sanjiv Bajaj has been the Managing Director & CEO of Bajaj Finserv Ltd. since 2008.
  • He has been the Managing Director of Bajaj Holdings & Investments since 2012.
  • He has been the Vice Chairman of Bajaj Finance Ltd. since 2013.
  • He has also chaired the board of Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company since 2013.
  • He has been elected as Chairman of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Western Region for 2019-20.

Awards:
Sanjiv has been awarded with All India Management Association (AIMA) Managing India Awards Entrepreneur of the Year award 2019
About Bajaj Finserv:
Headquarters: Pune, Maharashtra
Chief Financial Officer: S. Sreenivasan
Recent Related News:
Urjit Patel, Former RBI Governor, Appointed as new Chairman of NIPFP.
IFTAS Announces the Appointment of Shri. T. Rabi Sankar as Chairman and Dr. N Rajendran as Chief Executive Officer.

   SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

DRDO Test Fires ‘Made in India’ Anti Tank guided Nag Missile named “Dhruvastra”DRDO test fires ‘made in India’ anti-tank guided Nag missile

On 15th and 16th July 2020, The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) test fired the Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM) named “Dhruvastra” (Formerly known as Helicopter launched Nag Missile, “HELINA”) without Helicopter at the Interim Test Range (ITR) in Balasore, Odisha.
The flight trials were conducted in direct and top attack mode.
About DRDO:
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters– New Delhi
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Indian Army Gets World’s Most Agile & Lightest Drone, “Bharat” for Accurate Surveillance developed by DRDO’s TBRL;Deployed in Indo-China BorderIndian-Army-Gets-World's-Most-Agile,-Lightest-Surveillance-Drone-Bharat-To-Monitor-China-Border

i.Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) provides the drone named “Bharat” – indigenously developed by the Chandigarh based laboratory of DRDO, “Terminal Ballistics Research Laboratory (TBRL)” to the Indian Army to monitor the high altitude areas and mountain terrains along the line of actual control in the Easter Ladakh (China Border).
ii.The Bharat series drones are listed among World’s most agile and lightest surveillance drones
About DRDO:
Chairman– Dr G. Satheesh Reddy
Headquarters– New Delhi
About Indian Army:
Chief of Army Staff– General Manoj Mukund Naravane 
<< Read Full News >>

Russia for the 1st Time Successfully Conducted Flight Tests of the MGTD-20 Gas Turbine Engine made by 3D-printingRussia-successfully-holds-flight-test-of-3D-printed-aircraft-engine

i.The Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry informed that Russia for the first time conducted a successful flight test of the MGTD-20 gas turbine engine made by 3D-printing
ii.The flight tests were held at Kazalbash aviation center in Tatarstan. The production of the aircraft is scheduled on 2021-2022.
Russia’s new Mi-8AMTSh-VN attack helicopter being flight tested
The Russian Helicopters manufacturing company(part of Rostec corporation) informed that Russia’s new Mi-8AMTSh-VN attack transport helicopter is being tested. 
About Russian Foundation for Advanced Research Projects in the Defense Industry
Headquarters– Moscow, Russia
CEO & Chairman of the Board– Grigoriev Andrey Ivanovich
About Russian Helicopters
Headquarters– Moscow, Russia
Director General– Andrey Boginsky
<< Read Full News >>

OBITUARY

Former Australian test cricketer Barry Jarman passed away at 84

Former Australian test wicket keeper, an ex-International Cricket Council match referee Barry Jarman passed away in Adelaide, South Australia at the age of 84 years, who played in 19 tests and scored two half-centuries among his 400 runs at an average of 14.81 and made a test debut in 1959.He was born in Hindmarsh, South Australia.

In 1997 he was awarded the “Medal of the Order of Australia” for service to sport as a cricket player, coach and international cricket referee, and to horse racing in South Australia.

IMPORTANT DAYS

World Oral Health Day(WOHD) 2020: March 20 

World Oral Health Day(WOHD) is observed globally on 20 March every year.The objective of this day is to create global awareness and promote good oral health for everyone and empower individuals to maintain a healthy mouth at all ages. The theme of campaign 2020 is #Unite for Mouth Health.It was organized by FDI World Dental Federation and is the largest global awareness campaign on oral health.

Note: The day was first declared by FDI World Dental Federation  in 2007 and first officially celebrated in 2013.

Earth hour 2020 : March 28

Earth hour 2020 is observed on March 28 (last Saturday of March annually), an one-hour observance(8.30 P.M- 9.30 P.M) is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature(WWF).The main aim is to create awareness about  global conversations on protecting nature.This year event is to ‘Raise your voice for nature’ and call for stronger climate action.

Note:This Earth hour was started by WWF and partners as a symbolic lights-out event in Sydney in 2007

Prevention of Blindness Week 2020 :April 1- 7  

In order to increase awareness towards blind people, Prevention of Blindness Week 2020 is observed from April 1 to April 7 every year, which is a campaign planned by the Government of India.

Note:Under the Societies Registration Act of 1860, It was first started by Jawaharlal Nehru and Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur in 1960.

International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development: 2021

The United Nations(UN) has declared 2021 as the International Year of Creative Economy  for Sustainable Development at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly . The resolution recognizes the need to promote sustained and inclusive economic growth,foster innovation and provide opportunities, benefits and empowerment for all and respect for all human right

Note:Indonesia was the main sponsor of the proposal, which was presented by a global grouping of countries, including Australia, China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Philippines and Thailand

International Year of Peace and Trust 2021:UN

The United Nations(UN) has adopted the Resolution on declaration of 2021 as International Year of Peace and Trust  to strengthen the ideals of peace, both within and between countries, which was initiated by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the 106th plenary meeting of the 73rd session of the United Nation General Assembly.

STATE NEWS

Delhi Cabinet Approved Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana,  doorstep delivery of ration scheme Delhi-CM-Arvind-Kejriwal-approves-'Mukhya-Mantri-Ghar-Ghar-Ration-Yojana'_-doorstep-delivery-of-ration

i.The Delhi Cabinet has approved ‘Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar  Ration Yojana’ to deliver ration directly to the homes of beneficiaries. This scheme and Centre’s ‘One Nation One Ration Card‘ scheme will be implemented on the same day in Delhi.
ii.After the completion of the  tendering process and other formalities, the doorstep delivery of ration scheme will be implemented. This will take around 6 to 7 months.
About Delhi:
Chief Minister– Arvind Kejriwal.
Governor– Anil Baijal.
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AP signs MoU with AMUL to help Women Self Help Groups and Boost Milk CooperativesAP,-AMUL-sign-up-to-help-self-help-groups,-boost-milk-cooperatives

i.The Government of Andhra Pradesh signed a MoU with AMUL (Anand Milk Union Limited) to empower women self-help groups(SGH) and to encourage the cooperatives in government sectors.
ii.The MoU was signed by Poonam Malkondaiah, Special Chief Secretary Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development and Rajan, Chennai Zonal Head of AMUL.
About Andhra Pradesh:
Chief Minister– YS Jagan Mohan Reddy
Governor– Biswa Bhushan Harichandan
Capital– Amaravati
<< Read Full News >>

Haryana CM Launched E-Sachivalaya Portal, for Online Appointments with CM, Deputy CM and Various Heads of Dept. Haryana-CM-launches-e-Sachivalaya-portal

i.Haryana Chief Minister(CM) Manohar Lal Khattar  launched e-Sachivalaya portal( https://esachivalaya.edisha.gov.in/ ), a digital platform to enable people to take online appointments for virtual meetings with the chief minister, deputy CM, ministers and other heads of various departments. 
ii.He also launched a web portal for plasma donation on the occasion.
iii.The portal was launched to provide citizen centric services in a transparent and seamless manner to the general public by utilizing Information Technology(IT).
About Haryana:
Capital– Chandigarh
National Parks(NP)– Sultanpur NP, Kalesar NP.
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Punjab Govt Signs MoU with IIT Ropar for Skill DevelopmentPunjab-govt-signs-MoU-with-IIT-Ropar-for-skill-development

On July 21, The Punjab government signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) – Ropar, for Skill Development in Chandigarh.
Highlights of the MoU

  • The MoU will assist the IIT’s technical education department to become an academic mentor for the state’s engineering colleges at Gurdaspur and Ferozepur, Sri Guru Gobind Singh Skill Institute at Chamkaur Sahib, five government polytechnics and 10 government ITIs.
  • The institute will help the state in developing a model ITI and a model polytechnic.

About Punjab:
Capital: Chandigarh
Chief Minister: Amarinder Singh
Governor: VP Singh Badnore
About IIT Ropar:
Director: SK Das
Recent Related News:
PNB Housing Finance Signs MoU with IIT Delhi to Develop Sustainable PPE Kits.
BDL signs MoU with IIT Kanpur to manufacture ventilators for COVID-19 treatment.

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S.no  Current Affairs 23 July 2020
1 India & S.African Customs Union revived initiative for Preferential Trade Agreement via virtual meet
2 India, Maldives inked agreement for establishment of ‘Emergency Medical Services’ in Male
3 India ranked among 10 worst countries for working people: ITUC Global Rights Index 2020
4 Pakistan and China signed an Agreement for 700 MW Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project in PoK
5 LIC-UBI announced corporate agency pact
6 FamPay launched India’s 1st numberless card, Famcard
7 India’s GDP to contract by 6.1% in FY21: Nomura
8 India’s HIL supplied 20.60MT of DDT 75 % WP to South Africa for malaria control
9 Kannan C S Warrier of IFGTB, receives 2019 National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Research in Forestry from ICFRE
10 Environmental activist Greta Thunberg won 1st edition Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity
11 Prof. R. Narayanaswamy of IIM Bangalore appointed as the Chair of the Technical Advisory Committee of NFRA
12 Prakash Chandra Kandpal Appointed as MD & CEO of SBI General Insurance
13 Sumit Deb appointed as CMD of NMDC succeeding N.Baijendra Kumar
14 Government extends NCLT Acting President BSV Prakash Kumar’s tenure for 1 month
15 Roshni Nadar Becomes 1st Woman to Chair Listed Indian IT firm after taking over as HCL Tech Chairperson
16 Rahul Bajaj to Step Down as Bajaj Finance Chairman; Sanjiv Bajaj to succeed
17 DRDO Test Fires ‘Made in India’ Anti Tank guided Nag Missile named “Dhruvastra”
18 Indian Army Gets DRDO’s Bharat – World’s Most Agile and Lightest Drone for Accurate Surveillance Along China Border
19 Russia for the 1st Time Successfully Conducted Flight Tests of the MGTD-20 Gas Turbine Engine made by 3D-printing
20 Former Australian test cricketer Barry Jarman passed away at 84
21 World Oral Health Day(WOHD) 2020: March 20
22 Earth hour 2020 : March 28
23 Prevention of Blindness Week 2020 :April 1- 7
24 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development: 2021
25 International Year of Peace and Trust 2021:UN
26 Delhi Cabinet Approved Mukhya Mantri Ghar Ghar Ration Yojana,  doorstep delivery of ration scheme
27 AP signs MoU with AMUL to help Women Self Help Groups and Boost Milk Cooperatives
28 Haryana CM Launched E-Sachivalaya Portal, for Online Appointments with CM, Deputy CM and Various Heads of Dept.
29 Punjab Govt Signs MoU with IIT Ropar for Skill Development

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