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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur tops Niti Aayog’s delta ranking of Aspirational districts for Feb-June 2020 Bijapur tops in Delta Ranking of NITI Ayog

i.In accordance with the delta rankings for aspirational districts by government think-tank Niti (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog, Bijapur district in Chhattisgarh has topped the list of aspirational districts in Overall Delta Ranking for the February-June 2020 period.
ii.Bijapur has been followed by Ri-Bhoi (Meghalaya) and Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh) at 2nd  and 3rd positions respectively.
About NITI Aayog:
Chairman– Narendra Modi
Chief Executive Officer (CEO)– Amitabh Kant 
Headquarter– New Delhi
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PFC signs an agreement with IIT- Kanpur for the Research, Training & ED in Smart Grid TechnologyPFC signs agreement with IIT- Kanpur

i.The PFC (Power Finance Corporation) signed an agreement with the Indian Institute of Technology- Kanpur (IIT-K) in order to provide training, research and Entrepreneurship Development (ED) in Smart grid technology. 
ii.Objective: To provide support for the IIT-Kanpur to develop the infrastructure of the research and development on smart grid technology. 
iii.Budget: The PFC will provide financial assistance of Rs. 2.38 crore to the IIT-K under its CSR initiative. 
About Indian Institute of Technology- Kanpur (IIT-K)  
Chairman – K. Radhakrishnan 
Director – Prof. Abhay Karandikar
Located – Kalyanpur, Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh 
About PFC (Power Finance Corporation)
Chairman and MD – Ravinder Singh Dhillon 
Headquarters – New Delhi. 
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Green-Ag project launched in Mizoram to bring transformative change in the farm sector

Green-Ag project launched in MizoramOn July 29,2020 Green-Agriculture(Green-Ag),a project funded by Global Environment Facility (GEF) was launched in Mizoram,India.It was launched by Agriculture minister of Mizoram C Lalrinsanga.Mizoram is first among the 5 states where the project is to be implemented. The other states are Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttarakhand.

The project covers land in two districts of Lunglei and Mamit, Mizoram including Dampa Tiger Reserve and Thorangtlang Wildlife Sanctuary.
Objective of Green-Ag:-

  • Green-Ag projects aims at accelerating the transformation of Indian agriculture sector into national and international benefits by Greenland management practices, concerns of biodiversity and climate change.
  • To mainstream the conservation of critical biodiversity and forest landscapes by transforming agricultural practices of one state.
  • The project is believed to help reduce the 49 million carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) through sustainable land use and agricultural practices.

About Global Environment Facility GEF:
CEO & Chairperson – Dr. Naoko Ishii, her second term is set to end in August, 2020.
Trustee – World Bank.
Headquarters – Washington DC, USA.
About Mizoram: 
Chief Minister – Zoramthanga,
Capital – Aizawl,
Governor – P.S. Sreedharan Pillai.

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INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

5th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB held virtually; Jin Liqun Reelected President of AIIBNirmala Sitharaman attends the 5th Annual Meeting

i.On July 28, 2020, the 5th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) was held virtually from Beijing, China, was originally planned to be held in-person there, on the theme “Connecting for Tomorrow”
ii.The meet saw the re-election of Jin Liqun as AIIB President, and a roundtable discussion on the theme “AIIB 2030-Supporting Asia’s Development over the Next Decade”. Notably, India’s Union Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman was the Lead Speaker at the roundtable discussion.
iii.During the meet it was also decided that the sixth Annual Meeting will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Oct. 27-28, 2021 which will be the first annual meeting in the Middle East.
iv.AIIB’s Membership grew to 103 as Liberia joined.
About Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB):
Initiated– 2016
Headquarter– Beijing China
Currently, India has a 7.65% vote share in the AIIB, while China holds 26.63% stake in the organisation.
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Maldives launched 9 development projects under USD 5.6 million Indian Grant for HICDPMaldives launches 9 development projects

i.On July 28, 2020, the Financial Assistance for High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) from the Government of India was handed over to the Government of Maldives in the form of a symbolic cheque of USD 5.6 million. 
ii.The cheque was handed over by the High Commissioner of India to the Maldives Sunjay Sudhir to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid. 
iii.In this regard, Government of Maldives launched nine community-based development projects which are as follows:

  • Neighbourhood Fish Processing Plant (Geydoshu Mas Plant) development in three districts in Addu City: Hithadhoo, Maradhoo and Hulhudhoo-Meedhoo; Tourism Zones Development in five districts in Addu City: Hithadhoo, Maradhoo, Feydhoo, Hulhudhoo and Meedhoo; and a bottled water plant setup in Hoarafushi.

About Maldives:
Capital– Male
Currency– Maldivian rufiyaa
President– Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
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A 300-year-old temple, Sree Sree Joy Kali Matar temple reconstructed with Indian support in Natore, Bangladesh 300 year old Kali temple reconstructed

On July 27, 2020 Reconstruction of a 300-year-old temple, Sree Sree Joy Kali Matar temple began in Natore, Bangladesh with Indian assistance. The Indian High Commissioner Riva Ganguly Das inaugurated the event virtually. 
The High Commission of India in Bangladesh added that an MoU for the reconstruction of the temple at Lalbazar, Natore was signed on 23 October 2016. 
About Bangladesh
Capital – Dhaka 
Currency– Taka 
Prime Minister – Sheikh Hasina 
President – Mohammad Abdul Hamid 
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BANKING & FINANCE

ADB Approves 3 Million USD Grant to India to Support COVID-19 ResponseADB-approves-USD-3-million-grant-to-India-to-combat-COVID-19

On 29th July 2020, The Asian Development Bank (ADB) approved the 3 Million USD grant (about Rs.22 Crore) from the ADB’s Asia Pacific Disaster Response Fund (APDRF), financed by Japanese government to India to support the Government’s emergency response to COVID-19.
About ADB:
Chairperson– Hong Nam-Ki
President– Masatsugu Asakawa
Headquarters– Metro Manila, Philippines
Motto– Committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia & the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.
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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS        

National Awards for excellence in Earth System Science: MoES

MoES National Awards for excellence in Earth System ScienceMinistry of Earth Sciences (MoES) recognized scientific contributions made by eminent scientists/engineers in various fields of Earth System Science and also to encourage women and young researchers who involved in Earth System Science.

  • Ministry has introduced the Life Time Excellence Award, National Awards in the field of Atmospheric Science & Technology; Ocean Science; Geoscience & Technology; and Ocean Technology/Polar Science, Two Young Researcher awards and Dr. Anna Mani National Award for Woman Scientist. Dr.Harsha Vardhan is the Minister of Science and Technology.
Name of the Award Name of Awardee Field
Life Time Excellence Award Professor Ashok Sahni, Chandigarh Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology and Biostratigraphy
National Award for Ocean Science & technology Dr. V. V. S. S. Sarma, Vishakapatnam biogeochemistry of the Indian Ocean
Dr.M.Ravichandran, Goa Implementation of Ocean Data assimilation and Modelling for operational ocean services
National Award for Atmospheric Science & technology Dr.S.Suresh Babu ,Thiruvananthapuram adiative impacts of black carbon aerosols on atmospheric stability and climate.
National award for Geoscience & technology N.V.Chalapathi Rao, Varanasi  an enduring research on deeper mantle petrology and geochemistry
National Award for Ocean Technology Dr.M.A.Atmanand, Chennai pioneering work in the area of deep sea technologies.
Young Researcher Awards Dr.IndraSekhar Sen, Kanpur outstanding work in Earth System Science.
Dr.Arvind Singh, Ahmedabad outstanding work in Earth System Science.
Dr.Anna Mani award for woman scientist Dr.Lidita D.S. Khandeparker, Goa aquatic microbial ecology, Marine biofilms and their relevance in the oceans.

 
Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) :-
It mandated to provide the nation with the best possible services for weather, climate, ocean, coastal and natural hazards, for the Public Safety and socio-economic benefits. The Ministry also deals with exploration and sustainable harnessing of ocean resources (living and non-living) and plays a nodal role for Antarctic/Arctic/Himalayas and Southern Ocean research.

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS          

ICRA Limited Appointed N. Sivaraman as MD and Group CEO ; Succeeds Naresh Takkar ICRA appoints N

ICRA Limited appointed N. Sivaraman as its new Managing Director (MD) and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr. Sivaraman will join ICRA Ltd. on August 10, 2020. He was appointed for the tenure of 3 years, which can be further extended for 2 more years. He succeeds former MD and Group CEO Mr. Naresh Takkar.
Background: 
i.The post has been left vacant for one year after the termination of Naresh Takar in August 2019. 
ii.Vipul Agarwal, was appointed as Interim Chief Operating Officer (COO) on July 1, 2019 to undertake day-to-day operation of the company. 
About N. Sivaraman
i.Sivaraman held the position at L&T finance (Larson and Turbo) as President and Wholetime Director. 
ii.In December 2018, he held the position of Chief Operating Officer at IL&FS which ends by July 31, 2020. 
iii.Sivaraman will undertake the ICRA Group Business Strategy and innovation, build organisational capabilities and nurture analytical excellence. 
About ICRA
Headquarters – Gurgaon, Haryana. 
Non-Executive Chairman and Director – Mr. Arun Duggal.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

CSIR’s CSIO along with AMESYS INDIA developed a microorganism decontamination box named ‘Suraksha’CSIO,-AMESYS-INDIA-develop-microorganism-decontamination-box-'Suraksha'

On July 29, 2020 the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)’s Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO) along with AMESYS INDIA developed an microorganism decontamination box, ‘Suraksha’. 
The box sanitizes an object in the span of 10 – 15 minutes using heat and UVC light. 
Note – UVC light refers to ultraviolet light with wavelengths between 200 – 280 nanometers (nm). 
Recent launch: 
i.Two students of IIT Guwahati, Shubham Yennawar and Anant Mittal found a nano Ultra Violet (UV) device named UV Astra. 
ii.The device kills bacteria and sterilizes any object in a few seconds. 
About Central Scientific Instruments Organisation (CSIO)
Director – S. Anantha Ramakrishna 
Headquarters – Chandigarh

OBITUARY

Veteran Bollywood Actor Kumkum Passed Away at 86 in MumbaiVeteran actor Kumkum passes away

On 28th July 2020, Veteran Bollywood Actor Kumkum due to age related ailments passed away at the age of 86 in her residence in Bandra, Mumbai, Maharashtra. She was born as Zaibunnissa on 22nd April 1934 in Sheikhpura district, Bihar.
Career:
i.She was casted for an uncredited role in ‘Aar Paar’ and featured in small roles in films like ‘Pyaasa’.
ii.She was popularly known for the songs featuring her like ‘Madhuban Mein Radhika Nache Re’ from Kohinoor (1960) and “Kabhi Aar Kabhi Paar” from Aar Paar(1954).
iii.She featured in the movies like “Mr. X in Bombay”, “Mother India”, “Ujala”, “Raja Aur Runk”, “Lalkaar”, “Geet” and “Naya Daur”.
iv.She starred in “Ganga Maiyya Tohe Piyari Chadhaibo” the first Bhojpuri film in 1963.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

M Venkaiah Naidu virtually unveiled, Padi Bhavajaalalu Telugu version of Late S Jaipal Reddy’s Ten Ideologies book

On 28th July 2020, M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President of India virtually unveiled the “Padi Bhavajaalalu” Telugu version Ten Ideologies book authored by former Union Minister Late S Jaipal Reddy and published by Orient BlackSwan, amid his family members and followers on the event of his first death anniversary.
The virtual launch was organised under the aegis of Manthan, a forum for public discourse.
Key People:
B Sudarshan Reddy, Former Justice, Supreme Court of India; Dr YY Reddy, Former Governor, RBI and Sitaram Yechury, General Secretary.
Padi Bhavajaalalu:
i.Padi Bhavajaalalu – Vyavasiyikaparisramikasamajalamadhyaoka Naha antaramloNetosankshibhamoolalu is a Telugu translation of “Ten Ideologies- The great asymmetry between agrarianism and industrialism”.
ii.The translation was done by Kalluri Bhaskaram.
iii.The original English version of the book was launched by former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in August 2018.
S Jaipal Reddy:
i.Jaipal Reddy was born on 16th January 1942 in Hyderabad State, British India.
ii.He was a member of Indian National Congress and he was a Parliamentarian since 1984.
iii.He served as the Minister of Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Science during the government of Manmohan Singh.
iv.He passed away at the age of 77 due to pneumonia on 28th July 2019 in Hyderabad, Telangana.

Indian Origin Author Avni Doshi’s ‘Burnt Sugar’ on 2020 Booker PrizeA novel titled Burnt Sugar authored by Avni Doshi

A debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’ authored by Avni Doshi has been published in the United Kingdom (UK) and it was one among the 13 authors longlisted for the prestigious 2020 Booker Prize. A version of the same novel has been published in India under the title Girl in White Cotton.
About the Book
The Book narrates the story about a woman, Tara who abandoned her loveless marriage to join ashram and ended as a beggar. She passes her years as a homeless artist with her daughter Antara. The daughter tends to care for her mother who least cared for her in her childhood. 
–Indian Origin Author Avni Doshi’s ‘Burnt Sugar’ on 2020 Booker Prize
i.Avni Doshi is on the 2020 Booker Prize longlist for her debut novel ‘Burnt Sugar’. The Book, ‘Burnt Sugar’ was also shortlisted for the Tata First Book Prize in 2019. 
ii.Total of 13 books were longlisted for the Booker Prize 2020.The shortlist of six books will be announced on September 15,2020. 
iii.Each shortlisted authors will receive 2,500 pounds and a specially bound edition of their book at the prize ceremony scheduled at November 2020.
About the ‘Booker Prize’ 
i.The award is based on a novel of the year written in English and published in the UK or Ireland. 
ii.The Booker prize award for the year 2019 for Fiction was won jointly by ‘The Testaments’ by Margaret Atwood and ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ by Bernardine Evaristo. 
About Avni Dosh
Born – New Jersey, now lives in Dubai. 
Education – B.A in Art History from Barnard College, New York, M.A in History of Arts from University college, London.
Awards – She was awarded with the Tibor Jones South Asia in 2013, Charles Pick Fellowship in 2014

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Tiger Day 2020 – July 29International Tiger Day july 29 2020

i.29th July is annually celebrated as International Tiger Day or the Global Tiger Day to create awareness among the general public on the importance of tiger conservation and protection of their natural habitat and to promote the resolution of the tiger range countries to double the tiger population by 2022. The first Global Tiger Day was celebrated on 29th July 2011.
ii.The Global Tiger Day slogan for 2018,2019 and 2020 is “Their Survival is in Our Hands”
iii.Prakash Javadekar, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) released the report of “Status of Tigers Copredators and Prey in India 2018”, fourth All India Tiger Estimation 2018.
About Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:
Union Minister – Prakash Javadekar
Minister of State – Babul Supriyo
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World In Vitro Fertilization Day 2020 – July 25

World IVF Day 2020 25 July (1)July 25 is celebrated as World In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Day. The world witnessed the birth of world’s first test tube baby or IVF baby Louis Brown, in Royal Oldham Hospital, United Kingdom on July 25, 1978. In order to commemorate this revolution, World IVF day was celebrated on July 25.
British Physiologist Robert Edwards and Gynaecologist Patrick Steptoe succeeded in fertilizing a human ovum outside the womb. Robert G Edwards was awarded the Nobel Prize in 2010 for Physiology or medicine for ‘development of in vitro fertilization’.
What is IVF – In vitro fertilisation (IVF) is a process of fertilisation where an egg is combined with sperm outside the body, in vitro (“in glass”). IVF is a type of assisted reproductive technology used for infertility treatment and gestational surrogacy.
Key info about IVF in India:-
i.On February, 2020 the Union Cabinet approved the Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation)Bill in India. The bill seeks to establish a national level registry and a regulator to monitor IVF clinics and procedures to ensure ethical practices in ART.
ii.On July 25 2020, Oasis Fertility from Hyderabad initiated“Contact Less Patient engagement “in patient care. This is the first such solution in India to be offered in the fertility care and is being launched on the occasion of World IVF day.

STATE NEWS

UKIBC Signs MoU with Government of Gujarat to Strengthen Gujarat’s Industrial DevelopmentGujarat Government and UK India Business Council sign MoU to strengthen the

i.On 28th July 2020, The UK India Business Council (UKIBC) signed a memorandum of Understanding (MoU) over a virtual platform with the Industrial Extension Bureau (iNDEXTb), Industries and Mines Department, Government of Gujarat to speed up the business and industrial development process of Gujarat.
ii.Neelam Rani, Managing Director of iNDEXTb and Kevin McCole, Managing Director of UKIBC signed the MoU.
About UK India Business Council (UKIBC):
Group CEO– Richard Heald (Jayant Krishna will take over on 3rd August)
Managing Director– Kevin McCole
Headquarters– London, United Kingdom
About Gujarat:
Chief Minister– Vijay Rupani
Governor– Acharya Devvrat
Capital– Gandhinagar
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Kerala announced new Chief Minister’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme to address working capital shortageKerala announces new Chief Minister's Entrepreneurship Development Programme

i.On July 28, 2020, Kerala government announced a new scheme namely “Chief Minister’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme” to address the issues of shortage of working capital and availability of credit faced by startups and small entrepreneurs amid COVID-19 pandemic. 
ii.The programme will be implemented through the Kerala Financial Corporation (KFC).
iii.The programme aims to identify 2,000 entrepreneurs per year and plans to launch 1,000 new small and medium ventures every year for the next five years, creating 5,000 new ventures.
iv.Eligible firms would get loans upto Rs 10 crore as working capital on the basis of purchase orders already received.
About Kerala:
Chief Minister– Pinarayi Vijayan
Capital– Thiruvananthapuram
Governor– Arif Mohammad Khan
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Assam: Guwahati gets “BANDICOOT” the first manhole cleaning robot in NortheastGuwahati-Procures-First-ever-'Made-In-India'-Manhole-Cleaning-Robot-'BANDICOOT'

On 28th July 2020, Siddhartha Bhattacharya, Minister of Guwahati Development Department inaugurated Guwahati’s first manhole cleaning robot named “BANDICOOT”, an automatic sewer cleaning device. Guwahati became the first city in the Northeast region to get a manhole cleaning robot.
About Assam:
Chief Minister– Sarbananda Sonowal 
Governor– Jagdish Mukhi
Capital– Dispur
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AC GAZE

Bombay Flying Club: India’s 1st DGCA-approved drone training school

Bombay Flying Club, Mumbai, has become the India’s first DGCA(Directorate General of Civil Aviation) approved drone training school ,announced by Ministry of Civil Aviation

Note: In an order dated July 20, 2020, DGCA approved the club’s application for conducting remote pilot training for remotely piloted aircraft system

‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest for innovators and startups launched: DRDO

In order to promote innovators in the fields of defence and emerging technologies in India, DRDO ( Defence Research and Development Organisation) has launched ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest for innovators and startups to mark the fifth death anniversary of former President A P J Abdul Kalam( July 27, 2020).

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S.no Current Affairs 30 July 2020
1 Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur tops Niti’s delta ranking of Aspirational districts for Feb-June 2020 in health sector
2 PFC signs an agreement with IIT- Kanpur for the Research, Training & ED in Smart Grid Technology
3 Green-Ag project launched in Mizoram to bring transformative change in the farm sector
4 5th Annual Meeting of Board of Governors of AIIB held virtually; Jin Liqun Reelected President of AIIB
5 Maldives launched 9 development projects under USD 5.6 million Indian Grant for HICDP
6 A 300-year-old temple, Sree Sree Joy Kali Matar temple reconstructed with Indian support in Natore, Bangladesh
7 ADB Approves 3 Million USD Grant to India to Support COVID-19 Response
8 National Awards for excellence in Earth System Science: MoES
9 ICRA Limited Appointed N. Sivaraman as MD and Group CEO ; Succeeds Naresh Takkar
10 CSIR’s CSIO along with AMESYS INDIA developed a microorganism decontamination box named ‘Suraksha’
11 Veteran Bollywood Actor Kumkum Passed Away at 86 in Mumbai
12 M Venkaiah Naidu virtually unveiled, Padi Bhavajaalalu Telugu version of Late S Jaipal Reddy’s Ten Ideologies book
13 Indian Origin Author Avni Doshi’s ‘Burnt Sugar’ on 2020 Booker Prize
14 International Tiger Day 2020 – July 29
15 World In Vitro Fertilization Day 2020 – July 25
16 UKIBC Signs MoU with Government of Gujarat to Strengthen Gujarat’s Industrial Development
17 Kerala announced new Chief Minister’s Entrepreneurship Development Programme to address working capital shortage
18 Assam: Guwahati gets “BANDICOOT” the first manhole cleaning robot in Northeast
19 Bombay Flying Club: India’s 1st DGCA-approved drone training school
20 ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ contest for innovators and startups launched: DRDO

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