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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

PM Modi Launched MEITY & AIM’s ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ for Techies, Start-up Community
PM Modi launches Aatmanirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge

The ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ for Indian tech entrepreneurs and startups was launched by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, with an objective to support and build Aatmanirbhar App Ecosystem.Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (Meity) in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) launched the challenge & will  regulate the challenge.
Key Points:-

  • The app innovation challenge runs in two tracks: Promotion of existing apps and development of new apps.
  • The app innovation challenge launched to identify the best Indian Apps that are already being used by citizens and having potential to scale and become world class.
  • The innovation challenge is available on: innovate.mygov.in/app, from 4th July 2020. The late date for entries is 18th July 2020. 

About Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (Meity):
Union Minister – Ravi Shankar Prasad (Constituency – Patna Sahib(Bihar))
Minister of State (E&IT) – Shri Sanjay Dhotre

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Union HRD Minister and Sports MoS launched ‘Fit Hai to Hit Hai India’ webinar & ‘Fit India Talks’ Sessions for School StudentsUnion HRD Minister and Sports Minister launch Fit Hai to Hit Hai India

i.On July 3, 2020, “Fit Hai To Hit Hai India” webinar program was launched, under the India’s flagship Fit India campaign, by the Union Minister of Human Resource Development Dr Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Minister of State (MoS) for Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and Ministry of Minority Affairs Kiren Rijiju
ii.This webinar marked the launch of ‘#FitIndiaTalks’, being organized by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) till July 14, 2020 to inspire the school students.
iii.The first session was held on 3rd July itself with the participation of P.V. (Pusarla Venkata) Sindhu and Sunil Chhetri.
About Sports Authority of India (SAI):
Director General– Sandip Pradhan
Headquarter– New Delhi
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Odisha Launches 1st of its kind scheme, ‘Balaram’ to provide Rs 1,040 crore credit to 7 lakh Landless FarmersOdisha launches a scheme Balaram

On July 3, the Government of Odisha launched 1st of its kind scheme, ‘Balaram’ to provide agricultural credit of Rs 1,040 crore to landless farmers facing hardships during COVID 19.The Scheme is designed in collaboration with National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
Key Points:

  1. In the next two years around seven lakh cultivators will be benefitted by ‘Balaram’.
  2. 1.40 lakh JLGs will cover seven lakh landless cultivators in two years.
  3. The field level agricultural workers will get a credit of Rs 1,040 crore under ‘Balaram’.
  4. The banking sector will be mobilised through the State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) for extending credit support to farmers and sharecroppers who don’t get loans due to lack of resources.

About Odisha:
Capital: Bhubaneswar
Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik
About NABARD:
Headquarters: Mumbai,Maharashtra
Chairman: G R Chintala
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M.V Asiatic Moon : A New Shipping Service b/w Kolkata Port & Chattogram Begins to Ease Indo-Bangla TradeIndo-Bangla trade inaugurated at Kolkata dock

On July 03, 2020, Syama Prasad Mookerjee Port (SMP) [erstwhile Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT)] has started a new shipping service between Kolkata Dock System (KDS) and Chattogram (Bangladesh) through Indo-Bangladesh Protocol Route to transport containers with the aim to increase the Indo-Bangla trade.

  • The Container Ship ‘M.V Asiatic Moon (Singapore Flag) is expected to transport 300 containers of Indian exports to Bangladesh.

About Bangladesh:
Capital– Dhaka
Currency– Bangladeshi taka
President– Abdul Hamid
Prime Minister– Sheikh Hasina
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Indian railways and RailTel signs MoU to provide video surveillance at 6,049 stations across countryIndian railways and RailTel signs Mou

The Indian Railways and RailTel signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for installation of an IP-based video surveillance system at 6,049 railway stations across the country.This is a part of Digital India initiative.
Key Points:-

  • The Video Surveillance System (VSS) will be provided by RailTel, a public sector undertaking.
  • The VSS will work in 6,049 stations under A1, A, B, C, D and E of Indian Railways.
  • The Scope includes integration of existing standalone CCTV networks of the railways into VSS systems for centralised monitoring.
  • Railtel has provided CCTV cameras at the entry and exit points of 54 railway stations to facilitate the running of Shramik trains.
  • The video recorded from the CCTV cameras will be stored for 30 days for analysis and investigation purposes. 
  • The cameras are covered with inclusion analytics and facial recognition systems.

About Indian Railways:-
Headquarters: New Delhi
Minister of Railways: Piyush Goyal
About RailTel:-
Head Office: New Delhi
Chairman & Managing Director (CMD) – Puneet Chawla

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Record 53.6 mt of E-waste Dumped Globally in 2019; India Positioned 3rd, China Tops: UN Global E-waste Monitor 2020 ReportUN report Global E-waste Monitor 2020

i.In accordance with “3rd edition of The Global E-waste Monitor 2020 report-Quantities, flows, and the circular economy potential” report, the world dumped a record 53.6 million tonnes of e-waste in 2019, an increase of 21% in 5 years. 
ii.China is the biggest contributor to e-waste with 10.1 million tonnes (mt) followed by the United States (US) with 6.9 mt and India with 3.2 mt at 2nd and 3rd rank respectively.
iii.This report is jointly prepared by the Global E-waste Statistics Partnership (GESP), formed by UN University (UNU), the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), in close collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).
Static Points:
-E-waste is a health and environmental hazard because it contains toxic additives or hazardous substances such as mercury which damages the human brain and / or coordination system.
India is the only country in South Asia to draft legislation for e-waste.
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Tourism Sector Could Lose 1.2 Trillion USD Due To Covid Pandemic: UNCTAD ReportGlobal tourism set to lose $1-2 trillion

On 1st July 2020, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published the report, COVID-19 and Tourism: Assessing the Economic Consequences stating that the World Tourism sector could lose around 1.2trillion USD or 1.5% of the Global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) because of the 4months lockdown due to global pandemic situation.
About UNCTAD:
Secretary-General– Mukhisa Kituyi
Headquarters– Geneva, Switzerland
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BANKING & FINANCE

Edelweiss AMC to Launch Second Tranche of ‘BHARAT Bond ETF’ ; Target to Raise Rs 14000 croreEdelweiss MF to launch 2nd tranche of Bharat Bond ETF

On July 03, 2020, Edelweiss Asset Management Company (AMC) has decided to bring the second installment of the Bharat Bond ETF (Exchange Traded Fund) with two new series having maturities of 5 years (April 2025) and 11 years  (April 2031) to raise Rs 14,000 crore.
The second batch is due to be launched on 14 July 2020 & the consignment will close on 17 July 2020. It will invest only in AAA-rated bonds of Public Sector companies.
About Edelweiss Capital Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
Founder– Rashesh Shah
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IndiaFirst Life Insurance Associates with BOB Financial to Offer COVID-19 cum Hospital Cash Cover to BOB Credit CardholdersIndiaFirst Life to offer exclusive COVID-19 and Hospital Cash Cover

i.IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited(IndiaFirst Life) associated with BOB Financial Services Limited (BOB Financial), a wholly owned subsidiary of Bank of Baroda(BOB) to offer a group insurance cover
ii.The cover will provide financial support to the  BOB credit card customers upon their hospitalisation or on COVID-19 diagnosis.
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About IndiaFirst Life Insurance Company Limited:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
MD & CEO – R. M. Vishakha
About BOB:
Headquarters– Alkapuri, Baroda(Vadodara) 
Managing Director & CEO– Sanjiv Chadha
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ECONOMY & BUSINESS

NLC, Coal India to form 50:50 JV to develop solar and thermal power assetsNlc,Coal india develop solar and thermal power assets

i.On July 3, 2020, NLC India Limited signed a pact with Coal India Ltd (CIL) to form a joint venture (JV) to develop 5,000 megawatts (MW) of solar and thermal power assets across the country. 
ii.There will be equal equity participation of both companies in the proposed JV i.e. in the ratio of 50:50. 
About NLC:
Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD)– Rakesh Kumar
Headquarter– Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu
About Coal India:
Chairman cum Managing Director (CMD)– Pramod Agrawal
Headquarter– Kolkata, West Bengal
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APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

French President Macron Appoints Jean Castex as new Prime MinisterFrench President Macron appoints Jean Castex

On June 3, French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a public Servant, Jean Castex(55) as the new Prime Minister of government reshuffle, replacing Edouard  Philippe.
Jean Castex:

  • He is known for his role in drafting the strategy to lift lockdown measures in the country in the French Media.
  • He is known as Mr Deconfinement of French Media.
  • He has worked as an advisor to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
  • He has several years of work experience in the health Ministry of France.

About France:
Capital: Paris
President: Emmanuel Macron

        ACQUISITIONS & MERGERS        

KKR to Buy 54% Stake in JB Chemicals for about Rs 3,100 croreKKR to buy 54% stake in JB Chemicals

i.US private equity giant KKR has agreed to acquire a 54% stake(41.7 million or 4.17 crore fully paid up equity shares) in Mumbai-based drug manufacturer JB Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals for approximately Rs 3100 crore
ii.KKR will make the investment through its subsidiaries, Tau Investments Holdings Pte. Ltd., Tau Holdco Pte. Ltd., and KKR Asia III Fund Investments Pte.
About JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals:
Headquarters– Mumbai, Maharashtra
About KKR:
Managing Director(MD), Private Equity, Mumbai– Rupen Jhaveri
Co-Chairman and Co-CEO– George Roberts
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Captured the Image of Mars’ moon PhobosISRO’s Orbiter Mission captures image of Mars’ biggest moon

i.On July 3, 2020, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the picture of the closest and biggest moon of Mars named “Phobos” which was captured by Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM). The image was taken on July 1, 2020 when MOM was about 7200 km from Mars and at 4200 km from Phobos. 
ii.The spatial resolution of the image is 210 m. 
iii.Stickney, the largest crater on Phobos, along with the other craters (Shklovsky, Roche & Grildrig) were also visible in the image.
About Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO):
Chairman– Kailasavadivoo Sivan
Headquarters– Bengaluru
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SPORTS

China’s Badminton Player and 2 Time Olympic Champion Lin Dan Announces RetirementChinese Badminton Icon, Lin Dan Announces Retirement

i.China’s Badminton player and 2 time Olympic Champion, Lin Dan  announced his retirement due to his physical capabilities and injuries. He won gold at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics. 
ii.As per the Chinese Badminton Association, he had submitted a formal retirement letter a few days ago.
iii.He is nicknamed as “Super Dan” by world badminton fans. He became the 1st and only player to complete the “Super Grand Slam”.
About China:
Capital– Beijing
Currency- Chinese Yuan Renminbi(CNY)
President– Xi Jinping
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OBITUARY

Comedy Icon, Emmy & Grammy Awardee-Carl Reiner, ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies at 98Carl Reiner, comedy icon dead at 98

Veteran Hollywood and multi-hyphenate personality Carl Reiner, a creator and director of several Steve Martin films, died at 98 of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home.He was born in The Bronx, New York, U.S.
Carl Reiner:

  • Reiner was a writer, film maker, actor and voice artist.
  • He has won multiple Emmy Awards, among which 5 awards were backed by “The Dick Van Dyke Show” in the 1960s.
  • He was enlisted in the Army during the Second World War
  • He received many awards for his writing, Writers Guild Laurel Award, the Mark Twain Prize for humor, and the WGA’s Valentine Davies Award, Grammy Award. 

IMPORTANT DAYS

President Ram Nath Kovind Inaugurates Dharma Chakra Day 2020 Celebrations On July 4President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates Dharma Chakra Day

On July 4 , 2020, President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind has virtually inaugurated the celebrations for the Dharma Chakra Day 2020 Organized by International Buddhist Confederation (IBC), in Partnership with Union Ministry of Culture, from the Rashtrapati Bhawan at New Delhi on the occasion of Asadha Poornima (also known as Guru Purnima) , a Full Moon day or Purnima that occurs in the Hindu month of Ashadha (July) as per Indian sun calendar.
i.Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the youth of the country to adopt the Buddha’s thoughts through video message.
ii.Before Asadha Poornima, Buddha Poornima or Vesak day (May 7, 2020) and Global Prayer Week from May 7- 16, 2020 have been celebrated.
About Ministry of Culture:
Headquarters– New Delhi
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International Day of Cooperatives 2020 – 4th July (First Saturday of July)International Day of Cooperatives

i.The United Nations International Day of Cooperatives is annually celebrated on the first Saturday of July which falls on 4th of July in 2020. 
ii.The theme of the 2020 celebration is Cooperatives for Climate Action”.
iii.The Committee for the Promotion and advancement of Cooperatives (COPAC) will celebrate the 2020 International Day of Cooperatives on 9th July as an online event.
About ICA:
President– Ariel Guarco 
Director General– Bruno Roelants
Headquarters– Brussels, Belgium
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31st National Road Safety Week 2020: January 11 – 17

The Road Safety Week was observed across India from 11th January 2020 to 17th January 2020. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the 31st Road Safety Campaign in Nagpur ‎Maharashtra.
Theme: “Bringing Change Through Youth”

STATE NEWS

Delhi Govt Launches an E-Portal,‘LEAD’ for its StudentsDelhi govt launches e-learning portal LEAD

i.Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and education minister Manish Sisodia launched an  e- portal, ‘Learning through E-Resources Made Accessible for Delhi’(LEAD) for its students to strengthen the children’s online education. 
ii.The e- portal contains  10,000 instructional materials and course content for Classes I to XII. 
iii.It is developed by the State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT), the Delhi government.
iv.The state government will upload its curriculum and share teaching-learning material  on the ministry of Human Resource Development’s(HRD) online platform, DIKSHA  through this portal.
About Delhi:
Governor– Anil Baijal
Chief Minister– Arvind Kejriwal
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UKIBC signed a MoU with MIDC for a sustainable business between UK & IndiaMaharashtra Government And UK India Business Council

i.On 3th July 2020, The UK India Business Council(UKIBC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) with Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC), to improve the business relationship between India(Maharashtra) and the United Kingdom(UK).
ii.The MoU was signed by Dr P Anbalagan, CEO of MIDC and Kevin McCole, Managing Director, UKIBC over a virtual platform.
About UKIBC:
Group CEO– Richard Heald
Managing Director– Kevin McCole
Head Office– London, United Kingdom
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Rajeeva Swarup was appointed as the Chief Secretary of RajasthanRajasthan gets new Chief Secretary Rajeeva Swarup

On 2nd July 2020, The Rajasthan Government appointed Rajeeva Swarup the current Additional Chief Secretary (Home) as the new Chief Secretary (CS) of Rajasthan replacing incumbent D.B. Gupta in the bureaucratic reshuffle amid COVID-19 pandemic.
Key Points:
i.Swarup, who worked in deciding the guidelines for the enforcement of lockdown in Rajasthan since 25th March 2020 will be retiring in October 2020.
ii.Rohit Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary(ACS) of Medical & Health, is appointed as  Additional Chief Secretary (Home) replacing Swarup.
Other Appointments:
i.Akhil Arora, Principal Secretary(PS) (Social Justice & Empowerment) is appointed as the Principal Secretary (Medical & Health). 
ii.Subodh Agarwal, ACS (Industries),is posted as the ACS (Mines & Petroleum). 
iii.Samit Sharma , Bhanwar Lal Mehra and Prem Chand Berwal are posted as Divisional Commissioners of Jodhpur, Bikaner and Bharatpur respectively.
iv.Antar Singh Nehra, District collector, Bundi, is appointed as the Collector and magistrate of Jaipur.
v.ACS Venkateshwaran, ACS (reforms and coordination) is appointed as the Chairman of Rajasthan Revenue Board.
About Rajasthan:
Chief Minister– Ashok Gehlot  
Governor– Kalraj Mishra
CapitalJaipur

UT Administration launched Ladakh Food Security SchemeLadakh food security scheme

On 3rd July 2020, The Ladakh Union Territory Administration launched the Ladakh Food Security Schemev(LFSS) and the Mufti Mohammad Sayeed Food Entitlement Scheme (MMSFES) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) was discontinued.
About Ladakh:
Lieutenant Governor– Radha Krishna Mathur
Commissioner Secretary– Rigzin Samphel
Divisional Commissioner Ladakh– Saugat Biswas.
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AC GAZE

Unique Urban Forest inaugurated at the Office of CAG : New Delhi

Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Shri Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated Unique “Urban Forest” at the Office of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India(CAG) in New Delhi. The ”Miyawaki method”of forest creation is employed which could help to reduce the temperature and increase the moisture.

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S.no             Current Affairs 5 & 6 July 2020
1 PM Modi Launches ‘Aatma Nirbhar Bharat App Innovation Challenge’ for Techies, Start-up Community
2 Union HRD Minister and Sports MoS launched ‘Fit Hai to Hit Hai India’ webinar & ‘Fit India Talks’ Sessions for School Students
3 Odisha Launches ‘Balaram’ scheme to provide Rs 1,040 crore credit to 7 lakh Landless Farmers
4 M.V Asiatic Moon : A New Shipping Service b/w Kolkata Port & Chattogram Begins to Ease Indo-Bangla Trade
5 Indian railways and RailTel signs Mou to provide video surveillance at 6,049 stations across country
6 Record 53.6 mt of E-waste Dumped Globally in 2019; China Tops: UN Global E-waste Monitor 2020 Report
7 Tourism Sector Could Lose 1.2 Trillion USD Due To Covid Pandemic: UNCTAD Report
8 Edelweiss AMC to Launch Second Tranche of ‘BHARAT Bond ETF’ ; Target to Raise Rs 14000 crore
9 IndiaFirst Life Insurance Associates with BOB Financial to Offer COVID-19 cum Hospital Cash Cover to BOB Credit Cardholders
10 NLC, Coal India to form 50:50 JV to develop solar and thermal power assets
11 French President Macron Appoints Jean Castex as new Prime Minister
12 KKR to Buy 54% Stake in JB Chemicals for about Rs 3,100 crore
13 India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) Captured the Image of Mars’ moon Phobos
14 China’s Badminton Player and 2 Time Olympic Champion Lin Dan Announces Retirement
15 Carl Reiner, Comedy Icon and ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ Creator, Dies at 98
16 President Ram Nath Kovind Inaugurates Dharma Chakra Day 2020 Celebrations On July 4
17 International Day of Cooperatives 2020 – 4th July (First Saturday of July)
18 31st National Road Safety Week 2020: January 11 – 17
19 Delhi Govt Launches an E-Portal,‘LEAD’ for its Students
20 UKIBC signed a MoU with MIDC for a sustainable business between UK & India
21 Rajeeva Swarup was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Rajasthan
22 UT Administration launched Ladakh Food Security Scheme
23 Unique Urban Forest inaugurated at the Office of CAG : New Delhi

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