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Virat Kohli takes his place at Madame Tussauds

Virat Kohli joined the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum as the Indian captain’s statue in the sports zone.

It features over 50 wax models including Sachin Tendulkar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Usain Bolt in sports zone.

Did you Know

Madame Tussauds is a wax museum in London with smaller museums in a number of other major cities.
It was founded by wax sculptor Marie Tussaud.


‘Starvation death’: Jharkhand proposes foodgrain banks

Jharkhand Food Department proposed that the State government set up a foodgrain bank of varied capacity at block and panchayat levels.

The government set up a foodgrain bank of 10 quintal capacity at block level and one quintal capacity at the panchayat level.

Did you Know

Jharkhand Capital: Ranchi
CM: Raghubar Das
Governor: Draupadi Murmu


Singapore signs MoU with AP

The MoUs signed are Concession and Development Agreement (CADA) and Share Holder Agreement (SHA).

The SHA was signed by Amaravati Development Corporation (ADC) and Singapore-Amaravati Investments Holding Ltd (SAIH).

The CADA by AP Capital Region Development Authority, Amaravati Developments Partners (ADC and Ascendas- Singbridge and Sembcorp industries) and SAIH.

Did you Know

Andhra Pradesh Capital: Hyderabad, Amaravati
CM: N. Chandrababu Naidu
Governor: E. S. L. Narasimhan


400 railways stations in India now have Google’s free WiFi

The Search giant Google provides free public WiFi services to 400 Indian railway stationsas of June 2018.

The project was launched back in 2015.

This aimed to provide stable internet connectivity and hence improve the wireless infrastructure of the country.

Did you Know

The project was brought into action in collaboration with RailTel, a public sector telecom infrastructure provider, and the Indian Railways.
Google also has a similar project operational in Mexico.
The company announced its plans to start the Google Station Internet project in Indonesian recently.


India not ready to sign the Hague treaty

The government is not yet ready to sign the Hague treaty on inter-country abduction of children by parents fleeing a bad marriage.

There has been immense pressure from the U.S. on the government to sign the treaty.

The government has the view that the decision could lead to harassment of women escaping marital discord or domestic violence.

Did you Know

The Hague Convention is a multi-national treaty that seeks to protect children wrongfully removed by one of the parents from the custody of the other parent.


RBI to set up Public Credit Registry to make credit market more efficient

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has decided to set up a Public Credit Registry (PCR), which would be an extensive database of credit information for India, accessible to all stakeholders.

This move follows recommendations by a high-level task force on PCR for India, with Yeshwant M Deosthalee as chairman.

Did you Know

The Y M Deosthalee Committee was set up by RBI and had submitted its report in, April 2018.
It is a 10-member ‘High Level Task Force on Public Credit Registry (PCR) for India’, which will suggest a roadmap for developing a transparent, comprehensive and near-real-time PCR for India.


Ganga Praharis to Boost Bio-Diversity conservation

A new grassroot-level volunteer workforce to protect the bio-diversity of river Ganga called Ganga Praharis.

A group of 427 trained volunteers are reaching to each and every house in areas along river Ganga to educate them about the importance of protecting river’s bio-diversity.

Did you Know

Ganga Praharis are spread over Ganga basin states of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Bihar and West Bengal.
Ganga Praharis of the five main stem Ganga basin states will be linked through mobile applications such as Bhuvan Ganga app, my gov app and Swachhta app thereby creating a broad network among them.


Eleventh edition of GeoIntelligence Asia 2018 organised

The Eleventh edition of GeoIntelligence Asia 2018 organised by GeoSpatial Media and Communication with Directorate General of Information System as Knowledge Partners and Military Survey as Co-organisers.

It was addressed by Army Chief General Bipin Rawat.

The theme of Seminar was ‘GeoSpatial: A Force Multiplier for Defence and Industrial Security’.

The seminar brought together the military, security officials including BSF and Police Forces, Government and industry together to examine the latest technology solutions and on the critical role of geospatial technology in military and security applications.

Did you Know

The Chief of the Army Staff is the commander and usually the highest-ranking officer of the Indian Army.
The position is abbreviated as COAS in Indian Army, and usually held by a four-star officer in the rank of General.
The current COAS is General Bipin Rawat.


Scheme to provide fortified rice to be rolled out in 115 most backward districts first

The government will provide fortified rice (enriched with essential vitamins and minerals) to all the poor under National Food Security Act (NFSA) across the country, which would cost about Rs 12,000 to Rs 14,000 crore annually.

To begin with the scheme is likely to cover the 115 ‘aspirational’ districts across the country.

The NFSA has been implemented in all states and UTs benefiting around 80.72 crore population, which is also the biggest ever welfare scheme in any country across the globe.

Did you Know

Fortification is the practice of deliberately increasing the content of an essential micronutrient, i.e. vitamins and minerals (including trace elements), in a food so as to improve the nutritional quality of the food supply.


UN India business forum, NITI Aayog form consortium to help women entrepreneurs

The UN India Business Forum and the Women Entrepreneurial Platform of NITI Aayog formed a consortium.

to reduce gender disparities in start-up investments by providing mentorship and networking opportunities and accelerating financial and market linkages for women entrepreneurs.

It could add $2.9 trillion to India’s GDP by 2025 if women participate in the economy equally.

Key partners for finance include HDFC, ICICI Bank, SBI, Ambuja Cement, Tata Housing and LinkedIn while for health and nutrition companies such as Cadila Pharmaceuticals, Philips India, and Tata Chemicals have enrolled.

Did you Know

It was established in 2015, by the NDA government, to replace the Planning Commission.
The Prime Minister is the Ex-officio chairman.
The permanent members of the governing council are all the state CMs, along with the CMs of Delhi and Puducherry, the Lieutenant Governor of Andaman and Nicobar, and a vice chairman nominated by the PM.
In addition, temporary members are selected from leading universities and research institutions.
These members include a chief executive officer, four ex-official members and two part-time members.