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Union Home Minister to launch Vriksharopan Abhiyan

Vriksharopan Abhiyan will be organized by Ministry of Coal during which large scale plantation would be carried out in mines, colonies, offices & other suitable areas of Coal/Lignite PSUs & seedlings to be distributed in nearby areas to promote plantation.

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It is to be launched by Home Minister Amit Shah.

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Russia Successfully Holds Flight Test Of 3D-Printed Aircraft Engine

Russia has for the first time conducted a successful flight test of the MGTD-20 gas turbine engine made by a 3D-printed aircraft engine, and its production is scheduled for 2021-2022. The flight tests were held at Kazanbash aviation centre in Tatarstan.

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Vladimir Putin is the fourth president of Russia.

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Turkmenistan gets observer status in World Trade Organization

Turkmenistan has been granted Observer status by the World Trade Organization (WTO ) General Council, WTO’s highest-level decision-making body. Turkmenistan has become the last former Soviet republic to establish formal ties with the trade body.

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World Trade Organisation HQ: Geneva, Switzerland.

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AP, AMUL sign up to help self-help groups, boost milk cooperatives

Andhra Pradesh Government which stands 4th in milk production signed an MoU with milk cooperative giant AMUL (Anand Milk Union Limited) to provide fillip to the empowerment of women self-help groups & by encouraging milk cooperatives in government sector.

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AP CM: YS Jaganmohan Reddy.
Governor: Biswabhushan Harichandran.

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Punjab govt signs MoU with IIT Ropar for skill development

The Punjab government has signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Ropar, in the area of skill development. It provides for the IIT’s technical education department to become an academic mentor for the state’s engineering colleges.

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Punjab CM: Amarinder Singh.
IIT-Ropar Director: S K Das.

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India’s GDP to contract 6.1% in FY21: Nomura

According to the foreign brokerage, Nomura Economic activity continues to remain weak and will lead to a 6.1% contraction in India’s GDP in the current fiscal. June quarter to be the ‘nadir’ from a growth perspective and the economy to contract by 15.2%.

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Nomura HQ: Tokyo, Japan.
CEO: Koji Nagai.

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Sumit Deb appointed CMD of National Mineral Development Corporation

Sumit Deb has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), iron ore mining major of the country. He will have tenure till February 28, 2023, i.e. the date of his superannuation.

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He succeeds N Baijendra Kumar.

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Rahul Bajaj steps down as chairman of Bajaj Finance

Business tycoon Rahul Bajaj will step down as chairman of Bajaj Finance Ltd on 31 July after 33 years at the helm and hand over the reins to his son Sanjiv Bajaj as part of succession planning at the non-banking financial company.

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Bajaj Headquarters: Pune.

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International Union of Railways nominate Arun Kumar as its security platform's Vice-Chairman

International Union of Railways headquartered in Paris, France has nominated Director General of Railway Protection Force, Arun Kumar, as Vice-Chairman of its security platform. The decision was taken in the 96th General Assembly of the Union.

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It is an international rail transport industry body.

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India revives initiative for Preferential Trade Agreement with S.African Customs Union

Discussions between Southern African Customs Union [South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini] & India to achieve a Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) was revived with the two sides holding a virtual meeting to discuss various aspects of the PTA.

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SACU is headquartered in Windhoek, Namibia.

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LIC-UBI announce corporate agency pact

Life Insurance Corporation & Union Bank of India after its amalgamation have announced a corporate agency agreement to distribute LIC policies. The bank will market LIC products of term insurance, pension, plan, children plan, ULIPs & endowment schemes.

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LIC HQ: Mumbai.
Chairman: M R Kumar.

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India Ranks Among 10 Worst Countries For Working People: ITUC

India is among the 10 worst countries for working people according to the seventh edition of the International Trade Union Confederation (based in Brussels, Belgium) Global Rights Index that ranks 144 countries on the degree of respect for workers' rights.

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India, Egypt & Honduras are the new entries to the top 10.

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DRDO’s ‘Bharat’ drones for Indian Army for accurate surveillance along China border

Amid the ongoing boundary dispute, DRDO has provided its indigenously-developed drone named Bharat to the Indian Army for carrying out accurate surveillance in high altitude areas and mountainous terrain along the Line of Actual Control in Eastern Ladakh.

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DRDO HQ: New Delhi.
Chief: G. Satheesh Reddy.

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Dhruvastra: DRDO test fires ‘made in India’ anti-tank guided Nag missile

In the wake of ongoing border tensions between India and China, DRDO conducts flight trials of the anti-tank guided Nag Missile (HELINA) which has been named now as Dhruv Astra categorized as the third-generation, fire-and-forget, anti-tank guided missile.

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It can be launched from land and air-based platforms.

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Environmental activist Greta Thunberg wins first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity

Young Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg was awarded the first Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. The award carries a €1,000,000 prize and the entire amount would be donated by Thunberg to project and organisations fighting for a sustainable world.

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There were 136 nominees for the award.

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Startup Street: FamPay launches India’s first numberless card for teenagers

FamPay is India’s first neo bank for teenagers that allows them to make UPI and P2P transactions through their own unique UPI ID without the need to set up a bank account has recently launched India’s first numberless card – FamCard.

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Founders of FamPay: Kush Taneja and Sambhav Jain.

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RBI committee recommends multiple interoperable QR codes

Currently, there are three types of QR codes operating in the country. Bharat QR, Unified Payments Interface QR and proprietary QR codes. A committee by RBI recommended that payment system providers should make these codes interoperable.

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The 6-member committee was headed by DB Pathak.

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National Broadcasting Day: July 23

National Broadcasting Day is observed on July 23. On this day in 1927, the first-ever radio broadcast in the country went on air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company.

Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati.

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Headquarters: New Delhi.