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India ranked in top 50 nations in the Global Innovation Index 2020

India is ranked 48 in the Global Innovation Index compiled by World Intellectual Property along with Cornell University & INSEAD. It presents the innovation ranking in 131 economies. Switzerland, Sweden, USA, UK & Netherlands were placed in the top five.

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India – 3rd most innovative lower middle-economy in the world.

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THE World University Ranking 2021

A record number of Indian universities (63) qualified for the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2021. China’s Tsinghua University becomes the first-ever Asian university to make the overall top 20. US was the most represented country.

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UK’s Oxford University placed in top for 5th consecutive year.

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Real GDP likely to contract by 10.9% in FY21: SBI Ecowrap

According to SBI’s Ecowrap, real GDP for FY21 is expected to shrink by 10.9%. It had earlier estimated real gross domestic product (GDP) at (-) 6.8% for the current fiscal. India’s GDP growth plunged to 23.9% in Q1 FY21 due to the nationwide lockdown.

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SBI Chairman: Rajnish Kumar.

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PayPal & DSCI report on Fraud & Risk Management in Digital Payments

Data Security Council of India and PayPal India released a study report on Fraud & Risk Management in Digital Payments. It discusses the threats in the payment ecosystem and recommendations for various stakeholders involved in the payment ecosystem.

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DSCI – Premier industry body on data protection. HQ: Noida.

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MoD inks contracts worth Rs 2,580 cr for supply of Pinaka Regiments to Indian Army

Acquisition Wing of Ministry of Defence inked contracts with Bharat Earth Movers, Tata Power Company and Larsen & Toubro (L&T) for supply of six Pinaka Regiments to the Regiment of Artillery of the Indian Army at an approximate cost of Rs 2,580 crore.

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Pinaka Multiple Launch Rocket System is developed by DRDO.

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Cabinet approves ‘Mission Karmayogi’ for Civil Servants

The Union Cabinet has approved Mission Karmayogi for civil servants across the country to help them meet the challenges in the society. A council headed by PM having CMs as members will approve the civil services capacity building plans under the scheme.

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It will be delivered through a digital platform – iGOT Karmayogi

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European Investment Bank To Invest 650 Million Euro In Kanpur Metro Project

European Investment Bank, EU Bank are set to invest EUR650 mn for the construction of Kanpur's first city metro line, which will enable around 3 million people in the city to benefit from public transport. It is the 2nd metro project supported by EIB in UP

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Kanpur is 5th metro rail project to receive EIB funds.

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Naveen Patnaik launches citizen-centric apps

As a part of the 5T mandate, Odisha CM launched mobile App ‘AMA SAHAR’ and ‘SWACHHA SAHAR ODISHA’ web app to provide citizen-centric services. With this, ULBs will be able to submit utilisation certificate online which will bring better fiscal management.

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Odisha Chief Minister: Naveen Patnaik.
Governor: Ganeshi Lal.

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Madhya Pradesh govt launches campaign ‘Gandagi Bharat Chhodo’

Gandagi Bharat Chhodo campaign is divided into 5 themes- Cleanliness Oath, Continuous reduction in urban waste emissions, Cleanliness in COVID conditions, Separation of waste from sources of houses & launching a cleanliness campaign for public places.

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It is a 15-day campaign.Urban bodies to be ranked by performance

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Hemant Khatri takes over as CMD of Hindustan Shipyard

Commodore Hemant Khatri assumed charge as Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Shipyard Limited. He was director of HSL and was in-charge of INS Sindhuvir NR and played a key role in the refit of INS Astradharani, both completed ahead of schedule.

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HSL is a PSU and is headquartered in Vishakhapatnam.

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Central Board Of Direct Taxes Chairman Pramod Chandra Mody Gets 6-Month Extension

Pramod Chandra Mody was given a six-month extension till February next year as the chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes. It was approved by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. CBDT is headed by a chairman and has a maximum of 6 years.

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CBDT frames policy for the Income-Tax Department.

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Bureaucrat Kshatrapati Shivaji appointed as Secretary in MoSPI

Government of India appointed Kshatrapati Shivaji, a 1986-batch Maharashtra cadre IAS officer as the secretary in the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation. Secretary at this ministry, is by design, known as the chief statistician of India.

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He will also lead the Ministry of Public Grievances & Pensions.

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Karan Johar debuts as an author for a children’s book

The book titled ‘The Big Thoughts of Little Luv’ revolves around how we differentiate between boys and girls while raising them. In the book, the filmmaker has shared his experience of parenting his twins. It will be published by Juggernaut Books.

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Karan Johar’s autobiography: An Unsuitable Boy.

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and Japan for cooperation in good quality textiles

MoU would enable M/s Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre, Japan in assigning Textile Committee as their cooperative Testing and Inspection service providers in India for Textiles & Apparel products including Technical Textiles and any other products.

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MoU approval was chaired by PM Narendra Modi.

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Cabinet approves MoU between India and Finland for cooperation in Geology and Mineral Resources

The MoU facilitates cooperation in the field of geology, training, mineral prognostication, 3/4D modelling, Seismic and other Geophysical surveys finalised with the intent of reinforcing and strengthening scientific links between the two Organisations.

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MoU signed between India & Geological Survey of Finland.