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Louvre Museum Gets Its First Woman President After Centuries Of Its Creation

Laurence des Cars makes history by becoming the first woman chief of the Louvre museum in Paris. The museum with historical significance was opened during the French revolution, two centuries ago. She will replace Jean-Luc Martinez, who had been the chief of the museum for eight years, on September 1.

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IB, RAW Chiefs Get One-Year Extension; J&K Chief Secy To Take Charge As Commerce Secy

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet, headed by the PM Modi, has given a one-year extension to Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW) chief Samanta Goel and Intelligence Bureau (IB) chief Arvinda Kumar. BVR Subrahmanyam will take charge as the officer on special duty in the commerce ministry. AK Mehta was appointed in Subrahmanyam’s place as the new chief secretary J&K.

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Joe Biden nominates Indian-American Arun Venkataraman as head of US Foreign Commercial Service

US President Joe Biden nominated Indian-American Arun Venkataraman for the Director-General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service and the Assistant Secretary for Global Markets in the Department of Commerce. He is currently the Counselor to the Secretary of Commerce, advising the Department on trade and other international economic matters.

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Zinedine Zidane resigns as Real Madrid manager

Zinedine Zidane has decided to resign as Real Madrid coach. Zidane, 48, returned to the Real Madrid job in 2019, having previously been in charge from 2016 to 2018.

He won an unprecedented three consecutive Champions League trophies in 2016, 2017 and 2018, as well as the club's first La Liga title in five years in 2017.

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Three Indian peacekeepers to be honored with UN’s prestigious medal, posthumously

Corporal Yuvraj Singh, civilian peacekeeper Ivan Michael Picardo, and Moolchand Yadav are among those to be honored with the UN’s prestigious medal. Corporal Yuvraj Singh was serving at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) while civilian peacekeeper Ivan Michael Picardo was associated with UNAMISS as a civil peacekeeper.

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Moolchand Yadav was associated with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI)

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Kia Motors India is now Kia India, new corporate name ratified by Ministry of Corporate Affairs

Kia announced that it has changed its corporate name in the country from 'Kia Motors India' to 'Kia India' with the new name, sans the word 'Motors', being ratified by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs. Apart from the Kia Seltos and the Kia Sonet, the carmaker also sells the Kia Carnival.

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Power Ministry to set up a National Mission on use of biomass in coal based power plants

The Ministry of Power will set up a National Mission on use of biomass in coal based thermal power plants to address the issue of air pollution due to farm stubble burning and to reduce carbon footprints of thermal power generation.The proposed National Mission on biomass will also contribute to the National Clean Air Programme (NCAP).

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Prof CNR Rao bags Eni International Award for renewable energy research

Bharat Ratna Professor C.N.R. Rao has received International Eni Award 2020 for research into renewable energy sources and energy storage, also called the Energy Frontier award. This is considered to be the Nobel Prize in Energy Research. The Energy Frontiers award is to presented in October 2021 in Rome.

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TCS CodeVita wins Guinness title for world's largest programming competition

Tata Consultancy Services announced that the ninth season of TCS CodeVita has won a Guinness World Records title as the world's largest computer programming competition with 136,054 participants from 34 countries.

This year's champion, Ben Alexander Mirtchoukof Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey, is the competition's first-ever US winner.

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Top 3 CodeVita finishers received cash prizes of USD 10,000, 7000 & 3,000,respectively.

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Ashutosh Choudhary assumes charge as Chief Risk Officer of Punjab National Bank

Punjab National Bank informed the exchanges that Ashutosh Choudhury, General Manager (impanelled as Chief General Manager) has assumed the office of Group Chief Risk Officer (GCRO) of the bank, in place of Vishesh Kumar Srivastava.

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Atletico Madrid Win 2020-21 La Liga Title After Beating Valladolid 2-1

Atletico Madrid won La Liga securing the 2-1 victory over Real Valladolid.This is only the second time in 17 years that a team other than Barcelona or Real Madrid have won the title, with Atleti claiming the other one under Simeone in 2014.

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J&K to construct 4,200km of road under PMGSY this fiscal

The Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) government plans to construct 4,200 kilometres of road connecting remote areas with Central assistance during 2021-22 under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY). Since the scheme was implemented in J&K, around 14,053km of road has been completed, for which 90% of the fund came from the Centre, while 10% was arranged by the UT administration.

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The PMGSY scheme was launched in 2001.

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Jammu & Kashmir Achieves Milestone Of NABL Accreditation Of Food Testing Laboratories

Food Testing Laboratories of Jammu and Srinagar have joined an elite list of prestigious institutions of the country engaged in analytical work of food & food products by achieving the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL) accreditation as mandated under Section 43 of Food Safety & Standards Act 2006.

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NABL is a Constituent Board of Quality Council of India.

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In pandemic year, bank frauds down 25% by value: RBI annual report

Banks and other financial institutions reported frauds worth Rs 1.38 trillion in 2020-21, down 25 percent compared to the previous year, when the amount involved was Rs 1.85 trillion, according to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) annual report. The RBI data takes into account frauds of Rs 1 lakh and above only.

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