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INDIA

  • PM Modi makes surprise visit to Leh; Interacts with Army, Air Force and ITBP personnel at Nimu.
  • ICMR to launch indigenous Covid-19 vaccine for public use by August 15 after completion of clinical trials.
  • Covid-19 recovery rate improves to 60.72 pct in country.
  • Late fee relief on GST return filings now available till July.
  • IT dept refunds over Rs 62,000 cr to more than 20 lakh taxpayers during lockdown.
  • HRD Minister, Sports Minister to launch ‘Fit India Talks’ to inspire school children

WORLD

  • At least 162 killed in Myanmar Jade mine collapse.
  • US President Donald Trump blames Chinese aggression for standoff at India-China border.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA

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NHAI to set up InvIT, Committee formed to select best talent for the Board

  • National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) is to set up an Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) with an aim to facilitate investment in the highway sector. As part of the structure, a new company will be set up to act as the Investment Manager to the proposed InvIT.
  • InvIT will be the first-of-its-kind to be sponsored by any govt/semi-govt entity in India.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL

World Bank Group approves USD 400 million for SNGRBP]

  • Last week the Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group has approved a loan of USD 400 million for the rejuvenation of the Ganga River under the NAMAMI Gange Program of the Government of India. The loan approved by the World Bank Group is for strengthening the river basin.
  • Back in 2015, the World Bank Group has approved USD 1 billion for the First National River Ganga Basin Project. The loan approved for USD 400 million is for the Second National River Ganga Basin Project (SNGRBP).

 

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Centre launched Drug Discovery Hackathon for supporting drug discovery process

  • Centre launched Drug Discovery Hackathon on 2 July 2020 in the presence of Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’.
  • Drug Discovery Hackathon is a joint initiative of the Ministry for Human Resource Development (MHRD’s) Innovation Cell (MIC), All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE), and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). It is supported by the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC), MyGov, and other private players.

DCGI approved Zydus Healthcare’s COVID-19 vaccine for human clinical trials

  • Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) approved a potential COVID-19 vaccine indigenously developed by the Ahmedabad-based Zydus Cadila Healthcare Ltd. The vaccine will be used for human clinical trials.
  • The approval process was fast-tracked after the recommendation by the subject expert committee on COVID-19. It considered the emergency medical need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: SPORTS

HRD Minister, Sports Minister to launched Fit India Talks of eminent sportspersons with school children

  • Government of India’s flagship program “Fit India” has launched a series of interactive sessions titled “Fit India Talks” with some of the top sports persons of India on 3 July. The Fit India Talks sessions are organized in association with the Sports Authority of India and the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD).
  •  A host of leading sports personalities share their experiences of childhood, stories on how they got inspired, their failures, struggles, and their success.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: ENVIRONMENT

Delhi: Urban forest created at polluted ITO

  • The Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar along with CAG Rajiv Mehri inaugurated the dense urban forest. The forest has been created in a park adjacent to the ITO metro station, Delhi.
  • It has been created by planting at least 12,000 saplings of 59 indigenous tree species. It has been built by the government’s official auditor comptroller and auditor general.
  • The Urban Forest is made up of trees that are native to the area.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: DEFENCE

MoD approves purchase of 33 fighter aircraft for IAF, 248 indigenous missiles

  • The Ministry of Defence (MoD) cleared the purchase of 21 MiG-29 and 12 Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter aircraft along with 248 indigenous long-range air to air missiles, Astra, among others on 2 July 2020. The move by the Ministry is to boost the Indian armed forces. It was approved by the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
  • MoD has cleared the purchase of platforms and equipment for the armed forces to the tune of Rs 38,900 crore.