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- Cabinet approves extension of Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana upto November this year.
- India: Record number of more than 2,62,000 COVID tests conducted in single day since outbreak of pandemic.
- Strict lockdown in Containment zones of West Bengal from 5 pm tomorrow.
- Home Ministry sets up inter-ministerial committee to coordinate probe into alleged violations by 3 Gandhi Family Trusts.
- China posing greatest long-term threat to intellectual property, economic vitality of US: FBI director Wray.
- WHO acknowledges evidence emerging about airborne spread of novel coronavirus.
- UN Chief warns COVID-19 pandemic provides new opportunities for IS, hate groups
- Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar inaugurates Plasma Therapy Unit for treating COVID-19 patients.
- International Cricket is back in action; 1st test match between England, West Indies to be played at Ageas Bowl, London today.
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni celebrates his 39th birthday
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INDIA
Shri Prahlad Singh Patel plants trees to commemorate Sankalp Parva
- In order to commemorate Sankalp Parv, Union Minister of State for Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) Shri Prahlad Singh Patel planted trees in Qila Rai Pithora and the National Archives of India in Delhi.
- The move comes as the Ministry of Culture is celebrating Sankalp Parva from 28th June to July 12, 2020.
DCGI: approved launch of Mylan Pharma Remdesivir in India at Rs.4,800 per 100 mg vial
- Pharma major Mylan received approval for its Remdesivir from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI). The company will launch a generic version of Gilead Sciences’ COVID-19 anti-viral in the country at Rs.4,800 for 100 mg/vial.
- The drug will be launched under the brand name Desrem in India and will be available to patients later this month at about 80 percent below the price tag for wealthy nations.
World’s Second Largest Tier IV Designed Data Centre ‘NM1’ Inaugurated at Navi Mumbai
- India’s & Asia’s Largest and World’s Second Largest Uptime Tier IV Designed Data Centre was inaugurated virtually on 7th July 2020. The Data Centre is inaugurated virtually on 7th July 2020. The Data Centre is named ‘Yotta NM1 or NM1’ is located inside the 600-Acre Hiranandani Fortune City at Navi Mumbai’s Panvel region.
|NM1 Data Centre||The NM1 Data Centre has been developed by Yotta Infrastructure Solutions LLP (a subsidiary of Hiranandani Group). A total of five Data Centre Building will be developed at the Panvel Data Centre Park by Yotta Infrastructure. NM1 is the first of the five such building.|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: ENVIRONMENT
Indian Railways: Collaboration with BHEL to be net-zero carbon emission mass transportation network
- Indian Railways in collaboration with Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned a project of 1.7 MWp at Bina, Madhya Pradesh, which is a first of its kind project in the world. The move by the Indian Railways is to transform itself as ‘Net Zero’ Carbon Emission Mass Transportation Network by 2030.
- Indian Railways to solarise railway stations by utilizing its vacant lands for renewable energy projects.
India’s largest Butterfly Himalayan butterfly-Golden Birdwing
- The Himalayan butterfly named Golden Birdwing has become India’s largest butterfly and broke the record set by an unknown specimen, which was held for 88 years.
- The unknown specimen was recorded by a British Army officer Brigadier William Harry Evans in 1932.
|Golden Birdwing||The wingspan of the female of the Golden Birdwing species is 194 mm which is marginally larger than the Southern Birdwing. The wingspan of the Southern Birdwing is 190 mm. The female Golden Birdwing was recorded from Didihat, Uttarakhand|
CURRENT AFFAIRS: ECONOMY
Govt extends NCLAT acting chairperson Justice B L Bhat’s tenure for 3 months
- Presently, NCLAT is closed and has suspended all court works, including the virtual hearing of cases and filing till July 10 due to sealing of its premises after finding one of its staff COVID-19 positive.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: TECHNOLOGY
Mylab launches India’s First Machine to Automate the Manual Processes of Molecular Diagnostic Tests
- Pune based molecular biology company– Mylab Discovery Solutions Private Limited has launched a cartridge-based machine named ‘Compact XL’ on 7th July 2020 that will be able to test and handle multiple samples at the same time.
- The machine will reduce the need for laboratory technicians for handling and testing samples to one, as an individual will be able to operate the machine.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
NSDC, Microsoft announce partnership to empower Indian youth with digital skills
- The objective of the partnership is to transform India into a skilled nation. Microsoft will collaborate with NSDC’s eSkill India portal to provide free access to learning resources and conduct digital skilling awareness drives, equipping the next generation of learners with the skills they need to thrive in a digital economy.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Centre released Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input, food products in India
- Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar released the ‘Guidelines for Evaluation of Nano-based Agri-input and food products in India’ on 7 July 2020. The Guidelines are aimed to help the policymakers and regulators to frame effective provisions for future novel nano-based products in the agri-input and food sectors of India.
- The guidelines will encourage the Indian innovators and industries to develop and commercialize new nano-based formulations and products in these sectors.
CURRENT AFFAIRS: INTERNATIONAL
Poor diets are costing businesses as much as $850 billion a year
- The study examined 13 sectors — from mining and agriculture to construction and retail — in 19 countries.
- The greatest productivity losses from being undernourished were in agri, mining and construction, with Ethiopia and India facing the highest burden. The biggest impact from obesity was felt in the mining, education and health sectors.