- Kakrapar Atomic Plant
On July 22, 2020, PM Modi congratulated Kakrapur Atomic Plant of Gujarat to reach its criticality. Criticality is reaching normal operating condition. Highlights The Kakrapar Atomic Plant produces power from indigenously built reactors and is a major step of GoI in promoting Make in India campaign. The reactor generates 700 MW of power.
- Pravasi Rojgar App
On July 22, 2020, actor Sonu Sood launched “Pravasi Rojgar App”. The application provides all necessary information to find jobs and offer specific job training programmes.
- ANASIS II
South Korea recently launched its first ever military satellite to defend itself against nuclear armed North Korea. The satellite has been named “ANASIS II”
- Currency Swap with Srilanka RBI
On July 25, 2020, the Reserve Bank of India extended 400 million USD of currency swap with Sri Lanka. The currency swap agreement is to remain till November 2022.
- 4th Edition of Khelo India Youth Games to be hosted Haryana
On July 25, 2020, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Shri Kiren Rijiju announced that Haryana is to host the fourth edition of Khelo India Youth Games. The Games has been scheduled to be conducted after Tokyo Olympics.
- World Hepatitis Day: 28th July
Every year, World Hepatitis Day is marked the World Health Organization and various other organizations all over the world. The day is marked to encourage actions, partners and public for greater response towards controlling Hepatitis.
- Tiger Report 2018
As per the Tigers Report 2018, an increasing rate of 6% per annum of Tiger population in India from the year 2006 to 2018 was observed.
- National Education Policy, 2020
The Union Cabinet recently cleared a new National Education Policy, 2020. The main aim of the policy is to make India a Global Knowledge Superpower. Along with the policy, the cabinet also approved renaming of Ministry of Human Resource Development to Ministry of Education.
In the history of independent India, the education policy was brought in 1968 and 1986.
The new National Education Policy introduces “5+3+3+4” design that covers children in the age group between 3 and 18 years.
The policy has brought in minimum degree qualification for teachers as four-year integrated B.Ed.
The policy has made it mandatory to use the child’s mother tongue as medium of instruction till Class 5.
It also aims to universalize education from pre-school to secondary school 2030. Also, 2030, the Gross Enrolment Ratio of Secondary level is to be brought to 100%.
- BRICS Virtual Meet 2020
On 30th July 2020, the Environment Ministers of 6th BRICS countries took part in the 6th BRICS Environment meeting. It was held online via video conferencing under the presidency of Russia.
5 BRICS Member States: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.
- The Gulbenkian Prize 2020
The Climate Activist Greta Thunberg was awarded the Gulbenkian Prize for Humanity. She was awarded with prize money of 1 million Euros. Highlights The Climate Activist is to donate the prize money to organizations focused on environment and climate change. Miss Thunberg is the first person to receive the prize.
- HOPE Mission
On July 19, 2020, the United Arab Emirates launched the first ever mission to the red planet, Mars. The spacecraft is to arrive Mars in February 2021. Highlights The satellite “Hope” is to be placed in orbit between 20,000 and 43,000 kilometres above the surface of mars.
- Consumer Protection Act, 2019
On July 20, 2020, Consumer Protection Act, 2019 came into force. The act will empower consumers, help them to protect their rights through its provisions such as Consumer Protection Council and Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission. The act replaces Consumer Protection Act, 1986.
The Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2020
The United Nations recently released the Multidimensional Poverty Index, 2020. According to the index, India recorded the largest reduction in number of people living in poverty between the period 2015-19.
The data were obtained from United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). Around 273 million people have moved out of multidimensional poverty over 10 years. The report was released the United Nations Development Programme and the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI).
- PM SVANidhi app
On July 17, 2020, PM SVANidhi app was launched the Minister of Urban Affairs. The application aims to provide user-friendly digital interface for lending institutions and their functionaries to source and process loan applications of street vendors.
On July 15, 2020, Ashok Lavasa was appointed as the vice president of Asian Development Bank.
Ashok Lavasa, a 1980 batch retired IAS officer. He was serving as the Election Commissioner and is next in line to become Chief Election Commissioner. He has now been appointed as Vice President of ADB for Public-Private Partnerships and Private Sector Operations.
- World Youth Skills Day: July 15
Every year, World Youth Skills Day is celebrated on July 15. The day is celebrated to recognize the importance of equipping young people with skills of employment, entrepreneurship and decent work. This year the day focuses on the following theme Theme: Skills for a resilient youth.
Top trading partner of India in 2019-20
As per the data from the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the United States remains as the top trading partner of India during the Financial Year 2019-20.
This is the second consecutive Financial Year that the United States has become the top trading partner of India (in Financial Year 2018-19 United States surpassed the People’s Republic of China to become the top trading partner of India), indicating the continuously increasing economic ties between both the countries.
India is the 2nd Largest Source of FDI in UK
The statistics for the number of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) projects in the Financial Year 2019-20 in the United Kingdom was released on 10th July 2020 the United Kingdom Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT).
As per the Figures provided DIT, the second-largest source of FDI in the United Kingdom is now from India.
Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project
Through video conferencing, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has inaugurated the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Plant on 10th July 2020. To date, the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project is the largest single-site solar power project in Central India to date.
The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project is located in Gurh Tehsil of Madhya Pradesh’s Rewa district. It is spread over 1,590 acres of land.
- Sri Lanka and the Maldives have eliminated Rubella Virus
Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) has announced on 8th July 2020 that Sri Lanka and the Maldives have eliminated Rubella Virus. With this, Sri Lanka and the Maldives became the first two countries from the South East Asia Region of WHO to have successfully eliminated both the Measles and Rubella Virus.
Himachal Pradesh becomes First State in India to have LPG Gas Connection in Every Household
All households in the state of Himachal Pradesh have access to LPG Gas Connection, making Himachal Pradesh the first state in the country to achieve the goal set Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the launch of Ujjwala Yojana for providing a cooking gas connection to every household in the country.
KKR to buy 54% Stake in JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals
The United States-based global investment firm- Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Co. Inc. will buy the majority of 54 percent stake in JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals. 54 percent stake of Mumbai based JB Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals is worth Rs 3,109 crore.