President Kovind announces 4 nominations to Rajya Sabha
Former MP Ram Shakal, author and academician Rakesh Sinha, classical dancer Sonal Mansingh and stone artist Raghunath Mohapatra were nominated to the Rajya Sabha on 14th July.
- Ram Shakal is an eminent people’s leader and the public representative from Uttar Pradesh, who has devoted his life for the welfare and well-being of farmers.
- Rakesh Sinha is the founder and honorary director of the Delhi-based think-tank India Policy Foundation.
- Raghunath Mohapatra is an internationally renowned authority on stone carving.
- Sonal Mansingh is among India’s foremost exponents of Indian classical dance. She has been performing Bharatnatyam and Odissi for over six decades.
Bihar to get world’s cheapest clean drinking water
With the launch of the cost-effective innovative water project, Bihar will soon provide the cheapest drinking water in the world. The first of such a water project was launched in Bihar’s Darbhanga district on 14th July, by Sulabh International, an organization that introduced the concept of ‘Sulabh Sauchalaya’ in the country. With the help of this project, the people will easily be able to get pure and clean water only in 50 paise/ liter. The ‘Sulabh Jal’ project converts contaminated pond and river water into safe drinking water.
Haryana launches ‘I am not afraid of English’ programme for primary school students
The Haryana Education Department today said that it has launched an initiative aimed at capacity building of teachers to enable them help students to read, write and speak in English right from class 1. Under the programme titled ‘I am not afraid of English’, one Junior Basic Training teacher and a Block Resource Person per block have been trained to make students learn one sentence every day (minimum 20 per month for 10 months) in each class, an official spokesperson said.
Vijayawada to host International boat racing tourney
After successful conduct of aerobic Airshow with international pilots in January 2017 at Punnami Ghat in Krishna river, the Department of Tourism is once again bracing up to host another mega event of boat racing with world-class expert boat drivers in Krishna river. The international show will attract not only Indian viewers but also from abroad particularly the Gulf and European countries. The state government as part of its efforts to promote tourism is conducting F1H2O extreme adventurous activities in Krishna river.
IFC sells shares of AU Small Finance Bank worth Rs 201 crore
World Bank arm International Finance Corporation (IFC) recently sold 32 lakh shares of AU Small Finance Bank for Rs 201.6 crores through an open market transaction. However, the buyer of the shares could not be ascertained immediately. According to bulk deal data available with the BSE, International Finance Corporation FDI AC offloaded a total of 32,00,000 shares, amounting to 1.12 percent stake of AU Bank.
Ashok Leyland, HPCL unveil co-branded fuel card eN-Dhan
Ashok Leyland Ltd.(ALL), the flagship company of the Hinduja Group, in association with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd. (HPCL), rolled out ‘eN-Dhan’, a co-branded fuel card that would offer customized solutions to commercial vehicle owners, said a top official. “About 1.5% to 3% savings would be there for customers when they use this card,” said Vinod K. Dasari, MD, ALL. “We are the first to offer this facility. It can be used at 15,000 HPCL outlets across the country.”
Govt permits import of new vehicles from Vizag port
The government has added Visakhapatnam port to the list of ports and inland container depots (ICDs) for importing new vehicles. “Visakhapatnam port is being added to the list of 15 existing ports/lCDs, thereby taking the total number of ports/ICDs to 16, for importing new vehicles,” the Directorate General of Foreign Trade said in a notification.
Mukesh Ambani dethrones Jack Ma, becomes Asia’s richest person
Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) Chairman Mukesh Ambani has surpassed Alibaba Group’s Jack Ma to become Asia’s richest person. While Ambani was estimated to be worth $44.3 billion on Friday as RIL shares rose 1.6 percent, Ma’s wealth stood at $44 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
India-Bangladesh signs Revised Travel Arrangement (RTA)-2018
Home Minister Rajnath Singh and his Bangladeshi counterpart chair meeting in Dhaka; During the meeting, India and Bangladesh signed the Revised Travel Arrangement (RTA)-2018. The Home Minister who was on a visit to Bangladesh, on 14th July called on Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues of mutual interest. The Home Minister also inaugurated a new integrated state-of-the-art Indian Visa Application Centre at Jamuna Future Park in Dhaka.
FIFA World Cup 2018: France is the WORLD CHAMPIONS!
FIFA president Gianni Infantino then handed France captain Hugo Lloris the World Cup trophy for their win over Croatia with 4-2 on 15th July. Belgium and England took the 3rd and 4th places respectively.
- Golden Ball – Luka Modric (Croatia Captain)
- Golden Glove – Thibaut Courtois (Belgium)
- Golden Boot – Harry Kane (England Captain)
- Young Player award – Kylian Mbappe (France)
- Fair Play award – Spain
PV Sindhu loses to Japan’s Okuhara in Thailand Open final
Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu’s title drought this year continued as she suffered a straight-game defeat against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the summit clash of the USD 350,000 Thailand Open World Tour Super 500 badminton tournament in Bangkok on 15 July.
Dhoni becomes 4th Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in ODIs
Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Saturday became the fourth Indian to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs in ODIs during the second match of the three-game series against England at Lord’s on 14 July. The 37-year-old former India skipper joined an elite list which features some of India’s greatest batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and Rahul Dravid.
Novak Djokovic beats Kevin Anderson to win 4th Wimbledon title
Novak Djokovic claimed a fourth Wimbledon title in ruthless fashion as he beat giant South African Kevin Anderson 6-2 6-2 7-6(3) on a sweltering Centre Court on 15 July.
Angelique Kerber beats Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title
Angelique Kerber won her first Wimbledon championship by stopping Serena Williams’ bid for a record-equaling 24th Grand Slam title. Kerber played cleanly as can be, covering the court so well and picking her spots for big shots, in a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Williams. Williams is a 7-time Wimbledon champion.
Learn Two a Day:
Chhabra Thermal Power Plant – Rajasthan
Bannerghatta National Park – Karnataka