Honours & Awards
1. Satpura Tiger Reserve wins NatWest Group Earth Heroes Award
- Satpura Tiger Reserve of Madhya Pradesh has received ‘Natwest Group Earth Heroes Award’ in the Earth Guardian category for best management
- About Satpura Tiger Reserve:
- It is in Hoshangabad district and is spread over an area of 2130 square km.
- It is part of Deccan Bio-Geographic Region
- It is the oldest forest wealth of the country with 26 species of Himalayan region and 42 species of Nilgiri
- It is also named as the Northern Ghats with 17% of India's tiger population
2. Polina Guryeva secures first-ever Olympics medal for Turkmenistan
- Weightlifter Polina Guryeva (21 years) has secured first Olympic medal for Turkmenistan since independence from the Soviet Union.
- She won silver medal for the Central Asian nation at the Tokyo Games.
- She lifted a total 217 kilograms in the 59-kilogram category, edging Mikiko Andoh of Japan for second place.
- Kuo Hsing-Chun of Taiwan has won gold by lifting 236kg in weightlifting.
- Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia with Ashgabat as capital.
3. India’s 14 Tiger Reserves get Global CA/TS recognition
- Fourteen out of India’s 51 tiger reserves have received ‘Conservation Assured Tiger Standards (CATS)’ accreditation for meeting a set of standards for effective conservation of big cats
- CATS: Globally accepted conservation tool that sets best practices and standards to manage tigers and assessments to benchmark progress. It is being implemented across 125 sites, including 94 in India.
- Implementation partner for CATS assessment in India: GTF, WWF India, NTCA.
4. PM Modi launches SAFAL Assessment Framework for CBSE Students
- PM Modi has launched ‘SAFAL initiative’ for Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) on the first anniversary of National Education Policy (NEP)
- SAFAL stands for Structured Assessment For Analysing Learning.
- SAFAL is a competency-based assessment programme for grades 3, 5 and 8 introduced by CBSE to assess the progress of foundational skills and basic learning outcomes
- It will be conducted on pilot basis in CBSE schools during the academic year 2021-22.
5. World Day Against Trafficking in Persons: 30 July
- World Day Against Trafficking in Persons is observed every year on July 30 for raising awareness of human trafficking victims and the protection of their rights.
- The day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 2013 to raise awareness of the situation of victims of human trafficking and for the promotion and protection of their rights.
- It was first introduced in 2014.
- Theme 2021: Victims’ Voices Lead the Way.
6. Prakash Javadekar inaugurates India’s longest high-speed track
- Former Union Minister Prakash Javadekar has inaugurated India’s longest high-speed track in Pithampur, Indore
- It is spread over 1,000 acres and has been developed by National Automotive Test Tracks (Natrax).
- It will be world’s fifth-longest high-speed track and is 11.3 kilometres long and 16 metres wide.
- This four-lane high-speed testing track is oval in shape.
- It can handle a maximum speed of 375 kmph on the curves and has been intended for neutral speeds of 250 kmph.
7. Karnataka becomes first State to provide 1% reservation for Transgender
- Karnataka has become 1st Indian state to provide 1% horizontal reservation in public employment for transgender persons.
- For this, govt has amended ‘Karnataka Civil Services (General Recruitment) Rules, 1977’.
- This amendment is made to Rule 9 by inserting Sub Rule (1D) to provide for 1% of vacancies which needs to be filled in any service or post by the state government from among the transgender candidates in each category (SC, ST and OBC)
National & International Organizations
8. WHO releases report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2021
- WHO has released report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2021 showing the progress made by countries in tobacco control since 2008
- It presents data on electronic nicotine delivery systems, such as ‘e-cigarettes’ for the first time.
- More than 5.3 billion people with 69% of the world’s population are covered by at least one MPOWER policy measure at the highest level.
- WHO's Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland.
Banking & Finance
9. RBI imposes Rs 5 crore penalty on Axis Bank for non-compliance of rules
- RBI has imposed monetary penalty of Rs 5 crore on Axis Bank for non-compliance with certain provisions of the norms of central bank.
- Penalty has been imposed for contravention of certain provisions of directions issued on ‘Strengthening Controls of Payment Ecosystem between Sponsor Banks and SCBs/UCBs as a Corporate Customer, Cyber Security Framework in Banks, RBI (Financial Services provided by Banks) Directions 2016 Financial Inclusion
- AXIS Bank CEO: Amitabh Chaudhry
10. Alphabet launches new Robotics Software company ‘Intrinsic’
- Google’s parent company, Alphabet has announced to launch a new company, known as Intrinsic, which will focus on building industrial robots software.
- It will focus on releasing new robotic software and projects related to artificial intelligence that will develop delivery drones, self-driving cars.
- The motive is to add flexibility to smaller businesses performing USB connection task
- It will help the manufacturing industry to ensure that user’s demands are kept in mind.
Honours & Awards
11. Vaidehi Dongre from Michigan crowned Miss India USA 2021
- Vaidehi Dongre from Michigan, has been crowned as the Miss India USA 2021.
- Arshi Lalani from Georgia was declared the first runner-up of the beauty pageant while Mira Kasari from North Carolina was the second runner-up.
- She also won the 'Miss Talented' title when she gave a flawless performance of Indian classical dance form Kathak.
- Miss India USA was started by New York-based Indian Americans Dharmatma and Neelam Saran under Worldwide Pageants
Science & Technology
12. Geo-imaging satellite “EOS-03” is scheduled for launch in 2021
- ISRO is scheduled to launch geo-imaging satellite for earth observation ‘EOS-03’ in the third quarter of 2021.
- The satellite will enable near real-time monitoring of natural disasters like floods and cyclones.
- In addition to natural disasters, it will also enable monitoring of water bodies, crops, vegetation condition, forest cover changes.
- It is capable of imaging the whole country four-five times daily.
13. JP Nadda launches National Health Volunteers Campaign
- BJP National President JP Nadda has launched National Health Volunteers Campaign from BJP Headquarters in New Delhi.
- Under this campaign, around 4 lakh volunteers will be trained who would work on grassroots level on COVID for around 2 lakh villages.
- Training of the workers should not only be structural but the volunteer should also have a feeling of service
- It will become the world’s largest health program.