1. Aditi Swami becomes 1st Indian to win individual World Title at WAC 2023
- Indian archer, Aditi Swami has become the first-ever Indian to clinch the individual World Title at the World Archery Championships final 2023 in Berlin.
- In the final, she defeated Andrea Becerra of Mexico, 149-147 in the summit clash of the compound women's event.
- Conversely, India's Ojas Deotale also created history after defeating Lukasz Przybylski of Poland in a thrilling final to become the new world champion in Men's Individual compound event.
2. Bureau of Indian Standards signs MoU with 35 institutions
- The Bureau of Indian Standards signed an MoU with 35 prestigious institutions for fostering collaboration in standardization and conformity assessment.
- The institutions included some prominent NITs, Government and Private Engineering colleges from different states nationwide.
- It will pave the way for the partner institutions to participate in standardization activities by associating with the technical committees of the Bureau at the national and international levels.
National & International Organizations
3. World's oceans hit hottest ever recorded temperature of 20.96C
- According to the EU's climate change service report, the oceans have hit their hottest-ever recorded temperature as they soak up warmth from climate change.
- The average daily global sea surface temperature beat a 2016 record this week as it reached 20.96C.
- That is far above the average for this time of year.
The broken temperature record follows a series of marine heatwaves this year including in the UK, the North Atlantic, the Mediterranean, and the Gulf of Mexico.
4. SAI launches short movie series ‘Halla Bol’
- Sports Authority of India (SAI) under the Umbrella Campaign 'Cheer4India' has launched a short movie series ‘Halla Bol’ on the journey of Asian Games-bound athletes.
- Aim: To motivate them for Hangzhou Asian Games and spread awareness about the upcoming Asian Games
- This initiative will also motivate youngsters in the country to take up sports.
- A similar movie series, 'Olympics ki Aasha,' was launched before the Tokyo Olympics.
5. Govt allocates Rs 1,39,579 crore to extend Bharat Net in 6.40 lakh villages
- The Communications Ministry informed that the government has allocated 1,39,579 crore rupees to extend Bharat Net in 6.40 lakh villages across the country.
- The Ministry also informed that the extension project has been decided after the success of a pilot project in 60,000 Gram Panchayat villages across the country in 8 months.
- The Bharat Net has reached 1.94 lakh villages during the pilot project and 5.67 lakh households have active Bharat Net connections so far.
Science & Technology
6. Chandrayaan 3 spacecraft successfully injected into lunar orbit
- ISRO has informed that the Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft was successfully injected into the lunar orbit.
- The next operation- reduction of orbit- is scheduled to take place on 6th August 2023 around 11 PM IST.
- After lunar orbit injection, the spacecraft is slated to orbit the Moon multiple times, gradually approaching the Moon.
- Once it reaches a 100 km orbit above the lunar surface, the lander and rover will be detached and manoeuvred to soft land on the surface of the moon.
7. Health Ministry prohibits sale of Ketoprofen and Aceclofenac
- According to a notification issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the production, sale, and distribution of ‘ketoprofen’ and ‘aceclofenac’, along with their formulations, for animal use are prohibited under section 26A of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940.
- The recommendation for this ban was made by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board (DTAB).
- DTAB is the apex authority for making statutory decisions on technical drug-related matters in India.
8. Ministry implemented ‘Naya Savera’ or ‘Free Coaching and Allied’ scheme
- The Ministry implemented the ‘Naya Savera’ scheme also known as ‘Free Coaching and Allied’ scheme.
- Aim To assist students/candidates belonging to the six minority communities namely Sikh, Jain, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist and Parsi by way of special coaching for qualifying examinations
- The coaching period under the scheme ranged from 3 months to 2 years.
- This information was given by the Minister of Minority Affairs, Smriti Zubin Irani in Lok Sabha.
9. MASI Portal for Monitoring CHILD CARE HOMES
- The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights has developed an application named MASI for real-time monitoring of the Child Care Institutions.
- MASI stands for Monitoring App for Seamless Inspection.
- The effective and efficient functioning of the mechanism for inspection of CCIs provided under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 (as amended in 2021) and synchronous monitoring of the system is the rationale behind developing this comprehensive application.
10. Padma Bhushan awardee and IAS officer N Vittal passes away
- The Padma Bhushan awardee and IAS officer of the Gujarat cadre, 1960 batch, N Vittal passed away in Chennai.
- He was a former Telecom Secretary and Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC).
- As Chairman of the Telecom Commission, he also initiated the process of liberalization in the telecom sector and played a major role in getting the National Telecom Policy 1994 approved.
- He authored a book titled Corruption in India - The Roadblock to National Prosperity.