NITI Aayog Released Paper On ‘National Health Stack’
The central government think tank NITI Aayog has unveiled the blueprint of National Health Stack (NHS), a shared digital healthcare infrastructure.
The blueprint is in line with the implementation of the Centre’s flagship scheme Ayushman Bharat and other public healthcare programmes in the country
NITI: National Institution for Transforming India
CEO- Amitabh Kant
Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar
First-ever metal craft exhibition inaugurated in Leh
On July 11, 2018, the first-ever metal craft exhibition was held in Chilling village, Leh.
To promote and preserve the metal craft tradition of Ladakh.
It was organised by the Youth Association for Conservation and Development Hemis High Altitude National Park, in collaboration with Heritage Home Chilling, showcasing the indigenous craft to the visitors.
The exhibition of this 400-year-old craft will remain open for the next two months.
Chilling is known for its metal craftwork, which began decades ago and it is considered to be its identity.
Indian Warship Visits Indonesia’s Sabang Port
The Indian Navy patrol vessel, INS Sumitra, became the first-ever warship to sail into the Indonesian port of Sabang, strategically poised at the mouth of the Malacca Strait.
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jakarta this year, in a meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, it was decided that New Delhi will develop the strategically important Indonesian port Sabang in the Indian Ocean, close to the Andamans.
Currency: Indonesian rupiah
President: Joko Widodo
PM Modi third most followed leader on Twitter, Sushma Swaraj most followed female world leader
On July 11, 2018, according to a ‘Twiplomacy’ study on ‘world leaders on social media’ conducted by communications firm Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the third most followed world leader on Twitter with 42 million followers on his personal account @NarendraModi.
BANKING AND ECONOMY
ICICI Bank First Bank In Country To Tie-Up With Australian Bank
The ICICI Bank, India’s largest private sector bank by consolidated assets has announced its partnership with ‘Westpac Banking Corporation’ (Westpac), one of the top banks in Australia.
It aims to offer Indian students a completely online payment solution through its ‘Money2World’ (M2W) platform for outward remittances. As a first, ICICI Bank and Westpac have partnered with La Trobe University, one of the well-known universities in Australia, for this initiative.
‘Money2World’, is a first-of-its-kind fully online outward remittance service for resident Indians by any bank in India. It is available to users 24×7 on all days.
Headquarters: Sydney, Australia
India Becomes World’s 6th Largest Economy: World Bank
India has surpassed France to become the sixth largest economy in the world.
According to World Bank figures for 2017, India’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France.
According to the report, manufacturing and consumer spending were the main drivers of the Indian economy.
India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down.
According to the International Monetary Fund, India is projected to generate growth of 7.4 per cent this year and 7.8 per cent in 2019.
Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
President: Jim Yong Kim
CEO: Kristalina Georgieva
Microsoft And Rajasthan Sign MoU For Free Digital Training
Microsoft has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Rajasthan government to provide free digital training to 9,500 college students in one year.
As reported, the initiative was taken for the enhancement of digital learning and capacity building of college students in the state. It was announced by Higher Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari.
It will also train educators from government colleges through the Microsoft Innovative Educator Programme, building capacity for innovative use of information and communications technology (ICT) in the classroom.
Chief minister: Vasundhara Raje
Governor: Kalyan Singh
CEO: Satya Nadella
India Bag Four Medals At Asia Cup Archery
India have bagged four medals in the Asia Cup World Archery Ranking Tournament Stage 3 in Taipei.
The feat comprised 3 silver medals and a bronze. India also finished joint third with Iran in the championship. Korea topped the tally with 14 medals, 8 of them being gold.
Divya Dhayal became the only individual medal winner for the country when she clinched the silver medal in the womens compound category.
World Population Day: 11 July
The World Population Day is celebrated worldwide to spread awareness and discuss issues related to population growth.
The United Nations recognises World Population day as an important event to spread information of population-related issues across the globe.
2018 theme: “Family Planning is a Human Right”.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the 1968 International Conference on
Human Rights, where family planning was, for the first time, globally afirmed to be a human right.
In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended 11th July as World Population Day to draw attention to the urgency and importance of population issues.
Thought of the Day
“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
Current Affairs Quiz based on the Current Affairs of 11th July