British Council & West Bengal govt. sign MoU on cultural, edu exchange

On July 6 2018 ,The MoU has signed between British Council in India Director Alan Gemmell OBE and state Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya to promoting cultural, educational and skill development exchanges between UK and west Bengal in presence of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

British Council’s 70th anniversary in India
Due to the British Council’s 70th anniversary in India , it is focused on English language training in the school system and higher education ,Research collaboration and capacity building in higher education and cultural collaboration between the UK and the state.

Salient features of this MoU

Celebration of Durga Puja in Britain during Thames Festival and similarly hosting of a River Festival in Kolkata to the Thames.

Exchanging visitors between Britain and Bengal for cultural exchanges.

Communication Skill development in English and enrichment of employability of youth.


Meghalaya CM releases policy document on jackfruit mission

On July 7 2018 ,The policy document of the five year jackfruit mission has been released by Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma. He launched the draft policy on Jackfruit Mission at Jackfruit Festival 2018 and mission will be launched be before Independence Day 2018.

Jackfruit Mission is one of the flagship programmes of the government that encourage entrepreneurial activities and help the farmers of the state to generate additional income from the fruit.

Department of Agriculture organized the First state level Jackfruit Fruit Festival 2018 with the theme “The Humble Jack”.

Few Facts about Meghalaya
Meghalaya means “abode of the cloud” in Sanskrit and its capital Shilong is known as “Scotland of the East”.

It is a part of Seven sister states of North Eastern India. Its official language is English and other languages are Khasi, Garo Pnar, Biate Hajong and Bengali.

India’s longest cave is located in Jaintia Hills in the state of Meghalaya.


Haryana CM launches plantation campaign

On July 6 2018, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar launched a state-wide plantation campaign from the Narwana sub-division of the district.It would be carried out from July to August this year.

School students from class 6 to 12 would plant one sapling each during the rainy season and also be responsible to take care of these plants.

After every six months, the plants would be inspected and Rs 50 would be given for three years after every six months for the maintenance or for providing manure to their plants.


Gorakhpur launches ‘Stop JE/AES’ mobile app to check encephalitis

On 6th July 2018, the Gorakhpur administration in Uttar Pradesh launched an android based smart phone application named ‘Stop JE/AES’ to combat encephalitis.

Stop JE/AES:
Encephalitis claims the lives of hundreds of children every year in eastern parts of Uttar Pradesh.

The ‘Stop JE/AES’ app enables users to avail immediate medical help by just pressing a button. This app was launched by Divisional Commissioner Anil Kumar and DM Vijyendra Pandian.

This app is available on Google Play Store. It could be used on any smart phone even without internet. This app aims to provide timely medical assistance to people in remote areas.

By pressing the help button in the app, an alert will be sent to the control room. Then they would call back on the number to collect the details about the patient.

Also, during treatment, automatic alerts will be sent to the CMO’s (chief medical officer) office. Hence, concerned health officials can help the patient.

A software called Rashtriya Bal Suraksha Karyakaram (RBSK) that will display details of children referred to the CHCs/PHCs and hospitals on CMS portal was also launched on the occasion.

Some wildlife sanctuaries in Uttar Pradesh:
♦ Sohagi Barwa Sanctuary
♦ Suhelva Sanctuary
♦ Vijai Sagar Sanctuary



Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar to inaugurate 17th World Sanskrit Conference in Vancouver, Canada

On July 8 2018,The 17th World Sanskrit Conference will be inaugurated by Human Resource Development Minister Shri Prakash Javadekar at Vancouver, Canada from 9th July to 13th July, 2018.

Purpose :- to promote, preserve and practice the Sanskrit language all over the world by the people.

All the scholars and delegates will exchange their knowledge on various section like History & Education of Women in Vedic Literature; Sanskrit Buddhist Manuscripts; Mimamsa Beyond the Yagasala.

The Yuktidipika Forging a Place for Sankhya Introducing Bhagavata Purana Commentaries; Research on the Gargiyajyotisa.



UK launches new visas open to Indian scientists, academics

On 6th July 2018, the UK launched the new UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme for overseas scientists and researchers, including Indians, to enhance the growth of UK’s research sector.

UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme:

The new UKRI Science, Research and Academia scheme is for researchers, scientists and academics to come to the UK for up to 2 years.
This route allows individuals entering the UK through this scheme to stay for up to 2 years.



RBI cancels licence of Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced that the licence of Alwar Urban Co-operative Bank in Alwar, Rajasthan has been cancelled due to its bad position to pay its depositors in full and the present financial position of the bank leaves no scope for its revival.

It is effective from the close of business on July 5 2018.


United Bank of India to raise equity capital of Rs 1,500 crore

On 7th July 2018, United Bank of India said that, it will raise up to Rs 1,500 crore by issuing equity shares in one or more tranches.

About United Bank of India:
MD & CEO – Pawan Kumar Bajaj
Headquarters – Kolkata




Infosys foundation to contribute Rs. 200 Cr for metro work

On July 7 2018, Chief minister HD Kumaraswamy informed that Infosys Foundation would contribute Rs 200 crore to the Bengaluru Metro Rail Corporation Ltd for construction of Konappana Agrahara Metro Station and metro railway track.

Dr Sudha Murthy, Chairperson, Infosys Foundation, would maintain the station for the next 30 years.




 Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest

Over 100 Swedish intellectuals have joined together and formed The New Academy a new prize-giving body to award a new literature prize as this year’s Nobel Literature Prize has been postponed.

Swedish intellectuals form new literature prize in Nobel protest:

This has been created after the Swedish Academy that selects Nobel laureates, postponed this year’s Nobel Literature Prize due to sexual assault allegations.

The New Academy consists of authors, artists and journalists as members. In 2017, the Swedish Academy got into trouble after the #MeToo movement gained significance globally, and local media published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been raped, sexually assaulted or harassed by a French man who has been connected to the institution.

Following this, in May 2018, the Swedish Academy announced that, there will be no Nobel Literature Prize this year.

This was the first time in almost 70 years the Nobel literature award has been postponed. The Swedish Academy was founded in 1786. Its meetings and decisions on prizes are kept secret.



Dipa wins gold in Gymnastics World Cup

On July 8 2018, Indian Gymnast Dipa Karmakar bagged gold medal in FIG Atistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey.

Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia clinched the silver and Goksu Uctas Sanli took the bronze.

Dipa had finished fourth in vault event in the 2016 Rio Olympics.





Uday Kumar Varma appointed BCCC member

Uday Kumar Varma has been appointed a member of the Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC).

Uday Kumar Varma – BCCC member:

Uday Kumar Varma is a former Information and Broadcasting secretary. He is a former IAS officer of 1976 batch from the Madhya Pradesh cadre. He was also a member of the Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT).

He succeeds Wajahat Habibullah, whose term at the BCCC has ended recently. Wajahat Habibullah is a former information commissioner.

About Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC):
Purpose – a self-regulatory body for general entertainment channels

Members – 13

Chairperson – former Supreme Court judge Justice Vikramajit Sen

Some of its members – actor Sharmila Tagore, theatre person Arundhati Nag, JNU professor Ira Bhaskar and representatives of the National Commission for Women, National Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and the National Commission for Minorities, etc.


Dipika Pallikal to represent Asia in CGF Athletes Advisory Commission

On 5th July 2018, Indian squash player Dipika Pallikal was appointed Asia’s representative in the Athletes Advisory Commission of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF).

Dipika Pallikal is a Commonwealth gold medallist. The CGF Athletes Advisory Commission is a body that represents and speaks on behalf of all Commonwealth athletes.

The CGFAAC has 7 Commonwealth athletes and medallists at present. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta congratulated Dipika Pallikal on her appointment.

About Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF):
President – Dr Louise Martin CBE
Location – London, UK



Global forgiveness day – 7 July

On 7th July 2018, Global forgiveness day was observed all over the world.

Global forgiveness day:

It is said that, in 1994 the Christian Embassy of Christ’s Ambassador marked August 27th as the National Forgiveness day.

Later, National Forgiveness Day was renamed as Global Forgiveness Day, and the date was also shifted from August 27th to July 7th.

The main motto of Global forgiveness day is to forgive and to be forgiven. People use this opportunity to seek forgiveness for their mistakes and to main peace and harmony in the society.



Things to Remember

Some important dams in India:

♦ Bhakra Dam – Satluj River
♦ Pakal Dul Dam – Marusudar River
♦ Sardar Sarover Gujarat Dam – Narmada River

Some National Parks in Kerala:

♦ Silent Valley National Park
♦ Anamudi Shola National Park
♦ Eravikulam National Park

Some important temples in India:

♦ Amarnath Temple – Jammu and Kashmir
♦ Meenakshi Temple – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
♦ Mahakaleshwar Temple – Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

Tag lines of some banks:

♦ Allahabad Bank – A tradition of trust
♦ Andhra Bank – Where India Banks
♦ Bank of Baroda – India’s International Bank

Some important lakes in India:

♦ Sursagar Lake – Gujarat
♦ Thol Lake – Gujarat
♦ Vastrapur Lake – Gujarat

Thought of the Day

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place.”

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