Current Affairs

8 July, 2020

International

New School Infrastructure worth Rs 1.94 cr Funded by India inaugurated in Nepal via Video Conferencing

A new four-storey school building, developed with the Indian assistance of Rs 1.94 crore (Nepalese Rupees (NR) 31.13 million) under the Nepal-Bharat Maitri Development Cooperation programme has been inaugurated in Shri Saptmai Gurukul Sanskrit Vidyalaya, located in Ilam district of Nepal to boost the learning environment for students.
ii.The inauguration was made through video conferencing with the participation of Nepalese officials, school management committee and members of the Indian Embassy.

India rises one place to 34th in JLL’s 11th edition of the Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020; UK tops

According to the 11th edition of the ‘Global Real Estate Transparency Index 2020’, which covers 99 countries and territories and 163 cities, released by Jones Lang LaSalle’s (JLL), India has improved by one place to 34th with a total score of 2.69 under ‘semi-transparent’ zone. Regulatory reforms, better market data and sustainability initiatives led to a one-point improvement in the nation’s ranking.

National

New Building of IARI, Jharkhand named after Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee

The new administrative and academic building of the Indian Agricultural research Institute(IARI),at Gouria Karma in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand is named after Dr.Shyama Prasad Mukherjee the founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, on the event of his birth anniversary.

Indian Coast Guard & Indonesia Coast Guard sign MoU to boost maritime relations

In order to bolster the comprehensive strategic partnership between India and Indonesia, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and Indonesian Coast Guard (Badan Keamanan Laut Republik Indonesia) on ‘Maritime Safety and Security’.

Economy

Ola Enters into a Strategic Partnership with PhonePe to Enhance its Digital Payments Experience for its Customers

India based ridesharing company, Ola announced that it has entered into a strategic partnership with PhonePe to boost its digital payments experience for its customers.
Significance of the partnership
i.This partnership will help Ola users to link their existing PhonePe account with their Ola account to make payments for future rides.
ii.This partnership will also enable PhonePe to provide their services to millions of customers on the Ola platform.

Assam Government to Upgrade Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary to National Park amid Coal Mining Row

The government of Assam has decided to upgrade the 111.942 sq km Dehing Patkai Wildlife Sanctuary into a national park, located within the larger Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve, following the National Board of Wildlife’s (NBWL) conditional clearance to a coal mining project by Coal India Limited (CIL) in the 98.59 hectares of Dehing Patkai Elephant Reserve.

MoU Signed between National Medicinal Plants Board and ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the National Medicinal plants Board (NMPB) under the Ministry of AYUSH and ICAR- National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR) under Department of Agricultural Research and Education to conserve Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Genetic Resources

Sports

Indian boxer Amit Panghal secures top spot in AIBA World Men’s Ranking 2020 in 52kg category; Manju world’s second best boxer in Women’s ranking

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) has released the world rankings 2020 for women’s and men’s boxing, as per which Indian amateur boxer & World championships silver medallist Amit Panghal has been ranked first in the world ranking of main elites of 52 kg weight category with a total of 1300 points. At the same time, M

Miscellaneous

Govt Appoints Injeti Srinivas as the 1st Chairman IFSC Authority

Government appointed former corporate affairs secretary and IAS officer, Injeti Srinivas as the 1st chairman of the International Financial Services Centre Authority(IFSCA) for a 3 years term.

Sijo Kuruvilla George Appointed to Centre’s Committee on Science and Tech Policy

Sijo Kuruvilla George, CEO of startup village and founder of Re-think Foundation has been selected as a member of Central Government’s Expert Committee on Science and Technology Policy led by Harkesh Mittal (also heads the department of Science and Technology).
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