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  • G7 - Build Back Better World Initiative

    7 days ago
    At the recent 47th G7 summit, the G7 (Group of Seven) Countries proposed a ‘Build Back Better World (B3W) initiative to counter China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). About B3W: ♦ Goal: To address the infrastructure investment gap in developing and low-income countries, which China is increasingly capturing through 2,600 BRI projects. ♦... Read More

    The United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Uzbekistan form the Group of Four or Quad Group

    7 days ago
    The United States, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Uzbekistan have agreed in principle to establish a new quadrilateral diplomatic platform aimed at improving regional connectivity. The two sides intend to cooperate to expand trade, establish transit links, and strengthen business-to-business ties by recognizing the historical opportunities of opening up... Read More
    Category: International

    Mercury - Iron heart

    7 days ago
    A study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland refuted the widespread hypothesis why Mercury’s core has a larger core relative to its mantle (the layer between its core and the crust). Highlights: ♦ Scientists had previously argued that hit-and-run collisions with other bodies during the formation of our solar system... Read More

    Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana Urban

    7 days ago
    One of the world's largest affordable housing missions, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban (PMAY-U), has launched two novel initiatives. Highlights: ♦ It has launched Khushiyon Ka Aashiyana- Short Film Contest 2021 and Awas Par Samvaad, a 75-seminar and workshop series, to advance the Prime Minister's vision of "Housing... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Registration of Vintage Motor Vehicles

    7 days ago
    The registration process for vintage motor vehicles has been formalised. Highlights: ♦ The Central Motor Vehicles Rules, 1989, have been amended by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways. ♦ The registration of Vintage Motor Vehicles has been formalised as a result of this amendment, with the goal of preserving and promoting the... Read More

    Chief Labour Commissioner of India

    7 days ago
    The Chief Labour Commissioner of India meets with Project officials in Srinagar to discuss the implementation of Labour Laws and new Labour Codes. About Chief Labour Commissioner (CLC) of India: ♦ The Chief Labour Commissioner (Central) Organization, also known as the Central Industrial Relations Machinery, is the country's apex organisation... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters - MRH

    7 days ago
    The Indian Navy has accepted the first two MH-60R Multi Role Helicopters (MRH). Highlights: ♦ The Indian Navy is obtaining 24 MH-60R MRH (Manufactured by Lockheed Martin corporation) from the US (United States) government at an estimated cost of US$2.4 billion. ♦ The first two Sikorsky MH-60R multi-purpose helicopters have been handed... Read More

    Bio-toilets in Railways

    7 days ago
    A bio-toilet is a dry toilet that treats human waste through a biological process known as composting. Highlights: ♦ It uses specific high graded bacteria (aerobic or anaerobic) to decompose human excretory waste in a digester tank, converting it into methane gas, carbon dioxide gas, and water. ♦ It treats human waste at the source.... Read More

    U.S-India Business Council - USIBC

    7 days ago
    The Finance Minister delivered a speech at the U.S. India Business Council roundtable on "Maximizing the India's Long- term and inclusive growth as a global destination for U.S.(United States) investment." About the USIBC: ♦ The US-India Business Council was founded in 1975 as a business advocacy organization to educate and... Read More
    Category: Business & Economy

    Launch of Kiran Sarathi

    7 days ago
    Digital Platform Kisan Sarathi launched for farmers. About Kisan Sarathi: ♦ It is a digital platform to facilitate farmers to get the ‘right information at the right time’ in their desired language. ♦ It is available in Hindi and other regional languages. Farmers can interact & avail personalised suggestions on agriculture... Read More

    Map Services Enabled in UMANG App

    7 days ago
    Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology (MeitY) enables map services in “UMANG App”. Details: ♦ MeitY has enabled map services in the UMANG App through an MoU with MapmyIndia which is a private firm. ♦ The integration of UMANG with MapmyIndia Maps will enable the citizens to find government facilities nearest... Read More

    Launch of SIATP Programme

    7 days ago
    School Innovation Ambassador Training Program (SIATP) has been launched to enhance the innovation capability of the students. Highlights: ♦ The SIATP programme aims at nurturing students with innovation capabilities, develop them a culture of innovation and lay the base of a new and vibrant India. ♦ It was launched jointly by the ministries... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Foundation Day of Indian Council of Agriculture Research

    7 days ago
    Foundation Day of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research is on 16th July. And this year is the 93rd foundation day. About ICAR: ♦ Indian Council Agriculture Research is an autonomous body responsible for coordinating agricultural education and research in India. ♦ Indian Council Agriculture Research is the largest network of agricultural... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Bye-Election in the Council of States - West Bengal

    7 days ago
    There happened a casual vacancy in the Council of States from West Bengal because of the member's resignation before his term expired. Bye-election to the Rajya Sabha: ♦ Rajya Sabha (RS) is a permanent House of the parliament and is not subject to dissolution. However, one-third of Members of the Rajya Sabha retire after every 2nd year. ♦... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Nelson Mandela International Day - 18th July

    7 days ago
    The UN observes July 18 every year as Nelson Mandela International Day. This day acknowledges Nelson Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy and the promotion of a culture of peace all over the globe. This day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change. Background: ♦ On July 18, 2009, the first Mandela Day... Read More

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