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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate a memorial of Former President APJ Abdul Kalam at the latter's birthplace in Rameswaram on July 27. He will be visiting Rameswaram on next Thursday to inaugurate the memorial. The National Memorial is being set up the Defence Research and Development organisation (DRDO) The total project is expected to be around 20 crores.

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi handed over the Information and Broadcasting portfolio to Smt.Smriti Irani. The Urban Development Ministry given to Shri Narendra Singh Tomar. This announcement came after BJP leader Shri M Venkaiah Naidu, who is the Government's nominee for the position of Vice-President, resigned from his ministerial responsibilities.

The Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC), in association with the West Bengal Government, will host Horasis Asia Meeting, a Global Business meeting, in the city in November. The two-day business meet, starting November 26, will focus on sustainable business practices in various areas, including power and energy.

Scientists from ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a 3D-printed soft silicone heart that closely resembles and functions like the human organ. It is not an exact biological replica of the actual but can help to save lives of people who suffer from cardiac failure. The 3D-printed soft artificial heart is a silicone monoblock with complex inner structure. It weighs 390 gms and has a volume of 679 cubic centimetres.

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) for the first time in its trading history crossed Rs 5 lakh crore in market capitalisation. It is the second company to cross Rs 5 lakh crore in market capitalisation. Tata Consultancy Service (TCS) was the first company to hit Rs 5 lakh crore in market capitalisation milestone in July 2014. 

Dal Lake hosted first ever 'Culture of Cruise', a weekly cultural programme organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Government aimed to bring artists from various fields on one stage.  The innovative programme series brings writers, performance artists, musicians, poets and academics together and offers a program of performances, workshops, talks, forums and debates. Dachigam, Salim Ali and Hemis are the National Park in Jammu and Kashmir.

Nelson Mandela International Day is observed on the 18th July across the world. The day is commemorated with the slogan Take Action! Inspire Change.  Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically Elected President of a free South Africa.

The first ever Kargil International Marathon ‘Run for Sarhad’concluded with more than 800 runners from all over the world participating in the event. The marathon was organised by Sarhad Pune, Run Buddies, SEWAK, All Kargil Tour and Travel Association with support from LAHDC Kargil and Indian Army. The winner of 60 km is Zaheer Abbass. He ran in less than 6 hours. Sarfaraz Rahman, a young international runner from Meerut won in the category of 120 km race.

Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu resigned his Union Minister post for his party choosing him as a candidate for the Vice Presidential Election. He was holding two portfolios of Information and Broadcasting, and Housing and Urban Affairs. The BJP Parliamentary board in a meeting picked Naidu for contesting the poll for Vice President.

India won three medals, including gold in the Asian Cadet Judo Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Thangjam Tababi Devi of Manipur won the yellow metal for India in the girls below 44kg weight category. Haryana’s Simran won a bronze in the girl’s below 40kg division. Paramjeet of Haryana won a bronze medal in the boys below 90kg category.

Tata Motors has developed the country’s first bio-CNG (bio-methane) bus. Bio-CNG will help in contributing to the smart cities and to keep them clean and is a good option for Wet Garbage management. It is aimed to develop environment-friendly vehicles. Bio methane is produced out of bio-degradable materials like kitchen waste. It displayed three models, including the lead model Tata LPO 1613 with 5.7 SGI NA BS-IV IOBD-II compliant buses.

Justice Gopal Prasad Parajuli will be the new Chief Justice of Nepal. Justice Parajuli is the senior most judge of the Supreme Court after the retirement of Chief Justice Sushila Karki. Prime Minister Sher BahadurDeuba, Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun, Speaker OnsariGharti, chiefs of constitutional bodies, judges of the Supreme Court and Chief Secretary, RajendraKishorChhetri, among others, were present on the occasion.

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee receives the first copy of the book ‘Future of Indian Universities Comparative and International Perspectives’ at a function to be held at Rashtrapati Bhavan. The book aims to provide international and comparative perspectives on higher education and highlights issues being faced by Indian Universities. The book is compiled by Professor (Dr.) C. Raj Kumar, Vice Chancellor of JGU University and is published by Oxford University Press.

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