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Walmart India made former Chief executive Officer (CEO) of Future Consumer Devendra Chawla as its Chief Operating Officer. Walmart India owns and operates 21 best price modern wholesale stores in nine states across India. He will join as COO Merchandising, Marketing and Omni-channel function at Walmart India. 

The Union Parliament Parliament passed The Admiralty (Jurisdiction and Settlement of Maritime Claims) Bill, 2016. The Bill aims to establish a legal framework for consolidation of related laws to replace the age old archaic laws with modern Indian legislation and to confer admiralty jurisdiction on all High Courts of the coastal states of the country. The Bill provides for prioritisation to owners, charterers, operators, crew members and seafarers at the same time.

India skipper Mithali Raj was chosen as the captain of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council. The 34-year-old Indian was selected as captain after she led India to the final of the just-concluded ICC Women’s World Cup. England Women Team has won the ICC World Cup 2017 by defeating India.

Mr Ram Nath Kovind took charge as the 14th President of India. He will be administered the oath of office by the Chief Justice of India Justice J S Khehar at a special function in the Central Hall of Parliament. He is the second Dalit President of India after late President K.R. Narayanan but, more significantly, the first from politically significant Uttar Pradesh and the first person from the BJP to hold the office of President since Independence.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) banned the use of stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018.  The FSSAI order directs the concerned food business operators to discontinue the manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import of stapled tea bags by 1 January 2018.  Currently, tea bags are either stapled or knotted. According to industry estimates, the tea bag segment contributes 3-4% by value of total tea sales but it is one of the fastest growing segments at 50-60% year-on-year. FSSAI is a nodal statutory agency responsible for protecting and promoting public health in India through the regulation and supervision of food safety.

Globally renowned physicist, academic and higher education reformer Professor Yash Pal passed away in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.  He was known for his contributions to the study of cosmic rays, as well as for being an institution-builder. Yash Pal was born in 1926 in Jhang in then British India (now in Pakistan). He had graduated with a master’s degree in physics from Panjab University in 1949 and earned PhD degree in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1958. He was awarded the Padma Bhusan (1976), Padma Vibhushan (2013). He also has received the Kalinga Prize (2009,), awarded by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the Popularisation of science.

Union Government Shri Piyush Goyal confirmed that 13,872 villages electrified till 30th June 2017 in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim are the states where 100% villages are electrified till date. The Decentralized Distributed Generation (DDG) scheme, under Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) initiated by the Government to provide access to electricity to un-electrified villages/habitations where grid connectivity is either not feasible or not cost effective including the villages located in backwards, remote, inaccessible and forest areas. Under the scheme, 4,220 projects have been sanctioned with the total project cost of Rs.1354.60 crore, covering 3,285 un-electrified villages in various States across the country.

Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation- Shri Narendra Singh Tomar and Deputy Director General (Policy) of International Labour Organization (ILO) Ms Deborah Greenfield launched the Mobile App for Road Maintenance “Aarambh”.  It aims at the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping for making road inventories, condition surveys, and producing cost estimates and other relevant data for preparation and monitoring of annual road maintenance plans. They also launched a Concept Note and Guidance Note for Mobilising Funds for Maintenance of Rural Road. The Concept Note outlines innovative ways, which can be adopted by the State Governments for mobilising additional funds for road maintenance.

Union Defence Minister Arun Jaitley inaugurated the 315th Sainik Rest House of the Kendriya Sainik Board (KSB) in New Delhi. The rest house built at Naraina tri-junction near Delhi Cantonment area in west Delhi at a cost of around Rs 8 crores. The KSB portal lists out details, facilities, restrictions for use of the rest house and would soon provide a facility for online payment. Chief of the Army Staff General Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, Secretary (Ex-Servicemen Welfare) Prabhu Dayal Meena, Secretary (KSB) Brigadier M.H. Rizvi, senior officials of armed forces and from the Ministry of Defence were present on the occasion.

The Airports Authority of India (AAI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Government of Uttarakhand Civil Aviation Development Authority (UCADA). The scope of the MoU is to identify relevant factors influencing the development of Civil Aviation infrastructure in Uttarakhand. It will assess the commercial potential of various airports of the State, identifying technical considerations for airport operations in the State, evaluating site related technical and engineering parameters for development of projects.

World Youth Champion Sachin Siwach won a Gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games. He defeated Welsh boxer James Nathan Prober in the final of the light flyweight 49 categories. Jony won silver in the lightweight (60kg) category. Muhammed Etash Khan won bronze in the bantamweight (56kg) division after losing in the semifinals.

The world’s first full-scale floating wind farm started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland. The Peter head wind farm is known as Hywind, is a trial. It is a tech development project to ensure it’s working in open sea conditions. The Hywind project is being run in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi firm Masdar.

The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, was introduced in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The bill has a provision, which empowers Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to issue other directions for resolution, appoint or approve for appointment, authorities or committees to advise the banking companies for stressed asset resolution. He introduced in Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The bill seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and replace the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance.