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26 July 2017

Janalakshmi Financial Services (JFS), the largest micro finance company announced the appointment of its new CEO Ajay Kanwal. Kanwal, a veteran banker has 27 years of experience in both consumer and commercial banking sector, will take charge of office from August 1.

26 July 2017

Yatra Online India’s second-largest online travel operator acquired corporate travel services provider Air Travel Bureau (ATB). It is  India’s ‘largest corporate travel services provider’ with gross bookings of Rs 1,500 crore and a client base of 400 companies in the country.

26 July 2017

The 2017 BRICS Youth Forum opened in Beijing, China to discuss the development of the youth in the countries. The theme of the three-day forum is 'Enhance BRICS Partnership, Promote Youth Development'. The five BRICS countries are Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa first came up with the idea of establishing a dialogue mechanism for BRICS youth in 2014 during a meeting between BRICS leaders in South Africa.

26 July 2017

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee conferred this year Mahanayak Samman 2017 to veteran actress Shakuntala Barua for her contribution to the world of cinema. Suparnokanti Karati for Bisarjan film and Shiboprasad Mukhopadhyay of Windows Productions for Praktan film were also among the awardees for Best Film and Best Producer categories.

26 July 2017

Standard Chartered Bank launched a Multi-currency Forex Card for overseas travellers. The card will allow customers the convenience of loading up to 20 widely used currencies on one card with an online reload facility during overseas travel. The card will offer travellers protection against the frequent currency fluctuations by locking in the currency exchange rate.

26 July 2017

Aurionpro Solutions a Global leader in digital innovation, enterprise security and banking solutions, announced its Branch-in-a-Box product, the Virtual Teller Machine (VTM) a fully integrated self-service kiosk for automating 90% of banking transactions at the branch level.  The other services include eKYC, account opening, passbook and statement printing, video assistance, bill payment, cash and cheques (single and bunched) deposit, cheque account summary, cash withdrawal, personalised instant card issuance, activation and replacement from the branch to the teller machines.

26 July 2017

The Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh chaired the first meeting of the newly constituted Islands Development Agency (IDA). He presented the vision for developing India’s maritime economy while preserving the natural eco-system and addressing the security concerns. He emphasised upon the need for sustainable development of Islands with people’s participation. He informed that Concept Development Plans and Detailed Master Plans are being prepared for identified islands with principles of sustainability, people’s participation, eco-system preservation and determination of carrying capacity as the guiding principles. Such an exercise is being taken up for the first time in the country. 

26 July 2017

The Centre approved the construction of 30,000 houses for the urban poor on private land in Maharashtra’s Sholapur. The main aim is to give momentum to affordable housing in urban areas. Under the Centre’s flagship programme Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), the Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry gave approval to the Central assistance of Rs 450 crore for the project. Under PMAY(U) the Raynagar Cooperative Housing Federation, Sholapur had submitted a proposal to build 30,000 houses for its members comprising beedi and textile workers and other urban poor belonging to the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) at a cost of Rs 1,811 crore.

26 July 2017

Reliance Defence and Engineering Limited ( a subsidiary of Reliance Infrastructure) announced the launch of its first two Naval Offshore Patrol Vessels (NOPVs) – ‘Shachi’ and ‘Shruti’ – at their shipyard in Pipavav, Gujarat. The two NOPVs are ‘Shachi’ and ‘Shruti’ to be launched by a private sector shipyard in India. The five NOPVs are patrol ships armed with a 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) system along with two 30 mm AK-630 guns, which provide medium range and short range offensive and defensive capabilities.

26 July 2017

The Indian nation celebrates Kargil Vijay Diwas Day is observed on July 26. On the occasion, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and three Chiefs of Services will lay a floral tribute at Amar Jawan Jyoti, India Gate. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on July 26 every year to commemorate India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil War against Pakistan as it was on this day that the Indian Army had taken control of posts across the Himalayas in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, after fighting for 60 days.

26 July 2017

Google Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Sundar Pichai is going to join the board of directors of Alphabet. Alphabet is the second most valuable United States (US) company behind Apple. Pichai joined Google in 2004 and helped lead the development of key consumer products which are now used by over a billion people.

26 July 2017

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) announced India will host their first Men’s World Championship. The AIBA Men’s World Championships 2019 will be held in Russia city of Sochi. The 2019 Women’s World Championships will be held in Trabzon, Turkey. It is the first time ever that a country has been awarded two major Championships.

26 July 2017

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi released the fourth volume of Selected Speeches of Former President Pranab Mukherjee. The book titled- Selected Speeches of President Pranab Mukherjee was released by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in presence of President-elect Ramnath Kovind and other dignitaries. Under Former President Pranab Mukherjee, Rashtrapati Bhavan became a ‘Lok Bhavan.