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Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das inaugurated the India's largest fresh water aquarium “Ranchi Machchli Ghar” at Bhagwan Birsa Munda Biodiversity Park in Ranchi to encourage tourism in the state. This aquarium is established over 36,000 square feet area and it has 58 fish tanks, where 120 species of 1500 fishes have been exhibited. Besides Indian breeds, rare and popular species of Fish have been brought in from Bangkok, Malaysia and Singapore.

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan lays foundation of the India's biggest Global Skill Park to be developed in Bhopal. This Park will be developed around 37 acres for Rs. 645 crore. 1000 students will be imparted training every year in the park. The trainers will be world-class. Trained students will be given placement in India as well as outside India at international level. Theme - 'With Industry, For Industry'.

Ana Brnabic became Serbia's first female Prime Minister and the first openly Gay Premier after being proposed by Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic. The 41-year old Brnabic and her cabinet were backed by 157 MPs in the 250-seat parliament.

Jehan Daruvala (18-year old) of Sahara Force India Academy created history by becoming the first Indian to win in the FIA F3  European Championship at Norisring in the final race of Round 5. Jehan's victory in race 3 comes 18 years after Narain Karthikeyan won in the British F3 Championship. FIA Formula 3 is the toughest junior racing category in the world.

Iran, the third largest producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), plans to sign a new contract to develop its giant South Pars gas field with France's oil firm named "Total" and China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC). The firm Total will grant USD 4.8 billion (Rs. 31,000 crore) to develop a gas field in Persian Gulf alongside China's CNPC and Iran's Petropars. Total holds a 50.1 interest in the South Pars project with state-owned China National Petroleum Corporation owning 30 percent and Iran's Petropars 19.9 percent.

Madhya Pradesh sets new Guinness World Record by planting over six crore saplings in 24 districts of Narmada basin in just 12 hours.  Madhya Pradesh Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan launched the plantation drive at Amarkantak of Anooppur district. Previously, Uttar Pradesh holds the record of planting five crore saplings in 24-hours.

Rajasthan Government removed "Indira Gandhi" name from the Scheme called "Indira Priyadarshini Puruskar Yojana" under which school girls who score the highest in their districts in Classes 10 and 12 of the Rajasthan Board of Secondary Education (RBSE) are given cash awards and now be called "Padmakshi Puruskar Yojana". Padmakshi, meaning a woman with lotus-like eyes, is another name for Goddess Saraswati, the deity of wisdom and knowledge. Background Fact:- The Ashok Gehlot government started the Indira Priyadarshini Puruskar Yojana in 2010-11 to award school girls with Rs. 50,000 to Class 12 and Rs. 40,000 to Class 10, district toppers in four categories: schedules caste, scheduled tribe, other backward class and minorities.

One of India's top five highest selling women authors, Preeti Shenoy was honoured with the Indian of the Year award by the Brands Academy. Shenoy's famous books include "It's All In The Planets", "Why We Love The Way We Do", "It Happens For A Reason", "The One You Cannot Have" and "34 Bubblegums And Candies" among others. Other winners of the "Indian of the Year 2017" Award are Deepa Malik (Paralympics Gold Winner), Kavita Krishnamurty (Singer) and Ranveer Brar (Celebrity Chef and TV Host).

Narendra Modi Government appointed Achal Kumar Jyoti as Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India for a tenure of one year. Achal Kumar Jyoti replaces Nasim Zaidi, who retires on July 6. 64-year-old Jyoti was former Chief Secretary of Gujarat.

India is getting ready to commission its high-tech giant stove - Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) on the shores of the Bay of Bengal at Kalpakkam near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. This will generate electricity commercially using the fast breeder route. These Fast reactors can help extract up to 70 per cent more energy and safer than traditional reactors. The world's only commercially operating fast breeder reactor is situated in the Ural Mountains of Russia at the Beloyarsk Nuclear Power Plant.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi will adopt Kakrahia, a village in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh, which is known for its wrestlers and wrestling arenas, under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. This will be the third village to be adopted by the Prime Minister in his Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi, after Jayapur and Nagpur villages.

Two Indian-Americans, Shantanu Narayen (Adobe chief) and Vivek Murthy (former US Surgeon General) is honoured with the prestigious Great Immigrants annual award 2017 on US independence day on July 4. Reason:- For their role in helping to advance the society, culture and economy of the Country. This year 38 Immigrants are honoured with this award. Among other honorees include Canadian-origin social entrepreneur Jeff Skoll, PayPal cofounder of Ukrainian origin Max Levchin, Iranian-origin philanthropist and entrepreneur Hushang Ansary.

Rajkiran Rai G has been appointed as Managing Director & CEO of Union Bank of India for three years by the government. Melwyn Rego has assumed charge as Managing Director & CEO of Syndicate Bank for up to August 13, 2018.

Mahesh Muralidhar Bhagwat, a Telangana IPS officer (in Rachakonda area), has been conferred with the 2017 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report Heroes Award by the US State Department. Bhagwat is the third IPS officer to get this prestigious Award. Reason:- Mahesh Bhagwat has demonstrated remarkable commitment to the fight against organised human trafficking for the last 13 years. The previous recipients of the award from India include Amod Kanth (2005), Kari Siddamma (2006), Kailash Satyarthi (2007), Sunitha Krishnan (2009), Sattaru Umapathi (2010), Swati Chauhan (2011), and Bhanuja Sharan Lal (2014).

The Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the world’s largest open university, now offers higher education free of cost for its transgender students in all the courses that the University grants. Background Fact: In a landmark judgement in April 2014, the apex court accorded "third gender" status to transgenders, directing the Centre to treat them as socially and economically backwards.

Vikrikar Bhavan which is Maharashtra governments erstwhile Sales Tax department headquarter, was renamed to "GST Bhavan" after launching of Goods and Services Tax (GST). This GST Bhavan is located in south Mumbai’s Mazgaon area. Important Perons:- Maharashtra Finance minister - Sudhir Mungantiwar Maharashtra Chief Minister - Devendra Fadnavis.

A dual Central and state Goods and Services Tax (GST), the biggest tax reform since Independence, came into force from July 1. GST is part of a One Nation, One Tax vision of the Modi-led government. A look at Tax Rates under GST: GST has been primarily categorised into four tax slab rates- 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%. Gold, rough diamond has been taxed under a separate slab of 3 per cent. Foodgrains, cereals and vegetables have been zero rated under GST. Most medicines will carry a tax of 12 per cent while essential drugs such as insulin will be taxed at 5 per cent, Under GST. Mobile phone, Banking Services, Credit card bills, Personal care products, Cigarettes, Insurance premium, Home appliances, Sanitary napkins, Hotel stays will now become expensive due to implementation of GST.

Germany have won the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 for the first time, ahead of the Russia 2018 World Cup. Germany defeated Chile 1-0 at the Saint Petersburg Stadium, Russia. German Player - Lars Stindl scored the only goal in the 20th minute. Portugal earned third place in the tournament, after defeating Mexico 2-1.