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The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) inked an agreement with four private banks and Bank of Baroda for the purpose of collection of provident fund dues from the employees and payments to its subscribers. EPFO joined with the private banks, namely, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank. The Employee Provident Fund (EPF) is a retirement benefit applies only to salaried employees.

Tata Global Beverages Limited appointed Natarajan Chandrasekaran as the Chairman of its board. He will succeed Harish Bhat. The Board has also appointed Siraj Azmat Chaudhry as Non-Executive Independent Director.

The Meeting of BRICS Ministers of Education was held in Beijing, China. The Indian delegation was led by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development, India. The National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF), SWAYAM platform which has already hosted over 480 courses online, research initiative IMPRINT and Smart India Hackathon.

Pradeep Kumar Rawat has presently a Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Indonesia. Rawat, an Indian ForeignService (IFS) officer of the 1990 batch, is expected to take up his assignment.

The Dree Festival of Arunachal Pradesh is an agricultural festival celebrated with the traditional pomp & gaiety. It is the biggest festival of the Apatanis and celebrated with zest marked by sacrificial offerings and prayers. The festival is marked by grand ritual and community feasts served with delicious rice/millet beer.

Yes Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in London with Santander to promote India-UK trade and business opportunities. The deal is aimed at Santander UK, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Spanish Santander Group, offering its clients in Britain access to banking facilities and on-the- ground support through Yes Bank network across India. Yes Bank is planning to build expertise as a “preferred host country bank” for multinational corporations.

Axis Bank introduced a special Superbike loans for the bike. The loans which are for Bikes with an engine displacement of over 500 cubic centimeters(cc) will come at a price tag of 10-11% per annum. These bikes come with a price tag between Rs 5 to Rs 50 lakhs.

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) board approved 329 million loans to build access roads to 4,000 villages in Gujarat. The project will also better integrate rural population, tribal villages, business, and industries with the national and state economy through better transport connectivity. AIIB is a multilateral development bank which commenced its operation in January 2016 and has now grown to 80 approved members from around the world.

The 10TH India-Jordan Trade and Economic Joint Committee (TEJC) Meeting was held in New Delhi under the co-chairs of Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Commerce and Industry, Government of India, and H.E Eng. Mr. Yarub Qudah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Supply, the Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The roadmap for cooperation in various fields such as Fertilizer Sector, Customs, Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, Visa and Consular issues, Health and Pharmaceuticals, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, Maritime Transport, Rail Transport, and Air Transport, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Smart Grid development, Information Technology, Higher Education and Vocational Training, Agriculture sector.

India’s leading cueist Pankaj Advani teamed up with Laxman Rawat to demolish Pakistan in the final of the Asian Team Snooker Championship in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. He won the second Asian title this season and 8th overall title. He is the only player not to lose a single individual match in the team event.

Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched a month-long plantation drive to Mark Van Mahotsav. Van Mahotsav (Festival of Trees) is an annual tree-planting movement in India. The plantation drive was organized at Ram Lila Park, C. C Colony and Model Town in Delhi.

The Supreme Court asked the Union government to formalize appointment of Election Commissioners through law. According to the Supreme Court, at present due to lack of a parliamentary law, there is no transparency in the eligibility criteria of Election Commissioner. The Chief Election Commissioner holds office for a term of 6 years.

Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal launched a portal for optimum utilization of domestic coal by independent power producer (IPP). The web portal would save the consumer close to Rs. 20,000 crore five years down the line. They cost by 10 paise per unit by rationalizing coal supply made possible through the e-bid portal.

India and Israel signed 7 agreements on areas including space, Technology, and Agriculture during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel. The seven Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) are MoU for setting up of India-Israel Industrial R&D & Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) MoU for the conservation of water in India MoU on State Water Utility Reform in India India-Israel Development Cooperation- 3-year work program in Agriculture (2018-2020) Plan of cooperation regarding cooperation in atomic clocks.  MoU regarding cooperation in GEO-LEO optical link. MoU regarding cooperation in electric propulsion for small satellites.