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Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR)'s member secretary Anand Shanker Singh resigned from the post citing personal reasons, within six months after his appointment by the Human Resource Department Ministry. He was vice-president of the Uttar Pradesh chapter of RSS-backed Akhila Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yojana (ABISY) and principal of Iswar Saran Degree College in Allahabad.

Urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu launched its first liveability index which will rank the country’s 116 major cities on the basis of the quality of life. The index named ‘City Liveability Index’ will cover cities with a population above one million, including the capital cities. He distributed Rs 500 crore as an incentive to 16 states that have performed well in implementing urban reforms during 2016-17.

The central bank has extended the scope of Banking Ombudsman Scheme. As per the amendment, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Banking Ombudsman to pass an award is doubled to 20 lakh rupees. The Reserve Bank extended the scope of Banking Ombudsman Scheme under which banks could be penalized for mis-spelling third-party products like insurance and mutual funds via mobile or electronic banking.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received the highest prize in United Nations Public Service Award for the State Government’s Kanyashree Prakalpa (Girl Child) scheme in The Hague, Netherlands. Kanyashree Prakalpa scheme of West Bengal came first among the 552 project nominations received by the UN from 62 countries. West Bengal has been awarded in the Asia-Pacific group for the category is 'Reaching the Poorest and Most Vulnerable through Inclusive Services and Participation'.

Imran Khawaja appointed as International Cricket Council (ICC) as Deputy Chairman. He is a senior lawyer and serving in the ICC Board for several years. The International Cricket Council (ICC) is the international governing body of cricket was founded in 1909 as the Imperial Cricket Conference.

India agreed to sign a roadmap for the development of bilateral defense cooperation. The roadmap includes specific activities to be concluded by both sides and aims to enhance cooperation in the field of political and military dialogue, exercises, exchange of visits, military cooperation and training of military personnel. The agreement was reached at the 17th meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation held in Moscow.

The Maharashtra Government to launch My Plant app to create a database on tree plantation. The app would be helpful in recording the tree plantations in the street. The forest department has planned to plant four crores samplings through public participation between July 1 to July 7.

Former Indian powerlifter and South Asian Games gold medal winner, Kavita Devi became the first Indian woman to appear in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).  The event is set to take place on July 13 and July 14 in Full Sail Live in Orlando, Florida. The May Young Classic (July 13-14) will feature 32 of the top female competitors from around the world participating in a single-elimination tournament.

India launched the world’s lightest satellite weighing 64 grams called Kalamsat. It is the only Indian payload in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The satellite was designed by 18-year-old Tamil Nadu student Rifath Sharook and his team. It is Equipped with nano Geiger-Muller counter for measuring the radiation in space, the satellite is built with reinforced carbon fiber polymer.

The Minister for Communications Shri Manoj Sinha launched Passport Seva Project (PSP) in India with its successful implementation in the Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. To extend passport services to our citizens on a larger scale and to ensure wider area coverage, the Ministry of External Affairs and the Department of Posts (DOP) have agreed to utilize the Head Post Offices in the country as Post Office Passport Seva Kendra (POPSK) for delivering passport related services to the citizens of our country. The Passports Act provides issue of passports and travel documents and regulation of the departure from India of Indian citizens.

NITI-Aayog has chosen the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) -Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad for hosting 10-crore Atal Incubation Centre for biotechnology start-ups. CCMB is one of the 10 organizations that have been identified to host the ‘Atal Incubation Centre’. Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under NITI Aayog is aimed at promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. Under the scheme, Atal Incubation Centre can be established either in Publicly funded institutions or Private sector funded institutions or in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode.

Union Minister for Power, Coal New & Renewable Energy Shri Piyush Goyal and Mines launches Weather Portal for Power Sector in association with POSOCO and IMD at the meeting of the Forum of Regulators. Day to day weather variations have an impact on load demand and energy production, transport and distribution management, as well as energy prices. Another portal ‘MERIT’ (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency) launched during the same meeting. The additional peaking support of 3000-5000 Mega Watts with an equivalent amount of backing down in off-peak hours from the existing Hydro Power stations.