1. CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad has been chosen by NITI-Aayog for hosting the Atal Incubation Centre for biotechnology start-ups. Atal Incubation Centre scheme aims to create high-class incubation facilities with necessary infrastructure in terms of capital equipment and operating facilities, coupled with the availability of sectoral experts for mentoring the start-ups.
Innovation Mission (AIM) under NITI Aayog is aimed at promoting a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in the country.
2. Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) is a multi- million dollar project being developed by an international consortium of Five countries including India. The other four countries are Canada, China, Japan and the U.S. Thirty Metre Telescope (TMT) is the world’s biggest telescope which would facilitate astronomers to observe the intricacies of the universe from earth. India will spend Rs 1,300 crore on the project. India’s contribution to the project will be more in terms of hardware than money. The project would be led by the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA), Bangalore, with the help of the Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES), Nainital, and Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA), Pune. India has a 10% partner in the telescope project. The telescope is expected to be ready by 2020.
3. Kanyashree Prakalpa (Girl Child) scheme of West Bengal received the highest prize in United Nations Public Service Award . West Bengal has been awarded in the Asia-Pacific group for the category: ‘Reaching the Poorest and Most Vulnerable through Inclusive Services and Participation‘.The scheme provides financial help to the girls from disadvantaged families to pursue higher studies. It also aims to prevent child marriage. Increased educational attainment, prevention of child marriage and financial inclusion are the objectives of the scheme. The scheme was launched by Mamata Banerjee in October 2013.
4. Imran Khawaja has been appointed as the deputy chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Imran Khawaja is the Chairman of Associates counties and a veteran administrator from Singapore.
5. ‘City Liveability Index’ is the first liveability index which will rank the major cities on the basis of the quality of life. This was launched by the urban development minister M. Venkaiah Naidu. Here 116 major cities were ranked based on a comprehensive set of 79 parameters such as availability of roads, education, healthcare, mobility, employment opportunities, emergency response, grievance redressal, pollution, availability of open and green spaces, cultural and entertainment opportunities etc. This will cover cities with a population above one million, including the capital cities. The rankings based on the index would be released in 2018.
6. India and Russia have finalized a roadmap to further boost bilateral defence cooperation during the 17th India-Russia intergovernmental commission on military-technical cooperation held at Moscow.
7. Palbinder Kaur Shergill has become the first turbaned Sikh woman to be appointed as Canada’s Supreme Court judge.
8. The first global assessment of the impact of climate change on world heritage listed coral reefs has been reported by UNESCO. According to the report, by 2100 most of the coral reef system would die unless carbon emissions are reduced. UNESCO has concluded that cutting down emissions and delivering the Paris Climate agreement to be the only ways out to save coral reefs the world over. It is estimated that at least 25 coral reefs are set to experience twice-per-decade severe bleaching events by 2040. Coral Reefs are often referred as the rainforests of the oceans. The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest coral reef in the world. It was recorded as a World Heritage site in 1981.
9. Maharashtra government urges all the employees including IAS, IPS , Forest officials and the workers of state government , semi-government bodies and corporations to contribute a day’s salary to the CM’s relief fund in July to help families of farmers living in the suicide prone zone.
10. Maharashtra Forest Minister , Sudhir Mugantiwar has said that the government plans to launch a mobile app named “My Plant “ on 1st July 2017 that will help in recording data recording the tree plantations in the state.
11.The Union Minister of Power , Piyush Goyal has launched a weather portal that will help all the electricity distribution companies to manage power distribution.