1. National Information Security Policy and Guidelines (NISPG) will be upgrading by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to secure government data and control access to it inorder to prevent sensitive information making its way to internet. The upgraded and updated policy will cover issues pertaining to the Official Secrets Act.
2. IFFCO (Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited) has entered into strategic partnership with two leading South Korean firms(LS Mtron Ltd, a South Korean agriculture equipment manufacturer and NH Capital co. Ltd., South Korea’s leading financial services provider) to explore business opportunities in agri-machinery and farm credit sectors. Under this strategic partnership, IFFCO together South Korean firms will explore business opportunities involving supply, sales and distribution of agricultural machinery and finance to fulfil the market demand in India.
3. Gujarat became third state in India to grant religious minority status to Jews after West Bengal and Maharashtra. In this regard, State’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment has issued GR to this effect.
4. Institution of Eminence (IoE) status to six educational institutions which includes 3 Institutions from Public Sector and 3 from Private Sector has granted by the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD). Public Sector institutes are Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bengaluru (Karnataka); Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay (Maharashtra) and IIT, Delhi. Private Sector institutes include Birla Institute of Technology & Sciences, Pilani (Rajashtan); Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal (Karnataka) and proposed Jio Institute of Reliance Foundation in Pune (Maharashtra) under Green Field Project. They were selected by Empowered Expert Committee headed by former Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) N Gopalaswami.
5. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) by Gujarat Government’s Industries and Mines Department with aim to recognize mutual desire to further enhance and strengthen India (Gujarat) and South Korea trade and industrial investment relations and encourage ongoing dialogue and cooperation. KOTRA is national trade and investment promotion organisation operated by South Korea Government.
6. The Eat Right Movement’- a national campaign to improve public health and combat lifestyle diseases has launched by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). FSSAI also launched Eat Right tool kit and Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace campaign. The kit aims serve as supplementary engagement resource to be mainstreamed in national nutrition and public health programmes at grassroots level. Safe and Nutritious Food at Workplace campaign is nation-wide campaign to help people eat safe, eat healthy and eat right at their workplaces. It promotes safe and healthy diets through The Orange Book (its resource book) and through FSSAI-trained Food Safety Supervisors (FSS) and Health and Wellness Coordinators (HWC) at every workplace across the country.
7. The India-Korea Technology Exchange Centre was inaugurated at National Small Industries Corporation premises in New Delhi by Minister of State (I/C) MSME Giriraj Singh and Minister of SMEs and Start-ups of South Korea, Hong Jong- hak. The purpose of centre is to create platform for MSMEs of India and South Korea where they can be assisted to identify and exchange latest technologies, share management expertise, product development and technology applications for product development.
8. Andhra Pradesh Government has launched 60 Anna Canteens across the state in the first phase to provide subsidised food to urban poor. They will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner at Rs 5 a meal. They will be run by Akshaya Patra Foundation. The first Anna Canteen named former undivided Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N T Rama Rao was launched in March 2016. It was opened on pilot basis close to Government Transitional Headquarters at Velgapudi in Amaravati.Note : Tamil Nadu is first state to launch ‘Amma’ canteens in February 2013 in Chennai. It success had inspired other states to adopt the concept of subsidised food canteens. Rajasthan (Annapurna Rasoi Yojana), Madhya Pradesh (Deendayal canteens), Delhi (Aam Aadmi canteens), Odisha, and Karnataka have started their own versions of subsidised food canteens.
1. China has announced that it has clinched deal with India on reduction of tariffs (import duties) on Indian medicines including anti-cancer drugs. However, it is not yet clear whether it has agreed to grant licences to Indian companies to sell cancer drugs in its huge market. Indian drugs, especially cancer-curing medicines are in big demand in China as they are far cheaper than their western counterparts.
2. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue capacity building and cooperation has signed between India’s upper house of parliament Rajya Sabha and Senate of Rwanda. The MoU has 6 articles of cooperation and seeks to promote inter-Parliamentary dialogue, capacity building of parliamentary staff, organisation of conferences, forums, seminars, staff attachment programmes. It was signed between Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu and visiting President of Senate of Rwanda, Bernard Makuza in New Delhi.
3. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted Resolution 2427 aimed at providing legal framework for mainstreaming protection, rights, well-being and empowerment of children throughout the conflict cycle. The resolution has won unanimous approval of the 15 members of the council. The resolution strongly condemns recruitment and use of children in armed conflicts as well as their re-recruitment, killing and rape, maiming and other forms of sexual violence and abductions. It also condemns attacks against schools and hospitals and denial of humanitarian access by parties to armed conflict and all other violations of international law committed against children in situations of armed conflict.
4. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has signed between India and United Kingdom on cooperation in the sphere of Law & Justice and establishing Joint Consultativ e Committee. The MoU aims to enhance bilateral cooperation in legal affairs which would provide framework for promoting greater cooperation between judicial and legal professionals in both countries through exchange of expertise and training
Science & Technology:
1. China successfully launched two remote sensing satellites PRSS-1 and PakTes-1A of Pakistan on board of Long March-2C rocket from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. It is
China’s first international commercial launch in nearly two decades after it carried Motorola’s Iridium satellites into orbit in 1999 and overall 279th mission for the Long March rocket series (mainly used to send satellites into low Earth or Sun-synchronous orbits).
2. Technology Challenge: Identifying solutions for cleaning of Sewerage Systems and Septic Tanks to promote suitable techniques for cleaning sewers and septic tanks it to eliminate need for human entry in them has launched by Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoUHA) The challenge will be conducted for two separate categories. Category A: technological solutions for cleaning and maintenance of sewerage systems to eliminate need for human entry, Category B: technological solutions for cleaning and maintenance of septic tanks to eliminate need for human entry. The challenge will be part of Mahatma Gandhi International Sanitation Convention that will be held on October 2, 2018.
Economy/ Banking :
1. The Lining Project of Son canal in Shahabad-Bhojpur region of Bihar has approved by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). This project on completion will bring immense benefits to agriculture sector of Shahabad – Bhojpur region of Bihar. The estimated cost of this project is US $503 million (Rs 3272.49 crore) out of which US $352 million is being provided by ADB.
2. India was ranked 57th among 130 countries according to the recently released Global Innovation Index (GII) 2018. This year, India has moved up 3 places as compared to 60th rank in GII 2017 and emerged as top-ranked economy in Central and South Asia. Top 10 countries includes Switzerland (1), Netherland (2), Sweden (3), UK (4), Singapore (5), USA (6), Finland (7), Denmark (8), Germany (9) and Itreland (10) It was 11th edition of GII and was jointly released by Cornell University, INSEAD and World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).
3. India was formally inducted as 69th shareholder of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) after entire membership process completed recently and after EBRD’s board of governors, which represents all existing shareholders voted unanimously in favour of India’s application in March 2018. India had applied for EBRD membership in December 2017.
4. India has become world’s sixth-biggest economy surpassing France to seventh place according to updated World Bank figures on GDP of countries for 2017. India’s gross domestic product (GDP) amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of 2017, as against $2.582 trillion for France. At end of 2017, United States was world’s largest economy with size of US $19.39 trillion, followed by China (US $12.23 trillion) at the second place. Japan (US $4.87 trillion) and Germany (US $3.67 trillion) are at third and fourth places, respectively. Britain is still world’s fifth-biggest economy with a GDP of $2.622 trillion.
1. Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ( Urban), over 51 lakh houses have been approved by the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. It is new version of Prime Minister’s Housing For All by 2022 vision. It aims provide affordable houses to all poor in urban areas by 2022. Out of 51 lakh sanctioned houses, over 28 lakhs houses are already in various stages of construction. Over 8 lakh houses have already been completed.
2. Global Housing Construction Technology Challenge is going to launch by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) as part of technology sub-mission of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Urban (PMAY-U). Through this global challenge, MoHUA will invite ideas for innovative technologies for mass housing projects that can help build houses faster, cheaper and of better quality with sustainable green materials. Four parameters in challenge are time, cost, quality, and sustainability. The winning technologies will be used to build 1,000 houses, multi-storey or otherwise, depending on area type, in each of these places.
First in State/ National/ International:
1. The first India Tourism Mart (IMT) organized by Ministry of Tourism in partnership with Federation of Associations in Indian Tourism and Hospitality (FAITH) will be held in New Delhi from 16 September 2018 to create a global tourism mart for India on lines of major international travel marts. It will provide platform for all stakeholders in tourism and hospitality industries to interact and transact business opportunities.
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1. India’s leading gymnasts Dipa Karmakar won gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. This is her first medal in World Challenge Cup. She created history by becoming first Indian gymnast to win gold medal in the vault event of FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup.
2. The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has included entire Men’s Hockey team of India under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The decision to include hockey was taken after India’s performance had improved as they had finished runners up in Champions Trophy in Netherlands. This is first instance that entire team has been made beneficiary of the scheme as earlier only individual athletes from different sports were included as beneficiaries of the scheme. the 18 team members will be provided with monthly allowance of Rs. 50,000 each under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The women’s team may be also included in the TOPS after reviewing its performance in the upcoming World Cup and following Asian Games.