India’s first Design Development Centre launched in Gujarat
i. India’s first Design Development Center ‘Fashionova’ was launched in the Textile city Surat.
ii. The centre will promote the city in the field of the fashion design sector.
iii. It will also fulfill the business needs from co-working space, technicians, expert advises to cognitive workshops and exposure to the industry.
- Gujarat CM: Vijay Rupani; Governor: Om Prakash Kohli; Capital: Gandhinagar.
Longest electrified railway tunnel in India commissioned
i. The South Central Railway has commissioned the longest electrified tunnel of India.
ii. The tunnel which is between Cherlopalli and Rapuru stations is 6.6 km long, is built at a total cost of ₹460 crore.
iii. The horse shoe shaped tunnel is of 6.5 metres height with ballastless track and LED lighting provided at 10 metre intervals inside.
Army Chief releases Kargil Tribute Song
i. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat has released a Kargil Tribute Song to honour, salute and pay homage to the Kargil martyrs and war veterans.
ii. The song has been composed by eminent Hindi lyricist Sammer Anjaan and sung by Shatadru Kabir.
iii. The song was released as part of the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Kargil Vijay Diwas to be celebrated on 26th of July.
Cabinet approves India-Maldives MoU for passenger, cargo services
i. The Union Cabinet has approved the pact signed between India and Maldives to start passenger and cargo services via sea route.
ii. The MoU will pave way for ferry services between Maldives and India. The proposed ferry service would contribute in a big way to promote people to people contact and to boost bilateral trade.
- Capital of Maldives: Male; Currency: Maldivian Rufiyaa.
- President: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.
CCMB and CDFD sign MoU to improve genetic disease diagnostics
i. An MoU has been signed between CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) and Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD).
ii. The aim of the MoU is to enable better ways of diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders.
Tripura gets Rs 358 crore from GoI for road projects
i. The GoI has sanctioned an additional amount of Rs 358 crore for the construction of new roads in rural areas of Tripura.
- Capital of Tripura: Agartala, CM: Biplab Kumar Deb, Governor: Kaptan Singh Solanki.
Hong Kong govt grants over $9 million for cyclone-hit Odisha
i. The Hong Kong government has approved over $9 million for relief and rehabilitation work in cyclone-hit Odisha.
ii. The grants will benefit around 45,100 victims of “Fani cyclone” and will be used to provide hygiene kits, kitchen kits, water, education, household items and shelter kits.
- CM of Odisha: Naveen Patnaik; Governor: Ganeshi Lal.
Punjab & Sind Bank sets up Cen-MARG
i. Punjab & Sind Bank has set up a centralised hub “Centralised MSME & Retail Group”. It will process retail and MSME loans for the better efficiency of branches in business acquisition.
ii. The Cen-MARG has been envisioned to ensure qualitative improvement in credit appraisal, improved turnaround time, uniform documentation, and efficient monitoring.
- MD & CEO of Punjab & Sind Bank: S. Harisankar.
Ranks & Reports
India ranked 86th in the Henley Passport Index 2019
i. The Henley Passport Index 2019 have ranked the Indian passport on the 86th positionwith a mobility score of 58.
ii. The score points out that Indian passport holders can access 58 countries around the world without a prior visa. Japan and Singapore holds the top spot with a score of 189.
iii. The index includes 199 passports and 227 travel destinations including micro-states and territories.
Nasscom, NSDC launch Global Cloud Computing challenge
i. Nasscom partners with National Skill Development Corporation to organise ‘World Skills India’s International Cloud Computing Challenge 2019’.
ii. Ten countries including India are participating in the competition, along with New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, China, South Korea, Russia, Oman and Ireland.
iii. “WorldSkills India” is an NSDC initiative launched in 2011.
- President of NASSCOM: Debjani Ghosh.
- Chairman of NSDC: A M Naik; MD & CEO: Manish Kumar.
Iraq’s Babylon listed as World Heritage Site by UNESCO
i. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has listed Iraq’s Babylon as a World Heritage Site.
ii. Babylon is developed as a walled city of mudbrick temples and towers, constituting the Tower of Babel, and the Ishtar Gate.
iii. The city was the centre of the ancient Babylonian empire more than 4,000 years ago.
- Capital of Iraq: Baghdad; Currency: Iraqi dinar.
- Headquarters of UNESCO: Paris, France; Director General: Audrey Azoulay.
i. The United Nations observes first Saturday of July every year as International Day of Cooperatives.
ii. The day is celebrated to increase the awareness of cooperatives. The event underscores the contributions of the cooperative movement in resolving the major problems addressed by the United Nations.
iii. Theme for 2019: COOPS 4 DECENT WORK.
- United Nations Headquarters: New York, USA; Founded: 24 October 1945.
- Secretary General of the United Nations: Antonio Guterres.