Vice President nominee selected
Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi will be the joint opposition’s nominee for the post of vice president.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, announcing the nomination, said that the 18 parties unanimously decided to field him as their Vice Presidential candidate.
BJP-led NDA is yet to finalise its candidate for the post of Vice President.
Mangesh Tendulkar Passes away
Renowned cartoonist Mangesh Tendulkar died after brief illness at a private hospital in Pune.
Brother of late famous playwright Vijay Tendulkar, Tendulkar played an active life and expressed his straightforward views about various civic issues.
He was conferred with the president’s medal in 1980, Marathi Natya Parishad Award in 1993 and Pulotsav award in 2003 among several other honours.
Vaccine shows gonorrhoea protection
A vaccine has for the first time been shown to protect against the sexually transmitted infection gonorrhoea.
Research, conducted in New Zealand, found that the gonorrhea rate among teens and young adults there who had received a meningitis B vaccine during an emergency campaign in the early 2000s was significantly lower than the rate seen in people of the same age who weren’t vaccinated.
Abu Dhabi top choice for Indians
Indians see Abu Dhabi as the top city, followed by Mumbai, Singapore, Delhi and London, according to the 2017 edition of the Ipsos Top Cities Index.
Globally Delhi is ranked in 40th position followed by Mumbai in 41st position out of 60 global cities.
People in 26 countries worldwide were asked which, from a list of 60 global cities, they felt were best to live in, do business in, and visit.
. Health ministry signs MoU with WB
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has signed a MoU with Govt of West Bengal to set up a state-of-the-art Centre of Excellence in Transfusion Medicine at Kolkata.
It intends to strengthen blood transfusion services in the State & surrounding region.
It is a part of the Metro Blood Bank project under which centres of excellence in transfusion medicine in the 4 metro cities would be set up.
NGT bans use of nylon & synthetic manja
National Green Tribunal has banned use of ‘Chinese’ kite strings, made of nylon or any synthetic material.
Ban also includes cotton ‘manja’ coated with glass
They have been banned as they poses threat to life and environment.
State govts have been directed to prohibit “manufacturing, sale, storage, purchase and use” of synthetic ‘manja’ or nylon threads used for flying kites.
Stay on New Cattle Slaughter Rules
Supreme Court has stayed the central government’s new rules banning the sale of cattle for slaughter.
SC said that an earlier stay by the Madras High Court would be implemented nationwide, as “livelihoods cannot be subjected to uncertainties”.
The apex court ordered a 3 month stay on the rules.
Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, on 30 May, stayed the cattle trade rules for four weeks.
Free contraceptive injections for women
Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to provide women an injectable contraceptive for free.
The state’s public health department launched a programme called Antara to offer women an injection of Medroxyprogesterone acetate, a birth-control hormone.
The injection is supposed to be used within a week from the day a woman’s menstrual cycle starts.
Committee for separate state flag
Karnataka Government has constituted a 9 member committee to study the possibility of designing a separate state flag and providing it a statutory standing.
The committee was constituted following representation of social activists from the state urged the government to design a separate flag for Kannada ‘naadu’ and give statutory standing for it.
J&K is the only state to have separate flag
Mallya quits as India’s representative
Vijay Mallya has quit as Indian motorsport body’s top representative in the world body FIA after intervention from the sports ministry.
He resigned ahead of the last meeting of FIA’s World Motor Sport Council in June following ministry’s directive to Federation of Motor Sports Club of India.
Mallya was also removed as FMSCI honorary chairman as a result of his mounting troubles.
India finishes fifth in u-18 rugby
The Indian girls U-18 rugby team finished fifth in rugby sevens (7-a-side) event at the Paris World Games 2017.
Seven teams took part in the event, held as part of France’s bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
The 12-member team won two of the five matches it played.
India in its first match defeated the United Arab Emirates with a completely one-sided score of 50-0.
Danfoss India wins Golden Peacock Award
Climate and energy efficiency solutions company Danfoss India has been conferred with the ‘Golden Peacock Award’ for Environment Management.
The award was presented here during the 19th World Congress on Environment Management’ in the presence of Supreme Court Justice Kurien Joseph.
The company has been recognised for its LEED Platinum rated constructed manufacturing facility in Chennai.
Govt increases import duty on sugar
Government has increased import duty on sugar to 50% from 40%, to restrict cheap inward shipments and maintain domestic prices.
Food Ministry had proposed increase in import duty on the grounds that fall in local prices will affect millers’ capacity to pay cane dues to growers.
In April this year, govt had allowed import of 5 lakh tonnes of raw sugar at zero duty to boost domestic supply.
Meeting of SAARC Minister of Law & Order
8th meeting of the SAARC Ministers of Law and Order has started in Colombo.
The 3 day meeting will focus on the issue of tackling terrorism apart from discussing liberalization of visa, illegal trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and small arms.
Indian side is being led by a senior official in Ministry of Home affairs.
Last meeting of SAARC Ministers was held in Pakistan.
World Population Day
World Population day is an annual event, observed on July 11 every year, which seeks to raise awareness of global population issues.
Theme this year is Family Planning- Empowering People, Developing Nations.
On this occasion, Health Minister JP Nadda launched 2nd phase of family planning campaign & logistic management information system.
Around 83 million people are being added every year.
Teresa’s sari an Intellectual Property
Famous blue-bordered sari of Mother Teresa has been recognised as an Intellectual Property of the Missionaries of Charity.
According to Trademarks Registry, intellectual rights to the piece of clothing was granted on Sept 4, 2016, the day she was canonised.
It is the 1st time that a uniform has been made intellectual property.
It took 3 years for the missionary to have the sari trademarked.
Aaykar Setu launched
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has launched Aaykar Setu.
It is an e-initiative for Income tax Department to directly communicate with the taxpayers and aimed at providing information on useful tax services.
It compiles various tax tools, live chat facility, dynamic updated and important links to various processes within the Department in a single module.
Govt saves over Rs 57,000 cr
Govt has saved more than Rs. 57,000 cr with its Direct Benefit Transfer scheme under which subsidies are given directly to beneficiaries.
DBT programme is a major reform initiative to check graft in welfare funds and is aimed at transferring benefits of various central govt-run social welfare schemes to bank accounts of beneficiaries.
Till March, 2017, there were 140 schemes under the DBT.
2nd state to accept online RTI apps
Delhi has became the second state to launch e-RTI portal that will enable citizens to file online Right to Information.
Portal will enable citizens to file RTI and seek information related to 172 departments of the Delhi govt including the office of the chief minister and his ministers.
Maharashtra is the first state to launch the online RTI platform.
The Portal has been designed by NIC.
India to import crude oil from US
India will import crude oil from US for the first time after Indian Oil Corp bought a cargo that will be delivered in October.
India is the latest Asian country to buy US crude after South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand.
IOC bought 1.6 million barrels of US Mars crude, a heavy, high-sulphur grade, & 4,00,000 barrels of Western Canadian Select.
India is the world’s third-largest oil importer.
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