Current Affairs- 12th July
Science and Technology
Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla returns from her maiden space flight
- Indian-American astronaut Sirisha Bandla returned from her maiden space flight. She became the third Indian-origin woman to fly into space after Kalpana Chawla and Sunita Williams. Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma is the only Indian citizen to travel in space.
- On the experience, Sirisha said, it was incredible and life-changing to see the Earth from space, during her trip on Virgin Galactic’s first fully-crewed suborbital test flight.
- Bandla, a 34-year-old aeronautical engineer yesterday joined British billionaire Richard Branson and four others on board Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShip Unity-22 to make a journey to the edge of space from the US state of New Mexico.
RBI offers hassle-free trading in govt bonds for retail investors
- Retail investors can soon open accounts with the Reserve Bank of India. In an effort to increase retail participation in government securities, Retail Direct Gilt, RDG Account can be opened with RBI.
- It announced an RBI retail direct scheme today to facilitate investment in Government Securities by individual investors. This account can be opened through an Online portal provided for the purpose of the scheme. Saving Account holders in India with PAN, Valid KYC documents, email ID and Registered Mobile number are eligible to open this account.
- Non-Resident retail investors eligible to invest in Government Securities under Foreign Exchange Management Act are eligible under the scheme.
APEDA signs MoU with NAFED to help exporters, cooperatives
- Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, APEDA today signed an MoU with National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd, NAFED for strengthening export linkage of farmer cooperatives and Farmer Producer Organisation, FPOs.
- The key areas of cooperation include facilitating APEDA registered exporters getting assistance under all the government schemes implemented through NAFED. The MoU also envisages ensuring sustainability and growth of exports by Cooperatives by addressing issues such as technology, skill, quality products and market access.
- APEDA would facilitate exports by the Cooperatives, FPOs, partners and associates identified and promoted by NAFED.
India and Nepal sign MoU on 679 MW Arun Hydro Electric Project to SJVN
- A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed for execution of 679 Mega Watt Lower Arun Hydro Electric Project in Nepal between Satluj Jal Vidyut Nigam (SJVN) under Ministry of Power and Investment Board of Nepal (IBN) in Kathmandu Nepal. With the active support of the Ministry of Power, SJVN won the project through International Competitive Bidding, defeating other companies of the neighbouring countries.
- Minister of Power R. K. Singh called this a welcome achievement saying that Nepal chose this Central Public Sector Unit based on its performance in Arun-3 HEP. During the visit of Mr Singh to Nepal in September 2019, he convinced the Prime Minister of Nepal to allot SJVN this project based on the capabilities and proven track record
ICCR and Delhi University signed MoU to set up Bangabandhu Chair
- Delhi University will have a ‘Bangabandhu Chair’ to foster better understanding of developments in Bangladesh. An MoU was signed between the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Delhi University in Dhaka on Monday to set up this Chair at Delhi University.
- Speaking on this occasion, the President of ICCR Vinay Sahasrabuddhe said that this chair was the celebration of the commonality of the world view between Indian and Bangladesh as both countries stand for peace, tranquility, equal respect for all belief systems and democracy.
- Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said that India and Bangladesh continue to attach a very special importance to their bilateral relations.
KVIC Secures Trademark Registrations in Bhutan, UAE & Mexico
- In a major achievement towards protecting the identity of brand “Khadi” globally – KVIC recently secured trademark registrations in – Bhutan, UAE and Mexico.
- KVIC obtained the latest trademark registration in Bhutan on 9th July, while the same was granted in UAE on 28th June this year.
- Up until now, KVIC had Trademark registrations in certain classes for the word mark “KHADI” in 6 countries namely Germany, UK, Australia, Russia, China and EU.
- With this, KVIC has successfully secured trademark registration for the first time in a Gulf country. Previously, KVIC got the trademark registration for “Khadi” in Mexico in December 2020 and with this recent grant acquired in Bhutan, the number has risen to nine in total.
Italy crowned European champions after penalty shootout win over England
- Italy crowned Euro Cup 2020 champions after shootout win over England last night.
- Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the Euro 2020 final ended 1-1 following extra time at Wembley to secure their second European Championship title.
- Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the hero for the Azzurri in the shootout, while substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to convert from the spot for England.
- It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976. Italy had lost in the final in 2000 and 2012.
Indian-American Samir Banerjee wins junior Wimbledon title
- Indian-American tennis player Samir Banerjee, 17, has won the Wimbledon Boys’ singles title. He defeated Victor Lilov of the USA 7-5, 6-3 to win the title in the final, which lasted one hour and 22 minutes.
- At the junior French Open, Banerjee, ranked 19 in the world, had crashed out in the first round. India has been struggling to field a worthy contender at junior Grand Slams for some time now. Due to lack of a robust domestic circuit and not having enough competitions at home to earn world ranking points, India has been struggling to create the next crop of youngsters.
Book and Author
PM receives first copy of ‘The Ramayana of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has received the first copy of the book, ‘The Ramayana of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’ penned by Late Mrs Baljit Kaur Tulsi Ji, who is the mother of noted lawyer KTS Tulsi.
- In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister said, “Received the first copy of the book, ‘The Ramayana of Shri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’ penned by Late Mrs. Baljit Kaur Tulsi Ji, who is the mother of noted lawyer Shri KTS Tulsi Ji. The book has been published by IGNCA.
- Taking to the microblogging website, the Prime Minister wrote: “During our interaction, the learned KTS Tulsi Ji spoke about the noble tenets of Sikhism and also recited Gurbani Shabad. I was touched by his gesture.”
Days and Dates
World Malala Day: 12th July
- International Malala Day is celebrated every year on July 12 to salute the Pakistani activist, Malala Yousafzai. Malala, who now works for women’s right to education across the globe, was never allowed to enter school as a young girl. But unlike many, Malala did not accept it and refused to stay at home. She raised her voice for education being provided to young girls and got nearly killed too for that.
- Malala, at the age of 17 received Nobel Peace Prize and became the youngest recipient to receive it. After the violent assassination attempt at the teenager, Pakistan created the first Right to Education Bill.
- Till date, Malala has received over 40 awards and honors for her activism and relentless courage. University of King’s College awarded her with an honorary doctorate in 2014.
Other Important Affairs
- In Odisha, all rituals including the pulling of the Raths during the Rath Yatra today have been completed smoothly in Puri. All the three chariots of Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Devi Subhadra reached the Sri Gundicha temple ahead of the schedule, being pulled by the servitors.
- A historic moment unfolded for the people of Manipur as the state made its appearance on the Indian Railways map. A passenger train, Rajdhani Express from Assam’s Silchar railway station, reached Manipur’s Vaingaichunpao railway station for a trial run on July 2. Reportedly, the passenger train covered a distance of 11 kilometers with railway officials onboard.
- Kareena Kapoor Khan took to social media on Friday to announce the launch of her book “Pregnancy Bible”.
- The country’s third-largest private lender Axis Bank signed MOU with the Indian Army offering a defence service salary package under its “Power Salute” initiative.
- Hyderabad’s hunger activist Syed Osman Azhar Maqsusi, who has been feeding thousands of people everyday as part of his food drive ‘Hunger Has No Religion’ was conferred with the Commonwealth Points of Light award for his drive that helps to feed 1,500 people on a daily basis.