Current Affairs- 5th July

National

Tourism Ministry signs MoU with Yatra.com

Tourism Ministry signs MoU with Yatra.com
  • The Ministry of Tourism has signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with Yatra.Com to strengthen the Hospitality and Tourism Industry. The primary objective of this MoU is to provide extensive visibility to accommodation units, which have self-certified themselves on System for Assessment, Awareness and Training for the Hospitality Industry- SAATHI on the OTA platform.
  • The MoU also outlines both parties to encourage Units to register on NIDHI and thereby on SAATHI and encourage local tourism Industry with appropriate safeguards for curbing spread of COVID-19.

52nd IFFI to be held in Goa

  • Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar today released the regulations and poster for the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India. The festival will be held in Goa from 20th to 28th November this year.
  • The International Film Festival of India, IFFI is reckoned as one of Asia’s oldest and India’s biggest international film festivals. The 52nd edition of this film festival will be held in a hybrid format considering the success of the 51st edition held in January 2021. The festival is being organized by the Directorate of Film Festivals, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, in collaboration with the State Government of Goa and the Indian Film Industry.

Centre to give ‘more power’ to tribal communities in managing forest resources

  • Union Government has decided to give more powers to the tribal communities in managing the forest resources. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda and Environment, Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar will sign a Joint Communication in this regard, in New Delhi tomorrow.
  • The Joint Communication, pertains to effective implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, which is commonly known as Forest Rights Act. The Act recognizes and vests the forest rights and occupation in forest land in forest dwelling scheduled tribes and other traditional forest dwellers, who have been residing in such forests for generations but whose rights could not be recorded.

149-year-old tradition of 'Darbar Move' ends in J&K

149-year-old tradition of 'Darbar Move' ends in J&K
  • ‘Darbar move’, the 149-year-old biannual tradition of shifting capitals between Srinagar and Jammu, has come to an end, with the administration serving notice to employees to vacate their quarters in the twin capital cities within three weeks.
  • Around 8,000-9,000 employees working in Civil Secretariats have to move along with hundreds of official files physically in trucks on the treacherous Jammu-Srinagar highway twice every year. While Srinagar served as the summer capital, Jammu was the winter capital.
  • Now both the Jammu and Srinagar secretariats can function normally for 12 months.

International

Sanjay Dhotre to chair meeting of 8th BRICS Education Ministers

  • Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre will chair the Meeting of the 8th BRICS Education Ministers in virtual mode tomorrow. This meeting is being held as part of the 13th BRICS Summit being hosted by India this year. Education Ministers from the five BRICS member states will attend the meeting along with senior officials.
  • Earlier, the International Governing Board, IGB of the BRICS Network Universities met on 29th of last month, to take a look at the progress made by member states under this initiative so far and discuss ways to take it further. The IGB stressed upon the need to promote development of mechanisms to enhance academic and research collaborations among BRICS member states.

Bangladesh PM Hasina gifts 2,600 kg mangoes to Modi as ''memento of friendship''

  • India received 2600 kilos of delicious mangoes from Bangladesh yesterday as a memento of friendship between the two neighbouring countries. It was sent through the Petrapole border of Bangaon in West Bengal.
  • Deputy Commissioner of Bangladesh’s Benapole Custom House Anupam Chakma said, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina has sent the gift of a special variety of Haribhanga mangoes for the President and the Prime Minister of India and other political leaders.
  • Assistant Commissioner Customs Petrapole Anit Jain said, they are hopeful that the sweetness of the mangoes will take away the bitterness of Covid-19.

Army chief to inaugurate memorial for Indian soldiers in Italy

Army chief to inaugurate memorial for Indian soldiers in Italy
  • Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General MM Naravane will embark on a four-day visit to the United Kingdom and Italy from July 5 to 8.
  • He will be inaugurating the Indian Army Memorial in the famous town of Cassino and will be briefed at the Italian Army’s Counter IED Centre of Excellence at Cecchingola, Rome.
  • As per the Ministry of Defence, during the four-day visit, he will be meeting his counterparts and senior military leaders of these countries with an aim of enhancing India’s defence cooperation.

Sports

WAKO India Kickboxing Federation gets government recognition

  • The Sports Ministry on Friday announced that it has decided to recognise the WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as a National Sports Federation (NSF), in a bid to promote and develop the sport in the country.
  • WAKO India Kickboxing Federation is affiliated to the World Association of Kickboxing Organizations (WAKO), the world body for kickboxing.
  • “It is expected that with government recognition of WAKO India Kickboxing Federation as NSF, the sport of kickboxing will develop at a faster pace in the country,” a ministry release said.

Mary Kom, Manpreet named flag-bearers at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony

  • World Champion boxer and London Olympics bronze medallist M.C. Mary Kom and men’s hockey team Captain Manpreet Singh have been named flag bearers of the 200-strong Indian contingent in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on 23rd of July. The Indian Olympic Association also confirmed that champion wrestler Bajrang Punia will be the flag bearer of the Indian contingent at the closing ceremony on 8th of August.
  • Mary Kom will be participating in her second Olympics. She won the bronze in 2012 London Games, but failed qualify for the 2016 Rio Games. However, Manpreet will be participating in his third Olympics.

Book and Author

LADY DOCTORS: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine By Kavitha Rao

  • This book traces the unconventional paths followed by india’s first women doctors, how they balanced work and family lives, and their impact on medical learning for women.
  • Medicine is a highly sought-after career for Indian women today, but how did we get here? Early women doctors in the nineteenth century crossed oceans, escaped child marriages, divorced husbands, and defied Hindu orthodoxy to become ‘lady doctors’. Their deeds are all the more astonishing, given most women were in purdah. Their compelling stories have largely been erased from our textbooks and memories. This book unearths their stories and make them accessible to everyone, so that they are not forgotten.

Other Important Affairs

  • The government has extended the superannuation age of IPO-bound LIC Chairman to up to 62 years by making amendment to the Life Insurance Corporation of India (Staff) Regulations, 1960.
  • International Cricket Council (ICC) has banned a former performance analyst with Sri Lanka Cricket Sanath Jayasundara from cricket for seven years after it’s Anti-Corruption Tribunal found him guilty of breaching the ICC Anti-Corruption Code. The ban is backdated to May 11, 2019, when he was provisionally suspended.
  • Nihal Sarin won the Silver Lake Open chess tournament in Serbia. The third-seeded Indian came on top of the field with eight points from nine rounds. In the final round, he defeated Branko Damljanovic of the host.
  • Goa state Government has launched Tika Utsav 1.2 today. It will emphasize on administration of the second dose of vaccine to those who have already completed 84 days.