Current Affairs- 7th July
PM Modi Cabinet reshuffle
- Forty three Ministers were sworn in to the Union Council of Ministers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi inducted many new faces. They include 15 Cabinet Ministers and 28 Ministers of State.
- BJP leaders Narayan Rane, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr Virendra Kumar, Ashwini Vaishnaw and Bhupendra Yadav and R C P Singh of JD(U) and Pashupati Kumar Paras of LJP were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers. Union Ministers Hardeep Singh Puri, Mansukh Mandaviya, Kiren Rijiju, Raj Kumar Singh, G Kishan Reddy, Parshottam Rupala and Anurag Thakur were also elevated to the rank of Cabinet Ministers. President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office and Secrecy today at a Ceremony organized at the Rashtrapati Bhavan while following all COVID protocols.
Lt. Gen Y K Joshi flies over Batra hilltop to pay homage to Captain Vikram Batra
- To commemorate the “Balidan Diwas” of the Kargil War Hero of 1999, Captain Vikram Batra, his then Commanding Officer and now General Officer Commanding in Chief Northern Command, Lieutenant General Y K Joshi paid homage to his fallen comrade from the sky.
- The GOC in Chief Northern Command overflew “Batra Top” in a Sukhoi-30 MKI. This gesture epitomises the enduring relation between a Commanding Officer and his officer.
- Worth to mention, Captain Batra continues to motivate the present generation of officers and would do so in perpetuity.
Modi govt creates new ministry to strengthen cooperative movement
- The Union Government has created a separate Ministry of Co-operation for realizing the vision of ‘Sahkar se Samriddhi’. This Ministry will provide a separate administrative, legal and policy framework for strengthening the cooperative movement in the country. It will help deepen co-operatives as a true people based movement reaching upto the grassroots. AIR correspondent reports that in the country, a co-operative based economic development model is very relevant where each member works with a spirit of responsibility.
- The new Ministry will work to streamline processes for Ease of Doing Business for co-operatives and enable development of Multi-State Co-operatives.
KVIC’s Unique Project BOLD to Boost Tribals’ Income
- The Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) under the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises has launched project BOLD. The project aims to boost the income of the tribal people and solve environmental concerns such as land desertification and land degradation by creating bamboo-based green patches in drylands.
- Project BOLD or Bamboo Oasis on Lands in Drought aims to create bamboo-based green patches of land in arid and semi-arid zones. The first of its kind exercise in India, project BOLD was launched from the tribal village Nichla Mandwa in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Time to call out countries harbouring terrorists, says India at UN
- Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations T.S. Tirumurti said that justifying terrorism in any way, whether on grounds of religion, ideology, ethnicity or race, will only provide the necessary fodder for terrorists to enhance their activities even more.
- He was speaking at the UN General Assembly Debate on Global Counter Terrorism Strategy. He said that the continued absence of a universally agreed definition of terrorism is detrimental to our shared goal of eliminating it. He said that it is time to call out those that blatantly violate global commitments by harboring terrorists and terrorist entities, including those proscribed by the UN.
India and Singapore hold virtual bilateral meeting
- India and Singapore held a bilateral meeting through virtual mode under the aegis of Memorandum of Understanding entered into between the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Public Service Division of Singapore.
- During the meeting, both sides shared experiences on Good Governance Practices in a Pandemic, Transforming Leaderships and Ethics, Capacity Building and Training of Leaders and Public Officers.
- Both sides decided to share the best practices on current technology tools and processes of governance, capacity building, and service delivery so that both nations could benefit through cross learning.
Haiti President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack at home
- Haiti’s President Jovenel Moïse has been killed in an attack on his home in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. The country’s interim prime minister Claude Joseph informed this. Claude Joseph said the president’s residence in Port-au-Prince was stormed by unidentified armed men today. The First Lady was reportedly also injured in the attack.
- Joseph said that all measures had been taken to guarantee the continuation of the state. Jovenel Moïse had been in power since February 2017, after his predecessor, Michel Martelly stepped down.
- Moïse’s time in office was rocky as he faced accusations of corruption and was challenged by waves of often violent anti-government protests.
Rampal Maitree power project to be commissioned in Dec.
- The first unit of the Maitree Power Project at Rampal will be commissioned in December this year, coinciding with the country’s Golden Jubilee Celebration of the Liberation. The second unit is expected to be commissioned matching with the implementation of the associated transmission system. An official press release issued in Delhi said this after the virtual meeting between the Power Secretaries of India and Bangladesh yesterday.
- The meeting was held to discuss issues related to the environment- friendly supercritical technology-based 1,320 MW thermal power plant at Rampal. It was attended by senior officials including the officials from Ministry of Power (MoP), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), High Commissioner of India in Bangladesh, Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Central Electricity Authority (CEA), NTPC Ltd. BHEL and BIFPCL.
Golfer Udayan Mane qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
- In golf, Udayan Mane has been confirmed as the 60th ranked player on the Tokyo Games entry list, joining compatriot Anirban Lahiri as the second Indian in the field.
- The 30-year-old Mane, currently the second-highest ranked Indian in the world at 356, made the cut for his maiden Olympics after Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo announced withdrawal from the quadrennial event.
Book and Author
‘The Fourth Lion: Essays for Gopalkrishna Gandhi’
- This bouquet of essays penned by women and men, historians and artists, economists and novelists, friends both Indian and foreign, acolytes both young and old, is presented to Gopal Gandhi as a gift for his 75th birthday (in April 2020).
- They reflect as much his polymathic interests as the many talents of the contributors themselves. I have had occasion to interact with Gopal Bhai in numerous contexts, and he has never acted in any way that was not courteous and kind, self-effacing and affectionate.
Other Important Affairs
- China has proposed changes to the country’s conion regulations to enlist retired Chinese military personnel during a war situation. According to draft regulatory changes released by the Ministry of Veterans Affairs on the weekend, military veterans would be a target group and could rejoin their original unit or be posted to a similar position elsewhere.
- Jim Whitehurst has announced that he is stepping down as the president of IBM.
- Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying Giriraj Singh, yesterday launched the Online Course Mobile App Matsya Setu. The online course app aims to disseminate the latest freshwater aquaculture technologies to the aqua farmers of the country.