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Facts- 16th July

1. MeitY enables map services in UMANG App through MOU with MapmyIndia

  • The UMANG mobile app launched in 2017, is a Government of India single, unified, secure, multi-channel, multi-service mobile app, providing access to high impact services of various organizations. UMANG brings major government services on a single mobile app on mobile phones of citizens.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology

  • Previously known as “The Department of Information Technology”, it was renamed to The Department of Electronics and Information Technology in 2012. On 19 July 2016, DeitY was made into full-fledged ministry, which henceforth is known as the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, bifurcating it from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
  • Founded: 1991
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Ministers responsible: Ashwini Vaishnaw, Cabinet Minister & Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Minister of State

2. Power Minister releases 9th Integrated Ratings for State Power Distribution Utilities

  • The Ministry of Power is an Indian government ministry. The current Union Cabinet Minister is Raj Kumar Singh. The ministry is charged with overseeing electricity production and infrastructure development, including generation, transmission, and delivery, as well as maintenance projects.
  • Officeholder: R. K. Singh (MOS independent charge)
  • Founded: 2 July 1992
  • Preceding Ministry: Ministry of Energy Sources
  • Headquarters: Shram Shakti Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi, India

3. Kisan Saarathi: Digital platform for farmers launched

  • 16th July, 2021, New Delhi “Being agriculture-centric country, the farmers are the real treasure of the country”, said Shri Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare. Shri Tomar was addressing the Virtual 93rd Foundation Day & Awards Ceremony of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research held here at Krishi Bhawan, New Delhi today. 


  • Motto in English:  Agrisearch with a human touch
  • Type: Registered society
  • Established: 16 July 1929
  • President: Minister of Agriculture
  • Director: Trilochan Mohapatra

4. NCW signs MoU with BPR&D on gender sensitisation of police personnel


  • The National Commission for Women (NCW) is the statutory body of the Government of India, generally concerned with advising the government on all policy matters affecting women. It was established in 31 January 1992 under the provisions of the Indian Constitution, as defined in the 1990 National Commission for Women Act.
  • The first head of the commission was Jayanti Patnaik. As of 30 November 2018, Rekha Sharma is the chairperson.
  • Headquarters: New Delhi


  • The Bureau of Police Research and Development, was set up on 28 August 1970 in furtherance of the objective of the Government of India for the modernisation of police forces. It has evolved as a multifaceted, consultancy organisation.
  • Founded: 28 August 1970
  • Headquarters: New Delhi, India

5. School Innovation Ambassador Program

  • The All India Council for Technical Education is a statutory body, and a national-level council for technical education, under the Department of Higher Education.
  • Founded: November 1945
  • Sector: Technology education
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Agency executive: Anil Sahasrabudhe (Chairperson)
  • Parent agency: Department of Higher Education

6. Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan clashes

  • Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, had started his career as a television news correspondent and later switched to photojournalism. He was a photojournalist with international news agency Reuters and worked as a correspondent with the India Today Group from September 2008 to January 2010.

7. China begins construction of world’s 1st commercial small modular reactor

  • CNNC originally aimed to start building the project at the Changjiang nuclear reactor complex on the island province of Hainan in 2017, but it has been subject to regulatory delays.


  • The China National Nuclear Corporation is a state-owned enterprise founded in 1955 in Beijing. CNNC’s president and vice-president are appointed by the Premier of the People’s Republic of China. CNNC oversees all aspects of China’s civilian and military nuclear programs.
  • Key people: Sun Qin (President)
  • Headquarters: Beijing, China
  • Founded: 1955, Beijing, China

8. Eiffel Tower to reopen after record 9-month closure due to Covid

  • The Eiffel Tower is a wrought-iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars in Paris, France. It is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower.
  • Locally nicknamed “La dame de fer” (French for “Iron Lady”), it was constructed from 1887 to 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World’s Fair and was initially criticised by some of France’s leading artists and intellectuals for its design, but it has become a global cultural icon of France and one of the most recognisable structures in the world. The Eiffel Tower is the most-visited paid monument in the world; 6.91 million people ascended it in 2015.

9. Second phase of investigations into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic

  • Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
  • Founded: 7 April 1948
  • Director General: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

10. Tokyo Olympics 2020: Athletes to put on medals themselves during ceremonies

  • The International Olympic Committee is a non-governmental sports organisation based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It is constituted in the form of an association under the Swiss Civil Code.
  • Headquarters: Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Honorary President: Jacques Rogge
  • President: Thomas Bach
  • Director General: Christophe De Kepper
  • Founded: 23 June 1894, Paris, France