1. Philippines approves GMO ‘golden rice’
- The International Rice Research Institute is an international agricultural research and training organization with its headquarters in Los Baños, Laguna in the Philippines, and offices in seventeen countries.
- Headquarters: Los Baños, Philippines
- Founded: 1960
- Motto: “Rice Science For A Better World”
- Capital: Manila
- Currency: Philippine peso
- President: Rodrigo Duterte
- Official languages: Filipino, English
2. India gets its 39th World Heritage Site Rudreswara Temple
- Ramappa temple, a 13th century engineering marvel named after its architect, Ramappa, was proposed by the government as its only nomination for the UNESCO World Heritage site tag for the year 2019.
- The temple complexes of Kakatiyas have a distinct style, technology and decoration exhibiting the influence of the Kakatiyan sculptor.
- The temple stands on a six feet high star-shaped platform with walls, pillars and ceilings.
- Headquarters: Paris, France
- Head: Director-General; Audrey Azoulay
- Founded: 16 November 1945, London, United Kingdom
3. Celebrations of Kargil Vijay Diwas begins
- Kargil Vijay Diwas is on 26th of July. On this date in 1999 India successfully took command of the high outposts.
- The Kargil war was fought for more than 60 days and ended on 26 July 1999, when the Pakistani army took advantage of the melting snow and – betraying the bilateral understanding of both the nations that the post would remain unattended during the winter season – took command of the high outposts of India. The Pakistani army denied involvement in the war, claiming that it was caused by independent Kashmiri rebel forces, however documents left behind by casualties and later statements by Pakistan’s Prime Minister and Chief of Army Staff showed involvement of Pakistani paramilitary forces, led by General Ashraf Rashid.
4. Production Linked Incentive scheme for Speciality Steel
- The Confederation of Indian Industry is a non-governmental trade association and advocacy group based in New Delhi, India founded in 1895. CII engages business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas. It is a membership-based organization.
- President: T. V. Narendran
- Founded: 1895
- Motto: Charting Change Enabling Development
5. India’s forex reserves touch record-high of $612.73 billion
- India becomes 4th largest forex reserves holder globally; forex touches record high of $612 billion. India’s foreign exchange reserves rose by $835 million to touch a record high of $612.73 billion in the week ended July 16, 2021, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) data showed on Friday.
6. ‘Jogajog’, ‘Alapon’ to be Bangladeshi alternative to Facebook, WhatsApp
- Underlining the various ICT initiatives taken by the Bangladesh government, the ICT Minister said that during the lockdown the official work of the government is being carried out using the e-file management system. He said that the government is working to enhance the capacity of the video conferencing system ‘Boithak’ from 100 persons to 300 persons. The Surokha app for corona vaccination registration is being used successfully in Bangladesh, said the Minister.
- He said that the e-commerce, BPO and software sectors will be able to generate 2 million jobs by 2021 and earn USD 5 billion in exports revenue by 2025.
7. India sends first ‘oxygen express’ to Bangladesh to help out with Covid-19
- This is the first time ever that the Oxygen Express is put into operation to a neighbouring country. These special train services were started in India from April 24. So far, 480 such Oxygen Expresses were operationalized within India.
- Earlier, India supplied more than 180 tonnes of medical oxygen to Bangladesh during the Eid holidays under special arrangements. The oxygen was imported by three companies of Bangladesh in eleven tankers on Wednesday through the Benapole border post.
8. Norovirus Outbreak in UK
- Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. People of all ages can get infected and sick with norovirus. Norovirus spreads easily! People with norovirus illness can shed billions of norovirus particles.
- Capital: London
- Prime minister: Boris Johnson
- Currency: Pound sterling
9. Another presidential hopeful arrested in Nicaragua
- Capital: Managua
- President: Daniel Ortega
- Currency: Nicaraguan córdoba
10. Weightlifter Mirabai Chanu wins silver medal, opens India’s tally
- Mirabai lifted a total of 202kg (87kg+115kg) to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This comes as a big achievement for Mirabai, failed to log a single legitimate lift in Rio 2016 Olympics
- China’s Hou Zhihui won the gold medal with an effort of 210kg (94kg+116kg), while Aisah Windy Cantika of Indonesia took home the bronze with an effort of 194kg (84kg+110kg).
11. 2-day Golf Tournament concludes at Royal Springs Golf Course
- The most scenic Golf course in a natural environnment created against the dramatic backdrop of zabarvan mountains at chashma shahi, the Royal Springs.These springs were the source of soft sweet water, prized by the mughal emperor Jehangir, around which he built exquisite walled garden-the chashma shahi. The legendary garden overlooks the Golf course which contains four of the Royal springs.
- The state government undertook the laying out of the Royal Springs Golf Course in 1987 – 88 under the Special Assistance Programme of the Prime Minister. M/S Robert Trent Jones II, the worlds renowned golf course designers were appointed as consultants. The course was commissioned in September, 2001 and the Club Building in 2002.
12. Shifting Orbits: Decoding the Trajectory of the Indian Start-up Ecosystem
- The book launch was organized, in the virtual mode, by the Innovation Venturing and Entrepreneurship in India Network (iVEIN). The Directors of IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIM Bangalore and IIM Kozhikode also attended the event in Mumbai yesterday.
About the Authors
- Thillai Rajan A is a Professor in the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Madras. He is also an associate at the Mossavar Rahmani Center for Business and Government, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University. Srivardhini K Jha is an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurship area at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore. Joffi Thomas is an Associate Professor in the Marketing area at the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. Rohan Chinchwadkar is an Assistant Professor (Finance) at the Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.
13. Income Tax Day: 24th July
- The purpose of this tax was to compensate for the losses incurred by the British regime during the first war of independence against British Rule in 1857. July 24 was first celebrated as Income Tax Day in 2010.
- Central Board of Direct Taxes chairman: Jagannath Bidyadhar Mohapatra
- Central Board of Direct Taxes Established: 1924
- Central Board of Direct Taxes Headquarters: New Delhi