1. China plans its first crewed mission to Mars in 2033
- China, officially the People’s Republic of China, is a country in East Asia. It is the world’s most populous country, with a population of more than 1.4 billion.
- Currency: Renminbi
- Capital: Beijing
- President: Xi Jinping
- Official language: Mandarin
2. India to provide CoWIN tech to other countries
- Several countries such as Vietnam, Peru, Mexico, Iraq, the Dominican Republic, Panama, Ukraine, Nigeria, the United Arab Emirates and Uganda have expressed interest in learning about the Co-WIN technology to run their own Covid vaccination programmes, sources said.
3. Centre signs USD 32 million loan with World Bank to improve healthcare services in Mizoram
- The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans and grants to the governments of low- and middle-income countries for the purpose of pursuing capital projects.
- President: David Malpass
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
- Founded: July 1944, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, United States
- Capital: Aizawl
- Governor: P. S. Sreedharan Pillai
- Chief minister: Zoramthanga
4. President Kovind to undertake train journey to visit birthplace in UP
- Ram Nath Kovind is an Indian politician serving as the 14th and current President of India. Prior to his presidency, he served as the 26th governor of Bihar from 2015 to 2017 and as a member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha from 1994 to 2006.
- It would be after a gap of 15 years that an incumbent President will make a train journey. The last time a President travelled by train was in 2006 when Dr APJ Abdul Kalam boarded a special train from Delhi to Dehradun to attend a passing out parade of cadets at the Indian Military Academy.
- Records show that the country’s first president, Dr Rajendra Prasad, often undertook train journeys. Soon after taking office as the President, he visited his birthplace, Ziradei in Siwan district, during his visit to Bihar.
5. UK High Court Rejects Nirav Modi’s Plea Challenging Extradition to India
- The United Kingdom, made up of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, is an island nation in northwestern Europe. England – birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles – is home to the capital, London, a globally influential centre of finance and culture.
- Currency: Pound sterling
- Capital: London
- Prime minister: Boris Johnson
6. Japan’s Supreme Court upholds laws requiring married couples to use same surname
- Japan is an island country in East Asia, located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. It is bordered on the west by the Sea of Japan, and extends from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north toward the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south.
- Emperor: Naruhito
- Capital: Tokyo
- Currency: Japanese yen
- Prime minister: Yoshihide Suga
7. Indian Air Force and Navy conduct passage exercise with the U.S. Navy in the Indian Ocean
- The United States Navy is the maritime service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the eight uniformed services of the United States.
- Founded: 13 October 1775, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
- The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star admiral, commands the navy.
- Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Karambir Singh, PVSM, AVSM
- Headquarters: Integrated Defence Headquarters, Ministry of Defence, New Delhi
Indian Air Force
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Founded: 8 October 1932, India
- Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind
8. Jamsetji N Tata becomes world’s top philanthropist of the last century
- EdelGive Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Edelweiss Group a leading Indian financial services firm with an asset base of USD 8.5 billion.
- Founded in 1999, Hurun Report is a private company that produces lists and research. The company’s flagship product is the Hurun Rich List.
- Hurun launched Hurun India in 2012, under the leadership of Anas Rahman Junaid, a graduate of University of Oxford. Junaid met Rupert through Oxford University and the duo thought it was the right time to speak about wealth creation in India as they saw India booming.
9. Tax Inspectors Without Borders launches programme in Bhutan
- Headquarters: New York, New York, United States
- Founded: 22 November 1965, United States
- The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development is an intergovernmental economic organisation with 38 member countries, founded in 1961 to stimulate economic progress and world trade.
- Headquarters: Paris, France
10. Cochin airport wins Roll of Excellence honour
- The ACI, a global body of airport operators, instituted the Roll of Excellence honour to recognize those airports that have consistently delivered excellence in customer service by winning multiple ASQ awards over a five-year period during the past decade.
- Airports Council International is a global trade representative of the world’s airport authorities. Established in 1991, ACI represents airports’ interests with governments and international organizations, develops standards, policies and recommended practices for airports, and it provides information and training opportunities to raise the standards around the world.
- Headquarters location: Montreal, Canada
- Founded: 1991