1. Ministry of Sci &Tech to set up first-its-kind Centre of Excellence in Northeast
- Formed: May 1971
- Minister responsible: Dr Jitendra Singh
2. Smriti Zubin Irani to launch 24/7 helpline number for women affected by violence
- The new helpline aims to facilitate integrated range of services for women affected with violence under one roof such as help from police, psycho-social counseling and access to One Stop Centres among other services.
- The helpline will be functional round-the-clock to facilitate help on issues related to violence against women. The helpline will function with a team of trained experts.
3. Govt to set up National Centre of Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming & Comics
- For attracting foreign investment in the film industry, National Film Development Corporation organizes Film Bazaar at the International Film Festival of India held at Goa every year.
- Mr. Thakur said, it is the largest South Asian Film Market and attracts investors from around the world by encouraging creative and financial collaboration between the South Asian and International Film communities.
- The Minister also informed that India has also audio-visual co-production treaties with 15 countries.
4. INS Tabar participated in Russia’s Navy Day celebrations
- INS Tabar is the third of the Talwar-class frigate of the Indian Navy. The frigate was commissioned on 19 April 2004 in Kaliningrad, Russia with Captain Biswajit Dasgupta. The current Commanding Officer of INS Tabar is Captain Mahesh Mangipudi. INS Tabar reached her home-port of Mumbai on 31 July 2004.
Russia’s Navy Day
- Day of the Russian Navy is national holiday in the Russian Federation and a senior holiday in the Russian Armed Forces. The day honors the sailors in units of the Russian Navy and its specialized arms. It is celebrated annually, on the last Sunday of July.
5. Key UN climate science talks open amid floods, fires
- The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is an intergovernmental body of the United Nations that is dedicated to providing the world with objective, scientific information relevant to understanding he scientific basis of the risk of human-induced climate change, its natural, political, and economic impacts and risks, and possible response options.
- Head: Hoesung Lee
- Headquarters: Geneva, Switzerland
- Founder: Bert Bolin
- Founded: 1988
6. Typhoon In-fa disrupts life in Eastern China
- Typhoon In-fa, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Fabian, is an active and very large tropical cyclone inland over China. The ninth depression, sixth tropical storm and third typhoon of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season, the system was first noted by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center as an area of low pressure, located east of the Philippines on July 14. Favorable conditions helped the storm to intensify, becoming a tropical depression, two days later and a tropical storm on July 17, being assigned the name In-fa by the Japan Meteorological Agency. Located in a week steering environment, the system struggled to organize under dry air and moderate wind shear before organizing further. It continued to move mostly westward, strengthening into a typhoon and deepening quickly. The storm struggled to organize itself significantly due to continuous dry air intrusions.
7. India’s Priya Malik clinches gold at Cadet World Wrestling Championship
- The Cadet World Championship is an annual event for Freestyle, Greco-Roman, and Women wrestlers. The best in the world who are aged 16 and 17 years compete in this tournament. This year the tournament is being hosted in Budapest, Hungary. The next tournament will be held in Rome, Italy in the year 2022.
8. Japan’s youngest gold medalist
- Skateboarding at the 2020 Summer Olympics is an event being held in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan (postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic). It is the debut appearance of skateboarding at the Summer Olympics. Skateboarding is one of four new sports added to the Olympic program for 2020 and has also been provisionally approved for the 2024 Summer Olympic games.
9. An Ordinary Life: Portrait of an Indian Generation by Ashok Lavasa
- In An Ordinary Life, former Election Commissioner of India Ashok Lavasa tells one such warm story. He weaves the experiences of his father, Udai Singh, into the narrative of a fast-changing India to show how his Bauji’s principles served as a moral compass in his life – and can in ours too. Through a series of incidents, he explores the virtues of honest living and illustrates that it is possible to prosper in a world of rising aspirations and cut-throat competition while preserving one’s ideals.
- Ashok Lavasa is a retired 1980 batch Indian Administrative Service officer of Haryana cadre and was one of the two Election Commissioners of India. He has also served as the Finance Secretary of India, Environment, Forests and Climate Change Secretary of India and Civil Aviation Secretary of India.
- Ashok Lavasa is the current Vice President of Asian Development Bank.
10. World Mangrove Day: 26th July
- The International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem, adopted by the General Conference of UNESCO in 2015 and celebrated each year on 26 July, aims to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem” and to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses.