1. Tourism Ministry signs MoU with Yatra.com
- Yatra.com is an Indian online travel agency and travel search engine. It is based in Gurugram, Haryana. It was founded by Dhruv Shringi, Manish Amin and Sabina Chopra in August 2006.
- CEO: Dhruv Shringi
Ministry of Tourism
- Officeholder: Prahlad Singh Patel (MOS independent charge)
- Founded: 1967
2. 52nd IFFI to be held in Goa
- The call for entries for participation in the competitive section of the 52nd edition of the International Film Festival of India will remain open till 31st of August. On the occasion of the Birth Centenary of the Maestro of Indian cinema Satyajit Ray, this time the Directorate of Films Festivals will pay a tribute through a Special Retrospective at the IFFI.
- The International Film Festival of India, founded in 1952, is one of the most significant film festivals in Asia.
3. Centre to give ‘more power’ to tribal communities in managing forest resources
- The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, a branch of Government of India, looks after the affairs of the tribal communities in India. The ministry was set up in 1999 after the bifurcation of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (India) to have a more focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the Scheduled Tribes (STs), the most underprivileged of the Indian Society.
- Ministers responsible:
Arjun Munda, Cabinet Minister
Renuka Singh Saruta, Minister of State
4. 149-year-old tradition of ‘Darbar Move’ ends in J&K
- According to reports, Dogra monarch Maharaja Gulab Singh is believed to have started the tradition of shifting the capital in 1872. The tradition was continued after 1947 by J&K’s political class, as it acted as a major bridge and a space for interaction between two diverse linguistic and cultural groups of Kashmir and Jammu regions.
- Jammu & Kashmir LG: Shri Manoj Sinha
5. Sanjay Dhotre to chair meeting of 8th BRICS Education Ministers
- BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC” (or “the BRICs”) before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
- Since 2009, the governments of the BRICS states have met annually at formal summits. Russia hosted the most recent 12th BRICS summit on 17 November 2020 virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Headquarters: BRICS Tower, Shanghai, China
6. Bangladesh PM Hasina gifts 2,600 kg mangoes to Modi as ”memento of friendship”
- Capital: Dhaka
- Currency: Bangladeshi taka
- Prime minister: Sheikh Hasina
- President: Abdul Hamid
7. Army chief to inaugurate memorial for Indian soldiers in Italy
- In the Battle of Monte Cassino during World War II, over 5,000 Indian soldiers laid down their lives while fighting to save Italy from fascist forces. Nearly 50,000 Indians were enlisted for Italy’s liberation between September 1943 and April 1945.
- The Battle of Monte Cassino was a costly series of four assaults by the Allies against the Winter Line in Italy held by Axis forces during the Italian Campaign of World War II. The intention was a breakthrough to Rome.
- President: Sergio Mattarella
- Capital: Rome
- Currency: Euro
8. WAKO India Kickboxing Federation gets government recognition
International Olympic Committee
- 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
9. Mary Kom, Manpreet named flag-bearers at Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony
- The 2020 Summer Olympics, officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad and also known as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event scheduled to be held from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
Indian Olympic Association
- Founded: 1927
- President: Narinder Batra
- Secretary General: Rajeev Mehta
10. LADY DOCTORS: The Untold Stories of India’s First Women in Medicine By Kavitha Rao
- The women included in the book are Anandibai Joshi, Rukhmabai Raut, Kadambini Ganguly, Haimabati Sen and Chennai’s Muthulakshmi Reddy, who would go on to found the Adyar Cancer Hospital.
- Kavitha Rao is a freelance journalist and writer. She lives in Bengaluru. She can be found on Twitter at @kavitharao, where she has over 11,000 followers. Kavitha has spoken at numerous literary fests, including The Times Lit Fest in Bengaluru, the Tata Lit Fest in Mumbai, and the Kasauli Lit Fest. She has also taught journalism at several colleges including the Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media in Bangalore, Sophia College in Mumbai, and the Times College of Journalism in Mumbai.