1. Sirisha Bandla will become the second Indian-born woman to fly into space
- Virgin Galactic spaceflight Unity 22 will be making its first fully crewed rocket-powered test flight on July 11. The crew includes Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, and 3 mission specialists. The six-member team includes Dave Mackay, Michael Masucci, Colin Bennett, and Beth Moses. The spaceflight will be globally live-streamed. Moreover, Richard Branson also wrote on his social media account that upon their return, he will announce details on how more people will be given a chance to become an astronaut.
- Virgin Galactic is a British-American spaceflight company that operates in the United States. It was founded by Richard Branson and aims to make space available for all.
2. CoWIN goes Global
- CoWin stands for Covid Vaccine Intelligent Work. Back in January 2021, the platform was unveiled by the union government as it launched the vaccination drive in the country. CoWin also gives users the opportunity to download the vaccination certificate.
3. Nandan Nilekani appointed to govt. panel to curb digital monopolies
- The other members of the panel include R S Sharma, National Health Authority chief executive officer, Adil Zainulbhai, Quality Council of India chairman, Anjali Bansal, Avaana Capital Founder and Chairperson, Dilip Adbe, National Payments Corp. of India CEO, and Arvind Gupta, Digital India Foundation co-founder.
- CEO: Salil Parekh
- Founded: 7 July 1981, Pune
- Headquarters: Bengaluru
4. President appoints new Governors for 8 states
- 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.
5. CII organises 1st edition of Indo Pacific Business Summit
- 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 organisation.
- President: T. V. Narendran
6. Coal India sends fuel to Bangladesh power plant
- Coal India Limited is an Indian government-owned coal mining and refining corporation. It is under the ownership of Ministry of Coal, Government of India headquartered in Kolkata, West Bengal, India. It is the largest coal-producing company in the world and a Maharatna public sector undertaking.
- CEO: Pramod Agrawal
Rampal Power Station
- The Rampal Power Station is a 1320-megawatt coal-fired power station currently under construction at Rampal Upazila of Bagerhat District in Khulna, Bangladesh.
7. Myanmar military adopts ‘four cuts’ Strategy
- Capital: Naypyitaw
- Currency: Myanmar kyat
- Official language: Burmese
8. BRICS countries resolve to enhance academic collaboration in higher education
- BRICS is the acronym coined to associate five major emerging economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa. The BRICS members are known for their significant influence on regional affairs. 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.
- Originally the first four were grouped as “BRIC” (or “the BRICs”) before the induction of South Africa in 2010.
9. I&B minister to virtually inaugurate ‘India Pavilion at Cannes Film Festival
- The Cannes Festival, until 2003 called the International Film Festival and known in English as the Cannes Film Festival, is an annual film festival held in Cannes, France, which previews new films of all genres, including documentaries, from all around the world.
- Founded: 20 September 1946
10. Mithali Raj tops ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings for 8th time
- The International Cricket Council is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.
- Headquarters: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Deputy Chairman: Imran Khwaja
- Chairman: Greg Barclay
- CEO: Manu Sawhney