1. PM Modi Cabinet reshuffle
- today’s expansion of the Council of Ministers, the Narendra Modi government has a record representation of OBC, SC and ST communities. 27 OBC Ministers including 5 with Cabinet rank, 12 ministers from scheduled caste communities and eight from scheduled tribes are now in the Union Council of Ministers. Women representation has also increased with the induction of new faces. Five leaders of the minority community are now ministers in the Modi government.
- Besides, the Cabinet expansion also witnessed a fine balance of young and experienced leaders. In the expanded Council of Ministers, 14 ministers are below the age of 50 years including six cabinet ministers. There are 46 leaders with experience of being ministers in the Central Government and 23 who have been elected to the Parliament three or more times. Professionals with educational and functional experience have also found a place.
2. Lt. Gen Y K Joshi flies over Batra hilltop to pay homage to Captain Vikram Batra
- Pertinently, on 07 July 1999, Captain Vikram Batra, a young and brave officer, caught the fancy of the nation and become the icon of Army Officer spirit by his success signal during capture of Point 5140; “Dil Maange More”, made the supreme sacrifice but not before capturing Point 4875 now christened as Batra Top.
3. Modi govt creates new ministry to strengthen cooperative movement
- The Central Government has signaled its deep commitment to community based developmental partnership. Creation of a separate Ministry for Co-operation also fulfils the budget announcement made by the Finance Minister.
- Co-operation Minister: Amit Shah
4. KVIC’s Unique Project BOLD to Boost Tribals’ Income
- 5000 saplings of special bamboo species – BambusaTulda and BambusaPolymorpha specially brought from Assam – have been planted over 25 bigha (16 acres approx) of vacant arid Gram Panchayat land. KVIC has thus created a world record of planting the highest number of bamboo saplings on a single day at one location.
- Project BOLD, which seeks to create bamboo-based green patches in arid and semi-arid land zones, is aligned with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi’s call for reducing land degradation and preventing desertification in the country. The initiative has been launched as part of KVIC’s “Khadi Bamboo Festival” to celebrate 75 years of independence “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”. KVIC is set to replicate the Project at Village Dholera in Ahmedabad district in Gujarat and Leh-Ladakh region by August this year. Total 15,000 bamboo saplings will be planted before August 21.
- KVIC Chairman: Shri Vinai Kumar Saxena
5. Time to call out countries harbouring terrorists, says India at UN
- The United Nations General Assembly is one of the six principal organs of the United Nations, serving as the main deliberative, policy-making, and representative organ of the UN. Its powers, composition, functions, and procedures are set out in Chapter IV of the United Nations Charter.
- President: Abdulla Shahid
- Headquarters: New York, United States
6. India and Singapore hold virtual bilateral meeting
- Currency: Singapore dollar
- President: Halimah Yacob
- Prime Minister: Lee Hsien Loong
7. Haiti President Jovenel Moïse killed in attack at home
- Capital: Port-au-Prince
- Currency: Haitian gourde
8. Rampal Maitree power project to be commissioned in Dec.
- Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited is an Indian government owned engineering and manufacturing enterprise based in New Delhi, India.
- CEO: Nalin Singhal
- Founded: 1964
- Bangladesh India Friendship Power Company Ltd (50:50 JV between NTPC &Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB)
9. Golfer Udayan Mane qualifies for Tokyo Olympics
Indian Golf Union
- The Indian Golf Union is the governing body of the sport of golf in India.
- President: Lt. Gen. D. Anbu
- Founded: December 1955
- Headquarters: New Delhi
- Affiliation: International Golf Federation
- Affiliation date: 1958
10. ‘The Fourth Lion: Essays for Gopalkrishna Gandhi’
- Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi is an Indian politician and a former diplomat who served as the 23rd Governor of West Bengal serving from 2004 to 2009. He is the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi.
- Gopalkrishna Gandhi has spent his life as a diplomat, writer, administrator and scholar cultivating the extraordinary capacity to be at home in every part of India: north, south, east and west. He speaks, reads and writes in Hindi and Tamil, Bengali and Gujarati, English and Urdu.