NATIONAL AFFAIRS

  • Forecasting Penetration of Electric Two-Wheelers (e-2W) in India- A Bottom-Up Analysis’ a report has been released by NITI Aayog and Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council [TIFAC]. The report forecasts 100% penetration of electric two wheelers in the Indian market by FY 2026– 27. 
  • Ministry of Heavy Industries & Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has  entered in MoU to create a collaborative ecosystem to offer skill development training in the capital goods sector.
  • Ministry of Science & Technology and Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation which has been approved by cabinet.
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) signed an agreement to help India’s energy transition efforts, and the world in combating climate change has been approved by cabinet.
  • NITI Aayog in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has unveiled a report titled “Take Home Ration: Good Practices-Across the States/UTs
    • The Government of India (GoI) launched the National Nutrition Mission (NNM), which is also known as the Scheme for Holistic Nourishment (POSHAN Abhiyaan), with the purpose of reducing under-nutrition by 2% annually.
    • Take Home Ration provide fortified rations for use at home for pregnant and lactating women, and children between the ages of 6 and 36 months.
  • “Project Surya” as an initiative to train low income women salt pan workers as solar technician or to work in the renewable industry. This project was initiated by ReNew Energy Global with the help of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA).
  • Telangana government has inaugurated Technology Hub (T-Hub 2.0), the world’s largest innovation campus in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana.
  • The assessment of States/Union Territories (UTs) under the Business Reforms Action Plan 2020, the 5th edition of this exercise, was announced by Ministry of Finance.
    • 5 States/UTs in Top Achievers: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, 
  • NTPC Limited, has announced the commercial operation of the Ramagundam Floating Solar photovoltaic Project in Telangana, which is India’s largest floating solar power plant.
  • Pradhan Mantri - Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme, in the line of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, has completed two years (2020-2022). Objective of this scheme is to empower the unorganized Micro Enterprises to fulfill the aim of formalizing the food processing sector in India.
  • IIE(Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship), Guwahati & IIM- Shillong signed an MoU to Boost Entrepreneurship and startups for Ecosystem in the North eastern Region
  • NITI Aayog has released ‘Mitigation and Management of COVID-19: compendium of Ayush-based practices from States and Union territories (UTs)’ which details information about various Ayush-based initiatives and practices adopted by the States and UTs in India for containing and managing the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • States’ Startup Ranking 2021 was announced by the Ministry of Commerce and Industr Gujarat has been the best Performer State for the third time.
  • The first edition of the “State Ranking Index for NFSA: Creating resilient food systems to optimize the delivery of benefits “was unveiled Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. In this Index Odisha secured 1st rank and followed by Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh among General Category States.
  • The government of Rajasthan will introduce the ‘Right to Health Bill 2022’ in the Rajasthan assembly. It makes Rajasthan the first state in India to propose a guaranteed right to healthcare to its residents.
  • Digital India Week 2022’- was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat to showcase the transformation of India’s digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The theme for Digital India Week 2022- ‘Catalyzing New India’s Techade’.
  • Uttar Pradesh has became the first state in India to connect One District One Product mart with the Open Network for Digital Commerce Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) will focus to increase revenues and access to finance by micro food processing units of India.
  • A new report which has been titled “Harnessing Green Hydrogen: Opportunities for Deep Decarbonisation in India”, by NITI  Aayog in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), will facilitate a way to enhance the emergence of a green hydrogen economy, which is critical for India to achieve its net-zero ambitions by
  • 47th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council 2022 was convened in Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman under the aegis of Ministry of Finance
  • The Ernakulam dairy (Milma) in Kerala is set to become India’s first fully solar powered dairy plant.
  • India’s 1st floating terminal for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at Jaigarh in Maharashtra and the second floating terminal at Jafarabad in Gujarat will also begin operations in the end of 2022.
  • First India Animal Health Summit 2022 held in Delhi for greater use of Ayurveda for ensuring better animal health. This summit was organised by the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) and the Agriculture Today Group.
  • To set up India’s 1st commercial-scale Green Ammonia and Green Methanol projects. For this project NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL) & Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) made a collaboration.
  • Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh announced to set up of Rajendra Prasad Memorial Award in public administration in the field of academic excellence, in memory of the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad.
  • Karnataka is to be the 1st state in India to establish an exclusive Research and Development (R & D) policy. A task force headed by Professor Ashok S. Shettar, the Vice-Chancellor of KLE Technological University Karnataka, has been constituted to ensure its effective implementation.
  • REC Ltd (formerly Rural Electrification Corporation Limited) & Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) has enter in MoU, to collaborate on activities of operational and financial sustainability of distribution companies.
  • Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Central TB Division of  Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has enter in MoU to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) in India by 2025
  • Meeting of Counter-Narcotics Working Group (CNWG) of Indo-United States was held to strongly implement drug law enforcement and the enhancement in the capture of heroin from Afghanistan. The Indian delegation was headed by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director general S N Pradhan.
  • Ministry of Rural Development has unveiled  the delta ranking of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission in which Jharkhand secured the1st  position and followed by Puducherry Assam
  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai has now become India’s first railway station to have an Augmented Reality experience. This technology will facilitate passengers at the station to get a real-time digitized timetable with a dedicated scrolling screen and railway information.
  • 3-Member Commission for Delimitation of Municipal Wards in Delhi has been established by Ministry of Home Affairs. This commission is to assist the Central Government in delimitation of municipal wards in Delhi and carrying out other functions related to it. Chairman of this commission is Vijay Kumar Dev.
  • United States based GE Healthcare announced that its 5G Innovation Lab will be established in Bangalore, Karnataka. This is first lab of GE Healthcare across the globe.
  • Highlights of PM Narendra Modi visit to Varanasi
    • He inaugurated 3-day summit of ‘Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam’ at International Cooperation and Convention Centre, in Varanasi for the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.
    • He inaugurated Akshaya Patra Midday Meal in Varanasi, which is an automatic kitchen to around 150 government schools, and has the capacity of cooking mid-day meals for around one lakh students.
  • “Mission Vatsalya” (formerly known as the Child Protection Services Scheme) is under Ministry of Women and Child Development. It is Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the welfare and rehabilitation of children; Mission Vatsalya has a road map for achieving development and child protection priorities that are consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Kharchi Festival- traditional festival of Tripura; where prayers are offered to 14 deities, in presence of thousands of devotees.
  • Department of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare (of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare)  & the International Rice Research Institute has entered in MoU for the commencement of Phase -2 activities of IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) to boost food and nutrition security in the South Asian region.
  • “Bal Vatikas”- have been inaugurated by Uttarakhand Government in Anganwadi Kendras across the state to improve the pre-primary education system thus Uttarakhand Became The First State to Implement National Education Policy at Pre-Primary Level.
  • India’s first e-waste eco-park in Delhi will be established by Delhi Government in collaboration with IIT Delhi. Delhi is the 5th largest producer of e-waste in India, after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
  • In order to emphasize the LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement through sustainable consumption; the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has formed a committee to develop a comprehensive framework which is chaired by Nidhi Khare.
  • In a National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment, the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs is ranked first in categories of Central Ministries Services Portal. The Digital Police Portal is ranked number second.
  • The National Conference of State Agriculture and Horticulture Ministers’ Conference was held in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was organized by the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
  • Kerala has been become the first and the only state in India to have its own internet services through the Kerala Fibre Optic Network. Project that aims to provide internet access to everyone in Kerala.
  • ‘India Rankings 2022- Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions on Performance’. It is prepared by National Institutional Ranking Framework. The list has been topped by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras followed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru.
  • Jagriti -a Mascot for Empowering Consumers & Creating Awareness; has been launched by Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. Mascot will also display the tagline “Jago Grahak Jago”.
  • Apex committee has been set up by the Ministry of Defense; this committee is headed by Ajay Kumar. This committee will provide valuable inputs in the planning and execution of any projects and suggest improvements.
  • In early 2023, India will get its first-ever underwater train in Kolkata (West Bengal); with a distance of 16.34 km east-west corridor that ends under the river Hooghly, a distributary of the Ganga.
  • An agreement between the Assam government and Arunachal Pradesh government has been signed to end the decade-old border disputes between the two states.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 296 km long Bundelkhand Expressway at Kaitheri village in Orai tehsil of Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh.
  • India’s first Artificial Intelligence based digital Lok Adalat in Rajasthan was launched during the 18th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities (SLSA) held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has setup 29-member committee, which is headed by Sanjay Agrawal that will look into how to make the Minimum Support Price (MSP) more effective and transparent, and to promote zero budget based farming.
  • Open Network Digital Commerce -ONDC Expands to 15 New Cities and Partners with Snapdeal for Pan-India Access. It is an initiative to promote open networks for all aspects of the exchange of goods and services across digital or electronic networks.
  • Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited  & Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has enter in MoU ; to establish  Centre of Excellence which is named ‘Kalpataru’,  for promotion of innovation and start-up activities for RINL and other industries in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released ‘SPRINT Challenges’ (which aims to boost the usage of indigenous technology in the Indian Navy) while addressing the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation seminar, named ‘Swavlamban’ (self-reliance) in New Delhi.
  • Himachal Pradesh becomes 1st Indian state to connect all registered commercial vehicles equipped with Vehicle Location Tracking Device [VLTD] and Emergency Response Support System(ERSS)
  • NITI Aayog released the third edition of the India Innovation Index 2021 in which Karnataka has topped the Major States’ category list, followed by Telangana and Haryana.
  • India Bio - Economy Report 2022- has been prepared by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council’s (BIRAC). As per the report India’s bio-economy is likely to touch USD 150 billion by 2025 and over USD 300 billion by 2030.
  • India and Namibia Sign an Agreement for Wildlife Conservation and Sustainable Biodiversity Utilization. This agreement will allow Cheetah to be transported to India for historic reintroduction.
  • ‘Digital Banks: A proposal for Licensing and Regulatory Regime for India’ is a report published by NITI Aayog. The report is based on an equally weighted Digital Bank Regulatory Index which comprises of 4 factors i.e. Entry barriers; Competition; Business restrictions & Technological neutrality.
  • India & Maldives has entered in MoU for Judicial Cooperation which provides a platform to enhance the benefits of Information Technology (IT) for court digitization.
  • The Government of India unveiled a “Jute Mark India logo” which acts as a certification of authenticity for jute products manufactured in India.
  • The Airports Authority of India will establish India’s first carbon-neutral airport at Leh Airport in Ladakh
  • India and the United Kingdom enter in pact for Mutual Recognition of Educational Degrees including maritime education and a Framework agreement on the health care workforce.
  • NTPC & NITI Aayog have signed a pact to develop a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions roadmap.
  • India’s First ‘Har Ghar Jal’ Certified District is Burhanpur of Madhya Pradesh
  • India’s first-of-its-kind Brain Health Clinic (BHC) was inaugurated by Karnataka government at Jayanagar General Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Bajaj Healthcare Limited became the first private company in India, which will supply opium-derived alkaloids and active pharmaceutical ingredients to the government of India. These are the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in pain medication and cough syrup.
  • The 17th Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Exim Bank Conclave on India and Africa Partnership was held in New Delhi, It was held under the theme of ‘creating shared futures’
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has amended the Flag Code of India 2002, to allow the tricolor to be displayed in open and on individual houses or buildings throughout day and night. Previously, the Flag could only be hoisted between sunrise and sunset.
  • Bal Raksha Mobile App and Vaccination Centre launched by Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi.
  • SAP Labs India & Ministry Electronics and Information Technology has entered in partnership to enhance digital government capabilities in India.
  • Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying launched NDDB MRIDA Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to enhance manure management initiatives across India.
  • ‘Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana’ has been launched by the Department of Posts of the Ministry of Communications to foster interest in philately among students from Class VI to IX. The study and collection of postage stamps is known as Philately
  • India has adopted the United States’ Joint Statement on Cooperation on Global Supply Chains which was released by the Governments of the United States of America (USA) and the 17 partner economies during the virtual 2022 Supply Chain Ministerial Forum.
  • 5 New Wetlands of India has been included in Ramsar Sites of India. The new sites include 3 wetlands in Tamil Nadu, one in Mizoram and one in Madhya Pradesh i.e. 1. Karikili Bird Sanctuary in TN; 2. Pallikaranai Marsh Reserve Forest in TN; 3 Pichavaram Mangrove in TN; 4. Pala wetland in Mizoram and 5. Sakhya Sagar in MP
  • As per the NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index 2021 report, gross expenditure on research and development of India is one of the lowest in the world with USD 43 per capita.
  • National Institute of Speech and Hearing & APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University has enter in MoU to conduct innovative entrepreneurial development training projects for the differently abled youths in
  • The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, which will include 16 teams, including India will be the 1st ever FIFA women’s competition to be hosted by India
  • Egypt and ReNew Power Private Limited, India, has signed in MoU to build a green hydrogen facility in the Suez Canal Economic Zone in Egypt.
  • Gujarat Government has became the first state in India to launch a semiconductor policy i.e. “Gujarat semiconductor policy for 2022- 2027” with an aim to support the semiconductor and display manufacturing sector.
  • The Bonalu Festival Celebrated in Telangana where Goddess Mahakali is worshipped. This annual month-long festival is usually celebrated during the Ashada Masam which falls in July or August.
  • The 7th anniversary of the Skill Indian Mission was observed on 15th July 2022.
  • The 11th Agricultural Census has launched by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. For the first time, the data will be collected using smart phones and tablets.
  • The Indian Navy (IN) received 2 Multirole Helicopters i.e. Romeo Helicopters from the United States of America. 
  • First Teaching robot named “Eagle” to teach students introduced by the Indus International School in Hyderabad, Telangana. These humanoid robots developed by the school will assist teachers in teaching.
  • Indian Vegetable Oil Producers’ Association (IVPA) & Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has entered in MoU to enhance cooperation between Malaysia and India in the palm oil industry and to promote the usage of palm oil.

STATE NEWS

  • Maharashtra Renames Aurangabad City as Sambhajinagar & Osmanabad City as Dharashiv
  • Naari Ko Naman’ scheme launched by Himachal Pradesh government to provide 50 % concession on fares in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses to women commuters within the state boundaries.
  • Medical Insurance Scheme for State Employees and Pensioners has been launched by Kerala government
  • Indian Bank & Government of Haryana has entered in MoU for the distribution of mobile phones to consumers through e-Unified Payment Interface (e-UPI) system.
  • Airports Authority of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh has come under Operation Management agreement for operationalization of five airports (state-owned) at Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Muirpur & Shravasti for 30 years.
  • NTPC Renewable Energy Limited & Rajasthan government entered in MoU for the development of 10 GW Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Park in Rajasthan.
  • Mission Kushal Karmi- launched by the Delhi government; it is a 15-day programme to provide skill development training for construction workers registered with the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited & West Bengal government entered in MoU for design and construction of the next generation environment-friendly electric ferry. The next-generation electric ferry paves way for reducing carbon emissions in the water transport sector.
  • Reciprocal Transport Agreement between the Sikkim & the West Bengal undertaken to boost the tourism industry in their respective states.
  • A unit of Russian nuclear-Rosatom State Corporation has signed an agreement to supply thermocouples for four power units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu.
  • ‘Earn with Learn’ scheme launched by Tripura Government; as a Part of Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan. To re-enroll students who had dropped out of school following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) & Sikkim has entered in an Agreement to boost cultivation of saffron and other crops.
  • Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DESU) & YuWaah (Generation Unlimited) has joined hand at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It aims to enable access to employment opportunities for students of the DSEU.
  • Telangana Government & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have entered in partnership to equip farmers with information on the impact of climate change. This is the first-of-its-kind digital initiative to drive climate action.
  • NHPC Limited has signed 2 Memorandum of Understanding for the development of ‘pilot green hydrogen technologies’ in Leh and Kargil district of Union Territory of Ladakh that is  in line with the aim of reducing carbon footprint .
  • R D Dhiman became New Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Flipkart & Bihar State sign a pact to launch the initiatives of the Supply Chain Operations Academy (SCOA) in Bihar. The pact will provide an opportunity to bridge the skill gap and create job opportunities in the expanding supply chain industry in the country.
  • Swanirbhar Naari scheme has been launched by Assam government to empower and financially support the indigenous weavers of Assam and their families.
  • ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya State Employees Cashless Medical Scheme’, has been launched by Uttar Pradesh government. This scheme is for providing cashless medical facilities to state government employees, pensioners and their dependents.
  • Indian Olympic Association and the Gujarat Government signed in MoU for the joint conduct of the 36th National Games, at Gujarat in 2022.
  • Rajasthan & Telangana has signed a MoU to set up 1st Women Run Bank in Rajasthan; i.e. to establish ‘Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi ’, Rajasthan’s first and India’s third women’s financial institution.
  • Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath’- flagged off by Chhattisgarh government aims to spread legal awareness among women.
  • The Punjab Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for becoming a member of the global network called Under2 Coalition to address the issues of climate change
  • Swami Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Yojana aims to empowering rural youth launched by Karnataka government.
  • Vidyanidhi scholarship programme, a state Government initiative to provide education for children of farmers; this programme has been launched by Karnataka government.

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

  • RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2022 held in Hawaii hosted by US Navy in which 26 nations are participating. RIMPAC 2022’s theme is “Capable Adaptive Partners”.
  • As per the ‘Asia Pacific Sustainability Index 2021’ released by Knight Frank, 4 Indian cities made it to the top 20 of the Asia Pacific (APAC) Sustainably Led Cities Index Ranking.
    • Bangalore, Karnataka, was ranked 14th in the APAC region in the Gold standard category.
    • other three Indian cities, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, came in 17th, 18th, and 20th, respectively, attaining the silver standard category.
  • As per report of the Israel-based Startup Blink’s ‘Global Startup Ecosystem Index (GSEI) 2022’, Bengaluru, (Karnataka), has the “strongest startup ecosystem in India” with ranks 8th among the world’s top 10 cities. The list is topped by San Francisco. Top 3 in Global Ranking Countries: 1st The United States of America, 2nd The United Kingdom, 3rd
  • As per the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023, released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Mumbai ranked at 103 has been emerged as India’s highest ranked student city. The other Indian cities in the rankings include Bangalore (114), Chennai (125) and New Delhi (129).
    • Top 3 cities based on QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023 is :
    • 1st  London- United Kingdom ;
    • 2nd Munich -Germany ;
    • 3rd Seoul South –Korea
  • The European Commission has adopted introducing proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and revive nature back to its health across Europe. The Commission also proposes to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030.
  • The 8th session of India-Armenia Intergovernmental Commission   on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological, Cultural and Educational Cooperation was held in the capital city of Armenia, Yerevan. During this event Mahatma Gandhi Auditorium was unveiled at the Yerevan State Medical University.
  • The United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 was co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal at the Lisbon, Portugal. The theme was “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.”
    • The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 establishes a shared framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ efforts to sustainably manage the ocean.
  • The 30th Ambassadors of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has signed the Accession Protocols for Finland and Sweden at NATO Headquarters (Brussels in Belgium), commencing the ratification process.
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs’ (NIUA) Climate Centre for Cities (NIUA C- Cube) & World Resources Institute India (WRI India) has entered in the partnership for the purpose of launching of India Forum for Nature based Solutions under the ‘Cities4Forests initiative’ at the 11th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Poland.
  • Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s nodal agency has joined International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol’s) for International Child Sexual Exploitation database and became the 68th country to join.
  • As per the data unveiled by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), India has continuously improved in its position in the ranking of International Economic Resilience – 2022. India now at 2nd position, Germany & Canada is at 1st
  • The 10th edition of the World Peace Forum -2022 was held, in Beijing, China under the theme “Preserving International Stability: Commonality, Comprehensiveness and Cooperation”.
  • India & Madagascar government has entered in MoU for participating in the e-VBAB (eVidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati) network project. The agreement comes under the programme and vision of the Ministry of Higher Education to promote online education in Madagascar.
  • Croatia will become the 20th member of the Euro-Zone to adopt Euro currency from 1 January 2023, replacing its current currency Croatian Kuna.
  • The World Economic Forum released the Global Gender Gap Index for 2022, where India ranks low at 135th place among total of 146 countries. Iceland topped the global ranking followed by Finland and Norway.
  • The TIME Magazine came out with its first list of the World’s Greatest Places of 2022. In this list India’s Ahmedabad (Gujarat), and Kerala cities are among the 50 extraordinary destinations to explore.
  • The first virtual summit of I2U2 (India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America) was held on July 14, 2022. During the First I2U2 Leaders’ Virtual Summit 2022, the UAE has announced an investment of $ 2 billion to develop a series of Integrated Food Parks across India, to address rising demand in South and West Asia.
  • Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has been nominated as the first- ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital during the period 2022-23 at the 22nd Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) under a new rotating initiative for promotion of people-to-people contacts and tourism among the member states.
  • 8th BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting-2022, was held under the Chinese Presidency in Beijing,
  • 3rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) hosted by Indonesia. The Fourth G20 FMCBG Meeting will be held in October 2022 in Washington DC, USA.
  • Henley Passport Index 2022: Japan Ranked 1st considered as the world’s most powerful passport while India Ranked 87th.
  • As per the Expat Insider 2022 index published by InterNations headquartered at Germany, India is ranked 36th out of 52 nations, with a high affordability score. Mexico has topped the Expat Insider 2022 Rankings. Kuwait, ranked 52nd, is the worst country for expats.
  • ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ a gold coin launched by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe; that is to be sold to the public in order to tackle inflation, and enhance confidence in the local currency.

BANKING & FINANCE

  • T he World Bank has approved 2 complementary loans of USD 500 million each to support India’s health sector. The 2 complementary combined loans of USD 1 billion will be offered to support India’s major flagship Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), to improve the public healthcare infrastructure across India.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet which is headed by the Prime Minister has been approved by the establishment of Financial Services Institutions Bureau with one chairperson and two other members. Bhanu Pratap Sharma to be the 1st chairman for 2 years.
  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal virtually launched the Three-day ‘Grand Hackathon’, a hybrid event  held at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The “Grand Hackathon” comprises of two categories: the Agri Grant Challenge and the Agri Innovation Hackathon. This hackathon used to promote the ideas to support the adoption of e-Commerce in the agricultural sector.
  • SWITCH app has been launched by Edelweiss General Insurance. SWITCH is an application that is a fully digital and India’s 1st mobile telematics-based motor policy which detects motion and automatically activates insurance when the vehicle is driven.
  • South Indian Bank (SIB) & Kerala’s Forest and Wildlife Department has entered in MoU to enable digital collection of payments at eco-tourism centre.
  • Cyber Vault Edge insurance plan has been launched by SBI General Insurance. It is a comprehensive cyber insurance cover for protecting individuals against financial losses arising from cyber risks and attacks.
  • For the first time, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has endowed 3 private sector banks—HDFC Bank Ltd., ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank Ltd.—to provide financial services such as Letter of Credit (LoC) and Direct Bank Transfer operations for overseas procurement.
  • State Bank of India has renewed its MoU with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Defense Salary Package (DSP) scheme.
  • SBI and Samunnati, an agri finance company enter in a Non-Financial MoU for financing farmer producer organisations (FPOs) with an initial outlay of Rs. 100 crore.
  • National Insurance Company Limited (public sector general insurance company) has selected a US-based IT firm i.e. Cognizant; as a strategic technology provider to accelerate and help manage its digital transformation.
  • Bank of Baroda, has partnered with Women’s World Banking to launch the broader Phase 3 of the ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ to inculcate saving habit in customers.
  • Union Bank of India announced the launch of ‘Uni-verse’, the bank’s Metaverse Virtual Lounge, and the Open Banking Sandbox Environment at an event in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved the establishment of an Interim Operational Hub, its first overseas office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Karnataka Digital Economy Mission & State Bank of India has entered in MoU to support the start-up ecosystem of Karnataka.
  • Axis Bank & Indian Air Force has entered in MoU to manage salary accounts of the defense personnel under its ‘Power Salute’
  • ReNew Power, India’s leading Renewable Energy company, has been successfully refinanced for its 2024 maturity dollar-denominated bonds with amortizing project debt from an Indian nonbank financial company. With this, ReNew has become the first Indian renewable energy firm to refinance dollar-denominated bonds.
  • SBICAP Ventures Ltd. (SVL) & Ministry of External Affairs has entered in MoU to create the Trilateral Development Cooperation Fund for joint projects with global partners.
  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology partnered with Star Health to take health insurance to rural India.
  • Karein Shuru?”- distributor recruitment campaign has been launched by Association of Mutual Funds in India.
  • Asian Development Bank  & the Singapore government has entered in MoU  to promote investments in the Asia and Pacific region and to recognize the importance of private sector finance as well as enhance the public sector resources for sustainable and inclusive development.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has become the 1st private sector bank to be fully integrated with the new e-filing portal of the Income Tax department after the completion of its technical integration with the new e-filing portal.
  • Startup School India a initiative announced by Google, to organize accumulated knowledge into a structured curriculum to enable startups in small cities to overcome various challenges.
  • National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has partnered with Australian Government; to develop a series of roadmaps specifically designed for Indian technology (IT) companies.
  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-owned Akasa Airlines received the Air Operator Certificate, a license from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
  • Nokia partnered with Indian Institute of Science-Bengaluru; to set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in order to facilitate research in the areas of networked robotics at IISc Bengaluru.
  • Karnataka Bank & JCB India Limited has entered in MoU for nominating Karnataka bank as JCB’s preferred Financier partner.
  • ‘Pay as you Drive’ – an add-on feature for motor insurance Own Damage policy which is launched by Go Digit General Insurance Limited. It became India’s first insurance company to introduce the add-on for its customers.
  • Federal Bank & Central Board of Direct Taxes set an agreement to launch CBDT’s new online tax payment service. Federal Bank also registered under Tin 2.0 platform of Income Tax Department.
  • ‘Zero Coupon Zero Principal Instruments’- is a securities, under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 which is declared by government of India. This declaration is a run up to setting up a social stock exchange.
  • European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the European Union (EU), has partnered with the India-led Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure as part of efforts to limit damage caused by climate change.
  • Government of India will provide a financing facility worth$ 200 million through the World Bank (WB) for the Himachal Pradesh for Power Sector Development Program.
  • New Development Bank has approved $ 79.0 million for the Meghalaya Ecotourism Infrastructure Development project which will contribute to the development of five ecotourism circuits including construction of 114 km of roads and bridges.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and GODI India have partnered for the operation and maintenance of an advanced lithium-ion cells manufacturing facility in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • NHPC Limited & Damodar Valley Corporation have entered in MoU for formation of a Joint Venture Company (JVC) for exploring and setting up hydropower and pump storage projects.
  • “DigiVaani Call Center”- has been set up to help women farmers to scale up their business by getting access to information about various schemes. This is the combined effort of NASSCOM & Google Partners.
  • Asian Development Bank has approved $ 96 million loan to Himachal Pradesh for providing safe drinking water, sanitation services and improved water supply under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project.
  • India contributed $ 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for education, health care, relief and social services for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
  • India Post Payments Bank & Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited signed in MoU for providing TATA Accidental Guard policy to IPPB customers.
  • Bandhan Bank opened its first currency chest in Patna, Bihar which helps in cash management for bank branches and ATMs. Currency chests are depositories established by the Reserve Bank of India to facilitate the distribution of new currency notes, recycle old notes and to retain cash reserves of the banks.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited & Greenko ZeroC Private Limited have joined hands to pursue opportunities in renewable, green hydrogen, green ammonia and other derivatives of green hydrogen.
  • National Skill Development Corporation & LawSikho, a legal education start-up made a partnership to bring a world-class skill development program resonating with NSDC’s vision.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

  • Tanuja Nesari, was awarded with the Ayurveda Ratna Award 2022 by the Parliament of United Kingdom for contribution in the field of growth of Ayurveda at global and national level.
  • 58th edition of Femina Miss India World 2022 crowned Sini Shetty from Karnataka at a grand finale of VLCC Femina Miss India.
  • Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, and former badminton player Prakash Padukone, have been selected for the 1st edition of the Kempegowda International Award -2022 instituted by the Karnataka government.
  • IG Drones - Delhi-based leading Drone enterprise platform company, won the “Best Drone Organization award under the Start-up Category” by Airwards.
  • As per the Forbes’s 8th annual list 2022, Jayshree V Ullal, the President and CEO of Arista Networks, a computer networking firm, are among the Five women of Indian origin in America’s richest self-made women.
  • Mathematician Maryna Viazovska of Ukraine was named among four recipients of the Fields Medal-2022 by the International Mathematical Union; which is also known as the Nobel Prize for Mathematics.
  • The 68th National Film Awards were announced to honor best films of 2020 of Indian Cinema.
    • Best Feature Film Soorarai Pottru in Tamil
    • Best Direction Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Malayalam)
    • Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Tanhaji) Hindi
    • Best Children’s Film Sumi (Marathi)
  • Pallavi Singh has won the title of Mrs Universe Divine at the finals held at South Korea. She is from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Parle Topped Rankings for Most Chosen Fast Moving Consumer Goods-FMCG Brands in India for the 10th year in a row according to Kantar India’s annual Brand Footprint report 2022.
  • Indian American Economist Gita Gopinath was featured on the ‘Wall of Former Chief Economists’ of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She became the first woman and second Indian to get this achievement.
  • Maha Metro of Maharashtra & National Highway Authority of India  Creates World Record for Building  Longest Multi-Layer Viaduct (i.e. the longest Double Decker Viaduct in Asia and three metro stations with Highway Flyover & Metro Rail Supported on single column under Nagpur Metro Rail Project.)
  • GODI India Private Limited has become India’s first company to receive Bureau of Indian Standards certification for its lithium-ion cells made using its home-grown technology.
  • Narayanan Kumar has been awarded with Order of the Rising Sun i.e. Gold and Silver Star award of Japan, for his contribution to strengthening economic relations between Japan and India
  • NABARD has been conferred ‘Best Performing Bank Award’ to Indian Bank Under ‘SHG (Self Help Group) Bank Linkage Programme’ category.
  • DBS Bank has been recognized as the ‘World’s Best SME Bank’ by Euro-money for the second time (the first time in 2018). The bank has established its position as a global industry leader in association with Small to Medium Enterprises to enhance growth and development.
  • The National Academy of Agriculture Research Management has been awarded with the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institute Award 2021 for its overall performance.
  • Malayalam Filmmaker KP Kumaran has been chosen for the JC Daniel Award 2021 for his comprehensive contribution to the Malayalam film industry, it is a Kerala’s highest film award
  • Lleyton Hewitt has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
  • Michelle Poonawalla (Artist and businesswoman) has received the Shiromani Award for her contribution in the field of Art during Non-Resident- Indians (NRI) World Summit 2022, held in United Kingdom.
  • Indian-American Engineering Professor Kaushik Rajashekara lifted the Global Energy Prize 2022 for outstanding contributions to transportation electrification and energy efficiency technologies while reducing power generation emissions.
  • NTPC recognized as the ‘Most Preferred Workplace’ of 2022 by Team Marksmen in association of India Today for maximizing employee well-being

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS

  • Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, while Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy CM
  • Former Indian Team coach and cricketer Ravi Shastri has been appointed as brand ambassador for FanCode, a live content, sports statistics and e-commerce marketplace.
  • com, India’s poker platform has been appointed Actor Shahid Kapoor as its Brand Ambassador.
  • Sandeep Kumar Gupta, has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL (India) Limited by Public Enterprises Selection Board
  • Yair Lapid has officially become the 14th Prime Minister of Israel
  • Bollywood Actor Ajay Devgan has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Insecticides India Ltd (IIL), a Crop protection firm.
  • Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian of the Indian Army as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan –UNMISS has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • Garmin Ltd. has appointed Indian Kaustubh Radkar as the brand ambassador of its fitness segment. K. Radkar has also been involved with Garmin Ltd. as a coach.
  • India has been elected as a State Member of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for a period of 2022-2026 i.e. 4 years. The elections for the Intergovernmental Committee took place during the 9thGeneral Assembly of the 2003 Convention held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris.
  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) elected Dinesh as its President, designate for 2022-2023.
  • SBI General Insurance appoints Paritosh Tripathi as the new MD & CEO.
  • Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director of Skyways Group has been appointed as the President of Air Cargo Forum of India- ACFI for 2022-2024.
  • Former NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant Becomes India’s New G20 Sherpa.
  • Ganesan, is the new Governor of Manipur.
  • Ashish Kumar Chauhan has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd.
  • Jayanti Prasad, has taken charge as a whole-time member of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
  • The International Hockey Federation appointed Egypt’s Seif Ahmed as its Acting President.
  • Droupadi Murmu, , is elected as India’s 15th President. Droupadi Murmu would be the first tribal woman to be elected President of India, the highest office in the country. She belongs to the Santhal tribe in Odisha.
  • Dinesh Gunawardena became the 15th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
  • The World Bank has appointed Indermit Gill (Indian), as the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group and Senior Vice President for development economics.
  • Bajram Begaj, took the oath as the 8th President of the Republic of Albania.
  • LIC Housing Finance Limited (LIC HFL) has approved the appointment of Ravi Kishan Takkar as Additional Director.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

  • ABHYAS-High speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C53 (PSLV-C53), carrying 3 Singaporean satellites.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organization successfully carried out the maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka.
  • Digital portal named ‘Pariksha Sangam’ launched by Central Board of Secondary Education- CBSE; to streamline all CBSE board exams and result related activities for classes 10th and 12th. It is a one stop portal for all CBSE board exam activities. It focuses to combine all exam-related processes conducted by the school regional offices and the headquarters of the CBSE board.
  • Iran launched its 2nd solid-fuelled rocket named “Zuljanah” with a satellite carrier into space by the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics. It is a 3-stage satellite launcher using a combination of solid and liquid fuels.
  • TiHAN (Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation) for Aerial and Terrestrial India’s first Autonomous Navigation facility has been inaugurated by The Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, at the IIT-Hyderabad (Telangana) campus.
  • NASA tested a first-of-its-kind waste disposal technology by releasing around 78 kg of garbage from the International Space Station.
  • CERN or European Council for Nuclear Research discovered three subatomic (exotic) particles with the help of the Large Hadron Collider for the first time using Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment.
  • The Bengaluru-based Electric two-wheeler maker Ola Electric launched India’s first indigenously developed lithium-ion cell.
  • Agnikul Cosmos, a Chennai-based Indian space tech start-up, opened its first rocket Making Facility, India’s first-ever rocket facility for 3D printed rocket engines at the Indian Institute of Technology –Madras.
  • IIT Madras have developed PIVOT, an Artificial Intelligence based tool that can predict cancer-causing genes in humans. It facilitates predicting and analyzing personalized cancer treatment strategies.
  • Samsung has developed first and also world’s fastest new graphics Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chip with a faster speed and improved power efficiency
  • Ministry of Defense has launched an indigenously built Y- 3023 Dunagiri, Project-17 Alpha frigates onto the river Hooghly in Kolkata (West Bengal) for the Indian Navy. The Project 17A frigates, is also known as Nilgiri-class stealth frigates.
  • ‘Repos Pay’—” is a platform through which a person can order a Mobile Electric Charging Vehicle on application and charge their vehicles and ‘Phy-gital’— is a Fintech Platform that will bring credit to fuel customers (Buy Now, Pay Later) through Technology; these apps have been launched by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises at the ‘Fueling India 2022’ event in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Indian Naval Ship Sindhudhvaj, the submarine has been decommissioned by the Indian Navy (IN) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh after serving for about 35 years.
  • PM Narendra Modi unveiled the pilotless drone “Varuna”. It is India’s 1st indigenous human passenger drone during Naval Innovation and Indigenization Organization (NIIO) seminar ‘Swavlamban’ at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a new mobile app ‘AadhaarFaceRd’ which is a face authentication feature to verify Aadhaar number holder’s identity.
  • Wentian Lab Module’- is the 2nd of three modules of China’s permanent space station lab module which has been launched recently.
  • China successfully has launched six new satellites into space with its first new and largest solid propellant rocket, ZK 1A from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre which is in north-western China.
  • India’s 1st Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant, the largest warship built in India has been hand over to Indian navy.
  • “Street View”- has been launched by Google Map. This service across 10 cities in India which will offer a 360-degree view of landmarks, streets, residential areas, or any location.

SPORTS

  • Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr. of team Scuderia Ferrari, won the Formula 1 Lenovo British Grand Prix 2022.
  • England cricketer Eoin Morgan Announced Retirement from International Cricket.
  • Indian women boxers Alfiya Pathan (81kg category) and Gitika (48kg category) won the gold medal at the inaugural first edition of the Elorda Boxing Cup 2022 held in Nur-Sultan,
  • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has won the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, it is a formula one race.
  • Ukraine’s Grandmaster Vitaly Sivuk won the first prize in the 2nd edition of La Plagne International Chess Festival – Masters Tournamen held in France.
  • The Wimbledon Championships 2022
    • Gentlemen’s Singles won by Novak Djokovic (Serbia).
    • Ladies’ Singles won by Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan).
  • Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa won the Open A section of the 15th International Chess Festival ‘’Paracin 2022’’ which was organized  in Serbia
  • PV Sindhu lifted the Singapore Open 2022 Super 500 trophy in Women’s Singles final.
  • West Indies Cricketers Denesh Ramdin & Lendl Simmons Announces Retirement from International Cricket
  • England’s Ben Stokes Announced Retirement from ODI Cricket
  • Adani Sportsline, has become an official partner of Indian Olympic Association for the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in England, Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 in China, and Paris Olympic Games 2024 in France.
  • Indian GM Aravindh won Benasque International chess tournament in Spain
  • The Yonex Taipei Open 2022 badminton tournament was organized by the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association
    • Men’s Singles won by Chou Tien-Chen
    • Women’s Singles won by Tai Tzu-ying
  • Red Bull racer Max Verstappen (Dutch) won the French Grand Prix- 2022
  • The 18th edition of World Athletics Championships - 2022 was organized at Oregon, United States. India has ranked 33 and US topped the list.
  • The Organizing Committee of the Olympic & Paralympics Games 2024 revealed the new slogan – “Games Wide Open”. 2024 Olympic & Paralympics Games in Paris, France.
  • Indian Cricketer Karuna Vijaykumar Jain, from Bangalore, Karnataka, announced her decision to retire from all formats of cricket.
  • Reliance Industries Limited & Indian Olympic Association has undertaken a partnership to set up the first ever India House at Paris Olympics 2024, France.

IMPORTANT DAYS

  • National Doctors Day 2022 – July 1; The day also marks the both birth and death anniversary of Bharat Ratna, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
  • International Day of Parliamentarism 2022; celebrated every year by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on June 30.
  • National Chartered Accountant Day annually observed across India on July 1.
    • In November 2022, India will host the 21st World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) for the first time.
  • Goods and Services Tax Day observed on July 1. GST Day 2022 marks the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the implementation of GST system.
  • World Unidentified Flying Object Day 2022 observed across the globe on July 02.
  • World Sports Journalists Day observed on July 02.
  • International Day of Cooperatives observed across the globe on the first Saturday of July
  • International Plastic Bag Free Day observed across the globe on July 03.
  • World Zoonoses Day observed across the globe on July 06.
  • World Kiswahili Language Day; the first ever World Kiswahili Language Day was celebrated on 7th July 2022.
  • National Fish Farmers Day 2022 observed on July 10
  • World Population Day 2022 observed on July 11
  • Malala Day observed on July 12
  • World Youth Skills Day 2022 observed on July 15. Theme for World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2022 was ‘Transforming youth skills for the future’.
  • Nelson Mandela International Day 2022 observed on July 18. Theme of Nelson Mandela International Day 2022: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
  • Day of International Criminal Justice 2022 observed on July 17
  • World Chess Day 2022 observed on July 20
  • UN’s First International Moon Day observed on 20th July 2022. Theme for International Moon Day 2022- ‘Lunar Exploration Coordination & Sustainability’
  • World Brain Day 2022 observed on July 22. Theme of World Brain Day (WBD) 2022 – “Brain Health for all”
  • Pi Approximation Day 2022 observed on July 22
  • National Broadcasting Day 2022 observed on July 23
  • National Income Tax Day 2022 observed on 24 July
  • World Drowning Prevention Day 2022 observed on July 25. Theme of 2022 World Drowning Prevention Day - “Do one thing – to prevent drowning
  • World In - Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Day 2022 observed on July 25.
  • International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems 2022 observed on July 26.
  • Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022 observed on July 26.
  • World Hepatitis Day 2022 observed on July 28.
  • World Nature Conservation Day 2022 observed on July 28.
  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2022 observed on 30 July.
  • International Tiger Day 2022 observed on July 29.

BOOKS & AUTHORS

  • “The Life and Times of George Fernandes”, a biography of George Fernandes Authored by Rahul
  • Ganga: Re-Imagining, Rejuvenating, Re-Connecting” Authored by Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and Puskal Upadhyay.
  • Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics: Debates on Gender, Varna and Species” Authored by Ruth Vanita
  • Architect of the New BJP: How Narendra Modi Transformed The Party’ Authored by Ajay Singh
  • The Resilient Entrepreneur: Strategies to set you up for Success” Authored by Dhruti Shah
  • ‘Beyond The Misty Veil, Temple Tales of Uttarakhand’ Authored by Aradhana Johri,

OBITUARY

  • The Padma Shri award (in 1990) recipient and veteran Bengali film director, Tarun Majumdar passed away.
  • Former Bihar Agriculture minister and a veteran socialist leader, Narendra Singh, passed away at the age of 75 in Patna.
  • The Padma Shri award recipient and Freedom fighter, Padmanabha Pillai Gopinathan Nair (P. P. Gopinathan Nair) passed away.
  • Japan’s Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Passed Away.
  • American actor (Actor of ‘The Godfather’), James Edmund Caan passed away at the age of 82 years in California.
  • A pioneer in the Indian Telecommunication Sector and was referred to as the “Father of Indian Internet” BK Syngal passed away.
  • Renowned archaeologist and Padma awardee Dr Enamul Haque passed away.
  • Peter Brook, the British-born director has passed away at the age of 97. He is best known in India for his production of the French play “Le Mahabharata” (The Mahabharata).
  • Renowned social worker and Padma Shri awardee Avdhash Kaushal passed away.
  • Actor and filmmaker Pratap Pothen passes away.
  • Noted Scientist, Padma Shri Dr Ajay Parida, Director of Institute of Life Science Passes Away.
  • Former New Zealand cricket captain Barry Sinclair passed away.
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Architect of Good Friday Agreement David Trimble Passes Away
  • West Bengal’s Doctor Padma Shri Sushovan Banerjee Passed Away; who charged One rupee only.
  • Eminent Assam Litterateur Atulananda Goswami Passes Away.

 

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NATIONAL AFFAIRS
  • Forecasting Penetration of Electric Two-Wheelers (e-2W) in India- A Bottom-Up Analysis’ a report has been released by NITI Aayog and Technology Information Forecasting and Assessment Council [TIFAC]. The report forecasts 100% penetration of electric two wheelers in the Indian market by FY 2026– 27. 
  • Ministry of Heavy Industries & Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship has  entered in MoU to create a collaborative ecosystem to offer skill development training in the capital goods sector.
  • Ministry of Science & Technology and Singapore has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Cooperation in the fields of Science, Technology and Innovation which has been approved by cabinet.
  • Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) signed an agreement to help India’s energy transition efforts, and the world in combating climate change has been approved by cabinet.
  • NITI Aayog in collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has unveiled a report titled “Take Home Ration: Good Practices-Across the States/UTs
    • The Government of India (GoI) launched the National Nutrition Mission (NNM), which is also known as the Scheme for Holistic Nourishment (POSHAN Abhiyaan), with the purpose of reducing under-nutrition by 2% annually.
    • Take Home Ration provide fortified rations for use at home for pregnant and lactating women, and children between the ages of 6 and 36 months.
  • “Project Surya” as an initiative to train low income women salt pan workers as solar technician or to work in the renewable industry. This project was initiated by ReNew Energy Global with the help of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Self-Employed Women’s Association of India (SEWA).
  • Telangana government has inaugurated Technology Hub (T-Hub 2.0), the world’s largest innovation campus in Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana.
  • The assessment of States/Union Territories (UTs) under the Business Reforms Action Plan 2020, the 5th edition of this exercise, was announced by Ministry of Finance.
    • 5 States/UTs in Top Achievers: Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Punjab, 
  • NTPC Limited, has announced the commercial operation of the Ramagundam Floating Solar photovoltaic Project in Telangana, which is India’s largest floating solar power plant.
  • Pradhan Mantri - Formalisation of Micro food processing Enterprises (PM-FME) Scheme, in the line of Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan, has completed two years (2020-2022). Objective of this scheme is to empower the unorganized Micro Enterprises to fulfill the aim of formalizing the food processing sector in India.
  • IIE(Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship), Guwahati & IIM- Shillong signed an MoU to Boost Entrepreneurship and startups for Ecosystem in the North eastern Region
  • NITI Aayog has released ‘Mitigation and Management of COVID-19: compendium of Ayush-based practices from States and Union territories (UTs)’ which details information about various Ayush-based initiatives and practices adopted by the States and UTs in India for containing and managing the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • States’ Startup Ranking 2021 was announced by the Ministry of Commerce and Industr Gujarat has been the best Performer State for the third time.
  • The first edition of the “State Ranking Index for NFSA: Creating resilient food systems to optimize the delivery of benefits “was unveiled Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. In this Index Odisha secured 1st rank and followed by Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh among General Category States.
  • The government of Rajasthan will introduce the ‘Right to Health Bill 2022’ in the Rajasthan assembly. It makes Rajasthan the first state in India to propose a guaranteed right to healthcare to its residents.
  • Digital India Week 2022’- was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat to showcase the transformation of India’s digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The theme for Digital India Week 2022- ‘Catalyzing New India’s Techade’.
  • Uttar Pradesh has became the first state in India to connect One District One Product mart with the Open Network for Digital Commerce Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC) will focus to increase revenues and access to finance by micro food processing units of India.
  • A new report which has been titled “Harnessing Green Hydrogen: Opportunities for Deep Decarbonisation in India”, by NITI  Aayog in collaboration with Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), will facilitate a way to enhance the emergence of a green hydrogen economy, which is critical for India to achieve its net-zero ambitions by
  • 47th Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council 2022 was convened in Chandigarh under the chairmanship of Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman under the aegis of Ministry of Finance
  • The Ernakulam dairy (Milma) in Kerala is set to become India’s first fully solar powered dairy plant.
  • India’s 1st floating terminal for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) at Jaigarh in Maharashtra and the second floating terminal at Jafarabad in Gujarat will also begin operations in the end of 2022.
  • First India Animal Health Summit 2022 held in Delhi for greater use of Ayurveda for ensuring better animal health. This summit was organised by the Indian Chamber of Food and Agriculture (ICFA) and the Agriculture Today Group.
  • To set up India’s 1st commercial-scale Green Ammonia and Green Methanol projects. For this project NTPC Renewable Energy Limited (NTPC REL) & Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Limited (GACL) made a collaboration.
  • Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh announced to set up of Rajendra Prasad Memorial Award in public administration in the field of academic excellence, in memory of the first President of India, Rajendra Prasad.
  • Karnataka is to be the 1st state in India to establish an exclusive Research and Development (R & D) policy. A task force headed by Professor Ashok S. Shettar, the Vice-Chancellor of KLE Technological University Karnataka, has been constituted to ensure its effective implementation.
  • REC Ltd (formerly Rural Electrification Corporation Limited) & Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) has enter in MoU, to collaborate on activities of operational and financial sustainability of distribution companies.
  • Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Central TB Division of  Ministry of Health & Family Welfare has enter in MoU to eradicate tuberculosis (TB) in India by 2025
  • Meeting of Counter-Narcotics Working Group (CNWG) of Indo-United States was held to strongly implement drug law enforcement and the enhancement in the capture of heroin from Afghanistan. The Indian delegation was headed by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) director general S N Pradhan.
  • Ministry of Rural Development has unveiled  the delta ranking of Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission in which Jharkhand secured the1st  position and followed by Puducherry Assam
  • The Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai has now become India’s first railway station to have an Augmented Reality experience. This technology will facilitate passengers at the station to get a real-time digitized timetable with a dedicated scrolling screen and railway information.
  • 3-Member Commission for Delimitation of Municipal Wards in Delhi has been established by Ministry of Home Affairs. This commission is to assist the Central Government in delimitation of municipal wards in Delhi and carrying out other functions related to it. Chairman of this commission is Vijay Kumar Dev.
  • United States based GE Healthcare announced that its 5G Innovation Lab will be established in Bangalore, Karnataka. This is first lab of GE Healthcare across the globe.
  • Highlights of PM Narendra Modi visit to Varanasi
    • He inaugurated 3-day summit of ‘Akhil Bharatiya Shiksha Samagam’ at International Cooperation and Convention Centre, in Varanasi for the implementation of the National Education Policy 2020.
    • He inaugurated Akshaya Patra Midday Meal in Varanasi, which is an automatic kitchen to around 150 government schools, and has the capacity of cooking mid-day meals for around one lakh students.
  • “Mission Vatsalya” (formerly known as the Child Protection Services Scheme) is under Ministry of Women and Child Development. It is Centrally Sponsored Scheme for the welfare and rehabilitation of children; Mission Vatsalya has a road map for achieving development and child protection priorities that are consistent with the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Kharchi Festival- traditional festival of Tripura; where prayers are offered to 14 deities, in presence of thousands of devotees.
  • Department of Agriculture & Farmer Welfare (of the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare)  & the International Rice Research Institute has entered in MoU for the commencement of Phase -2 activities of IRRI South Asia Regional Centre (ISARC) to boost food and nutrition security in the South Asian region.
  • “Bal Vatikas”- have been inaugurated by Uttarakhand Government in Anganwadi Kendras across the state to improve the pre-primary education system thus Uttarakhand Became The First State to Implement National Education Policy at Pre-Primary Level.
  • India’s first e-waste eco-park in Delhi will be established by Delhi Government in collaboration with IIT Delhi. Delhi is the 5th largest producer of e-waste in India, after Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
  • In order to emphasize the LiFE (Lifestyle for the Environment) movement through sustainable consumption; the Ministry of Consumer Affairs has formed a committee to develop a comprehensive framework which is chaired by Nidhi Khare.
  • In a National e-Governance Service Delivery Assessment, the website of the Ministry of Home Affairs is ranked first in categories of Central Ministries Services Portal. The Digital Police Portal is ranked number second.
  • The National Conference of State Agriculture and Horticulture Ministers’ Conference was held in Bangalore, Karnataka. It was organized by the Department of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare, Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare
  • Kerala has been become the first and the only state in India to have its own internet services through the Kerala Fibre Optic Network. Project that aims to provide internet access to everyone in Kerala.
  • ‘India Rankings 2022- Ranking of Higher Educational Institutions on Performance’. It is prepared by National Institutional Ranking Framework. The list has been topped by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras followed by Indian Institute of Science (IISc) Bengaluru.
  • Jagriti -a Mascot for Empowering Consumers & Creating Awareness; has been launched by Department of Consumer Affairs (DoCA), Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution. Mascot will also display the tagline “Jago Grahak Jago”.
  • Apex committee has been set up by the Ministry of Defense; this committee is headed by Ajay Kumar. This committee will provide valuable inputs in the planning and execution of any projects and suggest improvements.
  • In early 2023, India will get its first-ever underwater train in Kolkata (West Bengal); with a distance of 16.34 km east-west corridor that ends under the river Hooghly, a distributary of the Ganga.
  • An agreement between the Assam government and Arunachal Pradesh government has been signed to end the decade-old border disputes between the two states.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 296 km long Bundelkhand Expressway at Kaitheri village in Orai tehsil of Jalaun, Uttar Pradesh.
  • India’s first Artificial Intelligence based digital Lok Adalat in Rajasthan was launched during the 18th All India Meet of State Legal Services Authorities (SLSA) held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
  • Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare has setup 29-member committee, which is headed by Sanjay Agrawal that will look into how to make the Minimum Support Price (MSP) more effective and transparent, and to promote zero budget based farming.
  • Open Network Digital Commerce -ONDC Expands to 15 New Cities and Partners with Snapdeal for Pan-India Access. It is an initiative to promote open networks for all aspects of the exchange of goods and services across digital or electronic networks.
  • Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Limited  & Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) has enter in MoU ; to establish  Centre of Excellence which is named ‘Kalpataru’,  for promotion of innovation and start-up activities for RINL and other industries in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi released ‘SPRINT Challenges’ (which aims to boost the usage of indigenous technology in the Indian Navy) while addressing the Naval Innovation and Indigenisation Organisation seminar, named ‘Swavlamban’ (self-reliance) in New Delhi.
  • Himachal Pradesh becomes 1st Indian state to connect all registered commercial vehicles equipped with Vehicle Location Tracking Device [VLTD] and Emergency Response Support System(ERSS)
  • NITI Aayog released the third edition of the India Innovation Index 2021 in which Karnataka has topped the Major States’ category list, followed by Telangana and Haryana.
  • India Bio - Economy Report 2022- has been prepared by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council’s (BIRAC). As per the report India’s bio-economy is likely to touch USD 150 billion by 2025 and over USD 300 billion by 2030.
  • India and Namibia Sign an Agreement for Wildlife Conservation and Sustainable Biodiversity Utilization. This agreement will allow Cheetah to be transported to India for historic reintroduction.
  • ‘Digital Banks: A proposal for Licensing and Regulatory Regime for India’ is a report published by NITI Aayog. The report is based on an equally weighted Digital Bank Regulatory Index which comprises of 4 factors i.e. Entry barriers; Competition; Business restrictions & Technological neutrality.
  • India & Maldives has entered in MoU for Judicial Cooperation which provides a platform to enhance the benefits of Information Technology (IT) for court digitization.
  • The Government of India unveiled a “Jute Mark India logo” which acts as a certification of authenticity for jute products manufactured in India.
  • The Airports Authority of India will establish India’s first carbon-neutral airport at Leh Airport in Ladakh
  • India and the United Kingdom enter in pact for Mutual Recognition of Educational Degrees including maritime education and a Framework agreement on the health care workforce.
  • NTPC & NITI Aayog have signed a pact to develop a net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions roadmap.
  • India’s First ‘Har Ghar Jal’ Certified District is Burhanpur of Madhya Pradesh
  • India’s first-of-its-kind Brain Health Clinic (BHC) was inaugurated by Karnataka government at Jayanagar General Hospital, Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Bajaj Healthcare Limited became the first private company in India, which will supply opium-derived alkaloids and active pharmaceutical ingredients to the government of India. These are the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients in pain medication and cough syrup.
  • The 17th Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Exim Bank Conclave on India and Africa Partnership was held in New Delhi, It was held under the theme of ‘creating shared futures’
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs has amended the Flag Code of India 2002, to allow the tricolor to be displayed in open and on individual houses or buildings throughout day and night. Previously, the Flag could only be hoisted between sunrise and sunset.
  • Bal Raksha Mobile App and Vaccination Centre launched by Ministry of AYUSH in New Delhi.
  • SAP Labs India & Ministry Electronics and Information Technology has entered in partnership to enhance digital government capabilities in India.
  • Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying launched NDDB MRIDA Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary company of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to enhance manure management initiatives across India.
  • ‘Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana’ has been launched by the Department of Posts of the Ministry of Communications to foster interest in philately among students from Class VI to IX. The study and collection of postage stamps is known as Philately
  • India has adopted the United States’ Joint Statement on Cooperation on Global Supply Chains which was released by the Governments of the United States of America (USA) and the 17 partner economies during the virtual 2022 Supply Chain Ministerial Forum.
  • 5 New Wetlands of India has been included in Ramsar Sites of India. The new sites include 3 wetlands in Tamil Nadu, one in Mizoram and one in Madhya Pradesh i.e. 1. Karikili Bird Sanctuary in TN; 2. Pallikaranai Marsh Reserve Forest in TN; 3 Pichavaram Mangrove in TN; 4. Pala wetland in Mizoram and 5. Sakhya Sagar in MP
  • As per the NITI Aayog’s India Innovation Index 2021 report, gross expenditure on research and development of India is one of the lowest in the world with USD 43 per capita.
  • National Institute of Speech and Hearing & APJ Abdul Kalam Technological University has enter in MoU to conduct innovative entrepreneurial development training projects for the differently abled youths in
  • The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022, which will include 16 teams, including India will be the 1st ever FIFA women’s competition to be hosted by India
  • Egypt and ReNew Power Private Limited, India, has signed in MoU to build a green hydrogen facility in the Suez Canal Economic Zone in Egypt.
  • Gujarat Government has became the first state in India to launch a semiconductor policy i.e. “Gujarat semiconductor policy for 2022- 2027” with an aim to support the semiconductor and display manufacturing sector.
  • The Bonalu Festival Celebrated in Telangana where Goddess Mahakali is worshipped. This annual month-long festival is usually celebrated during the Ashada Masam which falls in July or August.
  • The 7th anniversary of the Skill Indian Mission was observed on 15th July 2022.
  • The 11th Agricultural Census has launched by Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare. For the first time, the data will be collected using smart phones and tablets.
  • The Indian Navy (IN) received 2 Multirole Helicopters i.e. Romeo Helicopters from the United States of America. 
  • First Teaching robot named “Eagle” to teach students introduced by the Indus International School in Hyderabad, Telangana. These humanoid robots developed by the school will assist teachers in teaching.
  • Indian Vegetable Oil Producers’ Association (IVPA) & Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) has entered in MoU to enhance cooperation between Malaysia and India in the palm oil industry and to promote the usage of palm oil.
STATE NEWS
  • Maharashtra Renames Aurangabad City as Sambhajinagar & Osmanabad City as Dharashiv
  • Naari Ko Naman’ scheme launched by Himachal Pradesh government to provide 50 % concession on fares in Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses to women commuters within the state boundaries.
  • Medical Insurance Scheme for State Employees and Pensioners has been launched by Kerala government
  • Indian Bank & Government of Haryana has entered in MoU for the distribution of mobile phones to consumers through e-Unified Payment Interface (e-UPI) system.
  • Airports Authority of India and Government of Uttar Pradesh has come under Operation Management agreement for operationalization of five airports (state-owned) at Aligarh, Azamgarh, Chitrakoot, Muirpur & Shravasti for 30 years.
  • NTPC Renewable Energy Limited & Rajasthan government entered in MoU for the development of 10 GW Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Park in Rajasthan.
  • Mission Kushal Karmi- launched by the Delhi government; it is a 15-day programme to provide skill development training for construction workers registered with the Delhi Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board.
  • Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Limited & West Bengal government entered in MoU for design and construction of the next generation environment-friendly electric ferry. The next-generation electric ferry paves way for reducing carbon emissions in the water transport sector.
  • Reciprocal Transport Agreement between the Sikkim & the West Bengal undertaken to boost the tourism industry in their respective states.
  • A unit of Russian nuclear-Rosatom State Corporation has signed an agreement to supply thermocouples for four power units of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu.
  • ‘Earn with Learn’ scheme launched by Tripura Government; as a Part of Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan. To re-enroll students who had dropped out of school following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) & Sikkim has entered in an Agreement to boost cultivation of saffron and other crops.
  • Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DESU) & YuWaah (Generation Unlimited) has joined hand at United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). It aims to enable access to employment opportunities for students of the DSEU.
  • Telangana Government & United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have entered in partnership to equip farmers with information on the impact of climate change. This is the first-of-its-kind digital initiative to drive climate action.
  • NHPC Limited has signed 2 Memorandum of Understanding for the development of ‘pilot green hydrogen technologies’ in Leh and Kargil district of Union Territory of Ladakh that is  in line with the aim of reducing carbon footprint .
  • R D Dhiman became New Chief Secretary of Himachal Pradesh.
  • Flipkart & Bihar State sign a pact to launch the initiatives of the Supply Chain Operations Academy (SCOA) in Bihar. The pact will provide an opportunity to bridge the skill gap and create job opportunities in the expanding supply chain industry in the country.
  • Swanirbhar Naari scheme has been launched by Assam government to empower and financially support the indigenous weavers of Assam and their families.
  • ‘Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya State Employees Cashless Medical Scheme’, has been launched by Uttar Pradesh government. This scheme is for providing cashless medical facilities to state government employees, pensioners and their dependents.
  • Indian Olympic Association and the Gujarat Government signed in MoU for the joint conduct of the 36th National Games, at Gujarat in 2022.
  • Rajasthan & Telangana has signed a MoU to set up 1st Women Run Bank in Rajasthan; i.e. to establish ‘Rajasthan Mahila Nidhi ’, Rajasthan’s first and India’s third women’s financial institution.
  • Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath’- flagged off by Chhattisgarh government aims to spread legal awareness among women.
  • The Punjab Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for becoming a member of the global network called Under2 Coalition to address the issues of climate change
  • Swami Vivekananda Yuva Shakti Yojana aims to empowering rural youth launched by Karnataka government.
  • Vidyanidhi scholarship programme, a state Government initiative to provide education for children of farmers; this programme has been launched by Karnataka government.
INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS
  • RIMPAC (Rim of the Pacific) 2022 held in Hawaii hosted by US Navy in which 26 nations are participating. RIMPAC 2022’s theme is “Capable Adaptive Partners”.
  • As per the ‘Asia Pacific Sustainability Index 2021’ released by Knight Frank, 4 Indian cities made it to the top 20 of the Asia Pacific (APAC) Sustainably Led Cities Index Ranking.
    • Bangalore, Karnataka, was ranked 14th in the APAC region in the Gold standard category.
    • other three Indian cities, Delhi, Hyderabad and Mumbai, came in 17th, 18th, and 20th, respectively, attaining the silver standard category.
  • As per report of the Israel-based Startup Blink’s ‘Global Startup Ecosystem Index (GSEI) 2022’, Bengaluru, (Karnataka), has the “strongest startup ecosystem in India” with ranks 8th among the world’s top 10 cities. The list is topped by San Francisco. Top 3 in Global Ranking Countries: 1st The United States of America, 2nd The United Kingdom, 3rd
  • As per the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023, released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Mumbai ranked at 103 has been emerged as India’s highest ranked student city. The other Indian cities in the rankings include Bangalore (114), Chennai (125) and New Delhi (129).
    • Top 3 cities based on QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023 is :
    • 1st  London- United Kingdom ;
    • 2nd Munich -Germany ;
    • 3rd Seoul South –Korea
  • The European Commission has adopted introducing proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and revive nature back to its health across Europe. The Commission also proposes to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030.
  • The 8th session of India-Armenia Intergovernmental Commission   on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technological, Cultural and Educational Cooperation was held in the capital city of Armenia, Yerevan. During this event Mahatma Gandhi Auditorium was unveiled at the Yerevan State Medical University.
  • The United Nations Ocean Conference 2022 was co-hosted by the governments of Kenya and Portugal at the Lisbon, Portugal. The theme was “Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions.”
    • The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 establishes a shared framework to ensure that ocean science can fully support countries’ efforts to sustainably manage the ocean.
  • The 30th Ambassadors of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has signed the Accession Protocols for Finland and Sweden at NATO Headquarters (Brussels in Belgium), commencing the ratification process.
  • National Institute of Urban Affairs’ (NIUA) Climate Centre for Cities (NIUA C- Cube) & World Resources Institute India (WRI India) has entered in the partnership for the purpose of launching of India Forum for Nature based Solutions under the ‘Cities4Forests initiative’ at the 11th World Urban Forum (WUF) in Poland.
  • Central Bureau of Investigation, India’s nodal agency has joined International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol’s) for International Child Sexual Exploitation database and became the 68th country to join.
  • As per the data unveiled by the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), India has continuously improved in its position in the ranking of International Economic Resilience – 2022. India now at 2nd position, Germany & Canada is at 1st
  • The 10th edition of the World Peace Forum -2022 was held, in Beijing, China under the theme “Preserving International Stability: Commonality, Comprehensiveness and Cooperation”.
  • India & Madagascar government has entered in MoU for participating in the e-VBAB (eVidyaBharati and e-AarogyaBharati) network project. The agreement comes under the programme and vision of the Ministry of Higher Education to promote online education in Madagascar.
  • Croatia will become the 20th member of the Euro-Zone to adopt Euro currency from 1 January 2023, replacing its current currency Croatian Kuna.
  • The World Economic Forum released the Global Gender Gap Index for 2022, where India ranks low at 135th place among total of 146 countries. Iceland topped the global ranking followed by Finland and Norway.
  • The TIME Magazine came out with its first list of the World’s Greatest Places of 2022. In this list India’s Ahmedabad (Gujarat), and Kerala cities are among the 50 extraordinary destinations to explore.
  • The first virtual summit of I2U2 (India, Israel, the United Arab Emirates and the United States of America) was held on July 14, 2022. During the First I2U2 Leaders’ Virtual Summit 2022, the UAE has announced an investment of $ 2 billion to develop a series of Integrated Food Parks across India, to address rising demand in South and West Asia.
  • Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh has been nominated as the first- ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital during the period 2022-23 at the 22nd Meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) under a new rotating initiative for promotion of people-to-people contacts and tourism among the member states.
  • 8th BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting-2022, was held under the Chinese Presidency in Beijing,
  • 3rd G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors (FMCBG) hosted by Indonesia. The Fourth G20 FMCBG Meeting will be held in October 2022 in Washington DC, USA.
  • Henley Passport Index 2022: Japan Ranked 1st considered as the world’s most powerful passport while India Ranked 87th.
  • As per the Expat Insider 2022 index published by InterNations headquartered at Germany, India is ranked 36th out of 52 nations, with a high affordability score. Mexico has topped the Expat Insider 2022 Rankings. Kuwait, ranked 52nd, is the worst country for expats.
  • ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ a gold coin launched by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe; that is to be sold to the public in order to tackle inflation, and enhance confidence in the local currency.

BANKING & FINANCE
  • The World Bank has approved 2 complementary loans of USD 500 million each to support India’s health sector. The 2 complementary combined loans of USD 1 billion will be offered to support India’s major flagship Pradhan Mantri-Ayushman Bharat Health Infrastructure Mission (PM-ABHIM), to improve the public healthcare infrastructure across India.
  • The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet which is headed by the Prime Minister has been approved by the establishment of Financial Services Institutions Bureau with one chairperson and two other members. Bhanu Pratap Sharma to be the 1st chairman for 2 years.
  • Union Minister Piyush Goyal virtually launched the Three-day ‘Grand Hackathon’, a hybrid event  held at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The “Grand Hackathon” comprises of two categories: the Agri Grant Challenge and the Agri Innovation Hackathon. This hackathon used to promote the ideas to support the adoption of e-Commerce in the agricultural sector.
  • SWITCH app has been launched by Edelweiss General Insurance. SWITCH is an application that is a fully digital and India’s 1st mobile telematics-based motor policy which detects motion and automatically activates insurance when the vehicle is driven.
  • South Indian Bank (SIB) & Kerala’s Forest and Wildlife Department has entered in MoU to enable digital collection of payments at eco-tourism centre.
  • Cyber Vault Edge insurance plan has been launched by SBI General Insurance. It is a comprehensive cyber insurance cover for protecting individuals against financial losses arising from cyber risks and attacks.
  • For the first time, the Ministry of Defense (MoD) has endowed 3 private sector banks—HDFC Bank Ltd., ICICI Bank, and Axis Bank Ltd.—to provide financial services such as Letter of Credit (LoC) and Direct Bank Transfer operations for overseas procurement.
  • State Bank of India has renewed its MoU with the Indian Air Force (IAF) for the Defense Salary Package (DSP) scheme.
  • SBI and Samunnati, an agri finance company enter in a Non-Financial MoU for financing farmer producer organisations (FPOs) with an initial outlay of Rs. 100 crore.
  • National Insurance Company Limited (public sector general insurance company) has selected a US-based IT firm i.e. Cognizant; as a strategic technology provider to accelerate and help manage its digital transformation.
  • Bank of Baroda, has partnered with Women’s World Banking to launch the broader Phase 3 of the ‘Baroda Jan Dhan Plus’ to inculcate saving habit in customers.
  • Union Bank of India announced the launch of ‘Uni-verse’, the bank’s Metaverse Virtual Lounge, and the Open Banking Sandbox Environment at an event in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank has approved the establishment of an Interim Operational Hub, its first overseas office in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
  • Karnataka Digital Economy Mission & State Bank of India has entered in MoU to support the start-up ecosystem of Karnataka.
  • Axis Bank & Indian Air Force has entered in MoU to manage salary accounts of the defense personnel under its ‘Power Salute’
  • ReNew Power, India’s leading Renewable Energy company, has been successfully refinanced for its 2024 maturity dollar-denominated bonds with amortizing project debt from an Indian nonbank financial company. With this, ReNew has become the first Indian renewable energy firm to refinance dollar-denominated bonds.
  • SBICAP Ventures Ltd. (SVL) & Ministry of External Affairs has entered in MoU to create the Trilateral Development Cooperation Fund for joint projects with global partners.
  • Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology partnered with Star Health to take health insurance to rural India.
  • Karein Shuru?”- distributor recruitment campaign has been launched by Association of Mutual Funds in India.
  • Asian Development Bank  & the Singapore government has entered in MoU  to promote investments in the Asia and Pacific region and to recognize the importance of private sector finance as well as enhance the public sector resources for sustainable and inclusive development.
  • Kotak Mahindra Bank has become the 1st private sector bank to be fully integrated with the new e-filing portal of the Income Tax department after the completion of its technical integration with the new e-filing portal.
  • Startup School India a initiative announced by Google, to organize accumulated knowledge into a structured curriculum to enable startups in small cities to overcome various challenges.
  • National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) has partnered with Australian Government; to develop a series of roadmaps specifically designed for Indian technology (IT) companies.
  • Rakesh Jhunjhunwala-owned Akasa Airlines received the Air Operator Certificate, a license from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
  • Nokia partnered with Indian Institute of Science-Bengaluru; to set up a Centre of Excellence (CoE) in order to facilitate research in the areas of networked robotics at IISc Bengaluru.
  • Karnataka Bank & JCB India Limited has entered in MoU for nominating Karnataka bank as JCB’s preferred Financier partner.
  • ‘Pay as you Drive’ – an add-on feature for motor insurance Own Damage policy which is launched by Go Digit General Insurance Limited. It became India’s first insurance company to introduce the add-on for its customers.
  • Federal Bank & Central Board of Direct Taxes set an agreement to launch CBDT’s new online tax payment service. Federal Bank also registered under Tin 2.0 platform of Income Tax Department.
  • ‘Zero Coupon Zero Principal Instruments’- is a securities, under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act, 1956 which is declared by government of India. This declaration is a run up to setting up a social stock exchange.
  • European Investment Bank, the lending arm of the European Union (EU), has partnered with the India-led Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure as part of efforts to limit damage caused by climate change.
  • Government of India will provide a financing facility worth$ 200 million through the World Bank (WB) for the Himachal Pradesh for Power Sector Development Program.
  • New Development Bank has approved $ 79.0 million for the Meghalaya Ecotourism Infrastructure Development project which will contribute to the development of five ecotourism circuits including construction of 114 km of roads and bridges.
  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research and GODI India have partnered for the operation and maintenance of an advanced lithium-ion cells manufacturing facility in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • NHPC Limited & Damodar Valley Corporation have entered in MoU for formation of a Joint Venture Company (JVC) for exploring and setting up hydropower and pump storage projects.
  • “DigiVaani Call Center”- has been set up to help women farmers to scale up their business by getting access to information about various schemes. This is the combined effort of NASSCOM & Google Partners.
  • Asian Development Bank has approved $ 96 million loan to Himachal Pradesh for providing safe drinking water, sanitation services and improved water supply under the Himachal Pradesh Rural Drinking Water Improvement and Livelihood Project.
  • India contributed $ 2.5 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for education, health care, relief and social services for Palestine Refugees in the Near East.
  • India Post Payments Bank & Tata AIG General Insurance Company Limited signed in MoU for providing TATA Accidental Guard policy to IPPB customers.
  • Bandhan Bank opened its first currency chest in Patna, Bihar which helps in cash management for bank branches and ATMs. Currency chests are depositories established by the Reserve Bank of India to facilitate the distribution of new currency notes, recycle old notes and to retain cash reserves of the banks.
  • Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited & Greenko ZeroC Private Limited have joined hands to pursue opportunities in renewable, green hydrogen, green ammonia and other derivatives of green hydrogen.
  • National Skill Development Corporation & LawSikho, a legal education start-up made a partnership to bring a world-class skill development program resonating with NSDC’s vision.

AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS
  • Tanuja Nesari, was awarded with the Ayurveda Ratna Award 2022 by the Parliament of United Kingdom for contribution in the field of growth of Ayurveda at global and national level.
  • 58th edition of Femina Miss India World 2022 crowned Sini Shetty from Karnataka at a grand finale of VLCC Femina Miss India.
  • Infosys co-founder N R Narayana Murthy, and former badminton player Prakash Padukone, have been selected for the 1st edition of the Kempegowda International Award -2022 instituted by the Karnataka government.
  • IG Drones - Delhi-based leading Drone enterprise platform company, won the “Best Drone Organization award under the Start-up Category” by Airwards.
  • As per the Forbes’s 8th annual list 2022, Jayshree V Ullal, the President and CEO of Arista Networks, a computer networking firm, are among the Five women of Indian origin in America’s richest self-made women.
  • Mathematician Maryna Viazovska of Ukraine was named among four recipients of the Fields Medal-2022 by the International Mathematical Union; which is also known as the Nobel Prize for Mathematics.
  • The 68th National Film Awards were announced to honor best films of 2020 of Indian Cinema.
    • Best Feature Film Soorarai Pottru in Tamil
    • Best Direction Ayyappanum Koshiyum (Malayalam)
    • Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment (Tanhaji) Hindi
    • Best Children’s Film Sumi (Marathi)
  • Pallavi Singh has won the title of Mrs Universe Divine at the finals held at South Korea. She is from Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh.
  • Parle Topped Rankings for Most Chosen Fast Moving Consumer Goods-FMCG Brands in India for the 10th year in a row according to Kantar India’s annual Brand Footprint report 2022.
  • Indian American Economist Gita Gopinath was featured on the ‘Wall of Former Chief Economists’ of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). She became the first woman and second Indian to get this achievement.
  • Maha Metro of Maharashtra & National Highway Authority of India  Creates World Record for Building  Longest Multi-Layer Viaduct (i.e. the longest Double Decker Viaduct in Asia and three metro stations with Highway Flyover & Metro Rail Supported on single column under Nagpur Metro Rail Project.)
  • GODI India Private Limited has become India’s first company to receive Bureau of Indian Standards certification for its lithium-ion cells made using its home-grown technology.
  • Narayanan Kumar has been awarded with Order of the Rising Sun i.e. Gold and Silver Star award of Japan, for his contribution to strengthening economic relations between Japan and India
  • NABARD has been conferred ‘Best Performing Bank Award’ to Indian Bank Under ‘SHG (Self Help Group) Bank Linkage Programme’ category.
  • DBS Bank has been recognized as the ‘World’s Best SME Bank’ by Euro-money for the second time (the first time in 2018). The bank has established its position as a global industry leader in association with Small to Medium Enterprises to enhance growth and development.
  • The National Academy of Agriculture Research Management has been awarded with the Sardar Patel Outstanding ICAR Institute Award 2021 for its overall performance.
  • Malayalam Filmmaker KP Kumaran has been chosen for the JC Daniel Award 2021 for his comprehensive contribution to the Malayalam film industry, it is a Kerala’s highest film award
  • Lleyton Hewitt has been inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2021.
  • Michelle Poonawalla (Artist and businesswoman) has received the Shiromani Award for her contribution in the field of Art during Non-Resident- Indians (NRI) World Summit 2022, held in United Kingdom.
  • Indian-American Engineering Professor Kaushik Rajashekara lifted the Global Energy Prize 2022 for outstanding contributions to transportation electrification and energy efficiency technologies while reducing power generation emissions.
  • NTPC recognized as the ‘Most Preferred Workplace’ of 2022 by Team Marksmen in association of India Today for maximizing employee well-being

APPOINTMENTS & RESIGNATIONS
  • Eknath Shinde was sworn in as the 20th Chief Minister of Maharashtra, while Devendra Fadnavis took oath as the Deputy CM
  • Former Indian Team coach and cricketer Ravi Shastri has been appointed as brand ambassador for FanCode, a live content, sports statistics and e-commerce marketplace.
  • com, India’s poker platform has been appointed Actor Shahid Kapoor as its Brand Ambassador.
  • Sandeep Kumar Gupta, has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director of GAIL (India) Limited by Public Enterprises Selection Board
  • Yair Lapid has officially become the 14th Prime Minister of Israel
  • Bollywood Actor Ajay Devgan has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Insecticides India Ltd (IIL), a Crop protection firm.
  • Lieutenant General Mohan Subramanian of the Indian Army as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan –UNMISS has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
  • Garmin Ltd. has appointed Indian Kaustubh Radkar as the brand ambassador of its fitness segment. K. Radkar has also been involved with Garmin Ltd. as a coach.
  • India has been elected as a State Member of the Intergovernmental Committee of UNESCO’s 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage for a period of 2022-2026 i.e. 4 years. The elections for the Intergovernmental Committee took place during the 9thGeneral Assembly of the 2003 Convention held at UNESCO headquarters, Paris.
  • The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) elected Dinesh as its President, designate for 2022-2023.
  • SBI General Insurance appoints Paritosh Tripathi as the new MD & CEO.
  • Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director of Skyways Group has been appointed as the President of Air Cargo Forum of India- ACFI for 2022-2024.
  • Former NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant Becomes India’s New G20 Sherpa.
  • Ganesan, is the new Governor of Manipur.
  • Ashish Kumar Chauhan has been appointed as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Stock Exchange of India Ltd.
  • Jayanti Prasad, has taken charge as a whole-time member of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI).
  • The International Hockey Federation appointed Egypt’s Seif Ahmed as its Acting President.
  • Droupadi Murmu, , is elected as India’s 15th President. Droupadi Murmu would be the first tribal woman to be elected President of India, the highest office in the country. She belongs to the Santhal tribe in Odisha.
  • Dinesh Gunawardena became the 15th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.
  • The World Bank has appointed Indermit Gill (Indian), as the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group and Senior Vice President for development economics.
  • Bajram Begaj, took the oath as the 8th President of the Republic of Albania.
  • LIC Housing Finance Limited (LIC HFL) has approved the appointment of Ravi Kishan Takkar as Additional Director.

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
  • ABHYAS-High speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha by Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • Indian Space Research Organization has successfully launched Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C53 (PSLV-C53), carrying 3 Singaporean satellites.
  • The Defence Research and Development Organization successfully carried out the maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka.
  • Digital portal named ‘Pariksha Sangam’ launched by Central Board of Secondary Education- CBSE; to streamline all CBSE board exams and result related activities for classes 10th and 12th. It is a one stop portal for all CBSE board exam activities. It focuses to combine all exam-related processes conducted by the school regional offices and the headquarters of the CBSE board.
  • Iran launched its 2nd solid-fuelled rocket named “Zuljanah” with a satellite carrier into space by the Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics. It is a 3-stage satellite launcher using a combination of solid and liquid fuels.
  • TiHAN (Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation) for Aerial and Terrestrial India’s first Autonomous Navigation facility has been inaugurated by The Union Minister of State for Science and Technology, Jitendra Singh, at the IIT-Hyderabad (Telangana) campus.
  • NASA tested a first-of-its-kind waste disposal technology by releasing around 78 kg of garbage from the International Space Station.
  • CERN or European Council for Nuclear Research discovered three subatomic (exotic) particles with the help of the Large Hadron Collider for the first time using Large Hadron Collider beauty (LHCb) experiment.
  • The Bengaluru-based Electric two-wheeler maker Ola Electric launched India’s first indigenously developed lithium-ion cell.
  • Agnikul Cosmos, a Chennai-based Indian space tech start-up, opened its first rocket Making Facility, India’s first-ever rocket facility for 3D printed rocket engines at the Indian Institute of Technology –Madras.
  • IIT Madras have developed PIVOT, an Artificial Intelligence based tool that can predict cancer-causing genes in humans. It facilitates predicting and analyzing personalized cancer treatment strategies.
  • Samsung has developed first and also world’s fastest new graphics Dynamic Random Access Memory (DRAM) chip with a faster speed and improved power efficiency
  • Ministry of Defense has launched an indigenously built Y- 3023 Dunagiri, Project-17 Alpha frigates onto the river Hooghly in Kolkata (West Bengal) for the Indian Navy. The Project 17A frigates, is also known as Nilgiri-class stealth frigates.
  • ‘Repos Pay’—” is a platform through which a person can order a Mobile Electric Charging Vehicle on application and charge their vehicles and ‘Phy-gital’— is a Fintech Platform that will bring credit to fuel customers (Buy Now, Pay Later) through Technology; these apps have been launched by Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises at the ‘Fueling India 2022’ event in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
  • Indian Naval Ship Sindhudhvaj, the submarine has been decommissioned by the Indian Navy (IN) in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh after serving for about 35 years.
  • PM Narendra Modi unveiled the pilotless drone “Varuna”. It is India’s 1st indigenous human passenger drone during Naval Innovation and Indigenization Organization (NIIO) seminar ‘Swavlamban’ at Dr Ambedkar International Centre in New Delhi.
  • The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched a new mobile app ‘AadhaarFaceRd’ which is a face authentication feature to verify Aadhaar number holder’s identity.
  • Wentian Lab Module’- is the 2nd of three modules of China’s permanent space station lab module which has been launched recently.
  • China successfully has launched six new satellites into space with its first new and largest solid propellant rocket, ZK 1A from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre which is in north-western China.
  • India’s 1st Indigenous Aircraft Carrier Vikrant, the largest warship built in India has been hand over to Indian navy.
  • “Street View”- has been launched by Google Map. This service across 10 cities in India which will offer a 360-degree view of landmarks, streets, residential areas, or any location.

SPORTS
  • Spain’s Carlos Sainz Jr. of team Scuderia Ferrari, won the Formula 1 Lenovo British Grand Prix 2022.
  • England cricketer Eoin Morgan Announced Retirement from International Cricket.
  • Indian women boxers Alfiya Pathan (81kg category) and Gitika (48kg category) won the gold medal at the inaugural first edition of the Elorda Boxing Cup 2022 held in Nur-Sultan,
  • Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc has won the 2022 Austrian Grand Prix, it is a formula one race.
  • Ukraine’s Grandmaster Vitaly Sivuk won the first prize in the 2nd edition of La Plagne International Chess Festival – Masters Tournamen held in France.
  • The Wimbledon Championships 2022
    • Gentlemen’s Singles won by Novak Djokovic (Serbia).
    • Ladies’ Singles won by Elena Rybakina (Kazakhstan).
  • Young Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa won the Open A section of the 15th International Chess Festival ‘’Paracin 2022’’ which was organized  in Serbia
  • PV Sindhu lifted the Singapore Open 2022 Super 500 trophy in Women’s Singles final.
  • West Indies Cricketers Denesh Ramdin & Lendl Simmons Announces Retirement from International Cricket
  • England’s Ben Stokes Announced Retirement from ODI Cricket
  • Adani Sportsline, has become an official partner of Indian Olympic Association for the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in England, Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 in China, and Paris Olympic Games 2024 in France.
  • Indian GM Aravindh won Benasque International chess tournament in Spain
  • The Yonex Taipei Open 2022 badminton tournament was organized by the Chinese Taipei Badminton Association
    • Men’s Singles won by Chou Tien-Chen
    • Women’s Singles won by Tai Tzu-ying
  • Red Bull racer Max Verstappen (Dutch) won the French Grand Prix- 2022
  • The 18th edition of World Athletics Championships - 2022 was organized at Oregon, United States. India has ranked 33 and US topped the list.
  • The Organizing Committee of the Olympic & Paralympics Games 2024 revealed the new slogan – “Games Wide Open”. 2024 Olympic & Paralympics Games in Paris, France.
  • Indian Cricketer Karuna Vijaykumar Jain, from Bangalore, Karnataka, announced her decision to retire from all formats of cricket.
  • Reliance Industries Limited & Indian Olympic Association has undertaken a partnership to set up the first ever India House at Paris Olympics 2024,

IMPORTANT DAYS
  • National Doctors Day 2022 – July 1; The day also marks the both birth and death anniversary of Bharat Ratna, Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy.
  • International Day of Parliamentarism 2022; celebrated every year by the Inter-Parliamentary Union on June 30.
  • National Chartered Accountant Day annually observed across India on July 1.
    • In November 2022, India will host the 21st World Congress of Accountants (WCOA) for the first time.
  • Goods and Services Tax Day observed on July 1. GST Day 2022 marks the celebration of the 5th anniversary of the implementation of GST system.
  • World Unidentified Flying Object Day 2022 observed across the globe on July 02.
  • World Sports Journalists Day observed on July 02.
  • International Day of Cooperatives observed across the globe on the first Saturday of July
  • International Plastic Bag Free Day observed across the globe on July 03.
  • World Zoonoses Day observed across the globe on July 06.
  • World Kiswahili Language Day; the first ever World Kiswahili Language Day was celebrated on 7th July 2022.
  • National Fish Farmers Day 2022 observed on July 10
  • World Population Day 2022 observed on July 11
  • Malala Day observed on July 12
  • World Youth Skills Day 2022 observed on July 15. Theme for World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) 2022 was ‘Transforming youth skills for the future’.
  • Nelson Mandela International Day 2022 observed on July 18. Theme of Nelson Mandela International Day 2022: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
  • Day of International Criminal Justice 2022 observed on July 17
  • World Chess Day 2022 observed on July 20
  • UN’s First International Moon Day observed on 20th July 2022. Theme for International Moon Day 2022- ‘Lunar Exploration Coordination & Sustainability’
  • World Brain Day 2022 observed on July 22. Theme of World Brain Day (WBD) 2022 – “Brain Health for all”
  • Pi Approximation Day 2022 observed on July 22
  • National Broadcasting Day 2022 observed on July 23
  • National Income Tax Day 2022 observed on 24 July
  • World Drowning Prevention Day 2022 observed on July 25. Theme of 2022 World Drowning Prevention Day - “Do one thing – to prevent drowning
  • World In - Vitro Fertilization (IVF) Day 2022 observed on July 25.
  • International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystems 2022 observed on July 26.
  • Kargil Vijay Diwas 2022 observed on July 26.
  • World Hepatitis Day 2022 observed on July 28.
  • World Nature Conservation Day 2022 observed on July 28.
  • World Day against Trafficking in Persons 2022 observed on 30 July.
  • International Tiger Day 2022 observed on July 29.

BOOKS & AUTHORS
  • “The Life and Times of George Fernandes”, a biography of George Fernandes Authored by Rahul
  • Ganga: Re-Imagining, Rejuvenating, Re-Connecting” Authored by Rajiv Ranjan Mishra and Puskal Upadhyay.
  • Dharma of Justice in the Sanskrit Epics: Debates on Gender, Varna and Species” Authored by Ruth Vanita
  • Architect of the New BJP: How Narendra Modi Transformed The Party’ Authored by Ajay Singh
  • The Resilient Entrepreneur: Strategies to set you up for Success” Authored by Dhruti Shah
  • ‘Beyond The Misty Veil, Temple Tales of Uttarakhand’ Authored by Aradhana Johri,

OBITUARY
  • The Padma Shri award (in 1990) recipient and veteran Bengali film director, Tarun Majumdar passed away.
  • Former Bihar Agriculture minister and a veteran socialist leader, Narendra Singh, passed away at the age of 75 in Patna.
  • The Padma Shri award recipient and Freedom fighter, Padmanabha Pillai Gopinathan Nair (P. P. Gopinathan Nair) passed away.
  • Japan’s Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Passed Away.
  • American actor (Actor of ‘The Godfather’), James Edmund Caan passed away at the age of 82 years in California.
  • A pioneer in the Indian Telecommunication Sector and was referred to as the “Father of Indian Internet” BK Syngal passed away.
  • Renowned archaeologist and Padma awardee Dr Enamul Haque passed away.
  • Peter Brook, the British-born director has passed away at the age of 97. He is best known in India for his production of the French play “Le Mahabharata” (The Mahabharata).
  • Renowned social worker and Padma Shri awardee Avdhash Kaushal passed away.
  • Actor and filmmaker Pratap Pothen passes away.
  • Noted Scientist, Padma Shri Dr Ajay Parida, Director of Institute of Life Science Passes Away.
  • Former New Zealand cricket captain Barry Sinclair passed away.
  • Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Architect of Good Friday Agreement David Trimble Passes Away
  • West Bengal’s Doctor Padma Shri Sushovan Banerjee Passed Away; who charged One rupee only.
  • Eminent Assam Litterateur Atulananda Goswami Passes Away.