1. India, Bangladesh to jointly inaugurate Petrapole checkpost:
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurated Petrapole Integrated checkpost, the biggest land port in South Asia, through video conferencing.
- According to PM Modi Petrapole checkpost will not only promote bilateral trade but also help in economic growth of both countries.
- Petrapole-Benapole land border crossing is an important one for India and Bangladesh as 50 % of the trade passes through Petrapole.
- The Petrapole checkpost will also serve to foster greater economic integration and connectivity between both countries.
2. Seven Indian firms in Fortune 500 list:
- Seven Indian companies have made it to the latest Fortune 500 list of the world's biggest corporations in terms of revenue.
- The list is topped by the retail giant Walmart with revenue of $482,130 million, followed by State Grid (revenue of $329,601 million) and China National Petroleum ($299,271 million) at the second and third place respectively.
- While among Indian firms, Indian Oil Corporation ranked highest at 161st place with revenue of $54.7 billion. However, another state-run firm ONGC has moved out of the rankings for 2016 and private gems and jewelry major Rajesh Exports has made its debut at the 423rd position.
- Among the seven Indian companies, four are from the public sector while Reliance Industries (215th) is the top-ranked among private sector firms, followed by Tata Motors (226) and Rajesh Exports. Among state-run majors, Indian Oil is followed by banking behemoth SBI (232), Bharat Petroleum (358) and Hindustan Petroleum (367).
3. Turkey declares 3-month state of emergency:
- Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has declared a three-month state of emergency after a failed military coup.
- The decision was made following a meeting with cabinet ministers and top security advisers in Ankara.
- More than 50 thousand state employees have been rounded up, sacked or suspended in the days since the coup attempt.
- It allowed officials to set curfews, issue search and arrest warrants and restrict gatherings as the security forces fought Kurdish rebels in the region.
- Earlier, Turkey had imposed martial law-like emergency rule in the southeast of the country in 1987.The emergency rule was gradually lifted by 2002.
4. India and Japan has signed a Social Security Agreement:
- India and Japan have signed a Social Security Agreement (SSA) that will come into force on 1st October 2016.
- The SSA will benefit Indian and Japanese professionals and skilled workers working in each other’s country and will also boost bilateral business linkages.
- The SSA will help avoid double social security contributions but an exemption will be provided to Indian worker, only if he is covered under the social security system of India and continues to pay his contribution during period of overseas contract.
5. Cabinet approves establishment of new AIIMS at Gorakhpur:
- The cabinet approved the establishment of an All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).
- The cost of the project for the establishment of the new AIIMS in Gorakhpur shall be Rs. 1011 crore.
- AIIMS shall have a hospital with a capacity of 750 beds which will include Emergency/Trauma Beds, AYUSH Beds, Private Beds and ICU Speciality & Super Speciality beds.
- This institute will also conduct research on prevalent regional diseases and other health issues and provide for better control and cure of such diseases.
- Earlier under the PMSSY scheme, AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress.
- Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani(West) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (A.P) have been sanctioned in 2015.
6. IRCTC joins hands with SBI to promote rail ticketing:
- Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has joined hands with the State Bank of India to chalk out a detailed plan for promotion of rail ticketing activities, including internet ticketing and unreserved ticketing system.
- The MoU was signed by IRCTC CMD A K Manocha and Arundhati Bhattacharya, CMD, SBI.
- The MoU also envisages for undertaking activities which can provide value to customers and bring about synergy in working of both the organisations.
7. ECI launched National Electoral Roll Purification 2016:
- The Election Commission of India (ECI) has announced the launch of National Electoral Roll Purification (NERP) 2016 programme across the country.
- The programme was launched to improve health of Electoral Rolls (ERs) and to optimize the Polling Station (PS) location and area across the country.
- The motto of ECI for the year 2016 is No voter to be left behind.
8. IIT Council to provide opportunity to foreign students to study in IITs:
- The Indian Institute of Technology Council has decided to provide opportunity to eligible foreign students to study in the IITs.
- The focus will be on the neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan, Singapore, United Arab Emirates and Ethiopia.
- Under this initiative, the advanced joint entrance examination will be held in these countries to pick up eligible students for admission.
- According to Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar ,IIT Bombay is to facilitate the visit of IIT teams to these countries in association with the Indian diplomatic missions.
- This initiative will be operational from the academic year 2017-18.
9. Federal Bank ties up with Reliance Jio Money:
- Federal Bank has signed an agreement with Reliance Jio Money for one-click payment service.
- Reliance Jio Money is a wallet application that will be launched soon for mobile devices where Federal Bank will enable a direct payment option for its customers.
- Through this service, the leading private sector bank's customers can complete a transaction without funding the wallet. The bank's customers will get a facility to directly pay from their account for the services offered through the wallet (without pre-loading their wallet).
10. Aadhaar Must For Getting UGC Fellowship Or Scholarship:
- The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked applicants to provide Aadhaar number while applying for any UGC fellowship or scholarship.
- Aadhaar will be used as an identifier for availing benefits of the UGC scholarship/fellowship schemes.
- Applicants who have already submitted the online applications for the year 2017-18 have been requested to update their application forms.
11. BHEL commissions 40 mw hydropower units in West Bengal:
- Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has commissioned the third unit of the 4x40 MW Teesta Low Dam Hydro Electric Project (HEP) Stage-IV in West Bengal.
- A run-of-the-river greenfield project located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal(WB), Teesta HEP is being set up by National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC), on the River Teesta. The fourth and final unit of the project is also in advanced stages of execution.
- The Power generation from the Teesta project will result in reduction of green-house gas emissions and will help in achieving a low carbon development path for the state as well as the nation.
- The order for Electrical & Mechanical (E&M) works for four units of 40 MW each was placed on BHEL by NHPC.
12. Oldest and last Babri litigant Hashim Ansari passes away:
- The oldest litigant of Babri Mosque Ram Janmbhumi dispute of Ayodhya, Mohammad Hashim Ansari (96-year) has passed away.
- He was ailing for sometime due to heart-related ailments, breathed his last at his house in Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh).
- Ansari’s father was a tailor who owned a shop in the Shringar Haat area.
- He had been associated with the Babri mosque dispute case since December 1949 but had filed the case in December, 1961 along with six others about the disputed matter.
13. BCCI conducts English language and communication skills:
- The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has organised a course for umpires on English language and communication skills.
- The first batch took place from July 12 to 16 and the second is scheduled from July 19 to 23 in Mumbai.
- The course has been designed by the British Council along with the International Cricket Council (ICC).
- It has been customized for the umpires by adding the language and communication skills required for umpires during the course of a match to the curriculum.