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14th July 2022


National News


Over 5 crore pilgrims expected in U'khand during Kanwar Yatra: CM Dhami

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami on Thursday said that the state is expecting a footfall of more than five crore pilgrims during the Kanwar Yatra this year. "We have made all the arrangements regarding the smooth conduct and safety during the Kanwar Yatra," he said. "We appeal to them to follow the rules made by the administration," Dhami added.

Daler Mehndi arrested after court upholds 2-year sentence in human trafficking case

Singer Daler Mehndi has been arrested and sent to jail after a Patiala court on Thursday dismissed the appeal filed by him against his two-year jail sentence in a human trafficking case registered against him in 2003. Daler and his brother were sentenced to two years in jail in 2018, following which they were granted bail.


Piyush Goyal reappointed Leader of House in Rajya Sabha

Following his election to the Parliament for a third term, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, Piyush Goyal has been reappointed as the Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha. The BJP has communicated its choice to the Rajya Sabha Chairman, Venkaiah Naidu. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had appointed Goyal as the leader of the Rajya Sabha in 2021.



Delhi Government tie-up with UNICEF for employment opportunities for students 

Students of the Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University (DSEU) will now have access to job opportunities thanks to a new pilot project the Delhi government announced with United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). DSEU and UNICEF have introduced ‘Career Awareness Sessions’ for students.  Skill Varsity of Delhi joins hands with YuWaah (Generation Unlimited India) at UNICEF to enable access to employment opportunities, assist students in becoming job ready as well as listen to and amplify the voices of young people.

States News

Uttarakhand becomes first state in India to implement NEP at pre-primary level 

Uttarakhand has become the first state in the country to initiate the process of implementing the Centre’s New Education Policy.  Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami has initiated this process by inaugurating ‘Bal Vatikas’ at Anganwadi Kendra across the state to strengthen the pre-primary education system.  The NEP replaces the Macaulay system of education which was followed in the country for decades. “It offers children an opportunity to pursue choice-based education. They can now study the subjects of their choice in the language they are conversant with.

Tripura government launched ‘Earn with Learn’ Scheme 

The Tripura government has launched a new scheme named ‘Earn with Learn’ to bring back those who had dropped out of schools following the outbreak of Covid-19. This scheme is a part of the ‘Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan’ (Let’s go to school).  The Government attempted to bring back dropouts in 2020 by implementing the Vidyalaya Chalo Abhiyan, which was first started in 2009 but was unable to make any progress due to the pandemic. About 9,000 students between the age group of 6 to14 had dropped out of school during the pandemic.

Appointments News

Meena Hemchandra appointed as temporary chairperson of Karur Vysya Bank 

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has authorised Meena Hemchandra's appointment as the Karur Vysya bank's temporary chairperson for three years, according to private sector lender Karur Vysya Bank.  Hemchandra's application for the position of non-executive independent (part-time) chairperson of the bank had been recommended by the bank to the RBI in May.


Nomura cuts India’s GDP forecast for 2023 to 4.7% 

Nomura has cut its 2023 forecast for economic growth in India, as measured by the gross domestic product (GDP), to 4.7 per cent from its earlier projection of 5.4 per cent amid recession fears and rising interest rates.  Exports have started to struggle, while elevated imports are pushing up monthly trade deficits to record highs. Higher inflation, monetary policy tightening, dormant private CAPEX growth, the power crunch and the global growth slowdown pose medium-term headwinds.

Japan warns of fresh COVID-19 wave

Japan on Thursday warned of a fresh COVID-19 wave as the country records a surge in new cases. On Wednesday, Tokyo registered 16,878 fresh cases, the highest count since February this year. "The coronavirus is spreading... through all age groups," Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said, urging citizens to get the booster shots.


Rishi Sunak tops 2nd round of voting in contest to elect UK's next PM

UK's ex-Finance Minister Rishi Sunak won the most votes in the second round of voting to succeed Boris Johnson as the leader of the Conservative Party and the Prime Minister of the country. Sunak received 101 votes, followed by Penny Mordaunt with 83 votes and Liz Truss with 64 votes. Notably, Indian-origin Suella Braverman was eliminated from the contest.


UAE to invest $2 bn to develop integrated food parks across India

The United Arab Emirates will invest $2 billion to develop a series of integrated food parks across India, according to the joint statement issued by four-nation grouping I2U2 (India, Israel, the UAE and the US). This is a part of I2U2's efforts to tackle the food insecurity in South Asia and Middle East. India will provide land for the project.


Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa resigns after arriving in Singapore

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has resigned after landing in Singapore. "The Speaker of Sri Lanka's Parliament has received President Gotabaya Rajapaksa's resignation letter," Sri Lankan Speaker's office said. The Singapore government has said Rajapaksa is on a "private visit" and has not asked for asylum and neither has he been granted any asylum.

Ranks and Reports News

WEF’s Gender Gap Report 2022: India ranks low at 135th globally 

India ranks 135 among a total of 146 countries in the Global Gender Gap Index 2022 of the World Economic Forum (WEF).  It is the worst performer in the world in the “health and survival” sub-index where it is ranked 146.  Iceland has retained its position as the world’s most gender-equal country, among 146 nations on the index.  Finland, Norway, New Zealand and Sweden are the top five countries on the list respectively.  Afghanistan is the worst-performing country in the report.

Ahmedabad & Kerala features in TIME Magazine’s The World’s Greatest Places of 2022

Two locations from India have been named among “50 extraordinary destinations to explore” this year by TIME Magazine. The southern state of Kerala and Ahmedabad, the capital city of Gujarat were the two Indian entries into the list of the world’s greatest places of 2022.  The list also includes Ras Al Khaimah, UAE; Park City, Utah; Seoul; Great Barrier Reef, Australia; The Arctic; Valencia, Spain; Trans Bhutan Trail, Bhutan; International Space Station; Bogota; Lower Zambezi National Park, Zambia; Istanbul and Kigali, Rwanda.

Sports News


India lose an ODI under Rohit's captaincy for 1st time in 2022, England level series

England defeated India by 100 runs in the second ODI at Lord's to level the three-match series 1-1. This is the first time in 2022 that India have lost an ODI match under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma. Bowling first, India bowled England out for 246 runs in 49 overs. India were bowled out for 146 in 38.5 overs.


India bagged 22 medals in Asian U-20 Wrestling Championships Manama, Bahrain 

Indian grapplers had a fantastic outing at the U20 Asian Wrestling Championships in Manama, Bahrain where they won as many as 22 medals that concluded.  Winning 4 gold medals, 9 silver and 9 bronze, the talented bunch of grapplers put up a good show and gave a stiff fight to worthy competitors from Iran and Kazakhstan, among other strong nations.

Mohammed Shami becomes fastest Indian bowler to take 150 ODI wickets 

Mohammed Shami became the fastest Indian bowler to 150 ODI wickets in first India vs England ODI at the Kennington Oval.  The seamer needed 80 matches to 150 ODI wickets. Shami achieved the feat with his second wicket of the match. Overall, Shami is third joint-fastest to reach 150 ODI wickets.  Shami also became the joint-third fastest ever to take 150 ODI wickets along with Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan.  Australia’s Mitchell Starc (77 matches) and Pakistan’s Saqlain Mushtaq (78 matches) hold the top-two positions for the fastest bowlers to reach 150 ODI wickets.

Fastest Indian to take 150 wickets in ODI format

Mohammed Shami: 80 games

Ajit Agarkar: 97 games

Zaheer Khan: 103 games.

Bliv. Club and WIOM collaborate with Shikhar Dhawan for first metaverse sports metropolis 

Shikhar Dhawan, an Indian cricketer, announced a partnership with Web3 metaverse startup WIOM and financial firm Bliv.Club to build the first sports city in the metaverse. It is planned to have a launch in September.  The global sports market is anticipated to expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 41.3 per cent, from $354.96 billion in 2021 to $501.43 billion in 2022. At a CAGR of 9%, the sports market is anticipated to reach $707.84 billion in 2026.

Rohit Sharma sets a world record and becomes the first captain to win 13 straight T20I matches

Rohit Sharma, the captain of India, became the first captain in cricket history to win 13 straight T20Is. This accomplishment was made by Rohit in Southampton's first T20I of a three-match series against England.  Rohit Sharma led the Men in Blue to victories over New Zealand, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and now England after taking over as captain from Virat Kohli.

Books and Authors News

Himachal Governor Rajendra Vishwanath unveils book ‘The McMahon line’ 

The Governor of Himachal Pradesh, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar, recently released a book titled “The McMahon line: A century of discord”.  The book has been authored by General JJ Singh (Retd), the former Governor of Arunachal Pradesh and former Chief of Army Staff (CoAS).  The book is based on the experiences and research of General JJ Singh on the India-China border dispute. A short film related to the McMahon line was also screened. This is the second book written by him.

Obituaries News

Luis Echeverria, former president of Mexico, dies at 100 

As told by his son Benito Echeverria, Luis Echeverria Alvarez, who presided over Mexico from 1970 to 1976, passed away at the age of 100. Echeverria passed away in his house in Cuernavaca, the state capital of Morelos in south central Mexico.  The family and friends of the former leader received a tweet from Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressing his respectful condolences.

Padma Shri awardee noted social worker Avdhash Kaushal passes away 

Padma Shri winning noted social worker Avdhash Kaushal passed away recently following a prolonged illness. He was 87. He was the founder of the NGO named Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra (based in Dehradun, Uttarakhand).  He was known for his fight against human rights and the conservation of the environment. Kaushal ad been close to former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. 



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