India’s first Global Mobility Summit – by NITI Aayog
NITI Aayog on July 3, 2018 announced to organise ‘MOVE: Global Mobility Summit’ in collaboration with various ministries and industry partners.
The summit will be inaugurated by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will feature global political leaders from the Mobility Space.
The Summit will help drive Government’s goals for vehicle electrification, renewable energy integration and job growth, thus, speeding up India’s transition to a clean energy economy.
Six themes of the Summit :
Asset Utilization and Services
Reinventing Public Transit
Logistics and Goods Transport
Data Analytics and Mobility
‘cVigil’ App to help voters share malpractice proof – by Election Commission
Election Commissionlaunched an Android-based mobile application named ‘cVigil’ for citizens to report any violation of the model code of conduct during elections.
The app will be operational only where the elections will be announced.
cVIGIL will allow anyone in the election-bound state to report violations of Model Code of Conduct (MCC) that comes into effect from the date of announcement of elections and goes on till a day after the polls.
The mobile application facilitates sharing of geo-tagged photographic and video evidence without disclosing the identity of the sender.
The vigilant citizen has to click a picture or record a video of upto two minutes’ duration of the scene of violations of the model code. The photo or video then has to be uploaded on the app.
To prevent any misuse, the app will not allow uploading of the pre-recorded or old images and videos
The app requires an Android smartphone equipped with a camera, good internet connection and GPS access.
‘Sambal’ – subsidised power scheme by MP government
Under the subsidised power segment of the scheme, the registered labourers of the unorganised sector and Below Poverty Line (BPL) families would be provided with electricity at Rs 200 per month.
Power connection would be provided free of cost to all the beneficiaries.
Pending dues of registered labourers of the unorganised sector and poor families would be waived off completely under the scheme.
People not using air-conditioners, electric heaters and whose power consumption is below 1000 watts would be eligible for this scheme.
The beneficiaries would be able to operate a fan, a television and bulbs.
Major General Jose Eladio Alcain of Uruguay – new head UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan
His appointment was announced by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
Major General Alcain will succeed Major General Per Gustaf Lodin of Sweden, who will complete his two year assignment in July 2018.
Due to the disagreement between India and Pakistan on UNMOGIP’s mandate and functions, it was decided that UNMOGIP can only be terminated by a decision of the Security Council.
Supreme Court upholds RBI’s ban on Virtual Currencies
The Supreme Court on July 3, 2018 refused to put a stay on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) circular prohibiting banks and financial institutions from dealing in virtual currencies, thus upholding the ban on the virtual currencies such as Bitcoin.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud was hearing a petition filed by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
The petition challenged the RBI circular that prohibited banking services for dealing in virtual currencies, while giving three months time to banks to settle their accounts with such entities or customers.
States cannot appoint acting Director General of Police – Supreme Court
A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, comprising A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, ordered all the States and Union territories to not appoint any police officer as acting Director General of Police (DGP).
The court also directed all the states to send names of senior police officers to the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for being considered as probable candidates to be appointed as DGPs or Police Commissioners, as the case may be.
The UPSC, in turn, will prepare a list of three most suitable officers and the states will be free to appoint one of them as DGP.
The apex court also ruled that any rule or state law on the subject of appointment of police officers "will be kept at abeyance".
Kalidas Samman is awarded to Anjolie Ela Menon by MP govt.
‘Anjolie Ela Menon’ (78-years) is awarded for her contribution to visual arts.
Menon is India’s most accomplished artists and recipient of the Padma Shri.
The award was conferred in recognition of her insightful and sensitive portrayal of the identity and spirit of women through her meaningful paintings in a variety of media
The Kalidas Samman is a prestigious arts award presented annually (from 1980) by the Madhya Pradesh government.
A gene that strengthens human immunity system
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia identified the gene that plays a critical role in regulating the body’s immune response to infection including cancer and diabetes.
The yet unnamed gene (referred to as C6 or f106) has existed for more than 500 million years, preserved and passed down from simple organisms all the way to humans.
Country’s first Khadi Mall in Jharkhand
Jharkhand Chief Minister ‘Raghubar Das’ has announced the first ‘Khadi Mall’ of the country will be opened in the state.
The mall would come up in the Heavy Engineering Corporation (HEC) campus area which is also giving way for the Ranchi Smart City.
Colombia’s Chiribiquete park is declared world heritage site by UNESCO
The park is the country’s largest and has one of the highest rates of plant diversity in the northern Amazon.
It is also famous for its table-top rock formations known as tepuis, which rise out of the forest.
Mumbai’s Victorian and Art Deco Ensembles inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage Site
Mumbai has the second largest collection of Art Deco buildings (after Miami) and a wide range of Gothic structures, ranging from the majestic Central Railway headquarters (Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, earlier called Victoria Terminus) to the municipal corporation headquarters and the high court.
Now, India has overall 37 World Heritage Inscriptions with 29 Cultural, 07 Natural and 01 Mixed sites.
ICC to impose minimum six Tests or 12 ODIs ban on ball tampering offenders
The International Cricket Council (ICC) will impose a ban of minimum six Tests or 12 ODIs (earlier 1 Test and 2 ODIs) on ball tampering offenders.
Now, Ball tampering has been upgraded as a Level 3 offence as per ICC’s new code of conduct
Rajat Sharma elected as DDCA president
He becomes the new president of the Delhi and Districts Cricket Association.
Sharma’s group swept the elections, winning all 12 seats.
Sharma got a total of 1,531 votes while former Test cricketer Lal could only poll 1,004 votes.
Former Navy chief J.G. Nadkarni passes away
Nadkarni, the 14th Chief of Naval Staff (December 1987 – November 1990), breathed his last at the naval hospital INHS Asvini. He was 86
He was an avid maritime historian and was a founding member of the Maritime History Society.