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Important Days

World Population Day

World Population Day is celebrated on 11th July. This day is commemorated to raise knowledge between people about the impact of a growing population and concerns including gender equality, the importance of family planning, poverty, maternal health, human rights, etc.

This year theme of World Population Day 2020: Putting the brakes on COVID-19: Safeguarding the health and rights of women and girls.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • United Nations Population Fund Headquarters: New York, United States
  • United Nations Population Fund Executive Director: Natalia Kanem.
  • United Nations Population Fund Founded: 1969.

National Headlines

Boeing delivers final Apache & Chinook helicopters to IAF

Boeing India has delivered the last of the five AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to the Indian Air Force (IAF) at the Hindan Air Force Station. Boeing has completed delivery of all 22 new AH-64E Apache to the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Apaches were deployed at the Leh airbase as part of the forward movement of assets, amid the stand-off with China in Ladakh.

Boeing also handed over the last five of the 15 CH-47F(I) Chinook heavy-lift helicopters to the IAF. India contracted 22 Apache helicopters and 15 Chinook helicopters from Boeing through the Foreign Military Sales programme of the U.S. government in September 2015 under a $3 billion deal.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Headquarters of Boeing: Chicago, United States.
  • Boeing Founded: 15 July 1916.
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Boeing: David L. Calhoun.

Internationl Headlines

US approves $620 mn missile upgrade package for Taiwan 

The United States has approved a possible $620 million upgrade package for Patriot surface-to-air missiles to Taiwan.

The United States, like most countries, has no official diplomatic ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to provide the democratic island with the means to defend itself. China, which claims the democratically-ruled island as its own territory, routinely denounces U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.


State Headlines

Himachal’s Nadaun police station among best in country

Nadaun Police Station, Himachal Pradesh has been ranked as one of the best Police Stations of the country and the best Police Station of the State. Nadaun Police Station is situated at Hamirpur district, Himachal Pradesh. The Certificate of Excellence was provided to this Police Station by Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

The ranking of police stations is carried out by Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India and the same was released by the Union Home Minister in a ceremony during DGPs Conference, recently.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Chief Minister of HP: Jairam Thakur; Governor of HP: Bandaru Dattatraya.

Banking

HDFC ERGO Launches Corona Kavach Policy

HDFC ERGO, the country’s third-largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector, announced the launch of ‘Corona Kavach Policy’

This new indemnity health policy will offer cover against medical expenses incurred due to hospitalization of individuals seeking treatment for COVID-19, on positive diagnosis for the virus in a government authorized diagnostic centre. In addition, the policy will also cover expenses incurred on the treatment of co-morbidity along with the treatment for COVID-19.

The policy will also cover road ambulance expenses, in case the service is opted for the purpose of hospitalization due to COVID-19. Home Care Expenses benefit (up to a period of 14 days) will also be covered in the policy for those seeking treatment within the comfort of their own homes, on the advice of a medical practitioner.

Additionally, expenses incurred for inpatient care treatment taken under Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy (AYUSH) systems of medicines will also be covered under the policy.

Policyholders will also be liable for Hospital daily cash, which will be 5 per cent of the sum insured per day for a maximum of up to 15 days, during a policy period. The Corona Kavach policy by HDFC ERGO will enable customers to experience superior customer service whereby they can reach out to the company through various digital platforms that are easily accessible.


Agreements & MoUs

Flipkart tie-up with Karnataka Govt to promote Art & Craft

Flipkart has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Mines of Government of Karnataka to promote the arts, crafts and handloom sector of Karnataka.

This MoU will unite the Flipkart Samarth Programme with the brands based in Karnataka like Cauvery and Priyadarshini Handlooms, part of Karnataka Handlooms Development Corporations.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Flipkart Chief Executive Officer (CEO): Kalyan Krishnamurthy.
  • Chief Operating Officer (COO): Sriram Venkataraman.
  • Head Office: Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Karnataka chief Minister: B. S. Yediyurappa.
  • Governor of Karnataka: Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.
  • Capital of Karnataka: Bengaluru.

Appointments News

Manipur’s Gyanendra Ningombam becomes new Hockey India president

Manipur’s, Gyanendra Ningombam named as the new  Officiating President of Hockey India. He will replace Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad. This was following the resignation letter of Mohd Mushtaque Ahmad received by Hockey India on 7 July 2020 due to his personal and family commitments.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • Hockey India Founded: 20 May 2009.
  • Hockey India Headquarters: New Delhi.

Science and Technology

ISRO to launch Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite

Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite. This satellite is onboard the Polar Satellite Launch vehicle (PSLV) as a primary payload by August 2020.

This satellite has been locally designed and tested in Brazil. It will be the first satellite for Earth observation, it will not be a hitchhiking satellite. The Amazonia-1 satellite which PSLV will launch will help in monitoring and observing the deforestation of the Amazon region.

With the recent fires in the Amazon region, the role of this satellite will be much more crucial for the countries. The images sent by the Brazilian satellite will also provide help in the vegetation and agricultural areas.

Useful Notes for all competitive exams:

  • ISRO Director: K. Sivan, Headquarters: Bengaluru; Established: 1969.
  • Capital of Brazil: Brasilia.
  • President of Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro.
  • The currency of Brazil: Brazilian Real.

Books and Authors

A book on Dalai Lama’s biography to release in 2020

A book titled ‘His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama: An Illustrated Biography’ will be released in 2020. The book is published by Roli Books. The book is authored by one of the Dalai Lama’s closest aides and advisor of over 40 years, Tenzin Geyche Tethong.

The biography is a memorable portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. The book gives a glance of an important part of the history before he was forced to flee to India in March 1959.


Obituary

England 1966 World Cup hero Jack Charlton dies at 85

Jack Charlton, England’s football World Cup hero and Leeds United legend have passed away at the age of 85. He had been suffering from a long-term illness. The older brother of Bobby Charlton, he was part of England’s World Cup-winning team of 1966.

He played for Leeds United for 23 years and made a record 773 appearances. Charlton, who won 35 international caps, was part of the England side that won the World Cup in 1966 with a 4-2 victory over West Germany in the final. The 6ft 3in defender was famously pictured sinking to his knees at the final whistle before embracing his younger brother, Bobby.


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