International Friendship Day 2022 observed globally on 30 July
International Friendship Day is celebrated annually on July 30 and it was first proposed way back in the year 1958 by World Friendship Crusade, an international civil organization.
According to United Nations, the International Day of Friendship can help promote peace and social harmony among people. In India as well as many other countries, Friendship Day is also celebrated on the first Sunday of August. This year it falls on August 7, 2022.
The International Day of Friendship was proclaimed in 2011 by the UN General Assembly with the idea that friendship between peoples, countries, cultures, and individuals can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.
World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 2022: 30 July
World Day Against Trafficking is observed annually on 30 July to make people aware of who is being trafficked. The day aims to educate people that trafficking in persons is considered to be a crime, including the exploitation of women and children for tragic jobs of forced labor and sex.
This year’s theme “Use and abuse of technology” focuses on the role of technology as a tool that can both enable and impede human trafficking.
In 2013, the UN General Assembly organized a high-level meeting to work on the Global Plan of Action. The member states adopted a resolution A/RES/68/192 and designated 30 July as the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
World Ranger Day 2022 is observed globally on 31 July
World Ranger Day is observed on 31st July every year. The International Ranger Federation established this day to honor the contribution of Park Rangers to the preservation of nature.
World Ranger Day offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education. The day is also an opportunity to pay tribute to rangers who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The International Ranger Federation was founded in 1992. The SCRA (Scottish Countryside Rangers Association), the CMA (Countryside Management Association), and the ANPR (U.S. Association of National Park Rangers), which represents rangers in Wales and England, came together and established it.
PM Narendra Modi launches International Bullion Exchange IIBX in GIFT-City
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the ‘India International Bullion Exchange (IIBX)’, at the Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City) near Gandhinagar, Gujarat. IIBX is India’s first international bullion exchange.
The exchange, which was announced in Budget 2020, will sell physical gold and silver. The exchange will be open for jewelers with a net worth of Rs 25 crore and above to participate.
Ashok Gautam will head IIBX as MD and CEO. He took charge in February 2022 and worked with IDBI Bank before this. He has earlier worked with the State Bank of India (SBI).
Punjab to host the PUNJAB KHED MELA from August 29
The Punjab Sports Department will host the Punjab Khed Mela, which will feature 30 sporting activities in six age divisions for competitors between the ages of 14 and 60.
The event’s goals are to find talent, create a welcoming environment for sports, and raise public awareness of health. There will be competitions in the age ranges of 25 to 40, 40 to 50, and 50 to 60 in addition to the previously conducted under-14, under-17, and 17 to 25 age groups.
On August 29, National Sports Day, the Punjab Khed Mela, which will take place from the block to the state level, will officially begin. Sports Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer made this announcement in Chandigarh.
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- Punjab Sports Minister: Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer
- Chief Minister of Punjab: Bhagwant Mann
Gujarat becomes first Indian state to launch semiconductor policy 2022-27
The Gujarat government has announced a dedicated ‘Gujarat Semiconductor Policy 2022-27’ with a view to generating at least 2,00,000 new employment opportunities during a period of five years.
The Gujarat government has also decided to develop a “Semicon city” which would be a part of the Dholera Special Investment Region. The projects approved under the Design-linked Incentive scheme of the Government of India will not be eligible for availing of the benefits under the new policy, said the state government press release.
Chhattisgarh CM launched ‘Mahtari Nyay Rath’ for women’s rights awareness
To educate the state’s women about their constitutional rights and laws, the Chhattisgarh Women Commission will host the Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath Yatra. On the occasion of the Hareli Tihaar festival, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel will set off the “Mukhyamantri Mahtari Nyay Rath“.
Through short films, messages, and booklets, the chariots will visit all of the districts to educate people about the legal protections for women and their constitutional rights.
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- Chief Minister of Chattisgarh: Bhupesh Baghel
- Chairperson of the state women’s commission: Dr. Kiranmayi Nayak
Pranay Kumar Verma named as new High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh
Pranay Kumar Verma, an experienced diplomat and IFS official from the 1994 batch, has been chosen to serve as India’s next High Commissioner to Bangladesh. He is currently the ambassador of India to Vietnam.
The Delhi-based Ministry of External Affairs made this announcement. Vikram Doraiswami, the current High Commissioner of India to the UK, is rumored to be taking over, thus he is expected to start the job soon in his stead.
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- Minister of External Affairs of the Government of India: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Coca-Cola signed on Neeraj Chopra for Limca Sportz promotion
Coca-Cola has signed Olympic gold medalist, Neeraj Chopra for Limca Sportz promotion. Recently, Neeraj Chopra has become the first-ever Indian to win a silver medal at World Athletics Championships with his best throw of 88.13 m.
Also, Neeraj Chopra has been ruled out of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 in England due to an injury he picked up at World Athletics Championships.
Coca-Cola India and its bottling partners are investing around $1 billion (around Rs 7,990 crore) to expand the production capacity by up to 40 percent.
Indian and Malaysian bodies signed a deal to support the palm oil business
The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) and the Indian Vegetable Oil Producers’ Association (IVPA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to expand their cooperation in promoting the usage of palm oil.
The MoU is anticipated to increase collaboration in areas of shared interest and advance the production and consumption of palm oil from Malaysia and palm oil with the MSPO certification. Through cooperative actions and assistance for product and market development, it would advance the interests of producers, processors, users, and consumers.
DSF institutes “Dinesh Shahra Lifetime Award for Excellence” in Music
Dinesh Shahra Foundation (DSF) has taken a major stride in its efforts to promote soulful Indian music among the masses. The Foundation has instituted a first-of-its-kind ‘Dinesh Shahra Lifetime Award’ for Excellence in Music.
The initiative is supported by the Indian Arts & Cultural Society. The Announcement of this novel recognition was made by Mr. Dinesh Shahra, Trustee –DSF during a cultural event titled “Mausiqui’ in Mumbai recently.
Ranks and Reports
Parle is Still the leading FMCG company in India
According to Kantar India’s annual Brand Footprint study, locally produced biscuit brand Parle continued to be the most popular brand among fast-moving consumer goods in India in 2021, topping the rankings for the eleventh year in a row.
Based on Consumer Reach Points (CRPs), the report assessed the FMCG brands that consumers will choose in 2021. CRP is evaluated based on the actual purchases made by customers and the regularity with which they occur throughout a given year.
In other words, CRP gauges a brand’s mass appeal based on its penetration and how consumers feel about it based on how frequently they purchase it.
Commonwealth Games 2022: Weightlifter Sanket Sargar wins silver
India’s Sanket Sargar has scripted history, by becoming the first athlete from India to win a medal at Commonwealth Games 2022.
He won a silver medal in the men’s 55kg event with a total of 248kg (113kg in snatch, 135 in clean and jerk) to finish behind Malaysia’s Aniq Mohamad, who took gold with a total of 249 kg (107kg in snatch, 142kg in clean and jerk).
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