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Fakhar Zaman

21-07-2018

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman became the sixth international batsman and the first Pakistani player to score a double hundred against Zimbabwe. Pakistan ended at 399/1, which is the highest score for Pakistan in ODIs. Zaman joined an elite list of players - Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill - as the only players with double-hundreds in ODIs. Sharma still remains the only player with multiple double-centuries (3). Imam-ul-Haq and Zaman’s 304-run opening stand is also a record for highest opening partnership in ODIs.

Deaths

Ramchandra Singh Deo

21-07-2018

He was Chhattisgarh’s first Finance Minister who held cabinet positions in the undivided Madhya Pradesh on multiple occasions. A fierce campaigner for tribal rights and staunch supporter of the Narmada Bachao Andolan.

Appointments

SC Collegium Recommendations

21-07-2018

The Supreme Court Collegium has recommended the following to be appointed as judges to the Apex Court and High Courts:

Recommendation for the Supreme Court

K.M. Joseph: Chief Justice of Uttarakhand High Court (second time recommendation)
Indira Banerjee: Madras High Court Chief Justice
Vineet Saran: Odisha High Court Chief Justice

Recommendation for High Courts

Justice V.K. Tahilramani: He will be the Chief Justice of Madras High Court with the incumbent, Justice Indira Banerjee, being recommended by the Supreme Court Collegium for appointment to the top court.
Justice Rajendra Menon: Patna Chief Justice Rajendra Menon to take over as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court.
Justice Gita Mittal: The acting Chief Justice, Justice Gita Mittal, has been recommended for appointment as the Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
Justice Aniruddha Bose: He will be the Chief Justice of the Jharkhand High Court.

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Rwanda

21-07-2018

Indian Prime Minister in his visit to Rwanda for the first-ever Prime Minister-level visit, will gift 200 cows. He will travel to Rweru model village in Rwanda’s eastern province and gift the cows as India’s contribution to Rwandan President Paul Kagame’s flagship “Girinka” programme. Girinka is the Rwandan government’s “one cow for one poor family” programme, launched in 2006. The government claims the scheme has benefitted nearly 3.5 lakh families so far.

Sports

New Entrants To International Tennis Hall Of Fame

20-07-2018

Former Wimbledon champion Michael Stich of Germany and 14-time Grand Slam doubles champion Helena Sukova of the Czech Republic will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Stich won 18 career singles titles in 31 finals before retiring in 1997. Sukova captured 10 singles titles as well as 69 career doubles crowns before retiring in 1998.

Reports/survey

Lancet Report On AIDS & India

20-07-2018

A new report by the International AIDS Society and Lancet Commission, says the world was not on track to end AIDS by 2030, as envisioned as part of global Sustainable Development Goals. With more than two million people with HIV, and an estimated 62,000 AIDS-related deaths in 2016, India alone was to the third largest HIV epidemic in the world.

India has declared its aim to decrease new HIV infections by 75 per cent in the period between 2010 and 2020, and eliminate AIDS by 2030.

The Report says if India took all proactive measures, including testing, anti-retroviral therapy and pre-exposure preventive treatment, in the vulnerable groups, it could hope to avert only about seven per cent of new HIV cases between now and 2028. That would still mean potentially 51,000 new infections would be avoided and about 81,000 AIDS related deaths would be prevented during this time.

Reports/survey

Global Slavery Index 2018 & India

20-07-2018

The Global Slavery Index 2018, published by Walk Free Foundation estimates that on any given day in 2016 there were nearly 8 million people living in “modern slavery” in India — a claim strongly contested by the government on the grounds that its parameters were poorly defined and too wide-ranging.

The report said that in terms of prevalence, there were 6.1 victims for every thousand people. Among 167 countries India ranked 53 with North Korea at the top of the list with 104.6 per 1,000 and Japan registering lowest prevalence rate of 0.3 per 1,000. However, in absolute numbers India topped the list on prevalence. China found itself at 111 place with a prevalance rate of 2.8 per 1,000.

The report also claims that India is at risk due to “global trade and business”. It states that India will be exposed to the risk of modern slavery through products it imports.

Deaths

Burton Richter

20-07-2018

USA physicist Burton Richter, winner of the 1976 Nobel Prize in physics has passed away. Richter’s Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the J/psi subatomic particle, shared with MIT’s Samuel Ting, confirmed the existence of the charm quark. That discovery upended existing theories and forced a recalibration in theoretical physics that reverberated for years. It became known as the “November Revolution.”

Deaths

Neeraj

20-07-2018

Noted Hindi poet and author Gopaldas Saxena, who is wllknown in his pen name ‘Neeraj’ has passed away. Several of his poems and songs have been used in Hindi movies and are considered famous. He was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.

Miscellaneous

First Made-in-India Note

20-07-2018

RBI has released a new Rs 100 denomination banknote which is lavender in colour, is the first note made of entirely domestic materials. This note is designed in India, printed on currency paper made in India. The ink is made in India and even the security features have been made by Indian companies.

Cultural Aspect: The notes have motif of Rani ki Vav on the reverse- which is a stepwell situated in the town of Patan in Gujarat. It is located on the banks of Saraswati River. Rani ki Vav was built as a memorial to an 11th-century king Bhima-I. It was added to the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites in 2014.

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