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'Medini Puraskar Yojna'

23-07-2018

The Environment Ministry has re-introduced 'Medini Puraskar Yojna'- a scheme for awarding Indian authors for their original work in Hindi on subjects related to environment including pollution and climate change.

Deaths

K.N. Anand

23-07-2018

Veteran sports journalist K.N. Anand has passed away. He worked with The Sportstar magazine from 1978 to 1991 and also covered big-ticket events like the Olympics, Asian Games and the Davis Cup.

Reports/survey

Public Affairs Index 2018

23-07-2018

The Public Affairs Index is released annually since 2016 by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC) which relies solely on Govt. data and the index examines governance performance in the states on social and economic development they are able to provide.

Latest Findings

Among Large States: Kerala stands as the best-governed state in the country (third consecutive year since 2016) followed by Tamil Nadu. While Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat are ranked third, fourth and fifth among the top five states delivering good governance, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar ranked the lowest, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.

Among Smaller States (with population less than two crore): Himachal Pradesh topped the list, followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura which figured among the top five states with good governance. Nagaland, Manipur and Meghalaya were ranked at the bottom of the index among small states.

Child-friendly States

This year’s PAI also included a separate index on the children of India, giving a measure of how child-friendly each of the states are. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Mizoram topped the index on being the states to provide better living conditions for all children.

Important Days

21-29 July: National Moth Week

23-07-2018

National Moth Week is celebrated world-wide from July 21 to 29. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. India is home to more than 10,000 moth species, including the large and flamboyant Indian moon moth Actias selene. V Shubhalaxmi, whose extensive study of moths and recently published work ‘Field Guide to Indian Moths’ has earned her the moniker ‘India’s Moth Lady’.

Sports

Project Gaandiva

23-07-2018

Following the call by the Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore for State governments to seek assistance from private enterprises to promote sports, the Andhra Pradesh Government will launch an ambitious programme — Project Gaandiva. The programme has been conceptualized by TENVIC Sports Education, founded by legendary cricketer Anil Kumble in association with table tennis star Vasanth Bharadwaj, with focus on identifying and grooming young talent. The comprehensive sports policy covers various sports disciplines across all districts of Andhra Pradesh with regards to coaching programmess from grassroots to Centre of Excellence (CoE). SAAP (Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh) has been a pioneer for envisioning such a world-class sports project.

Sports

All India Football Federation (AIFF) Awards For 2017

23-07-2018

Player of the Year: Sunil Chhetri
Woman Footballer of the Year: Kamala Devi
Emerging Player of the Year: Anirudh Thapa
Emerging Woman Footballer of the Year: E Panthoi
Best Referee: C R Srikrishna
Best Assistant Referee: Sumanta Datta (Assam)
Best Grassroots Development Programme: Kerala FA
Long-time contribution to Indian Football: Hero Motocorp

Miscellaneous

BIS Rule On Helmets

23-07-2018

From January 15, new helmet will be lighter by 300gm and will be airier. The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has amended the cap on maximum weight of helmets for bikers to 1.2kg instead of the present 1.5kg, which every manufacturer will have to comply with. The Road Transport Ministry has also started the process to bring manufacturing of all motorcycle helmets under the mandatory regime to get BIS certification. This will mean sale of non-standard helmets will become an offence. The new helmets will also specify that these are meant for two-wheeler riders. The new norms of lighter helmets and mandatory provision for ventilation holes in the headgear have been made considering the reasons why bike riders don’t prefer wearing them.

Sports

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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