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National (Current Affaris)
♦Kerala best state on health parameters, UP worst
- According to the second Health Index launched by the Niti Aayog, Kerala has ranked first in terms of overall health performance, while Uttar Pradesh is the worst.
- The second round of the health index took into account the period 2015-16 (base year) to 2017-18 (reference year).
- According to a report by the government think tank, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have emerged as the second and third best performers, respectively, on health parameters.
Note- About Niti Aayog
- Formed: 1 January 2015
- Objectives: Foster involvement and participation in the economic policy-making process by the State Governments of India
- Jurisdiction: Government of India
- Headquarters: New Delhi
♦Bihar bans tree-felling
- The Government of Bihar recently banned felling of trees, citing increasing pollution as well as a fatal heatwave.
- Trees on private land, however, can be felled in the absence of a tree-protection Act in Bihar.
- The current order was passed under the Forest Conservation Act, DK Shukla, principal chief conservator of forests, told Down To Earth (DTE). “All permissions granted to cut trees for development works, have become null and void,” he said.
- The order, put forward by Deepak Kumar (principal secretary, department of environment, forest and climate change) in May, cited increasing pollution in Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and other cities in the state.
Note- About Bihar
- Governor: Lalji Tandon
- Chief minister: Nitish Kumar
- Population: 9.9 crores (2012)
- Capital: Patna
♦On 75th anniversary of Battle of Imphal, Japan gifts Manipur a peace museum
- Former adversaries Britain and Japan came together at the inauguration of the Imphal Peace Museum on Saturday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal that saw some of the fiercest fighting of World War II at Maibam Lokpa Ching popularly known as Red Hill.
- The Imphal Peace Museum (IPM), 20 km Southwest of Imphal, has been developed on 10 acres of land at the foothill of Red Hill with the support of the Nippon Foundation (TNF), a non-profit grant-making organization in collaboration with Manipur Tourism Forum and Manipur Government.
- The inauguration was attended by Manipur Revenue minister Karam Shyam, Japanese Ambassador to India Kenji Hiramatsu, High Commissioner of UK Dominic Asquith and TNF Chairman Yohei Sasakawa among others.
- Red Hill was among the places where the tide began to turn against the Japanese after their invasion of India.
Note – About Manipur
- Capital: Imphal
- Chief minister: N. Biren Singh
- Governor: Najma Heptulla
- Population: 27.2 lakhs (2011)
Banking and Financial
♦Maruti Suzuki inks partnership with BOB for dealer financing
- Maruti Suzuki, an Automobile manufacturer in India signed ‘Preferred Financier’ MoU(Memorandum of understanding) with Indian multinational with Bank of Baroda(BOB) in order to improve credit for dealership inventory financing.
- The partnership with Bank of Baroda allows Maruti Suzuki to finance opportunities to dealers as well as customers.
- The financing will work in line with the Bank of Baroda’s product program of Supply Chain Finance.
- The tight liquidity situation in the financial system of the IL&FS crisis and rising bad loans prompted the banks.
Note- About BOB
- Headquarters: Alkapuri, Vadodara
- CEO: P. S. Jayakumar
- Tag line- “India’s International Bank”
♦Rachna Khaira Bags Redink ‘Journalist Of The Year’ Award For ‘Aadhar’ Expose
- Rachna Khaira, who wrote for The Tribune, has bagged the prestigious RedInk Award for ‘Journalist of the Year’ for her far-reaching expose during Calendar 2018 on the functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of Indian (UIDAI) and its Aadhar data cache.
- Her investigation confirmed that personal data of millions of citizens was at risk of being hacked or traded for a price. By running a series of stings with The Huffington Post, the journalist was able to raise serious doubts about the claims by government that Aadhar data stored in UIDAI servers was safe and secure.
♦‘Veyilmarangal’ wins acclaim at Shanghai International Film Festival
- Veyil Marangal (Trees Under the Sun), directed by Bijukumar Damodaran, won the award for ‘Outstanding Artistic Achievement’ at the 22nd Shanghai International Film Festival, becoming the first Indian film to win a major award at the festival. The film was one among the 3,964 entries submitted from 112 countries in the prestigious Golden Goblet Award competition.
- As the award was announced at a packed hall, Indrans, who plays the lead role in the film, stood up and hugged the director. For Indrans too, this came as a major achievement in one of his first appearances at an international film festival
♦Shefali Juneja appointed India’s representative to ICAO
- Senior bureaucrat Shefali Juneja was Wednesday appointed as India’s representative in the council of International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), a United Nations body.
- Juneja, a 1992 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Income Tax cadre), is at present the Joint Secretary in Ministry of Civil Aviation.
- She has been appointed to the post of Representative of India in the ICAO, Montreal, Canada, for a period of three years, an order issued by personnel Ministry said.
- Juneja will replace senior IAS officer Alok Shekhar who was named for the post in October 2015.
- Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
- Head: Fang Liu
- Founder: Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation
- Founded: 1944
- Formation: 4 April 1947; 72 years ago
♦K Natarajan appointed as new Director General of Indian Coast Guard
- K. Natarajan, the second Coast Guard officer to lead the force, would take over on June 30. He joined the force on January 18, 1984, and holds a Masters Degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from Madras University.
- K. Natarajan has held various important Command and Staff appointments, both afloat and ashore. The Flag Officer has commanded all classes of Indian Coast Guard ships, namely Advanced Offshore Patrol Vessel (AOPV) Sangram, Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) Veera, Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) Kanaklata Barua and Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) Chandbibi.
- The Flag Officer has held the appointments of Chief Staff Officer (Personnel & Administration) at Headquarters Region (East), Chennai and Chief of Staff at Headquarters Region (West), Mumbai. The Officer has also held the appointment of Officer-in-Charge, Coast Guard Training Centre, Kochi.
♦Lewis Hamilton cruises to French GP victory
- Hamilton was in a league of his own, even over his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, as the 34-year-old Briton took his sixth win in eight races.
- The five-time champion leads Bottas in this year’s title race by 36 points – a win and a fifth place – after just eight races.
- Bottas finished a distant second, holding off an attack from Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc on the final lap.
Book and Author
♦Anupam Kher pens autobiography Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly; book to hit stands on 5 August
- Bollywood actor Anupam Kher is coming out with his autobiography, Lessons Life Taught Me Unknowingly that is set to hit stands on 5 August.
- Publishers Penguin Random House said the book will be an “extraordinary, riveting and no-holds-barred saga” in which Kher will make some behind-the-scenes revelations, and share anecdotes and rare nuggets from his life and the lessons it taught him.
- “Anupam Kher’s life story is nothing short of a grand masala box office hit,” publishers said in a statement on Monday.
♦Freedom fighter Mohan Ranade dies at 90
- During Goa’s liberation movement, Ranade was active in attacking police stations at Betim, Banastarim and other outposts.
- He was arrested by Portuguese police in 1955 and was imprisoned at the Fort of Caxias near Lisbon in Portugal. He was kept in solitary confinement for six years.
- Ranade was released from prison in January 1969, after the liberation of Goa in 1961, having served 14 years. Mohan Ranade was awarded Padmashri in 2001 and Sangli Bhushan in 2006.
- He received the Goa Puraskar in 1986 for social work. He authored books on the Goa liberation movement.
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