1.Person in News

Ajay Puri appointed as the Chairman of COAI

Ajay Puri has been elected as the chairman of Cellular Operators’ Association of India (COAI)

He is the Chief Operating Officer of Bharti Airtel

Jio Infocomm President Pramod Kumar Mittal has been appointed as the Vice-Chairman

Quick Fact: COAI is an apex industry body representing the telecom, Internet, technology and digital service companies of India

2.Environment

India ranks third on ‘Global E-waste Monitor 2020’

The ‘Global E-waste Monitor 2020’ report has been published by the United Nations

As per the report:

  1.  53.6 million tonnes of e-waste was generated globally in 2019, out of which only 17.4 percent was recycled
  2. India was the third largest contributor to e-waste
  3. China topped the list, with USA coming in second as the highest producers of e-waste

Quick Fact:  Lead, cadmium, beryllium and brominated flame retardants are some of the hazardous chemicals found in e-waste

3.Environment

Asia’s largest solar plant at Rewa, MP to be inaugurated on 10th July

Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the 750 MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Plant on 10th July

The Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Power Project is the largest single-site solar power project in Asia

It is spread over 1590 acres in Rewa district, Madhya Pradesh

4.Miscellaneous

CBSE and Facebook partner for education on new digital tech

The partnership has been for two joint ventures:

  1. Facebook will train teachers on Augmented Reality, who will then teach the same in classes
  2. A curriculum by CBSE ‘ Facebook for Education’ will be launched, which will teach students about online well-being and digital safety

Quick Fact: Mark Zuckerberg is the CEO of Facebook

5.Miscellaneous

‘Intezaar Aap Ka’ Social Media Campaign launched by Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board has started a social media campaign Intezaar Aap Ka

It aims to instill the confidence back in the tourism sector by COVID-safe tour packages to tourists

Madhya Pradesh has won the Best Tourism State National Award for three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017

6.Economy

World Bank’s Country Classification 2020 released

World Bank classifies countries into four income groups- Low,  Lower-Middle, Upper-Middle and High Income countries

The classification is based on Gross National Income using the Atlas Method

As per the classification, India, Nepal and Bangladesh are all Lower-Middle income countries

7.Miscellaneous

AIR starts its first Sanskrit news programme ‘Sanskrit Saptahiki’

All India Radio has started its first-ever Sanskrit news programme ‘Sanskrit Saptahiki’

Sanskrit Saptahiki will be broadcasted every Saturday.

Sanskrit News Magazine ‘Vaartavali’ by DD News has also completed its 5 years of continuous broadcast