1.Person in News

M Nethra appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Poor by UNADAP

M Nethra is a 13-year old girl who convinced her father to donate Rs 5 lakh of savings meant for her for the benefit of the poor during the lockdown.

She has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Poor by the United Nations Association for Development and Peace (UNADAP)

The Dixon Scholarship of Rs. 1 Lakh scholarship amount has been awarded to Nethra

Quick Fact: UNADAP Special Consultative Status agency accredited under the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

2.Science and technology

ARCI develops Magnetocaloric material for cancer treatment

International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARCI), has developed a rare-earth-based magnetocaloric material.

Magnetocaloric materials which change temperature with the application and removal of a magnetic field.

Their controlled heating can be used to treat cancer by killing tumor cells at a controlled temperature between 40-45°C.

3.Sports

Fit India: Special films promoting 10 indigenous sports of India

This initiative is under Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat campaign to create awareness about culture and heritage of Indian states among youngsters.

The films will create awareness about 10 indigenous games and their states’ culture and heritage

The 10 sports include Kho-kho, Gatka, Kalaripayattu, Mallakhamb, Thang-Ta, Sqay, Kabaddi, Roll Ball, Tug of War and Shooting Ball.

Quick Fact: The program will be implemented by the Ministry of Sports, Fit India and Department of School Education and Literacy

4.Environment

Andhra Pradesh launches India’s first Online Waste Exchange

The exchange will support reuse, recycle and safe disposal of toxic wastes

The programme was launched on World Environment Day 2020. 

It will track, audit, scrutinize the waste and encourage proper utilization of toxic waste.

Quick Fact: The 6Rs of waste management are Reuse, Recycle, Reduce, Redesign, Refurbish and Remanufacture.

5.National Affairs

18th Bench of CAT in Ladakh and J&K union territories

Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT) bench has been set up at Jammu

It will deal exclusively with service matters of government employees

All three important DoPT agencies: CAT, Central Information Commission and Central Vigilance Commission are now operational in the two UTs

Quick Fact: CAT was established under Article 323 of the Constitution

6.Economy

Global Economic Prospects Report: World Bank

As per the report:

  1. India is the fifth worst hit nations in the world after USA, Brazil, Russia and UK
  2. India’s growth slowed by 4.2% in 2019-20
  3. GoI has increased spending for COVID-19 containment via wage support, tax payments deferral, cash transfers, etc.

Quick Fact: The Global Economic Prospects Report issued twice a year by World Bank in January and June

7.Economy

SBI launches separate vertical for financial inclusion and micro markets

The vertical will offer loans predominantly for agriculture and allied activities and micro and small enterprises

Sanjeev Nautiyal will be heading the vertical

Quick Fact: State Bank of India (SBI) is India’s largest lender


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