Central govt approves the establishment of new AIIMS in Haryana’s Manethi
The Centre has given approval to the establishment of new All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Manethi in Haryana’s Rewari district at a cost of Rs. 1299 crore. The objective is to establish the new AIIMS as Institutions of National Importance for providing quality tertiary healthcare, medical education, nursing education and research in the region.
Cabinet approves centre for disability sports at Gwalior
The Union Cabinet approved the proposal for setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports at Gwalior. To be registered under the Societies Registration Act, the proposed Centre will entail an estimated cost of Rs 170.99 crore and be completed in 5 years.
Ministry of Tribal Affairs launches schemes of Minimum Support Price for Minor Forest produces
Shri Jual Oram, Union Minister of Tribal Affairs launched the ambitious scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Van Dhan, the scheme for Minimum Support Price (MSP) for Minor Forest Produce Scheme (MFP) and Development of Value Chain of MFPs at a National Workshop organized by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) under Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Environment minister launches anthem on ‘plastic-free India’ in 7 languages
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan launched an anthem as a part of a campaign to make India plastic-free by 2022, and stressed on strengthening plastic waste management and recycling ecosystem in the country. The ”Plastic Waste-Free India” has been anthem, prepared and produced by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya Smriti Manch (PDUSM), a non-profit organisation which claims to be working on various social and environmental issues.
BANKING & FINANCE
Fraud-hit PNB ranks highest in implementation of ‘reforms agenda’
Fraud-hit Punjab National Bank has been ranked first among public sector banks in the implementation of ‘reforms agenda’, followed by Bank of Baroda and State Bank of India. The BCG-IBA report – EASE Reforms for Public Sector Banks measures performance of each PSB.
Gayle 1st batsman in the world to smash 500 sixes in int’l cricket
Windies’ 39-year-old opener Chris Gayle has become the first ever batsman to smash 500 sixes in international cricket and the second batsman to slam 300 ODI sixes. Gayle smashed 14 sixes during his 97-ball 162-run knock against England in fourth ODI to reach 506 international sixes. He has hit 98 sixes in Tests, 305 in ODIs and 103 in T20Is.
K.L. Rahul only Indian in top 10 batsmen in T20 rankings
K L Rahul was the lone Indian to feature in the top 10 batting list in the latest ICC T20 International Players Rankingsreleased recently. Formerly top-ranked Virat Kohli up two places to 17th and former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni up seven places to 56th have also gained among Indian batsmen.
Indian-Origin Woman who spied for UK in WWII gets ‘Blue Plaque’ Honour
Britain’s World War II spy Noor Inayat Khan was confirmed as the first Indian-origin woman to be honoured with a Blue Plaque at her former London home. The Blue Plaque scheme run by English Heritage honours notable people who lived or worked in particular buildings across London.
Sir Alastair Cook Officially Receives Knighthood At Buckingham Palace
Former England skipper Alastair Cook officially received the knighthood for his services to cricket at an investiture ceremony in Buckingham Palace. He is the first England cricketer to receive a knighthood since Sir Ian Botham in 2007.
Oscar-winning composer Andre Previn passes away
Four-time Oscar-winning music composer Andre Previn passed away. He was 89. Previn had composed music for dozens of movies. He won the Oscar for “Gigi”, “Porgy & Bess”, “Irma la Douce” and “My Fair Lady”. He also wrote songs and scores for 1950s films “Bad Day at Black Rock”, “Designing Women” and “Hot Summer Nights”.