In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 14th July 2021 in detail.
1. The state of Manipur is added to India’s railway map with the arrival of the state’s first passenger train.
- The Rajdhani Express from Assam’s Silchar railway station made a trial run at Manipur’s Vaingaichunpao railway station, putting the state on the Indian Railways map.
- According to accounts, the train travelled 11 kilometres between the two northeastern stations while carrying railway officials.
2. NTPC REL will build India’s first green hydrogen mobility project in Ladakh State-owned power company NTPC has announced that its subsidiary, NTPC REL, will build India’s first green hydrogen mobility project in Ladakh.
- The signing of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) was also commemorated by the opening of NTPC’s first solar projects in Leh, which included solar trees and a solar carport, according to the statement.
3. A national hackathon will be hosted by IIT Madras and Sony India.
- The IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation (IITM-PTF) is teaming up with Sony India Software Centre Pvt. Ltd. to host a national hackathon named ‘SAMVEDAN 2021 – Sensing Solutions for Bharat’ to encourage citizens to use IoT sensor boards to solve India-specific social challenges.
- Quarterfinals, semi-finals, and finals are the three stages of the competition. A total of 75 concepts will be chosen for the quarter-finals, with the top 25 ideas moving on to the semi-finals. There will be seven finalists, each of whom will get a prize. The winning teams will receive 3 lakhs in prize money.
4. N. Biren Singh, the Chief Minister of Manipur, has launched a number of welfare initiatives funded by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD).
- Through video conferencing in Imphal, Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh introduced different welfare initiatives run by NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development).
- Comprehensive Scheme for MSCB Ltd. and PACS (Primary Agriculture Co-operative Societies) Development in Manipur, infrastructural support for 10 PACS and two TDF projects in Churachandpur and Pherzwal districts are among the plans.
5. Ladakh and Sikkim have signed an agreement to turn the UT into an organic entity.
- The Ladakh government has inked an agreement with the Sikkim State Organic Certification Agency (SOCCA) to make the Union Territory organic.
- Ladakh and SSOCA have signed a tripartite MoU on the execution of the Prampragat Krishi Vikas Yojana and the Mission Organic Development Initiative (MODI) in the Ladakh area, with the goal of converting the region into an organic entity by 2025.
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6. Himalayan Yaks will be insured for the first time.
- The high-altitude yak, which has been suffering the heat of climate change across the Himalayan region, will now be covered by insurance.
- For livestock insurance, the National Research Centre on Yak (NRCY) in Dirang, Arunachal Pradesh’s West Kameng district, has partnered with the National Insurance Company Ltd.
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7. APEDA signs an agreement with NAFED to promote farmer cooperatives and farmer producer organisations’ export links.
- APEDA, the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, inked a Memorandum of Understanding with NAFED, the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Ltd, to promote farmer cooperative and Farmer Producer Organization (FPO) export links.
8. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s party won a landslide victory in the election.
- According to the electoral board, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s Prosperity Party won the most seats in Ethiopia’s parliamentary election, ensuring him a second term in office.
- According to Woubshet Ayele, deputy chairperson of the electoral board in Addis Ababa, Abiy’s party won 410 of 436 parliamentary seats.
9. Sher Bahadur Deuba succeeds KP Sharma Oli as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the fifth time.
- According to media sources, Nepali Congress President Sher Bahadur Deuba was elected Prime Minister for the seventh time. In compliance with Article 76(5) of the Constitution, President Bidya Devi Bhandari appointed him.
- Deuba, who is 74 years old, is returning to power for the fifth time as Prime Minister of Nepal. His nomination follows a Supreme Court verdict that cleared the door for him to succeed incumbent K P Sharma Oli as prime minister.
10. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF’s Executive Director, has resigned due to a family health issue.
- With deep regret, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accepted Henrietta Fore’s retirement as executive director of UNICEF, applauding her outstanding leadership as head of the UN children’s agency.
- On January 1, 2018, Ms. Fore, an American public health and international development administrator who was the first woman to oversee the United States Agency for International Development, assumed leadership of UNICEF.
11. UNICEF’s Executive Director, Henrietta Fore, has resigned due to a family health concern.
- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed Henrietta Fore’s resignation as executive director of UNICEF with deep regret, praising her remarkable leadership as the UN children’s agency’s head.
- Ms. Fore, an American public health and international development executive who was the first woman to command the US Agency for International Development, took over as UNICEF’s new director on January 1, 2018.
12. India has been named as the host country for the 2026 World Badminton Championships.
- The World Badminton Championships will be held in India in 2026, according to the BWF, the sport’s global governing organisation.
- The Sudirman Cup was supposed to be held in India in 2023, however the Badminton International Federation chose to give China the hosting rights to the world mixed team championships.
13. Pankaj Singh, a pacer, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
- Pankaj Singh, the former India and Rajasthan bowler, has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
- In his career, the 36-year-old played two Tests and one ODI for India. His first game in international cricket was in 2010, and he made his Test debut against England in 2014.
14. Deepak Kabra is the first Indian gymnastics judge to serve as an Olympic judge.
- Deepak Kabra has become the first Indian to be chosen to judge the Olympic gymnastics competition, achieving a life goal for the guy who knew he wouldn’t have made it there as an active gymnast due to his weak fundamentals.
- The men’s artistic gymnastics will be officiated by Kabra at the Tokyo Games, which begin on July 23.
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15. The controversial Aamir Khan film PK has been included to the National Film Archive of India’s collection.
- The controversial Amir Khan film PK, which was released in 2014 and sparked outrage for offending Hindu religious feelings, has been added to the National Film Archives of India’s collection (NFAI).
- The NFAI has added the original camera negative of Rajkumar Hirani’s film to their collection.
16. Bahrain Keralite Society Literary Award is given to Om Cheri N. N. Pillai.
- Omchery N N Pillai, a journalist and dramatist, has been chosen for the Bahrain Keraleeya Samajam (BKS) Literary Award for 2021.
- The prize includes a monetary prize of $50,000 as well as a citation recognising the achievement. The award ceremony will take place in Delhi later this year
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17. Sanjaya Baru and Rahul Sharma’s book “A New Cold War: Henry Kissinger and the Rise of China”
- Sanjaya Baru and Rahul Sharma edited the book “A New Cold War: Henry Kissinger and the Rise of China,” which was recently published.
- The book is a collection of analytical essays that look at the impact, ramifications, and legacy of Henry Kissinger’s covert journey to China in 1971 and how it changed world order.
18. Ashok Chakravarti’s book “The Struggle Within: A Memoir Of The Emergency”
- Ashok Chakravarti’s book “The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency” was recently published.
- HarperCollins India is the publisher of the book. The book The Struggle Within: A Memoir of the Emergency is about one of independent India’s darkest periods during the emergency. One of independent India’s darkest periods was the Emergency (1975-1977). Over 150,000 individuals were imprisoned without trial during that time, as many as eleven million were forcefully sterilised, and countless others were killed in police shootings or other means.
19. VP M. Venkaih Naidu is presented with a book titled “Urdu Poets and Writers – Deccan Gems.”
- Vice President M. Venkaih Naidu was presented with a book by prominent journalist J.S. Ifthekhar titled “Urdu Poets and Writers — Gems of Deccan.”
- Mr. Naidu praised the author’s work, which recounts the Deccan’s rich literary and cultural traditions.
20. Mr. Wonderful, a former WWE wrestler, has passed away.
- Paul Orndorff, a well-known American professional wrestler best known by his nickname Mr. Wonderful, has died. He was 71 years old at the time.
- He was one of the biggest names in professional wrestling in the 1980s, best known for his stints with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) (WCW). In the year 2000, he announced his retirement. In 2005, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
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