In this article, we will discuss all the important current affairs of 29th July 2021 in detail.
1. Indore has been chosen as the sole Indian city to participate in the International Clean Air Catalyst Program.
- The city of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, dubbed “India’s Cleanest City,” has been chosen as the country’s lone participant in the International Clean Air Catalyst Program.
- The US Agency for International Development (USAID) and a global consortium of organizations, led by the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), have launched Clean Air Catalyst, a new flagship program to combat air pollution in low and middle-income countries by accelerating clean air solutions.
2. Madhya Pradesh has announced the ‘Devaranya Yojana,’ an Ayush-based economic development scheme.
- Madhya Pradesh’s state government has developed the Devaranya Yojana, an Ayush-based economic up-gradation scheme that combines AYUSH with tourism to increase employment prospects in tribal communities.
- The scheme was developed with the dual goal of increasing employment and economic options in tribal-dominated areas while also enhancing Ayurveda benefits in scheduled tribal areas.
3. Odisha’s Puri becomes the first city in India to give 24-hour tap water that is safe to drink.
- Puri, in the Indian state of Odisha, has become the first city to execute the Drink-from-Tap programme. Through smart water management technology, the city now provides safe drinking water directly from the faucet 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- On July 26, 2021, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik launched the Sujal or “Drink From Tap” programme in Puri.
4. Rajasthan announces the ‘Niryatak Bano’ campaign to assist local businessmen in expanding their enterprises.
- The Industries Department of the Rajasthan government, as well as the state’s top industrial development authority, the Rajasthan Industrial Development, and Investment Corporation (RIICO), have begun a drive to assist local traders in extending their enterprises into international countries.
- The “Mission Niryatak Bano” campaign is divided into six sections with the goal of registering and assisting local traders who want to extend their business into international countries.
5. The Assam Chief Minister has laid the foundation stone for the Bamboo Industrial Park in Dima Hasao, Assam.
- At Manderdisa in the Dima Hasao district, Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma lay the foundation stone for a Bamboo Industrial Park. The project will be funded by the DoNER Ministry for Rs. 50 crores.
- Once completed, the project will herald in a new era in the region’s economy and provide a plethora of job opportunities for the region’s youth.
6. As a relief for numerous industries, the government announced a fund of Rs 29.87 lakh crore as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat package.
- During the period of March 2020 to June 2021, almost 17,500 corporations were struck off under section 248 of the Companies Act.
- As a relief for numerous industries, the government has announced a fund of 29.87 lakh crore rupees under the Atmanirbhar Bharat package.
7. Sitio Burle Marx, a Brazilian landscape garden, has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- UNESCO has added the Sitio Burle Marx property, a landscape garden in Rio de Janeiro, to its list of World Heritage monuments.
- The garden contains about 3,500 species of plants native to Rio and is used as a testing ground for botanical and landscape research.
8. Uzbekistan is hosting a two-day symposium on Central and South Asia.
- Uzbekistan, a Central-South Asian country, is gearing up to host the two-day important Central-Asian Conference in Taskent, its capital. The high-level meeting will focus on Uzbekistan’s “challenges and possibilities.”
- In the presence of high-ranking delegates, the event will address international talks on trade, energy consumption, and brand cooperation, according to Saidjanov.
Banking & Finance News
9. In FY21, SBI is at the top of the list of PSBs that have written down problematic loans.
- State Bank of India, followed by Union Bank of India, led the list of public sector banks that wrote down loans in FY21.
- SBI deducted Rs 34,402 crore from its balance sheet last year, while the Union Bank of India wiped off Rs 16,983 crore.
Business & Economy News
10. In Odisha, Tata Power’s distribution arm has partnered with CSCs to enable online bill payments in rural regions.
- Under the Digital India Programme, Tata Power Central Odisha Distribution Ltd has worked with authorities of Common Service Centres (CSCs) to enable online payment of energy bills in rural regions.
- The partnership will assist rural users of Tata Electricity’s and the Odisha government’s joint venture business in paying their power bills to CSCs and Village Level Entrepreneurs (VLEs).
11. Amazon India and InCred have teamed up to provide credit to e-commerce merchants.
- Amazon India and InCred have formed a strategic relationship to provide Amazon merchants with collateral-free working capital loans of up to Rs 50 lakh through its seller site.
- The partnership between InCred and Amazon India intends to address this issue by solving the financial constraints that Indian e-tailers face.
12. Basavaraj Bommai has been elected as Karnataka’s 23rd Chief Minister.
- Basavaraj Bommai, a veteran politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was sworn in as Karnataka’s 23rd chief minister, following BS Yediyurappa.
- Bommai’s predecessor resigned two days ago, sparking rumors of a rift inside the BJP’s state branch.
13. Rakesh Asthana has been appointed as the Commissioner of the Delhi Police.
- Rakesh Asthana, the Director-General (DG) of the Border Security Force (BSF), was appointed as the Delhi Police Commissioner on July 27, 2021, with immediate effect.
- His promotion comes just three days before his retirement on July 31, 2021.
14. At the age of 13, skateboarder Momiji Nishiya becomes Japan’s youngest gold medalist ever.
- According to CBS News, Momiji Nishiya won gold in women’s street skateboarding at the Olympics, making her one of the youngest gold medalists in Olympic history.
- She also became Japan’s youngest gold medalist and the first woman to earn a gold medal in women’s street skateboarding, which debuted at the Olympics this year in Tokyo.
Books & Authors
15. Kanti Bajpai’s book “India Versus China: Why They Aren’t Friends”
- Kanti Bajpai’s book, titled “India Versus China: Why They Aren’t Friends,” was recently published.
- Bajpai uses the four Ps (Perceptions, Perimeters, Other Partnerships, and Power Asymmetry) to try to address the question in this book.
16. Nandu Natekar, the Arjuna Award-winning badminton legend, has died at the age of 88.
- Nandu Natekar, a legendary Indian badminton player who became the first Indian to win an international title in 1956, has died of age-related diseases. He was 88 years old when he died.
- In a 15-year career, Natekar won over 100 national and international trophies for India.
17. Sikkil R Bhaskaran, a well-known Carnatic classical violinist, has died.
- Sikkil Shri R Bhaskaran, a well-known Carnatic classical violinist known as ‘Kalaimaamani,’ died in Chennai. He was 85 years old at the time.
- He was an AIR “A” Grade Artist who worked at a Chennai radio station for nearly two decades, from 1976 to 1994. He has been a part of the Thiruvaiyaru Thyaga Brahma Festival’s Executive Committee for more than two decades. ecades
20. 29th July: International Tiger Day
- Every year on July 29, International Tiger Day (also known as Global Tiger Day) is observed to promote awareness for tiger conservation.
- The day was established in 2010 during the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit in Russia, with the goal of establishing a global system for safeguarding tigers’ natural habitats and raising public awareness and support for tiger conservation concerns.
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