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PM Narendra Modi arrives in Netherlands on final leg of tour


  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the Netherlands the final leg of his three-nation tour after concluding his visit to the US.
  • Mr. Modi will hold bilateral talks with Dutch Prime Minister 'Mark Rutte' on global issues including counter-terrorism and climate change.
  • He will also address the Indian diaspora in that country.
  • This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations.


Mihai Tudose named as prime-minister designate in Romania


  • President of Romania ‘Klaus Iohannis’ has appointed former economy minister 'Mihai Tudose' as the Prime Minister.
  • The Prime Minister-designate ‘Mihai Tudose’ will have 10 days to gain the vote of confidence.
  • Earlier, PSD (Social Democrat Party) filed a no-confidence motion against ex-Prime Minister 'Sorin Grindeanu' for causing delays in implementing reforms.


J & K Governor N N Vohra appointed as president of IIC


  • Jammu & Kashmir Governor 'N N Vohra' has been appointed the president of the India International Centre (IIC), one of the premier cultural institutions in the country.
  • The appointment was made after eminent jurist ‘Soli Sorabjee’ quit the presidential post.
  • The India International Centre (IIC) is a non-official organisation situated in New Delhi, India.
  • The Centre stands for a vision that looks at India as a place where it is possible to initiate dialogues in an atmosphere of amity and understanding.


Union Minister Kalraj Mishra launches Digital MSME Scheme


  • The Union Minister of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) 'Kalraj Mishra' has launched a ‘Digital MSME Scheme’ to boost Digital India Mission at a function in New Delhi.
  • This scheme revolves around Cloud Computing which is emerging as a cost-effective and viable alternative in comparison to in-house Infrastructure installed by MSMEs.
  • In this scheme, MSMEs can use the internet to access common as well as tailor-made IT infrastructure including software for managing their business processes.
  • He has given 50 MSME National Awards under various categories.


Govt. clears proposal for setting up new airport in Greater Noida


  • According to Civil Aviation Minister ‘Ashok Gajapathi Raju’, the Govt. has cleared the proposal for setting up a new airport in Jewar in Greater Noida.
  • The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority has notified 3,000 hectares of land for a world-class international airport.
  • The airport is scheduled to be operational in five-six years.
  • The first phase of Noida International Airport is expected to cost Rs 10,000 crore.


Group insurance cover for Amarnath pilgrims raised to Rs 3 lakh


  • The Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board has announced to enhance the group insurance cover for the pilgrims and service providers from existing Rs one lakh to Rs three lakh.
  • The board manages the annual yatra to the 3,880-metre high holy cave shrine of Amarnath in south Kashmir Himalayas.
  • Amarnath Yatra is scheduled to begin from coming Thursday.

Note: The Shrine is managed by Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB), that was constituted by an Act of the Jammu & Kashmir State Legislature in 2000 with His Excellency the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir as its ex-officio Chairman.

World Bank clears USD 250-million loan for Skill India Mission


  • The World Bank has cleared a USD 250-million loan for making Indian youth more employable through reskilling.
  • The Skill India Mission Operation (SIMO) will increase the market relevance of short-term skill development programs both at the national and state levels.
  • It will help the government of India to better equip the young workforce with employable skills.

Note: The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to countries of the world for capital programs.
It comprises two institutions:
  • (i) The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and
  • (ii) The International Development Association (IDA).

Indian hockey team finish sixth in Hockey World League Semifinals


  • Indian hockey team has finished sixth in Hockey World League Semi-finals after suffering a 2-3 defeat by Canada in London.
  • Now, Canada finished fifth in the tournament and qualified for next year's World Cup to be held in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
  • It was India's second upset loss against a lower-ranked side in the tournament after having lost to Malaysia in the quarterfinals.


BCCI to form committee to implement Lodha panel reforms


  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to form a committee to analyze best and quick way of execution to implement the ‘Lodha panel’ reforms as ordered by the Supreme Court.
  • The committee will go into each and every action point necessitated by the principal judgment and only those exceptional and limited areas of difficulty will be brought to the notice of Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators which will thereafter decide a course of action.

Note: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body for cricket in India. 

ISSF Junior World Championship: India wins team bronze in 25m rapid fire pistol


  • India won ‘Team Bronze’ in 25- meter Rapid Fire Pistol Men Junior Shooting World Championship in Suhl, Germany.
  • The trio of Anish, Anhad Jawanda, and Shivam Shukla notched up a combined score of 1711 to claim third place and take India's overall tally from the competition to two Golds, one Silver, and one Bronze medal.
  • Earlier, Anish won the 25-meter standard pistol gold on the opening day of the competition.


Srinivas Gokulnath becomes First Indian to Solo finish Race Across America


  • ‘Srinivas Gokulnath’ (Nashik) has created history by becoming the first Indians to complete the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in the solo 18-59 age category.
  • Srinivas Gokulnath finished the distance in 11 days and 18 hours and Samarth took 11 days and 21 hours to finish the race.
  • Among the 9 persons who managed to finish the race, Gokulnath (Aerospace medicine specialist) stood 7th while and Amit Samarth (Nagpur) finished at number 8.
  • The race was won by Christoph Strasser.

Note: In the three decades old history of RAAM, only three Indians had attempted RAAM solo but no one was able to finish the event in the solo category.
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