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Ahmedabad declared India’s first heritage city by UNESCO


  • More than 600-year-old Walled City of Ahmedabad founded by Ahmed Shah has been declared India’s first World Heritage City, recognising heritage value of the walled city’s unique heritage.
  • Ahmedabad’s nomination received huge support from around 20 countries.
  • UNESCO- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris.
  • Its headquarter is in Paris.

World Heritage Sites-


  • A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which has been officially recognized by the United Nations, specifically by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
  • World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 UNESCO member states which are elected by the UN General Assembly.
  • There are 37 (29 cultural, 7 natural and 1 mixed) World Heritage Sites in India that are recognised by the UNESCO as of July 2017.


First Maize Based Mega Food Park in Punjab


  • Union Minister of Food Processing Industry laid the foundation stone for First Maize based Mega Food Park in Kapurthala, Punjab.
  • Mega Food Park is an inclusive concept and a scheme of the Ministry of Food Processing of the Government of India, aimed at establishing a "direct linkage from farm to processing and then to consumer markets" through a network of collection centres and primary processing centres.


Ministries of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation merged


  • Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu announced Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation have been merged into one.
  • This will create synergy, better coordination and planning between housing and urban infrastructure projects.


Iraq declares victory over ISIS after months-long battle in Mosul


  • Iraq has declared victory over the Islamic State terror group in Mosul after the months-long campaign, dealing the biggest defeat yet to the jihadist group.
  • The operation was backed by a US-led coalition battling IS group in Syria and Iraq, which has carried out waves of air strikes against the group and deployed military advisers on the ground.
  • ISIS
  • The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Islamic State (IS) is an Arabic Salafi-jihadist militant group and unrecognised proto-state that follows a fundamentalist, Wahhabi doctrine of Sunni


India to join new Global Foreign Exchange Committee


  • India will soon get a seat on the Global Foreign Exchange Committee (GFXC), a newly-constituted forum of central bankers and experts working towards the promotion of a robust and transparent forex market.
  • The committee has been set up under the guidance of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an international financial organisation owned by 60-member central banks, representing countries from around the world.
  • In a progress report on 'reducing misconduct risks in the financial sector', the Financial Stability Board (FSB) informed the G20 Summit that actions to enhance conduct standards and adherence in markets include a 'Global Code of Conduct for the Foreign Exchange Markets'.
  • This Code will be maintained and updated by the new GFXC.


Scheme for IPR Awareness - Creative India; Innovative India launched


  • Taking forward the National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy 2016, a 'Scheme for IPR Awareness - Creative India; Innovative India' has been launched by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.
  • The Scheme aims at raising IPR awareness amongst students, youth, authors, artists, budding inventors and professionals to inspire them to create, innovate and protect their creations and inventions across India including Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3 cities as well as rural areas in the next 3 years.


India tops medal tally for first time in Asian Athletics Championships history


  • India have topped the medal tally for first time in the history of Asian Athletics Championships.
  • In a stunning show of dominance on the fourth and final day of competitions in Bhubaneshwar, India clinched five gold, 1 silver, and 3 bronze.
  • With that, the hosts ended the championships on top with a haul of 29 medals which included 12 gold, 5 silver, and 12 bronze.


Gokulnath becomes first Indian to finish toughest cycle race RAAM


  • The 35-year-old Gokulnath became the first Indian to complete the 4,900 kilometer RAAM (Race Across America) in the solo category.
  • A solo rider has 12 days to finish the race and has to ride over 400 kilometers a day to finish it in given time. Sleep is for under 3-hours a day.


Crypto currency guru Amit Bharadwaj launches e-book


  • Crypt currency guru Amit Bharadwaj has launched an e-book ‘Cryptocurrency for Beginners’, which seeks to provide context and clarity on cryptocurrencies.
  • This is his third book in the series, after ‘Cryptocurrency Trading for Beginners’ and ‘Cryptocurrency Mining for Beginners’.
  • Amit Bharadwaj is the founder of Amaze Mining & Research Ltd.


New book to answer questions on Aadhaar


  • A new book on Aadhaar seeks to answer several questions associated with the 12-digit identification number and its impact on the citizen-state relationship.
  • Authored by political-economy analyst Shankkar Aiyar, the book by Westland Publishing offers a linear history on the “ups, downs and turnarounds of Aadhaar under two governments with diametrically differing ideologies”.
  • Aadhaar was created on July 6, 2009, by the then Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, who, sharing his insights on Aadhaar in the book has said, “I was not satisfied with merely letting it happen.


Joint project by centre, world bank: Project to improve groundwater levels


  • A Total of 2,000 villages in Marathwada and Vidarbha will be covered under the World Bank-backed National Groundwater Management and Improvement Scheme (NGMIS).
  • The government hopes to control the depletion of groundwater and improve its recharge rate in Maharashtra.
  • The NGMIS is also being implemented in Bundelkhand in Uttar Pradesh and Kalahandi, Bolangir and Koraput in Odisha.
  • Marathwada, a rain shadow region, receives less rainfall compared to other parts of the state and most of the cultivation here is heavily water dependent.


Naresh Chandra, India's former ambassador to the US, dies at 82 in Goa


  • Former Indian Ambassador to the US Naresh Chandra died at the age of 82.
  • He was conferred with the Padma Vibhushan - India's second highest civil honour - in 2007.
  • The Padma Vibhushan is the second highest civilian award of the Republic of India, preceded by Bharat Ratna and followed by Padma Bhushan.
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