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NGT declares ‘No-Development Zone’ near river ‘Ganga’


  • Today, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has declared 100 meters from the edge of River Ganga as a ‘No-Development Zone’ in the stretch between Haridwar (Uttarakhand) and Unnao (Uttar Pradesh).
  • There shall be no dumping of waste of any kind within 500 meters from the edge of River Ganga.
  • The NGT also declared an environment compensation of Rs. 50,000 on anyone who dumps waste in River Ganga.
  • The National Green Tribunal (NGT) established under the National Green Tribunal Act 2010 for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests & other natural resources including enforcement of any legal right relating to the environment.


Delhi govt to continue subsidy on power tariff


  • Delhi government has decided to extend the current subsidy on electricity for citizens who use up to 400 units a month.
  • Now, the subsidy will continue to be Rs 2 per unit for consumers in the slab of 0-200 units, and Rs.2.97 per unit for consumers in the slab of 201-400 units.
  • The total amount of subsidy will be 1,720 crore rupees for the current financial year.


Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma launches LIFE program at Songsak


  • Meghalaya Chief Minister ‘Dr. Mukul Sangma’ has launched a flagship program ‘Livelihood Intervention and Facilitation of Entrepreneurship’ (LIFE) at Songsak in East Garo Hills.
  • LIFE is a program of the State Rural Livelihood Society, which is implementing the Centre's flagship program National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM).
  • NRLM promotes livelihood through women Self Help Groups (SHGs) and their Federations.
  • The program offers thrust on improving the livelihood of rural poor in a sustainable manner through the process of SHGs, Village organization, and Producers Groups.


CCEA approves up gradation of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39


  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) has given its approval for up gradation and widening of 65 kilometers of Imphal-Moreh Section of NH-39 in Manipur at a cost of Rs. 1,630 crores.
  • Manipur is a landlocked state with almost 90% of the area under difficult terrain presently has only road transport as a means of mass transport system within the state.
  • The project will improve connectivity between Imphal with the eastern part of the state.


Cabinet approves establishment of International Rice Research Institute


  • The Union Cabinet has approved the establishment of the International Rice Research Institute, South Asia Regional Center at the campus of National Seed Research and Training Center in Varanasi.
  • This will include a modern and sophisticated laboratory with the capacity to determine quality and status of heavy metals in grain and straw.
  • This Center will be the first International Center in eastern India and it will play a major role in harnessing and sustaining rice production in the region.
  • The Centre will also undertake capacity building exercises for stakeholders across the rice value chain.
  • It is expected to be a boon for food production and skill development in the eastern India and similar ecologies in other South Asian and African countries.


Mohan Bhagwat releases coffee table book on PM Narendra Modi's life


  • RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat has released a coffee table book "The making of a legend" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's life in New Delhi.
  • The book ‘Making of A Legend’ has been authored by Sulabh International chief ‘Bindeshwar Pathak’.


Malta legalizes same-sex marriage


  • Island nation Malta has voted to legalize same-sex marriage, despite opposition from the Catholic Church.
  • The island nation's parliament agreed to amend country's marriage act, replacing words like husband and wife with the gender-neutral alternative spouse.
  • It also replaced mother and father with ‘parent who gave birth’ and "parent who did not give birth".
  • Now, more than a dozen European countries have legalized same-sex marriage, all in the western part of the continent.


YES BANK Launches ‘YES GST’ Program to Assist MSMEs


  • ‘YES Bank’ along with YES Global Institute has launched ‘YES GST’ program for MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) under its MSME CSR initiative, ‘Say YES to Sustainable MSMEs in India’.
  • The bank will help MSMEs to understand the impact of the proposed changes and prepare them for migration to the new GST tax system.
  • The campaign will also target Chartered Accountants who are an important stakeholder in the journey for the MSMEs, and YES BANK employees.
  • YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector Bank with a pan-India presence across all 29 states and 7 Union Territories of India, headquartered in the Lower Parel Innovation District (LPID) of Mumbai.


Retail inflation hits "historically low" level of 1.54 % in June


  • Retail inflation hit a ‘historically low’ level of 1.54% in June this year and reflects the firm and ongoing consolidation of macroeconomic stability.
  • Earlier, the Inflation had stood at 2.18% in May this year and at 5.77% in June last year.
  • According to Central Statistics Office data, overall food inflation fell to minus 2.12% in June.
  • The Retail Inflation in vegetables stood at minus 16.53% and prices of pulses and products declined, with retail inflation in this segment at minus 21.92% in June 2017.
  • Last time that such inflation was seen although according to a slightly different Consumer Price Index was in 1999 and before that in 1978.


Jadeja, Ashwin remain on top of ICC Test bowlers' rankings


  • India's spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja (898 points) & Ravichandran Ashwin (865 points) continues to remain at the top two positions in the ICC Test bowlers' rankings released in Dubai.
  • In the all-rounder's chart, Jadeja remains static at second place, while Ashwin is holding on to the third spot.


Sports Minister inaugurates Oorja CRPF U-19 Football talent hunt tournament


  • The Sports Minister Vijay Goel has inaugurated Oorja CRPF Under-19 Football Talent Hunt Tournament in New Delhi.
  • This Tournament is being organized as a run up to under 17 FIFA World Cup by CAPF, BSF, SSB, ITBP, CRPF, CISF and Assam Rifles.


Mithali Raj becomes leading run-getter in Women’s ODIs


  • Indian women's cricket team skipper 'Mithali Raj' (34-year) has surpassed former England captain 'Charlotte Edwards' (5992 runs) to become the highest run-scorer in the One-Day Internationals (ODI).
  • Mithali Raj became the first women’s player to reach 6000 ODI runs.
  • Now, Mithali Raj has 6,028 runs in 181 ODIs at an average of 51.37.
  • Earlier, Edwards held the record with 5,992 runs from 191 ODIs matches at an average of 38.16.
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