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Digital India Programme: The project is intended for completion by 2019.This will be chaired by
the Ministry of Communications and IT.
Three key areas

1.Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to


Every Citizen.
2.Governance & Services on Demand.
3.Digital Empowerment of Citizens.

9 Pillars of Digital India


1.Broadband Highways.
2.Universal Access to Phones.
3.Public Internet Access Programme.
4.e-Governance Reforming government
through Technology.
5.e-Kranti Electronic delivery of services.
6.Information for All.
7.Electronics Manufacturing Target NET
ZERO Imports.
8.IT for Jobs.
9. Early Harvest Programmes.

Gov launched some


initiatives
1.Digital Locker System
2.MyGov.in
3.Swachh Bharat App
4.eSign framework
5.Online Registration System
(ORS)
6.National Scholarships Portal
7.Digitize India Platform
(DIP)
8.Bharat Net.

NSSO survey: literacy rate in rural areas is 71% while it is 86% in urban areas.
DoT (Department of Telecommunications) has decided to implement nationwide mobile number
portability from July 3 by Ravi Shankar Prasad.
Railway passengers who book their railway tickets online will get automatic refund if their train gets
cancelled. Already waitlisted e-tickets gets cancelled and passengers get refunded automatically.
India has launched an online registration system(eMigrate system) for foreign employers who wants
to recruit Indian workers.
Kerala government announced port development project worth Rs 850 crore by K Babu, Minister for
Ports and Fisheries.

Mumbai will get its 1st double-decker bridge on P DMello Road at CST that will have railway tracks

and a motorway.
Government has launched an online mobile app m-asset for better planning of Panchayat assets
and the official Twitter handle of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar launched a software- ARPAN 3.0(Army Record Office Process
Automation 3.0) to digitise records of over 12 lakh soldiers of the Indian Army.

Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee
Yojana to reduce the farm sectors dependence on monsoon- Rs 50000 crore in 5 years.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal launched the state Portal ePMS(Electronic Projects Management
System)-developed and managed by the Cabinet Secretariat Informatics Division of National
Informatics Centre (NIC),Rashtrapati Bhawan,New Delhi.

Airbus(Guillaume Faury) partnered with Mahindra Group(S P Shukla) to establish a joint venture for

manufacturing helicopters for the Indian Armed Forces.


Union Cabinet approved Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY) aiming at providing
irrigation facilities to every village.
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Socio-Economic and Caste census (SECC)-2011: conducted by three separate authorities 1.Census
in Rural AreaDepartment of Rural Development (DoRD).
2.Census in Urban AreaMinistry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA).
3.Caste Census Ministry of Home Affairs:Registrar General of India (RGI) and Census
Commissioner of India.
Total households are 24.39 crore(17.91 crore-villages,10.69 crore households are considered
as deprived).21.53%, or 3.86 crore in village belong to SC/ST categories. 4.6% of all rural
households in the country pay income tax.
Adani Group proposed to set up a solar park in Tamil Nadu(Kamudhi,Ramanathapuram district)worlds largest investment of Rs 4,536 crore.
Indian Army launched Operation Shiva to provide security to those devotees taking part in the
59-day-long annual Amarnath Yatra in Jammu and Kashmir.
Gov is planning to convert 90,000kms of countrys national highways into green corridors by
creating 1000 contractors,33 lakh kms-second largest in the world.
Digital Guddi-Gudda Board-Jalgaon district,Maharashtra adopted as best practice under Beti Bachao
Beti Padhao(BBBP) scheme by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.
Ravi Shankar Prasad launched four world class Broadband products developed by Centre for
Development of Telematic (C-DOT).
Compliance window given chance to those who wants to utilize the recently notified one-time black
money compliance window can also use the e-filing facility of the tax department begun on July 1st,
The tax and penalty can be paid till December 31st.

UP State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) become the 1st State transport corporation to
have a vehicle tracking system for inter-city buses.

Bangalore ranks 12th in list of worlds top 20 tech-rich cities by global property consultant Jones
Lang LaSalle (JLL)- London, San Jose and Beijing are top three cities on the list.
World Bank report:
MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act)-worlds
largest public works programme.
Janani Suraksha Yojna with 78 million beneficiaries-top-most social security
programme.
Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme-second-largest unconditional cash
transfer social security programme.
Tata Group to sign 3 MOUs with Tripura government-1. providing higher technological to ITI,2.
Setting up a dairy farm at Ambassa,3. Augmenting fish production.
MoU inked between ICRISAT(International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics) and
Telangana government to promote digital agriculture.
Centre has approved Rs 3,500 crore for two road projects in Jammu and Kashmir- Roads and
Buildings Minister Altaf Bukhari.
Oldest active aircraft carrier in the world INS Viraat(57 years of service) will be converted into a
docked museum at the Kakinada port in the Bay of Bengal in next year.
National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) launched a mobile app-Pashu Poshan to boost dairy
farmers income(cows and buffaloes) by the Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh.
Union home ministry declared whole of Nagaland as a disturbed area for a further period of one year
from June 30, 2015.
Fortune Next 500 list- MakeMyTrip, RBL Bank, Inox wind and IRCTC are Indian companies and
Redington India, iPhone distributor, has topped the list.
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Uttarakhand(High-Risk Seismic Zone) gets Indias first earthquake early warning system.
eMudhra launches first eSign services and eMlocker accessed at www.emlocker.com.
Bharat Electronics Limited(BEL) made Akas missile(Surface to Air Missile (SAM)-25km) inducted
into Indian Air Force.
BHEL commissioned second 500 MW unit at Tuticorin Thermal Power Station (TPS) in Tamil
Nadu.
Tata Motors bagged an order worth over Rs 900 crore to supply 1,200 multi-axle trucks to Indian
Army.
Ira Singhal-topper of UPSC examination was brand ambassador for the programmes of department
of empowerment of persons with disabilities.
Telangana government will set up power projects totalling 25,000 MW by investing over Rs 90,000
crore in the next four years- CM K Chandrasekhar Rao.
Indias first Community Skill Park opened at Chavara with Kerala CM Oommen Chandy- Rs 1.5
crore.
Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Science and Technology and the minister for the Ministry of
Earth Science (MOES), inaugurated the 12th International Symposium on Antarctic Earth Sciences
(ISAES) at Goa .
National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) set a target of providing Rs.
30,000 crore as credit to farmers for irrigation over next 3 years- PMKSY Scheme.
Indias longest road tunnel built on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway,will be opened for general
traffic in July next year-part of 286 km-long four-laning project of the Jammu-Srinagar national
highway.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) finalised 12,000 standards for food additives
and ingredients with global safety standards Codex.
Hartek Power(17 states)-engineering firm commissioned 3 substations for solar power projects worth
about Rs 220 crore in Punjab and Chhattisgarh.
India secured 2nd position amongst 40 countries in a survey of trust conducted by the Organisation
for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)- Switzerland(1st),Norway(3rd )
Central gov will
unveil a programme to develop new national highways- Rashtriya
Mahamarghs under the Bharat Mala programme by Nitin Gadkari.
Godavari Maha Pushkaram began on the banks of River Godavari in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh.
India(CEC of India Nasim Zaidi) and Georgia(Tamar Zhvania,Chairperson of CEC) Sign MoU on
Electoral Cooperation.
PM Modi launches Skill India Campaign ON World Youth Skills Day on 15th July 2015- Ministry
of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE).
India able to achieve a more than 20 per cent decline in new HIV infections between 2000 and 2014UNAIDS report released in Addis Ababa.
Indias 1st railway-line built between Gandhidham and Tuna-Tekra Port under PPP model
inaugurated in Gujarat.
Nashik-Trimbakeshwar Simhastha Kumbh Mela 2015-every 12 years in Nashik on the banks of the
Godavari River held in Allahabad, Nashik, Haridwar & Ujjain.
Maharashtra assembly passed Guarantee of Public Services Bill, 2015-by assembly in the absence of
Congress and NCP members.
Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs(CCEA) approved a power transmission project worth Rs
8,548.68 covering seven states-Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya
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Pradesh, Maharashtra and Rajasthan.


Gov sanctioned an additional Rs 700 crore for the recapitalisation of weak regional rural banks
(RRBs)- to maintain their minimum Capital to Risk weighted Assets Ratio (CRAR) of 9%.
Varanasi joined the list of UNESCO Cities of Music under the Creative Cities Network- field of
excellence plan.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley choose Amritsar to launch National Heritage City Development and
Augmentation Yojana ( HRIDAY) for 12 cities- Ajmer, Amaravati, Amritsar, Badami, Dwarka,
Gaya, Kanchipuram, Mathura, Puri, Varanasi, Velankanni and Warangal-Rs 500 crore.
Union Agriculture Minister,Radha Mohan Singh launched 3 web portals namely, Soil Health Card
portal, Fertiliser Quality Control System portal and Participatory Guarantee System.
Home Ministry given nod to the Chinese telecom giant Huawei to set up a manufacturing unit
Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu-Rs.25 Cr.
Scientists discovered remnants of a historically important port on Goas Zuari river-may be
contemporary to Dwarka in Gujarat- existed between 1,000 and 3,500 AD.
India and World Bank signed a $250 million credit agreement for the Andhra Pradesh Disaster
Recovery Project- affected by cyclone Hudhud .
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has brought 39 more Pharmaceutical drugs under
price control-652 drugs are under the price control.
India and Canada have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Civil Aviation.
Torpedo launch and recovery vessel (TLRV) INS Astravahini decommissioned after almost 31
years in service to the nation- Commodore K A Bopanna(AP division).
Union cabinet approved a proposal to redevelop 400 railway stations using a contract method called
the Swiss challenge- 400 stations.
Union government launched the Centralized Delhi Police Railway Helpline No.1512-Union Minister
of State for Home Affairs Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary.
Gov approved a bill to scrap a set of 295 obsolete Acts dealing with several issues.
Indias 1st air freight station in the private sector come up at Irungattukottai near Chennai.
46th Session of the Indian labour Conference held on July 20-21, 2015 in New Delhi-inaugurated by
PM Narendra Modi.
Home Ministryannounced that the gov is on the track to ban the use, sale and purchase of plasticmade national flags in the country soon.
Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara was new Secretary of Delhi Assembly.
Government raised the daily minimum wage from Rs. 137 to Rs. 160- Minister of State for Labour &
Employment Bandaru Dattatraya.
Union Government launched National Career Counseling Portal in a bid to modernize all
government-run employment exchanges- National Career Service (NCS) project.
Union Government extended the interest subvention scheme (ISS)- crop loans upto Rupees 3
Lakhs at the rate of 7PA, agriculture credit Rs 8,50,000 and KISAN CREDIT CARDS 7 percent per
6 months.
GOI launched Surakshirt Khadya Abhiyan-SAFETY AND QUALITY FOR ALL- Confederation
Of Indian Industry (CII) along with Consumer Organization VOICE and National Association Of
Street Vendors Of India (NASVI).
Union Government announced that 14 States and Union Territories (UTs) have achieved or exceeded
the literacy rate of 80 percent by Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani- Kerala,
Lakshadweep, Mizoram, Goa, Tripura, Daman and Diu, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, NCR of
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Delhi, Chandigarh, Puducherry, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Sikkim and Tamil Nadu.
India(1,883 projects) ranked 3rd on USGBCs(U.S. Green Building Council) second annual rating of
the Top 10 nations for LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-Canada(4,814
Projects-1st )and China(2,022 projects-2nd ).
India earned nearly 100 million USD(Rs 637.35 Crore) in revenue by launching 45 foreign satellites
into space. ISRO has launched 45 foreign satellites from 19 countries-Antrix commercial arm of
ISRO-Science and Technology Minister Jitendra Singh.
India ranked at 12th position in terms of power generation out of 31 countries,published by Power
Reactor Information System (PRIS) of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
PM Narendra Modis Smart City initiative got its first nomination from Puducherry, a former French
colony- awarded 75 out of a potential 100 points.
Forbes Asia Fabulous 50 list:1. HDFC Bank,2.HCL Technologies BSE,3.Tata Consultancy Services
,4. Aurobindo Pharma,5.Lupin,6.Motherson Sumi Systems,7.Sun Pharma Industries,8.Tata
Motors,9.Tech Mahindra and 10.Titan.
Maharashtra cabinet approves SHYAM PRASAD MUKHERJEE JAN VAN VIKAS schemeby
Forest Minister SUDHIR MUNGANTIWAR-creation of comprehensive development of villages in
the buffer zones of tiger reserves.
President Pranab Mukherjee appointed 2 members of Anglo-Indian Community to Lok Sabha as per
the provisions of Article 331 of Indian Constitution-Professor Richard Hay and George Baker.
1st All-Women Trans Continental Road Expedition flagged off from Delhi to London by Union
Minister for Chemical & Fertilisers & Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports-12,000 kms
PM Narendra Modi launched DEEN DAYAL UPADHYAYA GRAM JYOTI YOJANA (DDUGJY)
in Patna-to provide round a clock (247) electricity supply to farmers and households- Rs 76,000
crore.
GOI constituted All India Council of Sports- advisory body for the Ministry of Youth Affairs and
Sports.
Union Government sanctioned 1000 crore rupees for Indo-Bangla Rail Link-15.06 kmconnects AGARTHALA with AKHAURA railway junction in Bangladesh.
Maharashtra govt to develop six solar cities targeting solar capacity of 7,500 MWAURANGABAD,KALYAN-DOMBIVLI,SHIRDI,NAGPUR,THANE And NANDED.
Central government is planning to launch all-in-one insurance scheme for farmers called Unified
Package Insurance Scheme(Bharatiya Krishi Bima Yojna)- nine features.
Gov announced that Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan renamed as APJ Abdul Kalam Rashtriya Avishkar
Abhiyan in memory of the former president.
Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI) completed its hundred years
of service on 27 July 2015-inagurated by Pranab Mukherjee, President of India.
Union home ministry announced the renaming of the tourist visa on arrival scheme (VoA) as etourist visa aiming to avoid inconvenience to foreign tourists-150 countries.
The defence ministry confirmed that the Defence Trade Show-Defexpo India changed to be held in
Goa.which was last held in 2014 at the Pragati Maidan by the defence ministry every alternate year,
on even years.
Gujarat became 1st state to have a provision for compulsory voting with the state government.
OLA,Indias largest cab service provider launched a new App- Ola Store, through this app Ola
made an entry into on-demand grocery delivery service-Bangalore,9 am to 11 pm.
Worlds 2nd largest automaker General Motors (GM) announced to invest USD 1 billion (6, 400
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crore rupees) in India by 2020 and expand capacity of Talegaon Plant in Maharashtra from 1,30,000
to 2,20,000 units per year by 2025.
Cyclone Komen came into news after the depression over the Northern Bay of Bengal turned into a
cyclonic storm-make landfall on the coast of Odisha and West Bengal- Indian Meteorological
Department (IMD).
India to become most populous nation by 2022-United Nations (UN) released the report title World
Population Prospects.
India ranks 14th out of 22 countries on TB prevalence- WHO Global tuberculosis Report 2014-2.6
million cases.
TATA Group remains the INDIAS MOST VALUABLE BRAND at the second consecutive yearBrand Finance India 100 Report,followed by SBI,LIC,Airtel,Reliance,Indian Oil,Infosys ,L&T,HCL
and ONGC.
Bollywood veteran actors Tabu and Irfan Khans upcoming movie Talvar to be premiered at 40th
Toronto International Film Festival.
ISRO and NASA are jointly working on NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission to
codevelop and launch a dual frequency synthetic aperture radar satellite.
India to celebrate Handloom Day on August 7- launched by Honble prime minister in Chennai.
Tamil Nadu Gov said that an award would be constituted in the name of former President A P J
Abdul Kalam and his birthday would be observed as Youth Renaissance Day(oct 15th ).

International Affairs

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj co-chaired the 7th meeting of the India-Thailand Joint Commission
for Bilateral Cooperation- agreements signed on double taxation avoidance treaty,Extradition treaty,
Nalanda University and Ayurveda Chair.

Indonesian military aeroplane, C-130 Hercules transporter crashed in to the side of a building, taking
off from an air force base in Sumatra, killing more than 116 people.

BHEL commissions Sudans largest power plant- MW Kosti Thermal Power Station (TPS) in Sudan.

United Nations Human Rights Commission(UNHRC) adopted a resolution on addressing the human
rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar.

India abstained from a vote against Israel at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva-41 countries
voted in favour of the resolution and 5 countries againsted.
US and Australia started off a massive joint biyearly military exercise with Japan taking part for the
first time- Talisman Sabre exercise in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Champagne Hillsides, Houses and Cellars of France were granted with the World Heritage Status by
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Islam Karimov signed three pacts to boost
cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.
President of USA Barack Obama and President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff issued a joint statement on
climate change in Washington, the USA.
Chinese navy got a four-engine Gaoxin-6,anti- submarine aircraft developed and manufactured by
Aviation Industry Corp of China based on the Y-8 transport plane.

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Solar impulse, an aeroplane powered only by slanded in Hawaii after making an epic 7,200km
flight across the Pacific from Japan in 118hrs.
PM Modi attended 7th BRICS(Theme:powerful factor for Global Development)summit and
Shanghai Cooperation Organization(SCO) summits in Ufa, Russia.
PM Narendra Modi and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev signed five key agreements
including a defence pact to enhance military cooperation and a contract for supply of uranium.
PM Narendra Modi and Kazakhstan President Karim Massimov launched the 1st exploratory
drilling of Satpayev oil block by Indias OVL and KazMunaiGaz.
Oslo education summit 2015 held on 6th July by Government of Norway in cooperation with UN
Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown,Theme:Delivering Quality Education for
All,venue:Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel, Oslo, Norway.
PM Narendra Modi released first Uzbek-Hindi dictionary in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Russian Cosmonaut Gennady Padalka created world record in history by becoming the 1st man to
spend longest time on International Space Station(ISS)-804 Days.
Russias Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) has signed a MoU with Indias Infrastructure Development
Finance Company (IDFC) for funding of hydro-generation projects.
India is in final talks with Russia to lease a newly built, customised submarine under the Chakra 3
project.
UNESCO named 24 New World Heritage Sites-Now the number of sites on the World Heritage
List are 1031 from 163 countries.
India and US signed Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) to check offshore tax evasion
by Revenue Secretary Shaktikanta Das and US Ambassador Richard Verma in New Delhi.
Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) decided to include India as a full member,observer for the
past 10 years.
Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015 Report by WHO- MPOWER was introduced to assist WHOFCTC
for having control over tobacco over the countries.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani-talking about bilateral tiesAfghanistans security situation and Indias assistance in reconstruction efforts in the war-torn
country.
PM Narendra Modi met Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedo-signed 7
agreements-on supply of Chemical Products,Foreign Services, Youth Affairs and sports, Science and
Technology,in Yoga and Traditional Medicine,Tourism and Defence.
Sunita Williams is among four veteran astronauts picked by NASA to fly the first commercial
space vehicles on Mars by 2030.
PM Narendra Modi met Kyrgyzstani President Almazbek Atambayev in Bishkek,signed four
agreements on bolstering defence cooperation and holding annual joint military exercises,
Elections,Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) on cooperation in the sphere of Standards and Culture.
US approved Major Non-NATO Ally (MNNA) status of Tunisia-16th country.
Website of Indian Space Research Organisations (ISRO) commercial arm Antrix was hacked on
July,2015.
Greece signed historic agreement on bailout deal with the Eurozone.PM Alexis Tsipras agreed to
harsh reforms after long negotiations in return for a 3 year bailout worth up to 86 billion euros (USD
96 billion).
Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan won at the 2015 Miss USA pageant held in Baton Rouge.
Iran and 6 world powers P5+1 (United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany) signed
a historic nuclear deal.
China established the worlds largest cancer registry system that will cover over 300 million people.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Foreign Minister of Myanmar, U Wunna Maung Lwin
at 1st meeting of the India-Myanmar Joint Consultative Commission in New Delhi- to support the
modernisation of the Myanmar Armed Forces.
European Union approved a short-term loan of 7.16 billion euros to Greece.
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2 Indian-origin students Shyam Narayanan(17) and Yang Liu Patil(18) helped the US win the
prestigious International Mathematical Olympiad,India ranked 37.
India will manufacture 200 helicopter in collaboration with Russia-1st defence project under Make
in India initiative.
India and Singapore signed an agreement on sharing white-shipping information to enhance maritime
cooperation between the two natives India and Singapore.
India Milind Soman(15 hours and 19 minutes) made the country proud by successfully completing
the Ironman Triathlon held in Zurich, Switzerland .
China is expected to become worlds 3 largest nuclear generating country by 2017 surpassing South
Korea and Japan by US energy information administration (EIA).
Pipavav Defence And Offshore Engineering(PDOC) lead by Anil Ambanis Reliance Group has
signed a multi-crore agreement with JSC Ship repairing centre Zvyozdochka-Reliance Group
became 1st private Indian company to refit of submarines in India.
UNESCO announced that Conakry(17th City)-capital of Guinea in west Africa was picked as World
Book Capital for 2017.
World Trade Organization have finalized to cut tariffs by adding more than 200 products to the list
of technology products covering from advanced computer chips to GPS devices,printer cartridges
and video consoles by U.S. Trade Representative MichaelFroman.
7 Indian companies among Worlds largest companies-Fortune Magazine: Walmart(1st), Indian
Oil(119),Reliance
Industries(158),Tata
Motors(254),State
Bank
of
India(260),Bharat
Petroleum(280),Hindustan Petroleum(327) and Oil and Natural Gas(449).
China successfully tested the power system of a fifth generation carrier(Long March-5 launch
vehicle) rocket scheduled for flight next year carrying twice the capacity of the payload by the
present carrier.
EU made the largest ban of sales and distribution of 700 generic drugs and it will come into effect
on August 21, 2015-GVK by Federal Institute for Medicines and Medical Products.
Worlds largest flower Amorphophallus Titanum bloomed for 1st time in 5 years in the fourth
week of July 2015 at the Jindai botanical gardens in Tokyo, Japan.
Singapore Diamond Investment Exchange(SDiX) is to launch the worlds first ever diamond
exchange-real time transactional, wholesale prices will go live in Singapore from September,2015latika kundu(Chief).
Kazakhstan-162th member of WTO- WTO Director General Robert Azevedo.
China(13.59 million) become the worlds largest potato producer accounting for nearly a quarter of
the global production-World Potato Congress was held in Beijings Yanqing county.
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has topped the list of the worlds wealthiest private foundations
established by living ultrahigh net worth (UHNW)-Wealth-X report.

Awards

Indian-American professor R. Paul Singh has been named as the 2015 World Agriculture Prize
laureate by Global Confederation for Higher Education Associations for Agriculture and Life
Sciences .
Darshan Jain,an Indian-American teacher from Illinois,US was named for prestigious Presidential
Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching by President Barack Obama.
Indian girl student Shakthi Nataraj in the US has received a LGBT scholarship from the prestigious
California University in Berkely.
Prof. Sanjeev Galande has won the prestigious G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year
2014.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was honoured with Perus one of the highest awards Grand Officer(Medalla
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de la Integracion en el Grado de Gran Oficial) for social work and mission to deliver peace.
Fazle Hasan Abed-founder of Bangladesh-based poverty alleviation NGO won World Food Prize
2015.
Four Indian-Americanshonoured with prestigious Great Immigrants:The Pride of America awardPreet Bharara,Rakesh Khurana,Madhulika Sikka and Abraham Verghese.
Guinness Book of World Records acknowledged a record created in Madhya Pradesh on World
Hand washing Day on October 15, 2014-12,76,425 students.
Indian biologist Kamal Bawa elected to Royal Society-contributions in the area of conservation
science.
National Award for rag pickers- contribution to keep India clean.
Lord Karan Bilimoria-NRI entrepreneur awarded as the International Indian of the Year for 201415 for his outstanding achievements in the fields of business and education.
Tata Steels West Bokaro Division,GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd ,Krishnapatnam
Port in Andhra Pradesh are conferred with Golden Peacock Environment Management Award 2015.
Vivek Agnihotris political irony Buddha In A Traffic Jam won Best Original Screenplay in a
foreign language award at the Madrid International Film Festival.
Painter Sayed Haider Raza conferred with highest French Civilian Award Commandeur de la Lgion
dHonneur (the Legion of Honour) on French National Day (14 July) .
4 Indians-Mishi Choudhary, Manish Dahiya, Sanjay Vijayakumar and Aarti Wig-were figured in the
Asia 21 Young Leaders Class of 2015 list releasedin New York, the USA.
India-based software products and technology services company Comparex India Pvt. Ltd is among
the winners of the prestigious Microsoft Country Partner of the Year Award for 2015.
Make in India initiative won 2015-Economic Development Innovation Award for Policy and
Program Implementation Excellence by Frost and Sullivan,US based Growth Partnership Company.
Indian Oil Corporation bagged Leading Oil & Gas Corporate of the Year award for 4th time in eight
years at Petro Awards and also won Oil & Gas Marketing Company of the Year Human Resources
Management Company of the Year award.
Dr Mini Shaji Thomas, Honorary Director selected for IEEE Educational Activities Board (EAB)
Continuing Education Award.
Krishnapatnam Port in AP received the Golden Peacock environment management in the field of
environment by Union Minister of State for Environment Prakash Javadekar to C Sasidhar,
Managing Director(Krishnapatnam Port) at 17th World Congress on Environment Management.
4 Indian scientists Hasan Arif, Kafeel Akhtar, Shagufta Qadri and Suhailur Rahman from the
Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh Muslim University
are jointly awarded the
prestigious William Harvey Award for 2015-in the field of Hematology.
Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Churachandpur of Manipur won 18th National Youth Parliament
Competition for Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalayas organised by Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs.
Indian-American woman Sunita Viswanath is one of the tewlve eminent persons who was honoured
with Champions of Change award by the White House for her effort in protecting environment and
communities from the effect of climate change.
Kerala Tourism won this years Pacific Asia Travel Association(PATA) Award for its Muziris
Heritage Project in the Heritage & Culture category.
Indian-origin 77-year-old doctor Shiv Pande honoured by University of Central Lancashire in
recognition of his contribution to the community as a general practitioner and medical educator.
Naomi Klein won American Book Award 2015 for her reverted title This changes everything:
capitalism vs. the climate.
Telugu cartoonist Pamarthy Shankar won Grand Prix World Press Cartoon Award for 2014
at Cascais in Portugal by the World Press Cartoon (WPC) Organization based in Portugal.
Film-maker Benoy Behl won the Best Documentary Producer award at Madrid International Film
Festival for Indian Roots of Tibetan Buddhism.
Professor Peter Higgs Boson received worlds oldest award for scientific research Copley Medal
from Royal Society for his Higgs Boson theory.
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Eminent Historian writer Ramachandra Guha chosen for the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize in
Academic category.
Dr. Helena Ndume of Namibia and Jorge Fernando Branco Sampaio as the winners of first NELSON
MANDELA prize announced by President of United Natios General Assembly Sam Kutesa.
PM Narendra Modi presented journalist Gargi Parsai and five others with Chaudhary Charan Singh
Award for Excellence in Journalism in Agricultural Research and Development, 2014 at Indian
Council of Agricultural Researchs 87th foundation day.
Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) bagged Dun & Bradstreets Indias Top PSUs Awards 2015 in the
electrical and electronic equipment sector.
Former AIIMS officer Sanjiv Chaturvedi(Exposing Corruption) and Social worker Anshu
Gupta(Enterprising Leadership) along with three Asian individuals won the prestigious Ramon
Magsaysay Award 2015.
Actor Dhanush produced Tamil thriller Visaaranai-1st Tamil film to enter 72nd Venice film festival.
Indian-origin food scientist harjinder singh won International Dairy Foods Association Award.

Banking & Finance

RBI and the gov are in discussions over recapitalisation of state-owned banks- Rs 7,940Cr.
State Bank of India launched an initiative Project Tatkal to provide doorstep services and speed up
home loans application process.
FIPB(Foreign Investment Promotion Board) approved Kotak Mahindra Banks proposal to increase
FDI(Foreign Direct Investment) to 55%.
Corporation Bank launched MUDRA card based on the RuPay platform under the Pradhan Mantri
MUDRA Yojana (PMMY).Shishuloan up to Rs50,000,Kishoreloan up to Rs 5 lakh,Tarunloan up
to Rs 10 lakh.
HDFC Bank became the first bank in India to launch Watch Banking for Apple Watch.
Micro-finance institution Bandhan Financial Services will formally start operations as a banker
from August 23 announced chairman Chandra Sekhar Ghosh.
RBI Banned FDI in manufacturing of tobacco products.
MasterCard is trying out a smartphone app-allows people to confirm their identity and
authenticate online transactions via a facial scan.
India will contribute USD 18 billion to the forex reserves pool set up by BRICS nations.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) placed the final guidelines on Prepaid Payment Instruments for Mass
Transit System (PPI-MTS) enabling the issuance of a separate category of semi-closed prepaid
payment instruments for mass transit systems.
Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) signed a multilateral agreement to cooperate with New
Development Bank (NDB) along with other member development banks of BRICS nations.
Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramaniam revealed that Indirect tax collections grown up by
37.5% during the first quarter of current fiscal year 2015.
SBI partnered with online financial product aggregator bankbazaar.com along with the banks
subsidiary SBI CAP Securities.
YES Bank received approval from the RBI to set up IFSC Banking Units(IBUs) in Gujarat
International Finance Tec-City(GIFT).
Karnataka gets its first skin bank at Victoria Hospital,Bengaluru(Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai).
Reserve Bank of India has constituted a committee with the objective of working out a 5
year measurable action plan for financial inclusion,headed by RBI Executive Director Deepak
Mohanty.
RBI signed a currency swap agreement with the Central Bank of Sri Lanka-can draw a maximum
of $1.1 billion for a period of up to six months.
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Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion(DIPP) approved a proposal from the Kerala
Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation(Kinfra) to set up the countrys 1st defence
industrial park at Ottappalam.
BRICS bank-New Development Bank(NDB) opens for businessAT Shanghai in China.
The pension regulator PFRDAS Chairman Hemant Contractor clarified that Non-Resident Indians
(NRIs) can now invest in National Pension System (NPS) on JULY 22,2015.
National Commodity and Derivatives Exchange Ltd(NCDEX) launched mobile app to give anytime,
anywhere access to prices and market information about commodities traded on it and partnered with
Trakinvest, a Singapore based financial technology firm.
Indirect taxation system in India launched mobile app-TAXO for Vat, GST and Service Tax- CA
Atul Kumar Gupta.
Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (Irdai) constituted three committees for
review of regulations in life insurance, general insurance and reinsurance.
RBI has granted banking licence to IDFC Bank for undertaking banking business in the country.
CSC and HCL Technologies announced the signing of a definitive joint venture agreement to form a
banking software and services company.
Axis Bank today signed USD 200-million,seven-year bilateral loan agreement with the Asian
Development Bank to improve farm efficiency by extending customised and affordable agriculture
credit.
Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of Rs 420.26 crore on leading
automobile manufacturer Hyundai Motors for unfair trade practices.
RBI governor Raghuram Rajan and European Central Bank president Mario Draghi on Monday
signed a memorandum of understanding on cooperation in central banking.
Shri Prashant Saran-SEBI(Securities and Exchange Board of India) cancelled Certificate of
Registration of Sahara Mutual Fun- Rs.134.29 crore .
KOTAK MAHINDRA BANK launched a mobile banking application named KOTAK BHARATservice to the customers in the remote regions.
India Inked loan agreement of $300 million with ADB(Asian Development Bank) for
NUHM(National Urban Health Mission)-to develop health systems in urban areas.
RBI issue 10 rupee denomination coins to commemorate International Yoga Day which is observed
on JUNE 21 every year,Coinage Act,2011.
India received USD 184.97 million(about Rs 1,186cr) Foreign Direct Investment(FDI) in the
insurance sector during from March to May 2015- Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman.

Appointments & Resigns

Infrastructure Development Finance Company Ltd(IDFC) appointed former CAG Vinod Rai as
independent director.
Rahul Yadav,CEO and co-founder of Housing.com fired by the companys board.
Dr.Anup K Pujari appointed Secretary of Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises(MSME).
Cmde C D Balaji (Retd took over as the Director of Aeronautical Development Establishment
(ADA) and Programme Director of LCA.
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China former Finance Minister Jin Liqun to head the Beijing-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment
Bank (AIIB).
Bharti Enterprises appointed Rahul Bhatnagar as its Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer.
Gov appointed Sriram Kalyanaraman as Managing Director and CEO of National Housing Bank.
Senior IAS officer S N Sahai appointed as the new Home Secretary of Delhi.
Credit Information Bureau India Ltd (CIBIL) appointed Satish Pilai as its Managing Director and
Chief Executive Officer.
Housing.com appointed Rishabh Gupta as interim CEO,after it fired co-founder and ex-CEO Rahul
Yadav.
Bandhan Bank(West Bengal) appointed chairman as former chief economic advisor Ashok Kumar
Lahiri to head its 10-member board.
Lord Karan Bilimoria-NRI entrepreneur appointed as President ofUK Council for International
Student Affairs (UKCISA).
Viacom18 has launched its new digital business Viacom18 Digital Ventures-Gaurav Gandhi as Chief
Operating Officer (COO).
Lt Gen Man Mohan Singh Rai appointed as the Vice-Chief of the Indian Army.
Rakesh Sahni appointed as Chairman of Narmada Valley Development Authority (NVDA) by
Madhya Pradesh government.
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (I&B)appointed Prashant Pathrabe,as director of the
prestigious Film and Television Institute of India (FTII).
BCCI appointed Neeraj Kumar as Chief Advisor of Security and Anti-Corruption Unit (ACSU) for
next years T20 World Cup.
Flipkart has appointed former Yahoo Inc. executive Eric Lange as Vice-President of Product
Management for its customer experience division.
AAP Leader Swati Maliwal took charge as chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
Hero Motors Group appointed Pankaj Munjal as CMD(Chairman and Managing Director).
Bhanu Pratap Sharma appointed as Chairperson of FSSAI(Food Safety and Standards Authority of
India).
White House economic adviser Maurice Obstfeld appointed as Chief Economist of International
Monetary Fund (IMF).
Hisao Tanaka resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Toshiba.
Mobile fashion store Myntra appointed Ananth Narayanan as its chief executive officer (CEO).
Ajay Mathur appointed as Director General of TERI (The Energy and Resource Institute).
TK Chand appointed as new chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of National Aluminium
CompanyBSE(Nalco).
Suresh Narayanan appointed as Managing Director(MD) of Nestl India.
R S(Ram Sewak) Sharma appointed as Chairman of Telecom Regulatory Authority Of
India(TRAI).
Anand Krishnamurthy appointed as MD and CEO of Catholic Syrian Bank (CSB).
A K Balyan appointed as head of Reliance Groups Oil & Gas Business.
Former agriculture secretary Ashish Bahuguna appointed as the chairman of the Food Safety and
Standards Authority of India(FSSAI).
Renowned scientist K Vijayraghavan as been given additional charge of Secretary of Department of
Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR).
Consumer goods giant Procter & Gamble(P&G) appointed its company veteran David Taylor as
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CEO.
Manufacturers Association for Information Technology (MAIT) appointed Debjani Ghosh as its
president.
Larsen & Toubro appointed Subramanian Sarma as non-executive director for hydrocarbon arm.

Acquisitions & Mergers

Ratan Tata has bought a stake in online taxi-hiring firm Ola.


Aditya Birla Chemicals (ABCIL) received shareholders approval for merging the company
with Grasim Industries.
Bengaluru based healthcare company Practo has acquired Mumbai based Genii Technologies.
Andromeda, loan distributor acquired the apnapaisa.com, an online loan solutions space in a stock
and cash deal.
Mindtree, IT services company announced acquisitions of two companies Bluefin Solutions and
Relational Solutions.
Drug company Torrent Pharmaceuticals completed acquisition of Encore Group firm Zyg Pharma
Pvt Ltd.
Indian pharmaceutical major Lupin acquired US based Gavis Pharmaceuticals in cash-free and debtfree transaction for 880 million dollars (around 5,606 crore rupees).
Hyderabad based Cyient Limited acquired Singapore-based Global Services Engineering Asia from
Pratt & Whitney Services Pte Ltd.
Jewellery firm Rajesh Exports fully acquired Switzerland-headquartered gold refinery Valcambi for
$400 million(approx Rs 2,560 crore) in an all cash deal.
IndusInd Bank said has entered into an agreement with Royal Bank of Scotland to acquire the latters
diamond and jewellery financing business in the country for an undisclosed sum-for Rs 4,100 crore.
Hero MotoCorp acquire certain tangible and intangible assets of its US-based bankrupt partner Erik
Buell Racing (EBR) for $2.8 million (Rs 18 crore).
Travel company Thomas Cook India acquired Sri Lanka-based destination management firm, Luxe
Asia, for an undisclosed sum.
Japanese media group Nikkei agreed to buy the Financial Times from Britains Pearson in a $1.3
billion deal.

Business

Reliance Industries will invest over Rs. 250,000 crore in the digital space,Mukesh Ambani.
Anil Ambanis Reliance Group will invest about Rs 10,000 crore over the next few years to expand
its presence across digital,cloud computing and telecom space.
Tata Motors owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) signed a contract manufacturing agreement with
Austrian automotive firm Magna Steyr.
Blumberg Grain, US-based food storage technology provider is planning to enter into Indian market
by investing about USD 250 million over next 5 years.
Chinese solar company Hareon enters India in tie-up with ReNew Power to set up a 72 MW solar
power project in Andhra Pradesh.
Infosys has signed a multi-million euro deal with Deutsche Bank to provide services like
development, application maintenance, digital and mobility,package implementation and testing
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services.
Russian oil firm Rosneft will buy 49 per cent stake in Essar Oil,the firm that owns Indias second
biggest oil refinery, for an undisclosed amount.
BigBazaar tied up with MobiKwik to allow its customers to pay for purchases using mobile wallet
facility.
Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems Ltd signed an aerospace and defence manufacturing pact.
KFC partnership with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) to launch a
delivery system for consumers on trains.
MoU been signed between Government of Sri Lanka and search engine Google to launch the Google
Loon project in the country,2016.
Reliance Group and Augur Overseas Operation of Singapore signed MoU to manufacture Aerostats
and Airships in India.
Kalyani Group(51%) partners with Israels Rafael to make Spike Missile.
BHEL signed three MoU with Kazah companies (JSC Samruk Energy, KUS and Kaznex Invest).

Science & Technology

Cuba became the 1st country in the world to receive validation from WHO for eliminating mother-tochild transmission of HIV and syphilis by WHO Director Dr Margaret Chan.
India to become worlds second largest smartphone market by 2017-International Research Firm
Strategy Analytics.
Russia launched supply ship Soyuz-U rocket to International Space Station in Kazakhstan.It was
carrying 2.4 metric tons of fuel, oxygen, water, food and other supplies for the crew.
ISRO (Indian space research organization) with its commercial arm named Antrix is going to launch
five British Satellites that will be carried by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV )- thirtieth flight
(PSLV-C28).
Chief of the Eastern Naval Command (ENC),vice-admiral Satish Soni, authorized ICGS Rani
Durgavati at (34 members)the Coast Guard district headquarters-3rd Inshore Patrol Vessel (IPV) of
Indian Coast Guard (ICG)of five fast patrol vessels and Built by Hindustan Shipyard Limited.
ISRO launched the GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system make airline
operations more efficient and in turn it will reduce costs.Services from Bay of Bengal, South East
Asia and Middle East expanding up to Africa-about Rs.774 crore.
The test-fire of Indias indigenously developed Nag anti-tank guided missile was successful from a
helicopter at a firing range in Jaisalmer in Rajasthan-HeliNa missile were conducted at the Chandhan
firing range up to 7km.
NASAs New Horizons spacecraft is approaching near to Pluto and as it zoomz past Pluto new things
are coming up.
NDRI(National Diary Research Institute) scientists developed technique to decrease cholesterol level
in Ghee 80 to 90%- Karnal of Haryana, said by AK SHRIVASTAVA(Director).
NASAs Kepler space telescope spotted the most Earth-like alien planet yet discovered a world
called Kepler-452b.
China launched 2 new satellites(M1-S and M2-S) into space as it builds a domestic satellite
navigation system named Beidou, or Compass rivalling USs Global Positioning System.
Microsoft launches Windows 10-Armed with new innovative features like Cortana, an Xbox app and
Microsoft Edge,would be available to computers and tablets in 190 nations.
In Philippines Lamp named SALt(Sustainable Alternative Lighting) that runs on a glass of water and
two tablespoons of salt founded by Aisa Mijeno and Raphael Mijeno.
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Environment

Survey has revealed around 12,314 birds of various species were found at Pong Dam wild life
sanctuary(Kangra district of HP) due to reverse climate change impacts.
Western ghat(Sky Islands)-new species or sub-species of songbird with genetic evolution said by
National Centre for Biological Sciences researchers.
1000 year old corn, cobs,kernels found near Thomsen Center Archeodome at the Mitchell
Prehistoric Indian Village.
Scientists Fossils from the Royal Ontario Museum discovered a striking new species of horned
dinosaur(Wendiceratops pinhornensis) 20-feet long and weighs more than a tone and lived
about 79 million years ago in southern Alberta, Canada.
New tiny butterfly species christened Banded Tit (Hypolycaena Narada) discovered in Arunachal
Pradesh(Forest, Changlang district).
New species of bird-like dinosaur discovered in China-close cousin of Velociraptor by the
Jurassic Park films and largest ever discovered to have a well-preserved set of bird-like wings.
Scientists from Kerala discovered two new plant species from the forest regions of Western
Ghats:Anisochilus shoolamudianus and Eriocaulon manoharanii.
Egyptian Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced that two 4,000-year-old
reliefs,belonging to Ptolemaic Queen Berenice,were found by Polish archaeologists in the temple
of Serapis, on the coast of the Red Sea.
Puntinus Dolichopterus ,a new species of cyprinid freshwater fish discovered and named
by Mathews Plamoottil,Head of department of zoology in Baby John Memorial Government
College of kollam district in Kayamkulam city in kerala.
Researchers at the Biodiversity Research Centre of Christ College claimed to have spotted six
new species of spiders at Harithavanam(Kuttivanam) located near the banks of the Aluva
Sivarathri manappuram in Kerala.
A well-preserved skeleton of a Bronze Age teenager, dating back to 4,000 years, has been
discovered in a foetal position near the prehistoric monument Stonehenge in UK by University of
Reading archaeologists excavating Wilsford Henge.
According to Tiger Census 2015, tigers in Bangladesh part of the Sundarbans declined sharply
from 440 in 2004 to 106 in 2015,Census Project jointly conducted the Tiger Census 2015 and was
carried out under Strengthening Regional Cooperation for Wildlife Protection in Asia Project
with funding from the World Bank.

Sports

Argentinas footballer Lionel Messi thrashed Paraguay in the second semi-final of Copa America.
Abhijeet Gupta, former world junior champion won the 19th Commonwealth Chess Championship
against Arghyadip Das.
Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumar opted out of the World Championships after sustaining a shoulder
injury.
Indian Womens Hockey team(ranked 13 in the world) beats Italy in the shoot-out in the Womens
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Hockey World League Semi-finals.


BCCI congratulated Hrishikesh Kanitkar(Ranji Trophy) and Ajay Ratra(World Cup glory in 2000)
on their India careers after the two announced retirement from the game.
Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
World and Olympic champions Netherlands lifted semifinal round of the 201415 Womens FIH
Hockey World League trophy by defeating Asian games gold medallist South Korea.
Chile beat Argentina on penalties to won countrys first Copa America.
Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton won the British Grand Prix for the second year in a
row, Mercedes Nico Rosberg(2nd) ,Germanys Sebastian Vettel(3rd).
USA won the FIFA Womens World Cup 2015 by beating Japan in the finals at Canada.
Pakistan Hockey captain Muhammad Imran stepped down after the national teams loss in the World
Hockey League to France.
India won the South Asian Basketball (SABA) Championship title defeated Sri Lanka in the final
played at the Kanteerava Stadium in Bengaluru, Karanataka-India (gold), Sri Lanka (silver) and
Nepal (bronze).
Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been stripped of the welterweight world title which he won after
beating Filipino Manny Pacquiao.
India won a record 156 medals,including 89 gold and 50 silvers, in the World Police and Fire games
held in the suburb of the American Capital, Indian delegation competed in 7
categories:Athletics,Wrestling,Boxing,Judo,Archery,Swimming,Shooting.US won by 1,777(700
golds),Canada finished second 430 medals.
Star athlete Inderjeet Singh won the gold medal in shot put event for India in the World University
Games at Gwangju, South Korea.
Lord Patel of Bradford appointed by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to its board of
directors-become the first British-Asian.
Indian womens cricket team defeated New Zealand by 9 wickets and clinched the ODI series.
India dropped 15 places to be 156th in the latest FIFA rankings, Argentina(1st),Germany(2nd) and
Belgium(3rd).
World Boxing Association (WBA) offered membership to the recently launched Indian Boxing
Council (IBC) to boost its aim to promote the professional boxing in India, WBO convention to be
held in Orlando.
Indian wrestlers won 16 medals, including 3 gold at the Junior Asian Freestyle,Greeco-Roman and
Female Wrestling championship at Nay Pyi Taw in Myanmar.
Mens Freestyle category:
 Gold: Ravi Kumar in 55kg division.
 Silver: Bharat Patil (50kg) and Vikas (66kg).
 Bronze: Amit (60kg), Dinesh (74kg), Parveen (84kg), Rubal Jeet (96kg) and
Manjeet(120kg).
Greco-Roman category:
Gold: Ravinder (60kg) and Mehar Singh (120kg)
Silver: Manish (55kg).
Bronze: Rahul (84kg).
Female Wrestling category:
 Silver Sarita (59kg).
 Bronze Manisha (63kg), Divya Kakran (67kg) and Pooja (72kg).
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BCCI suspended Hiken Shah from playing cricket for violating the BCCIs Anti-Corruption Code for
participants.
Chennai Super Kings(Meiyappan) and Rajasthan Royals(Raj Kundra) were suspended from Indian
Premier League for 2 years for the betting activities of their key officials Gurunath
Meiyappan and Raj Kundra during the 2013 season by three member committee headed by former
Chief Justice of India R M Lodha.
India thrashed Zimbabwe in the third and final cricket ODI to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.
Cricket authorities decided to scrap the Champions League T20 tournament with immediate effectGoverning Council of the CLT20 which comprising representatives of the Board of Control for
Cricket in India (BCCI),Cricket South Africa (CSA) and Cricket Australia (CA) made the decision.
Bangladesh registered historic ODI series won by beating South Africa in the third and final ODI.
Pakistani All Rounder Mohammad Hafeez banned from bowling in international cricket for 12
months by ICC.
ICC ODI Rankings: India retain 2nd spot
Top 5 teams are:
1. Australia
129
2. India
115
3. New Zealand 112
4. South Africa 109
5. Sri Lanka
105
Top 5 ODI Batsman are:
1. AB de Villiers South Africa
2. Kumar Sangakkara Sri Lanka
3. Hashim Amla South Africa
4. Virat Kohli India
5. Tillakaratne Dilshan Sri Lanka
Top 5 Bowlers are:
1. Mitchell Starc Australia
2. Trent Boult New Zealand
3. Sunil Narine West Indies
5. . Dale Steyn South Africa
5. Imran Tahir South Africa
Shubham Jaglan,a 10-year-old son of a milkman from Israna village in Panipat,Haryana has won at
the Junior World Golf Championships being played at Welk Resort Fountain Course in California.
Amelie Mauresmo,two-time Grand Slam winner and former number one tennis player of France,
inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced venues for the Men and Women ICC World
Twenty20-will be held at iconic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata.Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala,
Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the other venues along with Kolkata.
Sangram Singh became the 1st Indian in history to win the World Wrestling Professionals (WWP)
Commonwealth Wrestling Heavyweight Championship- defeating Canadas Joe Legend.
Indian-American Amitoj Chhabra(20-year) lifted 628 kg,a total of 1,383 pounds at the US
Powerlifting Association National Championships in Las Vegas to win the junior title.
Major Dhyan Chand confered with the Bharat Gaurav Lifetime Achivement Award by NRI
orgainsation Sanskriti Yuva Sangstha at the House of Commons inside the British Parliament.
Football Sports Development Ltd (FSDL)the promoters of ISL announced that the 2015 Indian
Super Leagues second season final will be held in Goa on December 20, 2015 at the Fatorda
Stadium, home of FC.
Ms.Dhoni named as 9th most marketable sportsperson in the world ahead of the likes of football
superstar Lionel Messi and sprint king Usain Bolt in a power list prepared by London School of
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Marketing. Swiss tennis star Roger Federer(1st) golfers Tiger Woods(2nd) and Phil Mickelson(3rd).
Roelant Oltmans was appointed coach of the Indian hockey team.
Indias under-21 women hockey team has finished third at the Volvo Invitational tournament at
Breda, Netherlands(1st ),England(2nd).
14th edition of Special Olympics World Summer Games(worlds largest sports acitivity for children
and adults with intellectual disabilities) is being held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los
Angeles-14-year-old Ranveer Saini becomes 1st Indian golfer to play in this game.
Indian womens wrestling team finished 2nd in the 5th Senior International Wrestling
Tournament(Cup of the President of Republic of Kazakhstan in Astana)-India silver medal in the
event that was held in Kazakhstans capital Astana.Vinesh (48kg), Lalita Sehrawat (55kg) and Anita
(63kg).Kazakhstan(1st),Mangolia(3rd).
Tillakaratne Dilshan becomes 4th Sri Lankan to get past 10,000-run mark in ODIs against Pakistan at
Hambantota.(Kumar Sangakkara, Sanath Jayasuriya and Mahela Jayawardene).
Ferraris driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany won the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix of Formula One
(F1)-4th time.
Britains Chris Froome won 102nd edition of the Tour de France by the Amaury Sport Organisationsecond victory in the cycling marathon.
Double Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar and star grapplers gave their stamp of approval as wrestling
today joined the league bandwagon with WFI and Pro-Sportify announcing the launch of Pro
Wrestling League (PWL).
Mexico defeated Jamaica in the final of CONCACAF Gold Cup football tournament to won the
regional tournament for the record seventh time at Philadelphia, US.
Dale Steyn became the 2nd South African bowler to take 400 Test wickets after he dismissed
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal on the opening day of the second Test in Dhaka.
Paytm bags title sponsorship rights of BCCI for Rs. 203 crore-Shankar Nath,Senior Vice-President,
Paytm: Saharaprinted on the t-shirts of the players are banned.
Beijing is set to become the 1st city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics after it
was chosen to stage the 2022 Winter Games-Thomas Bach(International Olympic President).
Wimbledon Championships 2015:London
Mens Singles Title: Novak Djokovic from Serbia defeated Roger Federer.
Womens Singles Title: Serena Williams defeated Spaniard Garbine Muguruza.
Mens Doubles Title: Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) and Horia Tecu (Romania) defeated
Jamie Murray (UK) and John Peers (Australia).
Womens Doubles Title: India Sania Mirza Swiss partner Martina Hingis defeated the
Russian pair Makarova- Vesnina.
Mixed Doubles Title: Indian tennis star Leander Swiss partner Martina Hingis pair defeated
Alexander Peya and Timea Babos(Austrian-Hungarian).
Junior Doubles Title Winners: India's Sumit Nagal and Nam Hoang Ly defeated Reilly
Opelka and Akira Santillan

Obituary

Matti Makkonen from Finland known as the father of SMS has died-worked with Nokia.
Holocaust Hero Sir Nicholas Winton Dies Aged 106- save more than 650 Jewish children from the
Holocaust-Nazi tyranny and slaughter in Czechoslovakia-himself the label Britains Schindler.,
International Emmy Award in 2002 and Order of the White Lion by the Czech government in 2014.
Former Indian Olympic swimmer Adi Bharucha has died at 85-1st recipient of the GMAAA Lifetime
Achievement Award.
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Kunnathu Puthiyaveettil Padmanabhan Nambiar aka K.P.P. Nambiar, founding chairman of


Keltron,passed away-setting up Indias first state-run electronics venture Keltron and Indias first IT
park Technopark,in Kerala.
Former Chief Justice of India Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal.
Former Maharashtra Minister Pratapsinh Mohite-Patil passed away at 60-member of the 13th Lok
Sabha.
Pakistani Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain passed away at 84-Udas Naslain- honoured with this
years Prime Ministers Lifetime Achievement Award.
Actress Amanda Peterson has died at 43-Joe Dantes Explorers, The Lawless Land (1988), and
Listen to Me (1989).
Veteran actress Diana Douglas(Michael Douglass mother) has died at 92 - Planes, Trains and
Automobiles, ER and The West Wing.
Poet and longtime English professor James Tate at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, at 71awarded the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 1992 for Selected Poems, National Book Award for the
1994 Worshipful Company of Fletchers and a National Institute of Arts and Letters award for poetry.
Urdu poet and critic Bashar Navaaz passed away at 80-known as Indo Pak shayar as his poetry is
popular in India as well as in Pakistan-Books Rayagan, Ajanabee samandar,gazal is Jaane vafaa,
Bazaar, Tere Shahar me.
Omar Sharif,Egyptian-born actor has died on July 11 at 83-soared to international stardom in two
classics,Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago- won international fame.
Former Saudi foreign minister Prince Saud al-Faisal has died at 75.
Former Tamil Nadu minister and AIADMK MLA P Chendur Pandian died at 64.
Japanese videogame maker Nintendo Co Ltds CEO and President, Satoru Iwata has died at 55.
Legendary Music Composer MS Viswanathan dies at 87- Kakamamani award and the Thirai Isai
Chakravarthy (Tamil for The Emperor of Cine Music).
Former Billiards and Snooker Federation of India(BSFI) President Pashupatinath Roy passed away at
76 years old.
Iconic musician Joan Sebastian from Mexico has died at 64-five-time Grammy Award winner.
Veteran Telugu playback singer V Ramakrishna passed away at 68.
Uruguays soccer legend Alcides Edgardo Ghiggia has passed away at 88-1950 World Cup.
French Formula One driver Jules Bianchi has died at 25.
Alex Rocco, the US actor best known for his role in crime drama The Godfather died at 79.
Urdu fiction writer Dr Bisheshar Pradeep died in Lucknow at 80-Urdu Hindi Sahitya Akademi
Award in 1996 and won a national level award for his childrens book Surkh Gulab.
Hollywood actor Olaf Pooley died at 101.
American novelist E.L. Doctorow passes away at 84-one of Americas greatest novelists-10 novels.
Archie cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of the freckled- face, red-haired character, has
died in Texas At 86.
Former Governor of Kerala and Bihar,R S Gavai, passed away at 86.
Former Union Minister and a six-time Lok Sabha member from Assam, Bijoy Krishna Handique
passed away at the age of 82.
Eminent physicist Dr.Parameswaran Hariharan died at 89.
South Africas first captain of the post-apartheid era Clive Rice died at 66-482 first-class
matches,26,331 runs and 930 wickets .
Eminent HIV researcher Dr Suniti Solomon passes away at 76.
Veteran Sri Lankan historian Santasilan Kadirgamar passed away-The Tamils of Lanka: Their
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Eminent vocalist Vasundhara Komkali age 85 passed away.

Books & Authors

Journey of a Curious Mind by Dr. Jagannath Patnaik.


Lord Jagannath authored by Shri Prasnna Kumar Patsani.
Kashmir
Kashmir The Vajpayee Years
Years authored by Shri A.S. Dulat.
Locale, Everyday Islam and Modernity authored by Shri M. Raisur Rahman.
Early Hindu Temples of Gujarat by Varun Maira.
Swatantrata Senani Raja Mahendra Pratap edited by Shri Raghuvir Singh Arvind.
13 international authors long-listed
long
for the 2015 Man Booker Prize-Anuradha
Anuradha Roy(Sleeping on
Jupiter) ,Sunjeev Sahota(The
The Year of the Runaways).
Uniki by Shri Ch Vidyasagar Rao.
India Central Asia Relations: The Economic Dimension authored by Amiya Chandra.
Locale, Everyday Islam and Modernity by Shri M. Raisur Rahman.
R.D. Burman: The Prince of Music by Khagesh Dev Burm.

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July 1 2015-National Doctors Day.
July 4 2015-International
International Day of Cooperatives.
July 6 2015-World Zoonosis Day.
July 11 2015-World
World Population Day.
July 12 2015-Malala Day.
July 15 2015-World
World Youth Skills Day.
July 17 2015-International Justice Day/Day of International Criminal Justice.
July 18 2015-Nelson
Nelson Mandela International Day.
July 23 2015-National
National Broadcasting Day Observed Across.
July 26 2015-Kargil Vijay Diwas.
July 28 2015-World Hepatitis Day
International Tiger Day .
July 29 2015-International
July 30 2015-International
International Day of Friendship,World Day against Trafficking in Persons.

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