Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates first Plasma bank of the country

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1.World Sports Journalists Day: 02 July

World Sports Journalists Day is observed on July 2 every year to celebrate the services of sports journalists for the promotion of sports.The day was established in 1994 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of International Sports Press Association (ISPA).ISPA was founded  in 1924 during the Olympic Games in Paris.

2.Govt clears Defence acquisition worth Rs 38,900 Cr

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) accorded approval for Capital acquisitions of various platforms and equipment required by the Indian Armed Forces.Proposals for an approximate cost of 38900 Crore rupees were approved.The meeting chaired by Defence minister Rajnath Singh focused on indigenous design and development.These approvals include acquisitions from Indian Industry amounting to 31130 Crore rupees.The long felt need of the Indian Air Force to increase its fighter squadrons, the DAC also approved the proposal for procurement of 21 MIG-29.It also approved upgradation of existing 59 Mig-29 aircraft and procurement of 12 Su-30 MKI aircraft.

3.IITGn team develops AI-based tool to detect Covid-19 from chest X-ray

Indian Institute of Technology-Gandhinagar IITGn has developed an Artificial Intelligence-based tool to detect COVID-19 from Chest X-ray.This tool can be used for quick preliminary diagnosis before the medical test.Ahmedabad correspondent reports that the Artificial Intelligence-based tool has been developed by the researchers of the Computer Science and Engineering Department of IITGn. Any user can upload a digital copy of the chest x-ray or CT-scan in standard image formats such as jpeg, png etc and check whether he or she is COVID-19 positive or not.The format of any test image of a new person will be automatically transformed and diagnosed using the AI tool.

4.Yellow dustbins for only corona residual in Indore

In Madhya Pradesh, to prevent corona infection, the Indore Municipal Corporation is placing Yellow colour dustbins at all major places in the city.This is the third dustbin apart from blue and green colours dustbins and being placed for only corona infected material.Indore is among the top 10 COVID 19 infected cities of the country.Indore is possibly the first city to place a separate dustbin for the corona residual.People throw COVID 19 infected PPE kits, gloves and masks to green and blue litter bins or outdoors after use these days, which can cause the spread of corona pandemic.

5.Tamil Nadu announces monthly Rs 3,000 stipend for lawyers to overcome financial difficulties

Tamil Nadu government has announced a monthly stipend of 3,000 rupees to junior lawyers for two years to help them overcome financial difficulties.The stipend has been a longstanding demand of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu.The Tamil Nadu Government is implementing an Advocates Welfare Scheme for more than three decades.Under the scheme, on the demise of the advocates, currently seven lakh rupees each is being given to their families.Now as an additional measure, the young advocates are going to be handed over a monthly dole of three thousand rupees for the next two years.

6.Jharkhand govt decides to postpone Shravani Mela held in Deoghar

Jharkhand state government has decided to postpone the world famous Shravani Mela held in Deoghar this year in view of the spread of novel Coronavirus infection.The state government is not in favor of organizing such a big fair from public health point of view to prevent corona infection, as millions of devotees from all over India and abroad visit Deoghar during Shravani Mela.This year’s Shravani Mela was originally slated to be held from July 5.Deoghar’s Baba Baidyanath temple and Dumka’s Basukinath temple receive over 50 lakh devotees during the month-long affair.

7.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates first Plasma bank of the country

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates the Plasma Bank for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.The facility has been set up at Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, New Delhi.Plasma Bank will remove the hurdles faced by the patients to get the Plasma therapy.He appealed to the people to come forward in large numbers to donate the Plasma.The interested donors can call 1031 and can whatsapp at 8800007722 to donate the plasma.Only those people can donate the plasma, who was earlier infected with the corona virus and now recovered.

8.Fitch cuts India growth projection to 8% for FY22

Fitch Ratings cut India’s growth forecast for 2021-22 fiscal to 8% from 9.5% projected last month.It, however, retained its projection of Indian economy contracting by 5% in the current fiscal.Indian economic growth stood at an estimated 4.2% in 2019-20.In May update to the outlook, Fitch had projected 9.5% growth in 2021-22.S&P has forecast a 5% contraction in the fiscal year starting April, and the growth to recover to 8.5% next fiscal.Moody’s expects India’s real GDP to contract by 4% in fiscal 2020 due to the shock from the coronavirus pandemic and related lockdown measures, followed by 8.7% growth in fiscal 2021 and closer to 6% thereafter.

9.HDFC Bank launches ”e-Kisaan Dhan” app for farmers

HDFC Bank launched ”e-Kisaan Dhan” app for farmers across India to access a bouquet of agricultural and banking services on their mobile.The app, which serves as a repository of knowledge and information for any individual engaged in farming, helps meet needs of the rural ecosystem.The app will also provide value-added services, like mandi prices, latest farming news, weather forecast, information on seed varieties, SMS advisory, e-pashuhaat and Kisan TV.Users can also avail multiple banking services, like procuring loans, opening bank accounts, insurance facilities, online calculation of KCC loan eligibility, and for acquiring government social security schemes.The app will help with traditional banking services and keep users informed about new government schemes and ways to access them.

10.Veteran choreographer Saroj Khan dies of cardiac arrest

Three-time National Award winner, veteran Bollywood choreographer, Saroj Khan, passed away due to cardiac arrest. She was 71.She joined the Indian film industry as a child artist, playing the younger Shyama in Nazarana.She eventually became a background dancer in 1950s films like Bimal Roy’s “Madhumati” under the guidance of dance director B. Sohanlal.In a career spanning four decades, Khan choreographed nearly 2000 songs.The legendary artiste was a recipient of three National Awards for films Devdas, Jab We Met and Sringaram (Tamil).She won Filmfare Awards for movies like Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, Guru, Khalnayak and Chaalbaaz.

11.Former West Indies cricketer Everton Weekes passes away

Legendary batsman Everton Weekes, the last of the famed West Indies ‘Three Ws’, died at the age of 95.He was hailed as “a founding father” of the sport in the Caribbean.Everton Weekes made his first-class debut at 19-year-old and his Test debut in 1948 at 22.He retired in 1958, after which he had served as a coach, administrator, and ICC match referee.

12.The Vice President of India Releases “The Future of Higher Education” Book by ICT Academy

Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu has virtually released a book titled “Future of Higher Education- Nine Mega Trends“.The book is authored by CA V Pattabhi Ram. The Virtual event was hosted by ICT Academy.The book covers the new norms in the key areas of higher education such as Student-Teacher relationship, Learning methods, Laboratories & Examinations among others which has taken a paradigm shift during this COVID pandemic.The book is based on a survey of about 5000 educators across India who were part of ICT Academy’s “SkyCampus” Digital Knowledge Series.