India announced it would pay USD 2.1 million to the World Health Organization (WHO) as a “reflection” of its commitment to the body of global health and its mandate.
- Minister of Health: JP Nadda
Government of Nepal today imposed a temporary ban on all construction of houses and buildings, including those already under construction or whose cards have been approved for construction before the recent earthquake.
- The ban would remain in effect until the end of the Nepali month of Asad, July 16 statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in South Korea from Mongolia on the last leg of his three-nation tour.
- He held extensive discussions with South Korean President Park Geun-hye Cheong Wae Dae at the office and residence of the president.
- India and South Korea have agreed to upgrade their ties today “special strategic partnership ‘.
- India and South Korea Sign 7 agreements in various sectors, including the avoidance of double taxation, energy, the design of the road and sea transport. The signed agreements are,
- Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Korea for the avoidance of double taxation and prevention of fiscal evasion with respect to taxes on income;
- Agreement between the Government of the Republic of India and the Government of the Republic of Korea on cooperation in Co-production audio-visual;
- Memorandum of Understanding for cooperation between the National Security Council Secretariat of the Republic of India and the Office of National Security of the Republic of Korea;
- NOU between the Ministry of Energy of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy of the Republic of Korea on cooperation in the field of Electric Power development and new industries energy;
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Youth and Sports of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family of the Republic of Korea on youth cooperation;
- Framework for cooperation in the field of road transport and highways between the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of the Republic of Korea; and
- Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of the Navy of the Republic of India and the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea on cooperation in the fields of maritime transport and logistics.
The defense minister of Iran Hossein Dehghan arrived today in Baghdad, a day after the Iraqi government suffered one of its worst losses, with Ramadi falling Islamic state (IS).
- He will have talks with Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al-Obeidi.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is the 4 day visit to South Africa.
NITIAayog launches its website today in New Delhi.
- The site can be viewed at the following URL: http://www.niti.gov.in.
- The site was launched by Arvind Panagariya (Vice President NITIAayog)
- Note: The government replaced the Planning Commission with the National Institution for Transforming India, NITI Aayog on 1 January this year.
- Check out the important details you need to know about NITIAayog from here.
National Court extended the green today its order banning diesel vehicles that are over 10 years of plying in Delhi on May 25
- Noting that diesel is the main source of air pollution in Delhi, the Court ruled on April 7 that all diesel vehicles that are older than 10 years will not be allowed to handle in Delhi-NCR.
- On 26 November 2014, it had banned plying of all diesel or gasoline vehicles, which were aged over 15 years.
- The second double hand transplant in the country has been successfully completed at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi.
- The recipient of the hands is Abdul Rahim, 30, from Afghanistan, who lost his hands three years ago while trying to defuse mines as part of his duties with the Border Security Force Afghanistan.
- By his account he had defused some 2,000 mines in his career.
- Note: The first hand transplant in India was carried out successfully by the same team led by Dr Subramania Iyer, 13 January 2015
US President Barack Obama was finally “allowed” on Twitter.
- The verified account with lePOTUS handle, has a bio that reads “Dad, husband, and 44th president of the United States.”
- He tweeted saying he was eventually given his own account after six years in office.
- Note: For the past few years, the staff of Obama has been tweeting for him viaBarackObama, but now he has his own account.
King Edward Memorial (KEM) nurse from Mumbai hospital Aruna Shanbaug died in Mumbai this morning, losing its 42-year battle to coma and other complex medical conditions.
- Aruna was in a vegetative state for the past 42 years.
- 66-year Shanbaug developed the complicated medical condition after she was sexually by a waiter hospital November 27, 1973.
Awards and Recognition
Singer Taylor Swift dominated the Billboard Music Awards with eight wins, including top artist.
- She also won the first album Billboard 200 for 1989 and top female artist.
- Harkeert Singh Saini, a US police 44-year-old from India was awarded the prestigious “Top Civil Supervisor of the Year ‘for its effective services to the Houston Police in the US state of Texas.
Draupadi Murmu today was sworn in as the first woman governor of Jharkhand.
- She succeeds Syed Ahmed, who will take over as governor Manipur.
JP Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare assumed the presidency of the 68th World Health Assembly in Geneva today.
The first match of the qualifying play-off phase of the IPL cricket tournament will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tomorrow between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.
Maria Sharapova of Russia resumed today second in the WTA world rankings after winning the Rome Masters on Sunday while Spanish finalist Carla Suarez moved to its highest ranking to eighth.
The current WTA rankings:
- Serena Williams (USA)
- Maria Sharapova (Russia)
- Simona Halep (Romania)
- Petra Kvitova (Czech)
- Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark)
- Eugenie Bouchard (Canada)
- Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
- Carla Suarez (Spain)
- Ekaterina Makarova (Russia)
- Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 3315
- Former tennis player Grand Slam Bob Hewitt was jailed for six years by a South African court for raping underage girls.
- Hewitt, 75, was convicted in March of two counts of rape and sexual assault on girls he coached in the 1980s and 1990s.
Australian opening batsman Chris Rogers confirmed that he will retire from international cricket after the Ashes series in England later this year.
- Rogers made his Test debut in 2008 and was recalled for the Ashes series 2013.
- He made more than 1500 runs at an average of 40 to 20 test appearances
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