🍀 Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched a unique initiative called ‘State of Maharashtra’s Agribusiness and Rural Transformation’ (SMART). The aim of the ‘SMART’ initiative is to revamp agricultural value chains, with a special focus on marginal farmers across 1,000 villages with an objective to achieve sustainable farming within the next 3 years.
🍀 Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launched the ‘Mukhyamantri Teerth Yatra Yojana’ under which 1,100 senior citizens from each of the 70 assembly constituencies in Delhi can undertake free pilgrimage.
🍀 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will implement an ‘Ombudsman Scheme for Digital Transactions’ covering services provided by entities falling under Reserve Banks regulatory jurisdiction.
🍀 Dr. Rajanish Giri, an assistant professor from the Indian Institute of Technology-Mandi (IIT-Mandi), has been awarded the Innovative Young Biotechnologist Award (IYBA) 2018 for his proposed innovative idea on Zika virus Capsid Folding and inhibitor discovery.
🍀 The government of India has appointed Atul Sahai as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of the New India Assurance (NIA) for a period of five years.
🍀 Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected to the Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN for 4 years.
🍀 Indian-origin lawyer Shamila Batohi has been appointed as the National Director of South Africa’s National Public Prosecutions (NDPP), a statutory body that investigates high-level criminal matters in the country.
🍀 Government of India has appointed Lalit Kumar, a 1995-batch Indian Economic Service (IES) officer as the new government nominee on private sector ICICI Bank.
🍀 According to the projection by the Global Carbon Project, India is the fourth highest emitter of carbon dioxide in the world, accounting for 7 per cent of global emissions in 2017.
🍀 According to the ‘World Intellectual Property Indicators 2018’ report was released by UN’s World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the number of patents granted by India shot up by 50% in 2017.
🍀 NASA’s ‘Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer’ (OSIRIS-REx) spacecraft arrived at the asteroid named ‘Bennu’.
🍀 Pakistan’s leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the fastest cricketer to take 200 Test wickets breaking an 82-year-old record, beating Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmett’s record of 36 Tests set against South Africa in Johannesburg in 1936.
🍀 Noted agriculturalist Jayaraman, who pioneered the protection and propagation of indigenous paddy varieties in Tamilnadu, passed away in Chennai.