Kerala tops in governance, Tamil Nadu second, says the report
Pinarayi Vijayan’s ruled Kerala stands as the best-governed state in the country followed by Tamil Nadu, according to the Public Affairs Index 2018 released by the think tank Public Affairs Centre (PAC). While Telangana, Karnataka, and Gujarat are ranked third, fourth and fifth among the top five states delivering good governance, according to the report, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar ranked the lowest on the PAI, indicating higher social and economic inequalities in the states.
Among smaller states (with the population less than two crores), Himachal Pradesh topped the list, followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim, and Tripura which figured among the top five states with good governance. Nagaland, Manipur, and Meghalaya were ranked at the bottom of the index among small states. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh, and Mizoram topped the index on being the states to provide better living conditions for all children.
Rajnath Singh starts “Student Police Cadet” project in Gurugram
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 21 July rolled out the ‘Student Police Cadet’ (SPC) programme, under which high school students across the country will be taught to become much more responsible citizens. A sum of Rs. 67 crore had been sanctioned to states for the programme’s implementation and each school would get Rs. 50,000 for educational aids, training, and contingency for the programme, to be carried out on a pilot basis in all states and union territories.
Rajnath Singh Constituency: Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh).
Kharchi festival kicks off in West Tripura
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday inaugurated the week-long festival – Kharchi Puja at Chaturdash Devata Mandir in Khayerpur, in the outskirts of capital Agartala. Deb along with others visited various stalls as around 800 stalls have come up in the fair venue including 15 stalls highlighting success by the various departments. The annual festival of worship of Fourteen Gods popularly known as Kharchi Puja in Tripura. Of the many festivals in the hilly northeast Indian state, Kharchi Puja occupies the pride of the place. Every year it is celebrated with overflowing enthusiasm in June-July. In fact, Tripura is also known as the land of Fourteen Gods.
NABARD launches Centre for Climate Change in Lucknow
Agri-lender NABARD recently said it has launched a center for accelerating concerted action on climate change by various stakeholders including government, private and financial sectors. It said the Centre for Climate Change, set up in Lucknow, would help Nabard in enhancing its capacity building efforts manifold.
Nabard Chairman: Harsh Kumar Bhanwala
IIT Kanpur develops online tool ‘TreadWill’ to help people deal with mental health issues
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has developed an online tool, TreadWill, to help people cope with issues related to mental health. The tool has been developed by a team with collaborative support from the Computer Science and Engineering and Humanities and Social Sciences, HSS (Psychology) departments.
TN government sets up a 24-hour helpline for inter-caste couples
The Tamil Nadu government has informed the Madras High Court that a 24-hour helpline has been set up to investigate issues faced by inter-caste couples and offer the necessary assistance and protection.
28th GST Council meet: Simpler return process approved; tax on bamboo flooring reduced to 12%; sanitary napkins exempted
In a relief for the common man, the GST Council on 21 July reduced tax rates on over 50 items including refrigerators, washing machines, and small televisions, which would now be taxed at 18 percent, down from the current 28 percent. Apart from bringing down rates, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council also exempted GST on sanitary napkins, rakhis, fortified milk and idols of deities made of stone, marble, and wood. The highest tax bracket of 28 percent has been rationalized further with rates on daily-use items like perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries, hair dryers, shavers, mixer grinder, vacuum cleaners, lithium-ion batteries, being lowered to 18 percent. The revised tax rates will come into effect from 27 July, Finance Minister Piyush Goyal told media after the 28th meeting of the GST Council.
Federal Bank gets RBI nod to enter Bahrain, Kuwait, Singapore
South-based private sector lender Federal Bank has received the regulatory nod to open offices in Bahrain, Kuwait, and Singapore, but is awaiting local clearances before it starts operations, a top official has said. The Kochi-headquartered bank, which leads diaspora remittances, already has representative offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, and its desire to expand comes even as a majority of its larger peers are downsizing their overseas presence following the Rs 13,500-crore Nirav Modi scam and poor asset quality back home due to toxic loans.
Facebook confirms its Athena Internet Satellite, to be launched in 2019
As part of its plan to connect billions of people who are still offline, Facebook is working on launching Athena, its own Internet satellite, early in 2019, Wired reported. According to an application Facebook appears to have filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the name Point View Tech LLC, the project is designed to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,” the report said on Friday.
PM Modi e-flags India-assisted emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka
Prime Minister Narendra Modi e-flags a countrywide emergency ambulance service for Sri Lanka through video conferencing from New Delhi. The service has been introduced in two provinces of Sri Lanka with grant assistance from Government of India and is being expanded to remaining seven provinces.
Myanmar joins International Solar Alliance, becomes the 68th member of a grouping
Myanmar has joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA), becoming the 68th member of the grouping that is aiming at the optimum utilization of solar energy. Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting here on the margins of this year’s Delhi Dialogue, the premier annual track 1.5 event to discuss politico-security, economic and socio-cultural engagement between India and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) bloc.
In India, over 6 victims for every 1,000 lived in modern slavery in 2016: Global Slavery Index 2018
Findings from the 2018 Global Slavery Index reveal that North Korea has the highest prevalence of modern slavery with the ratio of one in 10 people. In India, the 2018 index estimates that there were around 8 million people living in modern slavery in the country in 2016. In terms of prevalence, there were 6.1 victims for every thousand people. Among 167 countries, India ranked 53 in terms of prevalence. In 2017, the Global Estimates of Modern Slavery estimated that 40.3 million individuals were living in modern slavery with individuals being exploited for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labor, forced marriage, domestic servitude, and forced criminality.
Rathi, Deepak win gold on concluding the day at Junior Asian Wrestling
On the last day of the championship, four of the five Indian wrestlers reached the medal round with Suraj Rajkumar Kokate (61 kg) and Mohit (125kg) winning bronze medals. The only one to miss out was Somveer Singh in the 92 kg category. India, with 173 points, finished second in the team championship behind Iran (189 points). Uzbekistan finished third with 128 points.
Muhammad Anas breaks his own 400m mark to set a new national record
Muhammad Anas bettered his own 400m national record while winning gold with a time of 45.24 seconds in an event at the Czech Republic on 21 July. His earlier national mark is 45.31 seconds which he clocked while finishing fourth at the Gold Coast CWG.
Archery World Cup: India bag silver in women’s compound team
The Indian women’s compound team of Jyothi Surekha Vennam, Trisha Deb, and Muskan Kirar bagged a silver medal in the women’s compound team event at the Archery World Cup in Berlin on 20 July.
Shuttler Lakshaya Sen clinches Asia Junior C’ship title
Indian badminton player Lakshaya Sen bagged the gold medal after defeating Indonesia’s top-seeded Kunlavut Vitidsaran in the final match of the Badminton Asia Junior Championship here on 22 July.
Manu-Sumeeth win Lagos International title
The senior national badminton champions Mannu Attri and Sumeeth Reddy won the men’s doubles title at Lagos International Badminton held in Abuja of Nigeria on 22 July. The defending champions retained the title after thrashing their Indian counterpart S. Vaibhav and Prakash Raj 21-12, 22-12 in the final match.
Zaman becomes the quickest player to reach 1000 runs
Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman became the quickest player to reach the 1000 runs in one-day internationals (ODI), breaking the record of West Indies Legend Vivian Richards, in 18 ODIs on 22 July. He achieved the feat during the fifth and final ODI of the ongoing five-match series against Zimbabwe.
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