7 July 2016


·        Global Forgiveness Day

·        International Day of Cooperatives

·        World Chocolate Day

Namami Gange projects for cleaning river Ganga launched

Union Government has launched various projects under Namami Gange programme for cleaning of river Ganga and its tributaries from Haridwar, Uttarakand. It was launched by Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti. Besides, simultaneous projects were also launched at over 103 locations in seven states for cleaning of river Ganga and its tributaries from Gangotri to Howrah.

Key Facts
  •  The Namami Gange Programme aims at cleaning the holy river and ensuring its unfettered flow. Union government has allocated Rs. 20,000 crore budget for it. 
  • Under it, projects such as modernization and redevelopment of Ghats, crematoriums and other development activities will be undertaken. 
  • Besides it will also undertake project for development of sewage infrastructure and treatment, tree plantation, afforestation, pilot drain project, interceptor drain project, trash skimmers and conservation of biodiversity.
  • The projects were launched simultaneously in five basin states of the river Ganga viz. Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. Besides, projects were also launched in Delhi and Haryana through which Ganga’s largest tributary Yamuna passes. 
  • In Uttar Pradesh alone total 112 projects were launched through this ambitious scheme. 47 projects were inaugurated at various locations in Uttrakhand. 20 projects were inaugurated at various locations in West Bengal. 26 projects were inaugurated in Bihar.

Federer sets record for most wins in Grand Slam

·        Seventeen-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer surpassed Martina Navratilova’s record for the most number of wins in Grand Slam singles matches, after beating Marin Cilic in Wimbledon quarter-final.

·        This was Federer’s 307th win in Grand Slam singles, and his 84th victory at Wimbledon, equalling Jimmy Connor for the most number of wins at Wimbledon in the Open Era

Dipa becomes India's first 'World Class Gymnast

·        Gymnast Dipa Karmakar became the first Indian to be certified as 'World Class Gymnast' by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique.

·        The 22-year-old is also the first ever Indian female gymnast to qualify for the Olympic Games. Dipa, who hails from Tripura, had earlier won a bronze medal for India at the 2014 Commonwealth Games

        India ranks 91 in Networked Readiness Index 2016

·        India was placed at 91st position in the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) 2016 that was released by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF).

·        The index was released as the part of the WEF’s Global Information Technology Report 2016.

·        Singapore leads the Index followed by Finland, Sweden, Norway and the United States.

·        Finland, Switzerland, Sweden, Israel, Singapore, the Netherlands and the US are leading the world when it comes to generating economic impact from investments in information and technology.

·        India (91st) was ranked the lowest among the BRICS countries- Russia (41st), China (59th), South Africa (65th) and Brazil (72nd)