Daily Current Affairs 14 July 2021
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Today Current Affairs 14 July 2021
1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the COVID-19 issues with the Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states.
- The Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern states appreciated the Prime Minister for his speedy action in dealing with the Covid pandemic, as well as his special care and concern for the North-East states.
- The North-East States comprises 8 states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.
- Present Chief Ministers and Governors of the North-Eastern states
|Arunachal Pradesh||Itanagar||Pema Khandu||B. D. Mishra|
|Assam||Dispur||Himanta Biswa Sarma||Jagdish Mukhi|
|Manipur||Imphal||N. Biren Singh||Najma Heptulla|
|Meghalaya||Shillong||Conrad Kongkal Sangma||Satya Pal Malik|
|Mizoram||Aizawl||Pu Zoramthanga||Hari Babu Kambhampati|
|Nagaland||Kohima||Neiphiu Rio||R. N. Ravi|
|Sikkim||Gangtok||PS Golay||Ganga Prasad|
|Tripura||Agartala||Biplab Kumar Deb||Satyadeo Narain Arya|
2) Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister of Finance, and Lyonpo Namgay Tshering, Finance Minister of Bhutan, jointly inaugurated BHIM–UPI in Bhutan.
- Nirmala Sitharaman stated that the services began in Bhutan as part of India’s neighbourhood first policy, and Lyonpo Namgay Tshering thanked the Government of India for launching BHIM-UPI services in Bhutan.
- Bhutan is the first country in India’s immediate neighbourhood to adopt UPI standards for QR deployment, as well as the first neighbouring country to accept mobile-based payments via the BHIM App.
- Ambassador of India to Bhutan: Ruchira Kamboj
- Ambassador of Bhutan to India: General V. Namgyel
- MD and CEO of NPCI: Dilip Asbe
3) NTPC Renewable Energy Ltd to set up a 4750 MW renewable energy park at Rann of Kutch in Khavada, Gujarat. This will be India’s largest solar park to be built by NTPC REL.
- This park will be used by NTPC REL to generate green hydrogen on a commercial basis.
- NTPC Ltd aims to build 60 GW of Renewable Energy Capacity as a part of its green energy portfolio augmentation by 2032.
- Recently, On the reservoir of the Simhadri Thermal Power Plant in Andhra Pradesh, NTPC has commissioned India’s biggest Floating Solar of 10 MW (ac).
4) NTPC signed an MoU with UT of Ladakh and Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC) to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project in Leh in the form of solar trees and a solar carport.
- Leh became India’s first city to implement a green hydrogen-based mobility project with zero emission.
5) G. Kishan Reddy, India’s Minister for Tourism, presided over the BRICS Tourism Ministers meeting as part of India’s BRICS presidency.
- The meeting was attended by ministers from all of the BRICS countries. Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa are the BRICS countries.
- The BRICS Tourism Ministers’ Meeting was organised by India to promote tourism cooperation among the BRICS countries.
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6) Sher Bahadur Deuba was sworn in as Nepal’s Prime Minister for the fifth time, previously served as Prime Minister of Nepal from 1995 to 1997, 2001 to 2002, 2004 to 2005, and 2017 to 2018.
- He took oath as the Prime Minister of Nepal after Nepal’s Supreme Court overturned the dissolution of the House of Representatives and ordered Deuba to be appointed as Prime Minister.
- Deuba is the current president of the Nepali Congress, a social-democratic political party in Nepal. In both the House of Representatives and the National Assembly, it is the largest opposition party.
7) Facts about Nepal
- Nepal is a landlocked country located in South Asia, sharing borders with Tibet and India.
- Nepal was admitted to the United Nations in 1955, while friendship treaties with India and China were made in 1950 and 1960, respectively.
- Nepal adopted its Constitution in 2015.
- Capital: Kathmandu
- Currency: Nepalese rupee
- Government: Federal parliamentary republic
- President: Bidhya Devi Bhandari
- Prime Minister: Sher Bahadur Deuba
- Chief Justice: Cholendra Shumsher JB Rana
- Legislature: Federal Parliament
- Upper house: National Assembly
- Lower house: House of Representatives
8) Google was fined 500 million euros by France’s competition authority (Antitrust watchdog) for failing to negotiate in good faith with French publishers in a dispute over compensation for their news.
- The agency has threatened to levy further fines of 900,000 euros per day if Google does not submit proposals within two months on how it would compensate publishers and news organisations for their content.
- The fine is France’s second-largest antitrust penalty for a single company.
- President of the French agency: Isabelle de Silva
9) India to host 2026 BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Championships
- It’s the second time India is hosting the world championship, first hosted in 2009 in Hyderabad, Telangana.
- Since 2006, the BWF World Championship has been held every year except for the Olympic year.
10) In the first half of the year, China-India’s bilateral trade totalled $57.48 billion, up 62.7% a year, the highest in recent years.
- According to data released by China’s Customs, India’s exports to China in the first six months were $14.724 billion, up 69.6%, and India’s imports from China totalled $42.755 billion, up 60.4%.
♦ Yashpal Sharma, an Indian international cricketer, passed away at the age of 66 years due to a massive heart attack.
- Between 1978 and 1985, he played 37 Tests and 42 One-Day Internationals for India and was a part of the India team that won the 1983 Cricket World Cup.
- In honour of Yashpal Sharma, the BCCI conducted a day/night benefit cricket match in 2000.