1. Union Minister of information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar has virtually launched ‘DD Assam’ channel, jointly with the Chief Minister of Assam.
The 24×7 channel will showcase the rich history of the state with programs like music programmes, travelogues, reality shows and have films focussing on folk culture and tribal life. Door Darshan has already been running channels in several north eastern states. For Latest Bank Exam. Read More

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2. State-owned oil and gas company and the largest commercial oil company in the country, Indian Oil has partnered with France’s Total.The Joint Venture has been formed to make Superior Quality Bitumen derivatives and specialty products for India’s road construction industry. The JB would initially take over the existing plant of Total at Jodhpur, Rajasthan and then invest Rs 226 crore to set up six new plants across India.

3. Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has recently approved a programme for artisans who make Agarbatti.
The programme is to develop village industry under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’. Under the programme, four pilot projects will be started that includes one in the North Eastern a part of the country. Each cluster of artisans are going to be supplied with automatic Agarbatti making machines. For Latest Bank Exam. Read More

4. Hyderabad has been ranked 16th among the ‘Top 20 Most Surveilled Cities globally’, As per a report published by Comparitech.
In the survey conducted by the UK-based firm, Hyderabad topped the country with its 3 lakh CCTV cameras to organise surveillance operations in a city of over 1 crore. The Taiyum city of China was ranked at the top spot with 4.65 lakh CCTV cameras.

5. Indian journalist and Special Correspondent of the Indian Express Dipankar Ghose has won the Prem Bhatia Award for political reporting.
He covered various issues associated with the Covid-19 pandemic including the migrant labour crisis. People’s Archive of Rural India (PARI), a journalism website has been selected for the award for the reporting on environmental and development issues.

6. The former Defence Minister of the African country Ivory Coast Hamed Bakayoko, has been recently named as the Prime Minister of the country.
Earlier, the previous Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly died suddenly on July 8 and Hamed Bakayoko has been serving as the acting Prime Minister. The 55-year old leader has been serving as the Defence Minister since 2017 after serving as the Interior Minister since 2011. For Latest Bank Exam. Read More

7. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) signed a deal with the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) to obtain products for its personnel.
ITBP became the first Central Armed police to sign such an agreement with KVIC to obtain a range of khadi goods for around 10 lakh personnel. Earlier, the home Ministry announced that CAPF canteens will only sell local-made products.

8. Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank laid the foundation stone of Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Sirmaur.
The Minister inaugurated it virtually together with the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur, in Dhaulakuan, Himachal Pradesh. The institute has been operationalised by IIM Lucknow from August 2015 as the mentor Institution. The Union Government has sanctioned Rs 531.75 Crore for the development and functioning of the institute. For Latest Bank Exam. Read More

9. India’s leading private sector bank Axis Bank is ready to launch a an Artificial-Intelligence powered multilingual voice bot ‘AXAA’.
The bank has entered into a partnership with a Bengaluru start-up Vernacular.ai in this regard. The partnership aims to optimise AI-based voice solutions and automate customer interactions through human-like dialogues.

10. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has estimated that around 24 million children may drop out of their schools next year.
UNESCO released a policy brief on the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on education. It also estimated that the academic financing gap is also likely to increase by one third. Girls and young women are likely more susceptible to child marriage, early pregnancy and gender-based violence. For Latest Bank Exam. Read More