- PV Sindhu becomes the first Indian to win Gold Medal at the Korea Open Superseries Competition.
- She defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the women’s singles final.
- She was second Indian female shuttler to win Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal who had won a bronze medal in 2012 London Olympics.
- It was overall her third super series title of her career.
- She won 2016 China Super Series Premier and India Super Series and Syed Modi Grand Prix.
2. Google launches mobile wallet and payments app ‘Tez’ in India
- Google launched a mobile wallet and payments app ‘Tez’ in India that will let users link their phones to their bank accounts to pay for goods in physical stores and online.
- It is available for both Android and iOS users, the app also allows person-to-person money transfers.
- Google linking up with several major banks in the country by way of UPI (Unified Payments Interface) a payment standard and system backed by the government in its push to bring more integrated banking services into a very fragmented market.
- The Supported banks include Axis, HDFC Bank, ICICI and State Bank of India and others that support UPI.
- Online payment partners include large food chains like Dominos, transport services like RedBus, and Jet Airways and to help address one of the many ways that the Indian market is fragmented, the app has support for English, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, and Telugu.
3. Union Minister Rajnath Singh launched full-fledged intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB)
- The Union Ministry of Home Affairs launched full-fledged intelligence wing of Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).
- The intelligence wing will gather actionable information in a bid to enhance operational efficiency.
- The paramilitary force guards India’s borders with Bhutan and Nepal which are often used by criminals and Kashmiri militants returning from Pakistan.
- Around 650 field and staff agents to gather actionable information and SSB’s intelligence wing personnel will be deployed on India-Nepal and India-Bhutan where there are no restrictions on movement of people on either side due to visa-free regime.
4. PM Narendra Modi dedicates Sardar Sarovar Dam to nation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated interstate multi-purpose Sardar Sarovar Dam (Narmada dam project) at Kevadia, Gujarat to the nation on occasion of his 67th birthday.
Sardar Sarovar Dam is the highest dam ever built in India and second biggest concrete gravity dam in world in terms of volume after Grand Coulee Dam in US.
The Sardar Sarovar Dam project was vision of India’s first deputy Prime Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to arrest excess flow of water from Narmada River into Arabian Sea. The foundation stone of project was laid out by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru on April 5, 1961.
The dam has length of 1.2 kms and depth of 163 metres. Its height was recently raised to 138.68 metres, enabling usable water storage of 4.73 million acre feet (MAF). Four Indian states, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Rajasthan will receive water and electricity supplied from the dam.
It will irrigate more than 22,000 hectares of land, mostly from drought prone areas of Kutch and Saurashtra. Moreover it will provide drinking water to four crore people from Gujarat. About 57% of electricity produced from dam goes to Maharashtra, while Madhya Pradesh gets 27% and Gujarat gets 16%.
The project was executed by Gujarat government’s Sardar Sarovar Narmada Nigam Ltd (SSNL). It had faced many hurdles including inter-state disputes, land acquisition and environmental problems and rehabilitation and resettlement of those displaced by the project. World Bank also had refused to fund it on grounds of environmental damage
5. Assam government passes PRANAM Bill – Employees who dump parents will lose part salary
The Assam state Assembly passed PRANAM(Parental Responsibility And Norms for Accountability and Monitoring ) bill that makes it mandatory for state government employees to take care of their parents and needy siblings or face a cut in their income.
Assam is the first state to approve such a legislation. Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma introduced the bill. The bill was backed by all the ruling and opposition MLAs .
- The Bill will ensure that all government employees look after their dependents including parents and divyangs(Persons with disability).
- The parents or needy siblings who feel neglected can lodge complaints with the head of the department of the person who, after hearing both sides, may deduct 10-15 percent of the salary of the employee and give it to the parents for their survival.