Centre extends ‘Stand Up India Scheme’ up to 2025
•Central Govt has extended the duration of ‘Stand Up India Scheme’ till 2025 to facilitate loans to SC, ST and women borrowers promoting entrepreneurship among them.
•The scheme was launched in 2016 and loans under this are extended by Scheduled Commercial Banks (SCBS) between Rs. 10 lakh and Rs.1 Crore.
•The scheme encourage the beneficiaries in setting up a green field enterprise, outside of the farm sector, that is in manufacturing, services or trading sector.
BK Sinha appointed as Press Attache of India’s Olympic contingent 21 Jul 2021 National & International Appointments
•Retired IPS officer B K Sinha has been appointed as the Press Attache of India’s Olympic contingent at the Tokyo Games
•He will perform the dual role of Security as well as Press Attache
•He is a former Haryana DGP and also a recipient of the President’s Police Medal.
India will be represented by 228-strong contingent, including 119 athletes, at the Tokyo Olympics, which is to begin from 23rd July
•Indian Olympic Association President: Narinder Batra.
IIT Ropar develops first-of-its-kind Oxygen rationing device ‘AMLEX‘
•IIT Ropar has developed first-of-its-kind Oxygen Rationing Device named as ‘AMLEX’ to increase the life of medical oxygen cylinders three fold.
It supplies a required volume of oxygen to the patient during inhalation and trips when the patient exhales CO2.
•This device can operate on both portable power supply (battery) as well as line supply (220V-50Hz)
•It has been developed by PhD students of Biomedical Engineering Dept under Ashish Sahani.
Russia successfully test-fires S-500 missile system
•Russia has successfully test-fired new S-500 air defence missile systems from southern training range, Kapustin Yar
It hit a high-speed ballistic target as planned during test-firing
•S-500 is also known as Prometey or 55R6M Triumfator-M and is a Russian surface-to-air missile/anti-ballistic missile system which is the most advanced anti-missile system in the world
It has been developed by Almaz-Antey Air Defence Concern.
It has a maximum firing range of 600 kilometres
IOC to set up first ‘green hydrogen’ plant at Mathura
•Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will build first ‘green hydrogen’ plant of India at its Mathura refinery to meet the growing demand for both oil and cleaner forms of energy.
IOC will make use of 250 MW of electricity which it produces from renewable sources like solar power to produce absolutely green hydrogen through electrolysis for this
•Green hydrogen production is the ultimate clean hydrogen resource and uses renewable energy to create hydrogen fuel.
Maharashtra to issue educational documents using block chain technology
Maharashtra Govt will become the first state to issue educational documents to students of educational institutions using block chain technology.
•Currently only Singapore, Malta and Bahrain are the only other countries using this technology.
•For this, Maharashtra government has partnered with LegitDoc.
Each student will receive a ‘certficate_LegitDoc.zip’ digital file containing the original PDF diploma certificate and corresponding blockchain proof file.
Mithali Raj bagged top position in ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings
Indian skipper Mithali Raj has reclaimed her spot as the number one batting player on the MRF Tyres ICC Women’s ODI Player Rankings.
This is the ninth time that Mithali has reached the number one spot among batting players since first occupying the spot more than 16 years ago.
•She is followed by Lizelle Lee (South Africa), Alyssa Healy (Australia), Tamsin Beaumont (England) and Stafanie Taylor (West Indies).
Shafali Verma is the top batting player in T20 category.
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