Piyush Goyal appointed Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha
•Piyush Goyal has been appointed as the Leader of the house in Rajya sabha with effect from July 6,2021
He succeeded Thaawarchand Gehlot, who has taken charge as Karnataka;s Governor
He is a two-time Rajya Sabha Member and is currently deputy leader of NDA
•He is serving as the Union Minister of Textiles, Commerce,Industry and Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
•Leader of the House is responsible for organizing government meetings and business in the House
State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021 Report: UN-FAO
UN-FAO annual report titled as ‘The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2021’ has been released
•Report was jointly produced by UN Food and Agriculture Organization, International Fund for Agricultural Development, UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), World Food Programme (WFP) and WHO
•Outcomes: Number of hungry people in 2020 in World is between 720 and 811 million and in Asia is 418 million. Nearly 2.37 billion people did not have access to adequate food in 2020
ISRO successfully conducts 3rd test on Vikas Engine 15 Jul 2021 Science & Technology
ISRO has successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test on the liquid propellant Vikas engine that will launch the ambitious Gaganyaan programme.
•Test was conducted for the core L110 liquid stage of the human rated GSLV MkIII vehicle, as part of the engine qualification requirements
•Gaganyaan is India’s first manned mission to space.
•Engine was fired for 240 seconds at ISRO Propulsion Complex (IPRC), Mahendragiri in Tamil Nadu.
World Youth Skills Day: 15 July
•World Youth Skills Day (WYSD) is observed on July 15 every year in order to recognize the strategic importance of equipping young people with skills for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship, and to highlight the crucial role of skilled youth in addressing current and future global challenges.
•United Nations General Assembly declared 15 July as World Youth Skills Day in November 2014.
•Theme for 2021: Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic.
•Union Cabinet has approved an increase in the Dearness Allowance to Central Government employees and Dearness Relief to pensioners to 28% from existing 17%.
•This hike represents an increase of 11% of the basic pay/ pension
•The increased DA and DR rates will be effective from July 1, 2021
They were put on hold from Jan 2020 amid Covid-19 DA and DR installments are due for four periods and rate of DA/DR for the period between January 2020 to June 2021 shall remain at 17%
Manduadih railway station renamed as Banaras railway station 15 Jul 2021. State Affairs
•Manduadih railway station has been renamed as Banaras by the Northeastern railways (NER).
•NER has replaced the old signboard with the new one which read ‘Banaras’ in Hindi, Sanskrit, English, and Urdu.
•Code for the station with the new identity will now be ‘BSBS,’ starting from 12am today and will be reflected on all the tickets booked.
It is the advanced and facility including food plazas, VIP lounges, escalators, gardens, advanced booking station, etc.
United Arab Emirates becomes 1st Gulf nation to open embassy in Israel
•United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become the first Gulf state to open an embassy in Israel
•UAE embassy is situated in Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Israel, followed by the inauguration of Israel’s embassy in the UAE last month.
Normalisation of ties between UAE and Israel were discussed for the first time on trade and investment opportunities across economy, air travel, technology and culture.
•Sudan and Morocco have since also moved to establish ties with Israel
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