1. President Ram Nath Kovind To Launch Solar Charkha Mission


President Ram Nath Kovind will launch Solar Charkha Mission which will entail a subsidy of 550 crore rupees in the initial two years for 50 clusters. According to the Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh, the scheme is aimed at linking five crore women and self-help groups to the initiative. 15 new technology centers will be set up and out of these, ten will be made operational this year. These centers will provide technical support to small industries.


2. Maharashtra Government, Quebec Province Sign Pact to Increase Economic Cooperation


The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation, especially in areas of information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, who was on a week-long tour to the US and Canada, signed MoU to this effect with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard. They also discussed ways to increase collaboration over knowledge-sharing on ports.


3. Integrated Command and Control Centre of Naya Raipur Smart City Inaugurated

The Integrated Command and Control Centre of the Naya Raipur Smart City was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Integrated Command & Control Centre of Naya Raipurbecomes the 10th Smart City Centre to be operational in the country. Under the ambitious Smart City Mission, ICCC in 9 cities had already become operational. Naya Raipur is one of the 3 Smart Cities of Chhattisgarh selected under the Smart Cities Mission. The other two cities are Raipur and Bilaspur.

Chhattisgarh CM- Dr. Raman Singh, Governor- Balramji Dass Tandon.


4. Cashless Ticketing Through 'Utsonmobile' App Developed By CRIS

The Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) has developed a mobile-based application ‘utsonmobile'. The ‘utsonmobile’ application enables booking and cancellation of unreserved tickets, issue and renewal of season and platform tickets, check and load R-wallet balance and helps maintain user profile management and booking history.

Mr. Piyush Goyal is the present Railways Minister of India.

John Mathai was the 1st Railways Minister of Independent India.


5. Raksha Mantri Inaugurates 1st BEL Representative Office in Vietnam


Raksha Mantri, Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the first Representative Office of Navratna Defence PSU Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) in Hanoi, Vietnam. The Representative Office will aim to promote BEL’s exports in areas such as Weapon Systems, Radar Systems, Naval Systems, Military Communication Systems, Electronic Warfare Systems, Combat Management System and Coastal Surveillance System.

Vietnam Capital- Hanoi, Currency- Vietnamese dong.


6. India, US Agree To Hold Comprehensive Talks To Address Trade & Economic Issues

India and the US have agreed to hold comprehensive talks to address trade and economic issues.The decision in this regard was taken during a series of meetings, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu had with US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. Mr. Suresh Prabhu was on a two-day visit to the US.

Donald Trump is the 45th President of the USA.

Washington DC is the capital city of USA.


7. Dr. Inder Jit Singh Assumes Charge As Secretary, Ministry of Coal


Dr. Inder Jit Singh assumed charge as Secretary, Ministry of Coal at Shastri Bhawan office, New Delhi. Dr. Inder Jit Singh took over the charge of Secretary which fell vacant after superannuation of Susheel Kumar. In the interim, Secretary Mines, Anil G Mukhim had been holding additional charge as Secretary, Coal.

Piyush Goyal is the Present Coal Minister of India.


8. Indian-American Dhivya Suryadevara To Become CFO of General Motors

An Indian-American woman, Dhivya Suryadevara has been named the Chief Finance Officer of the US’ largest automaker, General Motors. Ms. Suryadevara, currently the vice president of corporate finance, will succeed Chuck Stevens, the General Motor’s present CFO, on September 1, 2018. She will report to Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mary Barra, 56, who has been head of the automaker since 2014.


9. Sulabh Founder Honoured With Japan's Nikkei Asia Prize

Noted social reformer and founder of Sulabh International, Bindeshwar Pathak was honored with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination. Launched in 1996, the award honors people in Asia who have made significant contributions in one of the three areas of regional growth; science, technology & innovation and culture & community.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Infosys' Narayan Murthy are among the few Indians who have won Japan's Nikkei Asia Prize in the past.

Nikkei Asia Prize was created and presented by Nikkei Inc, one of the largest media corporations in Japan.