One Liners – 24 July || Current Affairs

• For the first time, Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end. President Miguel Diaz-canel has said the move will boost the economy and help Cubans defend their revolution.

• The 1st meeting of the India-Bangladesh Joint Committee on Border Haats was held in Agartala, Tripura. Both sides noted positive impact of Border Haats on the livelihoods of people living in areas adjoining Haats.

• China has offered a gift of $295 million to Sri Lanka, as Beijing tries to expand its influence in the Island nation.

• Odisha government has unveiled 1st ever ‘Tribal Atlas of Odisha’, which is a compilation of demographic and cultural information of the tribal population in the state and has been published by SC and ST Research and Training Institute in collaboration with Academy of Tribal Language and Culture.

• A statement of Intent was recently signed between NITI Aayog and Lupin Foundation to collaborate in Aspirational Districts Programme to improve indicators in education, health & nutrition, financial inclusion and skill development, agriculture and water resources and basic infrastructure.

• The government recently reviewed the implementation of ambitious reform initiative for the Indian Army based on recommendations of a committee headed by Lt Gen (retd) DB Shekatkar. Shekatkar Committee was tasked with suggesting steps to enhance combat capability of the armed forces.

• Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari launched development project worth over 5400 crore rupees in Guna district of MP. The minister also laid the foundation stones of five national highways projects stretching 226 km at an investment of Rs 3,583 crore.

• SpaceX has launched the Telstar 19 Vantage satellite, the world’s heaviest satellite weighing over 7000 kg through its Falcon 9 rocket.

• Inflation in Venezuela could top 1,000,000% by the end of the year as the country faces its worst economic crisis, the IMF has announced. It said that the collapse in economic activity will lead to intensifying spillover effects on neighboring countries.

• Banks and Financial Institutions, including SBI, PNB and LIC entered into an overarching Inter-Creditor Agreement to fast track resolution of stresses assets of Rs 50 crore or more which are under consortium lending.

• British cyclist Chris Froome won his third consecutive and fourth overall Tour de France title in Paris.

• Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore announced that the rate of pension for sportspersons who have won medals in international competition and have retired from active sports has been doubled from April 1. According to the revised rates, Olympic and Para Olympic medalists will get a sum of Rs 20,000 per month each, while gold medalists at World Cups and World Championships in Olympic and Asian Games disciplines will receive Rs 16,000 per month.

• The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee officially launched its Olympic mascots ‘Miraitowa’ and Paralympic mascot ‘Someity’ at a ceremony.

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