One Liners – 5th July || Current Affairs

• India’s first taxi ambulance services, a service by a Gurugram based startup Wagon Cab, was flagged off in Delhi.

• UNESCO has made an agreement with Andhra Pradesh government to set up a ‘Design University for Gaming’ in Visakhapatnam.

• The Sports Authority of India will be renamed as Sports India after 34 years after coming into existence.

• Angela Ponce, who has been crowned Miss Universe Spain, will be the first ever transgender model competing at the Miss Universe Pageant 2018.

• Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy today presented the 1st budget of his coalition govt. in which he announced a farm loan waiver of Rs. 34,000 crore. Loans of up to Rs 2 lakh for each farmer will be waived off.

• Russia is going to build two Nuclear Power Units in China which are expected to be operational by 2026 and 2027 respectively.

• The standing committee of National Board for Wildlife has recently added four species into Centre’s Recovery Programme for Critically Endangered Species. They are – Northern River Terrapin, Clouded Leopard, Arabian Sea Humpback Whale and Red Panda.

• The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has approved proposal for expanding the scope of Higher Education Financing Agency (HEFA) by enhancing its capital base to Rs. 10,000 crore and tasking it to mobilize Rs 1,00,000 crore for Revitalizing Infrastructure and Systems in Education (RISE) by 2022.

• PM of Bhutan Dasho Tshering Tobgay arrived in New Delhi on the three-day visit to India. This year both countries are commemorating the Golden Jubilee of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations.

• MP govt. launched an outstanding power bill waiver scheme called ‘Sambal’ for BPL families where they would be provided electricity at a cost of Rs 200 per month.

• World’s first digital art museum opened for public in Tokyo, Japan.

• World Bank Group member IFC (International Finance Corporation) has invested $100 million in Mahindra and Mahindra Financial Services Ltd. (Mahindra Finance).

• Air India has changed its reference to Taiwan on its website to ‘Chinese Taipei’ after pressure from China, which does not recognize Taiwan as a separate country.

• The Kayaking community from across the world will make a beeline for Thusharagiri in Kozhikode for the first edition of the Malabar World Kayak Championship to be organized by the Tourism Department form July 18 to 22.

• Punjab Chief Minister Amrinder Singh ordered all government employees, including police officers, to undergo a mandatory dope test. The test will be conducted from the time of recruitment through every stage of their service.

• Union Cabinet has approved accession to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) Copyright Treaty, 1996 and WIPO Performance and Phonograms Treaty, 1996. The treaties extend coverage of copyright to the internet and digital environment.

• Cabinet approved renaming of Agartala Airport, Tripura as Maharaja Bir Bikram Manikya Kishore Airport, Agartala.

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