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India’s tiger census of 2018 sets a Guinness world record:

For being the world’s Largest Camera Trapping Wildlife Survey, the 4th Cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 has made it to the Guinness Book of World records.

The first , second and third cycles of Tiger estimation in India were conducted in the years 2006, 2010 and 2014 respectively. 4Th cycle was conducted in 2018.

The 4th cycle of the All India Tiger Estimation 2018 counted 2,967 tigers, which is about 75% of the global tiger population.

Guiness World Records, known from its inception in 1955 until 2000 as The Guinness Book of Records and in previous United States editions as The Guinness Book published annually. It list world records both of human achievements and the extremes of the natural world. It is the brainchild of Sir Hugh Beaver. It was co-foundered by twin brothers Norris and Ross McWhirter in Fleet Street, London, in 1954. And it is publish in various languages including Hindi as well.

US remains India’s top trading partner in 2019-2020:

The US remained India’s top trading partner for the Second consecutive fiscal in 2019-2020, which shows increasing economic ties between the two countries.

According to the data of the commerce ministry, in 2019-20, the bilateral trade between  the US and India stood at USD 88.75 billion as against USD 87.96 billion in 2018-19.

In 2018-19, the US first surpassed China to became India’s top trading partner.

The bilateral trade between India and China has dipped to USD 81.87 billion in 2019-20 from USD 87.08 billion in 2018-19.

The data also showed that China was India’s top trading partner since 2013-14 till 2017-18. Before China, UAE was the country’s largest trading nation.

United State of America:    Capital: Washington, D.C.

Largest city: New York city

National Language: English

President: Donald Trump

Vice President: Mike Pence

Chief Justice: Jhon Roberts

Currency: United States Dollar

NTPC wins CII-ITC Sustainability Awards 2019:

National Thermal Power Corporation, NTPC Limited, a Central PSU under Ministry of Power has won the prestigious CII-ITC Sustainability Award 2019, under Outstanding Accomplishment in Corporate Excellence Category. The company has also received Commendation for Significant Achievement in the category of CSR.

CII-ITC Sustainability Awards recognize and reward excellence in sustainability practices.

It is considered to be the most credible platform for sustainability recognition in the country.

NTPCs flagship CSR program Girl Empowerment Mission , a four weeks residential program has been institutionalized in the vicinity of its power stations for the benefit of school going girls to support in their overall development.

 NTPC Ltd is India’s largest power corporation, established in 1975 to accelerate power development in India.

It is headquartered in New Delhi.

It became a Maharatna company in May 2010.

Rare Comet Neowise to be visible in India for 20 days:

A newly discovered comet C/2020 F3, also known as Neowise, which has been spotted from several parts of the world, will now be visible in India.

It will make its closest approach to the Earth at a distance of 64 million miles or 103 million kilometers while crossing Earth’s outside orbit on 22nd July 2020.

It is also known as NEOWISE after the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) telescope that discovered it.

On 3rd July, it was closest to the sun at 43 million km due to which its outer layer was released, creating an atmosphere 9referred to as coma) of gas and dust from its icy surface. It will be visible through binoculars or a small telescope.

About Comet: Comets or ‘dirty snowballs’ are mostly made of dust, rocks and ice and can range in their width from a few miles to tens of miles wide. Comets do not have the light of their own and the visibility depends on its gas and dust outbursts. Humans see the reflection of the sun’s light off the comet as well as the energy released by the gas molecules after it is absored from the sun. To be visible, a comet must make a particularly close approach to the sun to produce enormous quantities of gas and dust or it should make a relatively close approach to the Earth so that it is easily viewed.


Union Home Minister Amit Shah launches CAPFs nationwide tree plantation:

Union Home Minister Amit Shah launched the Central Armed Police Forces-CAPFs nationwide tree plantation drive. Under this drive, saplings were planted by the jawans of central Armed Police Forces in Chhattisgarh.

The personal of BSF, CRPF,ITBP and CISF-deployed in Chhattisgarh for Anti-Naxal operations, Planted saplings in their respective campuses as well as in their places of deployment.

All the CAPFs will undertake a drive in their respective organisations to achieve the collective target of planting more than 1.35 crore saplings by this month.

Central Armed Police Forces: The central Armed Police forces (CAPF) refers to uniform nomenclature of security forces in India under the authority of Ministry of Home Affairs.

They are the:

1. Assam Rifles

  1. Border Security Force
  2. Central Reserve Police Force
  3. Central Industrial Security Force
  4. Indo-Tibetan Border Police
  5. National Security Guard
  6. Sashastra Seema Bal

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