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Ram Nath Kovind takes oath as President of India

Ram Nath Kovind took oath as the 14th President of India on 25 July 2017 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He succeeds Pranab Mukherjee. He was sworn in by the Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. On the occasion, President Kovind said, “I feel privileged to walk on the same path as Dr. Radhakrishnan, Dr. Abdul Kalam and Pranab da.” Born on 1 October 1945, Kovind has represented India in the United Nations and addressed the United Nations General Assembly in October 2002.

Maharashtra's Protection of People from Social Boycott Act 2016 gets approved
Social boycott of any individual or groups by any informal village council would now be considered as a violation of the Social Boycott Act 2016 in the state of Maharashtra. The Act was passed by the Maharashtra Assembly on April 2016 which makes social boycott a crime. Violators would be punished with imprisonment of seven years and a fine of five lakh rupees or both. To ensure speedy justice, trial would have to be completed within a period of six months from the date of filing the charge-sheet. 
 This act by the government of Maharashtra would serve as the benchmark for similar legislation in other states. 
Maharashtra government planing to formulate guidelines for farmers loan waiver

According to reports, Maharashtra government is planning to come up with a fresh set of guidelines for an effective implementation of the loan waiver scheme for farmers. The reports suggest that the government is expected to provide the definition of a farmer, the type of loan that can be considered under the waiver scheme etc.

Taxation system has become transparent since GST implementation

According to Government, the implementation of Goods and Services Tax, GST, will be beneficial for the country as well as the states. The government sources stated that the taxation system in the country has become more transparent after GST came into existence.

Wholesale inflation falls to 0.9% in June

According to reports, Wholesale inflation for June 2017 fell to 0.9 per cent as prices of food articles, including vegetables, declined. The inflation has dropped to the lowest level in the last two quarters. Inflation in food articles was negative (-) 3.47 percent in June and inflation in vegetables stood at -47.32 percent in June 2017.

India foodgrain output at record 273.38 Metric Tonnes in 2016-17

According to reports, Foodgrain production in the country has been estimated at a record level of over 273 million tonnes during 2016-17. This information was provided by Minister of State for Agriculture SS Ahluwalia. The production of rice, wheat, coarse cereals and pulses touched new record levels in the last fiscal.  

India successfully test-fires short-range surface-to-air missile

According to reports, India has successfully test-fired  Surface-to-Air Missile from Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. This is the second developmental trial of the missile just within three months from the same test range.

Reports suggest that the missile is jointly developed DRDO and Bharat Electronics Ltd.  The  QR-SAM system can also engage multiple targets within a range of around 30 km with two vehicle configuration for area air defence.
ISRO successfully launches Cartosat-2 from Sriharikotta

According to reports, ISRO has successfully launched PSLV C-38 from Sriharikotta. It has placed Cartosat-2 Series remote sensing earth observation satellite and 30 other nano-satellites into their orbits. Out of the 30 nano-satellites 29 belongs to foreign customers from 14 countries. This is the fortieth flight of its highly reliable polar satellite launch vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta at 9.29 am.

ISRO launches its heaviest ever rocket GSLV Mark III D1
According to reports, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched its heaviest ever rocket GSLV Mark III D1 from Sriharikota. This is the first developmental flight of the heavy-lift launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III D1 that can carry 4-ton class satellites into the 36000 kilometer geostationary orbits.
As per reports, the mission's success will enable India to launch four-tonne satellites on its own rocket instead of paying huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies to execute the operation.
India to Take on Australia in Women's Cricket World Cup Semifinals

In the ICC Women's World Cup, India will take on six-time champions Australia in the second semi-final in Derby tomorrow. The match will provide the Indians a chance to avenge their morale-shattering eight-wicket loss to Australia in the round-robin stage just a week ago in Bristol. The match is scheduled at 3pm India time.

Ravi Shastri to be head coach of Indian cricket team

According to reports, the BCCI has named Ravi Shastri as the new chief coach of the Indian cricket team. He will be coach for the team till ICC World Cup 2019. Rahul Dravid has been appointed as batting consultant and Zaheer Khan as bowling coach for a period of two years.

India beat Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy match

This may be an old, storied rivalry but in recent years these games have been anything but competitive. It was more of the same as India cruised to a 124-run victory. Pakistan’s target, adjusted to 324, was further revised to 289 in 41 overs following more showers.

After India had been asked to bat, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 136 for the opening wicket, before Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli clubbed Pakistan around in thrilling fashion. Hardik Pandya walked in ahead of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, and clobbered three successive sixes as Imad Wasim found himself stuck with last-over duties. India scored 72 off the last four overs.The end was all too swift for Pakistan, which lost its last six wickets for 50 runs.
Vinod Khanna Dies after Battling Cancer for Many Years

As per reports, the heartthrob of Hindi films, Vinod Khanna died at 11.20 am on Thursday after battling bladder cancer for many years. He was 70.

Sources revealed that the funeral will take place on Wednesday evening.

His friends and colleagues from the film fraternity shared their grief at his death.

Government takes initiatives for reducing weight of school bags

According to reports, government of India is considering the demands for reducing the weight of school bags. The government said it has taken several initiatives in this regard. Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar stated that Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan has taken up a number of steps to promote digital learning in its schools. The school students will be provided with tablets which will enable them to enhance their knowledge base.

Bus falls into gorge killing 28 people in Shimla

According to reports, at least 28 persons were killed and 9 injured in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, when a bus they were travelling in fell into a deep gorge. The accident took place near Khaneri of Rampur sub division about 9:30 AM. The bus was on its way to Solan from Recong Peo. The driver of the ill-fated bus suddenly lost control and within seconds it went off the road taking lives of 28 people.

Indian scientists discover new supercluster of galaxies, call it Saraswati

According to reports, Scientists from Pune based Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics have discovered an extremely large supercluster of galaxies, which is as big as 20 million billion suns. The astronomers have named it Saraswati. This is one of the largest known structures in the neighbourhood of the universe, 4,000 million light-years away from Earth and roughly more than 10 billion years old. Its mass extends over the scale of 600 million light years.