Current Affairs – Today’s Headlines: July 14, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for July 14, 2021

INDIA

– UN’s WFP (World Food Programme) partners with Rajasthan to improve Targeted Public Distribution System
– Minister for Tourism G. Kishan Reddy chairs the BRICS Tourism Ministers’ meeting
– 16th CII-EXIM Bank Conclave on India and Africa Project Partnership held

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– NTPC to set up India’s single largest solar park of 4750 MW capacity at Rann of Kutch in Gujarat
– Govt. grants basic duty exemption on import of raw materials for COVID test kits till Sept 30
– Serum Institute of India to produce Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine; signs agreement with RDIF (Russian Direct Investment Fund)
– Trade margin on oximeter, nebuliser, digital thermometer capped at 70% by NPPA (National Pharmaceuticals Pricing Authority)
– Global rating agency Standard and Poor’s affirms India’s sovereign rating at ‘BBB-’, keeps outlook stable
– Convergence Energy Services Limited (CESL), a subsidiary of central government’s Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), ties up with AP govt. for providing 25,000 electric two-wheelers to its employees.
– Maharashtra announces incentives up to Rs 20 lakh for electric vehicles from two-wheelers to buses
BHIM-UPI IN BHUTAN
– Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Finance Minister of Bhutan Lyonpo Namgay Tshering jointly launch BHIM–UPI in Bhutan
– Bhutan is first country to adopt BHIM UPI QR-based payments of NPCI (National Payment Corporation of India)
– Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is a payment app that lets users make transactions using Unified Payments Interface (UPI).

WORLD

– Sher Bahadur Deuba of Nepali Congress party takes oath as Nepal’s PM for record fifth time
– Pakistan: Senate passes bill criminalising torture, custodial deaths
– UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore resigns
– UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) releases first draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework to guide actions worldwide through 2030
– Google fined $593 mn by French antitrust agency over news content issue

SPORTS

– Former cricketer Yashpal Sharma, member of Indian team that won 1983 World Cup, dies at 66

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