Current Affairs – Today’s Headlines: July 16, 2021

Here are Today’s News Headlines by GK Today for July 16, 2021

INDIA

– Centre proposes simpler drone rules; number of forms to be filled to seek authorisation for operating drones to be reduced from 25 to six
– PM inaugurates and dedicates PRASHAD (Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive) projects in Varanasi (UP)
– Sedition law: ‘Do we still need it 75 years after Independence’, Supreme Court asks Centre
– Rajnath Singh launches Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered grievance management application developed by Ministry of Defence with the cooperation of IIT-Kanpur
– Zika virus cluster identified in Thiruvananthapuram, steps being taken to exterminate mosquitoes
– AP govt increases income limit for issuance of OBC certificate from Rs. 6 lakh to Rs. 8 lakh
– AP govt announces 10% reservations in admissions into educational institutions and appointments in the posts and services for EWS (Economically Weaker Sections)
– EAM S. Jaishankar calls on Afghan President on the sidelines of Tashkent Connectivity Conference in Uzbekistan

ECONOMY & CORPORATE

– Centre releases Rs 75,000 crore to states as GST compensation
– India seeks equitable global agreement to end harmful fish subsidies, tells WTO that limiting S&DT (Special & Differential Treatment) is unfair
– CII organises ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat — Self-Reliance for Renewable Energy Manufacturing’ conference
– MSME Minister Narayan Rane launches new Khadi products – Khadi Babywear & Unique Handmade Paper “Use & Throw” Slippers
– India’s merchandise trade deficit in April-June at USD 30.75 billion

WORLD

– US Senate passes legislation to ban import of products from China’s Xinjiang region
– United Arab Emirates becomes first Gulf nation to open an embassy in Israel, at Tel Aviv
– World Youth Skills Day celebrated on July 15; theme: ‘Reimagining Youth Skills Post-Pandemic’
– World Plastic Surgery Day observed on July 15, adopted from National Plastic Surgery Day in India observed on the same day
– Pakistan: Former President (2013-18) Mamnoon Hussain dies in Karachi at 80, born in Agra in 1940

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