1. The Russian government has chosen Anil Ambani's Pipavav shipyard for a 'Make in India' naval frigate order that is likely to exceed $3 billion, making it the private sector's biggest-ever warship-building project. Russia, which has been keen to build the frigates at a Russian shipyard, was firmly told last year that the order would only be placed through the Make in India route but it would have the flexibility to choose an Indian partner for the project.
2. The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, gave its approval for signing and ratification of an Inter-Governmental agreement between India and Armenia, on cooperation in the field of Agriculture. This agreement will promote cooperation through short and medium term programs, within the framework of the joint activities mentioned in the agreement. The agreement will promote understanding of best agricultural practices in the two countries and will be mutually beneficial.
3. An Indian American woman is among 12 faith leaders to be honoured as "Champions of Change" by the White House for their efforts in protecting environment and communities from the effects of climate change. Sunita Viswanath, the only Indian American to figure in the list, has been selected for her work to encourage Hindus to take care of the environment. Working with women's and human rights organisations for almost three decades, Sunita is co-founder and active board member of human rights organisation, Women for Afghan Women.
4. Modern Indian artist Sayed Haider Raza, has been conferred with the highest French civilian honour, ‘The Legion of Honour’ for his peerless achievements. The award was bestowed by ambassador Francois Richier at a function at the French Embassy. The French honour was conferred on the 93-year-old artist in acknowledgment of his peerless achievements transcending all boundaries, the lasting ties he has forged between France and India, and his continuing artistic quest straddling nations, cultures, religions and philosophies.
5. Global aircraft maker Boeing and Tata Advanced Systems signed a pact to collaborate in aerospace and defence manufacturing as well as to tap into integrated systems development opportunities, including unmanned aerial vehicles. The companies, under the memorandum of understanding, intend to access markets jointly for products and platforms developed together by Boeing and TASL. The collaboration, which is in line with the government's 'Make in India' initiative, will not only work in the domestic market but will also be for international markets.
6. The Prime Minister formally launched the “Skill India Mission” and unveiled the new National Policy for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship 2015 on 15 July 2015 on the occasion of the World Youth Skills Day. The aim of “Skill India Mission” is to converge and monitor all skill development schemes across the country, promoting entrepreneurship and equipping 500 million Indians with skills by 2022 that would enable them to find jobs. On this occasion Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY), the flagship scheme of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, was also launched. PMKVY seeks to inculcate various skills among 24 lakh youth, across India, over the next one year.
7. Union Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu inaugurated Gandhidham-Tuna Tekra Port Rail Line (Gujarat), a newly constructed broad-gauge railway-line which is the first Non-Government Railway Project of Indian Railways. The 11-km long Gandhidham-Tuna Tekra Port rail line connects Gandhidham in Kutch district of Gujarat with the Tuna-Tekra Port which are ports situated around 20 km west of Kandla in Gulf of Kutch in the state.
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8. Varanasi has been chosen as “City of Music” by UNESCO under the Creative Cities Network. The city of Varanasi has been chosen in the music category under UNESCO’s “Field of Excellence” plan. The inclusion of Varanasi in this prestigious list paves the way for representing the cultural heritage of the holy city on the world stage through the UNESCO project.
9. The Reserve Bank of India constituted a committee to work out a medium-term (five-year) action plan for financial inclusion. The 14-member panel will be headed by RBI executive director Deepak Mohanty. The Committee will work to spread the reach of financial services to unbanked population.
10. Sheila Ramani, famous Bollywood actress of 50s passed away. She was 83. She is well known for her performances in films like Driver and Naukri.