1. Stephen Hawking, the eminent British scientist launched a whopping USD 100-million project to search for aliens in association with Russia's billionaire entrepreneur Yuri Milner. This is a 10 year project. This project was launched at the Royal Society in London and characterised as the biggest scientific search ever undertaken for study of aliens.
2. Bhanu Pratap Sharma was given additional charge of Chairperson of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). Sharma is an IAS officer of 1981 batch from Bihar cadre. Sharma was given this additional charge of FSSAI for three months or till the appointment of a regular incumbent. Currently, he is the Secretary of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
3. The International Monetary Fund named Maurice Obstfeld, a widely respected economist known for his work on how policies spill over into the global economy, as the emergency-lender’s next chief economist. Obstfeld, a University of California, Berkeley, professor and a member of the White House’s Council of Economic Advisers, will replace Olivier Blanchard in September.
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4. Actress-politician Hema Malini has been honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award for Art and Cinema. The 66 years old actress was honoured by the Bank of Baroda on the occasion of its 108th Foundation Day on July 20.
5. The British government has decided to honour India's greatest hockey player Major Dhyan Chand with 'India Pride Award'. In British Parliament's House of Commons this award will be presented to him on 25th July. On behave of Dhyan Chand, his son Ashok Chand and former captain of Indian hockey Ashok Kumar has been invited to London for the award. One of the world's best hockey players Dhyan Chand won Gold medals in three Olympics: 1928, 1932, 1936. In 1956 he was awarded the country's third highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan.
6. Indian wrestler Sangram Singh made history by defeating Canada's Joseph Edward to win the WWP Commonwealth Championship at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in South Africa. He had signed the death contract that clearly stated no owning up by organizers if either of the two fighters are fatally hurt in the process. Sangram is said to be the first Indian wrestler to sign such an agreement.
7. An Indigenous Visibility Measuring System “Drishti” has been installed at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport with which the airport has become the first Airport in the country to have 10 indigenous systems operating in all its three runways. It that has been designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), Bengaluru. It is primarily used for reporting the runway visual range, which is a critical parameter for safe landing and take-off of aircraft in poor visibility conditions.
8. Model-actor Milind Soman (49) has won the Ironman title at a triathlon held in Zurich in Switzerland. Milind Soman, who took part in the race, which is said to be the toughest triathlon, for the first time, took 15 hours and 19 minutes to finish it. The triathlon, organised by World Triathalon Corporation, includes a 3.8 km swim, 180.2 km cycle ride and 42.2 km run and is widely regarded as the world’s toughest race, which has to be completed in 16 hours by participants for an Ironman title.
9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the National Career Service (NCS) Portal at the 46th session of Indian Labour Conference as part of an endeavour to modernise all government-run employment exchanges. This portal aims to create a direct market place for workers and employers. The portal aims to bring on board around 20 million job seekers already registered with employment exchanges across India. It also aspires to bring 900,000 establishments and companies on the portal. The NCS will offer registration for job aspirants and employers for free.
10. Pankaj Munjal was appointed as Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of Hero Motors Group. He succeeded O.P. Munjal, who was elevated to the position of Chairman Emeritus. Pankaj Munjal joined the Hero group in 1988 as a trainee and was appointed as its Co-Chairman and Managing Director in December 2011.