1. Anil Ambani-led Reliance group company Pipavav Defence has signed an agreement with Russia's company JSC Ship Repairing Centre for medium refits and life certification of 877 EKM submarines in India. This will also mark the first time the work for refit of submarines is being considered for the private sector in India. The indicative value of work proposed to be undertaken by the proposed JV is approximately Rs. 11,000 crore.
2. India has jumped to the eighth position for tourist arrivals in Australia till May this year, with over 27.5 percent more Indians choosing the country as their travel destination. According to latest official data released by Tourism Australia (TA), India was ranked Australia's tenth largest inbound market for visitor arrivals in 2014 but figures during the five months this year has moved India to eighth position.
3. China and Taiwan inked a landmark deal that will see water pumped from the Chinese mainland to a Taiwanese-controlled archipelago, in another sign of warming ties between the rivals. The agreement will see water pumped from China's southeastern province of Fujian to the 100,000 residents of Taiwan's Kinmen County by 2017.
4. Tom Moore, the "Archie" (America's famous cartoon character) cartoonist who brought to life the escapades of the freckled-face, red-haired character passed away. He was 86. Moore, who began drawing cartoons while in the US Navy during the Korean War, died in his hometown of El Paso. Annual sales of the comic regularly surpassed half a million during the 1960s.
5. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) achieved a huge milestone as it successfully tested India’s latest and most powerful cryogenic engine for 800 seconds. This cryogenic engine will be utilized to power ISRO’s next generation monster rocket, the GSLV Mark-III, which will be capable of carrying the 8 ton class of satellites to space. This full duration test was performed successfully at Mahendragiri (Tamil Nadu).
6. China has begun building the world’s largest amphibious aircraft. Amphibious aircraft can fly in the sky and can also be used in the water. The assembly of the domestically developed AG-600 seaplane started in Zhuhai city. The AG-600’s overall specifications, such as the maximum takeoff weight and flight range, are better than other amphibious planes in the world. The aircraft can carry 50 people during a maritime search and rescue mission.
7. Ram Vilas Paswan, Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution launched the Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan, a countrywide campaign to create mass awareness and capacity building for safe and hygienic food. The campaign planned by CII and its partners including Consumer Organization VOICE, and National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), is an effort towards building a culture of food safety in the country.
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8. Zach Johnson won the British Open Golf title for 2015. Zach Johnson of the United States claimed the second major triumph of his career as he won the prestigious British Open. 39-year-old Johnson surged through the field with a closing 66 before overcoming South African Louis Oosthuizen and Australian Marc Leishman in extra holes. His first major title was the U.S. Masters in 2007.
9. India and Singapore signed Technical Agreement (TA) on sharing white-shipping information to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies. The agreement was signed during the visit of Navy chief Admiral R.K. Dhowan to Singapore. The White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships. The Singapore Navy and the Indian Navy conduct the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) together annually.
10. All India Football Federation President and senior NCP leader Praful Patel and Souter Vaz have retained their posts as President and Secretary of the Western India Football Association (WIFA) respectively. Former Union Minister Patel, who is also the Vice President of the Asian Football Confederation, and Vaz were re-elected unopposed.