Brij Bhushan to be Chef de Mission

Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Saran Singh is set to be named the Chef de Mission of the Asian Games-bound Indian contingent. The four deputy Chefs de Mission are set to be be appointed. The IOA has announced a 524-member contingent of athletes for the August 18-September 2 Asian Games in Indonesia.

Men’s hockey team to be a part of TOPS

The Mission Olympic Cell of Union Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs has included Men’s Hockey team under the Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS). The 18 team members will be provided with a monthly allowance of ` 50,000 each. TOPS was launched in 2015 by Ministry of Sports with National Sports Development Fund (NSDF) with the aim supporting potential medal prospects for Olympics.

Canada to command of new NATO training Centre

Canada has announced that it will assume command of a new NATO training and capacity building mission in Iraq. Canadian troops will be deployed in the Baghdad region to help Iraq build a more effective national security structure and improve training of security forces. Canada is part of the US-led coalition fighting the ISIS is contributing air power & helping in training Iraqi forces.

UK to double number of troops in Afghanistan

UK government is set to almost double the number of its troops in Afghanistan to help tackle the fragile security situation in Afghanistan. The additional forces will take part in a Nato-led training mission, called Resolute Support, to train & assist Afghan forces. They will be based in Kabul and will not be in a combat role. Britain ended combat operations in 2014.

Aadhaar must for health mission cover

The government has mandated the use of Aadhaar card for administering its massive Ayushman Bharat, or National Health Mission, that assures a ?5 lakh health cover to 10 crore families. While possessing an Aadhaar card isn’t mandatory to avail services, a proof of enrolment, or request for enrolment, is mandatory. The Ayushman Bharat is scheduled to roll out in August 2018.

Spiritual leader Dada Vaswani passes away

Dada Vaswani, spiritual leader and head of the Sadhu Vaswani mission, passed away at the age of 99 in Pune on 12th July. Dada Vaswani is known for actively promoting vegetarianism and campaigning for animal rights. Vaswani had initiated a global peace initiative,‘The Moment of Calm’. His birthday is also observed as World Forgiveness Day.

Smart Cities fellowship launched

Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri launched Smart Cities fellowship and internship programmes. The internship and fellowship would provide the youth with an opportunity to experience various aspects of urban planning and governance. The ‘Interns’ shall be a part of the Smart Cities Mission.

Japanese mission reached asteroid Ryugu

A Japanese probe has reached an asteroid 300 million km away to collect information about the birth of the solar system and the origin of life after a more than three-year voyage through deep space. The Hayabusa2 probe successfully settled into an observation position 20 km above the Ryugu asteroid, officials from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

Swaraj inaugurates heads of missions meet

Sushma Swaraj inaugurated the 9th Heads of Mission Conference in New Delhi. Government is likely to brief the diplomats on economic reform taken for improving ease-of-doing business in India. Theme of the conference is ‘Unprecedented Outreach: Unparalleled Outcomes’. It comes at a time when India is monitoring important global developments including sanctions imposed by US on Russia & Iran.

President launched the Solar Charkha Mission

27 : President, Ram Nath Kovind launched the Solar Charkha Mission which will cover 50 clusters and employ 400 to 2000 artisans. A portal of the Ministry of MSME called “Sampark” was also unveiled by the President. “Udyam Sangam” is a step forward towards consolidating synergy of all the govt initiatives relating to MSME Sector.