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PM launches High Throughput COVID testing facilities Three high throughput COVID-19 testing facilities have been launched by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. The three testing facilities located at the National Institutes of Indian Council of Medical Research, at Kolkata, Noida and Mumbai, will increase the testing capacity by almost 10,000 daily tests. Hence, it will help in the early detection and treatment of the virus, thereby helping fight the spread of the COVID-19.
India hands over 10 broad-gauge railway locos to Bangladesh India has handed over 10 broad-gauge railway locomotives to Bangladesh.The locomotives were flagged off from the Gede station of the Easter Railway in West Bengal’s Nadia district while the receiving station will be of Darshana on the other side.With this, India aims to offer Bangladesh mobility solutions for both intra-country and inter-country movement.These locomotives will help in managing the increasing volume of passenger and freight train operations in Bangladesh.
Dr Harsh Vardhan launched “Mausam” app for weather forecasts Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched the mobile app “Mausam” for weather forecasts. This app is launched on the occasion of the 14th foundation day of Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES). This app is designed and developed by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune and the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Harsh Vardhan also launched the Knowledge Resource Centre Network (KRCNet), which will act as a one-point stop for research, publications and e-resources of all the institutions that function under the MoES.
Hichem Mechichi becomes new Prime Minister of Tunisia Tunisia’s interior minister, Hichem Mechichi has been appointed as the new Prime Minister of the country. He succeeded Elyes Fakhfakh, who resigned over allegations of a conflict of interest. He has a month to form a government. As well as being the interior minister in the outgoing government, Mechichi has been a counsellor to President Saied, handling legal matters. He has previously been chief of staff at the Ministry of Transport and also served in the Ministry of Social Affairs.
World Hepatitis Day celebrated on 28th July World Health Organization is observed on 28th July every year as “World Hepatitis Day”. This day is celebrated to enhance awareness of viral hepatitis, an inflammation of the liver that causes a range of health problems, including liver cancer. This year’s theme is “Hepatitis-free future,” with a strong focus on preventing hepatitis B among mothers and newborns.The date of 28 July was chosen because it is the birthday of Nobel-prize winning scientist Dr Baruch Blumberg, who discovered the hepatitis B virus (HBV) and developed a diagnostic test and vaccine for the virus.
World Nature Conservation Day: 28th July World Nature Conservation Day is observed on 28th July every year. World Conservation Day is celebrated internationally to increase awareness about the best practices to protect our natural resources. The Earth is supplied a limited amount of properties that we all rely upon each day like water, air, soil and trees.
Two-Time Oscar Winner Olivia de Havilland passes away Two-Time Oscar Winner, Olivia de Havilland passed away at the age of 104. She was born on 1st July 1916, in Tokyo, Japan. The actress, who starred in blockbusters like Captain Blood (1935), The adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Snakepit, The Heiress. She unchained the Hollywoods contract system which was later called as “De Havilland Law”. On March 13, 1946, Olivia won an Oscar award for the movie ‘To Each His Own’ under the category Best supporting actress. Again in the year 1949, she won the second Oscar award for the movie “The Heiress’. In the year 2008, Olivia was honoured with, National Medal of Arts and France’s Legion of Honor (Légion d’honneur) award after two years
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(1914) Austria-Hungary decides against mediation and declares war on Serbia – first declaration of war of WWI
(2005) The Provisional Irish Republican Army call an end to their thirty year long armed campaign in Northern Ireland
(1977) Legendary England cricket all-rounder Ian Botham on debut takes 5 for 74 in the Australian 1st innings in a 7 wicket 3rd Test win at Trent Bridge