1. The economic impact from the plunge in tourism since the pandemic emerged last year could top 4 trillion Dollar, a UN report said. The joint report by the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) found that the lack of widespread vaccination in developing countries was leading to mounting economic losses.
2. Government of Jammu and Kashmir took a proactive measure, via Jammu & Kashmir Trade Promotion Organization (JKTPO) with the initiative called “HAUSLA” for women entrepreneurs of Jammu & Kashmir. JKTPO partnered with India’s homegrown e-commerce marketplace Flipkart to give an extra-mile outreach and marketing support for the products of these women Entrepreneurs.
3. In Chess, Abhimanyu Mishra made history by becoming the youngest chess Grandmaster, breaking the record of 12 years and seven months set by Sergey Karjakin in 2002. Abhimanyu reached the milestone in 12 years, four months, and 25 days.
4. Indian Railway Stations Development Corporation Ltd (IRSDC) in collaboration with HNI Aquatic Kingdom has opened Indian Railways first movable freshwater tunnel aquarium at the Krantivira Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station in Bengaluru for the general public.
5. As part of efforts to improve the mental well being of the people of Jammu and Kashmir amid COVID-19, the State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) inaugurated the ‘Sukoon’, the union territory’s first 24×7 counselling helpline number to provide mental health counselling. To access 24×7 services, people have to dial the toll-free number 1800-1807159.
6. Israeli defence major Rafael Advanced Defense Systems unveiled Sea Breaker, a 5th generation long range missile with 300 km range, autonomous, precision-guided missile system meant to hit high-value maritime and land targets.
7. Freelance filmmaker Deepti Pillay Sivan’s most touted documentary, “Decoding Shankar” about the life and career of the celebrated musician Shankar Mahadevan, recently won the Best Film Award in the Documentary section (Best Biographical) at the Toronto International Women Film Festival, 2021.
8. International Monetary Fund Chief Economist Gita Gopinath and NASA Scientist Kamlesh Lulla are among the 34 immigrants honoured by a prestigious American foundation ahead of the US Independence Day(July 4) “who have enriched and strengthened” the US society and democracy through their contributions and actions
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