Former BJP MP and Governor of Bihar, Ram Nath Kovind was sworn in as the 14th President of India on 25 July 2017.
Chief Justice J.S. Khehar administered the oath of office to Kovind in the presence of outgoing President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a special function in Parliament's Central Hall.
Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, Kovind, exchanged the chair with Mukherjee to take over the top constitutional post of India - as the head of the state and supreme commander of the Indian Armed forces. A 21-gun salute was fired in honour of the new president.
India skipper Mithali Raj was chosen as the Captain of the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 team by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on 24 July 2017.
The 34-year-old Indian’s selection was announced after she led team India to the final of the recently-concluded ICC Women's World Cup. Though India lost to England by nine runs, the match was deemed as one of the most thrilling finals at the Lord's. Mithali scored a total of 409 runs during the 30- day tournament.
This is the second time that Mithali has been included in the World cup team, the first time was back in 2009.The two other players to be included in the ICC’s team besides her are Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma.
Aarambh: Mobile app for road maintainance launched
The Union Government on 24 July 2017 launched a mobile app called ‘Aarambh’ for road maintenance.
The app aims to use Geographic Information System (GIS) based mapping for making road inventories, condition surveys and producing cost estimates and other relevant data for preparation and monitoring of annual road maintenance plans.
It was launched by Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Minister for Panchayati Raj, Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation, and Deborah Greenfield, Deputy Director General (Policy) of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Indian contingent finished an impressive seventh in the recently-concluded 6th Youth Commonwealth Games at the Bahamas with a total tally of 11 medals across three disciplines.
The six-day event was kick-started with India grabbing four medals in Judo including one gold and three bronze, followed up by four medals in the boxing category including one gold, one silver and two bronze. In tennis, India led by Zeel Desai and Siddhant Banthia finished on a high note after taking three medals across all three categories in singles and mixed doubles including two gold and one bronze.
FSSAI bans stapler pins in tea bags from January 2018
The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) on 24 July 2017 banned the use of stapler pins in tea bags. The decision is effective from 1 January 2018.
The FSSAI has deemed the use of stapler pins in tea bag a serious health hazard. In its order, FSSAI has stated that “The use of stapler pins in tea bags poses potential hazard to consumers since any loose staple pin consumed inadvertently with tea may cause a serious health hazard.”
The move is expected to affect the fast growing packaged tea business in the country.
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