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1-PGCIL Inks Pact With Power Ministry For Rs.25,000 Crore Capex

State-run Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has inked a pact with the Ministry of Power to incur capital expenditure of Rs.25,000 crore for the current fiscal. The MoU includes various targets to be achieved by Powergrid during 2018-19.
Other targets in the MoU inter-alia include parameters related to human resources, project management, research & development, innovation and other efficiency and operational performance parameters. The MoU was signed by Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Secretary, Ministry of Power and I S Jha, Chairman and Managing Director.

2-India At 11th Spot In AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index 2018, USA Tops

Global consultant AT Kearney released the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Confidence Index 2018, an annual survey which tracks the impact of political, economic and regulatory changes on the FDI preferences of Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) of the country.

The United States (US) topped the index, followed by Canada at 2nd and Germany at the 3rd place. The index ranked India at the 11th spot, three places down from the previous year. In the year 2017, India was ranked 8th. It is the first time since 2015 that India has been pushed out of the top 10. 
The top 5 Countries in the list are:
1. United States
2. Canada
3. Germany
4. United Kingdom
5. China.

3-Google Grants $3 Million For E-Learning, Teachers In India

Google’s philanthropic arm Google.org has announced $3 million in grants for teacher training and educational content creation in India.
The organisation committed $1 million to TheTeacherApp to help them reach 5,00,000 teachers in two years, besides a $2-million grant and technical assistance from YouTube to the Central Square Foundation.

4-India’s Neeraj Goyat Is WBC Asia Boxer Of The Year

Indian pugilist Neeraj Goyat has been conferred with the ‘WBC Asia Boxer of the Year Award’. Neeraj is the current WBC Asia champion in welterweight category. Since turning pro in 2011, Neeraj has won nine fights including two knockouts.
Neerav Tomar, promoter of IOS Boxing Promotions which manages Neeraj and Vijender Singh, was bestowed with ‘WBC Asia honorary Promoter of the year 2017 Award’ by the Asian Boxing Council at WBC Asia and WBC Muaythai annual awards presentation ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand.

5-‘Vibrant North East 2018’ Held In Guwahati

The ‘Vibrant North East 2018′, an event in which people would be made aware of central government’s schemes and programmes, was held in Guwahati, Assam. Players from the agriculture, food processing, consumer affairs, civil supply, drinking water and sanitation sectors participated in the three-day event.
The event is organised by Delhi-based NGO, Centre for Agriculture and Rural Development (CARD). The main purpose of the event is to disseminate information about the schemes, grants and projects of the Central Government to ensure that they are implemented as envisaged officially.

6-Mohamed Salah Named Writers’ Footballer Of The Year

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been named the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne came second with Tottenham striker Harry Kane third.
Salah, 25, has scored 31 goals in 34 league appearances for Liverpool this season. The Egypt star – the first African winner of the award – also won the Professional Footballers’ Association player of the year award.

7-Wimbledon Champions’ Prize Money Hiked By £50,000

According to the Wimbledon officials, the 2018 men’s and women’s singles champions will receive £2.25 million, an increase of £50,000 on last year. Lower-ranked players at Wimbledon will enjoy a greater uplift, with an increase of 10% across qualifying and the first to fourth rounds of the singles, boosting the overhaul prize money total to £34 million this year.
Wimbledon officials warned players they face losing prize money if they withdraw after competing with an existing injury and are not perceived to have given maximum effort. There were a total of seven mid-match withdrawals in the 2017 tournament.
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