Current Affairs – July 2016

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Harika Dronavalli wins Fide Women’s Grand Prix trophy of Chess

India’s Chess Grand Master Harika Dronavalli has won the Fide Women’s Grand Prix trophy in Chendu, China. It was her maiden career GP title.

She won this title by defeating Russia’s Olga Girya. She finished on 7 points in the round robin tournament which had featured world’s top 12 players.

On the other hadnd India Grand Master Koneru Humpy too rounded off her campaign with a victory to also finish on 7 points. But Harika was declared winner for finishing with a better tie-break record in the tournament.

About Harika Dronavalli

  • Harika had earned the Grandmaster title in July 2011. She is became the second Indian woman chess player (after Koneru Humpy) to achieve the title of Grandmaster.
  • She has won the Commonwealth Women’s Championship three times in 2006, 2007 and 2010. She has also won Bronze medal in 2010 Asian Games in Woman’s individual rapid event.
  • She has won bronze at the Women’s World Chess Championship 2015 (knock-out). She has won also won the individual silver at Women’s World Team Chess Championship 2015.
  • Union Government has bestowed upon her Arjuna Award in 2007.


KVR Murthy appointed as CMD of Jute Corporation of India Limited

KVR Murthy was appointed as the Chairman-cum-Managing Director (CMD) of the Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCIL).

He will have tenure of five years or till the date of his superannuation, whichever is earlier. Prior to this appointment he was serving as the Chief Commercial Manager of Eastern Railways.

About Jute Corporation of India Limited (JCIL)

  • JCIL is a nodal agency of Union Government that assists jute cultivators by providing minimum price support (MSP) and also work as a helping hand in the raw jute sector.
  • Founded:
  • Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal.
  • It operates in the main jute-growing states of West Bengal, Bihar, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Orissa, and Andhra Pradesh.


Union Cabinet allocates Rs 12,000 crore to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

The Union Cabinet has given its approval for allocation of Twelve thousand crore rupees to Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY).

The funds will be used to impart skill training to 60 lakh youths and certify skills of 40 lakh persons acquired non-formally.

It is the revamped version of the PMKVY, which includes a mechanism to revive the traditional Guru-Shishya approach to train youth with the help of local craftsmen and trade practitioners.

Key Facts

  • Under this scheme, skill training would be done based on industry led standards aligned to the National Skill Qualification Framework.
  • Besides catering to domestic skill needs, the scheme will also focus on skill training aligned to international standards for overseas employment in European and Gulf countries etc.
  • There will be scholarship for student undergoing training in high end job roles. Training centres will be categorised on the basis of their infrastructure and past performance.
  • Third party agencies will be also deployed to validate their training efforts and placement records.
  • Residential programmes will be promoted to youths from north-eastern States, Kashmir Valley, Leh region and Left-wing extremism-affected districts.

About Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

  • PMKVY is the flagship outcome-based skill training scheme of the Union Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship. It is skill certification and reward scheme.
  • Objective of the scheme is to enable and mobilize a large number of Indian youth to take up outcome based skill training and become employable and earn their livelihood.
  • Under the scheme, trainees who are successfully trained, assessed and certified in skill courses run by affiliated training providers will be provided with monetary reward.