1. Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and actress Kangana Ranaut, on Monday, launched a smartphone distribution scheme, ‘Mobile Tihar’, under the Sanchar Kranti Yojna (SKY).
2. The Trump administration has decided to place India in the Strategic Trade Authorisation-1 (STA-1) list that will ease export controls for high technology product sales in the country.
3. Rajasthan will soon have its first ‘cow sanctuary’, a shelter for 10,000 bovines spread over an area of more than 220 hectares in Bikaner district. The state government signed a MoU with a private trust in this regard.
4. The first ‘Nepal-India Think Tank’ Summit to foster greater collaboration and knowledge-sharing among the think tanks of the two countries was held in Kathmandu.
5. The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) announced the appointment of Surendra Rosha as Chief Executive Officer for HSBC India.
6. Amit Masurkar’s Newton won the Best Film and Rima Das’s Village Rockstars bagged two awards at the third edition of the BRICS Film Festival in Durban. The Best Actress honor went to Bhanita Das for ‘Village Rockstars’, which got a Special Jury Award.
7. Sahitya Academy awardee Bengali writer Ramapada Chowdhury has passed away. He authored famous novels like ‘Kharij’, ‘Bari Badle Jay’ and ‘Abhimanyu’.
8. Golfer Dustin Johnson Won the 2018 RBC Canadian Open in Oakville, Ontario.
9. Egypt has won the WSF World Junior Squash Championship 2018 by defeating England, in Chennai.