1. Noted Marathi writer Dr Sharankumar Limbale to receive Saraswati Samman 2020

  • The selection council has selected Dr. kumar's Marathi novel 'Sanatan' for the 35th Saraswati Samman of the year 2020.
  • Sanatan is an important social and historical document of dalit struggle.
  • Saraswati Samman, instituted by K K Birla Foundation in 1991, is recognised as the most prestigious and highest literary award in the country.

2. 11th edition of Indo-us joint special forces exercise VAJRA PRAHAR-2021 was conducted At Special Forces Training School located at Bakloh, Himachal Pradesh

  • Exercise is aimed at sharing best practices and experiences in areas such as joint mission planning and operational tactics.
  • Exercise was aimed at improving interoperability between the special forces of the two countries.

3. Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal inaugurates Happiness Centre at IIM-Jammu

  • 'Anandam - the Centre for Happiness' aligns with the National Education Policy 2020, aiming to achieve holistic wellbeing for all
  • He said incorporating happiness in the academic curriculum is crucial towards empowering our nation.

4. India to participate in France-led naval drill La Perouse for the first time in Bay of Bengal

  • Australia, Japan and the US will also participate in La Perouse​.
  • After La Perouse, another important naval exercise, the India-French Varuna exercise, will also take place.
  • This time, it will also include the United Arab Emirates

5. SBI signs loan agreement of $1 billion with JBIC

  • The loan is intended to promote smooth flow of funds for the whole range of business operations of Japanese automobile manufacturers in India
  • JBIC is a policy-based financial institution, wholly owned by the Japanese government with the objective of contributing to the sound development of Japan, the international economy and society.

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