✳1⃣. The government announced the implementation of the One Rank One Pension or OROP for ex army servicemen. The base year of One Rank One Pension will be 2013. Benefit of OROP will be given with effect from July 1, 2014.Arrears to be paid from July 2014 and on 4-half-yearly basis. Pension will be revised after every 5 years.
✳2⃣. Olympic medallist Gagan Narang of India has achieved the number one spot in men's 50m rifle prone shooting category in Asia. Narang has 971 points to his credit while China's Shengbo Zhao is placed second with 896 points. Pistol King Jitu Rai was placed number two in men's 50m pistol with 1929 points, behind Jongoh Jinof Korea. Beijing Olympic gold medallist Abhinav Bindra was ranked fifth in 10m air rifle followed by Narang in seventh position. Gurpreet Singh was positioned fifth in 25m rapidfire pistol.
✳3⃣. Preetika Kumar, an Indian American associate professor at Wichita State University, has been selected to receive the 2015 C. Holmes MacDonald Outstanding Teacher Award for demonstrating special dedication and creativity in her teaching. Kumar, who teaches electrical engineering, will receive the national honour on Nov. 19 in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
✳4⃣. Haryana bagged the Skoch Order-of-Merit national award for implementation of six e-Governance and IT initiatives in the state. The award will be presented to the state government during the 41st Skoch Summit - Transformative Governance, scheduled to be held on 22-23 September 2015 in New Delhi.
✳5⃣. Following their 1-2 series loss to Indian cricket team in the recently concluded three-match Test series, Marvan Atapattu stepped down as the coach of the Sri Lanka's national cricket team. His resignation was confirmed by Sri Lankan cricket board.
✳6⃣. Indian-American Pulitzer Prize winner Jhumpa Lahiri has been selected for the prestigious 2014 National Humanities Medal which would be presented to her by US President Barack Obama next week. Jhumpa, 48, has been selected for the award for enlarging the human story. In her works of fiction, Lahiri has illuminated the Indian-American experience in beautifully wrought narratives of estrangement and belonging.
✳7⃣. Sri Lanka Central Bank has received 1.1 billion dollars from the Reserve Bank of India under the currency swap agreement between the two reserve banks. Consequent to the signing of a special currency swap agreement for USD 1.1 billion by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) with the Reserve Bank of India on 17 July 2015, the CBSL has received USD 1.1 billion. This is in addition to the USD 400 million received in April 2015.
✳8⃣. Chhattisgarh's Maoist affected Bastar district and the gram panchayat of Girod, Raipur have been selected for National Literacy Award 2015, instituted in the memory of Satyen Maitra, an eminent educationist, in 1996. The purpose of the National Literacy Mission is to literate people in the age group of 15 years and above. In Bastar, this program was started in 2011, under which public education centres were opened in 327 gram panchayats. Till now, around one lakh people have been educated under this programme.