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Bargiel became the first person to ski down the world’s 2nd highest mountain

Poland’s Andrzej Bargiel became the first person to ski down the world’s second-highest mountain, the 8,611-metre high K2 peak in Pakistan. K2 also known as “Savage Mountain” is considered to be a more challenging climb than the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest.

Muhammed Anas Yahiya Breaks Own National Record In 400m

Star sprinter Muhammed Anas Yahiya entered the record books as he broke his own national record to win the 400 metres race at the Cena Noveho Mesta nad Metuji meets in the Czech Republic. Anas set a time of 45.24 seconds to break his own record of 45.31 seconds which he had set during the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast in April 2018.

GST Council cut tax rates on 88 items

The sanitary napkins (12% tax at present) and fortified milk (which was taxed at 18%) have been exempted from the levy. Certain items from 28% tax slab are shifted to the lower 18% slab including washing machines, refrigerators, up to 25-inch televisions, vacuum cleaners, perfumes, food grinders, mixers, water cooler, Lithium iron batteries, and paints. Common-use foot wares Rs 1,000 to be taxed at 5 per cent. Ethanol oil for oil companies to be taxed at 5 per cent in place of 18 per cent earlier. GST (Goods and Services Tax) on handbags and handmade lamps has been reduced to 12%. The new GST rates would come into effect from July 27. This rate reductions is estimated to cost the government exchequer nearly Rs 7,000 crore.

Public Affairs Index 2018: Kerala Best Governed State, Bihar Worst

According to the Public Affairs Index 2018, Kerala is the best-governed state in the country, released by a Bengaluru think-tank, Public Affairs Centre. As per the report, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat are among the top five states delivering good governance. Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha ranked the lowest on the index, indicating higher social and economic inequalities. Among smaller states with the population less than two crores, Himachal Pradesh topped the list of states with good governance, followed by Goa, Mizoram, Sikkim and Tripura. Meghalaya performed the worst in this list. Manipur, Nagaland, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir were the other poor performers. This year’s index also measured how child-friendly each state is. Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Mizoram topped this index.

IIPH-H to introduce Drone delivery system for medical supplies

Indian Institute of Public Health – Hyderabad (IIPH-H) is developing a drone delivery system for medical supplies, with a temperature-controlled payload box, to be delivered to a remote village in the State without delay. The aim of the Digital Drone-based Real-Time Advanced Medical Modular Logistics system (2DREAM) project is to reach the remote areas and deliver the temperature-sensitive payload in 30 minutes. IIPH-H has partnered with the prestigious US-based Johns Hopkins University to develop the temperature-controlled vaccine box.

Mumbai fish samples tested by CIFE are found formalin negative

Central Institute of Fisheries Education (CIFE) in Versova tested 27 samples collected from fish markets across the Mumbai city and found negative for the formalin, a cancer-causing chemical preservative. The fear of the presence of Formalin in the imported fish has gripped the nation in the past few weeks. The Goa government had even banned fish imports from other States as a precaution. The Food Safety Department has also tested and verified fish samples for formalin in various states like Kerala, Meghalaya, Goa etc. Formalin Formalin is formaldehyde in water and is routinely used in mortuaries to preserve bodies. Fish traders have found this chemical to extend the storage life of the catch and to give it an appearance of freshness.

China offered a gift of USD 295 million to Sri Lanka

Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a gift of $295 million to Sri Lanka, as Beijing tries to expand its influence in the island nation. President Maithripala Sirisena of Sri Lanka, a partner in China’s Belt and Road project, made the announcement at a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a Chinese-funded kidney hospital in his home constituency of Polonnaruwa. China has gifted $295 million for the utilization of the project.

Federal Bank got RBI nod to enter Bahrain, Kuwait, Spore

Federal Bank was waiting for local clearances to start operations around Bahrain, Kuwait, Spore already it has representative offices in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. The bank mainly focuses on the digital alternatives to reach out to more customers. It’s turnover around 380 crores. About Federal Bank

Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen clinched gold medal at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships 2018

Sixteen-year-old Indian shuttler Lakshya Sen secured a gold medal at the Badminton Asia Junior Championships after defeating World junior champion Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand in straight games in the final. He scored 21-19, 21-18 and won over Vitidsarn in the final which clocked 46 minutes. The Badminton Association of India has announced a cash reward of Rs.10 lakh for Lakshya. Late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and Olympic silver medallist P.V. Sindhu (2012) had won the prestigious title earlier.

Delhi AIIMS signed MoU with IIT Kharagpur for education and research purposes

The AIIMS has signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, for collaboration in education, research outreach and medical services. The agreement included initiating joint degrees such as PhD, M.D.-PhD, M.Sc-PhD and coordinated internship programmes. It is aimed to promote interaction and collaboration among faculty members, scientists and students of the two premier institutes in their respective domains, to carry out joint academic and research programmes, joint supervision of masters and doctoral students, and collaborative research.

Researchers restored walking in a paralyzed mice

Researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have successfully revived the ability to walk in mice that were paralyzed after a spinal cord injury. Experiments to restore walking were conducted on a paralyzed mice. It has been found that an injection with a small-molecule compound, CLP290, had the most potent effect, enabling the paralyzed mice to regain stepping ability after four to five weeks of treatment. CLP290 is known to activate a protein called KCC2, found in cell membranes, that transports chloride out of neurons. It is believed that this is an advance that may pave the way for similar treatments in humans.

Indian airports is buying TaxiBots from IAI

India has planned to buy environmentally friendly TaxiBots, which can be used at the airports, developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). These Pilot-controlled and semi-robots will allow pilots to switch on the plane’s engines only when it reaches the starting point of the runway hence reducing carbon emissions. IAI has announced that it had entered into an agreement with Gurugram-based KSU Aviation for the same. The use of TaxiBot at Indian airports in the next five years will bring about a saving of $1.5 billion to Indian carriers and reduce environmental damage of greenhouse gases by four million tons.

India Won 8 Medals and Iran tops at Junior Asian Wrestling Championship

India won 8 medals in the Junior Asian Wrestling championship. The medallist comprises of 2 gold, 3 Silver and 3 bronze. Sachin Rathi won gold in the category of 74 kilograms. Deepak Punia won gold in the category of 86 kilogram category. Iran topped the championship with the 189 points. India secured 173 points and Uzbekistan with 128 points.

O.P. Jindal Global University signed a MoU with Harvard University for an annual study programme

O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana signed a MoU with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health for an annual study programme. Nearly 30 students of Jindal Global University has taken the annual study-abroad programme at Harvard University. At the successful completion of the programme, Jindal students will earn academic credits, and the course will be reflected in the transcript. It provides joint conferences to be organised by the two institutions and paves the way for other research and educational activities.

Odisha to host 40-day Odisha Triennial of International Art (OTIA) in December-January

Odisha planned to host India’s first private sector triennial in the month of December to January which will be a 40-day event. OTIA have Seven sections of the event and they are When East met West, It’s Indian, by the way, Turning the Wheel, Gods of the Earth, Sapiens, In This Great Future, Along the Way The slogan of OTIA is: ‘Conceive-Contemplate-Communicate’. The events will take place in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. It was created by Artists Network for Promoting Indian Culture (ANPIC). ANPIC is headed by its Managing Trustee Sashanka Mohapatra.

Kerala has emerged as the best governed state in India says PAI

According to the Public Affairs Index (PAI) 2018 released by the Public Affairs Centre (PAC) Kerala stands as the best-governed state in the country. Tamil Nadu secured second place followed by Telangana, Karnataka and Gujarat. The ranking is based on factors such as the quality of governance employed 10 themes, 30 focus subjects and 100 indicators including essential infrastructure, which comprises power, water, roads and communication and housing. PAC has added another feature, Children of India, for the upcoming year, It covers the themes of early education development, protection, adolescence, institutional structure and governance. Public Affairs Centre (PAC) PAC is a not-for-profit research think tank situated in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It works at improving the quality of governance in India. Public Affairs Centre works under four different research groups, (a) Public Policy Research Group (b) Environmental Governance Group (c) Citizen Action Support Group (d) Participatory Governance Research Group.

Sports Authority of India shortlists 734 youngsters for KHELO INDIA scholarship Programme

The Sports Authority of India (SAI) shortlisted 734 young players for a scholarship programme under the KHELO INDIA Talent Identification Development Scheme. The names were finalised by SAI’s High Powered Committee (HPC) after due diligence. A Talent Identification Committee was formed earlier, comprising Arjuna Awardees and Dronacharya Awardees, to shortlist and propose the names of the beneficiaries to the High Powered Committee. 

Advanced Weather Forecasting System Unveiled In New Delhi

Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan unveiled the first of a kind Air Quality and Weather Forecast System, SAFAR at Chandni Chowk in New Delhi. The giant true colour LED display will give real-time air quality index on the 24×7 basis with colour coding along with 72-hour advance forecast. The new system can track UV-Index, PM1, Mercury and Black carbon in real time and will provide health advisory and related precaution.

U.P. police plans to set up Digital Armies to counter fake news

Uttar Pradesh police have planned to set up ‘Digital Armies’ of the outstanding residents to keep a vigil on inflammatory posts and rumour-mongering. The aim is to restrict the incidents of violence due to the fake news on social media. As part of the initiative, all the 1,469 police stations in the State will have a WhatsApp group consisting of 250 volunteers including ex-servicemen, teachers, doctors, advocates and journalists. These group will, in turn, be connected to the group monitored byU.P. Director General of Police. This initiation comes in the wake of the Central government’s directions to take effective steps to stop the spread of the rumours and fake news.

 

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