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ICGS Varuna: Reliance Naval launched training ship for Indian Coast Guard

Anil Ambani-led shipbuilder Reliance Naval and Engineering (RNEL) launched a 3,000-tonne training ship for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) named ‘ICGS Varuna’. The ship is a 105-meter long training vessel and is the largest ship ever built for the ICG and has a capacity to accommodate 242 personnel. It was built at a cost of Rs 220 crore and was launched at the shipyard of RNEL at the Pipavav Port in Amreli district of Gujarat.

Shri J P Nadda addresses 2nd International Conference on Primary Health Care towards UHC & SDGs at Astana, Kazakhstan

The theme is “The Future of Primary Health Care”. The conference is co-hosted by the Government of Kazakhstan, World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund).

India most outward migrants in 2017 according to ADB report

The number of international migrants was topped by India, followed by China and Bangladesh. One-third of international migrants were from Asia in 2017. India had the most outward migrants in 2017 (17 million), followed by China (10 million) and Bangladesh (7.5 million). The global stock of international migrants from Asia rose 3.9 percent from 83.6 million in 2015 to 86.9 million in 2017.

NSE got SEBI nod to launch copper large futures contract

National Stock Exchange of India (NSE) got regulatory approval from SEBI to launch copper large futures contract. The copper large futures contract will have a trading unit of 25 tonnes at par with international commodity markets. It is one of the highest traded contracts and is considered as the global benchmark. About NSE Headquarters: Mumbai. Chairman: Mr. Ashok Chawla.

MAHEs Department of European Studies bags prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of excellence award

The European Union announced the selection of Department of European Studies (DES) of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) for the prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence (CoE) Award. It became the only Centre of Excellence in European Studies in the country.

Tezpur University professor bagged INSA Teachers Award

Indian National Science Academy (INSA) selected Tezpur University professor Ashis Mukherjee for the prestigious Indian National Science Academy (INSA) Teachers Award (2018). He was selected for his consistent and high-level of teaching, and inspiration and mentoring students to take up careers in Science and Technology. He will be conferred the award at the Anniversary General Meeting of the Academy in December 2018.

Saurabh Kumar named Indias next Ambassador to Myanmar

Saurabh Kumar is an Indian Foreign Service Officer (IFS) of 1989 batch. At present, he is the Ambassador of India to Iran. He will take up this assignment soon. He will succeed Vikram Misri who has been serving as Ambassador of India to Myanmar since 2016.

Union Government invites EoI from investors to buy out Bridge and Roof Company

Union Government invited bids from investors for buying out 100% stake in PSU construction firm Bridge & Roof Company. The Department of Investment and Public Asset Management has asked interested bidders to submit their Expression of Interest (EoI) for buying the company by December 25, 2018.

U.K. watchdog fines Facebook 500,000 over data breach

The Information Commissioner Office (ICO) found that between 2007 and 2014, Facebook processed the personal information of users unfairly by giving app developers access to their information without informed consent. The scandal took place after new EU data protection rules went into effect this year, the amount could have gone up to £17 million or 4% of global turnover whichever is higher.

Govt set up GoM headed by Home minister to look into sexual harassment at work place

The government constituted a group of ministers (GoM) headed by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to prevent and deal with sexual harassment of women in workplaces. The other members of the GoM are road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman and women and child development minister Maneka Sanjay Gandhi. The group will examine and recommend further measures required to strengthen and make the existing provisions for the safety of women within three months.

India Has Most Outward Migrants In 2017: ADB Report

Most of the international migrants in 2017 were from India, followed by China and Bangladesh, according to an Asian Development Bank (ADB) report titled ‘Asian Economic Integration Report 2018’. As per the report, as many as one-third of international migrants were from Asia in 2017.

Cell-sized robots can be used to detect diseases

MIT scientists have developed a method to mass produce robots no bigger than a cell that could be used to monitor conditions inside an oil or gas pipeline, or to search out disease while floating through the bloodstream. The key to making such tiny devices, which the team calls “syncells” (short for synthetic cells), in large quantities lies in controlling the natural fracturing process of atomically-thin, brittle materials. The process, called “autoperforation”, directs the fracture lines so that they produce minuscule pockets of a predictable size and shape.

India and Bangladesh etch pacts enhancing inland and waterways connectivity

India and Bangladesh signed several milestone agreements today, for enhancing inland and coastal waterways connectivity between the two countries for trade and cruise movements. The two sides also signed agreements to use Chattogram and Mongla Ports in Bangladesh for movement of goods to and from India.

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