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World’s Oldest Person, Chiyo Miyako, died at age 117 in Japan

Miyako, born on May 2, 1901, became the world’s oldest person in April after Nabi Tajima, a fellow Japanese national from the southern Kikai island, died at age 117. Guinness World Records has confirmed that she was the world’s oldest person. Her replacement is yet to be announced by Guinness, but according to media reports, the new oldest person is Kane Tanaka, a 115-year-old woman who lives in a nursing home in Fukuoka, a city in southern Japan.

HCL overtakes Wipro to become India’s 3rd largest IT firm

June quarter results declared, showed HCL Technologies’s revenue totalled $2.05 billion, more than Wipro’s $2.03 billion. Last year, Wipro’s full-year revenue totalled $8.06 billion, about $220 million more than HCL Technologies’ $7.84 billion. 

Youngest Indian girl scales Kilimanjaro in 3 days

Shivangi Pathak, the 17-year-old from Haryana, who became the youngest woman from India to reach the peak of Mount Everest from Nepal side, has now scaled Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, in three days. Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro measures 5,895 metres in height.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis to convene all-party meeting on Maratha stir

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis decided to convene an all-party meeting on the backdrop of ongoing Maratha protest. The party leaders of both the Houses will discuss the issues associated with Maratha reservation. The meeting will be held in Vidhan Sabha. This move was announced after the brainstorming session of top state BJP leaders. The senior BJP leader and PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil informed that Maratha reservation and law and order situation in the state will be the main agenda of the all-party meeting. On this occasion, Patil denied the reports of change of guard in the state and hailed the leadership of Chief Minister Fadnavis. The senior Minister came under the fire for his comments on Maratha reservation protests. The Minister blamed anti-social elements for triggering violent activities in the name of protest. The members of Maratha community have been protesting across the state demanding 16% reservation in government jobs and education.

CBF reappointed Coach Tite as Brazil coach until 2022

Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), the national governing body for football in Brazil, reappointed Coach Adenor Leonardo Bacchi (nicknamed as Coach Tite) until the end of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The first challenge Coach Tite will be facing is the Copa America in 2019. Brazil will be hosting the tournament.

Union Government extends deadline for ITR filing to August 31 for certain category of taxpayers

The union government has extended the due date for filing income tax returns for certain taxpayers by one month till 31st August 2018. Earlier the date for filing income tax returns for the assessment Year 2018-19, was 31st of this month. The decision will provide a relief to those taxpayers who are yet to file their income tax returns.

BAN2401, a new drug for Alzheimer disease

BAN2401, a new drug that reduces plaques in the brain and slows down the cognition for Alzheimer disease has been introduced by Eisai, a Japan-based company and Biogen, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is hoped that this drug may be the first to successfully attack both the brain changes and the symptoms of Alzheimer’s dementia.

Women’s Hockey World Cup India lose to Ireland

The Women’s Hockey World Cup, India lost to Ireland with the goal of 0-1 in their second Pool B match at the Lee Valley Hockey Center in London. With a comfortable win against India and a total of two victories in the group stage, Ireland secured their quarter-final berth in the tournament. Anna O’Flanagan was the lone goal scorer in the match. India, who will next play the USA on July 29, is placed third in the table and have a minor chance for qualifying for the quarter-finals.

Society to advance former Indian president Dr Abdul Kalam’s vision set up in Singapore

A society has been set up in Singapore to honor of former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and to advance his vision for the world. The Abdul Kalam Vision Society (AKVS) will organize knowledge-enhancing events, lectures and essay competition to convey the ideas and values that Dr. Kalam espoused. He gave sustainable solutions to many of the world’s problems in areas such as healthcare, environment, agriculture, energy, water, and infrastructure. He grew up from a humble background to become an eminent space scientist and occupied India’s highest office. Today marks the third anniversary of his passing.

Mithali Raj becomes first Indian to score 2,000 runs in T20 International

Mithali Raj has become the first Indian to score 2,000 runs in T20 International Cricket. She achieved the landmark during India’s seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the Women’s Asia Cup T20 at Kaula Lumpur. Mithali has 2,015 runs from 75 matches. She is the seventh woman to reach 2,000 runs in T20 format. The list is headed by England cricketer Charlotte Edwards with 2,605. India men’s team captain Virat Kohli with 1,983 runs is the next on the list, followed by Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina.

India’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. acquires U.S firm Aleris

India’s Hindalco Industries Ltd. announced that it will acquire US-based aluminium producer Aleris Corporation for $2.58 billion through its wholly-owned subsidiary Novelis. This deal will lead to the creation of the second largest aluminium company in the world with $21 billion revenue, and 40,000 employees.

NASA to launch world’s first mission to touch the Sun

Mankind’s first mission to the Sun, Parker Solar Probe, a car sized probe, will study the Sun closer than any human-made object ever has. This mission is expected to take off no earlier than August 6. This probe will swoop to within 4 million miles of the solar surface, facing heat and radiation like no spacecraft before. Parker Solar Probe will explore the corona, a region of the Sun only seen from Earth when the Moon blocks out the Sun’s bright face during total solar eclipses.

New Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone

A new Ebola virus has been found in bats in Sierra Leone. Two years before an outbreak of Ebola killed over 11,000 across West Africa. Researchers who found the new virus in the northern Bombali region are now working with the Sierra Leone government to determine whether any humans were infected. As precautionary measures, people have been asked to refrain from eating bats

Arnaud Demare won in the 18th stage of Tour de france

Groupama FDJ rider Arnaud Demare won 18th Stage of Tour de France 2018. He outsprinted French compatriot Christophe Laporte to finish first in Pau. But Team Sky star Geraint Thomas retained the yellow jersey approaching the final three stages of this year’s race.

 

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