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Gautam Adani group won the gas distribution network auctions

Gautam Adani’s group won the gas distribution network auctions. It gained rights to sell Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) in 11 cities, including Allahabad. In the country’s biggest City Gas Distribution (CGD) Adani won 6 cities on its own and another 5 in joint ventures with state-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC). IOC won 4 cities on its own. Bharat Gas Resources Ltd. won the license for 6 cities. Torrent Gas Pvt. Ltd. won 6 cities. GAIL Gas won 3 cities.

AAI to joint venture with Sri Lanka in Mattala airport project

India’s Airport Authority of India (AAI) joint ventures with the Airport & Aviation Services in Sri Lanka to run the loss-making Mattala airport, located in Sri Lanka’s Southern Province. So far, three rounds of official negotiations were completed. After detailed negotiations, the two governments have agreed that India, with a 70% stake in the joint venture, will contribute $225 million to revamp and run the airport, while the Sri Lankan side will invest the balance. India will operate the airport on a 40-year lease. Once the technical aspects of the joint venture are prepared, the draft agreement will be presented for Cabinet clearance.

Bharti Airtel plans to provide optical fibre network in Tamil Nadu

Bharti Airtel plans to provide optical fibre network in Tamil Nadu. Being the telecommunications provider, it aims to improve network connectivity in the State. Currently, Tamil Nadu has a fibre network for 14,000 km. With Bharti Airtel’s plan for a rollout of 3,000 km of fresh optic fibre, it would touch 17,000 km in 2021. The company has planned to invest Rs. 24,000 crore to Rs. 26,000 crore pan-India in mobile network sites, capacities, fibre rollout and digitalisation among others. Also, Bharti Airtel is planning to open 12,000 new mobile sites across the State to add to network capacity and take high-speed data services deeper into rural areas.

Fifteen Year Old Nepalese becomes 4th youngest to play an ODI

Nepalese cricketer Rohit Kumar Paudel, aged 15 years and 335 days, has become the fourth youngest debutant in men’s ODI cricket. Rohit made his debut against the Netherlands in the second ODI at the VRA Ground in Amstelveen. Pakistan’s Hasan Raza was the youngest-ever debutant and was just 14 years and 233 days old when he made his debut against Zimbabwe in 1996.

RBI bars Fino Payments Bank from enroling new customers

Reserve Bank of India observed that a few Fino Payments Bank accounts had deposits in excess of the stipulated amount of ₹1 lakh. According to RBI’s operating guidelines for payments banks, a customer can make deposits of up to ₹1 lakh per account in a year. Such banks cannot accept deposits beyond this limit. RBI has imposed similar restrictions on Paytm Payments Bank (on June 20) and Airtel Payments Bank (in January) which are also not able to on-bard new customers. Other payments banks that have started operations are:- ♦ India Post Payments Bank Ltd, ♦ Aditya Birla Idea Payments Bank and ♦ Jio Payments Bank.

Logo And tagline For Geographical Indications Launched

Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu launched a logo and tagline for Geographical Indications (GI) to increase awareness about intellectual property rights (IPRs) in the country. The slogan for the GI tag is- ‘Invaluable Treasures of Incredible India’. A GI product is primarily an agricultural, natural or a manufactured product (handicraft and industrial goods) originating from a definite geographical territory.

Vaibhav Suri won the Biel Masters Chess title

Grandmaster Vaibhav Suri beat Prtihu Gupta and won the Biel Masters Chess title at Switzerland and made his second Grandmaster-norm in the premier nine-round competition. Suri seeded 19th in the field where 70 Grandmasters and participants from 31 countries were participating. Suri won five games and drew the rest to tally seven points. Germany’s Dennis Wagner won the second spot at 6.5 points. Ukraine’s Pavel Eljanov won the third spot.

Karnataka Government launches Swachhameva Jayate

In order to achieve the status of Open Defecation Free (ODF), Karnataka launched “Swachhameva Jayate” a rural cleanliness and sanitation campaign. This campaign will aim to boost the Swachh Survkekshan Grameen in all the districts with the help of school children. Since the inception of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, the government of Karnataka has constructed a total of 22 lakh toilets in 29,736 villages. The state needs another five lakh toilets in its rural areas before October 2 to achieve ODF status.

Andhra Pradesh government launched ‘Mukhya Mantri Yuva Nestham’

Under the scheme, an allowance of Rs 1000 per month will be provided to unemployed youth in the state. About 12 lakh youths in the age group of 22-35 years will get the benefit of the scheme. Andhra Pradesh CM – Chandrababu Naidu

FICCI FLO launches WOW mobile app for women’s wellness

FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), the women’s wing of Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) has launched WOW (Wellness of Women) mobile application aimed at creating awareness on preventive healthcare for women across the country. It is powered by ‘Ask Apollo’ of the Chennai-based Apollo Hospitals Group. This platform allows users to talk to doctors through video conferencing or connect with them via voice or email. Users can also upload clinical information such as reports, images, and scans so that experts can provide an opinion.

Chinese researchers create worlds first single-chromosome yeast

Researchers from China have claimed to have created the world’s first single-chromosome yeast while not affecting the majority of its functions. The researchers involved in the creation are molecular biologists from the Centre for Excellence in Molecular Plant Sciences in China. The research was published on the website of the journal – Nature on August 2, 2018.

Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat emerges most-attractive state for investors in Investment Potential Index

Delhi emerged the most-attractive state for investors on the top position on the National Council for Applied and Economic Research (NCAER)’s 2018 State Investment Potential Index. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh retained their first and second positions.

UNICEF warns of another cholera outbreak in Yemen

World Health Organization (WHO) warned Yemen may be on the verge of another cholera epidemic, which could be deadlier than previous ones because of widespread malnutrition in the war-torn country. Since April 2017 to February 2018, more than 1,060,000 suspected cases of cholera and 2300 deaths have been reported in Yemen.

U.S. and Mexico border wall endangers more than 1000 species at risk

Scientists said that more than 1,000 species of animals are severely endangered due to the construction of the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The wall reduces the available area and quality of land. The construction would severely hinder movement, thus fragmenting populations, and affecting food cycles and mating patterns. The Peninsular Bighorn sheep, Mexican gray wolf and the Sonoran pronghorn antelope would be among the species most at risk. Sixty-two of the 1000 species are already listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

Himachal Pradesh launches Shaur Nahin mobile application

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur launched ‘horn not ok’ awareness campaign and ‘shaur nahin’ (no noise) mobile application. The main aim is to spread awareness of unnecessary blowing horn as it creates unnecessary noise pollution. The app will enable the general public to report cases of noise pollution. It has settings for two types of users general public and officers both of whom have a one-time password (OTP).

 

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