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INDIAN AFFAIRS

“JIGYASA” – Student-Scientist connect programme launched

“JIGYASA” – Student-Scientist connect programme launched

  1. The development of the interest in the student for the science, Centre launched student-scientist connect programme, named Jigyasa, besides this there is 1200 Kendriya Vidyalaya will be connected to 38 CSIR Research Laboratories across the country.
  2. Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony was presented in the present of Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences, Environment, Forests and Climate Change and Shri Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Human Resource Development.
  3. Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister of Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar said that “to inculcate scientific temper among the students we have to make them aware about the impact of science on the society. Science has played a very important role in changing our lives”.
  4. “The program will also enable the students and teachers to practically live the theoretical concepts taught in science by visiting CSIR laboratories and by participating in mini-science projects. The model of engagement includes student residential programmes, scientists as teachers and teachers as scientists, popular lecture series/demonstration programme at Schools and student apprenticeship programmes among others,” according to CSIR.

KEYS:

  1. Full from of CSIR- Council of Scientific and Industrial Research
  2. Established- 26 September 1942
  3. Chairman- Prime Minister of India
  4. Director General- Dr. Girish Sahni
  5. Location- Anusandhan Bhawan, Rafi Marg, New Delhi-110 001.

 

 

Health Ministry holds 4th National Summit on Good, Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems

  1. Speaker of the 16th Lok Sabha, Smt. Sumitra Mahajan has announced of the 4th National Summit on Good today, Replicable Practices and Innovations in Public Health Care Systems at Indore, Madhya Pradesh. Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Smt Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare and Shri Rustam Singh, Health Minister (MP), were also present at this moment.
  2. Sumitra Mahajan said, “We are taking various steps to ensure that we are meeting Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). National Health Policy, 2017 is a landmark step as it commits to comprehensive primary healthcare, effective regulatory framework and best infrastructure”
  3. Anupriya Patel said, “The summit gives a unique platform to share those steps that have helped to make a difference in healthcare delivery. These are also helpful in drawing up a roadmap for meeting goals of SDGs and National Health Policy, 2017 which speaks about a comprehensive healthcare delivery framework. If states can weave in the social determinants into module of healthcare provisioning then we can grow and strengthen our healthcare system together”
  4. C K Mishra, Secretary (Health) said, “We are meeting in the backdrop of two important events. One, shifting of goals from Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the other is announcement of National Health Policy, 2017. The summit will guide us towards meeting goals set by both,” Shri Mishra said. He further stated that it is important to innovate to meet the targets”

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian government ministry charged with health policy in India
  2. It is also responsible for all government programs relating to family planning in India
  3. Jurisdiction: India
  4. Headquarters: A Wing, Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110 011
  5. Cabinet minister: Jagat Prakash Nadda
  6. Minister of state: Anupriya Patel, Faggan Singh Kulaste
  7. Programs: Central Government Health Scheme, more
  8. Departments: Department of AIDS Control, Department of Health Research

 

Punjab unveils new transport policy to ‘overhaul system’

  1. The Capt Amarinder Singh the leader of Congress government has unveiled plans to introduce measures to unshackle the public transport system from the monopoly of the private transport mafia in the State.
  2. Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal said, “The overall thrust of the new policy will be to strengthen the State-owned bus companies which were allegedly ignored by the previous SAD-BJP government.’’
  3. “The decision to hike the tax on luxury buses has also been taken with a view to strengthen the State transport which had allegedly been neglected vis-à-vis private transport by the government during the last decade,’’ Manpreet Singh Badal said.
  4. New posts of secretary will be created at the following locations, with their jurisdictions: Bathinda (for Bathinda, Mansa & Sri Muktsar Sahib); Ferozepur (Ferozepur, Faridkot & Fazilka); Patiala (Patiala & Fatehgarh Sahib); Sangrur (Sangrur & Barnala); Gurdaspur (Gurdaspur & Pathankot); Amritsar (Amritsar & Tarn Taran); Ludhiana (Ludhiana & Moga); Mohali (Mohali & Ropar); Jalandhar (Jalandhar & Kapurthala); Hoshiarpur (Hoshiarpur & Nawanshahar).

KEYS:

  1. Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, is the heart of India’s Sikh community
  2. The city of Amritsar, founded in the 1570s by Sikh Guru Ram Das, is the site of Harmandir Sahib, the holiest gurdwara (Sikh place of worship)
  3. Known in English as the Golden Temple, and surrounded by the Pool of Nectar, it’s a major pilgrimage site
  4. Also in Amritsar is Durgiana Temple, a Hindu shrine famed for its engraved silver doors
  5. Capital: Chandigarh
  6. Districts: 22
  7. Points of interest: Golden Temple, Jallianwala Bagh

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

India ranks 23 of 193 countries on Global Cyber security Index 2017 – UN

India ranks 23 of 193 countries on Global Cyber security Index 2017 – UN

  1. India is has got his position at the high of the rank that is the 23rd out of 165 nations by the global index that measures the uses of the security of the cyber all over the world to cyber security. The second Global Cyber security Index (GCI), whihc is revealed by the UN telecommunications agency International Telecommunication Union (ITU), has said that in all over the world there is only the half of the world has which have success in the security of the cybercrime.
  2. “Cybersecurity is an ecosystem where laws, organisations, skills, cooperation and technical implementation need to be in harmony to be most effective,” stated the report, adding that cybersecurity is “becoming more and more relevant in the minds of countries’ decision makers.”
  3. The top 10 most committed countries to cybersecurity are Singapore, United States, Malaysia, Oman, Estonia, Mauritius, Australia, Georgia, France and Canada. Russia is ranked 11th.
  4. “While the impact generated by cyberattacks, such as those carried out as recently as 27 June 2017, may not be eliminated completely, prevention and mitigation measures to reduce the risks posed by cyber-related threats can and should always be put in place,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

KEYS:

  1. The United Nations is an intergovernmental organization tasked to promote international co-operation and to create and maintain international order
  2. Headquarters: New York City, New York, United States
  3. Founded: 24 October 1945, Lake Success, New York, United States
  4. Secretary general: António Guterres
  5. Founders: Syria, United States of America, Turkey, India, Brazil, more
  6. Subsidiaries: United Nations Security Council, UNESCO, more
  7. Awards: Nobel Peace Prize, Peabody Award, Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject

 

 

China denies visa to two researchers of India Foundation

  1. China has put on the hold of the visa of two researchers of a seven-member India Foundation delegation for visiting Fudan University in Shanghai. China has also deniws the visa of India Foundation Director, Alok Bansal on hold. By this the India on the Friday has called off for the visits in that issue.
  2. BJP General Secretary Ram Madhav, said, “I was not in the delegation. It was supposed to be an academic delegation. After the denial of visa to two researchers, Foundation called off the visit,”
  3. Visa of India Foundation Director, Alok Bansal, said, “No idea why the visa was denied. It’s the discretion of the Chinese government to give visa. It’s a shock because we didn’t think that visa would be a problem.”
  4. “We had a word with Fudan University, they are disappointed. We will just wait for the clearance. Seeing the sudden developments on the border, the possibility of a hidden political vendetta cannot be denied,” hAlok Bansal, said.

KEYS:

  1. China is a populous nation in East Asia whose vast landscape encompasses grassland, desert, mountains, lakes, rivers and more than 14,000km of coastline
  2. Capital Beijing mixes modern architecture with historic sites such as the Forbidden City palace complex and Tiananmen Square. Shanghai is a skyscraper-studded global financial center
  3. The iconic Great Wall of China runs east-west across the country’s north
  4. Capital: Beijing
  5. Currency: Renminbi
  6. Official language and national language: Standard Chinese
  7. President: Xi Jinping
  8. Recognised regional languages: Mongolian; Tibetan; Uyghur; Zhuang; various others

 

BANKING & FINANCE

India likely to clock 6.9% GDP growth this fiscal – BMI Research

India likely to clock 6.9% GDP growth this fiscal – BMI Research

  1. Indian economy has been assuming that the in the coming time there should be the recover and the time of the GDP growth of 6.9 per cent in this financial year, should be fixed, says a report.
  2. “We expect the economy to continue to recover over the coming quarters. We are forecasting real GDP growth to come in at 6.9 per cent in 2017-18,” it is said in the report.
  3. The report said, “Despite the Reserve Bank of India’s efforts to clean up these bad loans, these will likely take some time to be worked through the system, and therefore, credit allocation to the productive sectors of the economy is likely to be negatively affected,”
  4. In the report it is said, “That said, ASEAN and India will likely continue to be the bright spots in the region due to positive demographics and improvements in their business environments,”

KEYS:

  1. Full form of ASEAN- Association of Southeast Asian Nations
  2. Headquarters- Indonesia
  3. Member states- 10 states
  4. Chairman- Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
  5. Secretary General- Vietnam Le Luong Minh
  6. Establishment- 8 August 1967

 

India to be base to economic pole of global growth – Harvard study

  1. India is going to base of the economic pole of global growth in the coming few years later, that will be ahead of the China, this is said by the Harvard University research. The study of the Harvard University also has warned that the three would be the loss or slowdown of the Economic rate. On top the list of the fastest growing economies to 2025, at 7.7 per cent annually there is the two country, that is India and Uganda.
  2. new growth projections presented by researchers at Centre for International Development at Harvard University (CID) said, “The economic pole of global growth has moved over the past few years from China to neighbouring India, where it is likely to stay over the coming decade,”
  3. Researchers attribute India’s rapid growth prospects said, “India has made inroads in diversifying its export base to include more complex sectors, such as chemicals, vehicles, and certain electronics,”
  4. Ricardo Hausmann, director of CID, professor at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), and the lead researcher of The Atlas of Economic Complexity said, “The major oil economies are experiencing the pitfalls of their reliance on one resource. India, Indonesia, and Vietnam have accumulated new capabilities that allow for more diverse and more complex production that predicts faster growth in the coming years,”

KEYS:

  1. Harvard University is a private Ivy League research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, established in 1636, whose history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the world’s most prestigious universities
  2. Undergraduate tuition and fees: 43,280 USD (2016)
  3. Mascot: John Harvard, the Pilgrim
  4. Subsidiaries: Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, edX, more
  5. Typical SAT scores: 710-800 (2014), 720-800 (2014), 700-800 (2014)

 

Science and Technology

NASA’s Johnson Space Center launches new podcast

NASA's Johnson Space Center launches new podcast

  1. “Houston, We Have a Podcast” is the title of the new video which get revealed by the NASA Johnson Space Center. This podcast, hosted by Gary Jordan with many of the guest and the many work and the achievement of the NASA’s home of human spaceflight in Houston, Texas.
  2. In the first episode, which has released July 7, NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot has provided the high-level overview of the International Space Station like, what it is, how it works, and why it’s there. Upcoming episodes will feature information on space food, human research in space, mission control and communications.
  3. Personal stories of human spaceflight, from living on the space station to understanding what it may be like to walk on Mars, will come from the Astronaut Candidates of 2017, International Space Station astronauts, and scientists and engineers from around the center.
  4. Then total time taken by this audio is max. of 45 to 50 minutes, episodes of “Houston, We Have a Podcast” will be released weekly every Friday on iTunes, SoundCloud and nasa.gov.

KEYS:

  1. The Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Manned Spacecraft Center, where human spaceflight training, research, and flight control are conducted
  2. Address: 2101 E NASA Pkwy, Houston, TX 77058, USA
  3. Founded: 1963
  4. Agency executive: Ellen Ochoa, director
  5. Employees: 3,200 civil service
  6. Preceding agency: Space Task Group
  7. Parent organization: NASA
  8. Approximately 3,200 civil servants, including 110 astronauts, are employed at Johnson Space Center.

 

 

SPORTS

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray wins roller-coaster contest; Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance

Wimbledon 2017: Andy Murray wins roller-coaster contest; Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep advance

  1. Andy Murray has get his scary against the Fabio Fognini as she is the defending championship for the Wimbledon last 16 along with title rival Rafael Nadal on Friday.
  2. Andy Murray said, “Obviously the end of the match was tense. It was a very up and down match. I didn’t feel like it was the best tennis, but I managed to get through. I was pleased to get off in four sets.”
  3. Nadal said, “I played fantastic for a set and a half but it got tougher after that. He started to hit stronger so I was happy to get through in three sets,”
  4. Murray has not thought that she will get it all in her way in the against the Fognini, but she proved and get World No 1 eventually subdued the eccentric Italian 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 to secure a 10th successive appearance in the Wimbledon fourth round.

KEYS:

  1. The Championships, Wimbledon, commonly known simply as Wimbledon, is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely regarded as the most prestigious
  2. Prize money: 31.6 million GBP (2017)
  3. Most titles (female): Elizabeth Ryan (7)
  4. Founded: 1877
  5. Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
  6. Surface: Grass court

 

Asian Athletics Championships: Shy boy is the runaway hit

  1. Ajay kumar Saroj said at the medal ceremony of the men’s 1,500 metres and the gold medalist has been informed that he has to attend a press conference. He has never faced journalists and isn’t ready for blinding flashlights. He seems reluctant to take the stage.
  2. Coach Bhatia said, “It is not every day you see an athlete celebrating before winning. I was a little worried because he wasn’t even in the lead. But such was his confidence today. He beat an Asian Games medal winner,”
  3. Saroj says candidly, “I knew that I had enough in my legs to give a final burst even if he (Hairane) pulled away from me in the last 100 metres. The atmosphere was electric and to run in front of a home crowd at such a big event really got me excited. I had never planned to celebrate so early but I knew I would win this race,” Saroj says.The athlete is hoping to better his personal best (3:43.27), achieved at the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi, when he participates at the World Championships. “I know the competition in London will be at a much higher level. I may not get a chance to celebrate like this,”
  4. Bhatia says, “Though, this was his first real brush with limelight at the senior level, as a junior he was always seen as a special talent. His father, Dharampal Singh, an army man, was first to spot Saroj’s potential. He encouraged his son to move to Lucknow, from Allahabad, to train under coach Bhatia. “He is from a family of runners. His brother and sister are also my students. But among all the siblings he has emerged as the most successful,”

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Indian-origin man Guruswamy Jayraman awarded Australia’s highest civilian award

Indian-origin man Guruswamy Jayraman awarded Australia’s highest civilian award

  1. Guruswamy Jayraman,who is the Indian origin of 69-year-old Glenwood resident who migrated from Delhi to Australia in 1991, has been awarded Order of Australia for community work, the highest civilian award in Australia.
  2. “This is a wonderful recognition for 25 plus years of work with my research group at the ANU,” Jagadish, who works on semiconductor optoelectronics and nanotechnology.
  3. Chandra, an eye doctor who has been the head of vitreoretinal surgery at Westmead Hospital since the unit opened in 1985 said, “I’m not a showy person but I was glad to be recognised. The field I specialise in is one of the most difficult in eye surgery. God has given me these skills and a good life in Australia,”

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  1. Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans
  2. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal
  3. Its capital, Canberra, is inland
  4. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses
  5. Capital: Canberra
  6. Currency: Australian dollar
  7. Points of interest: Great Barrier Reef, Blue Mountains, more

 

 

OBITUARY

Sheila Michaels, who brought ‘Ms’ into mainstream, dies at 78

Sheila Michaels, who brought 'Ms' into mainstream, dies at 78

  1. Sheila Michaels, the American feminist who has fought for the popularise for the word that she has invented that is the “Ms” for women, which is now in mainstream use, she has died at the age of 78 years.
  2. “‘Ms’ is how you address a woman as a whole person. In a culture where women were identified on the basis of their marital status… [it was a] way to define ourselves as individuals, not subordinates or partners.”
  3. Sheila Michaels once said, “Growing up in St Louis, Missouri, I’d developed a curiosity about a woman known as Miz Noble who lived behind our house. I wondered whether this meant she was unmarried or a widow. I liked the ambiguity,”

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  1. The U.S. is a country of 50 states covering a vast swath of North America, with Alaska in the northwest and Hawaii extending the nation’s presence into the Pacific Ocean
  2. Major Atlantic Coast cities are New York, a global finance and culture center, and capital Washington, DC
  3. Midwestern metropolis Chicago is known for influential architecture and on the west coast, Los Angeles’ Hollywood is famed for filmmaking
  4. Capital: Washington, D.C.
  5. President: Donald Trump
  6. States: California, Hawaii, Florida, Texas, Massachusetts, Alaska

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Mango Festival

International Mango Festival

  1. The International Mango Festival has been organise every year, India this celebrate during the summer by celebrating many of the variety of the mangoes.
  2. This festival is organised by the Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation (DTTDC) in collaboration with the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority, the National Horticultural Board and the New Delhi Municipal Council.
  3. More than 550 varieties and cultivars of mango are featured in the festival for visitors to view and taste. Among these are alphonso, mallika, amrapali, himsagar, malda, balia, chorasya, dhaman, dhoon, fazia, gelchia, nigarin kheria, ruchika and shamasi.
  4. Famous chefs from five star hotels like the Maurya Sheraton, Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Inter-Continental Hotel, Marriott India, Qutub Hotel and Claridges around India demonstrate the preparation of assorted recipes made with mango.

KEYS:

  1. Event: International Mango Festival at Dilli Haat
  2. Date: Between the months of June – July
  3. Started in- 1987

 

 

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