Daily News Analysis for IAS / UPSC (2nd August, 2016)


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Goa Indian Institute of Technology’s temporary Campus inaugurated

  • temporary campus is set to function from temporary campus at Goa Engineering College Farmagudi and will be mentored by IIT Mumbai
  • Proposed IIT to be established at Loliem located about 88 km from Goa capital Panaji in south.
  • 300 acre campus is expected to come up in a couple of years.
  • temporary campus at GEC is fully equipped with class rooms, laboratories and modern hostel buildings.


India to host international summit on tobacco-control

  • India will host a crucial global summit 7th session of the Conference of the Parties(COP7) to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO-FCTC) in November 2016.
  • Summit aimed to eliminate the illicit trade of tobacco products in which delegates from 180 countrieswill take part at the Indian Exposition Mart in
  • India also urged generating awareness on harmful effects of tobacco use.


‘Run For Rio’ in Delhi

  • Over 20,000 schoolchildren took part in the event from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium till Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
  • Run aiming to demonstrate to the athletes that the country is proud Rio and to connect public at large, particularly among Children and youth, with the Olympic spirit and power of sports


‘Make in India’ conference in Bhubaneswar

  • to attract the investors to invest in the State.
  • Initiative Make in India is to attract investments in various Industrial sector to boost the economy.
  • India received US$63 billionin FDI last year
  • main aim of this program is to focus on job creation and skill enhancement in 25 sectors of the economy.


Maiden broad gage train service from Agartala to Delhi

  • new Broad gauge train named Tripura Sundari Express’ will ply weekly between Agartala and New Delhi
  • will halt at 16 stationsand cover a distance of 2461 kms in 46 hours and 50 minutes.
  • IRCTC would be advised to bring new tourist packages for North East & Bangladesh for wider connectivity of the region.


Madhubabu Pension Scheme extended to 50 lakh beneficiaries

  • ‘Madhubabu Pension Scheme‘ is going to be extended tothree lakh more beneficiaries from August 15.
  • this scheme covers 50 lakh beneficiariesmarking a strategic mark in building the social security of the normal people of Odisha.
  • eligible people below poverty line (BPL) category would be covered under this Madhu Babu Pension Yojana. Under the old-age pension scheme, a person receives Rs 300per month after attaining 60 years.
  • Beneficiaries beyond the age of 80 receive Rs 500 per month.
  • state government provides Rs 100 under the scheme, the remaining amount is provided by the Centre.



India ranks first in the Global Stunted Growth Children List

  • India became the destination of largest number of stunted – malnutrition childrenin world in terms of volume of the living population
  • India ranks at first positionfollowed by Nigeria, Pakistan and China.
1 India 48
2 Nigeria 10.3
3 Pakistan 9.8
4 Indonesia 8.7
5 China 8

Joint Indo-Thailand Military Exercise ‘Maitree’ culminates

  • Two Week long Indo-Thailand Military Exercise Maitree–2016is came to end at Krabi, Thailand
  • The exercise had commenced on 15 July 2016.
  • Royal Thailand Army hosted the Exercise along with Indian Army where 90 Soldiers from India took part.
  • There was extensive training to expand inter- operabilitybetween the sides that covers various areas
  • Familiarization with weapons & equipment used by both the sides
  • Analyzing groupings, Drills and tactics while operating in counter terrorism environment
  • Modalities for conduct of Area Domination operations in urban environment.


Business and Economy

Hetero Healthcare to set up units in three states

  • Hyderabad based Hetero Healthcarehas announced that the company will set up three units in Andhra Pradesh, Sikkim and Telangana to expand the business.
  • proposed units will come up in the coming months that will manufacture injectables at the Andhra unit and tablets and capsules in Guwahati
  • The Pharmaceutical major company has 25 plantsin India and has global marketing presence in over 100 countries. The company was founded in 1993.


People in News

Tokyo gets it first Woman Governor – Yuriko Koike

  • Japanese people elected Yuriko Koikeas the first woman governor of Tokyo on July 31.
  • she is a former defense minister of Japan.
  • appointment will play a key in the preparations of the Olympics 2020which is going to be held in Tokyo.
  • Ms Koike received more than 9 million votesin election, which lead to the defeat of her opponents by a wide margin.
  • The election which was contested by a record field of 21 candidates.
  • She will take charge of a sprawling Tokyo with a population ofmore than 13 million.
  • former governor Yoichi Masuzoe, resigned in June after an exorbitant, though not illegal, spending of taxpayers’ money, including for hotel suites and expensive artwork.


Justice Dilip Babasaheb Bhosale sworn in as new CJ of Allahabad HC

  • Justice Bhosale belongs to a family of freedom fighters and his father Babasaheb Bhosalehad served as Chief Minister of Maharashtra.


Vishvas Vidu Sapkal concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Cook Islands

  • a 1998 batch IFS Oficer presently High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Fiji,
  • The Cook Islands, the South Pacific archipelago nation, lies southwest of Tahiti.


B N Reddy concurrently accredited as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Cameroon

  • Current High Commissioner of India to the Federal Republic Of NigeriaB N Reddy has appointed as the High Commissioner of India to the Republic of


Rani Nair set to be new CBDT Chairperson

  • Rani Singh Nairhas appointed as the new CBDT Chairperson with incumbent Atulesh Jindal who retired on July 31st 2016
  • Nair will be in office till October 31during which she will be looking to achieve maximum success under the one-time domestic black money disclosure scheme being run by the government also called the Income Declaration Scheme (IDS).
  • Nair has been instrumental in framing the procedures and protocols that led to the roll-out of the IDS on June 1 this year.


Ashok Leyland non-exec vice chairman R Seshasayee resigns

  • He was the President of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) till September 2003,
  • He was also the Chairman of the International Trade Committeein SIAM.
  • He has even served as a director in ICICI Bank, EID Parry India, and Sundaram Asset Management.



Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Park Now In UNESCO ‘Heritage’ List

  • Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Parkhas been announced as the India’s first “mixed world heritage site by UNESCO
  • With this the list of UNESCO heritage sites in India moves 35as of date.
  • Mountains Park site has been given this recognition for outstanding universal values both in terms of its natural and cultural significance.
  • park is at an altitude of 8,586 metersand is third highest mountain of the world and is the highest in the country is a home animals such as red panda, snow leopard, great Tibetan sheep and musk deer.
  • The Park is in eastern Himalaya was set up in 850 sq km area in 1977 and was later extended to 1,784 sq km


Science and Technology

World’s lightest electric paraglider trike developed

  • National University of SingaporeScientist have designed and built the worlds lightest electric paraglider trike, that can take off and land with wheels.
  • It operates on battery also can reach6 Km.
  • The aircraft namedDelta, has two propellers that mounted on the tail. The Motors are the prime movers for the propellers is powered by lithium polymer batteries.
  • The aircraft namedDelta, has two propellers that mounted on the tail. The Motors are the prime movers for the propellers is powered by lithium polymer batteries.
  • is capable of carrying one person up to 75kg in its current prototype
  • can fly up to a speed of 36 km per hour under normal wind conditions, and for a typical flight time of 10 minutes on fully-charged batteries. This allows it to cover up to a distance of 6 km.
  • aircraft was specially made for the National Geographic Channels new series Machine Impossible.



India To Host Kabaddi World Cup In October

  • International Kabaddi Federation (IKF) announced that India will host theKabaddi World Cup this year, featuring 12 countries.
  • Kabaddi World Cup-2016will have participation from USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Iran, Poland, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Korea, Japan and Kenya apart from the hosts.
  • game became included in Asian Games in the year 1990since then India have won all the gold medals.


Luke Aikins created a new record by diving from 25, 000 feet without parachute

  • Luke Aikins became the first skydiver to leapt into the sky from an airplane at 25,000 in a operation named Heaven Sent, without any parachute or wingsuit and landed safely on the ground in a net
  • He leapt in free fall using only the air currents around him to land safely on a high-tech 10,000-square-foot net.
  • He prepared him to jump out of a plane at 25,000ft and him successfully done with this unusual record by landing in a Californian desert.
  • Out of the three skydivers who tried this diving, only Aikins accomplished this without any aid to glide in the air.
  • He practiced this stunt for about two years and made this historical adventurous event successful.
  • Aikins is an ace skydiver who holds the record of 18,000 parachute jumpsacross the globe.