Afghan India Friendship Dam or Salma Dam inaugurated
- Venue:Chist-e-Sharif in Western Afghanistan
Capacity: 42 MW
Purpose: Irrigation of 75000 hectares of land, water supply and other benefits to the people of Afghanistan.
India, Singapore to enhance scale of Military interaction
- India and Singaporehad the first dialogue between their defence ministers to enhance the scale and complexity of existing bilateral military interaction.
- Focus:Bilateral defence Cooperation to the highest level.
India and United States sign MoU for exchange of information on terror
- Purpose:Exchange of intelligence on terror on a real time basis that include biographic information of known and suspected terrorists.
Assam Assembly passes Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2006
- bill aims to create an investment-friendly environment for economic development by making speedy processing of applications
- passed Ease of Doing Business Bill, 2016to make ease of doing business and to attract fresh investment through an easy computerised clearance system across the state.
- issue of clearances for setting up industries.
- also facilitates creating a bureau under the name of Assam Bureau of Investment Promotionfor the purpose of overall supervision and administration.
Asia’s first Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme
- Haryana government launched Asia’s First Gyps Vulture Reintroduction Programme at Jatayu Conservation Breeding Centre, Pinjore
- Two Himalayan Griffons were released.
- breeding and conservation of vultures is a major step in the direction of saving the endangered species.
- country will ‘have four crore vultures in the next 10 years.
- Himalayan Griffon is closely related to the critically endangered resident Gyps species of vultures butis not endangered.
Asia’s largest annual security forum Shangri-La Dialogue Starts
- Asia’s largest annual security forumShangri-La Dialogue was inaugurated in Singapore
- to discuss various security issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
- attended by at least 20 Defence Ministers from Asia-Pacific countries includingIndia represented by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
- key issues that taking front row includes Territorial disputes in the South China Sea, North Korea’s military provocations and Islamist extremism, migration, cybersecurity, counterterrorism and military competition.
Business and Economy
BRICS bank to issue first Yuan denominated bonds
- ShanghaiBased New Development Bank of the BRICS countries is set to issue its first Yuan denominated bonds
- plans to release more bonds in local currencies including in Indian Rupee
- Involving nations:Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS); Head: Indian banker M V Kamath
- Focus:To finance sustainable development projects in the emerging markets and developing countries
Trai launches mobile app to take on pesky call, SMS complaints
- The 1909 DND toll-free number serviceexists right now as well, and users can file complaints
- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India have launched an app named‘DND Services’
- will help mobile users to manage unsolicited commercial communications to curb the pesky call menace.
- The DND service allows residents of India to block pesky callers and texters, along with telemarketers
Johnson & Johnson to buy Vogue International for about $3.3 billion
- Johnson & Johnson would acquire personal-care products company Vogue Internationalfor about $3.3 billion in all cash deal.
- move would increase its position in the hair care market and potentially build up its consumer products segment.
- beauty products of Vogue are sold in the United States and in 38 other countries.
TERI signs MoU with IKSL
- New Delhi based Energy and Resources Instituteand a subsidiary of Indian Farmers Fertilizer Cooperative Limited Kisan Sanchar Limited (IKSL) inked a pact
- MoU helps farmers by providing them information about efficient use of natural resources to help them increase their productivity.
- cooperation will include creating awareness and benefitsof clean lighting and cooking solutions,
People in News
CR Sasikumar appointed MD, State Bank of Travancore
- State Bank of Travancore is one of the five associate banks of State Bank of India.
- He was Deputy Managing Director, Inspection & Management Audit, at SBI Corporate Centre in Hyderabad.
- Started his career as a probationary officer in 1978 and has since held several key positions.
P Dhanapal re-elected as Speaker of Tamil Nadu Assembly
- IADMK candidates P Dhanapal and V Jayaramanwere unanimously re-elected as Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively of the 15th Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly.
- Dhanapal is the first Speaker to be re-elected unanimously for a second successive time.
- DMK leader MK Stalin was officially recognized as Leader of the Opposition, he was as re-elected rom Kolathur in the recent polls.
Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse resigns
- Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadseresigned after alleged over a string of corruption charges, including a questionable land deal.
- Allegations extending that his cellphone allegedly appearing in the call records of gangster Dawood Ibrahim.
- He is a six-time MLA from Muktainagar constituency in Jalgaon Maharashtra.
- American Legendary professional boxer Muhammad Ali, considered as the greatest of all time by many, passed away after a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease
- Ali was born on January 17, 1942 Cassius Marcellus Clay in Kentucky , USA.
V.O.Chidambaranar Port gets National Award
- O. Chidambaranar Portalso second-largest port in Tamilnadu has bagged National Award for Excellence in Cost Management for the year 2015
- award has been given for exemplary performance towards optimization of manpower, savings in electricity, and implementation of Solar Energy Systems, reduction of overall cost of handling by mechanization and improvising efficiency and logistics support.
IBC Gets Affiliation from Commonwealth Boxing Council
- Indian licensing body for professional boxers Indian Boxing Council(IBC) has been officially granted affiliation by the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC).
- It is a Boxing Governing body in national level that approves professional boxing matches and awards national and subordinate championship titles.
- first time in Indiawhere there is an opportunity for the Boxers to be professional.
- authorizing body aims to promote and serve the sport of boxing, to implement fair, scientific and objective computerized systems.
Science and Technology
- Harvard University Scientist developed the bionic Leaf to create Liquid Fuels using Sunlight
- Uses the Sunlight to split water molecules. Hydrogen eating bacteria to produce liquid fuels
World’s smallest pacemaker implanted in 92-year old
- world’s smallest pacemaker was successfully implanted in a 92-year-oldman at Gurgaon based Medanta Medicity Hospital.
- Micra Transcatheter Pacing System is an innovative type of heart device that affords patients with the most advanced pacing technology at one-tenth the sizeof a traditional system.
- Bradycardia, which is a condition described by a slow or irregular heartbeat, typically less than 60 beats per minute. Pacemakers are the most common way to treat this.
NASA Satellite Finds 39 Unreported Sources of Toxic Air Pollution
- NASA scientists have located 39 unreportedand major human-made sources of toxic sulphur dioxide emissions.
- unreported emission sources, found in the analysis of satellite data from 2005 to 2014, are gatherings of coal-burning power plants, smelters, oil and gas operations – found in West Asia, but also in Mexico and parts of Russia.
- Sulphur dioxide is a known health hazard and cause of acid rain.