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Book titled ‘Winning Like Sourav: Think & Succeed Like Ganguly’ released

This book is written by Abhirup Bhattacharya and has an interesting story about Sourav Ganguly gambling on young players like Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh to build the concept of ‘Team India’ and ‘Men in Blue’. The author has previously wrote “Winning Like Virat: Think & Success Like Kohli”.

China, India signed a deal to reduce tariffs on Indian medicines, anti cancer drugs

Indian drugs, specially cancer curing medicines, are in big demand in China. About 4.3 million people are diagnosed with cancer annually in China, according to a report of the state-run China Central Television. Beijing, which earlier announced a cut on import duties on over 8,500 Indian items, will relax taxes on more goods from India and other countries as its trade war with the US heats up. There is a popular movie ‘Dying to Survive’ about zero tariff imposition on anti-cancer medicines in China. The two countries slapped tariffs on each other’s products to the tune of $70 billion last week.

T Latha appointed as new MD, CEO of Dhanlaxmi Bank for three years

She has taken over from G Sreeram, who has retired from the office on July 1, 2018, on completion of his tenure. She has 35 years of banking experience with Punjab National Bank (PNB) and was in charge of credit operations dealing with large corporate credits.

YouTube invests 25 million dollar to fight fake news

The investment is part of the $300 million Google News Initiative which was launched earlier this year in March, to help the media and to deal with fake news. YouTube will provide funding in about 20 global markets to support news organizations in “building sustainable video operations.” YouTube will also add context to video search results about breaking news topics and include linked previews of news articles.

Venkaiah Naidu becomes first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign MoU

The Rajya Sabha, for the first time in 76 years since it came into being, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Senate of Rwanda for promoting inter-parliamentary dialogue. Venkaiah Naidu became the first Chairman of Rajya Sabha to sign such MoU with the visiting President of the Senate of Rwanda Bernard Makuza. The MoU with 6 articles of cooperation seeks to promote Inter-Parliamentary dialogue, capacity building of parliamentary staff, organisation of conferences, forums, seminars, staff attachment programmes, workshops and exchanges. Facts About Rajya Sabha:- ♦ Rajya Sabha was duly constituted for the first time on April 3, 1952 and it held its first sitting on May 13, that year. ♦ The Rajya Sabha or Council of States is the upper house of the Parliament of India with a maximum of 250 members for six-year terms.

Scientists discover world’s oldest colours from Sahara desert in Africa

1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa. The pigments taken from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half a billion years older than previous pigment discoveries. The fossils range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form, and bright pink when diluted.

Krill fishing poses serious threat to Antarctic ecosystem

A new report says that Industrial fishing for krill in the pristine waters around Antarctica is threatening the future of one of the world’s last great wildernesses. A study by Greenpeace found industrial fishing taking place in the feeding grounds of whales and penguins, with vessels involved in oil spills and accidents. It also highlights incidents of fishing boats being involved in groundings, oil spills and accidents pose a serious threat to the Antarctic ecosystem. A global campaign has been launched to create a network of ocean sanctuaries to protect the seas in the region. The commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources who manages the seas around Antarctica will decide on the sanctuary proposal at a conference in Australia in October.

Villas poses a threat to endangered Mediterranean monk seals

A colony of monk seals, the most endangered mammals in the Mediterranean, has found refuge in a string of caves along the coast of Cyprus. But villas on top of the caves are now posing a threat to their habitat. Their numbers diminished through centuries of being disturbed by fishermen, the mammals abandoned beaches over-exploited by humans. Urbanisation and tourism have been the key drivers of the seals’ decline.

Vistara to buy 19 jets from Boeing, Airbus

Indian carrier Vistara has agreed to buy 13 Airbus A320neo family aircraft and six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, at a combined value of $3.1 billion at list prices, as the Tata Sons-Singapore Airlines joint venture prepares to commence international operations. The airline will induct the A320neos between 2019 and 2023 and will use them for domestic and short-haul international flights. The Dreamliners will be delivered between 2020 and 2021 and will be deployed for medium- and long-haul flights.

Sri Lanka announced to execute drug criminals

Sri Lanka announced that it will start hanging drug criminals. The step is taken after seeing the success of the Philippines drug war. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is ready to sign the death warrants of repeat drug offenders and deploy the military to tackle drug crime.

Japans Toray to set up two plants in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh

Toray Industries (India) Private Limited, a Japanese major producing industrial products, has started the construction process for its new facility at Sri City in Andhra Pradesh. It is the 20th Japanese company in Sri city. The facility will come up on 85-acre land at an initial investment of about Rs.1,000 crore. The company will have two plants. A polypropylene (PP) spunbond plant that will produce advanced technical textile Meditech used in diaper manufacturing and an engineered plastics resin compounding plant that will make raw materials for electrical components in automobiles and electrical and electronic connectors.

Mukesh Ambani set to become Asia’s richest person, Now Jack Ma is at Second Spot

According to Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Reliance Industries Ltd chairman Mukesh Ambani overtakes China’s Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma to become Asia’s richest person. Ambani’s net worth now stands at $44.3 billion as compared to Jack Ma’s $44 billion wealth. Ambani has added $4 billion to his fortune this year as Reliance doubled its petrochemicals capacity.

India lodged protests with the UK over a pro Khalistan rally in London

The External Affairs Ministry has lodged protests with the UK government over a pro-Khalistan rally being organised in London in August. This rally is part of a campaign for Referendum 2020 on whether Sikhs should have an independent state, Khalistan. The pro-Khalistan group Sikhs for Justice (SFJ) would hold its first global rally at Trafalgar Square in London on August 12.

World’s first ever Colour X-Ray performed on a Human

New Zealand scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, colour X-ray on a human, using particle-tracking technology, which could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses. According to the CERN, the images very clearly show the difference between bone, muscle and cartilage, but also the position and size of cancerous tumours. The technology is being commercialised by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Otago and Canterbury which helped develop it.

Lupin Ltd. appointed Yashwant Mahadik as Global HR President

Pharma major and Drug firm Lupin Limited appointed Yashwant Mahadik as President, Global Human Resources. Previously, he was assigned with Sun Pharmaceuticals as Global Chief Human Resources Officer prior to which he held HR roles with increasing responsibilities at companies like Philips, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca and Colgate Palmolive.

Essar Ports Ltd. plans to augment the capacity to 110 MTPA by FY19

Essar Ports Ltd. is planning to enhance its port handling capacity to 110 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA) in FY19 from 95 MTPA currently. Rajiv Agarwal, MD Essar Ports Ltd, said the company will add 15 MTPA at an investment of $20 million and additionally invest $50 million more to augment the capacity at Hazira facility. The company has invested Rs.830 crore in this project and this is one of the biggest and best iron-ore handling terminal in the country. The project is aimed to help exporters on the east coast benefit from shorter turnaround times and reduced freight costs. The facility will support both export and coastal traffic. The 95 MTPA capacity at four location includes the 24 MTPA iron-ore handling terminal at Vizag, will be inaugurated by Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.

Vermicompost is distributed from Raj bhavan to 70 TN schools

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit launched the distribution of surplus vermicompost produced on the Raj Bhavan campus to about 70 schools in the city free of cost. The aim is to create awareness about solid waste management among students. In his speech, the Governor laid emphasis on the salient features of vermicompost and said the event was intended to demonstrate the method of its production in schools. He also said that more trees and plants should be grown to protect the environment from pollution.

Anish and Manu won gold in shooting

In the 28th Meeting of Shooting Hopes international championship, Anish Bhanwala won in junior men’s 25m rapid fire pistol and Manu Bhaker won the junior women’s 10m air pistol.

Madras HC ruled that the name of the father in birth certificate is optional

The Madras High Court has ruled that there is no legal obligation on the part of a mother to disclose the name of the father at the time of registering her child’s birth. The court said it will be sufficient for women, who go for intrauterine insemination, to file a sworn affidavit that the child was born from her womb. Justice M.S. pointed out that neither the Births and Deaths Act of 1969, a Central enactment, nor the Tamil Nadu Registration of Births and Deaths Rules of 2000, framed by the State government by exercising powers conferred on it under the Act, requires the father’s name to be recorded in the birth register maintained by local bodies.

Fossil museum in Ariyalur is set to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu CM

The fossil museum at Varanavasi near Ariyalur town is in the state of completion and it will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in a few days. The 100-acre museum will showcase the natural formation of rocks that provide evidence of the existence of dinosaurs and other associated reptilians in the Ariyalur region. A building with provisions to exhibit fossils, rocks and minerals from the Precambrian, Jurassic and Cretaceous period has been constructed. Besides fossils, the museum will have on display rocks of marine origin dating back several million years. It will also exhibit small and big mounds, signifying layers of land-formation over millions of years. Some layers of the mounds will help study the geology of the entire area. It is expected that it would stand out as a model for showcasing the history of life on Earth.

Ravi Mehrotra receives lifetime achievement award at Seatrade 30th Anniversary

Dr Ravi Mehrotra CBE, Chairman of Foresight Group International Ltd., was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Chris Hayman (Chairman, Seatrade) at the Seatrade 30th Anniversary Award Ceremony held at the Landmark, London. The award recognises recipients who have made a significant and lasting contribution to shipping and the maritime industry.

Google introduced Launchpad Accelerator for AI, ML Startups In India

“Launchpad Accelerator India” is a new comprehensive mentorship programme tailored exclusively for Indian startups that are using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to build solutions for the pressing problems in the country. The selected 8-10 startups will get Google’s mentorship and $100K Google Credits.

Madhya Pradesh CM inaugurated NTPC’s Rs 1,500 crore solar plant

Under the “Make in India” initiative, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan dedicated the state-run power giant NTPC’s 250 MW Solar Power Plant in Suwasra, District Mandsaur. With this plant at an investment of about Rs 1,500 crore, generation of electricity has been achieved without affecting the natural eco-system with zero carbon emission.

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