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Bihar to get world’s cheapest clean drinking water

Sulabh International introduced the concept of ‘Sulabh Sauchalya’ in India, which is cost-effective innovative water project to provide the cheapest drinking water in the world, only in 50paisa/litre. The first of such a water project was launched in Bihar’s Darbhanga district, Haribol Pond. The ‘Sulabh Jal’ project converts contaminated pond and river water into safe drinking water. The total cost of installing this project would cost around Rs 20 lakhs. The Sulabh International Social Service Organisation (SISSO) and the French companies installed Rs 20-lakh pond-based water treatment plant in Madhusudan Kanti Village of North 24 Parganas district, located some 100 km from Kolkata.

Haryana top state in per capita revenue collection under GST

Haryana is also the fourth highest generator of e-way bills in the country. About 1.12 crore e-way bills were generated in Haryana between April 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. Haryana has widened the tax base by 82.22 per cent and logged 19 per cent hike in revenue collections.

Angelique Kerber clinched maiden Wimbledon title against Serena Williams

Angelique Kerber defeated seven-time champion Serena Williams in the women’s singles final to clinch her first-ever Wimbledon title. Angelique Kerber hails from Germany. Coming back from a difficult pregnancy, and 10 months after giving birth to daughter Olympia, she was in a major final after just 13 matches. Overall, it was the 30-year-old’s third Grand Slam title after having won the Australian Open and US Open in 2016.

India becomes vice chair of Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation

India has become the Vice-Chair, Regional head, of the Asia Pacific Region of World Customs Organisation (WCO) for a period of two years, from July 2018 to June 2020. The underlying Theme of the Inaugural Ceremony is “Customs – Fostering Trade Facilitation”. WCO represents 182 Customs administrations across the globe that collectively process approximately 98% of world trade. The WCO has divided its Membership into six Regions. Each of the six Regions is represented by a regionally elected Vice-Chairperson to the WCO Council. Being the Vice Chair of the Asia-Pacific region of WCO, India will be able to take on the leadership role at the WCO.

ISRO join hands with J&K to set up telemedicine centre at 12,700 feet

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) joined hands with J&K’s Directorate of Health Services-Kashmir (DHS-K) to set up a telemedicine center at an altitude of 12,700 feet to provide service to pilgrims en route to the Amarnath shrine. The Panjtarni Base Camp Hospital on the Pahalgam cave shrine route will provide real-time treatment for high-altitude and other ailments that pilgrims frequently face in the region. An Intensive Care Unit will be set up to handle critically ill patients. The country‘s top hospitals like Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, (PGIMER), Chandigarh; the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi; the Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS), Srinagar, etc. will be available through the telemedicine facility.

HSV1 virus linked to Alzheimers disease

Scientists have found evidence of a link between herpes infection and Alzheimer’s disease as well as the potential of antivirals in reducing the risk of the neurodegenerative disease. A study by Taiwanese epidemiologists shows that Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV1) which infects most humans in their youth or later and remains in the body for life in dormant form within the peripheral nervous system leads to an increased risk of developing the disease. Scientists believe that these safe and easily available antivirals may have a strong part to play in combating the disease in these patients.

A study reveals that Omega 3 fatty acids in diet can prevent cancer from spreading

A new study, led by Aditi Das from the University of Illinois, U.S., showed that when the human body metabolizes omega-3 fatty acids, it produces a class of molecules called endocannabinoid epoxides (EDP-EA). These have anti-inflammatory properties and can inhibit cancer growth and spread. While eating foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fatty fish, certain nuts, and seeds, have been known to prevent heart diseases and arthritis might also have anti-cancer effects.

Scientist RA Mashelkar proposed as Jio Institute Chancellor

Reliance Foundation has proposed the name of eminent scientist Raghunath A Mashelkar as the Chancellor of yet-to-be established Jio Institute. He currently heads the National Innovation Foundation under the Department of Science and Technology, GoI. Dipak C Jain, former director of Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration in Bangkok, will serve as the Vice-Chancellor of the Institute.

PV Sindhu finished as runner up at the Thailand Open

World number three Sindhu lost the match 15-21, 18-21 in 50 minutes against the world number eight Nozomi Okuhara of Japan, in the final of the Thailand Open BWF World Tour Super 500 tournament in Bangkok. Meanwhile, Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan won the men’s singles title with a three-game victory against Tommy Sugiarto of Indonesia 21-16, 13-21, 21-9 in the final.

Mohammad Kaif retires from competitive cricket

Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of competitive cricket. The 37-year-old Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord’s during the epic NatWest Trophy final in 2002. Kaif was the captain of Under 19 cricket team that won the U-19 World Cup in 2000 against Sri Lanka. Almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective lower-order batting. He finished his career with 7581 first-class runs with 15 hundreds across 129 matches. Kaif is already a cricket analyst and a respected Hindi commentator.

Iceland replaces US and joins as new member of UN Human Rights Council

The U.N. General Assembly has elected Iceland for the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC), filling the seat vacated by the United States, which withdrew from UNHRC last month. Iceland was nominated by the group of Western nations and received 172 votes. Iceland’s term begins immediately and it will serve until December 31, 2019.

Harrier birds visit to India declined as grasslands disappears

Harrier birds, a migratory raptor species that regularly visits vast swathes of India, are declining. India has one of the largest roosting sites in the world for Pallid Harriers and Montagu’s Harriers. The researchers focused on six of the 15 major roosting sites in six States, where consistent observations had been made for over five years. The study observed that there is a general decline in all the monitored sites and researchers noted the most dramatic changes at the Rollapadu Bustard Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh’s Kurnool district, one of the largest. The gravest concern is the loss of grasslands, either to urbanization or to agriculture. Of the 15 roosting sites surveyed, eight no longer exist as grasslands, and only five are protected.

PM Narendra Modi laid foundation stone for various development projects in Varanasi

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for important projects, cumulatively worth over Rs. 900 crores in Varanasi. The projects inaugurated were Varanasi City Gas Distribution Project, Varanasi-Ballia MEMU train, Panchkoshi Parikrama Marg, several projects under the Smart City Mission and Namaami Gange. The Prime Minister also laid the Foundation Stone for an International Convention Centre in Varanasi and Poorvanchal Expressway in Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh. The Prime Minister said that Varanasi is emerging as a center for medical science in the region. Banaras Hindu University (BHU) will work with AIIMS to develop a world-class health institute. He also appreciated the initiatives taken by the people and the State Government of Uttar Pradesh for tourism, and under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Mumbai based automaker unveiled India’s first hypercar ‘Shul’

At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Vazirani Automotive has unveiled India’s first turbine-electric hypercar called ‘Vazirani Shul’. This car is propelled by four separate electric motors located beside every wheel, hence enabling torque vectoring. It has a regenerative braking technology that transfers power to the battery whenever the brakes are applied.

PM Narendra Modi promises to double farmers’ income by 2022

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a two-day visit to eastern Uttar Pradesh during which he will inaugurate development projects worth about Rs 28,000 crore. The government aims to double farmers’ income by 2022 and end the divide between the rich and the poor.

Government plans to replace LPG subsidy with cooking subsidy

NITI Aayog is working on a proposal to replace LPG subsidy with cooking subsidy to extend the benefit to people using piped natural gas and biofuels for cooking. Currently, the government subsidises 12 cylinders of 14.2 kilogram each per household in a year by directly transferring the subsidy amount (i.e., Rs 257.74 per cylinder) to the users’ bank accounts. A non-subsidised cylinder costs Rs 781. 

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