LinkedIn hits 50 million users in India

LinkedIn, World’s largest professional network platform, has witnessed a remarkable growth of 50 million userbase in India. India is only behind the U.S. (150 million userbase) while China stands at third position with 40 million. LinkedIn was launched in India in 2009 with a user base of 3.4 million. It is observed that the company’s growth is largely driven by tier II, tier III cities instead of metros. Akshay Kothari, India head for LinkedIn, said the company is more focused on increasing blue-collared jobs availability. Besides, it is looking for regional language support on the platform.

Scientists discovered 12 new moons around Jupiter

Scientists have found 12 new moons orbiting around Jupiter, bringing its total number of moons to 79, the most for any planet in the solar system. One of the moons has been called a “real oddball” due to its tiny size. Scientists think the vast number of objects orbiting the planet is probably the result of collisions earlier in its life, which have been captured by Jupiter and now continue to orbit it.

India jump to 5th rank in latest Men’s Hockey World Rankings

In the latest list of Men’s hockey world rankings issued by the International Hockey Federation (FIH), India jumped one place to the fifth position, and Champions Trophy winners Australia (1906 points) remained on top of the chart. Argentina ranked second with 1883 points, followed by Belgium (1709 points) and Netherlands (1654 points). The next challenge for India is the Asian Games, in which India have been placed in Pool A alongside Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka and Hong Kong China, while Pool B comprises Malaysia, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Oman, Thailand and hosts Indonesia.

Vinesh Phogat won gold at Spanish Grand Prix

24-year-old Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat grabbed a gold in the women’s 50kg freestyle category at the Spanish Grand Prix in Madrid, by defeating Canada’s Natasha Fox 10-0 in the final match. She had won a gold at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in the 50kg category.

ASI has planned to upgrade seven monuments in Tamil Nadu

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has planned to upgrade infrastructural and tourist-friendly facilities at seven sites, which are approved under Adarsh Smarak Scheme for Conservation of Monuments, in Tamil Nadu. The Adarsh Monuments proposed to be upgraded by the Ministry of Culture include the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram, Vellore Fort, Brihadeeswarar Temple in Thanjavur, Kailasanathar Temple in Kancheepuram, Sittannavasal Caves, Gingee Fort and Moovar Koil in Kodumbalur. The work has already begun at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram.

India’s first Defence incubators will come up in Hyderabad

The incubator will be housed at T-Hub and will be India’s missile development centre and fast emerging the hub for aerospace industries. The incubator will be funded through the Ministry’s Innovation for Defence Exellence (iDEX) scheme. Initially, a corpus of ₹100 crore has been created by two PSUs- HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited) and BEL (Bharat Electronics Limited), each contributing ₹50 crore.

Marc Marquez won German Grand Prix for 9th time

Honda’s Marc Marquez clinched his ninth consecutive German Grand Prix victory and took a 46-point championship lead over Valentino Rossi into the summer break after dominating what is set to be the final MotoGP race at the Sachsenring. Seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi finished second with his Yamaha team-mate Maverick Vinales third.

UK topped Global Ranking of Nations’ soft power

In 2018 ‘Soft Power 30’ index, published by UK-based strategic communications consultancy firm Portland and the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy, France placed second and Germany as third followed by the US. India does not figure on the list, but this year’s report also features a chapter dedicated solely to Asia, listing 10 countries in the region, ranking India’s soft power as eighth.

EU and Japan signed major trade deal

Japan and the EU signed a trade deal, as an act against protectionism, as Washington puts up barriers and threatens a trade war. The deal which is signed in Tokyo is the largest ever negotiated by the EU. It is aimed to create a massive free trade zone, eliminating tariffs for everything from Japanese cars to French cheese. The agreement is expected to enter into force in 2019.

Sajan clinches gold in Junior Asian Wrestling Championships

Indian wrestler Sajan clinched India’s first gold on the opening day of the Junior Asian Wrestling Championships. Sajan outplayed Iranian Shayan Hossein Afifi in the title clash of the 77kg category Greco-Roman bout 3-0. The first point was scored after the opponent was penalized for passivity and Sajan managed to throw Afifi out of the mat for two more in the first round.

IIT Madras unveiled World’s First Remotely Operable Microscope

The Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) at a cost of Rs 40 crore, was developed in a collaborative exercise involving eight top research institutions headed by IIT Madras. The microscope enables precise view of atoms of a material and a true three-dimensional (3D) atomic scale reconstruction which would impart a major thrust to research in nanotechnology, among other fields.

Aadhaar not mandatory for Rs. 5 lakh insurance under Modicare

The Health Ministry has clarified it’s not mandatory for beneficiaries to submit Aadhaar details for seeking ₹5-lakh health insurance under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, dubbed as ‘Modicare’. About Ayushman Bharat: Ayushman Bharat is National Health Protection Scheme, which will cover over 10 crore poor and vulnerable families (approximately 50 crore beneficiaries) providing coverage upto 5 lakh rupees per family per year for secondary and tertiary care hospitalization.

Turkey to sell 30 Military Helicopters to Pakistan

The deal for the sale of Turkey’s T129 ATAK helicopters was signed between Turkish Aerospace Industries and the Pakistani Defense Production Ministry. Turkey would also provide logistics, spare parts, training and ammunition.



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