May 7, 2018

NATIONAL NEWS

  1. An important peptide that can be used to create a new preventive vaccine against leptospirosis has been found out by researchers from the Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre, Gandhinagar.
    • Leptospirosis is a tropical infectious disease. At present there is no preventive vaccine for Leptospirosis.
    • Leptospira interrogans is the bacteria responsible for leptospirosis
  1. Government of India signed a loan deal worth $200 million with the World Bank for the National Nutrition Mission (POSHAN Abhiyaan).
    • This loan will help India to reach its goal of reducing stunting in children of the age 0-6 years from 38.4% to 25% by 2022.
    • POSHAN (PM’s Overarching Scheme for Holistic Nourishment) Abhiyaan
    • The Abhiyaan targets to reduce stunting, under-nutrition, anaemia (among young children, women and adolescent girls) and reduce low birth weight
  1. Indian Space Research Organization has developed an atomic clock to be used in navigation satellites to measure clear-cut location data.
    • The desi atomic clock is being developed by the Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad
    • Currently, ISRO imports atomic clocks from European aerospace manufacturer Astriumfor navigation satellites.
  1. India is going to host 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS-2018) in New Delhi from May 10-12, 2018.
    • The summit is being organised by Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) in collaboration with its partners and international organisations.
    • The theme of the annual summit is “Telling our Stories- Asia and More”.

 

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. Israel announced its withdrawal from the contest for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council (UNSC) for the 2019-2020 term.
    • Israel was competing against Germany and Belgium.
  2. Nokia has acquired SpaceTime Insight, a California-based startup, to expand its Internet of Things (IoT) portfolio and IoT analytics capabilities.
    • Rob Schilling, who had been CEO of SpaceTime, will become the head of Nokia’s IoT unit.

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

  1. Border Roads Organisation (BRO) will celebrate its Raising Day on May 7every year
    • BRO’s ideology ‘Shramena Sarvam Sadhyam’ has been implemented in friendly neighbouring countries through different project.

AWARDS

  1. Fiji’s Indian-origin former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has been selected for the V K Krishna Menon Award for his contribution to the Indian diaspora.
    • He became Fiji’s first Indo-Fijian Prime Minister on 19 May 1999

 

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SPORTS

  1. Olympic medalist Gagan Narang and Pooja Ghatkar bagged the silver medal in the mixed event at Grand Prix of Liberation international shooting competition held in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
    • Shri Nivetha and Amanpreet Singh claimed the mixed air pistol silver.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

  1. Scientists have discovered a mineral named Moganite, in a lunar meteorite that points to abundant hidden reserves of water ice under the surface of the Moon, which can be used for future human exploration.
    • Researchers from Tohoku University in Japan discovered the mineral
    • Moganite is a crystal of silicon dioxide

 

  1. Researchers have said that, the dense vegetation in the Western Ghats determines the amount of rainfall that Tamil Nadu gets during the summer monsoon.
    • It contributes to 40% of moisture to the southwest monsoon rainfall in Tamil Nadu in the normal monsoon years