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08- JULY - 2016

 

PRESIDENT PRANAB MUKHERJEE PRESENTS B C ROY NATIONAL AWARDS FOR 2008, 2009 AND 2010

President Pranab Mukherjee presented the Dr. B. C. Roy National Awards for 2008, 2009 and 2010.

The awards were presented at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi on the occasion of Doctors' Day.

List of awardees for the year 2008

Dr. Mammen Chandy

Prof. Rajeshwar Dayal

Dr. Rohit V. Bhatt

Dr. Neelam Mohan

Prof. Mohan Kameswaran

Dr. Harsha Jauhari

Dr. Gopal H. Badlani

Dr. Yash Gulati

List of awardees for the year 2009

Dr. KH Sancheti

Dr. Atul Kumar

Dr. Renu Saxena

Dr. Kanan A. Yelikar

Dr. A.K. Kriplani

Dr. G.V. Rao

Dr. H.S. Bhanushali

Dr. Moti Lal Singh

Dr. C.N. Purandare

Dr. C.V. Hari Narayan

List of awardees for the year 2010

Dr. Nikhil C. Munshi

Dr. Tejinder Singh

Prof. O.P. Kalra

Dr. Amrinder Jit Kanwar

Dr. Subash Gupta

Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Dr. Glory Alexander

About Dr. B. C. Roy Award

The B.C. Roy Awards were instituted by the Medical Council of India in 1976.

The award was instituted in memory of renowned physician and former West Bengal Chief Minister Dr. Bidhan Chandra Roy.

About Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy

Bidhan Chandra Roy was the second Chief Minister of West Bengal.

He remained in his post for 14 years as an Indian National Congress candidate, from 1948 until his death in 1962.

He was a highly respected physician and a renowned freedom fighter.

Dr. Roy is often considered the great architect of West Bengal.

He founded five eminent cities, Durgapur, Kalyani, Bidhannagar, Ashokenagar and Habra.

He was an alumnus of the Medical College Calcutta of the University of Calcutta.

INS TARASA, FOLLOW-ON WATER JET FAST ATTACK CRAFT, LAUNCHED BY INDIAN NAVY

Indian Navy launched the fourth in the series of Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft (FO-WJFAC) called INS Tarasa. It was launched at the Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata.

The name of the ship, like the previously launched FO-WJFACs, is based on the picturesque island in the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal.

Follow-on Water Jet Fast Attack Craft INS Tarasa

• These are powered by the latest MTU engines.

• Along with an advanced machinery control system and water jets it can attain a maximum speed of up to 35 Knots.

• The indigenous CRN 91 Gun with Optronic Pedestal gives the ships the requisite firepower to undertake its role of patrolling at sea effectively.

• The FO-WJFAC, Yard 2112 is designed in-house and built by GRSE, Kolkata for the Indian Navy.

EXERCISE RIPMAC 2016 BEGINS

Exercise RIMPAC 2016, the Pacific military exercise, began on 30 June 2016 at Hawaii with 26 nations participating in the war games that will cover the Hawaiian Island and southern California.

The theme of RIMPAC 2016 is Capable, Adaptive, Partners. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971.

Highlights of the RIPMAC 2016

• Twenty-six nations, 45 ships, five submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise that is scheduled.

• This year's exercise includes forces from Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, China, Peru, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.

• Hosted by US Pacific Fleet, RIMPAC 2016 will be led by US Vice Adm Nora Tyson, commander of the US 3rd Fleet (C3F), who will serve as the Combined Task Force (CTF) commander.

• Royal Australian Navy Rear Adm Scott Bishop will serve as deputy commander of the CTF, and Japan Maritime Self Defence Force Rear Adm Koji Manabe as the vice commander.

• Other key leaders of the multinational force will include Commodore Malcolm Wise of the Royal Australian Navy, who will command the maritime component.

• Brig Gen Blaise Frawley of the Royal Canadian Air Force will command the air component

• The amphibious task force will be led by Royal New Zealand Navy Commodore James Gilmour.

• Three nations Denmark, Germany, and Italy will participate in RIMPAC for the first time in 2016.

• The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities ranging from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting.

• The relevant training program includes amphibious operations, gunnery, missile, anti-submarine, and air defence exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations and salvage operations.

• Unfortunately, due to unforeseen scheduling commitments, Brazil will not participate in RIMPAC '16.

• Indian Naval ship Satpura, an indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate, will participate in the exercise.

India's Participation in the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise

• The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster cooperative relationships that are critical to ensure the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans.

• Exercise RIMPAC is held biennially in the Western Pacific Ocean and Indian Navy’s association commenced with participation as an Observer in 2006, 2010 and 2012.

• In 2014, Indian naval participation was enhanced with deployment of Sahyadri in the 24th edition of the exercise.

INDIA'S FIRST INTEGRATED DEFENCE COMMUNICATION NETWORK LAUNCHED

India's first Integrated Defence Communication Network (DCN) was launched.

The DCN was inaugurated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at South Block.

The network enables the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Special Forces Command to share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. It is the first tri-service communication and IT network of the Armed Forces.

Key highlights of the Integrated Defence Communication Network

The Defence Communication Network is a strategic, highly secure and scalable system.

It has a pan-India reach, i.e., from Ladakh to the North East to island territories.

The DCN offers high quality voice, video and data services covering 111 entities spread across India.

The network provides converged voice, data and video services to the three Services based on secured system with adequate redundancy.

The tri-communication network makes voice data and video data accessible to the three services over a secured network.

It is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication.

It has also been fixed onboard different military vehicles.

The network has been fully designed and developed in India by HCL Infosystems.

MINISTRY OF YOUTH AFFAIRS AND SPORTS GRANTS RECOGNITION TO PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE OF INDIA

The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports granted recognition to Paralympic Committee of India (PCI).

The recognition comes as a huge confidence boost to the several para-athletes who have qualified for Rio Paralympics.

The Ministry granted recognition to PCI after having conducted free and fair elections with a former Justice of Allahabad High Court as Returning Officer, and after recognition by International Paralympic Committee.

Background

The Paralympic Committee of India was suspended in April 2015 due to internal conflicts between different groups and persons. The conflicts were deteriorating the development of Paralympic Movement in India.

On 31 May 2016, the International Paralympic Committee decided to lift the ban on the Paralympic Committee of India with the sole purpose of allowing para-athletes of the country to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games under the tri-colour.

The IPC had asked the PCI to implement the major reforms programmes outlined by the world body, failing which it could be suspended again.

About Paralympic Committee of India

The Paralympic Committee of India is the body responsible for selecting athletes to represent India at the Paralympic Games and other international athletic meets.

The organisation was founded in 1992 as the Physically Handicapped Sports Federation of India.

The first president of the Paralympic Committee of India was Rathan Singh.

The PCI was given public authority status by the RTI Act of 2005.

GURPREET SINGH SANDHU BECOMES FIRST INDIAN TO PLAY IN EUROPA LEAGUE

Indian footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu became the first Indian to play in Europa League.

Sandhu was named in Norwegian club Stabaek FC'ssquad for their Europa League qualifying match against Welsh Premier League side Connah's Quay Nomads FC.

Who is Gurpreet Singh Sandhu?

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu plays as a goalkeeper for Norwegian Tippeligaen club Stabæk and the India national team.

He is the first ever Indian to play a competitive match for the first team of a top-division European club.

He is the fifth Indian to play professionally in Europe after Mohammed Salim, Baichung Bhutia, Sunil Chhetri and Subrata Pal.

He made his debut for the India U19s against the Iraq U19s in the 2010 AFC U-19 Championship qualification on 5 November 2009.

He was then called up to the senior Indian team squad of 23 for the 2011 AFC Asian Cup. He made his debut against Turkmenistan in a 1–1 draw.

LEWIS HAMILTON WINS 2016 AUSTRIAN GRAND PRIX

Lewis Hamilton won the 2016 Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

Hamilton started the race from pole and went on to win the race after colliding with Nico Rosberg on the final lap. As a result, Rosberg finished fourth behind Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.

About Austrian Grand Prix

The Austrian Grand Prix is a Formula One motor race.

It has been held at two different locations in the Zeltweg area located in Spielberg in southeastern Austria.

It was first held at an airfield there for two years. Then, a permanent race track called the Österreichring was built in 1969 and Formula One first raced there in 1970.

Each subsequent race has been held there in three distinct periods as the circuit has been redeveloped and sold.

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg was the winner of the 2015 Austrian Grand Prix.

CABINET TO BE EXPANDED

  • Govt will be undertaking an expansion of his Council of Ministers with a nod to the upcoming Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and bolstering the talent pool with “doers”, albeit mostly with junior Ministers.
  • The expansion is being made keeping in view the need to bring in doers, and performers who would deliver on Prime Minister Modi’s promise of good governance.
  • Almora MP Ajay Tamta, finds a berth, and is a Dalit. Mahendranath Pandey and Krishna Raj, both from poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, have also got ministerial berths.
  • Among NDA allies, apart from Apna Dal, the Republican Party of India’s Ramdas Athawale will be included.
  • Rajasthan MP P.P. Choudhary, who is a Supreme Court advocate, had been chosen for his professional expertise; Subhash Rao Bhamre, first time MP from Dhule, Maharashtra, is a well known oncological surgeon, while M.J. Akbar is an acclaimed journalist.

BIG AND HIGH-END DIESEL CARS POLLUTE LESS SAYS GOVT.

  • Big and high-end diesel cars have better emission norms and pollute less than the commoner’s small cars, the Centre told the Supreme Court.
  • Govt. challeneged the court’s blanket ban on fresh registration of diesel luxury cars and SUVs with over 2000 CC engine capacity in the national capital.
  • Besides, the government warned the highest judiciary that if the continued, global car makers would opt to leave India for greener pastures, rendering lakhs of youths without jobs and FDI in a shambles.

SENSITIVE ELECTRONIC NOSE WITH METAL-ORGANIC FRAMEWORKS BUILT

  • Researchers from the University of Leuven (KU Leuven) in Belgium have built a sensitive electronic nose with metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) that can detect pesticides and nerve gas in very low concentrations.
  • MOFs are like microscopic sponges. They can absorb quite a lot of gas into their minuscule pores. The chemical sensor can easily be integrated into existing electronic devices.
  • The best-known electronic nose is the breathalyser. As drivers breathe into the device, a chemical sensor measures the amount of alcohol in their breath.
  • This chemical reaction is then converted into an electronic signal, allowing a police officer to read the result.
  • The new MOF is the most sensitive gas sensor to date for dangerous substances.

PACIFIC OCEAN RADIATION NEARS PRE-FUKUSHIMA LEVEL

  • Radiation levels across the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal five years after a meltdown at the Fukushima nuclear plant spewed gases and liquids into the sea.
  • Japan shut down dozens of reactors after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake-generated tsunami on March 11, 2011 triggered one of the largest ever dumps of nuclear material into the world’s oceans.
  • In the days following the quake and explosions at Fukushima, seawater meant to cool the nuclear reactors instead carried radioactive elements back into the Pacific.
  • Five years on, a review by the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, which brings together ocean experts from across the world, said radioactive material had been carried as far as the United States.
  • But after analysing data from 20 studies of radioactivity associated with the plant, it found radiation levels in the Pacific were rapidly returning to normal after being tens of millions of times higher than usual following the disaster.
  • The research examined radioactive caesium levels measured off Japan’s coast across the Pacific to North America.
  • Caesium is a by-product of nuclear power and is highly soluble in water, making it ideal for measuring the release of radioactive material into the ocean, it said.
  • Cleaning up Fukushima and making the area habitable again is a crucial plank of government policy in Japan, with Tokyo keen to prove nuclear power is a viable form of energy production for the resource-poor nation.

CHINESE MEDIA SAYS INDIA NEEDS TO MOVE AWAY FROM HISTORICAL BURDENS

  • Criticising the strong reactions from India over China blocking its bid to enter NSG, a state-run daily said India is “still stuck” in the 1962 war mindset as it called for a more objective evaluation of Beijing’s stand.
  • “The Indian public seems to be having a hard time accepting the outcome of the Seoul plenary meeting of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) late last month after India failed to gain entry into NSG,” an article in Global Times said.
  • The country seems to be “still stuck” in the shadow of the war with China in the 1960s and many still hold on to the “obsolete geopolitical view” that China does not want to see India’s rise, it said.
  • Continuing to justify China’s stand to block New Delhi’s bid, the article harped on the often repeated argument of signing the NPT being a must for India to join the NSG and that consensus is required for entry of new members.
  • Quoting Political scientist Zheng Yongnian who stated that that, “China’s bilateral relationship with India is second only to the Sino-U.S. relationship,” it said ties with China are of great significance to India as well.

AFGHANISTAN IS SEEING CALM AFTER SOME TIME

  • For three days Kabul, like much of the Muslim world, will come to a celebratory halt.
  • The sense of anticipation is a welcome if brief relief from Afghanistan’s worsening conflict, with a resurgent Taliban stepping up attacks across the country nearly 15 years after launching their insurgency.
  • Just last week more than 30 police cadets were killed in Kabul as a double suicide blast ripped through the bus that was taking them home for Eid.
  • While the years of fighting have not destroyed the customs surrounding Eid, they have left their mark, with the economy brought to its knees by the insurgency.
  • For just a few days, the girl — who, for her part, defies tradition by wearing a baseball cap instead of the veil — does not want to think about war.

SENSEX CONTINUES ITS RALLY DESPITE BREXIT

  • Nearly 200 stocks hit their one-year high level on the BSE supported by a rally in the broader market where the Sensex rose by about 134 points, registering gains for the sixth session.
  • A total of 192 firms surged to their 52-week high mark, including BPCL, DLF, GAIL, Godrej Consumer Products, Hero MotoCorp, IOC, M&M, NHPC, NTPC, Power Grid Corporation, and Yes Bank.
  • The 30-share Sensex ended higher by 133.85 points, or 0.49 per cent, at 27,278.76 — its highest closing since October 26 last year.
  • It had added 747.20 points in the past five sessions.

COMPANIES TAKING HIGHEST AMMOUNT FROM IPO'S

  • Companies raised as much as Rs.5,855 crore through initial public offers (IPO) in the first three months of the current financial year, the highest quarterly mobilisation in nine years.
  • According to Prime Database, a primary market tracker, the three-month period between April and June saw six main board IPOs and as many as 13 offers in the segment for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
  • Main board IPOs are listed on the main platform of BSE and NSE while there is a separate segment for listing of SME companies. Both, BSE and NSE have such dedicated platforms.
  • Despite a volatile secondary market, six main-board IPOs hit the market collectively raising Rs.5,728 crore in the quarter (corresponding period of FY16 saw five IPOs collecting Rs.2,280 crore).
  • The previous highest-ever mobilisation through IPOs (April-June) was in 2007-08 at Rs.13,083 crore.
  • The domestic institutional investors played a significant role as anchor investors with their subscription amounting to 21 per cent of the amount compared to 12 per cent from foreign investors.

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