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23- AUGUST - 2016

 

:: NATIONAL ::

AFGHANISTAN FORMER PRESIDENT DEFENDS INDIA’S COMMENTS ON BALOCHISTAN

  • Afghanistan’s former President Hamid Karzai “appreciated” Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the human rights situation in Balochistan, saying that India had every right to respond to Pakistan’s provocations.
  • “Pakistani authorities have spoken freely on Afghanistan and India, but this is the first time that the PM of India has spoken about Balochistan,” Mr. Karzai said, during a visit to Delhi.
  • “However I don’t think India intends to go to any proxy wars as it has a tradition of peaceful coexistence. The region should not go to proxy wars.”
  • The remarks from Mr. Karzai, who has often called out Pakistan for its support to the Taliban, come a day after Bangladesh Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu had also backed Mr. Modi.
  • In his address on Independence Day, Mr. Modi had vowed to take up the cause of the Baloch people, facing repression in Pakistan, on the international stage.

SET OF GUIDELINES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM OF UG MEDICAL COURSES

  • There are times when patients are abused by the clinician even without their realisation.
  • For example, a mother who had taken her daughter to a doctor for examination was asked to wait outside.
  • The doctor examined the girl in the absence of a nurse and the mother realised it only later that this is not right.
  • These and many other issues revolving around “unhealthy” doctor-patient relationships will soon be part of the curriculum for undergraduate medical students.
  • Recognising the need for specific guidelines for doctors on sexual boundaries, the Indian Psychiatric Society (IPS) has submitted a set of draft guidelines to the Medical Council of India (MCI), for inclusion in the curriculum for UG medical courses.
  • The draft guidelines, which will be released in a week on the IPS website, will be open for suggestions and objections by psychiatrists and the public for a month.
  • The task force along with the Bangalore Declaration Group (a group of doctors) worked on framing the guidelines for the last seven years.

::  INTERNATIONAL ::

UNESCO DENIES REPORT ON ‘DELISTING’ OF DAMBULLA TEMPLE

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has said that no reference was “ever made” to the delisting of the Golden Temple of Dambulla.
  • It is one of the eight World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka. Located about 175 km from here, the Temple was declared a World Heritage site in 1991.
  • A sacred pilgrimage site for many centuries, this cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the “largest, best-preserved” cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka, according to the UNESCO’s website.
  • It contains Buddhist mural paintings, covering an area of 2,100 sq. m and contains 157 statues.
  • There have been reports of concern over the state of conservation of the monument.
  • In March 2015, the International Committee on Monuments and Sites, the UNESCO’s advisory body for cultural properties, had dispatched a monitoring mission to assess the situation.

INDIA PERFORMS UNSATISFACTORY IN BROADBAND ADOPTION

  • India ranks a low 39th in terms of fixed broadband adoption among Asia Pacific countries, with just 1.3 per cent of its citizens subscribing to such a service in 2015, according to a study by the ESCAP.
  • India ranks lower than countries such as Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in fixed broadband subscriptions per 100 inhabitants in ESCAP countries in 2015, according to the report ‘State of ICT in Asia and the Pacific 2016.
  • Hong Kong, New Zealand, Japan, Macao, Australia and Singapore topped the list of 53 countries covered in the report. According to the latest ITU data for 2015, more than half of the global fixed broadband subscriptions are from Asia and the Pacific.
  • This is followed by Europe (21.9 per cent) and North America (14.1 per cent).
  • The report pointed out that this was a dramatic increase from 2005 when subscriptions in the ESCAP region merely constituted 38.1% of the global total fixed broadband subscriptions, followed by Europe (28.6 per cent).

:: BUSINESS AND ECONOMY ::

CENTRAL BOARD OF EXCISE AND CUSTOMS TO COME UP WITH INTER-STATE GST

  • The Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) is working on the process concerning Inter-state Goods and Services Tax (IGST).
  • Inter-state Goods and Services Tax will be put in public domain soon.
  • GST, although people say it is not directly related to Customs, is going to be a reality now.
  • The target date is April 1, 2017. What will be the system of levy of IGST? How revenue will be taken? All these things are yet to be decided and this will be on public domain soon.

:: IMPORTANT DETAILED NEWS ::

INTEL UNVEILS PROJECT ALLOY DEVICE TO CREATE MERGED REALITY

Intel unveiled Project Alloy, an all-in-one virtual reality solution, in San Francisco, the USA.

Alloy delivers a set of new and immersive experiences thanks to Intel’s RealSense technologies that are optimized for VR usages. It is a headset that uses the RealSense technology enabling people to use their hands to interact with elements of the virtual world. There is no need for cables to connect to the computer.

Key highlights of the Alloy

The device can be operated without cords dangling from the VR headset connecting to the computer. The computing power is located in the Alloy Head-Mounted Device (HMD), which allows the user to experience VR untethered.

The device uses Intel RealSense technology, which allows one to see elements from the real world. One can also use one’s hands to interact with elements of the virtual world, merging realities.

Alloy’s merged reality is made possible by Intel RealSense cameras attached to the headset.

What is merged reality?

The merged reality is more dynamic and natural, and allows people to do things that are now impossible.

It digitises the real world and allows people to experience the virtual world without coming into conflict with the real world.

One example is playing two musical instruments at the same time: a virtual piano with one hand and a cello with the other.

GYMNOTHORAX INDICUS, NEW SPECIES OF EEL FOUND IN BAY OF BENGAL

A group of researchers discovered a new species of eel, Gymnothorax indicus, from the northern Bay of Bengal along the West Bengal coast. It is likely to be called Indian unpatterned moray.

The discovery was published in an international journal, Zootaxa, in the second week of August 2016.

The eel was studied by the scientists at Sankarpur fishing harbour in West Bengal’s Purba Medinipur district. It was collected in a trawl net by fishermen in northern Bay of Bengal, about 70 km off the coast.

Key highlights of the Gymnothorax indicus

The newly found species is slender-bodied, about one feet-long and edible.

The one-foot long fish has 194 vertebrae.

Its dorsal fin has a black margin.

When fresh, the body is uniformly pale brown without spots or patterns and the eye rim is pale.

HINDI AUTHOR SUNITA JAIN CONFERRED WITH VYAS SAMMAN AWARD 2015

Hindi scholar and writer Sunita Jain was awarded with the prestigious 25th Vyas Samman 2015 for her poetry collection Kshama. She received the award by West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi.

Jain, through her poetry, portrays the fine emotions between poet Tulsidas and his wife Ratnavalli inKshama. She has managed to aptly convey the sentiment of forgiveness between Tulsidas and his wife using very fine language.

The award instituted by the K K Birla Foundation carries a cash prize of 2.50 lakh rupees. It is given annually to outstanding literary work in Hindi authored by an Indian citizen.

About Sunita Jain

• She writes in both English and Hindi and has over 100 books to her credit.

• She began to write at the age of 22 and has published short-stories, novels and poems in Hindi and English.

• Her works in English include A Girl of Her Age and two short-story anthologies A Woman is Dead and Eunuch of Time and Other Stories.

• She had also worked as the professor and the Head of the department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi.

• Her book Kshama was published in 2008.

• She was awarded with the Padma Shri in 2004.

V P SINGH BADNORE SWORN IN AS GOVERNOR OF PUNJAB

V P Singh Badnore took oath as the new Governor of Punjab. He was also sworn in as the Administrator of Chandigarh Administration.

Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J Vazifdar administered the oath of office and secrecy to Badnore at Punjab Raj Bhawan in Chandigarh.

Badnore replaced Kaptan Singh Solanki, who is the Governor of Haryana. Solanki had been holding additional charge of Punjab Governor and Administrator of Chandigarh Administration since January 2015.

Who is V P Singh Badnore?

Badnore belongs to Bhilwara.

He is a four-time BJP legislator in the Rajasthan assembly.

He was an MLA from 1977 to 1980, 1985 to 1990, 1993 to 1998 and 1998 to 1999.

During his last term as an MLA, he served as the state Irrigation minister.

He was a member of the 13th and 14th Lok Sabha from 1999 to 2004 and from 2004 to 2009.

He was elected to the Rajya Sabha in July 2010.

He studied at Mayo College, Ajmer, and Administrative Staff College of India (ASCI), Hyderabad.

He is a graduate in business management.

He was the chairman of the special task force to rehabilitate tigers in Sariska National Park from 2005 to 2009.

NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS 2016 ANNOUNCED

The Union Government announced the National Sports. Olympic Medalists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik will get Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awards. 
Shooter Jitu Rai and Gymnast Dipa Karmakar have also been selected for the top national sports award.

National Sports Awards are given every year to recognize and reward excellence in sports.

Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

Four sports person from different discipline of sports were chosen for the award and they are P.V. Sindhu for Badminton, Dipa Karmakar for Gymnastics, Jitu Rai for Shooting and Sakshi Malik for Wrestling.

The award is given for the spectacular and most outstanding performance in the field of sports by a sportsperson over a period of four years.

Dronacharya Awards

Six sports coaches will be honoured with Dronacharya Awards and they are Nagapuri Ramesh for Athletics, Sagar Mal Dhayal for Boxing, Raj Kumar Sharma for Cricket, Bishweshwar Nandi for Gymnastics, S Pradeep Kumar for Swimming (Lifetime) and Mahabir Singh for Wrestling (Lifetime).

Dipa Karmakar's coach Bishweshwar Nandi will receive the award for Gymnastics.

The award is conferred on coaches for producing medal winners at prestigious international sports events.

Arjuna Awards

15 sports person from different discipline of sports were selected for the award and they are Rajat Chauhan for Archery, Lalita Babar for Athletics, Sourav Kothari for Billiards & Snooker, Shiva Thapa for Boxing, Ajinkya Rahane for Cricket, Subrata Paul for Football, Rani for Hockey, Raghunath VR for Hockey, Gurpreet Singh for Shooting, Apurvi Chandela for Shooting, Soumyajit Ghosh for Table Tennis, Vinesh for Wrestling, Amit Kumar for Wrestling, Sandeep Singh Mann for Para-Athletics and Virender Singh for Wrestling (Deaf).

The award is given for consistently outstanding performance for four years.

Dhyan Chand Award 2015

Three sports person were selected for the awards and they are Athlete Satti Geetha, hockey player Sylvanus Dung Dung and Rower Rajendra Pralhad Shelke.

The award is conferred for life time contribution to sports development.

Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar

Seven organisations were selected for Rashtriya Khel Protsahana Purushkar, 2016 and they are Reserve Bank of India (Employment to sportspersons and other welfare measures), India Infrastructure Finance Corporate Limited (Encouragement to sports through corporate social responsibility), and Subroto Mukherjee Sports Education Society (Sports for Development). Four organisation who were chosen for the award for identification and nurturing of budding and young talent includes Hockey Citizen Group, Dadar Parsee Zorostrian cricket club, Usha School of Athletics and STAIRS.

The award is given to the corporate entities (both in private and public sector) and individuals who have played a visible role in the area of sports promotion and development.

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (MAKA) Trophy: Punjabi University, Patiala.

The trophy is given to the overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.

The awardees will receive their awards from President Pranab Mukherjee at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on 29 August 2016, which is celebrated as the National Sports Day.

Apart from a medal and a citation, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardee will receive a cash prize of 7.5 lakh rupees.

Arjuna, Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awardees will receive statuettes, certificates and cash prize of five lakh rupees each. Recipients of Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar will be given Trophies and certificates. Award money of ten lakh rupees and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Trophy will be given to Punjabi University, Patiala for overall top performing university in inter-university tournaments.

Selection Committee for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Arjuna Awards was headed by Justice SK Agarwal, Retired Delhi High Court Judge.

Selection Committee for Dronacharya Awards and Dhyan Chand Awards was headed by MC Mary Kom.

Selection Committee for Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar was headed by Rajiv Yadav, Secretary (Sports).

NOTE: Shuttler Sindhu created history by becoming the first female athlete from India to win silver in the Rio Olympics. On the other hand, Sakshi Malik who bagged a bronze in the 58kg female wrestling became the first Indian female wrestler and the fourth Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

Besides the medal winners, Dipa Karmakar also became the first Indian female gymnast ever to compete in the Olympics. She attained 4th position in Women's Vault Gymnastics event of Rio Olympics 2016 with an overall score of 15.066. Karmakar is one of only five women who have successfully landed the Produnova, the most difficult vault currently performed in women's gymnastics.

 

 

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