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Indian astronomers discover supercluster of galaxies, he named it ‘Saraswati’
In a significant discovery, a team of Indian astronomers have identified a previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation Pisces.
The supercluster of 43 galaxies, which they named “Saraswati”, is one of the largest known structures in the nearby universe, and is 4 billion light years away from us and may contain the mass equivalent of over 20 million billion suns
The Saraswati supercluster, for instance, extends over a scale of 600 million light years.
The Milky Way, the galaxy we are in, is part of a supercluster called the Laniakea Supercluster, announced in 2014 by Brent Tully at the University of Hawaii and collaborators.
Former Indian batsman Sandeep Patil was named as the brand ambassador of the Indian Indoor Cricket Team.
Patil, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning squad, will be the face of the team in the lead-up to the 10th edition of the World Indoor Cricket Federation (WICF) World Cup, to be held from September 16–23 at the Insportz Club in Dubai.
Google has acquired Bangalore-based Halli Labs, which focuses on Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Halli Labs will be joining Google’s Next Billion Users team, which is primarily focused on mobile and aims to address issues such as low bandwidth & intermittent connectivity, conserving data usage, reducing battery consumption, developing multi-device content, supporting more digital payments systems, and creating localised content among others.
India will host the Theatre Olympics in 2018, first since the event’s inception in 1993, Ministry of Culture in association with National School of Drama (NSD)
Celebrating the cultural and lingual diversity of the participating countries, the theatre event is expected to host over 50 international and 150 Indian theatre groups over the span of two month
Ratan Thiyam, chairperson of NSD Society, informed that the theme for the upcoming event will be ‘Flag of Friendship’.
With the inaugural ceremony scheduled to be held on 17 February 2018, the event will come to a close in Mumbai on 8 April 2018 with a gala function.
The government launched a national strategic plan for the elimination of malaria and pledged to eradicate the vector-borne disease by 2027.
The strategic plan gives year-wise elimination targets in various parts of the country depending upon the endemicity of malaria in the next five years.
The salient features of the NSP include containment of breeding, strengthening malaria surveillance, establishing a mechanism for early detection and prevention of outbreaks of malaria, promoting the prevention of malaria by the use of Long Lasting Impregnated Nets (LLINs), effective indoor residual spray and augmenting the manpower and capacities for effective implementation for the next five years.
Naidu launches revamped NHB RESIDEX Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs Venkaiah Naidu has released the new version of NHB RESIDEX.
The revamped and expanded online user-friendly NHB RESIDEX captures upward and downward movements in the prices of residential real estate prices revealed that prices during January-March 2017 have increased over that of October-December 2016, in about half of the cities covered under the survey while the other half have either registered a decline or remained the same.
Varanasi to have an international center for research on rice varieties by the name International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) by the help of South Asia Regional Center (ISARC).
The Union Cabinet – country’s highest decision making body – on Wednesday approved setting up International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), South Asia Regional Center (ISARC) in Varanasi which will work on developing high-yielding rice varieties.
The Center will be established at existing campus of the National Seed Research and Training Center in the holy city of eastern India within six months.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) will soon be signed for setting up the Center between the country’s agriculture ministry and the IRRI, Philippines.
The ministry will provide physical space for laboratories, offices and training classes with associated infrastructure and land at the National Seed Research and Training Center (NSRTC) in Varanasi, the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency.
With the President of India giving assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott Act, 2016, Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to bring a law making social boycott a crime
With the President of India giving assent to the Maharashtra Prohibition of People from Social Boycott (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2016, Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to bring a law making social boycott a crime.
The movement, initiated by late Narendra Dabholkar, gained momentum after he was shot dead and the Maharashtra legislature passed the law unanimously in 2016.
Maharashtra Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti (MANS) executive president Avinash Patil said the President has signed the law following which the state published it in the gazette.
The new law proposes action against extra-judicial bodies like jat (caste) and community panchayats, and prescribes a maximum punishment of three years in jail.
The country is set to get its first high-speed rail training centre at Gandhinagar.
The centre will provide for advanced training modules on cutting edge technologies.
The construction will begin shortly after the foundation-laying ceremony is held in September,
Being constructed over railway land measuring 4,400 metres at an estimated cost of Rs 600 crore, the training centre will have a sample track fitted with the overhead electrical systems to enable testing of bullet trains that will run on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad route.
While India’s first bullet train is proposed to hit the track in 2023, the training centre is supposed to start operating by 2020.
National Green Tribunal (NGT) to impose Rs 50,000 fine for dumping waste in Ganga river and it banned all construction within 100 metres of the river’s edge from Haridwar in Uttarakhand to Unnao in Uttar Pradesh
This ban will remain in place until authorities complete the demarcation of the Ganga’s floodplains and identify all permissible and non-permissible activities
This was among a range of measures that a six-member NGT bench headed by its chairperson, justice Swatanter Kumar, listed out in a huge 543-page judgment on petition by environmentalist M.C. Mehta.
The tribunal said any individual, company or government body found to be dumping waste into the river could be fined Rs50,000.
The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, signed an agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology in New Delhi to establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC)
This will be at Patent Information Centre, Punjab, under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
The objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing a network of TISCs in India.
Daily Current Affairs for 14 Jul, 17.
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