In Bhutan, the ninth edition
Echoes Literature Festival began
The festival is an initiative
of the India-Bhutan
India’s leading literary agency, Siyahi.
The 2018 edition of the
Festival will celebrate 50 years of formal diplomatic relations
between India and Bhutan.
NITI Aayog launched
5 Thematic Reports
NITI Aayog released five
thematic reports on Sustainable Development in Indian Himalayan
The themes include Inventory
and Revival of Springs in the Himalayas for Water Security,
Sustainable Tourism, Transformative Approach to Shifting Cultivation,
Strengthening Skill and Entrepreneurship Landscape in the Himalayas.
The reports lists challenges
in all 5 thematic areas.
Vazifdar to head
Sterlite plant committee
The National Green Tribunal
(NGT) has formed a three-member committee to decide Vedanta’s plea
challenging closure of its Sterlite copper plant at Tuticorin.
The committee will be headed
by former Punjab and Haryana High Court Chief Justice S J
The committee will also
include representatives of the Central Pollution Control Board and
the Ministry of Environment and Forests.
NASA will launch
NASA will be launching a laser
will measure changes in the heights of Earth’s polar ice to
understand what is causing ice sheets to melt fast.
The name of the satellite is
Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2)‘.
measure the average annual elevation change of land ice covering
Greenland and Antarctica.
Scientists have developed
lithium-ion batteries with components that harden on impact,
preventing them from catching fire and causing injuries to users.
Lithium-ion batteries commonly
used in consumer electronics.
They burst into flame
when damaged or improperly packaged.
To make these batteries safer,
some researchers used a non-flammable, solid electrolyte.
Indian men’s kabaddi team got bronze
The Indian men’s kabaddi team got the bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games.
India was defeated by Iran.
India had won the men’s kabaddi gold in all the earlier seven Asiad games since the sport was introduced in 1990.
Indian rowing team
won gold medal
The Indian rowing team won the
gold medal in the Men’s Quadruple Sculls at the ongoing Asian Games
The Indian rowing team
Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh.
This was India’s first gold
medal in rowing.
Indonesia bagged the silver
medal while Thailand won the bronze medal.
Rohit and Bhagwan
won bronze in rowing
India bagged two bronze medals
in rowing through Rohit
Kumar and Bhagwan
lightweight double sculls at the Asian Games 2018.
Japan won the gold medal while
Korea bagged the silver medal.
This was India’s 20th
medal at the ongoing Games and 12th bronze.
Dushyant won bronze
medal in rowing
Dushyant Chauhan won the
bronze medal in the Men’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the Asian
Games in Jakarta.
Korea and Hong Kong won
the gold and silver medals respectively.
international medals for India were silver and a bronze in Italian
Regatta Championships in 2014.
Rohan, Divij won
gold in men’s doubles tennis
India’s Rohan Bopanna and
Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event
at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018.
India’s Rohan Bopanna and
Divij Sharan defeated Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr
and Denis to win the gold medal.
This is India’s second
tennis medal at the Asian Games in Indonesia after Ankita Raina won
agreement with UNDP and UK
Nepal has signed an agreement
with the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP) and the United
Kingdom (UK) to implement climate-resilient development projects.
As part of the agreement, the
UK will support the UNDP to implement the Nepal Climate Change
Support Programme (NCCSP).
NCCSP is the joint
project between UNDP and Nepal Government.
Scott Morrison is
Australia’s new PM
Scott Morrison will
be Australia’s new Prime Minister.
Scott Morrison has served
as treasurer since 2015.
Scott Morrison will be the
sixth politician to serve as the country’s Prime Minister since
2007 after ousting incumbent Malcolm Turnbull.
Scott Morrison entered
parliament in 2007 and has since held three key ministerial
India to grow at
7.5% in 2018, 2019
According to the Moody’s
Investors Service’s report, the Indian economy is expected to grow
by about 7.5% in 2018 and 2019.
The title of the report is
The economy is expected to be
largely resilient to external pressures like those from higher oil
India’s GDP grew by 7.7% in
the first quarter of 2018-19 financial year.