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For the first time, the entire genome of the Asiatic lion, an endangered species, has been sequenced by scientists from CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad. As the population of the endangered Asiatic lion is very low, only 523 animals are present in the Gir forests, the genome sequencing would enable scientists to develop specific markers to study population genetics and get newer insights into its population status and subsequent management.
Comparative analysis with... Read More
Simon Armitage has been named the U.K.’s new Poet Laureate. He succeeds Carol Ann Duffy in the 10-year post. Queen Elizabeth II has approved the appointment, Britain’s highest literary honour.
It is up to the poet to decide whether or not to produce poetry for national and royal occasions. Previous laureates have included John Dryden and William Wordsworth.
Armitage, a professor of poetry at the University of Leeds, has published 28 collections of poetry and... Read More
Yogesh Chander Deveshwar, ITC’s longest-serving chairman, passed away on 11th May in Delhi. He was 72.
Mr.Deveshwar, an alumnus of IIT Delhi and Harvard Business School, joined ITC in 1968. Between 1991 and 1994, he was invited by the government to serve as the chairman and managing director of Air India. His stewardship over the last two decades has guided ITC to become India’s foremost FMCG marketer, the country’s largest paperboards and packaging company and a... Read More
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has been named Premier League Player of the Season. He became the first defender to win the Player of the Season award in seven seasons, after Manchester City’s Vincent Kompany in 2011-12.
Founded on: 20 February 1992
Current champions: Manchester City (4th title 2018-19)
It is the top level of the English football league system
Contested by 20 clubs, it operates on a system of promotion and... Read More
Indian Professional golfer Rahil Gangjee finished tied 39th while 23-year-old Viraj Madappa faltered on the final day and ended tied 53rd at the Asia-Pacific Diamond Cup 2019.
Japan’s Yosuke Asaji capped the title at the Sobu Country Club
Asaji’s winning total of three-under-par 281 also secured him a spot at The 148th Open which will be held at Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland in July 2019.
Micah Lauren Shin of the USA shared second place with Japanese amateur... Read More
ISRO Chairman Dr. K. Sivan inaugurated Yuvika (Yuva VIgyani KAryakram) 2019, ISRO's Young Scientist Programme, at Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. As many as 110 teenagers are participating in the YUVIKA 2019. It is a two-week summer vacation residential training program which will be conducted by ISRO from 13 May to 26 May 2019.
They are the first batch of young scientists of Yuvika (Yuva Vigyani Karyakram) that the Indian Space Research... Read More
India’s 3rd-largest non-life insurance provider in the private sector, HDFC ERGO General Insurance Company launched a scheme termed ‘Mosquito Disease Protection Policy’ which will cover a person against common mosquito-borne diseases, namely, Dengue Fever, Malaria, Chikungunya, Japanese Encephalitis, Kala-azar, Lymphatic Filariasis and Zika Virus.
These mosquito-borne diseases lead to financial burden due to hospitalization or affect the No Claim Bonus of any conventional... Read More
World Trade Organisation, WTO ministerial meeting of developing countries began in New Delhi.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Ministers to discuss various issues and the way forward.
The 16 developing countries and 6 Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are participating in the meeting.
Finding a solution to the ongoing impasse in the Appellate Body on an urgent basis.
Issues of importance and priority for developing countries including LDCs in the reform agenda.
How to... Read More
NABARD (The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development), Nab Ventures notified its first time funding termed ‘NAB VENTURES Fund I‘ which is a Rs 700-crore venture capital fund for equity investments to provide support for agriculture, food and rural startups (which would help improve rural livelihoods)
The fund has a proposed corpus of Rs 500 crore has a greenshoe option of Rs 200 crore and has received an anchor commitment from NABARD.
The a forementioned fund is... Read More
The Agriculture Department of Tamil Nadu reported that around 3,10,464 families have been covered under the Mission for Soil Health Card across the Cuddalore district of Tamil Nadu. In an effort aimed at ensuring quality control of the soil fertility, validation and quality control, work has begun under the mission from April in districts of Tamil Nadu.
The Department of Agriculture has advised farmers to purchase the required chemical fertilizers from the approved retailers based on the... Read More
World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD) is observed on 11th May. It was initiated in 2006. It highlights the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
The theme for WMBD 2019 is Protect Birds: Be the Solution to Plastic Pollution!. The day addresses the serious problem of plastic pollution and to highlight its negative effects on migratory birds.
Plastics and its dangerous nature:
With an annual production of more than 300 million tonnes, plastic is one of the most... Read More
Around 180 governments agreed on a new United Nations (UN) accord to regulate the export of plastic waste, some eight million tonnes of which ends up in the oceans each year. It also undertook to eliminate two toxic chemical groups, Dicofol, and Perfluorooctanoic Acid, plus related compounds. The Geneva meeting amended the 1989 Basel Convention on the control of hazardous wastes to include plastic waste in a legally-binding framework.
About 1,400 representatives from almost every country in... Read More
Manchester City won the English Premier League football title for a second successive year. Liverpool gained second place in the league.
The Manchester City club maintained its dominance by finishing the campaign with 14 straight wins and 98 points.
It clinched the title by beating host Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club (or Brighton FC) with 4-1 on seasons final day
This was City’s 4th Premier League title in last eight years.
With this the club became first team to... Read More
State-owned Allahabad Bank announced a reduction in benchmark lending rate by 0.05 percentage points across various tenors. The marginal cost of funds-based lending rate (MCLR) for a one-year loan has been reduced to 8.60% from 8.65% effective May 14.
Most of the loans including housing loans are benchmarked against MCLR for one year.
1 month: 8.20%
3 months: 8.40%
6 months: 8.45%
The marginal cost of funds based lending rate (MCLR)... Read More
The sea phase of the ASEAN Defense Ministers' Meeting (ADMM)-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise (MS FTX) in the South China Sea concluded on 13 May 2019 at RSS Singapura, also known as Changi Naval Base in Singapore. The ADMM-Plus Maritime Security Field Training Exercise was held from 30 April to 13 May. The exercise commenced on 30 April in Busan, South Korea and concluded in Singapore.
It was co-organized by Singapore and South Korea as both nations currently hold... Read More
Chinese Navy commissioned two new Type 052D guided missile destroyers in Dalian, a coastal city.
They are the 19th and 20th ships in the class and are named as Tangshan and Suzhou.
China, at present 20 Type 052Ds either in active service or to be launched for service soon
The destroyers are fast and warships are operated for long distances.
It is used to accompany the aircraft carriers.
The newly developed Type 052D destroyers are the upgrades of its previous version Type... Read More
LIC Mutual Fund appointed Dinesh Pangtey as the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
He joined LIC as a direct recruit officer in 1984
He was Director and CEO at LIC Group's private equity division LIC HFL AMC. He also served as Regional Manager Marketing channel in Western Zone spanning the states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Goa.
He has more than 35 years of experience across private equity, life pension, group annuation scheme and insurance sector
About Life... Read More
Lewis Hamilton celebrated the 76th win of his Formula 1 career, third victory of 2019 and fourth in Spain following victories in 2014, 2017 and 2018.
top spot of the world championship ranking with 112 points, ahead of Valtteri Bottas who is on 105 points.
Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) stood at the second spot while Max Verstappen (Red Bull) was third.
♦ Capital: Madrid
♦ Currency: Euro
About Lewis Hamilton
Nationality: United Kingdom
Championships : 5 (2008,... Read More
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