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  • NASA's Curiosity rover confirmed the presence of Methane in Mars

    June 26, 2019
    NASA has confirmed that the Curiosity rover, the NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, recently detected the largest amount of methane ever measured during the mission. Curiosity's methane reading came to 21 parts per billion units by volume. It is thrice the amount it sniffed out during a surge in 2013. During a follow-up test later, though, scientists found that the methane levels around the rover already dropped sharply. Curiosity detected normal methane levels, that is 1 part per... Read More

    Russia extended its ban on food products from the European Union up to 31 December 2020

    June 26, 2019
    Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed for extending Moscow’s Embargo on food products from European Union (EU) upto 31 December 2020. This is due to Russia's retaliation against sanctions over Ukraine. The decree prohibits a number of imports from various countries for one year which includes agricultural products, raw materials and other food items. Russia primarily targeted their restrictions on finance, energy and defence sectors of Russian economy. Russian economy is... Read More
    Category: International

    Centre plans to add 500 GW of renewable energy to its electricity grid by 2030

    June 26, 2019
    The Centre plans to add 500 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy to its electricity grid by 2030. The plan aims to clean up air in its cities and lessen the rapidly growing economy’s dependence on coal.
    The Ministry of new and renewable energy has planned to install 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 without taking into account large hydro and 225 GW including large hydro. India is the world’s third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases. The country has pledged to cut... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Home Ministry reported that 64 people died and over 1.4 lakh hectare crop area affected due to cyclone Fani in Odisha

    June 26, 2019
    The Home Ministry reported that 64 people died and over 1.4 lakh hectare crop area affected due to cyclone Fani in Odisha. There was no loss of human lives in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Cyclone Fani affected three states namely Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. Losses in Odisha reported: The Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai, Odisha reported that 64 lives were lost, 5.56 lakh houses and huts were damaged, 6,281 cattle were lost, 1,48,663 hectare of crop land... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Three astronauts landed after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS)

    June 26, 2019
    Oleg Kononenko with the Russian space agency Roscosmos, Anne McClain of NASA and Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques landed aboard Russia's Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft on June 24. The landed after spending more than six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
    Astronauts Anne McClain of the United States and David Saint-Jacques of Canada had completed their maiden flights. The expedition commander Oleg Kononenko of Russia has ended his fourth space mission. All... Read More

    Italy won the bid to host the 2026 Winter Olympics

    June 26, 2019
    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that the 2026 Winter Olympics will be staged at the Italian venue of Milan/Cortina d'Ampezzo. The Winter Games will happen from 6 February to 22 February in 2026. Italy beat off a bid from Stockholm/Are in Sweden. Italy won the bid bythe approval of the IOC members by 47 votes to 34. Italy has twice previously hosted the Winter Olympics twice. It first hosted Olympics in 1956 in Cortina d'Ampezzo and then in 2006 in Turin. It has been... Read More
    Category: Sports

    RBI committee suggested Rs.5,000 crore asset fund for MSMEs

    June 26, 2019
    A Reserve Bank of India (RBI) committee, chaired by U.K. Sinha, former chairman of the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has suggested a Rs.5,000 crore stressed asset fund for domestic Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). It aims to provide a relief to small businesses hurt by demonetization, the goods and services tax (GST) and an ongoing liquidity crunch. It also assured that the fund could operate on the lines of the Textile Upgradation Fund Scheme. Other Seggestion by... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the 2019 Journalist of the Year

    June 26, 2019
    Rachna Khaira of The Tribune News Service won the Redlnk Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism Journalist of the Year 2019. She is currently working for The Huffington Post.
    Awarded for: The award is for her expose during 2018 on functioning of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) and its Aadhaar data cache. The investigation that was conducted by Rachna Khaira confirmed that personal data of millions of citizens were at risk of being hacked/traded for a... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Government of Jharkhand to get $147 Million Loan from World Bank

    June 26, 2019
    Government of Jharkhand and the World Bank, signed a $147 Million Loan Agreement  They provide basic urban services to the people of Jharkhand and planned to help improve the management capacity of the urban local bodies (ULBs) in the State. The Jharkhand Municipal Development Project mainly focus on improving the municipal sector’s capacity. It will invest in urban services such as water supply, sewerage, drainage, and urban roads; and strengthen the capacity of the Jharkhand... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    IAF turned the Gwalior air base virtually into a conflict theatre to commemorate20 years of the Kargil War

    June 26, 2019
    To commemorate 20 years of the Kargil War, the IAF turned the Gwalior air base virtually into a conflict theatre, with dramatic reenactment of some of the milestones of the operation in 1999. It recreateed the crucial events of the war. Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa was the chief guest for the event. In a symbolic 'recreation' of the Tiger Hill attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Drass-Kargil area, the air force used the Mirage 2000 aircraft and explosives were blown up on a... Read More

    International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on 26 June

    June 26, 2019
    The International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking is observed on 26 June every year. It is a United Nations International Day against drug abuse and the illegal drug trade. It is observed since 1989. The day was instituted by General Assembly Resolution 42/112 of 7 December 1987. 2019 Theme: The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has set the theme for 2019 as 'Health for Justice. Justice for Health'. The theme highlights that justice and health are two... Read More
    Category: Important Days

    Kerala topped NITI Aayog's health index 2019 ranking

    June 26, 2019
    Kerala has topped ranking state in terms of overall health performance as per the report submitted by NITI Aayog on health index. This is the second edition of its type. It measured the annual and incremental performances of states and UTs.
    Larger States: Overall performance: Next to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have emerged as the second and third best performers, respectively, on health parameters.
    Uttar Pradesh and Bihar were ranked the two worst performers,... Read More
    Category: Index / List

    Central Government planned to set up Krishi Vigyan Kendras to double farmers' income by 2022

    June 26, 2019
    Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar made central Government to decide to use digital technology across rural India to double farmers income by the year 2022. The Government set up 713 Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVK) and 684 Agricultural Technology Management Agencies (ATMA) at the district level in the country for dissemination of technologies among the farming community. The Artificial Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, and Block Chair Technology, Internet of... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India proposes to host 2023 IOC session in Mumbai

    June 26, 2019
    India proposed to host the 2023 International Olympic Committee session in Mumbai. It is expected to choose the host city for the 2030 Winter Olympics. Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra and IOC member Nita Ambani submitted the formal bid to the IOC chief Thomas.2022-2023 is the 75th year of Indian Independence and Indian sports are celebrated in India in a better way. Batra is elected as a new IOC member.IOC Session is the general meeting of the 100members.It is held once a... Read More
    Category: Sports

    Japan gifted Manipur a peace museum

    June 26, 2019
    Japan gifted the Manipur museum of peace recently. This museum is gifted to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Imphal. This is one of the important battles of the Second World War. The Imphal Peace Museum inaugurated at Red Hill. It is about 20 km southwest of Manipur's capital Imphal. The museum is funded by the Nippon Foundation . It is a private, non-profit grant-making organization in Japan. Importance of Imphal Peace Museum  The museum significies the... Read More

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