Current Affairs Today
Scientists from Cancer Research U.K. Cambridge Institute (CRUK) have built a Virtual Reality (VR) 3D model of cancer that allows viewers to fly through tumour cells, observing every detail from different angles. The advance paves the way for better understanding cancer and developing new treatments for it.
The tumour can be studied in detail and from all angles with each individual cell mapped. Researchers started with a 1 mm cubed piece of breast cancer tissue biopsy, containing around... Read More
Japan is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and will resume commercial whaling in July 2019, in a move expected to spark international criticism.
The IWC, established in 1946 to conserve and manage the world's whale and cetacean population, introduced a moratorium on commercial whaling in 1986.
She will take over the charge on or after February 1, 2019 and remain in the post till March 31, 2020. Prior to this elevation, Bharathi was an Executive Director at Canara Bank.
Meanwhile, the Centre has also approved the appointment of K Ramachandran as Executive Director of Allahabad Bank.
Balakrishna Alse has now been appointed as Executive Director of Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC).
The top three police stations in India for 2018 are Kalu (Bikaner, Rajasthan), Campbell Bay ( Andaman & Nicobar Islands) and Farakka (Murshidabad, West Bengal).
Here is the list of top 10 performing police stations 2018 across the country, as per the position secured:
♦ 1-Kalu (Rajasthan);
♦ 2-Campbell Bay ( A&N Islands);
♦ 3-Farakka (West Bengal);
♦ 4– Nettapakkam (Puducherry);
♦ 5– Guderi (Karnataka);
♦ 6– Chopal (Himachal... Read More
Israel’s Parliament approved a law to permit exports of medical marijuana, allowing Israel to tap the lucrative global market. Israel will become the third country, after the Netherlands and Canada, to take its medical cannabis global. The Israeli Cabinet is yet to approve. This step is seen as a formality.
iCAN, the Israeli medical cannabis company, said that the global industry will reach $33 billion in the next five years, as stigma fades and demand grows for the few countries... Read More
Nishad was a four-time Lok Sabha member from Muzaffarpur constituency of Bihar, and served as a member of Rajya Sabha between 2004-2008.
His son Ajay Nishad is an elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Muzaffarpur Lok Sabha constituency itself and belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (SEZ) has concluded the import and delivery of 50 U.S.- made General Electric (GE) locomotives to the Indian Railways. All the 50 GE locomotives were manufactured by GE Electromotive Division in the U.S. and imported to Mundra Port, Gujarat.
The final locomotive was handed over to the Railways at the Roza Loco Shed (U.P.) on November 23, 2018. The port said it had handled consignments critical for the development of the nation.
The Centre has reportedly decided to rename Ross Island, Neil Island and Havelock Island in Andaman and Nicobar as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island, Shaheed Dweep and Swaraj Dweep respectively.
PM Narendra Modi is likely to announce it during his upcoming visit to Port Blair, on 30 December.
The occasion is to mark the 75th anniversary of Netaji's visit to the islands.
Just days after the militants attended reconciliation talks in the UAE, Iran has met with the Afghan Taliban. The announcement was made by Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, during his visit to Kabul.
The Afghan government has been informed of the communications and talks carried out with the Taliban and this process will continue. No details on where the talks took place were given by the news agency, which is considered close to Iran’s... Read More
The junta-appointed parliament voted 166-0 to amend the Narcotic Act of 1979 to legalise the medicinal use of marijuana.
Marijuana was used in Thailand to relieve pain and fatigue until its use was criminalised in the country in the 1930s.
In Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, marijuana traffickers who are caught, face capital punishment.
As part of the Swachhta Pakhwada held from, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) organized a Swachh Bharat Grand Challenge.
Four areas of sanitation, waste management, water and wastewater management and air management were selected for the grand challenge.
The first prize money for the Swachh Bharat Grand Challenge was Rs. 2 lakh.
1. Sector – Air
Maclec technical project laboratory pvt. Ltd, Delhi.
2. Sector – Sanitation
Altersoft... Read More
Russia successfully tested the hypersonic Avangard missile system. The hypersonic missile could fly at 20 times the speed of sound and manoeuvre up and down, meaning that it could breach defence systems. Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed final tests of a hypersonic missile, which he had earlier said would render existing missile systems obsolete.
He also said that Russia's Avangard system would be ready for use from 2019. Mr.Putin had unveiled features of the Avangard during his... Read More
Captain Amarinder Singh, Chief Minister of Punjab, released the book ‘Prince, Patron and Patriarch Maharaja Jagatjit Singh of Kapurthala’, co-authored by the Maharaja’s grandson, Brigadier (Retd) Jagjit Singh, and Cynthia Frederick in Chandigarh.
Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore was also present on the occasion of the launch of the book.
The book which is published by Roli Books is a candid tribute by a grandson to the erstwhile exceptional royal king of Kapurthala.
Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting became the 25th Australian cricketer to be officially inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
A three-time World Cup winner (including two World Cups as captain in 2003 and 2007), Ponting did a lap of honor as part of his induction during the tea break on Day-1 of the Boxing Day Test between India and Australia at MCG.
In February 2018, he was also inducted into the Australian... Read More
The Centre has decided to call a meeting of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu Chief Ministers soon. The meeting is to resolve the issue regarding the proposed construction of the Mekedatu dam across the Cauvery river. Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy discussed the issue in detail with Union Water Resources Minister Nitin Gadkari in a meeting.
Minister Nitin Gadkari said that the Mekedatu project will benefit Tamil Nadu. He also assured that he will direct his officials to fix a meeting of... Read More
The Directorate General of Foreign Trade (DGFT) announced the extension of the ban on import of milk and its products, including chocolates, from China for four months till April 23, 2019.
The ban was first imposed in September 2008 and later extended due to the suspicion of the presence of melamine in some milk consignments from China.
Uttar Pradesh Cabinet presided over by the chief minister Yogi Adityanath, gave its nod to constitute a Bundelkhand Development Board (BDB) and a Poorvanchal Development Board (PDB).
The development boards for Bundelkhand and Poorvanchal will be headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath or someone nominated by him.
Besides Chairman, the board will include two deputy-chairmen, two experts, 12 official members, and 11 non-government members and their tenure would be for a period of three... Read More
The tribal Badaga community in the Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu celebrated their annual Heddaiyamman festival.
People will observe 48 days fast and walks in religious processions and holding up a holy shaft which symbolizes the miracle of the traditional Badaga goddess.
Supreme Court ordered the Centre to notify the bifurcation of the Andhra Pradesh and Telangana High Courts by January 1. Following this, President Ram Nath Kovind ordered the separation of the common Hyderabad High Court into the two separate High Courts of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
The principal seat of the Andhra Pradesh High Court is Amaravati, the capital of the State. The High Court in Hyderabad will function separately as the High Court of the State of Telangana. Both the High... Read More
Chief Minister of Uttarakhand, Trivendra Singh Rawat launched the ‘Atal Ayushman Uttarakhand Yojana’ in Dehradun.
About the scheme:
Under the scheme, each household in the state will be able to avail medical treatment of up to 5 lakh rupees annually.
A total of 99 government and 66 private hospitals have been selected under the scheme
Under this, the CM also signed MOUs with private hospitals and also announced the availability of free of cost OPD facilities for children and... Read More