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Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the progress of two agriculture sector related schemes, Soil Health Cards and Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana in New Delhi. He also emphasized that soil health cards should be printed in the local dialect of the area so that the farmers are able to read and understand them easily. The latest technology including smartphones, remote sensing, satellite data, and drones are being used for speedy data collection with regard to crop insurance claims.

British scientists have developed the worlds smallest surgical robot which could transform daily operations for tens of thousands of patients. A team of 100 scientists and engineers have used low-cost technology originally developed for mobile phones and space industry. The robot, called Versius, mimics the human arm can be used to carry out a wide range of laparoscopic procedures.  The robot is set to be launched next year.

Sher Bahadur Deuba, the Prime Minister of Nepal accompanied by his spouse Arzu Deuba will be on a state visit to India from 23-27 August 2017 at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is his first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June 2017.  The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to both the sides for holding wide-ranging discussions on issues of mutual interest and advancing age old, special ties of friendship between our two countries.

The United States of America (USA) and South Korea began a 10-day-long annual military exercise. The Ulchi Freedom Guardian drill is a computer-simulated defensive exercise designed to enhance readiness and maintain stability on the Korean peninsula. He is the first joint military exercise between the allies since North Korea successfully flight-tested two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July and threatened to bracket Guam with intermediate range ballistic missile fire in August.

China is relaunching one of the world’s fastest bullet trains, capable of running at 350 kilometers (217 miles) per hour.  The trains will service the route from Beijing to Shanghai starting next month, making the 1,250-kilometer (777-mile) journey in just 4 hours, 30 minutes. Other routes are being added. It has spent an estimated $360 billion on high-speed rail, building by far the largest network in the world.

A 12-year-old Indian-origin boy named Rahul Doshi crowned as the United Kingdom ‘Child Genius’ in a popular television quiz competition days after he became an overnight sensation after answering all questions correctly. Rahul Doshi won the Channel 4 show ‘Child Genius’ by beating his nine-year-old opponent, Ronan.

The Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) for the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) will go completely online from 2018. In a statement, IIT-Madras Director and JAB Chairman Prof Bhaskar Ramamurthi decided that the JEE Advanced will be conducted in online mode from 2018 onwards. Union Human Resource Development Ministry had earlier introduced the option of taking the JEE-Mains online. The JEE-Mains is the entrance examination for admission to engineering courses offered across the country and a qualifying exam for JEE-Advanced which is required for admission to the prestigious IITs and NITs.

In Assam, State government launching a new Scheme called, Scheme for Compassionate Family Pension (CFP) in lieu of Compassionate Appointment. According to officials, where the employee dies before superannuation, the family pension equal to 100 percent of the last pay drawn by the deceased employee be paid for a period up to the date of 'deemed superannuation' of the deceased employee.  This normal family pension shall be fixed at 50% of CFP from the date of deemed superannuation till 67 years of age of the deceased employee.

Shapath Bharadwaj won a bronze medal in the mixed team trap competition at the ISSF Junior Shotgun World Cup in Porpetto, Italy. This was India's first medal in the competition apart from the bronze medal. Bharadwaj had qualified in second place for the final, shooting 131 out of 150. In the women's junior skeet, Areeba Khan and Ganemat Sekhon were 12th and 15th respectively.

Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare JP Nadda will launch 15 medical outlets of AMRIT Deendayal in Assam, Uttar Pradesh, and Punjab through Video Conference. He will also inaugurate one outlet of AMRIT Deendayal at Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) Shimla. Affordable Medicines and Reliable Implants for Treatment, AMRIT Deendayal Pharmacy is the flagship program of Government of India. The purpose of AMRIT Deendayal program is to provide a different kind of medicines and equipment at cheap rates to the patients.

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has been selected for the prestigious Agriculture Leadership Award. The award will be presented on September 5 at Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi. He has been selected for the award for his innovative services rendered to the welfare of farmers and the farm sector. 

India’s first calf delivered by a surrogate or recipient cow through In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) technology carried out in a mobile laboratory in Pune. This is for first time IVF procedure was successfully implemented at the farm level with the help of mobile laboratory. The purpose of producing surrogate calf was to protect indigenous cow breeds in its original form which have been destroyed due to cross-breeding.

The Union Defence Ministry approved delegation of administrative and financial powers to the Border Roads Organisation (BRO). The main purpose of a delegation of powers is to improve the functioning of the BRO and speed up works to avoid delays in projects and to achieve the desired level. Defence Ministry approved that for both departmental and contractual mode of execution of projects.

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