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7 August 2017

Alexander Zverev of Germany won Citi Open fourth title of the year recently. He defeated South Africa's, Kevin Anderson. The past champions whose names line the grandstands at the Citi Open include Andre Agassi (five times), Jimmy Connors, Stefan Edberg and Ivan Lendl.

7 August 2017

An all-women team of researchers from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi developed a new drug delivery platform using nanoparticles. It has the ability to boost the efficacy of antibiotics at the cellular level and improve chances of recovery from cancer-related bacterial infections. The nanotechnology-based drug delivery system has the ability to boost the efficacy of antibiotics at the cellular level and improve chances of recovery.

7 August 2017

Indian Institute of Science (IISc) researchers from Bengaluru have developed a highly sensitive, low-cost nanometre-scale carbon monoxide (CO) sensor. The sensor was developed using novel fabrication technique that does not involve costly and time-consuming lithography technology. The nanometer-sized sensor was made using zinc-oxide (ZnO) nanostructure on a silicon wafer substrate.

7 August 2017

A High-Level Committee set up to review the Institutionalization of Arbitration Mechanism in India submitted its report to the Union Law Ministry. It was headed by Justice (retired) BN Srikrishna. The Union Government is committed to the speedy resolution of commercial disputes and to make India an international hub of Arbitration. Ravi Shankar Prasad is the current Union Minister holding Law and Justice and Ministry of Information Technology portfolio in the Government of India.

7 August 2017

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope discovered the strongest evidence to date for the stratosphere on a planet outside our solar system, WASP-121b. The stratosphere is a layer of atmosphere in which temperature increases with higher altitudes.  The discovery was made by an International team of researchers led by the University of Exeter by observing glowing water molecules in WASP-121b’s atmosphere.

7 August 2017

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced the appointment of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission in the state. Tthe chief minister released the film’s toilet anthem, ‘Karle Toilet Ka Jugar’. The movie stresses on the importance of building toilets and ending open defecation in the country.

7 August 2017

The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) appointed senior IAS officer from Gujarat S. Aparna as Executive Director of the World Bank. She replaces Subhash Garg who was recently appointed as Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Ministry of Finance. At the World Bank, she will represent the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for three years.

7 August 2017

The National Handloom Day is being observed on 7 August every year to honor the handloom weavers in the country. It is the third edition of the National Handloom Day after it was instituted in 2015. Handloom sector contributes to nearly 15% of the cloth production in the country and also contributes to the country’s export earnings to 95 %.

7 August 2017

Indian Professional boxer Vijender Singh won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Super Middleweight title. He defeated Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China. It was his ninth successive win in his Professional career.  

7 August 2017

The Union Government appointed economist Rajiv Kumar as the new vice-chairman of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog. He succeeds Arvind Panagariya. He served as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He had also held positions as Director and Chief Executive of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries.

7 August 2017

Venkaiah Naidu is the new Vice President Of India. He succeeds Hamid Ansari. He secured 516 and Gopalkrishna Gandhi 241 votes.  He is the 13th Vice President of India.