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Sports affair: India bagged a rich haul of 21 medals including six gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals at the 10th Asian Airgun Shooting Championships which was concluded on Monday in Wako City, Japan. On the last of a championship, Saurabh Chaudhary and Manu Baker booked quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) by winning a gold and a silver each. Saurabh Chaudhary won both the individual as well as the Team gold in the men's 10m Air Pistol Youth event, while Baker clinched a silver in the women's 10m Air Pistol Youth. India claimed another silver in junior women's 10m Air Pistol. India added four medals to their kitty on the final day of the competition to finish with a total haul of 21 medals over four days, including six gold, eight silver and seven bronze, besides four Youth Olympic Games quotas.

Japan moved one step ahead towards joining US-led moon mission project as the cabinet approved the plan. Japan eagerly wants to send Japanese astronauts to the lunar surface for the first time by joining the project. The project plans to build a new space station in the moon's orbit. Japan wants to contribute to the U.S.-led project under its basic space policy roadmap. Japan has revised the roadmap of its basic space policy. The project is expected to be complete by the 2nd half of 2020. One of the motivations behind this plan is to prevent space radiation. The new roadmap wants to reach many targets. One of them is to send astronauts to the lunar surface in cooperation with Washington. The Japanese government plans to make available data it owns, such as satellite images, to private enterprises for the free charge which would lead to the creation of new business.

Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said the Government is aiming to construct 40 Kilo Metres of road every day in the country by next year. He has termed the introduction of sea-plane a 'big revolution' in the field of transport in India. It's a great achievement for our government that we have already started the project in Ganga which is from Baranasi to Haldia, 1,608 kilometres. The Union Government are making 3 multimodal hub, 40 river points and 9 ferry services, 8 rural services.

Recently 14 United Nations Peacekeepers were killed in Congo and several others were injured. Later UN Secretary-General António Guterres described as the “worst attack” on UN peacekeepers or UN “blue helmets” in recent history. The mission's military, police and civilian staff were encouraged to continue their efforts to implement the operation's mandate, including the protection of civilians. “We are determined to continue our work

Uttar Pradesh stands on top of recording highest number of cyber crimes in India followed by Maharashtra. While Assam stands on the fifth position, as per latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 696 cybercrime cases were reported during 2016 in Assam, which is an increase of over 44 percent compared to the previous year. In 2015, there were 483 such cases in the State.  All the 696 cases reported in Assam during 2016, 156 had illegal gain as the motive, 329 were on account of emotional motives like revenge, three were committed with an intention to outrage the modesty of women, 59 were attributed to extortion and blackmailing, 41 were committed with the motive of sexual exploitation, 35 were intended for causing disrepute, five were committed with intention to incite hate crimes against some particular community, One was a prank, 10 had political motives, and 57 for other reasons. Nationally, a total of 12,317 cases of cybercrimes were reported in 2016 compared to 11,592 in 2015, which is an increase of over six per cent.

Australia beat Argentina 2-1 in the final of the Hockey World League Final (HWLF) to win gold at Kalinga Stadium, Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Argentina beat India (who won bronze earlier) in the semifinals. Blake Govers scored the winner from a penalty corner with just three minutes left in the game. Earlier, Australia scored first through Jeremy Hayward in the 17th minute. Australia thus became champions for the second time in a row and will go down in international hockey history as the last team ever to win Hockey World League Final.

India's Saurabh Chaudhary qualified for the Youth Olympics Games with a gold medal and a junior world record in 10m air pistol at the ongoing Asia Youth Olympics Games qualification tournament in Wako City, Japan. He became the third Indian to bag quota places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games at the 10th Asian Airgun Championship. The 15-year-old shot a record score of 243.1 in the final to storm to the top of the podium, after finishing third in the qualification round with a score of 573.

India is all set to host the 2023 World Cup, the global cricketing event’s 13th edition after the BCCI confirmed the host nation. India will also host the upcoming Champions Trophy in 2021. The ICC World Cup 2019 will be held in England and Wales. This will be the first time that the event will be held entirely in India: the nation on three occasions previously, hosted the World Cup partially (1987, 1996 and 2011).

The Finance Minister of India Arun Jaitley holds his 5th Pre-Budget Consultation Meeting with the leading Economists in New Delhi. According to the Finance Minister, India recorded an average growth of 7.5% from 2014-15 to 2016-17, significantly higher as compared to the growth in the previous two years.  The fiscal deficit as a ratio of GDP stood at 3.9% in 2015-16 and 3.5% in 2016-17 and is budgeted to be 3.2% for the Current Financial Year 2017-18.

The Union government fixed Rs 2,890 per gram as the price of new series of sovereign gold bonds (SGBs). The government, in consultation with the Reserve Bank, has decided to offer a discount of Rs 50 per gram to investors applying online and making payments digitally.  Earlier, Government had floated Series III of Sovereign Gold Bonds 2017-18, for the period from October 09, 2017 to December 27, 2017. Under the scheme, the bonds are denominated in units of one gram of gold and multiples thereof. Minimum investment in the bonds is one gram, with a maximum limit of 500 grams per person, per financial year.

Pistol aces Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu bagged a bronze each to continue India's medal charge at the 10th Asian Championship 10m Rifle/Pistol in Wako City, Japan. Jitu won an individual bronze in the men's 10m Air Pistol, which also helped the Indian team comprising Shahzad Rizvi and Omkar Singh besides Jitu, to bag the Team gold in the event. Heena claimed an individual bronze in the women's 10m Air Pistol. Her effort, along with teammates Shri Nivetha Paramantham and Harveen Srao, helped the Team clinch a silver.

Britain is a new highest mountain after new satellite data revealed the peak was almost 400 metres taller than previously thought. Mount Hope, in the British Atlantic Territory, was recently re-measured and found to be 377 metres taller than previous calculations. This takes it to 3,239 metres, meaning it knocks Mount Jackson, the current title holder at 3,184 metres, off the top spot.

Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre to prevent and predict cyber attacks on government utilities. They launched in New Delhi. NIC-CERT has been set up with the objective of creating a comprehensive framework that integrates world-class security components and inbuilt threat intelligence for detection, prevention and incident response.

The Vice President of India, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu conferred 'Yeraringan' Award to Prof. M.S. Swaminathan, in Chennai. Prof. M.S. Swaminathan was a transformative leader who has inspired many scientists to focus on the problem of Indian agriculture. The Governor of Tamil Nadu, Shri Banwarilal Purohit was present on the occasion.   He has shown to the entire world how research can reach the farms and transform farmers’ lives.

Saudi Arabia will have its first public cinemas in more than 35 years after the government announced the lifting of the ban on movie theatres. Minister of Culture and Information Awwad bin Saleh Alawwad in a statement said that opening cinemas will act as a catalyst for economic growth and diversification.  The government statement said that the licensing process for cinema operators will start within 90 days and the films will be subject to censorship according to media policy standards of the kingdom.

The Indian National Congress announced that Rahul Gandhi has been elected as its new President, taking over from his mother Sonia Gandhi. Rahul was declared the party President after no other candidate filed a nomination to contest the presidential elections. The Congress had earlier announced that 89 nominations were filed proposing Rahul Gandhi's candidacy for the presidential elections.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda launched new initiatives including Laqshya-A Labour Room Quality Improvement Initiative and safe delivery application at a function in New Delhi on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day. The main goal of this initiative is to reduce preventable maternal and newborn mortality, morbidity and stillbirths associated with the care around delivery in Labour room.  The Safe Delivery Application is a mHealth tool that can be used for health workers who manage normal and complicated deliveries in the peripheral areas. It can play a pivotal role in training, post-training reinforcement, mentoring and demonstration. The main aim is to safe Delivery Application is a mHealth tool that can be used for health workers who manage normal and complicated deliveries in the peripheral areas. It can play a pivotal role in training, post-training reinforcement, mentoring and demonstration.

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