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12 January 2018

UN Environment and the World Health Organization have agreed a new, wide-ranging collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year.  Mr Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO signed an agreement to step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance, water quality, and food and nutrition issues, in Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

12 January 2018

 India and Canada will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the cooperation in the field of Science and Technology. That will provide a mechanism and help to foster scientific cooperation between R&D and academic institutions of the two countries. Notably, the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved a MoU with Canada for cooperation in the field of Science and Technology. Under the MoU, an innovative model of R&D cooperation between India and Canada will be implemented under a MoU concluded by the Department of Science and Technology with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada. Under this MoU, the India-Canada Centre for Innovative Multidisciplinary Partnership to Accelerate Community Transformation and Sustainability (IC-IMPACTS) programme will be supported to promote India-Canada multidisciplinary research partnerships. The R&D projects will be aimed at accelerating social transformation by providing solutions through application of science and technology.

12 January 2018

The 5th Bilateral Technical Meeting on cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine between Govt. of India and Malaysia was held in New Delhi. It was a part of the agreement signed between both countries in 2010. The Meeting had discussed the following agenda:- Establishment of Ayurveda Chair in University of  UTAR, Malaysia, Professional training in Panchakarma therapy for Malaysian experts in India, The evaluation of safety and efficacy of combination Ayurvedic/ traditional products for clinical trials. Safety evaluation of Ayurvedic products based on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) Bilateral MoU between National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH and Malaysia for Cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants.  

12 January 2018

IndusInd Bank and Dynamics Inc. at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) announced plans to introduce the first battery-powered, interactive payment cards to the Indian market in 2018. The new IndusInd Bank card from Dynamics has multiple buttons that let the consumers use a single card to pay in multiple ways. With a touch of a button, consumers can select credit, points or monthly installments as the payment option. A different color light will activate based on the selected payment option.

12 January 2018

India's domestic air passenger traffic grew by 16.4 percent in November 2017, topping the growth chart worldwide, according to the global aviation body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Globally, the total revenue passenger kilometers (RPK) increased 8 percent compared to November 2016. The available seat kilometers (ASKs) or capacity grew by 6.3 percent. The ASK for India was at 10.4 percent, second only to China where capacity grew by 12.9 percent, according to the IATA's monthly data.

12 January 2018

The Supreme Court collegium led by Chief Justice of India (CI) Dipak Misra unanimously recommended the name of senior advocate Indu Malhotra for the appointment as a judge of the Supreme Court. With this, she becomes first woman lawyer from the country to be directly elected to the post of judge of the Supreme Court. Overall she will be seventh woman judge in SC since it was established 67 years ago. Indu Malhotra is reputed senior advocate practicing in SC or the past 30 years. She was born in 1956 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.

12 January 2018

Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd is planning to create its own cryptocurrency, JioCoin. The Jio coin project is being led by Mukesh Ambani’s elder son Akash AmReliance Jio Infocomm Ltd is planning to create its own cryptocurrency, JioCoin. The Jio coin project is being led by Mukesh Ambani’s elder son Akash Ambani. The blockchain is decentralized incorruptible digital ledger for storing data across a peer-to-peer network.

12 January 2018

The National Youth Day celebrated every year on 12 January. This is the day when Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest social reformers, thinkers, and philosophers of India, was born. The Indian government had declared back in 1984 that Swamiji’s birthday would be celebrated as the National Youth Day. The main aim behind this is to make sure that the students across the country can be encouraged to learn about the life, the ideas and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda and apply them in their lives. He inaugurated the National Youth Festival in Greater Noida through Video conferencing. The five-day event will provide a platform to bring the youth of the country together with an opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities. The Theme of the Festival is 'Sankalp Se Siddhi'. Culture Minister Dr. Mahesh Sharma will be the guest of honor on the occasion.

12 January 2018

ISRO's PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 other spacecraft lifts off from Sriharikota. The “Cartosat-2 Series” and 29 other satellites inserted into a 505-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit.  Later, the payload Microsat developed by the ISRO will be taken down to a lower orbit at 359-kilometer height and launched using the ‘multiple engine switch-on’ method. This is the fourth time the novel method has been used by the ISRO for placing satellites in multiple orbits in a single flight.

12 January 2018

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) appointed Harjinder Singh as the Chef De Mission for the 23rd Winter Olympic Games to be held in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February 2018. Harjinder Singh is at present the General Secretary in the Ice Hockey Association of India.

12 January 2018

In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.  With this application, movement of freight trains on Geographic Information System (GIS) view can be tracked. Both passenger and freight trains can be tracked over Zones/Divisions/ Sections in single GIS View. Freight business can be monitored. Comparative Analysis of Zonal/Divisional Traffic. Analysis of new traffic captured and traffic lost. This app provides a Bird’s eye view of all Freight Assets in a single window.

12 January 2018

Singapore-based Indian-origin businessman Sunny Verghese appointed as the Chairman of the Geneva-based World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). He succeeded Paul Polman. Verghese, Co-Founder and the CEO of Singapore's agri-business group Olam International Limited, is the first WBCSD Chair from the agri-sector.