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The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) celebrated its 13th Raising Day in New Delhi. The Director Intelligence Bureau, Rajiv Jain was the chief guest on this occasion. The meeting highlighted the disaster threat of country and important changes have taken place in Disaster Management in India and across the world.

Uttarakhand introduced for the first time in the country, ultrasound will be performed on wild animals to detect pregnancy before administering reproduction control method on them. The state government has granted the certification to use ultrasound machines for detection of pregnancy in wild animals. The Dynamics of using ultrasound machines are different for humans and wild animals. In case of humans, it is used to determine the gender and safety whereas, in wild animals, the test is done to confirm pregnancy and then the animal is released into the wild undisturbed.

Mauritius was the largest source of foreign investment in India (21.8 percent share at market value), followed by the US and the UK, according to a census by the Reserve Bank of India. Singapore and Japan were the next two sources of foreign direct investment (FDI), reported the Census on Foreign Liabilities and Assets of Indian Direct Investment Companies 2016-17, released by RBI.

Indian shuttler Divij Sharan and Rohan Bopanna with their respected partners swiftly entered into the men's doubles third round at the Australian Open which is being held in Melbourne. Divij Sharan and his American partner Ram registered a victory over the Fabio Fognini and Marcel Granollers by 4-6, 7-6, 6-2 in the second round which lasted for two hours and eight minutes. However, it was a hard fought win for Divij Sharan and his American partner Ram after clinching few points at a crucial time in the match. After winning this match, Divij Sharan equaled his best Grand Slam performance by reaching the men’s doubles third round at the Australian Open. Last year Sharan had made the third round at the French Open with Purav Raja. He had also reached the US Open third round in 2013.

NASA successfully applied a new technology that allows aircraft to fold their wings between zero and 70 degrees while inflight. Built from a shape memory alloy, the system operates without a hydraulic system, reducing the wing weight by up to 80%. The technology's potential aerodynamic benefit includes increased controllability, which may result in a more fuel-efficient aircraft.

Technology giant Apple topped Fortune magazine's list of the 'World's Most Admired Companies' for 2018. E-commerce giant Amazon has retained its second spot, followed by Google's parent Alphabet. Social media giant Facebook lost its place in the top ten most admired companies this year and was ranked 12th on the list.

Indian cricket team registered an emphatic victory over Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the ICC Under-19 World Cup at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui . Notably, with this win Indian team finished their rout of Group B with staying at the top in the points table. After opted to bat first, Zimbabwe was bowled out for 154 in 48.1 overs, with Indian left-arm spinners Anukul Roy taking 4 wickets after conceding only 20 runs while Arshdeep Singh and Abhishek Sharma took 2 wickets each. Zimbabwe were 110/3 at one stage but lost their last seven wickets for 44 runs. In-form Indian batsmen chased down the small target in an easy manner as Harvick Desai scored 56 runs unbeaten while Shubham Gill scored 90 runs. The target of 155 runs was achieved by India without losing any wicket. With the win, the Prithvi Shaw led side remain unbeaten in the group B. India have already sealed their spot in the quarterfinals.

The US National Security Agency (NSA) been using secret speech recognition technology to identify people by their unique voiceprint for years The intelligence agency had used the technology in counterterrorism operations and overseas drug busts, the document added. Following the revelation, the NSA had faced criticism for abusing people's privacy.

The Union Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley launched the National CSR Data Portal & Corporate Data Portal in Delhi. This initiative is a significant step towards driving accountability and transparency for corporate India. The portals’ easy accessibility to the general public will ensure a high level of compliance and will also help in institutionalizing and consolidate the CSR activities. The launch of the portals will bring 100 percent transparency in corporate governance by making public over 4-crore filings of nearly 1.2 million companies.

The fourth edition of the India International Science Festival will be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The decision to hold the Festival in Lucknow was taken at the first preparatory meeting for the 4th India International Science Festival (IISF). The meeting was chaired by Union Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan. The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi. India had also set a Guinness Book of World Records when 2000 school students performed two experiments at the Festival.

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