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28 July 2017

World Hepatitis Day (WHD) takes places every year on 28 July and brings the world together to raise awareness of the global burden of viral hepatitis and to influence real change. The Theme for World Hepatitis Day 2017 is 'Eliminate Hepatitis'. Viral hepatitis is one of the leading causes of death globally, accounting for 1.34 million deaths per year – that’s as many as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis or malaria. 

28 July 2017

India’s Ajay Singh won the bronze medal in Asian Youth and Junior Weightlifting Championships at Kathmandu, taking India’s tally to three. He got third place in 77 kgs men’s junior category lifting 143 kgs in the snatch and 172 kgs in clean and jerk. S. Nirupama Devi won bronze in 69 kgs women youth category. Konsam Urmila Devi won gold in the 44kg weight category.

28 July 2017

Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forests & Climate Change Dr Harshvardhan launched an app “India Quake” on the occasion of Foundation Day of Ministry of Earth Sciences in New Delhi. National Centre for Seismology (NCS) operates a national seismological network with 84 stations. These stations are connected to NCS headquarter through VSAT for real time data communication.  In the event of an earthquake, NCS locates them using data from its network and disseminate earthquake parameters to all the concerned government department and other stake holders through SMS, email and fax.

28 July 2017

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the world's richest person, as a jump in the share price of the US tech giant enabled him to overtake Microsoft founder Bill Gates. He is chairman and chief executive of the Seattle-based company, was worth almost $91billions after Amazon’s share price rose more than 1 per cent in morning trading in New York. According to Forbes, Gates is the richest person in the magazine's annual rankings in March for the past four years and for 18 of the past 22 years.

28 July 2017

Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) joined hands with Egyptian Exchange (EGX) for cooperation in exchange of information across business areas. This Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) further complements EGXs strategy to cooperate with global exchanges beyond its traditional markets in Africa, the Middle East and Europe. The MoU between BSE and EGX represents an important step in integrating both the exchanges to build capital market flows.

28 July 2017

The NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog approved 6 transport proposals of the Transport ministry exploring options to improve public transport. It includes high-tech mass rapid transportation technologies such as metring, Hyperloop, pod taxis, Stadler buses, hybrid buses and freight rail road. The ministry of road transport and highways had sought the approval of NITI Aayog to experiment and introduce six latest mass rapid transportation technologies. The new technologies are being explored by the Government as current public transportation is unable to resolve the increasing traffic crisis in the country.

28 July 2017

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Competition Committee awarded Indonesia the hosting of the AFC Under-19 Championship 2018. The AFC U-19 championship is scheduled to be held from 18 October to 4 November 2018. The committee felt that Indonesia was regarded as the most favourable among the bidders.

28 July 2017

Australia has sent its first uranium shipment to India for testing purposes ahead of possible commercial sales. It has played a reliable long-term role in supplying India’s growing energy needs. The transfer is part of ongoing commercial negotiations between Australian uranium exporters and India’s Department of Atomic Energy on possible sales contracts for civil nuclear-Power Generation.

28 July 2017

Punjab National Bank (PNB) and Bajaj Allianz General Insurance have signed an agreement for the distribution of insurance products through the branches. Under this agreement, Bajaj Allianz General Insurance will offer Personal lines of insurance and Commercial line of insurance products to the bank's customers. The insurance company will also offer a wide range of rural insurance products. Such type of insurance tie-ups leads 100 million customers to various products under one roof.

28 July 2017

The Mumbai Metro One Private Limited announced the launch of India’s first Mobile Ticketing System ‘OnGo’ recently. It will help commuters to buy their tickets on their mobile phones. Commuters will also be able to book tickets for future journeys up to seven days in advance using the system. A QR code will be generated that will have to be displayed before a non-protruding glass at the Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) gates.

28 July 2017

Scientists including one of Indian origin have developed new Artificial intelligence (AI) software called SurfNet that can create three dimensional (3D) models from 2D photographs. SurfNet software using hundreds of thousands of 2D shapes of objects can reconstruct it a model in 3Dimensions. It can be used in robotics, object recognition and even self-driving cars. SurfNet will give them the ability to understand the 3D environment around them using standard 2D cameras.

28 July 2017

The 2017 BRICS countries agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people. The decision in this regard taken at the 2017 Labour and Employment Ministers meeting held in Chongqing, China. BRICS is the acronym for an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRICS members are all developing or newly industrialised countries and all five are G-20 members.