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19 May 2017

A team of scientists from the United States of America discovered a possible cure for Ebola viruses. They have discovered the first natural human antibodies that are capable of neutralising and protecting animals against all three major disease-causing Ebola viruses. Ebola virus disease (EVD) is a severe, often fatal illness in humans. It was first identified in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a village near the Ebola River.

19 May 2017

R.R. Laxman of Integral Coach Factory won the All India Open Rapid  World Chess Federation (FIDE) Rating Chess Tournament at the Kshudiram Anushilan Kendra, Kolkata. He got 9.5 points defeating Mitrabha Guha who bagged 8.5 points. Somak Palit scored 7.5 points to secure the fifth place. Prantik Roy placed eighth in the tournament.

19 May 2017

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) on May 23. The core theme of the event is “Transforming Agriculture for wealth creation in Africa”. The annual meetings of delegates from 81 members expected to gather at the sprawling Mahatma Mandir Convention Centre.

19 May 2017

Dubai will host a two-day “Startup India Summit” in the United Arab Emirates with Consulate General of India (CGI) Dubai and Embassy of India in Abu Dhabi in partnership with Indian Software Product Industry Round Table (iSPIRIT). This is the first “Start-Up Summit” being held in the UAE. The aim is to provide a shared platform for the Start-up ecosystem in both India and UAE for greater collaboration, exchange ideas, interact with academia, investors and industry. India is the third largest ecosystem in the world leading in tech innovation.

19 May 2017

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of book ‘Metaphysics, Morals and Politics’ from Prof. Amal Kumar Mukhopadhyay in Kolkata, West Bengal. In 1961, as a state scholar of the Government of West Bengal Prof. Mukhopadhyay joined as a research scholar at the London School of Economics. Prof. Mukhopadhyay thesis was published in a book titled ‘The Ethics of Obedience’.

19 May 2017

Scientists at Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have developed the device ‘Nasofilters’ which is capable of restricting up to 95% of dust and air pollutants. The Nasofilter has an incredible filter technology that gives protection against the finest particulate pollutants especially the Particular matter(PM) 2.5 concentration. The researchers involved in the project was recently awarded the “National Startups Award” by President Pranab Mukherjee.

19 May 2017

The Annual Joint Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercise involving multiple agencies and being conducted by Indian Navy’s Western Nava Command commenced at Naval Station Karwar from May 18 - 20.  The exercise "KARAVALI KARUNYA", means assistance to the coast of Karnataka which involves both professional exchange and actual disaster response mechanisms is set on a Tsunami disaster scenario and will continue till 20 May 2017.

19 May 2017

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan was given additional charge of the Environment Ministry following the death of Union Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave. The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee as advised by the Prime Minister directed that Dr Harsh Vardhan should be assigned the charge of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, in addition to his existing portfolios.

19 May 2017

Indian cricket team retained its top position in the latest International Cricket Council (ICC) Test rankings with 123 points. Second place is South Africa with 117 points. Australia has been placed at the third place with 100 points followed by England at 4th (99 points), New Zealand at 5th (97 points), Pakistan at 6th (93 points), Sri Lanka at 7th (91 points), West Indies at 8th (75 points), Bangladesh at 9th (69 points) and Zimbabwe at 10th with zero points.

19 May 2017

Indian American student Pranay Varada (14 -year) won the prestigious USD 50,000 in the National Geographic Bee contest. Indian - American Veda Bhattaram another Indian-American from New Jersey finished third at the finals and got USD 10,000 worth scholarships. This year, six of the 10 finalists were Indian-Americans. Indian-Americans have won the National Geographic Bee competition for the last six consecutive years.

19 May 2017

Japan's SoftBank invested 1.4 billion (over Rs 9,079 crore) in digital payments platform Paytm. This is the largest fund investment by a single investor in an Indian start-up and also Softbank's largest investment in a single company in India. The company plans to invest Rs 10,000 crore over the next three to five years.

19 May 2017

Union Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Minister Shri Anant G. Geete inaugurated the test track facility for the Automotive Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) developed by Global Automotive Research centre (GARC) at Oragadam, Chennai. The Global Automotive Research Centre (GARC) Chennai is a body working under the NATRiP (National Automotive Testing & R&D Infra Project). GARC-Chennai started a centre with an overall investment of Rs. 963 Crores.  It has 5 different types of test track namely high-speed track (HST), gradient or hill track, External noise track (ENT), Braking surface track (BST) & steering pad.  The total cost of Test tracks projects estimation around 193.25 Crores.

19 May 2017

Karnataka State Wildlife Board approved the proposal to declare Southern Bird Wing butterfly as the state butterfly.  Maharashtra is the first state, where Blue Mormon has been declared as the State butterfly of Maharashtra. The state chose this butterfly as its red and yellow colour also represent the Karnataka flag.