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The world's first operational robot police officer was officially inducted into the Dubai police force at the 4th Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC). The name of the robot is robocop is around 5-foot tall and weighs a 100kg. It can not only identify hand gestures from a distance of up to 1.5 meters but can also detect people's emotions and facial expressions. The robocop comes with other special features such as its facial recognition software.

Ravichandran Ashwin won the International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEATCricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017.  Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award. Ashwin took 99 wickets in the past 12 months.

Karnataka Bank Limited entered into a distribution agreement to sell the mutual fund products of HDFC Capital Asset Management Limited (HDFCAML) during exchanged the memorandum of understanding (MoU) in Mangaluru, Karnataka. Investment in mutual funds will provide an opportunity to those customers who are uncomfortable about investing directly in stock markets.

Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism inaugurated an exhibition “Return of the Three Stone Sculptures from Australia to India” in National Museum New Delhi. The exhibition is organized to mark the safe return of three stone sculptures (Seated Buddha, Worshippers of  Buddha, Goddess Pratyangira) from Australia to India. Dr. Mahesh Sharma attended a special event at National Gallery of Australia (NGA) in Canberra, Australia. 

The second prototype of the Light Utility Helicopter(LUH PT2) successfully completed its first flight for 22 minutes in Bengaluru. Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) is developing the three-tonne-class LUH aircraft for military and civil users. LUH is being designed to fly 350 km non-stop at a speed of 220 kilometers per hour. The aircraft is capable of reaching a maximum height of 6.5 Km and can carry a payload of 400 kg. The light utility helicopter (LUH) will replace the Chetak and Cheetah helicopters that have been in use for more than three decades.

Jio Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image (MAMI) film festival announced a new award category for digital content for this year 's festival to held from October 12- 18. This award will encourage young talent to break the boundaries of their creative ideas and take Indian Cinemas to new and greater heights especially in the digital space. The winners will receive a cash prize of Rs 2.5 lakh.

Environment, Forest and Climate Change Ministry along with the UN Environment OzonAction’s Compliance Assistance Programme, organized an “Ozone2Climate” Technology Roadshow in Agra. The Roadshow was inaugurated by the Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Ajay Narayan Jha. This is the first time the Ozone2Climate Technology Roadshow was organized as a part of the annual network meeting globally.  The Technology Roadshow was organized in association with Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Manufacturers Association (RAMA), Indian Polyurethane Association (IPUA), Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL).

Bank of Baroda (BOB) and Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative Limited (IFFCO) rolled out their first set of co-branded debit cards for farmers as part of a novel initiative to push digitalisation and cashless economy. They entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU)  in this regard in February 2017. Two lakh co-branded debit cards will be issued initially to the farmers beginning with the States of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

Airlander 10, the world’s largest aircraft has successfully completed a test flight by flying for a total of 180 minutes in Cardington, United Kingdom (UK). It is hybrid ship i.e. it is a partly plane and partly airship filled with helium gas. It is 92-metre-long and 43.5m wide. It can fly at up to 6,100 meters and reach speeds of 148 kilometers per hour.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a physician and former health minister of Ethiopia, appointed as agency's new director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO). Ghebreyesus will begin his five-year term on July 1, 2017. He is replaced by Margaret Chan, who is serving as the Director General of WHO since 2007.

Tata Sons have appointed a new legal head recently. The group appointed Shuva Mandal as the new head of Group General Counsel. He replaces Bharat Vasani. Vasani will continue with the group as Legal Adviser to the Chairman’s office. 

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju and IAS officer Haulianlal Guite published a philosophical novel for God titled “Confessions of a dying mind: the blind faith of atheism“. Haulianlal Guite is the first civil officer to write on Philosophy after John Stuart Mill’s work titled “On Liberty” published in 1858. The book explores interesting arguments against atheism. It also explores the nature of science, religion, evidence and love.

World turtle day is celebrated on May 23. The observance aimed at protecting turtles and tortoises and their rapidly disappearing habitats across the world. The greatest threats faced by the turtles and tortoises in India is smuggling. They are smuggled every year in large numbers to East Asian and Southeast Asian markets. 

IIT Kharagpur’s Rekhi (IIT - KGR) Centre of Excellence for the Science of Happiness and Madhya Pradesh Government  ‘Rajya Anandam Sansthan’ (Department of Happiness) signed a Memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU to collaborate on the development of a Happiness Index for measuring the well-being of the residents of the state. The Happiness index would be developed by IIT-KGP and the data collected by the state government would be analyzed to assess the happiness levels of people of the state and to suggest recommendations to enhance happiness levels in the state.