OdishaGovernment will soon launch “Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran” (DAMON)

Why in news ? Odisha Government will soon launch“Durgama Anchalare Malaria Nirakaran” (DAMON), a special programme to prevent the spread of malaria in remote areas of Ganjam district. About news ? Under this programme, camps will be held in remote areas for mass test for malaria. As many as 103 camps will be held in […]

Preethi Srinivasan gets Kalpana Chawla award from Tamil Nadu CM

Why in news ? Multifaceted Preethi Srinivasan, a national level swimmer at the age of eight, was also the youngest toplay in the Tamil Nadu women’s cricket team. About news ? Preethi Srinivasan, the former State under-19 cricket captain, who braved a crippling accident to support those suffering from spinal cord injuries like her, was […]

Scientists discover the largest volcanic region on Earth, and it’s under Antarctica

Why in news ? Scientists have uncovered the largest volcanic region on Earth – consisting of almost 100 volcanoes– two kilometres below the surface of the vast Antarctic ice sheet. About news ? The largest volcanic region on Earth, with nearly 100 volcanoes, has been discovered two km below the surface of the vast ice […]

China bans iron, seafood imports from North Korea

Why in news ? China halts iron, iron ore and seafood imports from North Korea, following through on new UN sanctions over its ally’s nuclear program. About news ? The United Nations Security Council, including permanent member Beijing, approved tough sanctions against Pyongyang that could cost the country $1 billion a year. China, which is […]

Norway has world’s fastest mobile Internet

Why in news ? According to global leader in broadband testing Ookla, Norway has the fastest mobile Internet in the world. About news ? The Netherlands and Hungary are ranked number two and three on the list of the world’s fastest mobile networks. In only 13 months, Norway has jumped from 11th to first place […]

World’s Biggest Solar Thermal Power Plant Just Got Approved in Australia

Why in news ? Australian state government has approved the world’s biggest single tower solar thermal powerplant, a150-megawatt structure to be built in South Australia by 2020. About news ? Solar thermal technology uses mirrors to concentrate the Sun’s light at the top of a tower. This heats the stored molten salt and the heat […]

India opens first Partition museum

Why in news ? India ‘s first museum will open this week in Amritsar Punjab, as India and Pakistan celebrate 70 years as independent nations. About news ? The museum will include photographs, newspaper clippings, donated personal items, and screens showing video interviews with survivors. It will have ‘The Gallery of Hope’, where visitors can scribble […]

Melbourne named as World’s Most Liveable City

Why in news ? Melbourne has once again been named the world’s most liveable city by The Economist, receiving a perfect score for healthcare, education and infrastructure. About news ? The Economist Intelligence Unit’s (EIU) Liveability Index ranks 140 cities each year on those topics, as well as stability, culture and environment. Vienna once again […]

NCLT admits Reliance Communications’s petition for Aircel merger

Why in news ? The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) on Monday admitted Reliance Communications Ltd (RCom)’s petition for merging its wireless division with telecom firm Aircel Ltd.  About news ? The tribunal has also admitted RCom’s petition for a 51% stake sale in its telecom tower arm to Canada-based Brookfield Infrastructure. The tribunal will […]

Ravi Shankar Prasad lauds SC efforts for transparency in court appointments

Why in news ? Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today lauded the Supreme Court’s initiative to make trial court appointments more transparent and appealed to states, opposing the proposed centralised selection mechanism, to reconsider their stand. About news ? The Supreme Court indicated that it was inclined to go ahead with a proposal for […]