Thursday, August 13, 2015

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Cyber attacks on India mostly from Pakistan, China: Government
Politics and Government > Cyber Crime
A report informed Parliament that the computer networks of Indian organizations were being attacked by hackers from Pakistan, Bangladesh, China and the US. Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad said that a rise in the incidents of cyber attacks in the past years with increase in the proliferation of IT and related services was seen. Identifying the source of such attacks is a difficult task as the attackers use techniques that hide their identity.

Global satellite to be named after Abdul Kalam
Science and Technology > Satellites
The UN-led GlobalSat for DDR is to be renamed as ‘UN Kalam GlobalSat’ after A.P.J. Abdul Kalam as a tribute to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist and former Indian president who died July 27. The renaming is expected to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers and space explorers. The GlobalSat satellite will be used for earth observation and disaster risk reduction with no barriers to entry for participating nations.

Sundar Pichai new head of slimmed down Google, Larry to head Alphabet
Corporate> Google
Google recently announced that it would subsume within its new parent company Alphabet and appoint Chennai-born Sundar Pichai as the CEO of the slimmed down Google. As Larry Page the former CEO of Google leaves to head Alphabet, an expansive mother corporation called Alphabet that will take care of a growing portfolio. Alphabet will operate as the parent company for a number of smaller companies, including Google, which will continue to focus on Internet products. Android, YouTube, search and ads will remain part of Google Inc.


Wing part washed up on beach belongs to missing MH370, confirmed
World> MH370
After analysis of the paint colour and maintenance-record of the piece of wing found on the shore of an Indian Ocean island, Malaysia has confirmed that it belongs to the missing flight MH370 which vanished without a trace last year. Following this, the Malaysian government has asked for the support of neighbouring Mauritius and Madagascar to help widen the search area. The airline described the find as "a major breakthrough" as it will help in solving the mystry of the disappearance of the flight.

Japan marks 70th anniversary of Hiroshima atomic bombing
World > Hiroshima
Japan marked 70th anniversary of the Hiroshima atomic bombing at the end of World War 2. One minute's silence was observed at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park in the presence of Prime minister Shinzo Abe and foreign delegates. The bomb had killed around 140,000 people and others died from the radiation exposure. Opinion still remains divided over whether the twin attacks on Japan were justified.

Egypt inaugurates Suez Canal expansion
World> Suez Canal
Suez Canal which has been a significant source of income for Egypt will head for an expansion and will have seventy-two kilometres of new waterways. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi led an opening ceremony at which the Suez Canal expansion was inaugrated. The project will be completed in an year and cost over $8 billion and is expected to bring in more revenue and traffic. However, many have raised doubts regarding the best use of nation's resources at a time when there are arguably more pressing needs surrounding the country.

Government plans 'Suraksha Bandhan' drive
Politics and Government > Social Security
A 'Suraksha Bandhan' drive that would encourage people to gift 'social security' plans has been planned by the Government against the backdrop of the forthcoming festival 'Raksha Bandhan'. The new drive is aimed at taking forward the government's objective of creating a universal social security system in the country, targeted especially at the poor and the under-privileged. The enrollment drive will be launched by banks and insurance companies during August-September.

Freedom fighters to get a hike in pension: Rajnath
India > Pension For Freedom Fighters
On the occasion of 73rd anniversary of Quit India movement, Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced a hike of 218 per cent in DA in 2014-15 for freedom fighters. The hike in pension is applicable to former Andaman political prisoners, freedom fighters/spouses and unmarried/unemployed daughters. Presently, the number of freedom fighters, widows and eligible dependents add up to 35,900.

Xiaomi ties up with Foxconn for first India plant
Corporate > Make in India
Keen on gaining a larger foothold in the booming handset business in India, Xiomi has announced the launch of a mobile phone manufacturing unit in Andhra Pradesh which will be built in partnership with Taiwan’s Foxconn. The second local manufacturing unit of Xiomi outside of China has started assembly of a new handset ‘Redmi 2 Prime’. This has given a boost to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India programme.

PM Narendra Modi may announce a universal health cover scheme on Independence Day
India > Health
An announcement by PM Narendra Modi regarding a universal health insurance plan which will cover all members of a family under a single sum insured is expected on this Independence Day. While the last Independence Day had Modi announce a massive financial inclusion drive Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), this year the focus has been shifted on health polic and the new universal policy will not have any subsidy element but the policy has to be sold by insurers at highly subsidised premium rates.

Nestle India asked to recall Maggi noodles
Politics and Government> Nestle India
The Government has ordered Nestle India to recall Maggi Noodles after finding exceeding amount of lead content in the samples of Nestle's Maggi noodles. According to Health Minister JP Nadda, the test results from different states confirmed presence of lead beyond permissible limit. The FSSAI had also advised the Commissioners of Food Safety of all the states and UTs to draw and test the samples of Noodles and allied products of other brands as well. Following this, the government has slapped Nestle India with a Rs 640 crore damage suit for misleading the consumers with advertisements that claimed that the noodle was a healthy snack.

China rattles market with Yuan devaluation
Economy> China
China rocks the global markets with the biggest devaluation of Yuan in 20 years, a move taken to boost flagging economy. The abrupt cut in yuan's value resulted in fall of stock markets and prices of commodities. The move is a sign that the country’s leaders are increasingly concerned about the economy, which has lost competitiveness as the yuan had become expensive in relation to other currencies such as the yen and the euro which weakened against the US dollar.

Sania Mirza to be conferred Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna
Sports> Awards
Sania Mirza made a mark as an outstanding tennis player in the world when she was ranked as world number one in women's doubles. She has been selected for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and becomes the second tennis player to receive this award. Meanwhile, star cricketer Rohit Sharma and ace shooter Jitu Rai were among the 17 sportspersons who were picked for this year's Arjuna awards.

Pankaj Advani bags World 6-Red Snooker Championship
Sports> Snooker

Pankaj Advani clinched his 13th world title after winning the World 6-Red Snooker Championship in a convincing manner. Advani beat his Chinese opponent Yan Bingtao 6-2. In the final frame, Bingtao took a healthy 28-5 lead before missing what was going to be his final shot of the tournament as Advani cleared the table with finesse. 


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