Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Nobel Prize in Physics and Medicine 2015 announced
Awards > Nobel Prize 2015
The Nobel Prize 2015 in Physiology or Medicine jointly went to William C. Campbell and Satoshi Ōmura, and Youyou Tu. Mr. Campbell and Mr. Omura won it for "their discoveries concerning a novel therapy against infections caused by roundworm parasites", while Ms. Tu won it for "her discoveries concerning a novel therapy for malaria."

A Japanese and a Canadian scientist, Takaaki Kajita and Arthur McDonald, won the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics on Tuesday for discovering that elusive subatomic particles called neutrinos have mass, opening a new window onto the fundamental nature of the universe.

India and Germany sign 18 MoUs
India > Foreign Relations
India and Germany on Monday signed a deal to fast-track business approvals, an arrangement to make it easier for German companies to operate in India, Asia's third largest economy. The announcement was made on the lines of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to New Delhi.

Germany to fund 125 million euros for renewable energy corridor in India
Economny > Germany - India
Germany and India signed two agreements to fund 125 million Euros for the Green Energy Corridors’ project in Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh. Germany’s development bank, KFW, will fund 57 million Euro for the project at Himachal Pradesh, and 68 million Euro for the Andhra Pradesh project, a press statement from the government said.

Dengue epidemic likely to be more severe next year
World > Dengue epidemic
A major increase in cases of dengue will likely occur throughout Southeast Asian countries early next year, researchers have warned. This is because the most intense El Nino in nearly two decades is emerging in the Pacific, said the study that found that epidemics of dengue are linked to high temperatures brought by the El Nino weather phenomenon.


Global Competitiveness Report 2015-2016 released by World Economic Forum
World > Global Competitiveness Report
World Economic Forum (WEF) on 30 September 2015 released the Global Competitiveness Report (GCR) 2015-2016. The report assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity and it remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide. It also highlights that after five years of decline, India jumped 16 ranks to 55th place compared to 71st rank in 2014-15 report.

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis clinch seventh WTA title of the season at Wuhan Open
Sports > Tennis
Ace Indian tennis star Sania Mirza continued her superb run with Swiss partner Martina Hingis as the duo clinched its seventh title together by winning the Wuhan Open women’s doubles trophy. The top-seeded pair eased past the Romanian team of Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-3 in the title clash.

Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra arch'
World > Islamic State
Islamic State militants in northern Syria have blown up another monument in the ancient city of Palmyra. The Arch of Triumph was "pulverised" by the militants who control the city. It is thought to have been built about 2,000 years ago.

Shashank Manohar formally elected as BCCI president, says first priority to clean image of the Board
Sports > BCCI
Newly-elected BCCI president Shashank Manohar vowed to clean the image of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after being chosen to head the world’s richest cricket board for a second time.

Death toll of Indians reaches 74 at Haj stampede
World > Haj Disaster
The death toll of Indian pilgrims killed in the Haj stampede in Mecca rose to 74, according to the latest list released by the Saudi Arabia government. Saudi authorities have put the total death toll from the stampede at 769 and the injury toll at 934.

Count of poor people in India may be lower, says World Bank
India > Poverty
Suggesting that India, home to the largest number of poor in 2012, may have been overestimating the number of its poor, the World Bank has detailed how a shift in the way consumption expenditure is recorded alters the country’s poverty rate from 21.2 per cent to 12.4 per cent for 2011-12.

Facebook to launch satellite to expand Internet access in Africa
Science and Technology > Facebook Satellite
Facebook Inc said it would launch a satellite in partnership with France’s Eutelsat Communications to bring Internet access to large parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The satellite, called AMOS-6, will cover large parts of West, East and Southern Africa.

India aims to start Asia's biggest coal mine in five years
Economy > Asia's Biggest Coal Mine
Deep in the thickly forested hills in its east, India last month started production at Magadh coal mine in Jharkhand state, what it hopes will in five years be Asia's biggest coal mine.

At the open-cast mine, which involves the clearing of more than 18,000 hectares (44,500 acres) of land, noisy excavators are busy digging for coal that will feed a huge power plant being built nearby to fuel India's energy-hungry economy.

India tops Asia in sending scientists, engineers to US
India > Scientist and Engineers
India is the top country of birth among Asian countries for immigrant scientists and engineers in US, with 950,000 out of the continent's total 2.96 million, according to a new report.

Nepal fuel shock triggers calls to rethink ties with India
World > Nepal
A crippling fuel shortage is prompting the Nepal’s leaders to reassess their energy strategy—and ties with southern neighbour India. The crisis began two weeks ago, when Nepal promulgated a new constitution that caused disturbances in the southern plains among groups with close ethnic ties to India that feel under-represented. Nepalese newspapers have accused main trading partner India of conducting an unofficial blockade in response, while India says protesters in Nepal are blocking roads and preventing fuel from reaching the capital.

Nayantara Sahgal, Poet Ashok Vajpeyi Returns Award
India > Nayantara Sahgal, Poet Ashok Vajpeyi
After writer Nayantara Sahgal returned her Sahitya Akademi award protesting against what she called a "vicious assault" on India's diversity and debate, poet Ashok Vajpeyi has also given up the prestigious literary honour. Vajpeyi has said that he had given up the award in protest against the Prime Minister’s alleged silence o issues such as the Dadri Lynching case.

US Approves ‘Breakthrough’ Drug to Fight Lung Cancer
Science and Technology > Cancer drug
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug Keytruda to treat the most common form of lung cancer. The FDA cleared this immunotherapy drug to treat patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumours express a protein called PD-L1, and whose disease has progressed after other treatments.

Modi pushes "obsolete" made-in-India plane on reluctant military
India > Make-in-India policy
The government has turned down the military's request to expand the acquisition of 36 fighter planes from Dassault Aviation SA to plug vital gaps, officials said, nudging it to accept an indigenous combat plane 32 years in the making.


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