Exam Power : 29 June 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 29 June 2018 Today Current Affairs
Chennai Airport to get humanoid robots to assist passengers
Officials of Airports Authority of India (AAI) have begun discussions with a few Indian companies to buy humanoid robots in a few months.

Chennai airport will get humanoid robots - one on each for domestic arrival, domestic departure and international departure. These robots will guide passengers and offer assistance with the querie

Finance Ministry approves Metro Rail projects in 5 cities of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh

The Union Finance Ministry has given "in-principle" approval to proposed Metro Rail projects in Indore, Bhopal, Kanpur, Agra, and Delhi.

The estimated cost of the projects is ₹1.07 lakh crore.

Besides the five metro projects, the Rs 32,000 crore Delhi-Meerut corridor of the proposed Rapid Rail Transit System also got the in-principle nod from the finance ministry. 

A new method, Liquid Based Cytology, to detect cervical cancer was launched in Tamilnadu

In India, nearly 85% of cervical cancer are diagnosed in the advanced stages. Hence a new technique, Liquid Based Cytology (LBC) for screening cervical cancer was launched.

In the conventional method, the total number of samples taken may not be transferred to the slide. But in LBC, whatever sample is taken gets transferred to the slide making analysis with high accuracy.

LBC technique would help in detecting cervical cancer during the pre-cancerous stage. In Tamilnadu, about 5 to 6 hospitals have introduced this technique so far. 

Hindi is the most spoken language in India, Bengali second

According to the language data of Census 2011, Hindi is the mother tongue of 43.63%Indians, making it the country's most spoken language, followed by Bengali.

Further, Marathi has replaced Telugu as the third most spoken language in the nation.

While Sanskrit is least spoken, Urdu became the seventh most spoken language in India.

Oxytocin ban to come into effect in India from 1st July

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India has banned the manufacture of Oxytocin for domestic use from 1st July 2018 as it has been misused widespread in the dairy industry.

Oxytocin is a hormone that occurs naturally to cause uterine contractions during labor and lactation.

In dairy industries, livestock is injected with oxytocin to make them release milk at a time convenient for the farmers. It is also used in vegetables to increase their size.

ThyssenKrupp and TATA Steel to sign deal

ThyssenKrupp and Tata Steel are nearing a 15 billion eurodeal this week to combine their European assets into a global steel giant. This joint venture would create the continent's second-largest steelmaker after ArcelorMittal.

The joint venture was originally planned to be signed in early 2018. It was delayed after ThyssenKrupp's steel business performed much better than Tata Steel’s, requiring a reassessment of the deal.

Signing is now planned at the end of June. There are disagreements over the size of the valuation gap, with estimate ranging from 500 million to 3 billion euros. Therefore, the signing event has been called into question.

Mumbai is India's most expensive city, Hong Kong named World's most expensive city

According to Mercer's 24th annual Cost of Living Survey, Mumbai is India’s most expensive city, followed by New Delhi and Chennai.

Kolkata and Bengaluru are the least expensive Indian cities ranked.

Mercer’s survey reveals that Hong Kong took the top spot as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates.

Tokyo and Zurich are in second and third positions, respectively, with Singapore in fourth.

Yousaf Saleem sworn in as Pakistan's first visually impaired judge

Yousaf Saleem25-year-old, a visually impaired lawyer, became the first blind judge in the history of Pakistan.

His sister is reportedly Pakistan's first visually impaired civil servant.

Pakistan placed on 'Grey list' by Financial Action Task Force

The placement on the grey list could hurt Pakistan's economy as well as its international standing.

The announcement comes a day after Pakistan submitted a comprehensive 26-point action plan to the FATF (Financial Action Task Force) to choke the funding of militants groups, including Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed-led JuD and its affiliates, to avoid being blacklisted by it.

The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 to combat money laundering, terrorist financing and other related threats to the integrity of the international financial system.

Sources : The Hindu, ANI, TOI, Indian Express, HT,PIB, Economic Times

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