Exam Power : 06 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power : 06 July 2018 Today Current Affairs

Gaming University will be set up in Andhra Pradesh, by UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) entered into an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh government to set up a 'Design University for Gaming' in Visakhapatnam.

For this, UNESCO has asked Andhra Pradesh’s chief minister, N Chandrababu Naidu to allocate a land area of around 100 acres.

The hub will create around 50,000 jobs in 10 years. 

Bengaluru to get India’s first e-waste plant 
Union minister of chemicals and Fertilisers Ananth Kumar announced that the country’s first e-waste recycling unit will come up in Bengaluru, Karnataka. The unit, to be set up by the ministry, is likely to be ready in four months, and is in keeping with the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan drive.

A 2016 study by Assocham and KPMG ranked India among the top five countries in e-waste generation,with an estimated 1.85 million tonnes generated annually. According to the study, computers comprised 70% of the total e-waste and telecommunication equipment accounted for 12%. Bengaluru ranked third after Mumbai and Delhi and generated nearly 92,000 tonnes of e-waste annually.

ECI launches cVIGIL app to report model code violations 
The Election Commission launched an Android-based app, using which a person can secretly send to it geo-tagged videos and photos of illegal money being distributed or a hate speech being made during polls. 

The unique Internet-based beta version of the application is called 'cVIGIL', which stands for "citizens' vigil". It will be operationalised for the first time when assembly polls in states such as Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh are held later this year. It will be m .. 

India's first taxi ambulance services launched in Delhi

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari flagged off taxi ambulance services, offered by a Gurugram-based startup Wagon Cab.

The drivers will approach accident victims as soon as they are notified and will get an additional ₹500 for every victim that they tend to.

CEO & Co-founder of Wagon Cab:- Uttam Bose

NITI Aayog to conduct India's first 'Global Mobility Summit' in September

NITI Aayog  is organising "MOVE: Global Mobility Summit" in New Delhi on 7th and 8th September, 2018.

This summit will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi.

The six tracks or themes for the Summit will focus on:

(i) Asset Utilization and Services;

(ii) Comprehensive Electrification ;

(iii) Alternative Energy;

(iv) Reinventing Public Transit;  

(v) Logistics and Goods Transport;

(vi) Data Analytics and Mobility.

♦ Full form of NITI- National Institution for Transforming India

Khadi and Village Industries Commission launched eMarketing System

Single-umbrella e-marketing system named "Khadi Institution Management and Information System (KIMIS)" was launched in New Delhi.

This is a billing software for sale and purchase, from any part of India.

480 Khadi institutions and showrooms are linked with this billing software and it will be useful in raising demand and supply of goods in high demand.

Union Cabinet cleared DNA profiling Bill

The Union Cabinet has cleared 'The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018’. This will allow the law enforcement agencies to collect DNA samples, create DNA profiles and special databanks for forensic-criminal investigations. 

The databanks can only store information related to criminal investigations and the DNA details of suspects will be deleted. 

The aim of that bill is to set in place an institutional mechanism to collect and deploy DNA technologies to identify persons based on samples collected from crime scenes or for identifying missing persons.

Miss Spain Angela Ponce 1st transgender model at Miss Universe

Angela Ponce has become the first-ever transgender woman to be crowned Miss Universe Spain.

She will also compete in the Miss Universe 2018 pageant in Philippines in December 2018.

Transgender contestants were first allowed to compete in Miss Universe in 2012.

Trump appoints Indian American as head of US Drug Enforcement Agency

Uttam Dhillon, an Indian-American lawyer has been appointed as the Acting Director of the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) that combats the smuggling and use of narcotics in the US.

Dhillon last served as the Deputy Counsel and Deputy Assistant to President Donald Trump.

Dhillon, who holds a law degree from the University of California, became the first Director of the Office of Counternarcotics Enforcement in 2006.

Two new Ginger species found in the northeast
Scientists have discovered two new species of Ginger in easternmost districts, Ukhrul in Manipur and Tuensang in Nagaland, both bordering Myanmar.

Hedychium chingmeianum, the species discovered in Tuensang district, is an epiphytic plant and grows on tall trees, while Caulokaempferia dinabandhuensis was found growing in rock crevices, boulders and humus rich soil in the Shirui Hills, where the highest peak stands at an elevation of 2,938 metres.

Both the plants are from the family of Zingiberaceae, to which the commonly found Ginger (Zingiber officinale) belongs.

Two Botanical Survey of India (BSI) scientists, Nripemo Odyou and Dilip Kumar Roy, found the plant Hedychium chingmeianum, growing on tree trunks at Chingmei village in Tuensang district.

The plant, with reddish stems and creamy white flowers, was brought to the regional centre of BSI, Shillong, and cultivated there.

Paper published
A paper on the discovery was published earlier this year in Telopea, an international Journal of Plant Systematics.

“Most of the species under the genus Hedychium have medicinal properties. It is yet to be ascertained whether the newly discovered species Hedychium chingmeianum has medicinal properties or not,” Mr. Odyou told.

He said that out 44 taxa, 31 species and 13 varieties of genus Hedychium found in India, only five are reported in south India. The remaining species are all found in the northeast.

The species Caulokaempferia dinabandhuensis was discovered by Biseshwori Thongam and Bipin Konsam of the Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development. The species has beautiful oval-shaped pink flowers which appear in June-July.

It was during a trip to Ukhrul hills that Dinabandhu Sahoo, director of the IBSD, spotted this species.

The scientists named the species after Mr. Dinabandhu Sahoo

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

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