1. N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Obelisk Gate’ wins Best Novel 2017
The Hugo Award for Best Novel 2017 was given on Friday to Nora K. Jemisin, an American speculative fiction writer for her work ‘The Obelisk Gate’.
The award was presented at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki.
The awarded book was the second in the trilogy that started with ‘The Fifth Season’, which was New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and won Jemisin the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 2016
2. Flipkart world’s 3rd most funded pvt co
With the $2.4 billion it just received from Japanese technology and telecom giant SoftBank, Flipkart has become the third most funded private company globally.
The homegrown e-commerce company has to date raised almost $7 billion in capital, higher than that raised by global behemoths like online house rental aggregator Airbnb ($3.3 billion) and mobile phone maker Xiaomi ($1.4 billion).
The top two are both ride hailing platforms — Chinabased Didi Chuxing and USbased Uber.
3. Govt. launches national anthem video in sign language
Union Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, on Thursday, launched an Indian National Anthem video in sign language, featuring differently-abled and partially differently-abled children.
Directed by filmmaker Govind Nihalani, the three-minute video features Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan along with physically challenged children performing the anthem in sign language with the Red Fort in the background.
4. Gujarat govt to give ‘Namo’ tablets to 3.5 lakh college students
Around 3.5 lakh college students in Gujarat will get tablets at a subsidised rate of Rs 1,000 each under a state government scheme launched by chief minister Vijay Rupani in Ahmedabad on Friday.
Under this scheme, the first year college students in the state will get 7-inch ‘NAMO E-Tab’ tablets, which have a market value of Rs 8,000 each, by just paying Rs 1,000.
5. Trump appoints Chatterjee to chair energy commission
The White House said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had appointed Neil Chatterjee as chair of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Last week the Senate confirmed Chatterjee and Robert Powelson as members of the FERC, restoring a quorum to the agency. Chatterjee had previously been an energy policy advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
6. Centre to exempt Tamil Nadu from NEET
In what could be much-needed respite to the State government, Union commerce and industries minister Nirmala Sitharaman said the Centre is willing to consider TN plea for Neet (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) exemption for a year for government medical colleges alone but ruled out permanent exclusion from the national level eligibility test.
7. No bridge being built by China in Ladakh
Government sources on Sunday denied reports of China building a bridge in Ladakh.
Earlier a report said on Sunday China was building a bridge in the no man’s land in Ladakh.
“The report that China is building a bridge in Ladakh is wrong,” a government source said.
The source also denied any fresh aggression from China.
8. Canara Bank rolls out two digital products
Canara Bank has launched two digital products: ‘Bharat QR’, a platform for payment settlement at merchant locations, and Bharat Bill Payment System, an integrated bill payment system for Net banking customers.
Launching the products, Rakesh Sharma, Managing Director and CEO, said the “bank is always poised for a digital revolution and has begun to offer scores of digital payment products/platforms to enhance customer convenience by reducing cash transactions.”
9. Banks exploring use of artificial intelligence in operations
Chief Executive Officer, Quadratic Insights has told a newspaper that
By adopting Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, some banks have automated operational processes, resulting in cost reduction and faster turn-around time.
Some non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), payments banks, insurance companies, investment advisory companies and online financial service providers are also looking to upgrade their processes.
10. India’s first aviation university to be inaugurated on Aug 18
The country’s first aviation university at Fursatganj in Uttar Pradesh’s Rae Bareli district is all set for inauguration on August 18.
Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju, his deputy Jayant Sinha, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Congress vice president and Amethi MP Rahul Gandhi, among others are expected to attend the inaugural event, officials of the Rajiv Gandhi National Aviation University.
1. PF account transfer while switching jobs to be automatic soon
Chief provident fund commissioner V P Joy has said that From next month, employees’ PF account will be transferred automatically when they change your job provided they have linked heir Aadhaar number with PF account.
Joy, who is pushing a slew of initiatives in the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) to make it more worker-friendly, said premature closure of accounts was one of their main challenges, and they were trying to address it by improving services.
2. Davinder Singh Becomes 1st Indian To Qualify For Javelin Finals
Davinder Singh Kang became the first Indian to qualify for the final round of the javelin throw at the World Athletics Championships while his more fancied compatriot Neeraj Chopra crashed out in the qualification round.
Competing in the qualification round Group B on Thursday, Kang, who was carrying a shoulder injury, cleared the automatic qualification mark of 83m in his third and final throw as he sent the javelin to a distance of 84.22m.
3. Chinese satellite sends ‘hack-proof’ message
China has successfully sent “hack-proof” messages from a satellite to Earth for the first time.
The Micius satellite beamed messages to two mountain-top receiving stations 645 km (400 miles) and 1,200 km away.
The message was protected by exploiting quantum physics, which says any attempt to eavesdrop on it would make detectable changes.
Using satellites avoids some limitations that ground-based systems introduce into quantum communication.
4. Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as Vice President
M Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as the Vice President of India by this morning.
President Ramnath Kovind administered the oath of office to Naidu, at a brief ceremony in the Durbar Hall of Rashtrapati Bhawan attended by political leaders cutting across party lines.
With Naidu becoming the vice-president, for the first time in the history, BJP leaders would occupy top four constitutional posts of the country. President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan all come from BJP.
5. Bank of England refuses to change animal-fat banknotes
The Bank of England said on Thursday it would not change the way its new plastic banknotes are made, despite concerns among some vegetarians and religious groups about trace amounts of animal fat used in their production.
The BoE said the only alternative for its polymer banknotes was to use more expensive chemicals derived from palm oil, and that its suppliers were unable to commit to using only palm oil produced in the most environmentally friendly way.
6. Oxford launches Tamil, Gujarati online dictionaries
After the Hindi version, Oxford University Press (OUP) has launched online dictionaries in Tamil and Gujarati as part of its special focus on Indian languages.
The Oxford Global Languages (OGL) initiative began in September 2015 with an aim to build dictionaries and lexicographical resources for around 100 of the world’s languages and to make them available online.
7. Hamid Ansari gets a grand farewell
The Rajya Sabha accorded a grand farewell to Vice-President Hamid Ansari, who retired from the Upper House here on Thursday. The newly elected Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Venkaiah Naidu,taken oath by this morning.
8. PM launches Manthan, pitches for a New India
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed District Collectors across the country via video-conference on Wednesday on the theme of “New India – Manthan,” which according to him is aimed at catalysing the country and the people at the grassroots level. The programme was launched on the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement.
The Prime Minister said the Centre wants every individual, each family and organisation to set goals to be reached by 2022. He said the district collectors now have to decide where they want to see their districts in that year.
9. BitBay launches trading platform for digital currency
BitBay, one of the top ten cryptocurrency trading platforms in the world, has launched a dedicated platform for trade and exchange of digital currencies such as bitcoin, litecoin, ether, Lisk, monero, dash and gamecredits.
The company will also work towards creating awareness about digital currencies and also removing misconceptions related to these currencies in a market like India.
10. Ivanka to visit India in support of women entrepreneurship
US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka will lead the American delegation at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in India, starting from November 28.
After Indian PM made this announcement in Twitter, US president Trump acknowledged it in the microblogging website.