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1. SC puts T.N. medical admissions on hold
The Supreme Court directed status quo in medical admissions in Tamil Nadu till August 22. This stalls any prospects of the State kickstarting them in the next couple of days in case an ordinance meant to freeze NEET this year in the State is promulgated.
The ordinance has already been cleared by the Union Law Ministry, after a favourable legal opinion from Attorney-General K.K. Venugopal. It was supposed to be promulgated by August 22.
2. Hospital oxygen supply not cut, says U.P. firm
Private firm Pushpa Sales Private Limited refuted a magisterial report which held it “responsible” for interrupting the supply of liquid oxygen to Baba Raghav Das Medical College Hospital in Gorakhpur.
It claimed that it did not stop supply though it put pressure on the hospital to receive its overdue payment. Manish Bhandari, the owner of the firm, said he was willing to submit “evidence” before the government to prove his stand.
3. Report of Corporate donations to politiacal parties
Between financial year 2012-13 and 2015-16, the five national parties received a total of ₹1,070.68 crore via voluntary contributions above ₹20,000. According to the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) Out of the total donations, 89%, or ₹956.77 crore, was from corporate and business houses. BJP received the lion’s share of the corporate donations, lapping up ₹705.81 crore from 2,987 corporate donors.
This is nearly three times the combined corporate donations received by the remaining four parties. The Congress was the next big beneficiary, getting ₹198.16 crore from 167 such donors.
4. Race to the moon gets extended finishing line
The five remaining competitors for the Google Lunar Xprize, including Bengaluru-based TeamIndus, have got a three-month extension in which to win the prize.
The $30-million-plus prize is a contest for privately financed teams to land a spacecraft on the moon, deploy a rover, and perform a set of predetermined tasks.
TeamIndus had already tied up with the Indian Space Research Organisation’s PSLV rocket to send its spacecraft, ECA (short for Ek Chotisi Asha , ‘one small wish’ in Hindi), to the moon on or around December 28.
5. E-toll lane on all national highways from Sept. 1
All toll plazas on national highways will have electronic toll collection facility with at least one lane dedicated to vehicles with electronic tag device, known as FASTags, beginning September 1.
FASTags is a device that can be installed on the windshield of any vehicle, and toll payments can be made directly from the pre-paid account linked to it. Hence such vehicles do not have to stop at toll plazas for payment of fees.
6. Kovind to visit Leh on Monday
President Ram Nath Kovind will make a day-long trip to Leh next Monday to honour the 14 Corps of the Army headquartered in Ladakh, amid the stand-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Doklam and just days after they clashed in the Ladakh region.
Mr. Kovind will present the Presidential Colours, a rare military honour, to the infantry unit of the 14 Corps in recognition of its exceptional service. But the importance of the Supreme Commander addressing the troops in the border region will not be lost. However, sources in the Rashtrapati Bhavan said the visit was a pre-scheduled one.
7. Private banks in the South set up facilities for Aadhaar
Private sector banks in the South are in a race to set up Aadhaar enrolment and updation facilities, following a recent directive from the Centre, according to an official.
“The new initiative will enable us to speed up the process of Aadhaar enrolment,” said D.M. Gajare, Assistant Director General, UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India). “The idea is to have more number of touch points,” said he said.
8. India ends European tour on a high
The Indian men’s hockey team win over Austria in its final encounter of the Europe Tour by 4-3. Ramandeep Singh and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam struck twice in the match.
Though Austria took the lead in the first quarter. India, strike back with goals thereafter to finish the high scoring match to a win.
9. Indian Navy’s all-woman team to sail around the world
A six-member all-woman team of the Indian Navy will set sail in early September to circumnavigate the globe on the sailing vessel, INSV Tarini. This is the first-ever Indian circumnavigation of the globe by an all-woman crew.
Titled Navika Sagar Parikrama, the voyage will begin from Goa in the first week of September and culminate on their return in March next year. The distance will be covered in five legs, with stop overs at four ports — Fremantle (Australia), Lyttelton (New Zealand), Port Stanley (Falklands) and Cape Town (South Africa).
10. Malala wins place at Oxford University
Ms. Malala Yousafzai, the 20-year-old Pakistani-born activist who is the world’s youngest Nobel laureate, on Thursday tweeted a screenshot of her acceptance to the university.
In March, Ms. Yousafzai received a conditional offer from Oxford’s Lady Margaret Hall, contingent on her exam results. Pakistan’s first female Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto, also studied at Lady Margaret Hall in the 1970s. Ms. Yousafzai said she would be studying philosophy, politics and economics, or PPE.