Global Competitiveness Index : India Improves
- India’s ranking in the Global Competitiveness Index for 2016-17, released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), improved 16 places to 39.
- India’s competitiveness improved across the board, particularly in goods market efficiency (60), business sophistication (35) and innovation (29).
- recent reform efforts by the government have concentrated on improving public institutions (up 16 places), opening the economy to foreign investors and international trade (up 4), and increasing transparency in the financial system (up 15) – WEF.
Every Household Has an Army Man in Andhra
- Madhavaram would be a relatively unremarkable village, Located about 150 kms away from Amravati, this tiny village in Andhra Pradesh’s West Godavari district has an illustrious 300-year old history of sending its men to serve in the Army.
- Local lore revolves around tales of war and valour, and over a hundred families in the village proudly display war decorations won by their members.
- Madhavaram’s military history is matter of pride for its residents.
- Village was the defence base of Pusapati Madhava Varma Brahma, the 17th-century ruler of the Gajapati dynasty who presided over present day Orissa and the Deccan Plateau.
Bill Introduced by Kerala Government to raise money outside Budget
- CPI(M)-led LDF government today introduced in the state assembly the much-awaited Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund (Amendment) Bill, which among other things envisages raising funds from outside the budget to boost investment and take up infrastructure projects.
- Bill comprising a set of guidelines to revive and expand the operation of Kerala Infrastructure Investment Fund Board – Finance Minister T M Thomas Isaac.
- Government had recently amended the KIIFB Act through an ordinance and the present Bill was introduced without making any changes in its clauses.
After India considers revisiting Indus treaty Pak approaches World Bank
- Pakistan approached the World Bank on Tuesday, that India could revoke the 56-year- old Indus Waters Treaty.
- Delegation of the government of Pakistan — led by the attorney general for Pakistan, Ashtar Ausaf Ali, met with senior officials of the World Bank at its headquarters in Washington DC to discuss matters relating to Pakistan’s recent Request for Arbitration.
- Pakistan approached the International Court of Justice but did not provide any details.
- Pakistan had formally requested India for settlement of outstanding disputes pertaining to India’s construction of Kishenganga and Ratle hydroelectric plants.
Uri: India face Pak mediator with proof, issues 2nd demarche
- Foreign Secretary issued a demarche to Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit over Uri attack.
- Confronted him with proof of “cross-border origins” of the terror strike in which 18 jawans were killed.
- Preliminary interrogation reveals identity of one of the slain Uri attackers as Hafiz Ahmed, son of Feroz and resident of Dharbang, Muzaffarabad and also gives details of Pakistan.
- “Local villagers in the Uri sector apprehended on 21 September and handed over to Indian security forces two individuals from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir who have acted as guides for terrorists.
In next four years India invest $2 bln in Sri Lanka
- India will invest up to $2 billion in Sri Lanka over the next four years in a range of sectors including real estate etc..
- In the next two to four years, the total investment interests will rise to $2 billion.
- India has investment interests in a wide range of areas.
- India’s regional rival, presses ahead with a $1.4 billion real estate project next to Colombo’s main port after the Sirisena government.
Jim Yong Kim a World Bank President
- Jim Yong Kim has been re-appointed for a second five-year term as World Bank president.
- “Humbled to have the honour of serving a second term as the head of this great institution. I would focus on building a more inclusive world free of poverty.”
- “In order to deliver these goals, the Bank had to accelerate, become bolder and more agile.
- “I believe we are well on the way to achieve these important aims.”
- “We will need to work even more closely with partners and continue to find new and innovative ways to leverage scarce development resources effectively.”
China tops in air pollution – WHO
- China is the world’s deadliest country for outdoor air pollution.
- warned that tiny particulates from cars, power plants and other sources are killing 3 million people worldwide each year.
- 1 million people died from dirty air in China in 2012, at least 600,000 in India and more than 140,000 in Russia.
- UK ranks worse than France, with 16,355 deaths in 2012.
- Australia had 94 deaths and 38,043 died in the US.
iMessage turns your photos into GIFs
- iMessage App Store is currently dominated by sticker packs.
- Momento, an iMessage-only app that automatically turns your photos from your Camera Roll into GIFs you can text to your friends.
- App scans your photo library to figure out which photos will make good GIFs.
- wanted to build something that encourage people to go back to revisit their photo memories – Momentos Creator.
When is Google’s birthday?
- Google is celebrating its 18th birthday.
- Problem is that it’s had at least six 18th birthdays already.
- Company is showing everyone a cute, celebratory doodle on 27 September to mark the company’s coming-of-age.
- Google’s “G” blowing up a balloon to spell out the rest of its name – but blowing it up too much, and being carried off into the sky.
Earth – the Warmest Planet
- Earth that is warmer than it has been in about 120,000 years.
- Locked into eventually hitting its hottest mark in more than 2 million years.
- Carolyn Snyder,created a continuous 2 million year temperature record, much longer than a previous 22,000-year record.
- Doesn’t estimate temperature for a single year but averages 5,000-year time periods going back a couple million years.
- Snyder based her reconstruction on 61 different sea surface temperature proxies from across the globe, such as ratios between magnesium and calcium, species makeup and acidity.
Roller Coaster – a remover of kidney stone
- Roller coasters can, in fact, do more than just give you a temporary thrill.
- David Wartinger a author set out to test the experience of one patient who claimed to have passed three kidney stones after taking three rides on Disney’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.
- Built a 3D printed silicone model of a kidney, filled it with urine and three kidney stones, and then tossed the whole contraption in a backpack that rode Thunder Mountain along with them a total of 20 times.
- Support the anecdotal evidence that a ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stones.”
- Sitting at the front of the ride helped get things moving with a 16.67 percent passage rate, but sitting in the back was even more effective – resulting in a 63.89 percent passage rate.
FIFA U-17 World Cup emblem launched in India
- FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017 (LOC) unveiled the official emblem for what will be the country’s first international football event.
- It is clear for all to see how football has already been making huge strides in India.
- But there is still an enormous room for growth, and the FIFA U-17 World Cup can be an ideal catalyst to develop the sport even further and across the whole country.
- Emblem of the first ever FIFA Tournament in India was designed as a celebration of the country’s rich and diverse culture, with its main elements being the Indian Ocean, the banyan tree, the kite and the starburst, which is an interpretation of the Ashoka Chakra.
Aadhaar card is important for wrestlers at nationals
- A WRESTLER will now require an Aadhaar card to participate in national level tournaments.
- Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has introduced this mandatory stipulation to curb age fraud and also prevent the inter-state exodus of players using fake domicile.
- “over-interference of private agencies and agents with the wrestlers in national camps.”
- “We have seen many wrestlers sign contracts with private agencies and later these agencies interfere with our wrestlers and the federation.We need to bring in regulations to curb this phenomenon.”
- “We have seen wrestlers moving to other states once they fail to qualify from their state where they were born.
- Once an Aadhaar card is submitted,We will enter these details in our data base. The Aadhaar number will be his identity and it will be mentioned in the participation list of tournaments.”