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1Explosion at Naval base in Gujarat

  • The Indian Navy has clarified  an explosion near the Porbandar Naval base in Gujarat are erroneous.
  • The security forces are said to be on high alert.
  • The noise heard off the naval base was that of firecrackers.

2Return cars, guards within 1 month of retirement: MHA to cops

  • The Union home ministry  will take action against police officers who do not return their official vehicles and guards months after their retirement.
  • The Union home ministry says such incidents create a wrong impression in the public mind.
  • A retired officer fails to follow the instructions, he should be made to pay for various privileges.

3India to raise Brahmaputra tributary issue with China

  • India will raise the issue with China for blocking a tributary of Brahmaputra as part of a major hydro-electric project.
  • The blocking of a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo river is part of China’s “most expensive” hydro project.
  • India has bilateral agreement with China to share information on cross border rivers.

4Norway seeks ban on burqas in classrooms

  • The burqa veil is to be banned in schools and universities across Norway.
  • It was considering “national regulations prohibiting the full-face veil in schools and universities”.
  • An Education Minister confirmed the ban would only apply to the full-face veil and not to other Islamic headscarves.

5Pakistan dismisses US as a ‘declining power’

  • The America’s reprimanding Pakistan to check terrorism, the country is  looking to ‘abandon’ the US in favour of China and Russia.
  • Because of the Narendra Modi government’s aggressive and effective moves to isolate Pakistan on the international stage.
  • Pakistan is now striving to woo Russia and establish economic and defence ties with India’s “all-weather ally”.

6Bezos’ Blue Origin rocket clears in-flight escape test

  • Today’s Blue Origin flight was a unique one.
  • Testing their rocket’s in-flight escape system it means of bringing passengers to safety.
  • Jeff Bezos’ rocket company ended up with a safely recovered crew capsule and an unexpectedly intact New Shepard rocket.

7Trained bees found to transfer skills to other bees

  • Researchers at Queen Mary University of London said the experiment is used to test the intelligence of apes and birds.
  • They showed  that some insects can also pass skills on through several generations.
  • The ability to learn and pass on knowledge and skills to other bees is known as Culture Spread.

8Man runs 401 marathons in 401 days in fundraiser

  • Ben Smith, 34, runs 401 marathons in 401 days to raise awareness of the damage caused by bullying.
  • Smith has covered just over 10,506 miles since 1 September 2015 – the equivalent of running from London to Sydney.
  • He has raised more than £250,000, which will be donated to Stonewall and Kidscape.