April, 2018

World’s oldest spider discovered in Australia

Scientists have discovered what may be the world’s oldest recorded spider – a 43-year-old arachnid in Australia.The Giaus Villosus trapdoor matriarch, had outlived the previous world record holder, a 28-year old tarantula found in Mexico. The spider has recently died during a long-term population study.

India, Pakistan to take part in war games

In a first, India and Pakistan will be part of a multi-nation counter-terror exercise in Russia in September.The military exercise will take place under the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. The military drill would be held in the Ural mountains of Russia, and almost all SCO member countries will be part of it.

ISA to create ecosystems for startups

International Solar Alliance (ISA) will create ecosystems for startups in solar innovations by enabling incubation, partnerships, access to finance and standards.The task force is being chaired by SoftBank Group Corp. Chairman & CEO Masayoshi Son. This is a private sector-led task force under ISA to promote innovation in the areas such as solar finance, technologies and applications.

PHDCCI, Indian Yoga Association sign MoU

The PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) and the Indian Yoga Association (IYA) signed a MoU. The MoU will facilitate interaction and cooperation between the two organisations to promote wellness, spiritual and cultural tourism in the Krishna Circuit.Places associated with Lord Krishna constitute the Krishna Circuit in Uttar Pradesh.

Gujarat to launch water conservation project

The Gujarat Government will start a month-long initiative from May 1 to increase its water conservation capacity.Tasks like deepening ponds, desilting water reservoirs and check dams & repairing Narmada canal networks will be undertaken during the 31-day statewide “Sujalam Sufalam Water Conservation Initiative”. The government aims to increase rain water conservation capacity in the state.

RBI raised foreign participation in G-Secs

The Reserve Bank of India announced measures to raise exposure of Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPI) in government securities, a move that will help in softening yields.The cap on FPI investments in any Central Government security has been revised to 30 percent of the outstanding stock of that security. FPIs were required to invest in corporate bonds with a residual maturity of 3 years.

N Sikki Reddy recommended for Arjuna Award

Women’s doubles shuttler N Sikki Reddy has been recommended for Arjuna Award by the Badminton Association of India.G Sudhakar Reddy, who coached Kidambi Srikanth in his early days, has been recommended for Dronacharya Award. The 24-year-old Sikki had won the mixed team gold medal and the women’s doubles bronze at the recent Commonwealth Games 2018 in Gold Coast.

Lewis Hamilton won Azerbaijan Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton took his first victory of the season at a dramatic and chaotic Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku.Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was forced to retire with just three laps to go. It was the first victory of the season for champions Mercedes.

Tramadol brought under narcotics law

Tramadol, a painkiller pharma drug, has been declared as a “psychotropic substance” by the Union Government & its sale in the country will now be strictly monitored.The Union Finance Ministry has brought the drug under the control of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.A gazetted notification to this effect was issued on April 26.

Indian fencer won silver medal at Reykjavik

India’s CA Bhavani Devi won a silver medal in the sabre event of the Tournoi World Cup Satellite Fencing Championship in Reykjavik, Iceland.Bhavani Devi had won a gold medal at the Reykjavik tournament last year to become the first Indian to do so in an international fencing event. The Tamil Nadu fencer defeated USA’s Alexis Browne in the final.