Friday, 28 July 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - July 28, 2017

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Cabinet approves new wage code bill to ensure minimum wage across all sectors 

The Union Cabinet has approved the Labour Code on Wages Bill which will ensure a minimum wage across all sectors by integrating existing labour related laws. The Labour Code on Wages Bill consolidates the Minimum Wages Act, 1948, the Payment of Bonus Act, 1965, the Payment of Wages Act, 1936 and the Equal Remuneration Act, 1976.

PM Modi inaugurates APJ Abdul Kalam's memorial at Rameswaram

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said making of a developed India in all fronts by 2022, coinciding with the 75th year of Independence, would be the true tribute to be paid to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He dedicated Dr Kalam Memorial at Rameswaram this morning in presence of Tamil Nadu Governor Vidyasagar Rao, chief minister Edapadi K Palaniswamy, Central and State Ministers and other dignitaries. Later, Prime Minister in a public rally appealed that all 125 crore Indians should contribute to realising the dream of a developed India. In the rally, Mr Modi inaugurated a slew welfare measures and development schemes.
Rice procurement estimated 375 lakh tonnes during 2017-18    
The procurement of rice is estimated to be 375 lakh tonnes during 2017-18 for Kharif crop. In a meeting of State Food Secretaries held in New Delhi, procurement target was finalised. This year procurement target is 45 lakh tonnes more than, the last year target of 330 lakh tonnes.

Mumbai Metro launches India’s first mobile ticketing system   
Mumbai’s Metro Rail has launched the country’s first mobile ticketing system called “On Go”. This will help commuters buy their tickets on their mobile phones. They can also book tickets in advance for upto 7 days for their journey. The commuters can also buy single and return tickets for their journey. They can buy up to six tickets at a time. The system is expected to be operational by end of August 2017.

2017 BRICS Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting held in Chongqing

BRICS countries-Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa have agreed to work together to ensure stable employment and better quality of life for their people. The decision in this regard was taken at the 2017 Labour and Employment Ministers’ meeting held in Chongqing, China. The meeting comes ahead of 2017 BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen, China in September 2017.

New continent discovered under New Zealand    
A new continent has been discovered under New Zealand. The mostly submerged unknown continent beneath the South Pacific has been named as Zealandia. Researchers said Zealandia is a distinct geological entity and meets all the criteria applied to Earth’s seven other continents - elevation above the surrounding area, distinctive geology, a well-defined area and a crust much thicker than that found on the ocean floor. In a paper published in the Geological Society of America’s Journal, GSA Today, Zealandia measured 1.9 million square miles and is 94% underwater.

Bombay Stock Exchange inks pact with Egyptian Exchange     

The country’s premier Stock Exchange, Bombay Stock exchange signed a MoU with the Egyptian Stock Exchange for an exchange of information across different areas. The aim is to cross list securities and enable trading by investors in both the countries.

Australia sends its first shipment of Uranium to India

The first shipment of Uranium has been sent by Australia to India, as a test consignment ahead of a possible commercial sale. In 2014, India and Australia had signed an agreement for civil nuclear cooperation whereby the latter had agreed to give Uranium to India to meet India’s growing energy needs.

Scientists develop new software that can create 3D models from 2D photographs 
Scientists including one of Indian origin have developed new artificial intelligence (AI) software called SurfNet that can create three dimensional (3D) models from 2D photographs. When fully developed SurfNet could have significant applications in the fields of 3D searches on the internet researchers. In an advance version, it can allow future robots to navigate in the real world.

NASA jets for first time will chase solar eclipse        

Scientists from NASA for the first time are planning to chase the shadow of the moon using two of NASA’s WB-57F research jets during the upcoming total solar eclipse in the US. The purpose of the chase is to capture the clearest ever images of the Sun’s outer atmosphere. The research jets will have twin telescopes mounted on the noses of the planes to capture clearest images of Sun’s corona to date. They will also undertake first-ever thermal images of Mercury to reveal how temperature varies across the planet’s surface.

DNAs of Human Embryos edited for the first time in the USA

Scientists in the USA have for the first time, successfully used gene-editing tools on human embryos to correct defective DNAs that causes inherited diseases. According to the MIT Technology Review, the experiment is a milestone in the birth of genetically modified humans. This could be a game changer.

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