15.10.17 Andha Pradesh (APPSC) Daily Current Affairs

ANDHRA PRADESH

 

  • India’s Andhra Pradesh investigates planting of Monsanto’s unapproved GM cotton

 

  • One of India’s biggest cotton-growing states has formed a panel to investigate how 15 percent of the state’s cotton acreage has been planted with a non-approved genetically modified strain developed by  Monsanto and may bring criminal charges.

 

  • Monsanto last year withdrew its application seeking approval for Bollgard II RRFfollowing a dispute with the government that cut the royalty the company received for licensing out the technology to local seed firms.

 

  • The withdrawal was seen as a major escalation in a long-running dispute between the Indian government and Monsanto, which is also locked in a legal battle with some local seed companies over intellectual property rights.

INTERNATIONAL

 

·       Facebook launches food delivery service in US

  • Facebook launched a service in the United States, through which users can order food and get it delivered by using Facebook’s app or website.
  • The feature allows users to browse nearby restaurants by visiting the ‘Order Food’ section on Facebook’s ‘Explore’ menu.
  • The social media giant has partnered with food ordering services like comfor the same.
  • Restaurant partners include Chipotle, Five Guys, Papa John’s and Jack in the Box.

 

·       Vanuatu became the First Nation to accept bitcoin as Payment for its Citizenship Program

 

  • Vanuatu, a South Pacific archipelago, has become the first nation to accept Bitcoins as payment for its ‘investment citizenship’ program.
  • A family of up to four can receive Vanuatu passports by paying the Bitcoin equivalent of $280,000 (₹1.8 crore).
  • Vanuatu citizenship allows individuals to reside on the island, and travel to over 100 countrieswithout a visa.

 

  • World Students’ Day: 15 October

 

  • World Students’ Day is celebrated on 15 October every year on the occasion of birth anniversary of A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

 

  • The most loved President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam was a scientist who made India proud with his missile defense programme.

 

  • But his favourite job was teaching and that’s how he wanted the world to remember him.

 

  • Due to his love for students and focus on promoting education, the United Nations declared his birthday (October 15) as ‘World Student’s Day’ in 2010.

 

NATIONAL 

 

·       Worlds largest combustion research centre inaugurated at IIT Madras

 

  • The world’s largest combustion research centre which will impart a major boost to the Indian scientific community was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.
  • TheNational Centre for Combustion Research and Development(NCCRD) was inaugurated by NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat in the presence of Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology.
  • NCCRD’s research interests will cover automotive, thermal power and aerospace propulsion, besides fire research and microgravity combustion to minor extent.

 

 

·       PM Modi announces Rs. 10,000 crore for 20 best varsities in India, to make them world class

 

  • At the centenary celebrations ofPatna University (PU), India’s seventh oldest varsity, PM Narendra Modi said that the government has decided to allot ₹10,000 crore and autonomy to 10 public and 10 private universities over the next five years, to make them world-class.
  • The universities will not be selected by the prime minister or a chief minister or any other political figure. Their potential will be assessed by a third party agency.

 

·       Graduate Muslim Girls to get Rs 51,000 Shaadi Shagun from Modi Government

 

  • Meritorious Muslim girls who go on to complete graduation before marriage will get a special gift of 51,000from the Narendra Modi government.
  • The shaadi shagun – as the scheme is called- is aimed at incentivising higher educationamong minority groups.

 

·       Rajasthan Assembly becomes first in India to call attention and adjournment motions online.

 

  • Going digital, the Rajasthan assembly has become the first in India to call attention and adjournment motions and proposals online from legislators to send them to the state government.
  • Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwalinaugurated the new system.

 

  • The system is expected to save time, labour and use of paper in the functioning of the assembly, and also help legislators in bringing attention to urgent public issues.

 

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