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  • The update on relief operations from Ministry of Civil Aviation is as follows:

    • Scheduled domestic airlines have mounted additional flights to/from Trivandrum, Calicut and Coimbatore airports to minimize passenger inconvenience.

  • “Under the guidance of the Prime Minister, the Health Ministry is extending all support for the flood relief measures in Kerala. We are monitoring the flood situation in Kerala on a regular basis. Secretary (Health) is in constant communication with the State health functionaries and monitoring the situation daily through the disease surveillance network”.

  • Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Smt Harsimrat Kaur Badal has appealed to all Food Processing Industries across the country to contribute generously to the Kerala cause here today. The appeal by the Union Minister has come in the backdrop of severe floods that have ravaged the state of Kerala and left thousands homeless.

  •  Exercise Maitree 2018, a two week long platoon level joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army culminated on 19 August 2018. The Exercise Maitree is an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between Royal Thai Army and Indian Army and the exercise commenced on 06 August 2018 in Thailand.

  • The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has been regularly bringing out macro-economic aggregates and indicators. The statistical processes involved in producing such estimates are open, transparent and in line with the best international practices and standards.

  • The National Statistical Commission (NSC) constituted a Committee on Real Sector Statistics under the Chairmanship of Dr. Sudipto Mundle in April, 2017 for improvement and modernisation of real sector database.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, paid floral tributes to Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma, former President of India on his birth anniversary at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (August 19, 2018). Officers and staff of Rashtrapati Bhavan along with the family members of Dr Shanker Dayal Sharma also paid their respects on the occasion.

  • There has been a debatein public domain related to the rankings of Mumbai and Delhi between the Ease of Living Index of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOHUA) released on13th August, 2018 and the Global Liveability Index released by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), on 14 August, 2018.

  • The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC), in its third meeting today in three days, reviewed the ongoing massive rescue and relief operation in the flood affected areas in Kerala. The meeting held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary Shri PK Sinha, discussed in a video conference with the Chief Secretary of Kerala the current flood situation and deployment of rescue teams, motorboats, helicopters, life jackets; provision of food, water and medicines; and restoration of power, telecom and transport links wherever they were disrupted.

  • In a major scientific breakthrough, a team of international researchers, including 18 from India decoded the wheat genome, considered insurmountable so far. The information generated will help to identify genes controlling complex agronomic traits such as yield, grain quality, resistance to diseases and pests, as well as tolerance to drought, heat, water logging and salinity.

  • Section 44AB of the Income-tax Act, 1961 (‘the Act’) read with Rule 6G of the Income-tax Rules, 1962 (‘the Rules’) requires prescribed persons to furnish the Tax Audit Report along with the prescribed particulars in Form No. 3CD. The existing Form No. 3CD was amended vide Notification No. GSR 666(E) dated 20th July, 2018 with effect from 20th August, 2018.

  • The Prime Minister visited Kerala to review the situation arising out of floods in the State. After a review meeting, he made an aerial assessment of the damages caused due to floods in some of the affected areas of the State, as permitted by weather conditions.

  • In view of closure of Cochin airport and to ensure that passengers are not inconvenienced, DGCA has asked the scheduled domestic airlines to mount additional flights. Out of 71 arrivals and 74 departures of scheduled domestic airlines to/from Cochin,  23 arr and 24 dep have been rescheduled and additional 19 arr/dep have been mounted to/from Trivandrum, Calicut and Coimbatore airports.

  • The Change of Guard Ceremony on the Forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan will not to be held this Saturday (August 18, 2018) due to State

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    Minister of Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram has expressed profound grief on behalf of the entire Tribal community at the demise of Bharat Ratna and Former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

  • International Conference on Recent Advances in Food Processing Technology (iCRAFPT) got underway today at Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur in Tamilnadu. The conference was inaugurated by Sh. Jagadish Prasad Meena, Secretary, MoFPI, Sh. Bijaya Kumar Behera, Economic Advisor, MoFPI and was later joined by the Guest of Honour Sh. K. Parasuraman, Member of Parliament, from Thanjavur Constituency.

  • The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, has written to Smt Namita Kaul Bhattacharya, conveying his condolences on the passing away of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India.  

    In his message, the President said, “My condolences at the passing of Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee; my heartfelt emotions are with you and others in the family in this moment of profound tragedy.

  • Indian Army is deeply involved in the Rescue & Relief operations in Kerala which is witnessing very heavy rains since 09 August 2018. Request for provision of Army assistance was received on 09 August 2018.

  • The National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) met for the second time in two days here today to review the rescue & relief operations in the flood affected areas in Kerala. Cabinet Secretary Shri PK Sinha, who chaired the meeting, held a video conference with the Chief Secretaries of Kerala and Tamil Nadu.

  • Bresson Florence and her husband Christophe were on a road trip at Leh, on motorcycles when, in an accident the 50 year old French national lady was seriously injured. She was immediately taken to an army hospital nearby and then shifted to SNM hospital at Leh where she was shifted to the ICU. Her condition was critical.



  • Finance Minister Piyush Goyal has said that independent asset management companies (AMCs) and steering committees will be set up for faster resolution...




  • The CBI has charge-sheeted 51 people for alleged rioting at the residence and office of Haryana minister Abhimanyu Singh during protests to demand res...




  • BJP chief Amit Shah will arrive in Kerala today on a day-long visit to gear up the party for the 2019 general elections. BJP sources said, o...



  • Afghan envoy to New Delhi Shaida Abdali has said that India and Afghanistan must stand together to free the two countries from terrorism. Speaking in New Delhi on Monday, Abdali condemned the terror attack in Jalalabad in which several people, including a number of Sikhs, were killed.



  • In Thailand, all 12 boys and their soccer coach have been confirmed alive after going missing in a flooded cave network in northern province.



  • Extending losses for the second session, the rupee weakened by 16 paise to trade at 68.96 against the US dollar in early trade on Tuesday on sustained capital outflows amid strengthening of the American currency overseas.



  • In the FIFA World Cup, Brazil and Belgium registered contrasting victories last night to seal a place in the quarterfinals and set up a last-8 clash on Friday.


  • Panini was a renowned ancient Sanskrit scholar and he is considered as father of Indian linguistics.

    On the second day of the conference deliberations being held on various topics related to "Language and Culture".

    Films have always played an important role in popularising and  spreading Hindi across the world.

    Renowned Hindi writer, lyricist, screenwriter and poet Prasoon Joshi presiding a session on “Preservation of Indian Culture through Films”.

    Comprehensive discussions on Communication Medium and Indian Culture, Immigrant World: Language and Culture, and Hindi Children’s Literature and Indian Culture is also being held.

    Delegates and eminent scholars from 20 countries including India and Mauritius attending these sessions.

    A discussion on "Future of Technology" was also held. In the evening a cultural programme will be organized.

  • The Asian Games were declared open by Indonesia's President Joko Widodo.  

    Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra was India's flag-bearer in the opening ceremony.

    The Indian sports ministry had cleared an 804-member Indian contingent, including 572 athletes, for the Asian Games.

    The sporting extravaganza will see around 10,000 athletes from 45 countries compete in 58 games.India begin their campaign with women's hockey team, wrestlers Sushil Kumar and Bajrang Punia  and shuttlers Kidambi Srikant and  HS Prannoy  playing key matches.

    In Kabaddi, Indian women's team thrashes Japan 43-12 in Group A match.

    In Shooting,  Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar qualify for final of 10m air rifle event.In, Rowing, Dattu Bhokanal finishes second in men's singles sculls heat.

    Can qualify for final through repechage

    .In, Swimming, Srihari Nataraj qualifies for the final of the men's 100m Backstroke.

    In Rowing, Om Prakash and Sawarn Singh qualify for the final in Men’s Double Sculls.

    And in Swimming, Sajan Prakash qualifies for Men's 200m Butterfly final.

  • The meeting held under the chairmanship of the Cabinet Secretary PK Sinha, discussed in a video conference with the Chief Secretary of Kerala.

    The current flood situation and deployment of rescue teams, motorboats, helicopters, life jackets; provision of food, water and medicines; and restoration of power, telecom and transport links wherever they were disrupted.

     In the unprecedented efforts being mobilised under the instructions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, 67 choppers, 24 aircrafts, 548 motorboats and thousands of rescue personnel from Indian Navy, Army, Air Force, National Disaster Response Force, Coast Guard, other Central Armed Para-military Forces, have been pressed into service to rescue and evacuate people from submerged areas to relief camps and for distribution of relief materials.

    The Cabinet Secretary directed five more helicopters to be mobilised by Indian Air Force, Navy and ONGC which will be pressed into service from today.

    Additional motorboats have also been put on standby for deployment.

  • Maharashtra Chief Minister has announced Rs. 20 crore as immediate assistance to the flood-hit state.

    While, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced Rs. 10 crore aid and Jharkhand has given a financial help of Rs. Five crore.

    Uttar Pradesh CM also announced financial assistance of Rs 15 crores for flood affected Kerala while Chhattisgarh Chief Minister announced to provide rice worth Rs 7 crore one railway rake and Rs 3 crore as financial assistance to State of Kerala ravaged by floods.

    The Madhya Pradesh government has announced Rs 10 crore financial assistance for flood-hit Kerala.

    Rajasthan Chief Minister also announced a financial help of Rs 10 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for the flood-ravaged Kerala.

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced an aid of Rs. 10 crore for the state.

    Odisha has announced an assistance of Rs. five crore for flood-hit Kerala.Punjab Chief Minister has announced Rs. 10 crore worth of immediate relief for flood-hit Kerala.

    While Telangana announced immediate financial help of Rs. 25 crore for flood-hit Kerala. Delhi Chief Minister also announced a contribution of Rs. 10 crore.
     

  • The Prime Minister assured that the centre will continue to support the State Government in all its endeavors.

    Torrential rains, overflowing rivers and a series of landslides in Kerala forced over three lakh people in over 2,000 relief camps.

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi reviewed the flood situation at a high level meeting and undertook an aerial assessment of the damages caused in the affected areas. PM Modi was accompanied by the Governor, the Chief Minister, Union Minister of State K.J. Alphons and officials.

    After the review, the Prime Minister announced a financial assistance of Rs 500 crore to the State. This is in addition to Rs. 100 Cr. announced by the Home Minister.  He also assured the State Government that relief materials including food-grains, medicines etc would be provided, as requested.

    PM also announced ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh per person to the next kin of the deceased and Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from PM's National Relief Funds.

    PM has directed Insurance Companies to hold special camps for assessment & timely release of compensation to the affected families/beneficiaries under Social Security Schemes. The directions have also been issued for early clearance of claims under Fasal Bima Yojna to agriculturists. 

    PM has directed National Highways Authority of India to repair main national highways damaged due to floods on priority. The Central Public Sector like NTPC and PGCIL have also been directed to be available to render all possible assistance to the State Government in restoring power lines.

    Villagers, whose kutcha houses have been destroyed in the devastating floods, would be provided Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin houses on priority irrespective of their priority in the Permanent Wait List of PMAY-G.

    Under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme 5.5 Cr. person days have been sanctioned in the labour budget 2018-19. Any further request for incurring the person days would be considered as per the requirement projected by the State.

    Under the Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture, farmers would be provided assistance for replantation of damaged horticulture crops.

    The Prime Minister complimented the State Government for the efforts made in meeting the challenges of the unprecedented situation. He observed that rescue of people who are still marooned remains the topmost priority.

    -- Assistance of Rs 500 cr in addition to Rs 100 Cr announced by HM
    -- Centre to provide relief materials including food-grains, medicines
    -- Ex-gratia: Rs. 2 lakh/person to next kin of deceased from PMNRF
    -- Ex-gratia: Rs. 50,000 to those seriously injured from PMNRF
    -- Insurance Companies assess & timely release compensation to affected families
    -- Insurance Companies to ensure early clearance of claims under Fasal Bima Yojna
    -- NHAI to repair main national highways damaged due to floods on priority
    -- NTPC & PGCIL directed to restore power lines at the earliest
    -- Houses under PM Awas Yojana-Gramin houses to villagers who lost kutcha houses
    -- Assistance under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
    -- Assistance to farmers for replantation of damaged horticulture crops
     

    Red alert has been sounded in 11 district of the Kerala. The state is facing its worst flood in 100 years. Never before had the State witnessed a calamity of this scale. The calamity has caused immeasurable misery and devastation. Hundreds of homes were totally destroyed and many more were damaged. For the first time in history, 80 dams have been opened.

    Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the death toll in Kerala in the current spell of heavy rains climbed to 324 overall this monsoon season. A total of 70,085 families comprising 3,14,391 people are staying in 2094 camps.

    NDRF teams today carried out rescue operations in Chengannur area of the state. NDRF's 1300 jawans and 435 boats are helping in rescue operations.
    In all, 57 teams of NDRF working in different areas of the state.

    Till now NDRF, Navy and Army have together rescued over seven thousand people and taken them to safer places.

    As the flood situation continued to remain appalling all across Kerala, Navy deployed 18 more teams at various locations yesterday to augment the rescue operations in the state. Southern Naval Command had deployed a total of 58 rescue and diving teams with Gemini boats in multiple location but seeing the worsening situation, 18 more teams have been pressed into service. Navy is also readying 25 more rescue teams with boats for deployment on request of state government with fresh incessant rain alerts.
    More than 3,000 people have been rescued by the Southern Naval Command and continuous efforts are on to bring the flood affected people to safety and also provide them essential relief supplies such as food and water.

    Met department has said that the intensity of rainfall has decreased in Kerala now and there would not be extremely heavy rains anymore in the state. IMD scientist Dr. Sati Devi however said that heavy rains will continue for 2 days.

    Meanwhile, Chief Minister has appealed to people to come forward to help those affected by the unprecedented floods in  the state. People can make donations online to Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund through the site donation.cmdrf.kerala.gov.in. Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund number is 67319948232 drawn on State Bank of India.

    Finance Ministry has directed LIC & PSU Gen Insurance companies to settle all claims under Pradhamantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) and Pradhanmantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) on immediate basis to compensate the loss of lives

    --- To Alleviate Farmers Pain Claims under Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana to be settled on immediate basis through on account system.

    --- 24/7 Help lines started by all PSU General Insurance companies & LIC to address the grievances of affected people.

  • Annan, a Ghanaian national, died in hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours, his close associates said.

    In Geneva, the Kofi Annan Foundation announced his peaceful death after a short undisclosed illness with “immense sadness”, saying he was surrounded in his last days by his second wife Nane and children Ama, Kojo and Nina.

    After rising through the ranks of the United Nations, Annan served two terms as U.N. Secretary-General in New York from 1997-2006 and retired to live in a Swiss village in the Geneva countryside. His 10-year-old foundation promotes good governance and the transformation of African agriculture.

    “In many ways, Kofi Annan was the United Nations. He rose through the ranks to lead the organization into the new millennium with matchless dignity and determination,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, whom Annan had chosen to head the U.N. refugee agency, said in a statement.

    Annan and the United Nations shared the 2001 Nobel Peace Prize for efforts to reform the world body and give priority to human rights issues.

    As head of U.N. peacekeeping operations, Annan was criticized for the world body’s failure to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s.

    As U.N. boss he was linked to peace efforts to reunite the divided island of Cyprus, submitting a reunification blueprint which was rejected in a referendum by Greek Cypriots in 2004.

    ‘NOT PERFECT’

    He staunchly opposed the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and later served as the first U.N. envoy at the start of Syria’s war, but quit after world powers failed to fulfill their commitments, saying: “I lost my troops on the way to Damascus”.

    “The U.N. can be improved, it is not perfect but if it didn’t exist you would have to create it,” he told the BBC’s Hard Talk during an interview for his 80th birthday last April, recorded at the Geneva Graduate Institute where he had studied.

    “I am a stubborn optimist, I was born an optimist and will remain an optimist,” added Annan, who often joked about having learned from locals to wear earmuffs against the freezing cold during his undergraduate years at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, in the United States.

    Raila Odinga, Kenyan opposition leader and former prime minister, said on Citizen TV: “We didn’t expect Kofi to pass that abruptly. Kofi Annan is a man of integrity; a great African, a great leader of the world.”

    The Elders, a group of former leaders including Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mary Robinson, paid tribute to their inspiring chairman, noting his visits to South Africa and Zimbabwe in July.

    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, paid tribute to Annan as “humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace”.

    Zeid, who has criticized major powers and other countries during his four-year term that ends later this month, said that whenever he felt “isolated and alone politically”, he would go for long walks with Annan in Geneva.

    “When I told him once how everyone was grumbling about me, he looked at me — like a father would look at a son — and said sternly: “You’re doing the right thing, let them grumble.” Then he grinned!”

     

     

  • In the beginning of the conference a two-minute silence was observed to pay tribute to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Inaugurating the conference Prime Minister of Mauritius Praveen Kumar Jagannath said that with the passing away of Vajpayee ji a great son of India and a dear friend to Mauritius has been lost.

    He said that Mr. Vajpayee will be remembered as a master orator, a global thinker, “Deshbhakata” and “Deshsewak”.

    PM Jagannath also said that Mr. Vajpayee’s love for Hindi language, ability to craft words and unique manner to address instills hopes in millions of people.  He said that 11th World Hindi Conference could not be a better tribute to Shri Vajpayee.

    Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth announces to name Mauritius cyber tower, which Atalji had contributed to set up, as Atal Bihari Vajpayee tower.

    Meanwhile, in her opening statement External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that  with this conference Hindi representatives from across the globe paying tribute to Mr. Vajpayee. She said that Vajpayee ji was exponent of Hindi who established Hindi at international level by first time addressing the United Nations in Hindi.

    Mauritius Prime Minister and Swaraj also released a souvenir and two postal stamps on 11th World Hindi Conference.

    Goa's Governor Mridula Sinha West Bengal Governor Keshri Nath Tripathi and many ministers from India are also attending the conference.

    After the inauguration session a condolence meeting will be held in the memory of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. In the afternoon sessions delegates from 20 countries including India will deliberate on eight sub topics related to "Hindi World and Indian Culture". More than 2,000 delegates attending the three day conference.

     

  • A total of 572 Indian athletes will be participating in the event in 36 different sports categories. The contingent will be led by Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

    The games in Jakarta will be held at the Bung Karno sports complex, which contains 20 venues and nine training grounds, as well as Jakarta International Expo, including 21 venues and eight training grounds.

    Most of the events will be held at the Bung Karno sports complex, which was the main venue for the 1962 Asian Games.

    To host this games, the Indonesian government has invested 770 billion Indonesian rupiah (about 52 million U.S. dollars) for renovation.

    The opening and the closing ceremony of this year's Asian Games will be held in Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, where the local government upgraded about 76,000 seats.

    Represented by 804 athletes and officials, the Indian contingent will aim to better the showing at the previous Asiad in Incheon, South Korea, where they finished eighth with 11 gold, 10 silver and and 36 bronze medals.

    The best performance by India at the Asian Games came at the 2010 edition in Guangzhou, China where they finished sixth with 14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze. 

    This year, around 12,000 athletes from 45 countries will compete in 40 disciplines.

    The main thrust of the Indian challenge is expected to come from athletics, wrestling, boxing and shooting.

    Indian athletes have traditionally done well at the Asian Games. This year, for junior world champion and reigning Asian champion Neeraj Chopra is among the favourites for the gold medal in men's javelin.

    The 20-year-old from Haryana is in good form this year, and have trained in Finland for the past few weeks where he won gold at ths Savo Games last months.

    Neeraj ste a new national record during the first leg of the Diamond League in Doha in May when he registered a career best attempt of 87.43 metres. That is alos the best throw by an Asian athlete so far this season.

    In men's shot put, Tejinder Pal Singh Toor is another strong contender for a medal. The 23-year-old is one of the best proponents of the shot put in Asia and took the silver medal at the continental championships last year.

    On the track the Indian sprint quartet of Kunhu Muhammed, Amoj Jacob, Rajiv Arokia and Mohammad Anas will aim to dominate the competition. They had won the 4x400m title at the 2017 Asian Athletics Championships and will aim to maintain their dominance.

    Anas is the reigning Asian champion in the 400m individual event and will be one of the top contenders for the gold medal here as well.

    Emerging star Hima Das will spearhead the Indian challenge in the women's sprint events. The 18-year-old from a remore village in Assam became the first Indian to claim a world championships gold in the track events when she won the women's 400m title at the World U-20 Championships last month.

    In wrestling, there was the usual controversy over the selection of veteran star Sushil Kumar with upcoming wrestler Parveen Rana crying foul over the selection process of the Indian squad.

    Sushil (74 kg) and Bajrang Punia (61 kg) were selected without a trial since the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) felt that the duo were too superior to other wrestlers in their respective categories.

    Although Sushil has struggled to to remain fit due to chronic injuries over the past couple of years, the double Olympic medallist still has enough ability to emerge triumphant at the Asian Games.

    The other Indian wrestlers will also be among the top contenders in their respective men's freestyle categories. The Indian Greco-Roman wrestlers have also been doing well since last year and it will be interesting to see how they perfrom against the best in the continent.

    As always, the shooting contingent will be expected to be a major contributor to the medals tally. 

    Manu Bhaker, the youngest Indian to win a gold medal at the ISSF World Cup, will be expected to win gold in the women's 10m air pistol event. The 16-year-old won gold in her maiden Commonwealth Games (CWG) appearance at Gold Coast, Australia earlier this year and will be expected to take her superb form into the shooting ranges at Palembang.

    The experienced Sanjeev Rajput, Apurvi Chandela, Heena Sidhu and reigning junior world champion Anish Bhanwala are also expected to be among the medals in their respective events.

    In boxing, the Indians are among the best in Asia. Among the men, Vikas Krishan (75kg), Shiva Thapa (60kg) Gaurav Solanki (52kg) and Amit Panghal (49kg) are among the title contenders in their respective weight categories.

    Of the three women pugilists, Sonia Lather is expected to lead the pack.

    In gymnastics, Ashish Kumar and Deepa Karmakar have done well at past Asian Games and CWG and are expected to well this time as well.

    The Indian tennis squad are witnessing the usual controversies which crop up before major multi-sports events. With veteran super star Leander Paes deciding to pull out at the last moment, coach Zeeshan Ali faces a major headache as he tries to re-work the combinations in men's doubles and mixed doubles.

    In men's hockey, India are the favourites to defend the title they won in 2014 while the women's squad will aim to improve on their third place finish.

     

     

     

  • This international competition aims to ignite youth passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the field of robotics.

    International teams made up of 14 to 18 year olds are competing in a series of games that show off the prowess of their robotic creations.

    The best robots are selected by judges based on the skills they can perform during the initial rounds.

    "The power of technology, the power of innovation is what is driving successful countries. But it's also what is frustrating, the have-nots. We all talk about the digital divide and the haves and the have-nots, well if we can convince all kids around the world that they've got to embrace technology, then the have-nots and the haves are going to come together and they'll share and they'll work together. And that is what First Global is about," Founder of first global robotics competiton, Dean Kamen said. 

    But this event is not just about crowning a winner. The theme of the Mexico event is 'Energy Impact', with teams expected to display methods for energy conservation during the tournament.

    The First Global Robotics Olympics wraps up in Mexico on Saturday (August 18).

  • Justin is a humanoid robot being trained to carry out tasks that could eventually assist man's efforts to set up shop on Mars.

    Gerst, currently serving a stint as commander on the European Space Station ISS, on Friday (August 17) conducted a variety of tasks with Justin, directing the robot from space using a tablet.

    This is the third experiment the German Aerospace Centre has carried out. To create a realistic scenario, Gerst and Justin had to work entirely alone without contact with the ground crew.

    "In principle it works like this: Mister Gerst has a tablet up there and on this tablet he has a user interface that he uses to direct the robot. This interface has been kept very general. There are only very broad directives. He can say, for example, 'Justin, Justin, drive to this place' and then Justin has to go there and orient himself. Justin would then put the plug in the solar panel to get diagnostics and the robot would have to carry out all these things itself," Gerst said.

    A highlight of several successfully carried out tasks was Justin managing to successfully replace a smoking solar battery in a station module.

    According to the Aerospace Centre the aim of the robots is to allow a realistic potential exploration of Mars in preparation for the possible introduction of man to the planet. The technology being tested by Gerst and the Institute for robotics could also be used for other more earthly problem solving, for example in construction and repair works that are dangerous for humans.

    In May the Institute introduced their SMiLE project that uses robotics ti assist people working in the care sector to help aging patients or people with physical disabilities.

    Gerst started his second mission 'Knowledge for Tomorrow' aboard the ISS on June 6. Until his return in December 2018 Gerst will take part in 67 European experiments, which are looking for solutions in health management, climate change and digitalisation.

     

     

     

  • The Supreme Court on Friday asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and a sub-committee set up by Kerala to deal with the flood situation in the state to coordinate and explore the possibility of reducing the water level at the Mullaperiyar Dam by three feet.

    A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by the directions given by NCMC on the rehabilitation of displaced people and the reduction of water level from the existing 142 feet to 139 feet at the dam.

    The bench observed that it was not an expert to deal with such severe natural calamity and was leaving to the executive to contain the crisis.

    The top court asked Kerala to submit the report on the steps taken on disaster management and rehabilitation measures.

    The death toll in the monsoon fury in the southern state has crossed 167, while rains and flood water have caused extensive damage.

    Rise in flood waters in Periyar River due to the rains and opening of the shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir and Idamalayar, have severely affected the lives of people in downstream areas.

  • Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chief Imran Khan took over as the 22nd Prime Minister of Pakistan on Saturday.

    The swearing-in ceremony was held at the President House in Islamabad.

    Imran Khan was elected Prime Minister of Pakistan by the newly-elected members of the National Assembly on Friday.

    Khan bagged 176 votes, while his opponent and Chief of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) Shehbaz Sharif managed to secure 96 votes.

    The PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats in the July 25 elections.
     

  • Ground Report: People in Kullu are getting their own houses under PMAY in Himachal Pradesh

  • Ground Report: Ujala Scheme helps people reduce electricity bill in Chhattisgarh