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02 January 2016 Current Events Indian Scientists map helpful Gut Bacterial Profile in 15 Indian Tribes for Medical Advancement

A group of Indian researchers, led by Mojibur R. Khan, has made a pioneering effort in mapping role of healthy microorganisms in human gut to keeping people healthy. The study, published in the Nature Scientific Reports, December 2015 edition, is believed to help scientists in producing personalized medicines as well as designing diets that suit transforming lifestyles of human beings. Mapping of gut bacteria has been done on 193 healthy individuals belonging to 15 ethnic tribes living in Telangana, Sikkim, Manipur, and Assam. The report also mentions similarity of Gut Bacterial Profile (GBP) with that of Mongolia’s Mongoloid population.


Vigyan Parishad to organize 3-day Science Film Festival of India from Jan 14, 2016 in Goa

Department of Science and Technology’s Vigyan Parishad in association with Entertainment Society of Goa, Department of Science and Technology-Goa, National Institute of Oceanography will organise a 3-day Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI) event, starting from January 14, 2016. The event will take place at the premises of Entertainment Society of Goa. Renowned scientists such as Suresh Naik and G Madhavan Nair will share their knowledge and expertise during workshops, interactive sessions, and discussions. The official press release said that the main target audience for this event will be students from Class VII to IX and XI. “Dream to Screen” competition opportunity will be there for the participants.


Indian Scientists map helpful Gut Bacterial Profile in 15 Indian Tribes for Medical Advancement

A group of Indian researchers, led by Mojibur R. Khan, has made a pioneering effort in mapping role of healthy microorganisms in human gut to keeping people healthy. The study, published in the Nature Scientific Reports, December 2015 edition, is believed to help scientists in producing personalized medicines as well as designing diets that suit transforming lifestyles of human beings. Mapping of gut bacteria has been done on 193 healthy individuals belonging to 15 ethnic tribes living in Telangana, Sikkim, Manipur, and Assam. The report also mentions similarity of Gut Bacterial Profile (GBP) with that of Mongolia’s Mongoloid population.

Vigyan Parishad to organize 3-day Science Film Festival of India from Jan 14, 2016 in Goa

Department of Science and Technology’s Vigyan Parishad in association with Entertainment Society of Goa, Department of Science and Technology-Goa, National Institute of Oceanography will organise a 3-day Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI) event, starting from January 14, 2016. The event will take place at the premises of Entertainment Society of Goa. Renowned scientists such as Suresh Naik and G Madhavan Nair will share their knowledge and expertise during workshops, interactive sessions, and discussions. The official press release said that the main target audience for this event will be students from Class VII to IX and XI. “Dream to Screen” competition opportunity will be there for the participants.

Barak-8 Missile Test scheduled for tonight

Developed in joint collaboration with India and Israel, the Barak-8 surface-to-air missile would be tested tonight after 12:00am from INS Kokata. The Indian Navy would be performing the maiden test of Barak-8 which has been specially designed to defend against helicopters, projectiles and short-to-long-range airborne threats.

Telecom sector crosses 100-crore subscriber mark, call drops continue

The year 2015 saw the telecom firms successfully cross the 100-crore subscriber mark. While this calls for celebrations, the continuous call-drop menace has forced mobile operators to take special measures for fighting against the problem in order to achieve an enhanced network performance.

Reliance employees can now enjoy Reliance Jio 4G Services

Yesterday, Mukesh Ambani, the Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) Chairman & Managing Director, announced the launch of Reliance Jio 4D Services for 1 lakh+ Reliance employees and their families settled in different corners of the world. The download speed on Reliance Jio 4G network during the beta-test phase would be around 70Mbps but would usually be between 15-30 Mbps.

Reliance Employees to get Reliance Jio Today

At a mega event in Navi Mumbai today, 4G services of Reliance – called Reliance Jio, will be rolled out for the employees of Reliance. Reports say that there will be a total attendance of 35,000 in the event directly along with a virtual attendance of tens of thousands. It is learnt that live streaming of the event will also take place in 1,000 locations across the world through the digital network of Jio. The grand function at Reliance Corporate Park will be hosted by Oscar winning musician AR Rahman and Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Commercial launch of Reliance Jio is expected to take place during March-April 2016.

Former ISRO Chief G Madhavan Nair slams India's Educational System

G Madhavan Nair, renowned scientist and ex-Chairman of ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) slammed the current schooling education system of India and urged for renewing thrust in the scientific and research fields for bringing forth the next stage of technical innovation in India. He criticized the current schooling system that encourages rote learning and compared it with factories churning out products. He also gave example of China, which has overtaken India in the field of science and research manifolds. G Madhavan Nair stressed upon the need to bring forth such an educational system that encourages school students to get engaged in laboratory experiments.

Free Wi-Fi, GPS Tracking, and CCTV Cameras for 6 Delhi Buses

An official statement says that Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has launched 6 public transport DTC buses that come with free WiFi services. Reports say that these public transport vehicles, launched by the Delhi government, will also have closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) along with Global Positioning System (GPS) for ensuring safety for women. The launch took place at Delhi Secretariat. Reports say that details of the Wi-Fi can be obtained at back of the seats of these buses. A trial period, till January 15, has been scheduled in selected routes where free Wi-Fi can be accessed by each commuter for 10 minutes.

MP firm to pay $100,000 for using pirated software

An Indian textile firm named Pratibha Syntex Ltd. has agreed to pay a penalty of USD 100,000 i.e. Rs 66 lakh for using a pirated software. Having shown its willingness to pay USD 100,000 within 30 days, the textile firm had filed for a settlement in the Los Angeles Superior Court.

Idea 4G launched before Reliance Jio

After the much-hyped launch of 4G services by two of the most popular mobile operators, viz: Bharti Airtel and Vodafone India, Idea, too, has given its consumers the power to access the internet via a 4G network. To make the 4G launch more appealing, Idea would be offering 4G tariffs, 4G SIM upgrade and chunks of digital content subscription.

Narayan Murthy says Full Impact of Digital India can be realizsed in 3-5 years

While interacting with the media after meeting IT and Telecom minister Ravishankar Prasad, co-founder of IT behemoth Infosys, Narayan Murthy said that people of India can derive benefits of the ambitious Digital India programme after 3 to 5 years. While calling Ravishankar Prasad the finest ever IT and Telecom minister so far, Murthy said that poorest people will be able to easily access Delhi with the help of Digital India only. IT Minister asked the IT czar to provide guidance in policy formulation. When asked about his views on doubling of “outsourcing fees” in the US, Murthy said that considering US corporations’ need of Indian IT services, additional fees will hardly come in the way of Indian IT companies’ growth.

IIA and Microsoft come together to enable around 20,000 MSMEs in UP with Cloud

MSMEs’ (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) apex body, Indian Industries Association, has come together with Microsoft for enabling around 20,000 MSMEs in Uttar Pradesh for adoption of cloud technology. Reports say that the MSMEs can easily adopt modern technologies and thereby increase their productivity as well as profitability through support from a leading system integrator of Microsoft, Pentacle IT Solutions. Government of India’s 4th Census of Ministry of MSM points out that there are thirty one lakh MSMEs across verticals throughout UP. In a report published by Boston Consulting Group, it has been said that the SMBs successful in adopting IT solutions grew faster than the ones that didn’t.

Micromax to shift entire Phone Manufacturing from China to India

Leading indigenous tech giant Micromax has announced that by the year 2018, they will shift their total manufacturing set up back from China to India, owing to the latter’s lowering cost of production. Rahul Sharma has said that currently less that 2/3rd of its products are assembled in India. However, he added that complete home production is now making sense because of the expanding network of local component suppliers, on one hand, and increasing cost of Chinese labour, on the other. He went on to say that India has become much cheaper than China, especially when manpower in taken into consideration.

2,000 Indian Students create Guinness World Record for conducting Largest Practical Science Lesson

India has entered Guinness Book for World Records for conducting largest practical science lesson of the world. In the national capital, 2,000 students from 40 different schools participated in a large practical science session organized in IIT Delhi during International Science Festival (IISF). Each participating school sent 50 students along with some backups. The grand event, organized by an NGO named Vijnana Bharati (VIBHA) along with Ministries of Science and Technology and Earth Sciences, helped students turn methylene blue "reddish-brown" and decompose hydrogen peroxide rapidly for producing foamy soaps as Elephant's toothpaste reaction’s part. Earlier record was held by Northern Ireland involving 1,339 students.

ISRO successfully Launches 6 Singaporean Satellite in Orbit

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched 6 Singaporean satellites from Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre and successfully put them into orbit. It was the 50th successful big rocket launch and 32nd PSLV flight. 6 satellites were launched less than a minute apart while maintaining a distance of 20 kms from one another. PSLV-C29/TeLEOS-1 Mission’s 59 hour countdown started on Monday at 7am. The launch service was provided by ISRO’s commercial arm, Antrix Corporation Ltd. Main Singaporean satellite is capable of capturing images of threats and natural disasters in sea as well as air in and around Singapore after every 100 minutes.

Symantec Report says India is Third Highest Asian Country for Ransomware Attacks

Symantec Corporation, a US software security company, in its Internet Security Threat Report has said that among all Asian countries, India ranks at the third position when Ransonware attacks are taken into account. In the report, the security firm has said that there are 170 Ransonware attacks in India per day and sixty thousand every year. Symantec has said that out of the total number of Ransonware attacks, 86 per cent are Crypto-ransomware. In accordance with the needs of Digital India and Skill India, Nasscom has partnered with Symantec for creating professionals on cyber security.

3 IIITs to come up through PPP Programme

Union government has signed MoUs to establish three more IIITs by adopting Public Private Partnership route. These three Indian Institute of Information Technologies will be established in Pune, Nagpur, and Ranchi. The agreement was signed by Secretary of Department of Higher Education Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Tata Motors, TCS, Hubtown, and ADCC Infocad. With active participation of TCS and M/s ADCC Infocad, IIIT-Nagpur will be set up in the temporary BMIT campus. Though permanent structure of IIIT Pune will be created at Chakan, the temporary campus will be present at Siddhant Engineering College. IIIT-Ranchi will operate from Administrative Training Institute’s Old Judicial Academy.

103rd Indian Science Congress to be held in University of Mysore from Jan 3-7

103rd Indian Science Congress 2016 is going to take place at University of Mysore in Mysuru from January 3 to 7. Local Secretary for 103rd ISC, Prof N B Ramachandra, told media that Indian Science Congress has expanded over the years and has organized over hundred sessions now in different cities because of the inspiring philosophies the organisers have adopted. When Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Noble Prize winner for Chemistry in 2009, was asked about his comments on his expectations on ISC 2016, he declined comment as he’s not a speaker in the event. Prof. Ramakrishnan reportedly voiced in favour of keeping science free from influences last year.

Climate Deal Final Draft Ready but awaits Final Nod without Objection during Ministerial Meeting

Tentative Universal Climate Rescue draft has been reached after 16 hours of grueling negotiations. Draft is now in the process of translation to 6 official languages of the UN and will be presented to the ministers during a meeting at 10.30 GMT. Time Magazine has said India has emerged as “key player” in the climate talk. With US Secretary of State John Kerry stressing on resolving “very difficult” issues, Indian Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar accused developed countries of inflexibility and warned that success can’t be guaranteed. Draft deal is yet to be finalized as it will be adopted only when no objection is raised during the ministerial meeting.

Indian Government wants inclusion of more Issues in Climate Accord Draft

After 2-days of vigorous discussion and negotiation at Paris Climate Change Conference, French presidency of the COP21 came out with a new but 2 page shorter draft (from that of the earlier draft) of 27 pages that has now included some major demands of India. The Indian demands that made place in the new draft include principles based on equity and common but differentiated responsibilities as well as "sustainable lifestyle". French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius submitted the new draft for moving towards a final agreement. Sources in the environment ministry of India said that sleepless negotiations have at least helped inclusion of major points, mooted by India, in the new draft but working out of some more issues are needed to be done.




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