Ease of Living Index: Pune ranks first in 'liveability', Delhi languishes at 65 [14 Aug 2018]
The Ease of Living Index 2018 released by Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on 13th August 2018 has thrown surprises, with few most prominent cities failing to make a cut in the top 10. Of total 111 cities ranked under the index, Pune has been ranked first while Navi Mumbai has surfaced as the second preferred spot in terms of 'liveability'. However, the national capital Delhi has failed to make it to the top 50, ranking much below cities like Vijayawada and Bhopal at number 65. Chennai was also ranked at number 14, while Kolkata refused to participate in the survey.
Justice V. K. Tahilramani sworn-in Chief Justice of Madras HC [12 Aug 2018]
Justice Tahilramani's appointment as the Chief Justice of the Madras High Court followed the elevation of her predecessor Chief Justice Indira Banerjee to the Supreme Court.
NDA candidate Harivansh elected Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman [10 Aug 2018]
NDA nominee Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman, defeating the joint opposition candidate B K Hariprasad by 125 votes to 105 against.
World Biofuel Day 2018 [10 Aug 2018]
World Biofuel Day is obseved each year on August 10 with an aim to raise awareness about the significance of non fossil fuels which can be used as an alternative to fossil fuels, according to an official statement. It was in June 2018 that the government approved the National Biofuels Policy 2018. By 2030, Modi government has set a target to reach 20 percent ethanol blending and 5 percent biodiesel blending.
Khangchendzonga Becomes 11th Biosphere Reserve from India to be Included in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves [08 Aug 2018]
The Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve has become the 11th Biosphere Reserve from India that has been included in the UNESCO designated World Network of Biosphere Reserves (WNBR). The decision to include Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in WNBR was taken at the 30th Session of International Coordinating Council (ICC) of Man and Biosphere (MAB) Programme of UNESCO held at Palembang, Indonesia, from July 23-27, 2018. India has 18 Biosphere Reserves and with the inclusion of Khangchendzonga, the number of internationally designated WNBR has become 11, with 7 Biosphere Reserves being domestic Biosphere Reserves. Khangchendzonga Biosphere Reserve in Sikkim is one of the highest ecosystems in the world, reaching elevations of 1, 220 metres above sea-level. It includes a range of ecolines , varying from sub-tropic to Arctic, as well as natural forests in different biomes, that support an immensely rich diversity of forest types and habitats.
Naidu unveils high energy storage device [08 Aug 2018]
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu unveiled what is being claimed as the world’s first ingeniously made high energy storage device developed by the Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST) at the Praja Vedika at his camp office in Amaravati.
Carolina Marin beats PV Sindhu to claim third World Championship title [06 Aug 2018]
Spain's Carolina Marin beat India's PV Sindhu to claim third World Championship title, and she become the first woman to claim three World Championship titles as well.
Kento Momota becomes first Japanese to win gold at BWF World Championships [06 Aug 2018]
Kento Momota of Japan defeated Shi Yuqi of China 21-11, 21-13 in the men’s final at the badminton world championships. Momota won the final eight points of the opening game and used a combination of precision striking and finesse in the second to claim his first world title and Japan’s first men’s singles crown. Japan’s Mayu Matsumoto and Wakana Nagahara won their first women’s doubles world title by upsetting second-seeded compatriots Yuki Fukushima and Sayaka Hirota 19-21, 21-19, 22-20.
Netherlands win eighth Women’s Hockey World Cup title [06 Aug 2018]
Netherlands retained the Hockey World Cup title with an emphatic 6-0 victory over Ireland. Ireland, the second-lowest ranked country in the tournament, was unable to produce a fairy-tale ending at Lee Valley Hockey Center.
Mughalsarai station officially renamed as Deen Dayal Upadhyay Junction [05 Aug 2018]
Mughalsarai Junction will be formally renamed after RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay.Upadhyay was found dead in mysterious circumstances near the Mughalsarai station in February 1968. Mughalsarai is also the birth place of former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.