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MP Is Convener Of CMs’ Sub-group

20-06-2018

The Centre has set up a Chief Ministers’ sub-group to coordinate policy approaches for agriculture and the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS).

The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh will be the convener while his counterparts in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Sikkim, along with NITI Aayog Member Ramesh Chand will be members of this group.

It will suggest State-specific interventions, both during pre-sowing and post-harvest, to enhance incomes, water conservation and waste-to-wealth measures; Make recommendations on using MGNREGS to bring down agrarian distress and improve work availability and wage rates; Suggest ways to align MGNREGS and its livelihood thrust with women SHGs, producer groups and producer companies

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Target For Offshore Wind Power

20-06-2018

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has declared medium- and long-term targets for offshore wind power capacity addition. An official statement said the target is 5 GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030.

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Governor’s Rule In J&K

20-06-2018

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the imposition of the Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir for six months following the recommendation by Governor N N Vohra to the Home Ministry. The State Constitution provides for the Governor's Rule unlike other states which see President's Rule. This was after the ruling Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti resigned from her post. Vohra will be presiding over governor's rule in the state for the fourth time. He's done so previously in 2008, 2015 and 2016.

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Transgender Literary Meet

20-06-2018

The Sahitya Akademi, India's National Academy of Letters, would hold the first-ever literary meet for transgender writers in Kolkata.

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National Health Resource Repository

20-06-2018

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has launched the National Health Resource Repository (NHRR), the first ever registry in the country registry of authentic, standardised and updated geo-spatial data of all public and private healthcare. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is the project technology partner for providing data security.

Under the Collection of Statistics Act 2008, more than 20 lakh healthcare establishments such as hospitals, doctors, clinics, diagnostic labs, pharmacies and nursing homes would be enumerated under this census, which will capture data on more than 1,400 variables.

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National Digital Library Of India Launched

20-06-2018

The Union Human Resource Development Ministry has launched the ‘National Digital Library of India’. This National Digital Library of India (NDLI) is a project of the Ministry of Human Resource Development under the aegis of National Mission on Education through Information and Communication Technology (NMEICT). NDLI is a digital library that makes quality learning resources available to all learners and has 1.7 Crore content from more than 160 sources, in over 200 languages. It is also available on the Mobile app. At present the app is available in three languages – English, Hindi and Bengali. NDLI is developed by IIT Kharagpur.

The Ministry of Culture has already launched a similar initiative - National Virtual Library of India - a massive online library with resources covering tens and hundreds of fields, ranging from arts, music, dance, culture, theatre, science and technology to education, archaeology, literature, museums, etc. under the National Mission on Libraries.

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Summit (supercomputer)

19-06-2018

Summit or OLCF-4 is a supercomputer developed by IBM for use at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which as of June 8, 2018 is the fastest supercomputer in the world. Its processing power is clocked at 200 petaflops.

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FPV Rani Rashmoni Inducted Into ICG

19-06-2018

Rani Rashmoni is the last of the five fast patrol vessels (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) built at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL), was inducted into the ICG at Visakhapatnam.

Four FPVs — ICGS Rani Abbakka, ICGS Rani Avanti Bai, ICGS Rani Durgavati and ICGS Rani Gaidinliu — have already been commissioned.

A Brief on Five Indian Women of Valour

Rani Rashmoni: She was a prominent lady of 19th century Bengal, who defied English East India Company’s imposition of tax on poor fishermen for fishing in the River Ganga. The Company bowed down to the wishes of Rani Rashmoni. She also founded the famous Dakshineswar temple which houses the Goddess Kali in West Bengal.

Abbakka Chowta: Rani Abbakka Chowta was the first Tuluva Queen of Ullal who fought the Portuguese in the latter half of the 16th century. The Portuguese made several attempts to capture Ullal as it was strategically placed. But Abbakka repulsed each of their attacks for over four decades. For her bravery, she came to be known as Abhaya Rani (The fearless queen).

Rani Gaidinliu: She was a Naga spiritual and political leader who led a revolt against British rule in India. Nehru gave her the title of "Rani" ("Queen"), and she gained local popularity as Rani Gaidinliu.

Rani Avantibai: She was a great freedom fighter, who waged a war against the British to protect her kingdom. She was the wife of 'King Vikramaditya Singh', the ruler of the Indian state of Ramgarh. She was a Lodhi queen in the area now in Madhya Pradesh. She took over the reins of the kingdom when the king fell into ill-health. She is remembered for her valiant fight against the British during the 1857 uprising for Independence.

Rani Durgavati: She was a ruling Queen of Gondwana from 1550 until 1564. She is famous in Indian History for defeating the army of Baz Bahadur and bravely fighting against the mughal emperor Akbar.

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World’s Most Powerful Supercomputer

19-06-2018

US scientists have unveiled the world’s most powerful and smartest scientific supercomputer that can complete over 2,00,000 trillion calculations per second.

The US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) supercomputer called ‘Summit’ will be eight times more powerful than its previous top-ranked system, Titan.

Summit is 60 percent faster than the previous supercomputing leader, the Sunway TaihuLight based in the Chinese city of Wuxi.

But, China still has more entries than the US in a list of the fastest 500 supercomputers published in 2017.

Prathyush is a supercomputer established at Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune in India is the fastest supercomputer in India with a maximum speed of 6.8 PetaFlops.

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Gaming Addiction Is A Mental Disorder: WHO

19-06-2018

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has classified addiction to digital and video gaming as mental health disorder in its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD).

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