Politics


1. Ravi Shankar Prasad Launches Website of Digital India Internship Scheme

Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the website of Digital India Internship Scheme in New Delhi. Under this scheme, 25 interns will be inducted for a period of three months. The internship is an opportunity for a student to secure first hand and practical work experience under the guidance of qualified and experienced Supervisor and Mentor.

 

2. Madhya Pradesh Launches India’s 1st ICCC For Its Smart Cities

In a major step towards realising the centre's Smart City Mission (SCM), the Madhya Pradesh government launched the country's first Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC) for all seven smart cities of the state, in Bhopal. Bhopal, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Satna, and Sagar are the seven smart cities under SCM in Madhya Pradesh. It was launched in the first "Apex Conference for the CEOs" of smart cities.

 

3. Sushma Swaraj on 2-Day Visit to Maynmar

External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj left on a two-day visit to Myanmar. The visit is part of ongoing high-level interaction between the governments of India and Myanmar. During her visit, Swaraj will hold discussions with the Myanmar leadership on bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest to both countries.

Myanmar State Counsellor- Aung San Suu Kyi, Capital- Naypyidaw, President- Win Myint.

 

4. Beijing To Hold World Robot Conference

 

The 2018 World Robot Conference (WRC) will be held in Beijing, China in August 2018. The event will see over 12,000 competing teams and 50,000 participants from more than 10 countries and regions. A robot competition will be held during the conference where participants will compete in five categories.

 

5. Leaders of China, Japan and South Korea Met in Tokyo

The leaders of China, Japan and South Korea met in Tokyo against the backdrop of historic diplomatic moves by North Korea and a push for the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks in the first three-way summit in two-and-a-half years. The leaders also discussed cooperation on economic issues.

Japan Capital- Tokyo, Currency- Japanese yen.

China Capital- Beijing, Currency- Renminbi.

South Korea Capital- Seoul, Currency- South Korean won.

 

6. Venkaiah Naidu 3-Nation Visit: India, Panama Sign 2 Agreements

India and Panama have signed 2 agreements on the exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and in the field of Agriculture. These agreements were signed during the second leg visit of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to Panama. These ties are based on common values and a shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, and multi-culturalism of both the countries. 2 centres for Biodiversity and Innovation will be set up by India in Panama worth US $10 mn and US $15 mn each.

Panama Capital- Panama City, Currencies- United States Dollar, Panamanian balboa.

President of Panama- Juan Carlos Varela Rodrigues.

 

7. 15th Asia-Media Summit Begins in New Delhi

The 15th Asia Media Summit (AMS) has begun in New Delhi. Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Smriti Irani inaugurated the summit. The theme of the Summit is 'Telling our Stories - Asia and More'. Representatives from 40 countries are participating in the Summit. The AMS 2018, an annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD) Kuala Lumpur, is a prestigious summit in the Asia Pacific Region and India is hosting the event for the first time.

 


Technology


1. China Launched Gaofen-5  to Monitor Air Pollution

China has successfully launched a hyperspectral imaging satellite 'Gaofen-5' for comprehensive observation of the atmosphere, including air pollution which is one of the country's major problems. The Gaofen-5 satellite was launched off the back of a Long March 4C rocket from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center. It was the 274th flight mission by a Long March carrier rocket. Gaofen-5 is the first China-developed satellite that can monitor air pollution.

China National Space Administration is the national space agency of China responsible for the national space program and for planning and development of space activities.

Founded in- April 1993, Headquarters: Beijing, China.