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WhatsApp Business app launched

Facebook-owned instant messaging platform WhatsApp formally announced the launch of a new ‘Business’ application. Called WhatsApp Business, it’s a free-to-download Android application for business users. WhatsApp Business app plans to make it simpler for smaller businesses to connect with the customers.. . . . .

China Opens 'World's Largest Air Purifier' To Fight Pollution

China has built a 100 meter high, nearly 328 feet tall air purifier, touted to be world's largest, to combat the deadly pollution in the country.  The world's largest air purifier is built in Xian in Shaanxi province of northern China and the preliminary results have shown that smog levels have come down and there. . . . .

10th edition of Global Forum for Food & Agriculture was held in Berlin, Germany

The 10th edition of Global Forum for Food & Agriculture was held in Berlin, Germany from 18th -20th January 2018. Indian delegation to the event is led by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Agriculture & Farmers Welfare Gajendra Singh Shekhawat. The event was organized by Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture. . . . .

ICC Awards 2017: Full list of winners

India captain Virat Kohli struck it big at ICC Awards 2017 by bagging two top honors - Cricketer of the Year (Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy) and ODI Cricketer of the Year. He was also named the captain of both Test and ODI teams of the year. Australia captain Steve Smith has been crowned the International Cricket. . . . .

North, South Korea to march together under one flag at Winter Olympics

North and South Korean athletes will march together at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony under a unified flag. The two Koreas also agreed during rare talks to form a combined women's ice hockey team. These are the first high-level talks between the two Koreas in more than two years. The Games will take place. . . . .

No Haj subsidy from this year: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs has decided to end Haj subsidy from this year as a part of its policy to empower minorities with dignity and without appeasement. This decision was taken based on the recommendations of Afzal Amanullah Committee and May 2012 Supreme Court order.

Nepal gets internet bandwidth from China

Commercial operation of Nepal-China optical fiber link is a major milestone for the development of internet infrastructure in Nepal. The launch of commercial optical fiber link between state-owned Nepal Telecom and China Telecom Global has provided an additional internet route in the. . . . .

UN Environment, WHO to jointly curb environmental health risks

UN Environment and WHO agreed to a new collaboration to accelerate action to curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12 million deaths a year, mostly in developing nations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. The agreement will step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and anti-microbial. . . . .

Nissan, NASA to collaborate on research into future autonomous vehicles

In a bid to create a roadmap for the technology and business evolution of the automotive industry, Nissan has announced a fresh agreement with NASA. NASA Ames Research Centre in California's Silicon Valley and Nissan will collaborate on research and technology development for. . . . .

First ever women-only car exhibition opens in Saudi Arabia

Women flocked to Le Mall in Jeddah to check out the kingdom’s first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia granted them the right to drive. Pink, orange, and yellow balloons hung in the mall’s showroom as women posed for photos and selfies in front of the cars. One woman in the driver’s. . . . .

GDP growth to touch 7.3 percent in 2018-19: World Bank

The World Bank is estimating India’s economy to grow by 6.7 percent during the current fiscal year, higher than the 6.5 percent estimate by the Indian government. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth is expected to rise to 7.3 percent in 2018-19, making India again the world’s fastest growing economy,. . . . .

India and Saudi Arabia signed a bilateral annual Haj 2018 agreement

UnionMinister for Minority Affairs ShriMukhtar Abbas Naqvi said that Saudi Arabia has given the green signal for Indias decision to revive the option of sending Haj pilgrims through sea route. The practice of ferrying Haj pilgrims between Mumbai and Jeddah by waterways was stopped in 1995. For the first. . . . .

SpaceX Launches Secretive Zuma Mission

SpaceX on Sunday i.e., 07/01/2018 blasted off a secretive U.S. government payload known as Zuma, a mission whose nature and the agency behind it remains a mystery. "Three, two, one, ignition and liftoff," said a SpaceX commentator as the Falcon 9 rocket launched under cover of darkness from Cape Canaveral, Florida,. . . . .

75th Annual 'Golden Globe Awards' held at California

The 75th Golden Globe Award ceremony was held in Los Angeles, the USA.  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” dominated the 2018 Golden Globes, taking home "four statues, including best drama, best screenplay, and acting awards for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell in the drama category".. . . . .

NASA's 'most experienced astronaut' John Young passes away

Legendary astronaut John Young, who walked on the Moon and later commanded the first space shuttle flight, has died at 87. Young was the ninth man to walk on the Moon and the only agency astronaut to go into space as part of the Gemini, Apollo and space shuttle programs, and the first to fly into space six times.

Endangered ‘bird language’ enters UNESCO list

The unusual and very efficient whistle language used as a means of communication by villagers in remote northern Turkey entered the Unesco list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Unesco has accepted the “bird language” of Black Sea villagers as an endangered part of world heritage in need of urgent protection, Xinhua. . . . .

Six countries enter UN Security Council

Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and the Netherlands formally joined the ranks of the non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council today “to make a difference,” the body’s president said. “Peace and security are difficult to achieve,” Kazakh envoy Kairat Umarov, who took the. . . . .

Pakistan’s central bank allows yuan-based trade with China

Pakistan’s central bank has allowed the Chinese yuan to be used for bilateral trade and investment activities, a move which could replace the US dollar for transactions in strategic CPEC projects. The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) said that all arrangements for using the Chinese currency for trade and investment were. . . . .

World’s largest wind farm to be built in North Sea

TenneT, the operator of the Netherlands’ electric grid, has come up with an ambitious plan to build an artificial island in the middle of the North Sea that on completion would support the world’s largest wind farm. The location for the artificial island is a region called the Dogger Bank, about 100 km (60 miles) off. . . . .

World’s largest Picture Frame opened in Dubai

Rising 150 meters from Dubai’s Zabeel Park, the “World’s Largest Picture Frame” has officially opened in the UAE. Known as the Dubai Frame, the structure is the latest in the city’s line of eye-catching megaprojects, offering up panoramic views of the skyline while framing views of iconic buildings such as the Burj. . . . .

Saudi Arabia hosting world chess tournament for first time after long ban

Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time after the country's top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. However, players from Israel and Qatar are missing the tournament due to regional tensions. Saudi Arabia's top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al-Sheikh, said. . . . .

Israel confirms its withdrawal from UNESCO

Israel has formally notified the UN's culture and education body of its withdrawal from the organization. The UNESCO Chief has voiced "deep regret" over Israel's decision to withdraw from the agency. she had received official notice from the Government of Israel's withdrawal from the agency effective on 31 December. . . . .

World’s largest battery facility started operations

Less than a month after Tesla unveiled a new backup power system in South Australia, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery is already being put to the test. And it appears to be far exceeding expectations: In the past three weeks alone, the Hornsdale Power Reserve has smoothed out at least two major energy outages, responding. . . . .

World’s largest amphibious aircraft AG600 tested by China

China’s domestically developed AG600, the world’s largest amphibious aircraft, performed its maiden flight from an airport on the shores of the South China Sea, the latest step in a military modernisation programme.China has stepped up research on advanced military equipment as it adopts a more aggressive policy to. . . . .

Gaming disorder to be included as one of the mental health conditions by WHO

Gaming disorder is soon to be classified as a mental health condition for the very first time. The International Classification of Diseases is a diagnostic manual that’s published by the World Health Organisation. It was last updated 27 years ago, in 1990. The eleventh edition of the manual is due to be published in 2018 and. . . . .

International Human Solidarity Day observed on December 20

International Human Solidarity Day (IHSD) is being observed across the world (December 20) to create awareness about the human oneness as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between people in the twenty-first century. The UN has urged the world community to raise public awareness of the. . . . .

World minorities Rights Day observed on December 18

UN Declaration of 18th December 1992: In order to strengthen the cause of the minorities, the United Nations promulgated the “Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities” on 18th December 1992 proclaiming that: States shall protect the existence of the National. . . . .

World’s largest carbon market announced by China to control pollution

China to start a giant market to trade credits for the right to emit planet-warming greenhouse gases. The nationwide market would initially cover only China’s power generation sector, which produced almost half of the country’s emissions from the burning of fossil fuels last year. It could give global efforts to combat. . . . .

India ranked as 5th most vacation deprived nation

India ranks as the fifth most vacation deprived country globally with 60 percent respondents corroborating with the view, Expedia Vacation Deprivation Report 2017. Expedia is a full-service online travel agency. South Korea stood at number one position with 82 percent, followed by France (66 percent), Malaysia (65 percent) and. . . . .

Wockhardit’s founder Habil Khorakiwala released his autobiography

Wockhardt’s Habil Khorakiwala has unveiled his autobiography – Odyssey of Courage. The book recounts four different transformation journeys from the time he started his company and survived in the first 10 to 15 years to become an important national pharmaceutical organisation after liberalisation established global. . . . .

Facebook added new security feature to prevent online harassment

Facebook has introduced new features that will prevent unwanted friend requests and messages from reaching you, a move the social media giant said will save a user, especially women, from harassment. Facebook created the new features after working with New Delhi-based non-profit organisation working for women empowerment,. . . . .

UK Tops Forbes' List of Best Countries for Business in 2018

The United Kingdom has topped Forbes’ rankings of best countries in the world for business in 2018 for the first time, up from fifth last year. The list ranks 153 countries on 15 factors including property rights, innovation, taxes and red tape. The UK is followed by New Zealand and the Netherlands, while India was ranked. . . . .

Australia clinched Ashes with two matches to remaining

Australia thrashed England by an innings and 41 runs in the third Test in Perth to reclaim the Ashes with two matches to spare. Australian captain, Steve Smith was named Man-of-the-Match for a second time in the series, his brilliant 239 having left England with an improbable second innings mountain to climb. Fact sheet:

Grigor Dimitrov announced as Balkan Athlete of the year

Bulgaria’s world number three tennis player Grigor Dimitrov has been named Balkan Athlete of the Year, the Bulgarian news agency (BTA) said.Dimitrov, who won the biggest title of his career when he captured the season-ending ATP Finals in London last month, became the first Bulgarian to scoop the prize after female wrestler. . . . .

French government filed case against Amazon for violation of rules

The French finance ministry said it has brought a court case against Amazon for abuse of its dominant position in the marketplace, the retail giant's third-party vendor platform. The ministry said there is "a significant imbalance" in business relations between Amazon and vendors selling products on its platform, saying it was. . . . .

Chicago Mercantile Exchange launched it’s on bitcoin futures contract

CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange), the world's largest futures exchange, launched its own bitcoin futures contract under the name 'BTC'. The launch of the CME bitcoin futures contract comes a week after the first bitcoin futures launched on an established exchange, the Cboe Futures Exchange. What is futures contract?

Francois Gabart fastest to finish solo navigation of the globe

Frenchman Francois Gabart smashed the world record for the fastest solo navigation of the globe on Sunday, completing the mammoth feat in 42 days, 16 hours, 40 minutes and 35 seconds. He crossed a virtual finish line drawn between the island of Ushant off France's northwest tip and Lizard Point in southwest England at. . . . .

Real Madrid won the 5th title of the year.

Cristiano Ronaldo's second-half free-kick ensured Real Madrid picked up a fifth trophy of 2017 by beating Gremio 1-0 in Abu Dhabi to retain the Club World Cup.A third Club World Cup in four years brings Madrid level with rivals Barcelona as the most successful side in the competition's history and adds to the La Liga, Champions. . . . .

Trump administration banned selected words in health care department

The Trump administration has told agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services to avoid using certain words or phrases in official documents being drafted for next year’s budget.List of seven prohibited words or phrases: “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “fetus,” “evidence-based”. . . . .

International Migrants Day observed on 18th December

Migration draws increasing attention in the world nowadays. Mixed with elements of unforeseeability, emergency, and complexity, the challenges and difficulties of international migration require enhanced cooperation and collective action among countries and regions. Newyork declaration: On September 19, 2016, the. . . . .

Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the year

Roger Federer awarded BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year. In the public vote, the 36-year- old Swiss came out ahead of five other nominees in what was a glorious year following time away in 2016 due to injury. Legend of the sport, Federer extended his Grand Slams tally to 19 with titles at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.. . . . .

China and Maldives signed Free trade agreement

The Maldives signed a crucial free trade deal with China while endorsing its Maritime Silk Road project shunned by India for its strategic implications in the Indian Ocean. “China deems the Maldives as an important partner to building the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (MSR),” President Xi Jinping told his visiting Maldivian. . . . .

Oprah Winfrey announced as winner of Cecil B. Demille Award

Oprah Winfrey will be honoured with the 2018 Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 75th Annual Golden Globes. Each year the recipient of the prestigious award is selected by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) board of directors and must be someone who has made “an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.” She. . . . .

512 year old Greenland shark found in Arctic

A group of scientists recently discovered a shark and has estimated it to be over 500 years. But latest updates claimed the shark tested was 392 years old contradictory to earlier claims of it being 512 years old. According to reports, the Greenland shark was found living in the Arctic and could very well be the oldest. . . . .

Walt Disney buys 21st Century Fox for $52.4 billion

The Walt Disney Company's $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox's film and entertainment business is its biggest and most expensive deal so far. With this deal The Walt Disney Company will inarguably be the most formidable media conglomerate in the world. Disney will scoop up Fox's movie and television studios,. . . . .

First ever four-day test match to be played between South Africa and Zimbabwe

South Africa and Zimbabwe will play the first ever four-day Test match and the International Cricket Council has laid down the template for the match. The board has decided that every day, a minimum of 98 overs will be bowled that means a total of 392 overs in four days. In a five-day game, a total of 450 overs are bowled. Also,. . . . .

India’s women's abortion rate is 47 per 1000: The Lancet Global report

A total of 15.6 million (1.56 crore) abortions took place across India in 2015 according to a research paper published in The Lancet Global Health medical journal. Out of them 81% — take medicines at home instead of going to hospitals. Overall, 12.7 million (81%) abortions were medication abortions, 2.2 million (14%) were. . . . .

‘’Youthquake’’ declared as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries for 2017

Oxford Dictionaries on Friday declared “Youthquake” as the word of the year for 2017, owing to what it calls a “political awakening” among young voters. 'Youthquake' is defined by Oxford Dictionary as “a significant cultural, political, or social change arising from the actions or influence of young people”. Last. . . . .

Bitcoin entered into future market of Chicago Exchange

The Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE) launched bitcoin futures on its exchange for trading. The bitcoin futures are cash-settled contracts that settle to a single, tradable auction price. Bitcoin futures listed on CBOE are based on the cryptocurrency’s prices listed on the Gemini bitcoin exchange. These futures on this. . . . .

India to represent in second UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference

The Minister of State for Culture (Independent Charge) and Environment, Forest Climate Change, Dr Mahesh Sharma led the Indian delegation to the second UN World Tourism Organization/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, with focus on sustainable development, which was held in Muscat, Capital city of Oman, during 11-12th. . . . .



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