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UGC asks higher education institutes to create 25% seats for international students in UG, PG programmes
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher education institutions to create up to 25 per cent supernumerary seats for international students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
- The University Grants Commission (UGC) has asked higher education institutions to create up to 25 per cent supernumerary seats for international students in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
- The UGC has further asked institutions to consider entry-level qualifications accepted in India, for the purpose of admission into the programmes.
China withdraws proposal against AUKUS nuclear submarines plan at IAEA
China has withdrawn a draft resolution at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) against the AUKUS grouping seeking to provide Australia with nuclear-powered submarines following India’s objective view on the issue.
- China tried to get the resolution passed at the general conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which took place in Vienna from September 26 to 30.
- The AUKUS (Australia, the UK and the US) security partnership announced in September last it would facilitate Australia getting technology to build nuclear-powered submarines.
BUSINESS & ECONOMY
Eight core sectors’ growth hits 9-month low at 3.3% in August
The output of eight core infrastructure sectors grew 3.3 per cent in August, the lowest in nine months as against 12.2 per cent in the year-ago period, according to official data released.
- The previous low was in November 2021 at 3.2 per cent. It stood at 4.5 per cent in July.
- The production growth of eight infrastructure sectors — coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity — was 9.8 per cent during April-August this fiscal, compared to 19.4 per cent a year ago.
ONDC starts beta testing with consumers in 16 pin codes of Bengaluru
The Open Network for Digital Commerce (ONDC), which aims to promote open networks, started its beta testing process with small retailers in Bengaluru.
- ONDC, which is based on open specifications, will boost small merchant digitisation and e-commerce scale. The e-commerce enablement platform Shiprocket has integrated with ONDC for a beta testing launch in Bengaluru.
- It aims to serve more sellers through the ONDC network and book more shipments through its platform.
India bans Olympic javelin thrower Shivpal Singh until 2025 for doping
Indian anti-doping authorities have suspended Tokyo Olympic javelin thrower Shivpal Singh for four years after he tested positive for a banned drug.
- Shivpal, India’s second best javelin athlete after Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, was tested out of competition in September last year.
- Shivpal, who finished 27th in javelin qualifying at last summer’s pandemic-delayed Games, tested positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing steroid. The 27-year-old’s ban by India’s anti-doping disciplinary panel comes into effect from his provisional suspension in October last year. It ends in October 2025, the panel said.
Lalit Bhasin elected as new IACC national president
Noted lawyer Lalit Bhasin has been appointed as the national president of Indian American Chambers of Commerce (IACC).
- A well – known name in business and social circles, Bhasin, before being elected to the post, was the executive vice president of IACC.
- Bhasin is the 54th national president of IACC, which was set up in October 1968 and is headquartered in Mumbai, having 14 offices all over India, with a large membership from large, medium and small business entities.
Svante Paabo awarded Nobel Prize in medicine ‘for his discoveries concerning human evolution’
The Nobel Prizes 2022 for medicine or physiology was awarded to Swedish geneticist Svante Paabo.
- Svante Pääbo was given the award “for his discoveries concerning the genomes of extinct hominins and human evolution,” the Nobel Prize committee said.
- Considered the most prestigious prize in the scientific world, it is awarded by the Nobel Assembly of Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and is worth 10 million Swedish crowns ($900,357).
Indore bags cleanest city award for sixth year, M.P ranks first among States
Indore has been adjudged the cleanest city of India for the sixth year in a row, while Madhya Pradesh is the cleanest state in the country.
- Surat is the second cleanest city and Navi Mumbai comes a close third in the category of cities with a population more than a lakh.
- In the population category of less than one lakh, Panchgani and Karad from Maharashtra bagged the first and third positions respectively, while Patan from Chhattisgarh bagged the second position.
- Tirupati received the best city award in Safai Mitra Suraksha category, while Haridwar in Uttarakhand received the award for the best Ganga town in more than one lakh population cities. Shivamogga in Karnataka received the fast mover city award.
- Similarly, Tripura got the cleanest State award in the “less than 100 urban local bodies category”, dislodging Jharkhand, which had won in the past two consecutive years. Jharkhand and Uttarakhand received the second and third spots respectively.
- The awards were given away by President Draupadi Murmu as part of the Azadi@75 Swachh Survekshan 2022, hosted as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. She also formally released the Swachh Survekshan 2022 dashboard.
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
India’s Mars orbiter craft completes eight years in orbit
India’s Mars orbiter craft has completed eight years in its orbit, well beyond its designed mission life of six months. Plans on a follow-on ‘Mangalyaan’ mission to the Red Planet, however, are yet to be firmed up.
- The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) — a technology demonstration venture — is the maiden interplanetary mission of the national space agency, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
- Launched on November 5, 2013, the probe was successfully inserted into Martian orbit on September 24, 2014 in its first attempt.
IAF to induct made-in-India Light Combat Helicopter in Jodhpur
In a major boost to the Indian Air Force’s combat prowess, the first batch of indigenously-developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) will be inducted into the IAF inventory at a ceremony in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur.
- The new chopper getting inducted into the force is capable of aerial combat and will help the force combat slow-moving aircraft, drones and armoured columns during conflicts.
- The choppers have been flown extensively in Ladakh and the desert sector to meet the requirements of the armed forces. The IAF has inducted multiple helicopters to its fleet in the last three-four years with the induction of the Chinooks, Apache attack helicopters and now the LCH.