The Hindu – August 25, 2018

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The Hindu – August 25, 2018

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1. The Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016, and its Rules, specify the kind of projects that would be eligible under the CAF, the composition of the national and State authorities, and how decisions regarding the utilisation of these funds ought to be taken.

2. In a major effort to improve emergency medical support to soldiers posted in high altitude areas, especially Siachen, the Integrated Defence Staff of the Defence Ministry and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) signed a memorandum of understanding on August 24, 2018 to set up telemedicine nodes in critical places across the country.

“ISRO will establish 53 more nodes in the first phase over and above the existing 20, in various establishments of the Army, Navy and Air Force across the country,” a defence official said.

As part of this, in addition to a functioning node on the Siachen glacier, four more nodes are being established to enable medical consultation between soldiers deployed on the glacier and medical echelons in the rear.

During winter months, many of the remote posts are cut off for several months because of adverse terrain and extreme weather, making emergency evacuation near impossible. Communication through satellite enabled telemedicine nodes will be a paradigm shift in the delivery of life saving health care till the weather clears up and movement is possible.

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3. Scott Morrison was on August 24, 2018 sworn in as Australia’s seventh Prime Minister in 11 years, after a stunning party revolt against Malcolm Turnbull, which the new leader admitted had left the government “bruised and battered”. (10 latest news updates- The Tutors Academy)

4. Drug firm Lupin said it has received an establishment inspection report (EIR) from the U.S. health regulator after the successful inspection of its Nagpur facility. The plant was inspected by the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in May, Lupin said. The USFDA had completed inspection of the facility without making any observations.

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5. Power trading solutions provider PTC India on Thursday announced that it has operationalised the flow of 126 MW interstate wind power commissioned capacity to beneficiary states. The power will be supplied to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, PTC India said. The commissioned capacities are part of Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Wind Scheme (trancheI) of 1050 MW in June 2016.

6. Hinduja Group firm Ashok Leyland on August 24, 2018 said it has bagged a tender in the defence tracked vehicle space, marking its foray into the niche segment.

“As per the scope of work, the company will collaborate with Combat Vehicles Research and Development Establishment (CVRDE), Chennai, for manufacture, assembly and testing of light weight clutch for the design and development of weight optimised 1500 hp automatic transmission for main battle tanks,” Ashok Leyland said. (10 latest news updates & current affairs in English)

7. The Indian quartet of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh came up with a superb performance to win gold in the men’s quadruple sculls event on August 24, 2018.

This is only the second gold for India since it started participating in the rowing events at the Asiad. Bajrang Lal Takhar had won the men’s singles sculls at the 2010 Games.

8. NITI Aayog has identified three major sectors health, education and children’s health as priority sectors for intervention, said NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Rajiv Kumar

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9. Odisha is all set to get a Legislative Council like several other States in the country. A proposal in this regard was approved at a Cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

10. An analysis of 14 Indian cities, including six megacities and eight metropolises, on how they fare when it comes to pollution and energy consumption from urban commuting, places Kolkata as the top performing megacity. Bhopal leads the list on the lowest overall emissions. Delhi fares the worst on the two counts.

The report titled ‘The Urban Commute and How it Contributes to Pollution and Energy’, compiled by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), was released in Kolkata on August 24, 2018.

11. Abbreviations:

Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)
Indian Oil Corporation (IOCL)
Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL)
Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL)
Directorate of Vigilance and AntiCorruption (DVAC)

12. Things to Remember:

Chief Minister of Odisha – Naveen Patnaik
NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson – Rajiv Kumar
German Chancellor – Angela Merkel

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Meaning – Apart

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