1-Employees Provident Fund Organization won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16
The Employees’ Provident Fund Organization won the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number (UAN).The EPFO bagged the national award in the ‘innovative use of technology in e-governance’ category.
2-Chemical castration a necessary punishment for child rape: Supreme Court
Supreme Court on 11th January favoured tougher punishment for Child offenders. Supreme Court Women Lawyers Association sent a plea asking for chemical castration of child rapists to which the court responded with unequivocal stand on harsher punishment.
3-2016 to be declared as China-India Tourism Year by China
The China National Tourism Administration has announced 2016 as the China-India Tourism Year in India.
4-ICAR and IARI have developed Pusa Mustard-30
Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Indian Agricultural Research Institute have developed a low erucic acid mustard variety namely Pusa Mustard-30. As compared to the normal mustard varieties which possess more than 40% of the harmful erucic acid , PM-30 possesses close to 2% of the erucic acid using conventional breeding method.
5-Microsoft shuts down Windows 8 Operating System
Microsoft has officially shut its Windows 8 operating system. Microsoft will now no longer provide any security updates for Windows 8.
6-Mumbai University to offer a course in RTI Act
Mumbai University will offer a six-month Post graduate certification course in Right to Information (RTI) Act. The course is being structured by the Department of Civics and Politics.
7-Moonlight drives migrations of tiny marine animals through the Arctic winter
As per the researchers, zooplanktons which are tiny animals found at the surface of the aquatic environments, keep on moving during the Arctic winter. Migrations have taken place with the moon rising above the horizon. The behaviour is likely an attempt by zooplankton to prevent run ins with predators with hunting by the moonlight.
8-Nestle Is Being Sued For ‘Using Child Slaves On Cocoa Farms’
Nestle, the world’s largest food producer is to be sued over allegations that it used child slaves to harvest cocoa in the Ivory Coast in Africa. The US Supreme Court has already rejected the appeal from Nestle.
9-81 whales beached on Tamilnadu coast, 45 died
Of the 81 whales washed ashore, 36 of them were guided back into the sea while 45 were dead despite efforts to save them in Tamilnadu.
10-Scientists may have detected gravity waves for the first time
A rumor is circulating that physicists at the new and improved Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) have finally detected the elusive waves. If it’s true, it will be one of the most important discoveries in physics in the last century. Gravitational waves, happen when a massive celestial object suddenly moves, like when a star explodes, or when two massive objects collide, like the merging of two black holes.