1-World Bank has embraced The Vizag zoo as global Zoo
For the first time, the World Bank has supported a zoo. It will provide financial help of $20 million to reconstruct the Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, in Vizag, which got devastated during cyclone Hudhud.
2-Government to introduce new category of award for ‘Most Film Friendly State/UT’
The Government has decided to institute a new award category under the National Film Awards titled ‘The Most Film Friendly State/UT’. It is part of the government’s effort to promote the Indian film industry and India’s Soft Power.
3-UK to launch “educate against hate” in an attempt to combat Muslim extremist doctrine
An “educate against hate” website is to be launched by England’s Education Secretary Nicky Morgan, as part of a renewed drive against extremism.
4-World’s oldest man Yasutaro Koide dies in Japan aged 112
Japanese citizen Yasutaro Koide, named as the world’s oldest man by the Guinness World Records has died on Tuesday aged 112. He died of heart failure and pneumonia.
5- Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) is “not entitled” to award degrees: UGC
The University Grants Commission has issued a public notice declaring that the Indian Institute of Planning and Management (IIPM) is “not entitled” to award any undergraduate or post-graduate degrees such as MBA or BBA.
6-Salwinder Singh to undergo lie-detector test
A special court has granted permission to the NIA to carry out a lie-detector test on senior Punjab Police officer Salwinder Singh, regarding the Pathankot terror attack case.
7-BCCI banned Ajit Chandila & Hiken Shah for involvement in 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal
The Disciplinary Committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India has pronounced the orders in the cases related to the involvement of Ajit Chandila and Hiken Shah in the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. Ajit Chandila was banned for life, while Hiken Shah was banned for 5 years.
8-The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) released the World Tourism Barometer
The World Tourism Organization has released the World Tourism Barometer, which reviewed trends in tourism at the regional and global level for 2015 and enumerated prospects for 2016.
9-Donald Trump branded a ‘fool’, ‘buffoon’ and ‘wazzock’ by British MPs
British MPs from all sides criticised Mr Trump during the heated discussion, branding him an “attention seeker”, a “fool”, a “buffoon”, a “demagogue” and a “wazzock”.The debate was sparked by a petition, signed by more than 570,000 people, calling for Mr Trump to be banned from entering the UK after his comments about Muslims.
10-‘Laser fences’ for India-Pakistan border
A home ministry official said riverine stretches of the border would be laser fenced to prevent Pakistan-based infiltrators from entering India. A laser fence detects objects and sets off a loud siren in case of a breach.