1-IMF implements long due quota reforms to provide more voting rights to India and China
The IMF has announced implementation of its long due quota reforms which was approved by the US Congress last year. The reform will give more voting rights to emerging economies like India and China in the functioning of the organization.
2-Government launched National Job Portal for Persons with Disabilities
The Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the National level Job portal www.disabilityjobs.gov.in for Persons with Disabilities (PwDs).
3-Stockholm would get world’s first 5G network
Sweden capital, Stockholm will get 5G network by the end of 2018. It will be jointly launched by Ericsson and Swedish-Finnish telecom operator TeliaSonera.
4-Zika virus spreading in Europe as first person tests positive in Denmark
One person has tested positive in Denmark for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has caused severe birth defects in Latin America. The new case comes after Italy, Spain, the UK and Switzerland registered several people infected with the disease.
5-Kerala court orders FIR against CM Chandy
A Thrissur court in Kerala has directed the filing of an FIR against CM Oommen Chandy and Power minister Aryadan Muhammed in the solar scam case. The prime accused in the solar scam Saritha Nair had alleged that she paid a bribe of ₹1.9 crore to CM’s aides.
6-Government releases list of first 20 Smart Cities
Union Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu has released the list of first 20 cities to be developed as Smart Cities. The announced list has no city from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.
7-Activist Henri Tiphagne selected for Amnesty International Human Rights Award 2016
Indian lawyer and human rights defender Henri Tiphagne is selected for the 8th Human Rights Award by Amnesty International Germany. The award is recognition of Tiphagne’s exceptional commitment to human rights.
8-Bill Gates remains richest man in the World
According to Wealth-X, Microsoft Founder Bill Gates is the World’s wealthiest man with a net worth of $87.4 billion. Spain’s Amancio Ortega is at the second position with a net worth of $66.8 billion.
9-Aparna Kumar became India’s first civil servant to scale Mount Vinson Massif
An IPS officer of Uttar Pradesh, Aparna Kumar has become India’s first civil servant to scale Mount Vinson Massif which is the highest peak in the Antarctica.
10-The recent death of Cu Rua, the giant turtle leaves it to brink of extinction
Last week, the revered giant turtle of Vietnam’s named Cu Rua died, leaving just three members of her species alive on the planet. The remaining individuals include a male-female pair in China an another turtle of unknown gender outside of Hanoi.