1-NASA’s New Horizons team discovers vast reserves of H2O ice on Pluto
NASA’s New Horizons scientific team revealed the amount of water ice potentially on Pluto. This image derived from infrared light observations by the spacecraft’s Ralph/Linear Etalon Imaging Spectral Array (LEISA) instrument.
2-90% of Russian Regions Hit by Flu Epidemic
Some 90 percent of Russian regions have been hit by the current flu epidemic, which has already killed over 120 people. It was reported by the Russian consumer rights watchdog Rospotrebnadzor.
3-Vietnam lifted ban on import of Indian groundnut
Vietnam has formally lifted the ban on import of Indian Groundnut. The lifting of ban has come in the wake of visit of Vietnam delegation to India in December 2015 which was satisfied after seeing fumigation facilities, export procedures and export certification system for export of groundnuts export from India, as per the Standard Operating Procedure developed by Directorate of plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage, Faridabad.
4-India remains top at consumer confidence
For the seventh straight quarter, India secured the top spot in Nielsen’s Consumer Confidence Index. The study gauges consumer sentiment regarding personal finances, local employment prospects and immediate expenditure plans. Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand take the next three spots.
5-World’s First Zika Virus Vaccine Made in India
Scientists in Bharat Biotech International Limited in Hyderabad claimed to develop the world’s first vaccine against the virus Zika.
6-Kerala won 61st National School Athletics championship
Kerala has won the 61st National School Athletics championship. This is for the 19th consecutive time Kerala becomes the champions in the event. Tamil Nadu stood at second position with 116 points winning 11 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze medals.
7-Don’t pay taxes if government fails to curb corruption
Expressing serious concern over the growing number of corruption cases, the Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court has called on citizens to raise voice against corruption and refuse to pay taxes by launching a non-cooperation movement, if the government fails to control it.
8-India is said to be building Asia’s largest military-run complex for nuclear centrifuges in Karnataka
According to a report published in the Washington-based magazine Foreign Policy which claims that India is developing the Asian subcontinent’s largest military-run complex for nuclear centrifuges, atomic-research laboratories, and weapons and aircraft-testing facilities in the south Indian state of Karnataka. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) are two agencies involved in the construction.
9-World Wetlands Day observed with theme Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods
The World Wetlands Day was observed on 2 February 2016 across the globe to mark the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands in the city of Ramsar in Iran in 1971. The theme of World Wetlands Day this year is Wetlands for our Future – Sustainable Livelihoods.
10-Pope Francis to make his acting debut
Pope Francis will soon make his acting debut with the upcoming American film ‘Beyond the Sun’. He will be the first-ever Pope who will appear in a feature film. The Pope will play himself in the film, which is a family adventure based on the Gospels. All profits from the film will be donated to charity.