8th August 2018 Current Affairs


Pacific Endeavor-2018 under MCIP starts in Kathmandu

  • Pacific Endeavor-2018, a 12-day communication exercise under the Multinational Communications Interoperability Program (MCIP), has been kicked off in Kathmandu.
  • The basic objective is to develop Communications Operating Procedures so that military forces in the Asia Pacific region can collectively work together in the wake of disasters.
  • Around 270 personnel from 20 Asia-Pacific Countries will participate in the exercise.
  • Pacific Endeavor began in 2005.

Ajay Data becomes first Indian member of ICANN

  • The nominating committee of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has selected Ajay Data as new council member of Country Code Supporting Organisation (ccNSO).
  • Ajay Data is the founder and CEO of Data XGen Plus and a global leader in email linguistic services.
  • He will be the custodian of Asia, Australia and Pacific Islands as a member of ccNSO.
  • Data has been admitted for a two-year term and will take up the position during the ICANN 63 Meet in Spain in October 2018.

India women win Blitz Gold at Asian Nations Cup chess tournament

  • The Indian women’s chess team won the gold medal in the Blitz event at the Asian Nations Cup 2018 held in Iran.
  • India also won silver and bronze in the Rapid and Classical categories at the event.
  • This is the first gold medal that India has won at the event since 2014.
  • The Indian team was made up of Harika Dronavalli, Eesha Karavade, Padmini Rout, Vaishali R and Aakanksha Hagawane.
  • India finished first with 21.5 points, Vietnam came in second for a silver medal with 18.5 points, and China was third for the bronze with 17.5 points.

Startup India launches Startup Academia Alliance programme

  • Startup India has launched the Startup Academia Alliance programme, which is a unique mentorship opportunity between academic scholars and startups working in similar domains.
  • The launch is targeted at promoting the spirit of entrepreneurship in the country.
  • The aim of the programme is to reduce the gap between scientific research and its industrial applications.
  • This is expected to increase the efficacy of these technologies and widen their impact.

Parliament passes bill to grant constitutional status to NCBC

  • The 123rd Constitutional Amendment Bill, which ascribes constitutional status to the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC), has received Parliamentary assent.
  • The bill gives the institution the power to safeguard the rights of the socially and educationally backward classes.
  • The bill also fulfils a long-pending commitment of the central government to the OBCs.

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