PM NARENDRA MODI GREETS PEOPLE ON EID-UL-FITR
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday greeted the nation on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. PM Modi tweeted: "Greetings on Eid-ul-Fitr. May this auspicious day strengthen the bond of peace, unity and brotherhood across our Nation.”
The festival of Eid-ul-Fitr is being celebrated across the country on Tuesday, with prayers being offered at various historical mosques like the Jama Masjid. Eid-ul-fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramdan. President Pranab Mukherjee also extended his greetings to fellow citizens on the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, which will be celebrated on Tuesday. In his message the President has said, "On the auspicious occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, I extend warm greetings and good wishes to all fellow citizens, particularly to my Muslim brothers and sisters in India and abroad,"
UN SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE CEASE-FIRE IN GAZA
The UN Security Council has called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza to allow for urgent aid to reach civilians as the conflict between Israel and Hamas entered its third week. The 15-member Council released a statement shortly after midnight Sunday calling for the truce during the Muslim Eid festival marking the end of Ramadan.
The Council expressed "strong support" for an "immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire," and urged all sides to accept and fully implement the truce. More than 1,030 Palestinians and as well as 43 Israeli soldiers have died in the fighting.
ONLY 90% OF HUMAN DNA IS FUNCTIONAL: RESEARCH
A new study has revealed that only 8.2 % of human DNA, or about 250 million of these so-called DNA letters, are functional, and more than 2 billion are just ineffective. Researchers have claimed that more than 90 % of human DNA is doing nothing very useful, and large stretches may be no more than biological baggage that has built up over years of evolution.
Researchers have known for some time that only 1 per cent of human DNA is held in genes that are used to make crucial proteins to keep cells — and bodies — alive and healthy. Latest studies suggests that a further 7 per cent of human DNA is equally vital, regulating where, when, and how genes are expressed. The researchers looked for sections of DNA that humans shared with the other animals, which split from our lineage at different points in history. When DNA is shared and conserved across species, it suggests that it does something valuable.
GOVT CLEARS 49 % FDI IN INSURANCE SECTOR
The Union Cabinet on Thursday cleared the proposal to raise foreign direct investment in the insurance sector through FIPB route from the current 26 % to 49 %. As per the Cabinet decision, the management control over insurance companies would continue in the hands of Indian promoters.
According to the sources, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved raising of FDI cap in insurance sector to 49 per cent from 26 per cent. With the Cabinet approving the amendments to the long pending Insurance Laws Bill, it will now be taken up by Parliament. The move would help insurance firms to get much needed capital from overseas partners.
TREES ARE SAVING MORE THAN 850 HUMAN LIVES PER YEAR IN US
A new study has found that the trees are saving more than 850 human lives a year and preventing 670,000 incidences of acute respiratory symptoms in the US. While trees' pollution removal equated to an average air quality improvement of less than 1 %, the impacts of that improvement are substantial..
The study considered four pollutants for which the US Environmental Protection Agency has established air quality standards: nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter less than 2.5 microns (PM2.5) in aerodynamic diameter. Health effects related to air pollution include impacts on pulmonary, cardiac, vascular, and neurological systems. In the United States, approximately 130,000 PM2.5-related deaths and 4,700 ozone-related deaths in 2005 were attributed to air pollution.
CWG 2014: BINDRA SIGNS OFF WITH GOLD
Ace shooter Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in his final appearance at the Commonwealth Games. It was a memorable appearance for Bindra in a gripping competition to bag the 10m Air Rifle gold medal. Abhinav Bindra, first Indian Olympic individual gold medallist, shot an aggregate of 205.3 to set a new Final Games Record.
Abhinav Bindra after his victory said, "This is my last Commonwealth Games. Five CWG and nine medals, it is enough for me," Bindra said while speaking to Indian journalists. "It was a well-earned medal because I work hard and I am happy to have achieved the feat. I got the desired result."