INDIA RANKS 135 IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX
According to a United Nations Development Programme report, India’s ranking in the Human Development Index (HDI) remained unchanged at 135 in 2013, with only a slight improvement in the living standard of its people.
The UNDP report said, "India's HDI value for 2013 is 0.586 - which falls in the medium human development category - positioning the country at 135 out of 187 countries. Between 1980 to 2013, India's HDI value increased from 0.369 to 0.586. India is the lowest performing country among the BRICS nations in all categories of the HDI with the exception of life expectancy, which is lower in South Africa as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.”
MH17 CRASH: REBELS HANDOVER BLACK BOXES TO MALAYSIAN INVESTIGATORS
Four days after the Malaysian Airlines MH17 crashed down into the fields of eastern Ukraine, the flight recorders from flight MH17 were finally handed over to the Malaysians at a surreal night-time ceremony in Donetsk, while the bodies of 282 victims began a slow train journey out of the country's south-eastern conflict zone.
Almost 12 hours after negotiations with the so-called Donetsk People's Republic, a Malaysian delegation was handed the two "black boxes" – chunky devices which are in fact orange – by Alexander Borodai, the self-styled prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic.
SUNFLOWERS TRACK SUN DUE TO INTERNAL CLOCK: RESEARCH
Scientists in a study have revealed that sunflowers do not simply respond to sunlight, but also to an internal biological clock. The study differed from the common perception that sun is the only factor that drives the plants' movement as it tilts back and forth each day as the sun rises and sets. It says that in addition to the sun, sunflowers have their own internal clock that drives them into this movement.
The study also said that sunflowers bend when one side of the stem grows faster than the other. Plant biologists grew sunflowers in a field and then transferred them to growth chambers with a fixed overhead light that were always on.
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.
SCIENTISTS FIND CURE & CAUSE OF VARIOUS FOOD ALLERGIES
According to a new study the cause of mysterious food allergy lies in genes, adding that a new therapy can cure this allergy. Eosinophillic Esophagitis EoE is responsible for various gastrointestinal illness including reflux-like symptoms, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, tissue scarring, fibrosis, the formation of strictures and other medical problems.
Scientists at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center found that a molecular pathway explicit to epithelial tissue in the esophagus linking a gene called CAPN14, which becomes considerably up-regulated in the disease progression. According to the study this is a major breakthrough for this condition and has given a new way to develop therapeutic strategies by modifying the expression of caplain14 and its activity. The results are immediately applicable to EoE and have broad implications for understanding eosinophilic disorders as well as allergies in general.
INDIA REGISTERS HISTORIC TEST WIN AT LORD'S AFTER 28 YEARS
India registered a historic 95-run win over England on the fifth and final day of the second cricket Test at Lord's. This is India's second Test win at Lord's after a period of 28 years. At the same venue, India registered their solo win back in 1986.
Resuming the second session at 173/5, England were bowled out for 223 while chasing a target of 319 runs.Pacer Ishant Sharma was adjudged the Man of the Match. The last time India won a test match at Lord’s was on June 10, 1986.