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India world's 7th most valued 'nation brand'

India has secured 7th position this time. Survey showed that India's brand value has witnessed highest increment from the last year. India is the second most valued among BRICS after China, followed by Brazil, Russia and South Africa.  
Reasons for increment : Increasing Business climate due to formulation of various policies and the slogan 'Incredible India' also worked well.
Top 5 countries are :
1. United States
2. China
3. Germany
4. UK
5. Japan
The nation brand valuation is based on five year forecasts of sales of all brands in each nation and follows a complex process. The Gross domestic product (GDP) is used as a proxy for total revenues.

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Singapore,World's healthiest country - Survey

According to a ranking that uses data from the United Nations, the World Bank and the World Health Organization Singapore is the world’s healthiest country.
Ranking was based upon the:
1. Mortality rates in each country,
2. The proportion of young people smoking and 
3. The number of immunizations.
Top 3 countries are :
1. Singapore
2. Italy 
3. Australia
India secured 103rd position.
Survey report: global rise in the level of consumption of healthy food like fruits and vegetables, along side an increasing intake of unhealthy junk food.
3 bottom most or least healthy countries:
1. Swaziland
2. Lesotho
3. Democratic Republic of Congo.

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China ends its 30 years old one-child policy

China has dropped its controversial one-child policy, allowing all couples to have two children for the first time in more than three decades.
Reason for the ease: severe labour shortage ,ageing population.
One child Policy: official program initiated in the late 1970s and early’80s by the central government of China.Its purpose was to reduce the growth rate of China’s enormous population.

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Kalavari First Scorpene class submarine set afloat

Kalavari, the first of Scorpene class submarine set afloat in the Mumbai naval dockyard.It is manufactured at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL).
Features : diesel propulsion , an additional air-independent propulsion (AIP) system.
Strengths: a. ability to launch an attack on the enemy using precision-guided weapons,underwater or on surface.b. can undertake multifarious missions including anti-surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, intelligence gathering,etc. Air-independent propulsion: Air-independent propulsion (AIP) is any technology which allows a non-nuclear submarine to operate without the need to access atmospheric oxygen.

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2016 Asia Cup in will be held Bangladesh and for 2018 in India

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has announced the location of Asia Cup which is Bangladesh in 2016 and India in 2018.He said Since India would host World T20 next year, the Asia Cup T 20 will serve as an ideal preparatory tournament for Asian nations. The four Asian Test nations -- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- also decided to contribute 2 per cent of their annual income to ACC for development of cricket in emerging nations. 
About Asia Cup
a. It is an international men's One Day International cricket tournament.
b. It was established in 1983.
c. It is  to be held every two years.
d. The first tournament was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
e. Last 5 tournament hosting Nations : 2008-Pakistan                                                            2010-Sri lanka 2012,2014,2016 - Bangladesh.

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2016 Asia Cup in will be held Bangladesh and for 2018 in India

BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has announced the location of Asia Cup which is Bangladesh in 2016 and India in 2018.He said Since India would host World T20 next year, the Asia Cup T 20 will serve as an ideal preparatory tournament for Asian nations. The four Asian Test nations -- India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh -- also decided to contribute 2 per cent of their annual income to ACC for development of cricket in emerging nations. 
About Asia Cup
a. It is an international men's One Day International cricket tournament.
b. It was established in 1983.
c. It is  to be held every two years.
d. The first tournament was held in 1984 in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
e. Last 5 tournament hosting Nations : 2008-Pakistan                                                            2010-Sri lanka 2012,2014,2016 - Bangladesh.

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Oxygen detected on comet for first time

The new finding suggests the oxygen molecules were incorporated into the Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko during its formation.European Space Agency (ESA)'s Rosetta spacecraft has been studying the comet for over a year and has detected an abundance of different gases pouring from its nucleus  which includes Water vapour, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are the most prolific, with a rich array of other nitrogen-, sulphur- and carbon-bearing species, and noble gases.The amount of molecular oxygen detected showed a strong relationship to the amount of water measured at any given time, suggesting that their origin on the nucleus and release mechanism are linked. In addition, no ozone was detected. 
Facts about Rosetta spacecraft
1. Rosetta is a space probe built by the European Space Agency launched on 2 March 2004. 
2. Along with Philae, its lander module, Rosetta is performing a detailed study of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko (67P).
3. On its 10 year journey towards comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the spacecraft has passed by two asteroids: 2867 Steins (in 2008) and 21 Lutetia (in 2010).
4. Next phase of the mission- Rosetta will accompany the comet through perihelion (August 2015) until the nominal end of the mission.
 

Facts about Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko :
1. Like all comets, Churyumov-Gerasimenko is named after its discoverers. 
2. It was first observed in 1969.
3. Comet 67P is one of numerous short period comets which have orbital periods of less than 20 years and a low orbital inclination.
4. Since their orbits are controlled by Jupiter's gravity, they are also called Jupiter Family comets.

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Neil Hawgood new chief coach of Indian women's hockey team

Hockey India has appointed Neil Hawgood as the chief coach of Indian women's hockey team. He will train them for the next year Rio olympics. Under the leadership of Hawgood, Indian hockey team has won, 1 -the Hockey World League Round 2 in 2013, 2-silver in the Asian Champions Trophy, 3-bronze medal at Asian Games 2014, and  4-bagged 5th position at Commonwealth Games 2014.

This time after the gap of 36 years,Indian Hockey team has been selected for olympics.
Achievements of Indian Women Hockey team:
1.Summer Olympics
During the 2008 Women's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier, the team ranked fourth in the "Qualifying Two" event. Rani Devi received the Most Promising Young Player of the Tournament award.2.Hockey World Cup During the 2001 Women's Hockey World Cup Qualifier, the team ranked 7th Sanggai Chanu received the Young Player of the Tournament award.  3.Hockey Champions Challenge During the 2002 Hockey Champions Challenge, Jyoti Sunita Kullu received the Topscorer award for five goals.  

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India, France signed MoU

India and France have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on preserving written heritage by conserving, developing and publicity of written heritage at the National Library.  The Union Ministry of Culture and National Library of France have sealed it.
The signing was attended by the National Library of France President Bruno Racine. The Ministry of Culture has also emphasised on the project of building a National Virtual Library of India.
Under the MoU, 
1.The two countries would collaborate in preserving, identifying and publicising written heritage and iconographies heritage. 
2. The two countries will share expertise such as description of Indian manuscripts in Sanskrit and Tamil 

Advantages of signing this MoU:  help in the development of digital co-operation, sharing of technical and other expertise, competency and skill-building and cultural co-operation between both the countries.  

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Najib Shah appointed Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) chairman

Senior IRS officer Najib Shah was today appointed as Chairman of Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) . The Department of Personnel and Training has approved the appointment. Najib Shah, a 1979 batch officer of Indian Revenue Service (Customs and Central Excise). He was also been Director General of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) .
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) : 
a. It is the nodal national agency responsible for administering Customs, Central Excise, Service Tax & Narcotics in India.
b. It was established in the year 1855 by the then British Governor General of India, to administer customs laws in India and collection of import duties / land revenue. It is one of the oldest government departments of India.

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