10th January – 15th January (2013)
[Secondary and Senior Secondary]
[Students need not memorise figures and statistics. It is given only for information]
Indian scientists devise 16 disaster management drugs
Preparing to deal with any future chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents, Indian scientists have devised 16 drugs that can be used for disaster management. These include an anti-cyanide drug, an anti-nerve gas drug and an anti-toxic gas drug. Developed by scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) here, the drugs have passed the efficacy test and will be cheaper than those currently available in the market.
Amidst the growing tension between India and Pakistan after the brutal killing of two Indian jawans along the LoC in Kashmir, a troupe of artistes from Karachi are on a peace mission in the country to strengthen people-to-people relations.
“The tension is political in nature and the people have nothing to do with it. People from both sides of the border want peace. We want regular cultural exchanges with India and a hassle-free visa process so that we can meet each other,” Pakistani theatre director Zain Ahmed told.
India lodges 'strong protest' with Pakistan at flag meeting
The Indian Army lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over breach of the ceasefire between the two countries and the killing of two Indian soldiers at the brigadier-level flag meeting on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.
Seattle stages "World’s Biggest Snowball Fight"
Nearly six thousand people in the US state of Washington helped set a new record for the world’s largest snowball fight, during Seattle’s ‘Snow Day’. Organisers say 5,834 joined in event, beating the old Guinness Book of Records total of 5,327 snowfighters set in 2012 in South Korea. Local news reports say the record attempt was certified by Guinness Book of World Records observers.
A memorial to renowned tech innovator and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was unveiled in Russian city of St. Petersburg. The monument, a giant replica of a black, late model iPhone with a screen that displays a photo and video slideshow of Jobs’ life, is located in the courtyard of the St. Petersburg National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics.
On the back, the monument features a QR code which observers can scan before being directed to a website commemorating the Apple co-founder.
Jaipur LitFest: Int'l authors to enthrall readers
The sixth annual DSC Jaipur Literature Festival has been scheduled from Jan 24-28 at Diggi Palace in Jaipur. The international list of authors participating at the festival this year is the most cerebral, intellectually-stimulating and high-powered ever fielded, said the organizers.
Prabha Khaitan's autobiography at JLF
The English translation of late feminist writer and businesswoman Dr Prabha Khaitan's autobiography - A Life Apart - would be released at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) 2013.
Delhi lad Shubhankar Sharma dashed Viraj Madappa's dreams of becoming the youngest champion when he beat the local boy in the final to capture the prestigious 112th Tata Steel Amateur Golf Championship of India which culminated at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club day. "It is an amazing feeling to win the biggest and most prestigious tournament," said the champion who had recorded his first victory on the Tata Steel IGU Amateur Tour.
NASA's GALEX reveals the largest-known spiral galaxy
The spectacular barred spiral galaxy NGC 6872 has ranked among the biggest stellar systems for decades. Now a team of astronomers from the United States, Chile and Brazil has crowned it the largest known spiral, based on archival data from NASA's Galaxy Evolution Explorer (GALEX) mission, which has since been loaned to the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena. Measuring tip-to-tip across its two outsized spiral arms, NGC 6872 spans more than 522,000 light-years, making it more than five times the size of our Milky Way galaxy.