Commonwealth Games 2018: India finishes third in medal tally
The 21st Commonwealth Games concluded on April 15, 2018 at Gold Coast, Australia. Legendary boxer Mary Kom was the flagbearer for the Indian delegation at the closing ceremony.
India with a final haul of 66 medals including 26 gold, 20 silver and 20 bronze finished at the third place. Australia stood first with 198 medals, followed by England with 136 medals. The final day of the event was action-packed for India, with two of India’s star shuttlers P V Sindhu and Saina Nehal battling it out in the women’s singles final and recently crowned world no.1 Kidambi Srikanth fighting for the top spot in the men’s singles.
China develops 3D conic device to increase solar-thermal conversion
A team of Chinese scientists led by Zhu Jia have developed a new 3D conic device that can greatly increase the solar-thermal conversion efficiency.
Named as ‘Artificial Transpiration’, the device is inspired by the transpiration process of trees. The device is fixed with a special 1D water path which can reduce the energy loss in conduction. As 10 to 50 percent of sunlight is diffusive, the cone structure of the device could collect more sunlight throughout the day, compared with a flat device.
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Indian economy has recovered from impact of demonetisation, GST: World Bank Report
As per the World Bank’s South Asia Economic Focus Spring 2018 report, Indian economy has recovered from the impact of demonetisation and the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax regime and is projected to grow by 7.3 percent in 2018 and 7.5 percent in 2019.
Yet again, South Asia is the fastest growing region in the world and the rebound was led by India, whose growth rate accelerated in the second half of 2017. India’s growth is expected to drive South Asia’s growth rate to 6.9 percent in 2018 and 7.1 percent in 2019.
UN launches Road Safety Trust Fund to improve road safety worldwide
United Nations’ Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed on April 12, 2018 announced the launch of the ‘UN Road Safety Trust Fund’ to stimulate action that can save lives and prevent injuries and sufferings associated with road accidents.
While highlighting the opportunities that will be offered by the UN Road Safety Trust Fund, Amina Mohammed drew attention to the fact that over 1.3 million drivers, passengers and pedestrians die each year on the roads. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the development arm of the UN in Europe, is designated as the Secretariat for the Trust Fund.
Dharmendra to be conferred Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award
Veteran Bollywood actor Dharmendra will be conferred with the prestigious Raj Kapoor Lifetime Achievement award and filmmaker Rajkumar Hirani will be conferred with the Raj Kapoor Special Contribution award.
The awards, instituted by the Maharashtra state government, will be given away at the 55th Maharashtra state Marathi Film Festival. Dharmendra has more than 250 films to his name. His 6-decade old career boasts of over 100 box-office hits including Bandini, Mamta, Anupama, Satyakam, Seeta Aur Geeta, Sholay, Chupke Chupke and Yaadon Ki Baarat.
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