India wins crucial election to UN’s NGO committee
India on April 16, 2018 won the elections conducted by UN’s Committee on Non-Governmental Organizations in the Asia Pacific States category.
India amassed the highest number of votes -46, followed by Pakistan 43, Bahrain 40 and China 39. India would now be required to serve a four-year term in the committee along with few other nations beginning on January 1, 2019.
India was also elected by acclamation to other subsidiary UN bodies in five separate polls including United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Population Fund.
2018 Pulitzer Prize winners announced
The winners of the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes were announced on April 16, 2018 at Columbia University in New York City.
This year, the 2018 Pulitzer Prize in the Public Service was shared by ‘The New York Times’ for reporting led by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey; and ‘The New Yorker’ for reporting by Ronan Farrow.
Both the newspapers exposed the powerful and wealthy sexual predators including one of the Hollywood’s most influential producers Harvey Weinstein. Their revelations inspired the global #MeToo movement that led to talks about gender and power dynamics in the workplace.
ATP men’s singles ranking: Yuki Bhambri breaks into top-100 after 2 years
Indian tennis star Yuki Bhambri on April 16, 2018 broke back into the top-100 of ATP men’s singles ranking for the first time since February 2016.
As per the latest ranking, he jumped 22 places to his career-best rank of 83. This is also the best rank that any Indian has achieved in the ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high of 62 in July 2011.
Bhambri’s sudden jump in rankings follows his title win at the Santaizi ATP Challenger that was held recently in Taipei City, Taiwan.
Indian mosquitoes can transmit Zika virus infection: NIV study
A team of scientists has recently discovered that Indian mosquito, when contaminated with the Zika Virus (ZIKV), can transmit the infection to suckling mice.
The study demonstrated that how the Indian Aedes Aegypti mosquito, known for infecting people with dengue and chikungunya, is vulnerable to the Zika virus. As part of the study, mosquitoes were experimentally infected with Zika virus (African Strain MR-766) through the oral-feeding route.
Scientists develop plastic-eating enzyme
A group of researchers recently developed a plastic-eating enzyme, which can be used to fight one of the world’s biggest pollution problems.
The discovery was made by the researchers from Britain's University of Portsmouth and the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) while examining the structure of a natural enzyme that was found in a waste recycling centre a few years ago in Japan.
The enzyme - Ideonella sakaiensis 201-F6, is able to eat polyethylene terephthalate (PET), which was patented as plastic in the 1940s.