Top 5 Current Affairs: 18 July 2017
The Right too compulsory education amendment bill that seeks to amend the 2009 Act relaxes the provision to possess minimum qualifications if the state does not have adequate teacher training institutions.
The ministry of science and technology has launched a low-cost indigenous screening device that is capable of to detecting congenital hearing loss in newborns. This portable hearing screening device, named Sohum, measures auditory brain waves via three electrodes placed on the baby’s head. The battery-operated device is non-invasive, which means babies do not need to be sedated, which is the current, and risky, testing in process at present
Tata Motors, India’s largest Commercial Vehicles manufacturer and the No 1 Bus Brand, HAS launched India’s first Bio-CNG (bio-methane) Bus. The bus was launched at the Bio-energy programme, called ‘Urja Utsav’. This programme was organized by the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas. Tata Motors has designed and developed bio-methane engines (5.7 SGI & 3.8 SGI) for LCV, ICV & MCV buses.
A new bird-like species of dinosaur that lived on earth nearly 71 million years ago was identified by a group of Canadian scientists. The scientists claim that they were about the size of a person. The species has been named as the Albertavenator curriei, which means Currie’s Alberta hunter. The species, which was found in Alberta, has been named in honour of famous Canadian palaeontologist Philip J. Currie.
Karnataka government led by Siddaramaiah, a congressman, has constituted a nine-member committee to study the possibility of designing its own ‘state flag’.The panel headed by Principal Secretary, Department of Kannada and Culture is expected to prepare a design for a separate state flag. The committee has been asked to look into the legal sanctity of the same to the state government.
If the move does get legal sanction then it would make Karnataka the only second state in the country to officially have its own flag after Jammu & Kashmir, which enjoys special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.
The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 is scheduled to be brought up for consideration and passage in the Lok Sabha on 18 July 2017. The bill was introduced by Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar in Lok Sabha on 10 April 2017. The Bill amends the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 by extending the deadline for teachers to acquire the prescribed minimum qualifications for appointment.