Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 January 2018

Jan 19, 2018 17:49 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 19 January 2018

Archaeologists discover World's Biggest Flooded Cave

A group of archaeologist has discovered the world’s biggest flooded cave in Mexico. The divers connected two underwater caverns in eastern Mexico to reveal what is believed to be the biggest flooded cave on the planet.

The discovery is an important archaeological find, as it could help shed new light on the ancient Maya civilization.

According to a project dedicated to the study and preservation of the subterranean waters of the Yucatan peninsula, the Great Maya Aquifer Project (GAM), the 347-km long cave was identified after months of exploring a maze of underwater channels.

India joins Australia Group export control regime

India on 19th January 2018 joined the Australia Group export control regime, an informal forum that seeks to ensure that exports do not contribute to the development of chemical or biological weapons.

India has become the 43rd member of the group. It is also the first South Asian nation to become its full-time member. The inclusion is expected to raise India's stature in the field of non-proliferation and help in acquiring critical technologies and strengthen its bid to enter the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

Significantly, China, which stalled India’s entry into the 48-member NSG, is not a member of the Group.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Benjamin Netanyahu inaugurate iCreate

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 17 January 2018 inaugurated the iCREATE facility at Deo Dholera Village in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

iCreate is an independent Centre created with the aim of facilitating entrepreneurship through a blend of creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leveraging emerging technologies. The primary goal of the Centre is to create a large number of quality entrepreneurs.  To achieve the objective, the centre aims to develop a new culture where people will understand and encourage entrepreneurship as a preferred career option.

Maharashtra becomes the first state to unveil public cloud policy

The state of Maharashtra has become the first state to come up with a public cloud policy, virtually mandating its departments to shift their data storage onto the cloud, creating a USD 2 billion opportunity for the industry.

The public cloud policy is the first by any state. It will result in additional private sector investments as the government is one of the biggest creators and consumers of data.

Every single government department uses data storage. Hence, the virtually mandatory cloud policy will now make data storage more convenient and cheaper in the state.

Students in China too busy for playtime, reveals survey

According to a survey released on 18th January 2018, more than half of the students in China have to bury their heads in books and thus have no time to play after school.

The survey revealed that about 48.9 percent of primary and middle school students in China take private lessons and about 30 percent of primary school students surveyed spend over two hours finishing homework every day. The proportion was found to be as high as 72.4 percent among high school students.

The survey also found that ‘study’ is the main topic of conversation between parents and children and about 31.5 percent of parents never speak to their children about making friends.

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