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Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar voted best Test player of 21st century

India’s legendary batsman and Bharat Ratna recipient Sachin Tendulkar has been voted the ‘Best Test player’ of the 21st century in an online poll.

The online poll was conducted by Cricket Australia’s website for the list of the 100 best Test players since 2000.

In this poll, Sachin got the highest number of votes to emerge top on the list. Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara received the second highest votes. He was followed by Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist in the third position.

In this list Sachin is lone Indian cricketer to be figured in the top-10 list, while there are four Australian, three South African and two Sri Lankan cricketers.

Sachin Tendulkar in his 24 years cricket career had played for India in 200 Tests, 463 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and one Twenty20 International.

Test career: In 200 Test matches he had scored 15,921 runs at an average of 53.78. It comprised of 51 centuries and 68 half centuries. Highest test score was 248 runs (not out).

ODI career: In 463 ODI matches he had scored 18,426 runs at an average of 44.83. It comprised of 49 centuries and 96 half centuries. Highest ODI score was 200 runs (not out).

He had retired from international cricket in 2013 after playing his 200th Test. He is the only batsman to have hit 100 international centuries and holds the record for highest run scorer in both Tests and ODIs.

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Union Government exempts educational institutions from prior green nod

Union Government has exempted builders from obtaining prior green nod for construction of Universities, School, College and Hostel facilities.

In this regard Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has issued a circular to exempt green nod for educational institutions provided they should follow sustainable environment practises of construction.

These educational institutions are exempted from prior green nod under the provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification, 2006 subject to sustainable environmental management.

Besides, educational institutes MoEFCC has exempted builders from obtaining prior green nod for construction of industrial sheds. It also exempts godowns and buildings which are connected with production related and other associated activities of the unit in the same premise. It should be noted that industrial sheds as per this circular is a facility being used for keeping plant and machinery of industrial units.

Interestingly, in this circular MoEFCC had clarified that prior environment clearance is mandatorily required for construction of Medical Universities and institutes having hospital facilities.

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India, US ink pacts to enhance cooperation in health sector

India and United States have signed a series of agreements on health in order to enhance cooperation in health sector.

The multiple areas covered under such agreement include cancer research, medical infrastructure development and application of new diagnostic technologies.

Signed Agreements are

  • MoU on cancer research, control, prevention and management: To develop collaborative research projects on population-based cancer control and implementation science.
  • Apart from it will seek development of projects in the areas of pre-clinical model development, basic and epidemiological research, clinical research and oncology care delivery etc.
  • Letter of Intent (LoI) on Anti-microbial Resistance Research: Set up mechanism of antimicrobial resistance which also include the applications of systems biology.
  • It will also seek to comparative testing and assisting the validation of new diagnostics and development of novel interventions
  • MoU on collaboration in Environmental, occupational Health and Injury Prevention and Control: Further enhance cooperation in the fields of environmental and occupational health along with injury prevention and control research.
  • It will also seek to control research, infrastructure development, education and training and capacity-building for their reciprocal and mutual benefit.

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