Current Affairs – August, 2018

Scientists for first time decode complex wheat genome

Team of international researchers including 18 Indian scientists for first time have decoded wheat genome. In this research, DNA sequence of bread wheat was successfully ordered and it represents highest quality genome sequence generated to date for such wheat variety. Key Facts The research conducted by more than 200 scientists from 73 research institutions in Read More…

Government constitutes Bhaskar Ramamurthy Committee for JEE (Advanced) reforms

Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has proposed to set up five-member committee to suggest changes to JEE (Advanced) in the wake of an inadequate number of candidates qualifying entrance test this year. The committee will be headed by IIT-Madras director Bhaskar Ramamurthy. Key Facts The mandate of committee is to develop robust and Read More…

India wins SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship by defeating Bangladesh

India won South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Under-15 Women’s Championship. In the final match held in Thimpu, Bhutan, India defeated Bangladesh by 1-0 score. Sunita Munda scored the goal that helped the Indian U-15 team clinch the title. Earlier in the semifinal, India defeated Nepal 2-1. SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship is association football tournament for Read More…

Insurers to cover mental illness under medical insurance policy: IRDAI

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDAI) has asked insurers to cover mental illness under medical insurance policy from immediate effect, treating it at par with physical illness. At present, insurers exclude mental illness from ambit of medical insurance policies. Key Facts IRDAI’s directive follows Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 enacted by Parliament and came into force Read More…

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Only 23% of rural income from farming: NABARD 2016-17 survey

According to National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development’s (NABARD) All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey 2016-17, agriculture (farming) generates only 23% of rural income i.e. not even quarter of rural household incomes in India. Even for so-called agricultural households, just over 43% of their average income comes from cultivation of crops and rearing of Read More…