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CURRENT AFFAIRS: MAY 9, 2018by TINA MAIHOTRA
ANIMAL FREE TESTS 1. INDIAN PHARMACOPOEIA COMMISSION In the 2018 edition of Indian Pharmacopoeia, the IPC has replaced the pyrogen test carried out on rabbits and the abnormal toxicity test carried out on guinea pigs and mice with tests that can be done in test tubes 2. FOCUS Dr. G.N. Singh, Secretary-cum-Scientific Director of the IPC -issues concerning human safety as well as animal safety when it comes to drug manufacturing. -alternative methods are available through which animals don't have to suffer, they should be applied effectively 3. TEST The pyrogen test is carried out to check impurity or substance that can can cause adverse side- effects.
WALMART FLIPKART 1. LARGEST ACQUISITION -US retail giant Walmart Inc will pick up a 77% stake in India's largest online retailer Flipkart for $16 billion. -concluding more than 20 months of talks, in what will be the country's largest acquisition and the world's biggest purchase of an ecommerce company. -It will include $2 billion of fresh investment as Walmart looks to take on rival Amazon's global expansion, pegging the value of Flipkart at $22 billion. 2. The Flipkart brand will remain distinct from that of Walmart
US 1. WITHDRAW FROM IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL President Trump declared that he was withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, and isolating the United States from its Western allies and sowing uncertainty before a risky nuclear negotiation with North Korea. 2. CURRENT STATES The United States will now reimpose the stringent sanctions it imposed on Iran before the deal and is considering new penalties. 3. IRAN's STATUS Iran will remain in the deal and tightly restrict its nuclear ambitions for a decade or more in return for ending the sanctions that had crippled its economy.
MADHYA PRADESH Madhya Pradesh government launched the country's first Integrated Control and Command Centre (ICCC) for all seven smart cities of the state in Bhopal. Bhopal, Indore, Uijain, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Satna, and Sagar are the seven smart cities in Madhya Pradesh. 2. PURPOSE The ICCC would enable the authorities to monitor the status of various smart civic amenities in real-time through the sensors connected to it
UBER-NASA 1. FLYING TAXI Uber and NASA are teaming up to simulate flying taxis in urban areas. 2. 2016 UBER INITIATIVE -help improve transportation in cities, -alleviate congestion and provide affordable transportation. 3. VTOL Although the cars technically referred to as VTOL, or vertical takeoff and landing vehicles seem like glorified helicopters, Uber believes its concept will be safer and cheaper than what's already available.
NAVAL COMMANDERS CONFERENCE 1. DICUSSIONS ON TOPICS Top naval commanders will discuss aspects concerning the country's maritime security, analyse mission-based deployments and larger issues of the geo strategic Indian Ocean. -The conference will culminate on May 11 2. INDIAN OCEAN The Indian Ocean, considered the backyard of the Indian Navy, is critical to India's strategic interests. Over the years, the region has witnessed increasing Chinese presence.
IBN 1. LICENSE GRANTED Investment Board Nepal (IBN) granted an electricity generation licence to SJVN Arun-3 Power Development Company to generate power from the Arurn 3 Hydropower Project located in eastern Nepal. 2. ORDER IN LINE WITH 30th meeting of IBN's board of directors 3. BENEFIT TO NEPAL Nepal will receive Rs348 billion over 25 years from the project. The project developer will also provide 21.9 percent of the energy free of cost, which is worth Rs155 billion, plus another Rs107 billion in royalties
DELHI 1. MINIMUM WAGES ACT President Ram Nath Kovind has given his assent to the Delhi government's proposed Bill to amend the Minimum Wages Act. 2. PROVISIONS - The Department of Law, Justice and Legislative Affairs of the Delhi government has issued a notification, making it mandatory for employers to pay remuneration either electronically or through cheques, except in some special circumstances. employers violating labour rules in the city will now face fine ranging from Rs 20,000-50,000 and jail term between one to three years.
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM 1. NISHA BHALLA Nisha Bhalla was felicitated at the recently concluded Annual WEF 2018 Awards, where she also spoke about 'Economics of Goodness in Giving and Philanthropy'. -Nisha was presented the Excellent Woman of Excellence' award for her spiritual service at the event on April 28. 2. COSTA RICAN PRESIDENT Journalist Carlos Alvarado was sworn in Tuesday as Costa Rica's president through 2022