The Daily Brief – 12th June, 2017


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  • The Indian Government has launched ‘Tele Law service to provide legal aid in rural areas via video conferencing. The initiative is a partnership between Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. It will initially be tested as a pilot across 500 Common Service Centres in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Every Common Service Centre will have a paralegal volunteer as the first point of contact for citizens in rural area.

    Aerial view of the Mass. Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • The “Hill Area Development Programme” for Northeast has been launched by the Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh. It was launched in Imphal, Manipur. Nongthombam Biren Singh is the newly elected Chief Minister of Manipur.
  • India’s first underwater Metro is being constructed in the city of Kolkata. The metro train shall operate beneath the Hooghly river. Kolkata, also known as the City of Joy, is also home to the largest public library in the country called the National Library of India.
  • Eminent Essayist and poet Haraprasad Das was honoured with the Kalinga Literary Award for his contributions and work, at the 4th edition of Kalinga Literary Festival. Kalinga Literary Festival is annually held in the city of Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.
  • Former Union minister Jairam Ramesh’s new book, ‘Indira Gandhi- A life in Nature’, was launched by Congress President Sonia Gandhi at the Indira Gandhi Memorial.
  • The QS World University Rankings 2018 have been released and Massachusetts Institute of Technology has been ranked as the world’s best university for the 6th consecutive year. Only 12 Indian institutions and universities have made it to the top 700 with IIT Delhi topping at 172nd rank while IISc Bengaluru at 190th
  • The Indian government has awarded the contract for construction of a 109-km road connecting Paletwa river terminal to Zorinpui in Mizoram border.
  • India has partnered with the United Nations office for South-South Cooperation to launch a fund supporting sustainable development projects across the developing world such as the Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States. UNOSSC has been hosted by the UNDP since
  • Scientist researchers from the university of Zurich have simulated the formation of the universe with a large supercomputer. It is a catalogue containing 25 billion virtual galaxies generated from 2 trillion digital particles.
  • China has launched the world’s largest floating solar farm. The 40-megawatt power plant has 1,60,000 panels resting on a lake that emerged after the collapse of a coal mine in central Anhui province

    Which 2 states have been chosen to pilot the ‘Tele Law’ Service?

    Who is the Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region?

    IIT Delhi, the highest ranking Indian university is at which rank in QS Worl University Rankings 2018?

    Which country has launched the world’s largest floating solar farm?

    Which city will have India’s first underwater Metro?


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