The Daily Brief – 2nd October 2017

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  • A countrywide Free Eye Check-up Campaign and distribution of spectacles for truck drivers, cleaners and helpers has been launched by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI). Eyesight is basic requirement for safe driving. Poor vision increases risk of collisions and hence it becomes government prerogative to prevent accidents to the maximum level possible.
  • India received first ever shipment of US crude oil of 1.6 million barrels, purchased by state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) at Paradip Port in Odisha. It was imported on board of MT New Prosperity, a very large crude carrier (VLCC) that had left US Gulf Coast.
  • A 1.2 lakh acre land bank is being created by Odisha government across the state for allocation to industrial sector in order to avoid repeat of Posco fiasco. The purpose of the land bank is to cut red tape and avoid local issues in the land acquisition process. Under it, state government is acquiring government land for industrial use. 
  • Three US born scientists by the names of Jeffrey C. Hall (72), Michael Rosbash (73) and Michael W. Young (68) were announced winners of Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. They were awarded for discovering molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythm. Their discoveries explain how plants, animals and humans adapt their biological rhythm so that it is synchronized with Earth’s revolutions.
  • 2nd October is celebrated internationally as The International Day of Non-violence i on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, a pioneer of the philosophy of non-violence and a leader of the Indian independence movement. Observance of this day seeks to promote principles of non-violence through education and public awareness and is observed by all countries of the UN.
  • The International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) is observed every year on October 1 to raise awareness about issues affecting elderly and to appreciate contributions that older people make to society. The theme for this year is “Stepping into the Future: Tapping the Talents, Contributions and Participation of Older Persons in Society”. It also seeks to raise awareness about issues affecting elderly, such as senescence and elder abuse.

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