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National News

#  World’s fourth largest bus maker Ashok Leyland began construction of its bus making plant in Mallavalli Model Industrial Park, 40 kilometres from Vijayawada. The flagship company of the Hinduja Group will produce it’s first bus in coming six months according to the company. The foundation stone for the facility has been laid by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu.

#  The recent census carried out in Kaziranga National Park, Assam has revealed that there was a marginal increase in the population of the one-horned rhinocerous. As per census report, currently there are 2,413 rhinos in Kaziranga National Park registering a marginal increase of 12 rhinos compared to last census.

#  Government is going to launch Swachh Bharat Summer Internship (SBSI) 2018 aimed at engaging college youth with Swachhata work in villages in coming summer vacation. The initiative will be launched by Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, the convening and coordinating Ministry of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) in association with ministry of human resource development.

#  Hindon Elevated Road, India’s longest elevated road was inaugurated in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. It connects UP Gate to Rajnagar extension and it easier to commute between Delhi and Ghaziabad. The elevated six-lane road is approximately 10 kilometres-long. It is built on 227 single pillars.

International news

#  The Union Cabinet has approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and South Asian Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) for cooperation on response to oil and chemical pollution in south Asian seas region.

#  The Union Cabinet has approved signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and United Kingdom and Northern Ireland regarding cooperation in the field of organised crime. It is exchange of information for purposes of combating international criminality and tackling serious organized crime.

#  Scientists using Kepler 2 telescope have discovered hot, metallic, Earth-sized planet named K2-229b orbiting dwarf star located 260 million light years away. They had employed Doppler spectroscopy technique also known as ‘wobble method‘ to discover and characterise this faraway planet.

#  Google is shutting down its URL Shortener service goo.gl, which was unveiled in 2009. The support for goo.gl will be turned down over the coming weeks and will be replaced with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL).

#  According to National Annual Rural Sanitation Survey (NARSS) 2017-18, over 93% households in villages who have access to toilets are using them and about 77% homes in rural areas have got toilets. The survey was conducted by Independent Verification Agency (IVA) under World Bank support project to Swachh Bharat Mission Gramin (SBM-G).

Business

#  The Export-Import Bank of India (Exim Bank) has inked line of credit (LoC) agreement with Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) to provide US $500 million credit facility to fund various development projects in 15-member countries of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) region in western South Africa.

#  Amway India, which makes Nutrilite range of traditional herbal products, plans to enter into partnerships with a few States for organic farming projects. The company recently entered into an agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Government, said by Gursharan Cheema, senior vice president of north and south regions, Amway India.

Appointments

The BCCI has appointed former Rajasthan Director-General of Police Ajit Singh head of its Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU). Ajit has worked with Rajasthan’s anti-corruption bureau for four years.
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