15, October 2016

1.Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav-2016  – Ministry of Culture

Source: PIB

‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav (RSM) -2016’ an intent to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Country in all its rich and varied dimensions, viz. Handicrafts, Cuisine, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Documentation and Performing Arts-Folk, Tribal, Classical and Contemporary- all in one place.

2.WORLD EGG DAY 2016- Ministry of Agriculture

Source: PIB

Agriculture Minister said that India is among the top egg producer countries in the world and the production of eggs in the country is about 83 billion

In order to increase egg production by three times many steps have been taken so that health of the children improves and poultry farmers get benefits.

 Government of India is promoting poultry farming through National Livestock Mission. Financial assistance is being given to the BPL families for poultry farming. Poultry farming is being promoted under the component of entrepreneurship development and employment generation.

Egg can help a lot in combating the malnutrition.

 high nutrition contents are available in eggs as well as it is a very good source of protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, B12, Amino acid and Folate, Iron, Phosphorus & Selenium.

3.New Secretary-General of UN:

Source: The Hindu

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has formally elected Antonio Guterres as the new Secretary-General of the United Nations.

He will serve for five years starting from January 1, 2017.

The UN Secretary-General is the head of the United Nations Secretariat and is de facto spokesperson and leader of the UN.

4.Self-powered UV photodetector charges energy storage devices

Source: The Hindu

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, have developed a cost-effective, high-performance, self-powered UV photodetector that can use the harvested optical energy for direct self-charging of energy storage devices such as supercapacitor.

How it was developed?

The researchers developed the photodetector by integrating semiconducting vanadium doped zinc oxide (VZnO) nanoflakes with a conducting polymer.

Zinc oxide (ZnO), the base material for UV detection, can be doped with vanadium to produce photodetectors that are self-powered. When doped with vanadium, the microstructure of ZnO changes from nanorods to closely-packed nanoflakes, causing an increase in the surface area to the volume of the material.

The nanoflakes are 80% more porous than nanorods. The UV light that gets into the pores undergoes multiple reflections and finally gets absorbed.

The VZnO nanoflakes are further annealed (heated and allowed to cool slowly) in the presence of hydrogen gas at 350 degree C (hydrogenated) to increase the conductivity and reduce the recombination of photo-generated charge carriers.

5.Union Government to use post offices to distribute pulses

Source: The Hindu

The Union Government has decided to utilise the vast network of post offices across the country to sell subsidised pulses.

The decision was taken during the meeting of the inter-ministerial committee on prices of essential commodities headed by Consumer Affairs Secretary.

Committee review:

The availability and prices of essential commodities, especially pulses. The prices of pulses, sugar and other essential commodities.

The committee decided to release more gram (chana) from buffer stock to ensure its availability through retail distribution at reasonable prices during the festive season.


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