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The state government has taken an initiative to encourage the use of bicycle by intending to create cycle tracks through ‘streets with cycle track’ project starting from the smaller cities instead of a congested city like Mumbai. The pilot project ‘streets with cycle track’ will be implemented in 10 cities across the state such as Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Kolhapur, Solapur, Chandrapur, Latur, Aurangabad, Amaravati and Jalgaon. Although the Mumbai is not the part of the pilot project due to traffic congestion issue, however, there is a possibility of including Navi Mumbai in the project. Besides, cycle track project may be a part of Mumbai’s coastal road and be executed on the new upcoming roads.
In a move that followed tough new American sanctions, President Vladimir Putin today said 755 US diplomats must leave Russia and warned ties with Washington could be gridlocked for a long time. The Russian foreign ministry had earlier demanded Washington to cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 the same number in Moscow has in the US. Putin said in an interview with Rossiya-24 television that more than a thousand people were working and are still working at the US embassy and consulates. He said 755 people must stop their activities in Russia. Putin added that an upturn in Russia’s relations with Washington could not be expected “anytime soon”.
The US forces carried out a successful test today of a missile-interception system. Military officials said, the test of the THAAD system, which the United States wants to set up in South Korea, came two days after North Korea’s second test of an ICBM. The US Missile Defense Agency said, in the American test, a medium-range missile was launched from a US Air Force C-17 aircraft flying over the Pacific and a THAAD unit in Alaska detected, tracked and intercepted the target.
China has successfully produced natural gas from methane hydrate, also known as “flammable ice,” in an experimental project in the South China Sea (SCS). As a part of the experiment, a drilling platform had produced a total of 309,000 cubic metres of natural gas from gas hydrate in 60 days.
Canara Bank has opened “CANDI,” its first fully digital branch in Bangalore. The branch aims to provide end to end digital experience to its customers and will help them get all the information they want on their accounts without visiting the branch at all. The Bank becomes the first PSU bank in the country to introduce artificial intelligence in Banking. A humanoid has been introduced to answer basic questions to the customers.
This year’s Ramon Magsaysay awards have been announced. Japanese historian Yoshiaki Ishizawa and Sri Lankan teacher Gethsie Shanmugam are amongst the six winners of the award this year. The awards were instituted in the memory of the former Philippine President, Ramon Magsaysay and were first awarded in 1958. Now, it is an annual affair.
India to field the biggest contingent at World Badminton Championship
India will be fielding the biggest contingent at the World Badminton Championship which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland, with the four shuttlers qualifying in both men’s and women’s singles competition. In the men’s singles competition, Sameer Verma will be competing along with K Srikanth, B Sai Praneeth and Ajay Jayaram. In women’s section, Rituparna Das and Tanvi Lad have also qualified behind Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu. The World Championship will be held from August 21 to 27.