Day two of the India International Science Festival (IISF) in Anna University campus at Chennai saw the making of a new Guinness World Record for the Largest Biology Lesson. 1049 students participated in the record-breaking session. World Record attempts have been a key part of India International Science Festival since 2015, which leads to encouragement and popularizing of Science through public participation. In IISF 2015, students took a successful shot at the Guinness World record for the world’s largest science Lesson at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi. The 1st IISF was held at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) New Delhi in December 2015.
Rajasthan Assembly Goes Digital
The Rajasthan assembly has become the first in India to call attention and adjournment motions and proposals online from legislators to send them to the state government. Speaker Kailash Meghwal has inaugurated the new system by sending a call for an attention motion to the state government with a click of the mouse. The system is expected to save time, labour and use of paper in the functioning of the assembly, and also help legislators in bringing attention to urgent public issues. Rajasthan with an area of 342,239 sq km is the largest state in India.
15th October observed as International Day of Rural Women
The first International Day of Rural Women was observed on 15th October 2008. This new International day, established by the UN General Assembly in its resolution 62/136 of 18th December 2007, recognizes “the critical role and contribution of rural women, including indigenous women, in enhancing agricultural and rural development, improving food security and eradicating rural poverty.” In agriculture, climate change exacerbates the existing barriers to gender equality faced by women farmers. Globally, women comprise 43 percent of the agricultural workforce and play a critical role in supporting the household and community food security. 2017 Theme: “Challenges and opportunities in climate-resilient agriculture for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.
Iceland establishes world’s first negative emissions power plant
The world’s first negative emissions power plant has been established in Iceland. The plant will eliminate more carbon dioxide than it produces. The feat has been accomplished by a climate startup company called Climeworks by refitting a geothermal power plant. In this plant, the patented air filter of Climeworks captures the carbon dioxide from ambient air. Thereafter, the low heat from the geothermal power plant heats up the filter which results in the extraction of pure carbon dioxide.
Vanuatu becomes first nation to accept Bitcoins in exchange for citizenship
The South Pacific Ocean island of Vanuatu became the first country in the world to accept Bitcoins in exchange for citizenship. Now, the citizenship of Vanuatu costs the US $ 20000. With Bitcoins, the citizenship can be acquired at a cost of 35 Bitcoins. However, in addition to the payment of Bitcoins, the applicant will be put through the normal due diligence and probity process.
Delhi’s “Indian Accent” features among Top 10 restaurants in Asia
Indian Accent has got the second position amongst the Top 10 restaurants in Asia, according to the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards 2017. Indian Accent is known for its innovative cuisines which have regularly greeted its customers. The choice was from amongst 400 entries for the Award. The Black swan at Old Stead in the UK is rated as the Best Restaurant in the world.
Singer T.M. Krishna wins Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration
Noted Carnatic musician T.M. Krishna has won the National Integration Award for 2015-16. He was awarded the same for promoting and preserving National Integration. He is a well known Carnatic musician in the classic mould.
World Student’s Day – October 15th
The United Nations has declared 15th October as the World Student’s Day. It is observed in memory of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam whose birthday falls on 15th October. Apart from being the former Indian President, Dr Kalam was first and foremost a teacher and teaching remained his first passion.
Roger Federer wins Shanghai Open Tennis Tournament
Roger Federer beat world number one Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 to win the Shanghai Masters and register his fourth victory of the year over his Spanish rival. The Swiss world number two beat Nadal in the finals of the Australian Open and Miami Masters and in the last 16 at Indian Wells earlier this year, and never looked like losing to his long-time rival in Shanghai, firing 10 aces as he cruised to victory. Rafael Nadal Of Spain is currently ranked World Number 1 in men’s singles. Roger Federer of Switzerland has also won a record eighth Wimbledon title & became the tournament’s oldest champion with a straight-sets victory over Marin Cilic. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title in Wimbledon title 2017.
Shakib al Hassan becomes first Bangladeshi to be inducted into MCC’s World Cricket Committee
On 13th October 2017, Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib al Hassan became the first cricketer from the nation to be inducted into the MCC’s World Cricket committee. He is regarded as one of the best players from Bangladesh. Mike Gatting is the Chairman of the MCC World Cricket Committee which also includes apart from Shakib, Kumar Dharmasena, Ian Bishop and Suzie Bates.