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  • Eminent scientist and ‘father of DNA fingerprinting in India’ Lalji Singh died following a heart attack on 10 Dec. He was 70.
  • Dr. Singh was one of the leaders instrumental in making DNA fingerprinting mainstream in India, both at the level of research as well as for forensic applications.
  • This was after techniques advanced by him led to DNA profiling being used to establish parentage as well as solve some high profile crime cases in India.
  • Based on his work he was tasked by the government in the late 1990s to establish the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD) with a mandate of making it a nodal centre for DNA fingerprinting and diagnostics for all species and several diseases.
  • He also set up a slew of dedicated labs that worked on several aspects of genetics such as population biology, structural biology and transgenic research.
  • Dr. Singh served as a director at the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) in Hyderabad from 1998 to 2009.

  • The World Human Rights Day is being observed on 10 dec. It is observed every year on 10 December the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • UN chief in his message on the human rights day has said.. "on 10 dec, we see a disturbing hostility towards human rights.
  • Let us stand against those negative forces. Let us stand up and speak out for human rights"

  • Researchers from California Institute of Technology in the US developed an inexpensive method by which DNA origami self-assembles into large arrays with entirely customisable patterns, creating a sort of canvas that can display any image.
  • While DNA is perhaps best known for encoding the genetic information of living things, the molecule is also an excellent chemical building block. A single-stranded DNA molecule is composed of smaller molecules called nucleotides - abbreviated A, T, C and G - arranged in a string, or sequence.
  • The nucleotides in a single-stranded DNA molecule can bond with those of another single strand to form double- stranded DNA, but the nucleotides bind only in very specific ways: an A nucleotide with a T or a C nucleotide with a G. These strict base-pairing "rules" make it possible to design DNA origami.
  • A large DNA canvas is assembled out of many smaller square origami tiles, like putting together a puzzle. Molecules can be selectively attached to the staples in order to create a raised pattern that can be seen using atomic force microscopy.
  • Researchers developed software that can take an image such as the Mona Lisa, divide it up into small square sections, and determine the DNA sequences needed to make up those squares. They then got those sections to self-assemble into a superstructure that recreates the Mona Lisa.

  • The nation is remembering the architect of the Indian Constitution and Bharat Ratna Dr. B R Ambedkar on his 62nd death anniversary.
  • He passed away on this day in 1956. Since then, Mahaparinirvan Diwas is observed every year to pay tributes to him.
  • President Ram Nath kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime minister Narendra Modi offered their floral tributes to Babasaheb in the Parliament House in New Delhi.
  • Dr. Ambedkar is remembered for his triumphant struggle against age-old social discrimination against dalits, women and labour classes. he was also the first Law minister of independent India.
  • Prime Minister remembered Babasaheb on the day and tweeted a video.
  • Rich tributes were also paid to Dr. Ambedkar by thousands of his followers who converged at his memorial, Chaityabhoomi, in Maharashtra.
  • State chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, who visited Chaityabhoomi near Shivaji Park in Dadar 6 dec morning, said the work on Dr. Ambedkar's memorial at the Indu Mill land will begin in a month. Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao also paid tributes to Dr. Ambedkar.

  • Shashi Kapoor, the embodiment of romance and charm who wooed the top leading ladies of the '70s and '80s on the silver screen and captivated millions of fans, died today. He was 79
  • The actor-producer took his last breath at the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital in Mumbai.
  • "Yes, he has passed away. He had a kidney problem and was on dialysis for several years," his nephew Randhir Kapoor, the son of the late Raj Kapoor, told PTI.Randhir Kapoor said the funeral would be held tomorrow morning.
  • "Shashi Kapoor expired at 5.20pm on December 4 at Kokilaben Hospital in Mumbai," Dr Ram Narain from the hospital told PTI.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of the popular actor.

  • Preet Didbal has been elected as the mayor of Yuba city in California, becoming the first Sikh woman to hold the position in the US.
  • Dibal was appointed by the California city council and will be sworn in on December 5, KCRA-TV reported. There are other Sikh mayors across the country Ravi Bhalla was elected earlier this month as mayor in Hoboken, New Jersey.
  • However, Didbal is the first Sikh woman to be elected as mayor in the country, the report said. Didbal was elected to Yuba city council in 2014 and is currently vice-mayor. She is the first in her family to graduate from college.
  • "Seeing someone that looks like you, that comes from the same faith as you, to be elected in a public office in this country is inspiring and exciting," Jaydeep Singh with the Sikh Coalition said. "When Ravi Bhalla was elected in New Jersey, that was the first time I saw someone who looked like me, who was in a public office in the United States of America," he said.
  • The Sutter-Yuba region is home to one of the largest Sikh communities in the US.

  • Former Miss Asia Pacific, actor, producer, entrepreneur and environmentalist, Dia Mirza, was appointed UN Environment's Goodwill Ambassador for India.
  • A long-standing supporter of environmental conservation, Dia will take up the role to add more weight to her work on raising awareness of and seeking solutions to environmental issues that the world, and India in particular, faces.
  • "I feel honoured and inspired by this opportunity to work with UN Environment to protect the environment and promote sustainable development," said Dia. "Environmental issues will be the defining challenge of this era, and I am committed to helping the UN as a Goodwill Ambassador to do everything I can to provide a better future.
  • "Together, we will continue working towards conservation of nature, tackling climate change and inspiring people to live more sustainably."
  • Dia is a committed voice for change, and has contributed her efforts in the field of social change, conservation and environment. She has been to the face of many pivotal environmental campaigns across India, and has worked towards the conservation of wildlife.
  • As a Goodwill Ambassador, Dia will work with the United Nations to further spread the message on priority areas including clean air, clean seas, wildlife protection and climate change.

  • State-run Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on 29 sep said it will procure 10,000 electric cars from Tata Motors, an order valued at around Rs 1,120 crore.
  • Tata Motors will supply the electric vehicles (EVs) in two phases with 500 e-cars in the first phase in November 2017 and the remaining 9,500 electric vehicles (EVs) in the second phase, EESL said in a statement.
  • EESL said Tata Motors quoted the lowest price of Rs 10.16 lakh, exclusive of GST in the competitive bidding."The vehicle will be provided for Rs 11.2 lakh, which will be inclusive of GST and comprehensive 5 year warranty which is 25 per cent below the current retail price of a similar e-car with 3 year warranty," it added.
  • "All these 10,000 electric cars will be will be procured within nine months period from the date of issue of letter of intent," EESL Managing Director Saurabh Kumar told PTI.
  • These electric cars are meant for usage by ministries and government departments, either through direct purchase from EESL or lease, he added.Tata Motors was selected through an international competitive bidding aimed at increased participation, it said.
  • Commenting on the development, Tata Motors CEO and MD Guenter Butschek said: "EESL tender provided us the opportunity to participate in boosting e-mobility in the country, at the same time accelerate our efforts to offer full range of electric vehicles to the Indian consumers."
  • The company has been collaboratively working to develop electric powertrain technology for its selected products, he added.While it did not specify which electric car it will supply, industry sources said the company will supply electric version of its compact sedan Tigor.
  • Other companies, Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) and Nissan had also participated in the tender and bids for Tata Motors and M&M were opened, EESL said.

  • Senior advocate K KVenugopal's name has been cleared for appointment as the Attorney General for India, following the decision of MukulRohatgi to step down as the top law officer.
  • A decision to appoint the 86-year-old veteran lawyer as the successor of Rohatgi was discussed before the departure of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit to the US, Netherlands and Portugal.
  • Sources said that "Venugopal had a meeting with Modi before his departure for a three-nation tour".
  • When contacted and asked about his priority as the Attorney General, Venugopal said, "I will speak only after the notification is issued."

  • British Columbia Supreme Court judge of Indian-origin, Parbinder Kaur Shergill, has become first turbaned Sikh woman Supreme Court judge of Canada.
  • Shergill migrated from Punjab to Canada with her family when she was four years old.
  • Her appointment was announced along with two other judges by Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, under the new judicial application process.
  • The new process emphasises transparency, merit, and diversity, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

  • Chhetri drilled a low shot off a fine pass from Lalpekhlua in the 69th minute to lead India to a crucial win
  • India notched up their seventh official international win on the trot
  • India's next match is against Macau, an away game, on September 5

  • Indian-origin Labour Party candidates have won more seats than their rival Conservatives
  • Labour Party's Preet Kaur Gill won Edgbaston seat by defeating ruling Conservative party rival Caroline Squire
  • The Labour Party had selected 14 Indians and Conservative Party 13 as their parliamentary candidates

  • Eleven days, 18 hours and 45 minutes after setting out from California, Srinivas Gokulnath created history by becoming the first Indian to complete what is considered to be the toughest cycle race in the world -- the 4,900-km Race Across America (RAAM) in solo category.
  • In a feat that marks the Indian arrival on the endurance cycling scene globally, another Maharashtrian, Dr Amit Samarth of Nagpur, followed him at the finish line at Annapolis on American east coast around midnight on 26 june as per the Indian time.
  • Among the nine men who finished, Gokulnath stood 7th while Samarth was right on his heels at number 8. The race was won by Christoph Strasser.

  • Kohli played a masterful knock of 200 (283 balls, 24 fours)
  • At the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Grounds in Antigua, West Indies
  • Also broke Mohammed Azharuddin’s long-standing record of 192 in 1990 against New Zealand
  • Virat Kohli also became the fifth Indian captain to score a double century in a Test match, Others are Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi (203 against England), Sachin Tendulkar (217 against New Zealand), Sunil Gavaskar (205 against West Indies) and MS Dhoni (224 against Australia)
  • Just three captains have managed double hundreds in a Test match vs West Indies in the Carribean. Apart from Kohli, the first two were England's Len Hutton (205 at Kingston in 1953-54) and Australia's Bobby Simpson (201 at Bridgetown in 1964-65).
  • Kohli also made his Test debut in the Caribbean, in 2012 in Jamaica as a 23-year old.

  • Former French cyclist Dominique Arnaud
  • Arnaud took part on 11 occasions in the Tour de France
  • Won three stages of the Vuelta a Espana
  • Died at the age of 60 on wednesday 20 July 2016, after a hard-fought battle with cancer

  • PR Sreejesh to lead men’s team for Rio Olympics
  • India’s 16-member squad for Rio Olympics was announced on Tuesday 12 July 2016 afternoon in New Delhi by Hockey India president Narinder Batra
  • PR Sreejesh is goalkeeper

  • Sushila is the new women's hockey skipper for Rio Olympic
  • Sushila Chanu replaced Ritu Rani
  • Sushila captained the team on the Australian tour and earlier the junior World Cup team

  • Andy Murray beats Milos Raonic to take second Wimbledon title on 10 July 2016
  • 6-4, 7-6(3), 7-6(2)
  • Won Olympic gold medal 2013

  • Beats Sweden's Stefan Olsson 6-1, 6-4 in one hour nine minutes
  • Match played in Court 17 on 10 July 2016

  • World number one Serena Williams beat German fourth seed Angelique Kerber
  • It is 22nd Grand Slam title
  • Win 7-5 6-3 in straignt sets
  • Wins a seventh Wimbledon title
  • Serena Williams an American and 34 years old.

  • Thiruppathi Venkatasamy as Accountant General, economic and revenue sector audit, of Tamil Nadu
  • He was serving as the Senior Deputy Accountant General in Agartala, Tripura
  • A 2000 batch officer of Indian Audit and Accounts Service
  • Venkatasamy is an alumni of University of Minnesota (US)

  • Retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Argentina lost a fourth major final in nine years
  • Messi, 29, has won eight La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with Spanish side Barcelona.
  • Messi was been awarded the Ballon d'Or five times
  • Made his debut for Argentina in 2005 and has played 113 times for his country.
  • Major international honour is Olympic gold at the 2008 Games
  • Argentina lost to Chile by 4-2 (Penalty Shootout) in final on Sunday 26 Jun 2016

  • Jack Miller won a chaotic and rain-disrupted Dutch MotoGP on Sunday 26 Jun 2016
  • The 21-year-old Australian Miller, riding a Honda Marc VDS, finished ahead of Marquez (Honda) and Briton Scott Redding (Ducati Pramac)
  • This is his maiden victory in the elite motorcycling category

  • G.D.Birla Award was instituted in 1991 by the K.K.Birla Foundation
  • The twenty-fifth G. D. Birla Award for Scientific Research for 2015
  • Prof. Sanjay Mittal from the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
  • Significant contributions in the area of Bluff Body Flows
  • Instrumental in establishing the High Performance Computing (HPC) facility at IIT Kanpur
  • Heads the National Wind Tunnel Facility
  • Works in the area of sports aerodynamics
  • Was able to bring out the aerodynamic difference between a duck-feather and synthetic shuttle cock and have also been looking at the aerodynamics of the swing and reverse-swing of a cricket ball

  • A leader of the Anglo-Indian community
  • Credited with pioneering quizzing in the country,Had been exposed to the pub quiz culture in England
  • Died on Friday, 24 June 2016 in Kolkata
  • Former Lok Sabha MP and three-time nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal Assembly
  • Was the chairman of the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) and managing director of Oxford University Press in India
  • Was the president-in-chief of All-India Anglo-Indian Association and headed the Frank Anthony group of schools
  • Hosted popular quiz show broadcasts, ‘North Star Quiz' was one of it.

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