Date: 3/4/2019

 
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  • Bajrang Punia wins gold in Bulgaria and dedicates it to Abhinandan, Vinesh Phogat settles for silver.
  • India's star wrestler Bajrang Punia has won the gold medal at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Ruse, Bulgaria and dedicated the victory to Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman.
  • Punia, a World Championship silver medallist, overpowered Jordan Oliver of USA 12-3 in the men's 65kg freestyle final to begin the season on a resounding note in the Bulgarian city.
  • However, Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat lost her women's 53kg final to China's Qianyu Pang 2-9 to settle for a silver on her debut in the United World Wrestling ranking series, which is also her first tournament since moving from the 50kg category.
  • Down 0-3 before scoring 12 straight points, Punia also secured the maximum ranking points from the tournament. "I want to dedicate my gold to Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman. He has inspired me. I want to meet him one day and also shake hands with him," Punia tweeted after his victory.
  • The IAF pilot Varthaman returned to India from captivity in Pakistan on Friday night after a suspenseful wait lasting hours, which is being seen as a major step towards defusing a near-war situation triggered by India's retaliation following the Pulwama terror attack on February 14.
  • Punia, who bagged the top prize at the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games last year, has won four gold medals and one silver in the last five tournaments.
  • This was Punia's 10th medal in as many international tournaments since failing to finish at the podium in the 2017 World Championships in Paris.
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  • Mars orbiter finds first evidence of ancient groundwater system on Red Planet.
  • Scientists say they have found the first geological evidence of a system of ancient interconnected lakes that once lay deep beneath the surface of Mars, five of which may contain minerals essential for life.
  • According to researchers from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, Mars appears to be an arid world, but its surface shows compelling signs that large amounts of water once existed across the planet.
  • Last year European Space Agency's Mars Express mission detected a pool of liquid water beneath the planet's south pole. A new study, published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, reveals the extent of underground water on ancient Mars that was previously only predicted by models.
  • "Early Mars was a watery world, but as the planet's climate changed this water retreated below the surface to form pools and 'groundwater'," said Francesco Salese from Utrecht University.
  • "We traced this water in our study, as its scale and role is a matter of debate, and we found the first geological evidence of a planet-wide groundwater system on Mars," Salese said in a statement.
  • The researchers explored 24 deep, enclosed craters in the northern hemisphere of Mars, with floors lying about 4000 metres below martian 'sea level' a level that, given the planet's lack of seas, is arbitrarily defined on Mars based on elevation and atmospheric pressure.
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  • France reiterates support for India's permanent seat in reformed UN Security Council.
  • France, which assumed the March Presidency of the United Nations Security Council, has reiterated its support for India as the permanent member of the powerful UN organ, saying the UNSC's enlargement is the "first crucial part" towards its reform.
  • India has been calling for the reform of the UN Security Council along with Brazil, Germany and Japan for long, emphasising that it rightly deserves a place at the UN high table as a permanent member.
  • France, a veto-wielding permanent member of the 15-nation Security Council, last month moved a fresh proposal in the UNSC along with the US and the UK to designate Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist.
  • Reiterating its support for India, Germany and Japan as permanent members of an expanded Council, France said that enlargement of the powerful UN organ in both permanent and non-permanent categories is the "first crucial part" towards UNSC reform.
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  • Declaration signed to conserve and review population of Greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhinos every 4 years
  • India will collaborate with Bhutan, Nepal, Indonesia and Malaysia to increase the population of three species of Asian rhinos, including the Greater one-horned rhinoceros found in the Indian sub-continent.
  • The five rhino range nations signed a declaration ‘The New Delhi Declaration on Asian Rhinos 2019’ for the conservation and protection of the species at the recently held Second Asian Rhino Range Countries meeting here.
  • During the meet, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan affirmed India’s commitment towards rhino conservation.
  • The declaration was signed to conserve and review the population of the Greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran rhinos every four years to reassess the need for joint actions to secure their future.
  • “The national strategy will pave the path for long-term conservation of the Greater one-horned rhinos in India.
  • The declaration includes undertaking studies on health issues of the rhinos, their potential diseases and taking necessary steps; collaborating and strengthening wildlife forensics for the purpose of investigation and strengthening of transboundary collaboration among India, Nepal and Bhutan for the conservation and protection of the Greater one-horned rhino.
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  • The Geological Survey of India (GSI), here on 4th march, launched 22 permanent global positioning system (GPS) stations across India to identify seismically hazardous zones and encourage mapping activities.
  • "The GSI has taken a stride to establish and maintain a network of continuously operating 35 permanent GPS stations in a phased manner.
  • So far, 22 GPS permanent stations have been set up and another 13 will be operational by March 2020," Director General Dinesh Gupta said on GSI's 169th Foundation Day.
  • The 22 GPS-Geodetic (pertaining to Geodesy, the science of earth measurement) observatories are located in Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Pune, Dehradun, Chennai, Jabalpur, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar Vishakhapatnam, Agartala, Itanagar, Mangan, Jammu, Lucknow, Nagpur, Shillong and Little Andaman.
  • The new 13 stations will be located in Aizawl, Faridabad, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Cooch Behar, Zawar, North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Ranchi, Mangalore, Imphal and Chitradurga.
  • "These stations are meant to delineate high strain zones for earthquake probability, determine a seismic motion on faults that may lead to a rupture and produce thematic maps with high positional accuracy," said Gupta.
  • The GSI is also keen on getting youngsters interested in geology and has taken several initiatives for this, the first being introduction of geology at the school level.
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  • Two and three-wheeler major TVS Motor Company has bagged the international sustainability award Green Era Award for Sustainability in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Recommended By Colombia The company also won the Quality and Business Excellence Award in acknowledgment of its endeavour to create new benchmarks in product quality.
  • The Green Era Award for Sustainability was set up to recognise the true global exemplars who have been innovative and creative in pursuing the sustainable imperative.
  • TVS Motor Company bagged the award because of its commitment towards being a responsible manufacturer. The company has bagged this award for the second time. K N Radhakrishnan, director & CEO, TVS Motor Company, said, “We are truly honoured by the recognition bestowed upon us at this prestigious event.
  • As a responsible manufacturer, TVS Motor Company has always been at the forefront of providing quality products to our customers while keeping sustainability at the core of all our endeavours.
  • Over the years, we have focused on incorporating sustainable practices in design and manufacturing process. This recognition on a global platform fuels our effort towards greener manufacturing practices.”
  • The awards are based on the conclusion of the research team of Otherways Management & Consulting, France.
  • The companies chosen were ranked against criteria such as investment attraction, high technologies, quality and staff for professional and modern management methods.

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