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29 August 2018

●E-cigarettes;-{Centre asks states to ban}
↪Is a handheld electronic device that simulates the feeling of tobacco smoking. 
↪liquid in E-cigarette called "e-juice" is usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine & flavorings
↪ It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a "vapor", that user inhales
↪e-cigarette has cancer-causing properties,are highly addictive & is dangerous for a country like India where the number of smokers is on the decline (WHO Global Report, 2015)
●Venezuela crisis;-
↪Hyperinflation is the biggest problem faced by Venezuela.Inflation rate there is expected to reach a stunning one million per cent this year😐
↪plummeting oil prices since 2014 is one of the main reasons why Venezuela’s currency has weakened sharply
•A survey from February this year found that almost 90% of Venezuelans live in poverty
●4th Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum;-
↪first time AESF was held in South Asia(Sri lanka).
•Theme↪ "Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Promoting and Defending Democracy Together"
•Bangkok Declaration↪ to promote democratic,transparent elections on the world’s most populous continent(asia)
●Satya S Tripathi(Indian) ↪has been appointed assistant secretary general of the United Nations & will head the New York office of UNEP
•United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);-
↪is an agency of United Nations & coordinates its environmental activities, assisting developing countries
•HQ↪Gigiri (near Nairobi, Kenya)
●Higgs boson;-
↪is an elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics
↪is responsible for all the mass in the universe,perhaps we're simply excited to learn more about our world
↪if the Higgs boson does exist, we'll unravel the mystery a little more
•Large Hadron Collider (LHC)↪is the world's largest & most powerful particle accelerator
↪Built by "European Organization for Nuclear Research(CERN)"
●Horizon 2020;-
↪Is the biggest EU Research & Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding & running from 2014 to 2020.
↪aimed at securing Europe's global competitiveness by driving economic growth & creating jobs.
•European Union & India will collaborate in research & innovation for developing a next generation influenza vaccine to protect people worldwide
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      ● Spitzer Space Telescope;-
      ↪is an infrared space telescope launched in 2003 & still operating as of 2018. It is fourth & final of NASA Great Observatories program.
      ↪Spitzer’s discoveries extend to planets around other stars, to far reaches of the universe
      ●Corbett National Park;-{Nainital,Uttarakhand}
      ↪Corbett has the glory of being India’s oldest & most prestigious National Park.
      ↪It is also being honored as the place where Project Tiger was first launched in 1973
      ↪also declared as an ‘Important Bird Area’ (IBA) by Birdlife International
      •National Tiger Conservation Authority(NTCA);-
      ↪Is a statutory body for strengthening tiger conservation
      ↪Court asked if NTCA could take over the management of Corbett Tiger Reserve “as an interim measure”
      ●Vostok-2018 ↪is a large-scale Russian military exercise
      ↪China & Mongolia plan to participate in Vostok 2018 to improve military relations

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