12 March 2019

National Knowledge Network
~is a multi-gigabit pan-India network which facilitates the development of India’s communications infrastructure, stimulates research and creates next generation applications and services [Facilitating an ultra-high speed e-governance backbone]
•India has decided to extend its National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh
Home Ministry allows States to use 9,400 enemy properties
~When wars broke out between India and China in 1962, and India and Pakistan in 1965 and 1971, the central government took over properties of citizens of China and Pakistan in India under the Defence of India Acts. [The properties of enemies in India were classified as enemy property]
•The estimated value of all enemy properties is approximately Rs 1 lakh crore(about $14 billion )[Do you know Ambani worth is about $54 billion!]
‘Trends in International Arms Transfers-2018’
•India was the world’s second largest importer of major arms in 2014-18 and accounted for 9.5% of the global total [Last year (for the period 2013-17), India accounted for 13% of all imports and was the world’s largest importer.]
•The five biggest exporters in five-year block period 2011-2015 were the US, Russia, France, Germany and China [China, which is now the fifth largest exporter of weapons]
•Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) established in 1966 is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armaments, arms control and disarmament
World Gold Council (WGC)
~India, which is the world’s largest consumer of gold, has the 11th largest gold reserve, with the current holding pegged at 607 tonnes 
•Top slot is occupied by the U.S., which boasts of gold reserves of 8,133.5 tonnes, followed by Germany with 3,369.7 tonnes.
•World Gold Council is an association whose members comprise the world’s leading gold mining companies. [Headquartered in the UK, they have offices in India, China, Singapore, Japan and the United States.]
ISRO’s AstroSat
~is India’s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory
•Astrosat aims to study star birth regions and high energy processes in star systems lying beyond the Milky Way galaxy
Pinaka Guided Weapons
~Pinaka rocket systems are developed by DRDO. The rocket system was named after Pinaka, the bow of Lord Shiva.
•It was initially a 30 to 40 km range rocket. Its range was increased 70 to 80 km with Pinaka Mark II
30th birthday of World Wide Web
~The inventor of WWW, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, was 33 when he first submitted the ‘Information Management: A Proposal’ for World Wide Web while working at Europe’s CERN lab
•Today, it nearly has 2 billion websites online.
Wood snake:
~A species of wood snake that wasn’t seen for 140 years has resurfaced in a survey conducted by scientists in the Meghamalai Wildlife Sanctuary(in Tamil Nadu)
National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA)
~The organization is also entrusted with the task of recovering amounts overcharged by manufacturers for the controlled drugs from the consumers
•To implement and enforce the provisions of the Drugs (Prices Control) Order in accordance with the powers delegated to it.


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