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Daily Current Affairs Digest – July 13th
|1.||Maharashtra becomes first state to have law against social boycott|
|2.||India gives Rs 3.2 crore aid to Philippines in fight against ISIS|
|3.||DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab|
|4.||NGT declares 100m from edge of Ganga as No-development Zone|
|5.||Scientists discover smallest star known in the universe|
Maharashtra becomes first state to have law against social boycott
|Maharashtra has become the first state in the country to bring a law making social boycott a crime|
The Maharashtra legislature passed the law unanimously in 2016
The movement, initiated by late Narendra Dabholkar, gained momentum after he was shot dead
India gives Rs 3.2 crore aid to Philippines in fight against ISIS
|In a first, Rs 3.2 crore given to save Filipinos from terror groups|
According to sources, the battle between Philippines forces and IS-affiliated groups is “like 26/11, going on for the past seven weeks”
The battle has claimed lives of at least 90 soldiers, 380 terrorists and dozens of civilians
DIPP to set up India’s first TISC in Punjab
|The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will establish India’s first Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) at Patent Information Centre, Punjab.|
In this regard, DIPP has signed an Institutional agreement with the Punjab State Council of Science and Technology. The TISC will be set up under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
WIPO’s TISC program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services.
NGT declares 100m from edge of Ganga as No-development Zone
|The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has passed a slew of directions, measures, fines, and strict deadlines to rejuvenate River Ganga.|
It declared ‘No-Development Zone’ along an area of 100 metres from the edge of the river in the stretch between Haridwar in Uttarakhand and Unnao in Uttar Pradesh. This zone must be turned into green belts.
The NGT has banned dumping of waste of any kind within 500 metres from the edge of River Ganga. Rs. 50,000 environment compensation will be imposed on anyone who dumps waste in the river.
Scientists discover smallest star known in the universe
|Scientists from University of Cambridge, UK have discovered the smallest star in the universe. It has been named as EBLM J0555-57Ab.|
The star was identified by SuperWASP, a planet-finding experiment run by several universities. It was detected when it passed in front of its larger parent star, forming an eclipsing stellar binary system.
EBLM J0555-57Ab is located about 600 light years away. It is slightly larger than Saturn in size and may possibly have Earth-sized planets with liquid water in its orbit. It is likely as small as stars can possibly become, as it has just enough mass to enable the fusion of hydrogen nuclei into helium at its centre.
The above daily current affairs digest has been compiled by Sagrika Mehta
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