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1. Parliament passes the Dentist Amendment Bill 2016
i. Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Jagat Prakash Nadda had introduced the Dentists Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha on 19th July 2016.
ii. The Bill got passed in the Rajya Sabha with almost unanimous support on 1st August 2016.
iii. The bill has been introduced by making amendments to the Dentists Act, 1948. The introduction of the bill will replace the Dentists (Amendment) Ordinance, 2016.
2. Strategic Forces Command exempted from RTI ambit
1. The Strategic Forces Command, which forms part of the National Command Authority (NCA), has been added to the Second Schedule of the Right to Information Act (RTI), 2005, which exempts security and intelligence establishments from its purview.
2. A government notification said the Strategy Forces Command was being brought under sub-section (2) of Section 24 of the RTI. The NCA’s Executive Council, chaired by the National Security Adviser, gives inputs to the Political Council, which authorises a nuclear attack if need be.
3. The Political Council is chaired by the Prime Minister and advised by the Executive Council.
3. Controversial National Security Act launched
i. The National Security Council Act 2016 came into force in Malaysia.
ii. The National Security Council Act was pushed through parliament in December by the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has faced calls to resign for more than a year over an alleged corruption scandal.
iii. The legislation gives the government power to declare virtual martial law in areas deemed to be under “security threat”.
4. United World Wrestling clears Narsingh Yadav’s participation at Rio 2016 Olympics
i. The United World Wrestling (UWW) cleared Narsingh’s path to the Rio 2016 Olympics. As he still awaited the nod from the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA).
ii. Earlier, in a sensational turnaround, Narsingh was exonerated of doping charges by the NADA’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel, which concluded that he was a victim of sabotage, boosting his chances of making it to the Olympics.
5. Scientists recycle carbon dioxide to create usable fuel
i. American researchers have developed a mechanism to convert greenhouse gas carbon dioxide (CO2) into carbon monoxide (CO) that can be recycled into usable fuel.
ii. The mechanism is based on the photosynthesis process that trees uses to convert CO2 into sugars.
iii. It was developed by US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study, “Nanostructured transition metal dichalcogenide electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction in ionic liquid,” was published in Science.
6. China to carry out first human gene editing trial for lung cancer
i. A group of Chinese scientists will be performing the world’s first genetic editing trial on humans in August 2016. The trial will be done in an attempt to find a cure for lung cancer.
ii. A team led by Dr. Lu You at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital in Chengdu received approval to carry out the trial from the hospital’s review board on 6 July 2016.
iii. The world’s first genetic editing trial on humans will be based on CRISPR–Cas9 technique. The full form of CRISPR is Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats.
7. Great Red Spot storm heating Jupiter’s atmosphere: Study
i. Astronomers in a new study claimed that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot, a storm three times bigger than Earth, is hundreds of degrees hotter than anywhere else on the planet.
ii. The study was published in Nature on 27 July 2016. GRS, the largest storm in the solar system, was detected using an infrared telescope at Hawaii’s Mauna Kea Observatory.
8. Typhoon Nida makes landfall in China’s Dapeng Peninsula
i. Typhoon Nida made its landfall near Dapeng Peninsula in China’s Guangdong province on 2 August 2016.
ii. Nida that carried gale-force and heavy rain lashed the Chinese city Hong Kong that is located about 42 kilometers from the Dapeng Peninsula.
iii. The Hong Kong Observatory reported that Nida generated winds up to 145 kilometers per hour as it moved toward Hong Kong but showed signs of weakening after it struck land.
9. Union Cabinet approves Spectrum Usage Charge for the spectrum in various bands
i. The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the rates for Spectrum Usage Charge (SUC) for various bands of spectrum for which auction are going to be conducted shortly. With this decision the path is clear for issuance of the Notice Inviting Application for spectrum auction by the Department of Telecommunications.
ii. As per the decision of the cabinet, the Spectrum Usage Charge is to be prescribed as given below:
iii. Spectrum acquired in forthcoming auction in 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100, 2300 & 2500 MHz band is to be charged at the rate of 3% of Adjusted Gross Revenue (AGR) excluding the revenue from wire-line services.
10. Islamic State group announces new Boko Haram leader
i. Nigeria’s Boko Haram Islamic extremists have a new leader who is threatening to bomb churches and kill Christians while ending attacks on mosques and markets used by ordinary Muslims.
ii. Abu Musab al-Barnawi the new “Wali,” or governor said Boko Haram will end attacks on mosques and markets used by ordinary Muslims.
iii. “Wali” was used for Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau.
11. 10-year-old Indian-origin girl named ‘Child Genius 2016’ in UK
i. A 10-year-old Indian-origin girl has been crowned Britain’s brightest child after she won a popular television quiz competition in the UK.
ii. Rhea shot ahead in the final of ‘Child Genius 2016’ on Channel 4, with six correct answers and then drew with her opponent Saffy with nine points each as they entered the final question round.
iii. Rhea, who moved to the UK with her family from the US six years ago and now lives in west London.
12. Argentina name Edgardo Bauza new football coach
i. Argentina have hired Sao Paulo manager Edgardo Bauza as the new coach ahead of World Cup qualifiers in September.
ii. Bauza has earned 2 Copa Libertadores titles as coach– one in 2008 and another in 2014.
iii. He was named South American Coach of the Year in 2008.
13. Indian researchers find a new ancestor of modern humans
i. Study has found presence of third ancestor to humans, sibling of Neanderthal and Denisovan.
ii. Study compared complete DNA sequences of Jarawas and Onges living in Andaman Islands in Bay of Bengal with DNA sequences of Neanderthals and Denisovans.
iii. Small proportion of DNA from unknown extinct hominin was found.
14. NIT, Science Education & Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016 passed in Parliament
i. The Parliament has finally passed the National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2016. The bill was first passed in Lok Sabha in July 2016 and later in Rajya Sabha in August 2016.
ii. Now, the bill will go for presidential assent as per Article 111 of constitution. This bill was passed by Rajya Sabha by voice vote.
iii. The bill aims at establishing the NIT in Andhra Pradesh as an institute of national importance.