Daily Current Affairs - 11-August-2019 (The Hindu, Indian Express, Livemint and Economic Times Newspapers)

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Certification of seeds to be made mandatory to step up farm output

More than half of all seeds sold in India are not certified by any proper testing agency, and are often of poor quality. 

The Centre now hopes to mandate uniform certification by pushing through a replacement to the Seeds Act, 1966, in the winter session of Parliament, and also by barcoding all seeds to ensure their traceability.

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Rains shore up fortunes of reservoirs in Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra in 10 days

The monsoon forecast is for lower intensity rainfall from Sunday, but the very heavy to heavy rain in parts of Gujarat, south Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu in recent days has brought healthy storage to many reservoirs in the southern States. 

Idukki in Kerala, Karnataka’s K.R.Sagar and Srisailam in Andhra Pradesh received steady inflows.

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State-run oil marketing companies to buy biodiesel made from used cooking oil

In a bid to encourage the biofuel sector, Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan announced that the state-run oil marketing companies would procure the entire supply of biodiesel produced from used cooking oil for a three-year period.

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Diary of a Kashmir correspondent: When Jammu and Kashmir’s geography became history

His last dispatch from Srinagar came late on August 4, reporting the house arrest of former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti and other leaders. Soon after, Kashmir was put under lockdown. He could not send any dispatches since then for lack of connectivity. With some ease in restrictions, The Hindu’s Srinagar Correspondent could recount the gruelling days as Jammu and Kashmir’s geography became history — when there was no means to know about the situation in J&K, or outside.

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UP, Delhi and Rajasthan among worst performers in breastfeeding

Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand and Punjab fare the worst when it comes to the practice of breastfeeding, according to a report-card released recently by the Union Health Ministry. The World Health Organisation says that if breastfeeding was scaled up to near-universal levels, lives of about 8,20,000 children could be saved every year.

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Low-cost handheld device to help detect bacteria developed

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology - Guwahati (IIT-G) have developed a low-cost handheld biocompatible sensor that can detect bacteria almost instantaneously — without cell culture and microbiological assays. 

The device will enable rapid detection of bacteria, which is important not only in healthcare but also in anti-bioterrorism measures and environmental monitoring applications, lead researchers Parameswar K. Iyer and Siddhartha S. Ghosh said.

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‘Draft policy on logistics ignores express industry’

The draft National Logistics Policy, released by the government earlier this year, has overlooked the role of the express industry (courier and parcel) and air cargo sectors in the multimodal transport mix for faster and cost effective movement of cargo, Express Industry Council of India (EICI) said.

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August 7 was National Handloom day —but the handloom sector still faces huge challenges

On August 7, 1905, several prominent leaders of India’s freedom struggle — Lala Lajpat Rai, Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Aurobindo Ghosh, Bipin Chandra Pal and others — sparked off a Swadeshi Movement demanding that Indians boycott all British mill-spun yarn and cloth in favour of native handmade products. Khadi became a totem of the Independence movement and handloom weaving an exemplar of self-reliance. To mark the occasion, it was decided in 2015 that August 7 would henceforth be designated National Handloom Day.

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Irrigation, agriculture shift rainfall to northwestern India, IIT-B finds

For the first time, researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay have found that even a change in irrigation policy has the potential to shift monsoon rainfall and intensify extreme rainfall in India through its feedback to atmosphere. They have further found the reason behind the shift in the summer monsoon rainfall towards northwestern India and intensification of extreme rainfall over central India during the month of September.

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Why has the U.S. accused China of deliberately weakening the yuan?

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Newly-discovered lake in Nepal likely to become world’s highest

A newly-discovered lake in Nepal is likely to set a new record of being the world’s highest lake replacing Tilicho, which is situated at an altitude of 4,919 metres in the Himalayan nation and currently holding the title. The Kajin Sara lake in Manang district was discovered about a few months ago by a team of mountaineers, the Himalayan Times reported. It is located at Singarkharka area of Chame rural municipality.

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Centre signs peace pact with Tripura insurgent outfit NLFT

The insurgent group from Tripura signed an agreement with the government to “abjure violence” and “join the mainstream”. Advertising 

The agreement paves the way for surrender of all active cadres of the group. 

The insurgent group – National Liberation Front of Twipra led by Sabir Kumar Debbarma (NLFT-SD) – signed a Memorandum of Settlement with the Central and state governments to “abide by the Constitution of India”.

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GRSE launches its 5th fast patrol vessel for Indian Coast Guard

Miniratna Category 1 defence PSU and premier warship builder Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) on Saturday launched the Fifth Fast Patrol Vessel (FPV) for the Indian Coast Guard at Raja Bagan Dockyard Unit of GRSE, Kolkata. 

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