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Current Affairs for 7 March 2016
March 7, 2016
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HARYANA INVESTORS’ SUMMIT BEGINS TODAY

The first two-day ‘Happening Haryana Global Investors Summit 2016’ will kick off in Gurgaon on Monday, which will see participation from 12 countries.

Besides several Union Ministers, a number of leading entrepreneurs and MNCs will take part, a spokesman of the Haryana Industries Department said here.

The summit comes close on the heels of the Jat quota agitation in the State, in which 30 people were killed and property worth crores of rupees was destroyed.

The State government had put to rest speculation that the Summit will be postponed in view of the “prevailing atmosphere” in the state, with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar hailing the “inherent resilience” of Haryana for the decision to continue with the summit despite “difficult times”.


 

APPLE’S NEW SAN FRANCISCO OFFICE COULD BE A GAME-CHANGER

From Apple’s earliest days, executives insisted that employees work from its headquarters in sleepy suburban Cupertino.

The thinking, championed by Steve Jobs, was that a centralised campus would put the CEO “within walking distance of everyone,” said Steve Wozniak, who founded the company with Jobs. That stance may finally be softening as Apple prepares to open chic new offices in San Francisco’s high-rent South of Market neighbourhood, which has spawned scores of promising start-ups.

Apple’s decision to plant a flag in San Francisco, 46 traffic-choked miles north of its headquarters, comes years after similar moves from rival tech firms such as Google and LinkedIn, and marks a turning point in Apple’s willingness to accommodate workers, according to recruiters and former employees.


 

BIG WIN FOR SP IN U.P. LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL POLLS

After sweeping the local bodies elections, the ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh has registered a convincing victory in the legislative council elections, securing 31 of the 36 seats.

The main Opposition Bahujan Samaj Party won only two seats and the Congress one. The BJP failed to open its account.

Two seats went to Independents, including Brijesh Kumar Singh, an alleged mafia-don, who won in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s constituency.

After winning 60 posts of zilla panchayat chairman and 623 posts of block pramukh recently, the SP continued its success, securing 23 out of the 28 MLC seats decided on Sunday. It had already won eight seats unopposed. One lakh voters decided the fate of 97 candidates in the 28 seats across 57 districts.

The Congress won in its pocket borough of Rae Bareli, the only seat where it fielded a candidate.


ACTOR KALABHAVAN MANI DEAD

Popular Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani died at a private hospital here on Sunday evening. He was 45. The death occurred around 7.15 p.m.

Dr. Sanjeev Singh, senior medical administrator at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences here, told The Hindu that the actor was admitted to the hospital on Saturday night with haematemesis (vomiting of blood). Sources said the actor suffered from liver and kidney ailments.

Amid conflicting reports about the cause of the death, it has been decided to conduct a post-mortem at the Government Medical College Hospital in Thrissur on Monday. “The body will be kept at the mortuary in the hospital before completing the formalities as early as possible on Monday. A decision on whether to keep the body for the public to pay homage in Thrissur would be taken later. Efforts are on to conduct the cremation at Chalakudy by Monday evening,” said Edavela Babu, representative of the Association of Malayalam Movie Artistes.


 

‘CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST’ OCTOPUS DISCOVERED IN WATERS OFF HAWAII

An underwater research craft has spotted a “ghost-like” octopus that appears to belong to a previously unknown species on the ocean floor near Hawaii, a discovery that highlights how little is known about the deep sea, a U.S. zoologist said on Saturday.

The milky white creature, nicknamed “Casper the Friendly Ghost” by Twitter users, was caught on cameras mounted on the craft as it explored the Pacific Ocean at a depth of 4,290 metres, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said.

Describing the animal as an incirrate octopod, one of two main groupings of octopods, NOAA said it was the first time an incirrate was spotted so deep in the ocean.


CURIOUS MARIE, A RARE ELEMENT THAT HELPED FORM SOLAR SYSTEM DISCOVERED

Scientists from University of Chicago have discovered evidence in a meteorite that a rare element named curium was present during the formation of the solar system.

The team found evidence of curium in an unusual ceramic inclusion they called “Curious Marie”, taken from a carbonaceous meteorite.

“Curious Marie” and curium are both named after Marie Curie whose pioneering work laid the foundation of the theory of radioactivity.

This finding ends a 35-year-old debate on the possible presence of curium in the early solar system and plays a crucial role in reassessing models of stellar evolution and synthesis of elements in stars.

“Curium is an elusive element. It is one of the heaviest-known elements, yet it does not occur naturally because all of its isotopes are radioactive and decay rapidly on a geological time scale,” explained lead author Francois Tissot.


 

NEW SNAKE SPECIES DISCOVERED IN GUJARAT

Nine years after they first saw it in a photograph, two researchers from Mumbai and three others from Gujarat have confirmed the discovery of a new snake species. The find is one of the rarest of moments in the recent reptile history of India.

The new snake genus, Wallaceophis is named after Alfred Russel Wallace for his pioneering work on biogeography, and for co-discovering the theory of natural selection. The species has been namedgujaratensis. The findings were published in the journal Plos One.

Mumbaikar researchers Zeeshan A. Mirza and Rajesh Sanap, along with three wildlife enthusiasts from Gujarat; Raju Vyas; Harshil Patel and Jaydeep Maheta were instrumental in the discovery.

Mr. Mirza, a herpetologist from National Centre for Biological Science, Bangalore, and the lead author of the study, came across an image of this snake in a paper published by Mr. Vyas back in 2007.


 

MODI CALLS FOR WOMEN-LED GROWTH

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday stressed the importance of women-led development and said a nation was always empowered by its women.

Mr. Modi, addressing the valedictory session of the National Conference of Women Legislators in the Central Hall of Parliament here, said: “We must think beyond “women development,” and move towards “women-led development.”

“A country is always empowered by its women. It is she who in different roles — as a mother, a sister and a wife — nurtures citizens and these empowered citizens then play a role in building up an empowered society and country,” said Mr. Modi.

Mr. Modi said that multi-tasking, which is considered to be a very important element of modern-day management, comes naturally to women.