1.WIMBLEDON OPEN 2017
- Men’s Single- Switzerland’s Roger Federer won 2017 Wimbledon title in the men’s single category. In the final match he defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia.It was Federer’s record eighth Wimbledon title and overall 19th Grand Slam.The 36-year old Federer is also Wimbledon’s oldest men’s winner of the modern era.
- Women’s Single-Winner- Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)
Runner up- Venus Williams (United States).
- Men’s Double’s- Winner- Łukasz Kubot (Poland) and Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
Runner up- Oliver Marach (Austria) and Mate Pavić (Croatia) pair .
- Women’s Double’s-Winner- Russian pair Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
Runner up- Chan Hao-ching (Chinese Taipei) and Monica Niculescu (Romania).
- Mixed Double’s- Winner- Jamie Murray (United Kingdom) and Martina Hingis (Switzerland).
Runner up- Henri Kontinen (Finland) and Heather Watson (United Kingdom).
KNOW ABOUT WIMBLEDON
- It is the oldest tennis tournament in the world, and is widely regarded as one of the most prestigious.
- It has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon,London, since 1877 and is played on outdoor grass courts.
- Wimbledon is one of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments, the others being the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open.
- The tournament traditionally took place over two weeks in late June and early July, starting on the third Monday in June.
- Wimbledon traditions include a strict dress code for competitors and Royal patronage.
- The tournament is also notable for the absence of sponsor advertising around the courts.
2.NATIONAL STRATEGIC PLAN FOR MALARIA ELIMINATION.
- Proposed by Union Health Ministry and Family Welfare.
- It has set malaria elimination deadline as 2027.
- The plan aims to achieve universal case detection and treatment services in malaria endemic districts to ensure 100% diagnosis of all suspected cases, and full treatment of all confirmed cases.
KNOW ABOUT MALARIA
- Malaria is a life threatening mosquito borne blood disease caused by a Plasmodium parasite.
- It is transmitted to humans through the bite of the Anopheles mosquito.
- Once an infected mosquito bites a human, the parasites multiply in the host’s liver before infecting and destroying red blood cells.
- Malaria is an acute febrile illness. In a non-immune individual, symptoms usually appear 10–15 days after the infective mosquito bite.
- The first symptoms – fever, headache, and chills– may be mild and difficult to recognize as malaria.
- WHO estimates that India accounts for 75% of all malaria cases in South-East Asia.
- About 95% of the Indian population resides in malaria endemic areas; 80% of malaria reported in the country is confined to areas where 20% of population resides – in tribal, hilly, hard-to-reach or inaccessible areas.
- Malaria in India is particularly entrenched in low-income rural areas of eastern and north-eastern states, but important foci are also present in the central and more arid western parts of the country.
3.THREE PROJECTS APPROVED UNDER TIES
- The Centre has given its approval for three proposals under a new scheme called Trade Infrastructure for Export Scheme (TIES) launched in March this year.
- The proposals include-
1. An Integrated Cargo Terminal (ICT) at the Imphal International Airport.
2. Modernisation of infrastructure facility in Karnataka for marine exports.
3. Construction of new ‘Standard Design Factory’ building at Cochin SEZ.
KNOW ABOUT TIES
- The objective of the TIES is to enhance export competitiveness by bridging gaps in export infrastructure and creating focused export infrastructure.
- The scheme would provide assistance for setting up and up-gradation of infrastructure projects with overwhelming export linkages like the Border Haats, Land customs stations, quality testing and certification labs, cold chains, trade promotion centres, dry ports, export warehousing and packaging, SEZs and ports/airports cargo terminuses.
- The TIES, which is being implemented from FY18 till FY20, has a budgetary allocation of Rs. 600 crore.
- It stands for Scientific Validation and Research on Panchagavya.
- The programme is conducted by the Department of Science and Technology, Department of Biotechnology, and the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with IIT-Delhi.
- To implement this programme a 19 member committe has been set up.
- The committee will select projects that can help scientifically validate the benefits of panchgavya — cow dung, cow urine, milk, curd and ghee.
5.SAFE HABITAT FOR ENDANGERED EGYPTIAN VULTURES
- Breeding of the rare and threatened Egyptian vultures in a human habitat at the University campus in Patiala has come as a pleasant surprise for bird watchers.
- The Egyptian vulture, one among the globally threatened vulture species found in India, is classified under the ‘Endangered’ (EN) red list of the International Union for Conversation of Nature (IUCN).
- The species is popularly known as white vulture.
- The species rarely hunt its food . The birds mostly feed on dead carcasses of animals, birds and reptiles.