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Daily News Digest:20 June 2019

US topples China as India's largest merchandise trade partner

The US overtook China to once again become India's top goods trading partner in 2018-19, official data shows.

Also, India’s trade surplus with the US declined to $16.8 billion from $21.2 billion a year ago.

India’s exports are playing in a stronger position with its trade deficit with China dropping to $53 billion in 2018-19, down from $63 billion a year ago.

India’s police force among the world’s weakest

According to a 2018 survey of 15,562 respondents across 22 states on perceptions about policing, the Lokniti team at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) found that less than 25% of Indians trust the police highly (as compared to 54% for the army).

RBI falls short of meeting Basel III requirements: Report

WHO launches AWaRe for safer use of antibiotics

Antibiotic resistance is already one of the biggest health risks and is estimated to kill 50 million by 2050 worldwide.

The threat continues to escalate globally because more than 50 per cent of antibiotics in many countries are used inappropriately such as for treatment of viruses when they only treat bacterial infections or use of the wrong (broader spectrum) antibiotic.

DRDO, JNU scientists develop more potent Anthrax vaccine

DRDO and JNU scientists have developed more potent Anthrax vaccine. They claim new vaccine is superior than existing ones as it can generate immune response to anthraxtoxin as well as spores.

World Population Projections 2019

World Population Prospects 2019 has been released by the Population Division of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Only Electric Vehicles by 2030: NITI AAYOG

In a move backing the government emobility targets set for 2030, the NITI Aayog has proposed that only electric vehicles should be sold in India by 2030.

The government think tank believes that such a move will expand India’s clean fuel vision beyond two and three-wheelers in the country.

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