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Daily News Digest:24 April 2019

Ministry of AYUSH, CSIR sign MoU to promote traditional medicines

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Ministry of AYUSH and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), New Delhi for cooperation in research and education in areas of traditional systems of medicine and its integration with modern science.

Previously, CSIR jointly with Ministry of AYUSH developed the Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL), a globally recognized proprietary database on Indian systems of medicine for preventing bio-piracy and misappropriation of our traditional knowledge.

World’s first anti-malaria vaccine launched

Government of Malawi has launched world’s first malaria vaccine on 23 April in a landmark pilot programme.

The country is the first of three in Africa in which the vaccine, known as Mosquirix will be made available to children up to 2 years of age; Ghana and Kenya will introduce the vaccine in the coming weeks.

Garia Festival celebrated in Tripura

Garia festival is an important festival for the Tripuri tribal community of the state.

The Garia dance is very popular among the Tripuris and the Reangs.

Symbolic of the worship of deities as well as of the socio-economic activities of the households, these dances represent hunting, fishing, food-gathering and various other activities.

U.S. ends waiver for India on Iran oil

Iran and Pakistan to form rapid reaction force

Pakistan and Iran will establish a joint border security force to respond to check violence along the countries' shared border, the Iranian president has announced, as Pakistan's prime minister concluded a two-day visit to the Iranian capital on 21 April.

RBI sets high cut-off at FX swap auction, forward rates jump

Reserve Bank of India on April 23 set a cut-off at its second dollar/rupee swap auction at a much higher than expected premium, in a sign that the system is flush with dollar liquidity that banks are struggling to find buyers for.

The Central Bank set a premium of 8.38 rupees at the three-year buy-sell swap auction and accepted the entire planned $5 billion up on offer.

The RBI has been conducting the auctions in a bid to absorb the dollars in the system and prevent a sharp rise in the currency while also providing rupee liquidity to the banks.

Gomathi brings India’s first gold at Asian Athletics

Gomathi Marimuthu won India's first gold medal of the Asian Athletics Championships 2019, finishing the 800m final with a personal best timing of 2:20.70s and Tajinder Singh Toor followed it up with a gold in men's shot put.

Gomathi ran the race of her life, one with a smart strategy too, as she fought her way from the back of the pack and shocked the field to take the women’s 800m honours.

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