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Daily News Digest:25 April 2019

Topic of the day: Arab Spring 2.0

It seems what has been left undone in Arab Spring 2011 has got momentum now and probably more regimes are under threat since the uprising uprooted the authoritarian rulers in Algeria and Sudan. It is now called Arab Spring 2.0.

What was Arab Spring 1.0?

The 2011 Arab Spring had swept the Arab world in Middle East and North Africa.

It resulted in removal of four despotic rulers - in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen - an on-going civil war in Syria, Yemen and Libya - and series of large scale protests in Bahrain, Algeria, Somalia, Lebanon, Kuwait, Morocco and many other countries. 

StartupBlink ranking of Countries

India ranked 17 among 100 countries, based on the strength of its startup ecosystem.

The top three spots remained unchanged with the United States, United Kingdom and Canada.

Bangalore, New Delhi and Mumbai were the top cities in the Indian startup ecosystem.

According to data released by StartupBlink, India moved up to 17th position in 2018 from 37th spot last year in the Startup Ecosystem Ranking for 2019.

World Book Day: April 23 2019

SC constitutes a three-judge panel to probe case against CJI

The Supreme Court on April 23, 2019 constituted a three-judge panel headed by Justice SA Bobde, the senior-most judge in apex court after the Chief Justice of India (CJI), to inquire into the sexual harassment complaint by a former junior court assistant against CJI Ranjan Gogoi.
Besides Justice SA Bobde, the inquiry panel comprises Justice NV Ramana, the next senior most judge, and Justice Indira Banerjee, who was elevated to the Supreme Court on August 7, 2018.

New community in Golan Heights to be named after President Trump

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he would name a new community in the Golan Heights after US President Donald Trump.

President Trump has officially recognised the disputed area as Israeli territory.
Israel has also stated that in appreciation of the U.S. president, it intends to name a proposed train station near Jerusalem’s Western Wall after him.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in a 1967 war and annexed it, in a move not recognized internationally.

Deposits in Jan Dhan accounts are set to cross Rs 1 lakh crore mark

The total balance in the Jan Dhan accounts, which has been steadily rising, was at Rs 97,665.66 crore as on April 3, as per the latest government data.
The total number of Jan Dhan accounts have crossed 35.39 crore.
The deposits stood at Rs 96,107.35 crore on March 27 and Rs 95,382.14 crore in the week before.
More than 27.89 crore account holders have been issued the Rupay debit cards.

Arab League pledged USD 100 million per month to Palestinian Authority

Benny Antony won National Intellectual Property Award

Benny Antony, Joint Managing Director, the Kochi-based Arjuna Natural Ltd, has been conferred with the National Intellectual Property Award for 2019 in the category of Top Individual for Patents and Commercialization.
He is the inventor of BCM-95, the world’s leading patented turmeric extract formulation, with over 80 international patents to his credit.
Antony was also conferred with the ‘WIPO Medal for Inventors’ jointly by Intellectual Property Office India and the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO).

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