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Scientists for first time store small movie clip in DNA of living bacteria

Scientists from Harvard Medical School for first time have encoded a small movie clip in the DNA of living bacterial cells and then played it back. They had used the CRISPR gene-editing technique to encode and retrieve reconstructed frames of a classic 1870s racehorse in motion sequence of photos into the genome of common gut bacteria E. coli. Scientists have found out that despite the genetic modification, the bacteria thrived and multiplied. The film stored in the DNA of bacteria was also well preserved and was intact even in new generation of bacteria.

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Saraswati: Indian scientists discover supercluster of galaxies

A team of Indian astronomers have identified previously unknown, extremely large supercluster of galaxies located in the direction of constellation Pisces. It has been named Saraswati. It was discovered by astronomers from Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), both in Pune, Maharashtra.

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Vietnam renews Indian Oil Deal

Vietnam has granted ONGC Videsh a two-year extension to explore oil block 128 in the South China Sea. The permission was first granted in the year 2006 which is due to expire in mid-June.

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122 Countries adopts historic global treaty to ban Nuclear Weapons

The United Nations has adopted a historic global treaty banning nuclear weapons. The treaty was adopted by a vote of 122 members in favour. The Netherlands was the only country who voted against the treaty. Singapore abstained from voting.

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Tata Steel receives PM's trophy for best Integrated Steel Plant

Tata Steel Ltd has bagged Prime Minister's trophy for "Best Performing Integrated Steel Plant" in the country for the performance years 2014-2015 and 2015-16.

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Imran Khawaja Appointed as ICC Deputy Chairman

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed Imran Khawaja as its deputy chairman. Imran Khawaja is Chairman of Associates counties and a veteran administrator from Singapore. Recently, the ICC Full Council had brought a constitutional change approving the creation of the post of deputy chairman. 

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West Bengal Honoured with UN Public Service Award

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has received the highest prize in United Nations Public Service Award for the state government's Kanyashree Prakalpa (Girl Child) scheme in The Hague, Netherlands.

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POSOCO-IMD Weather Portal & Web Portal "MERIT" launched

Union Minister of State for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines Piyush Goyal has launched Weather Portal for Power Sector & Web Portal "MERIT" (Merit Order Despatch of Electricity for Rejuvenation of Income and Transparency).

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Black Money: Automatic Information Sharing with Switzerland from 2019

Switzerland has ratified automatic exchange of financial account information with India and 40 other countries. This will facilitate Switzerland to share information about suspected black money with India and other 40 nations.

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Government makes Aadhaar Mandatory for Opening Bank Accounts

The government has made Aadhaar mandatory for opening bank accounts as well as for carrying out financial transactions above of Rs 50,000. In addition, the government has asked all the existing account holders to link Aadhaar numbers to their bank accounts by December 31, 2017. Failure to comply with this guideline will make the account invalid.

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