DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS: 3 AUG 2015
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1. INDIA TO HOST 2ND FORUM FOR INDIA-PACIFIC ISLANDS COOPERATION (FIPIC)
i. India will host second edition meeting of Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) on 21 August 2015 in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
ii. It will be attended by the heads of 14 island nations from Indo-Pacific oceanic region.
It is India’s first step towards greater engagement with the region, which is important from geostrategic and economic standpoint.It will help India in countering the growing Chinese influence in the pacific oceanic region.In FIPIC meeting the nations will ink agreements in various potential areas such as: agriculture, fisheries, food processing, solar energy, e-networks for coordination in tele-education
2. INDIA WON SILVER MEDAL IN WORLD ARCHERY CHAMPIONSHIP
i. Indian women’s recurve archery team has won silver medal in World Archery Championship held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
ii. Indian women’s team included trio of Laxmirani Majhi, Deepika Kumari, and Rimil Buriuly.
iii. The gold medal is won by Russian women’s team included trio of Ksenia Perova, Inna Stepanova and Tuyana Dashidorzhieva.
iv. Indian Archer Rajat Chauhan has won silver medal in the World Archery Championships in the compound category.
3. “SUBSIDY SCHEME” LAUNCHED BY SPICES BOARD OF INDIA
ü Spices Board of India has launched subsidy scheme in a bit to promote spice cultivation in India.
Under this scheme:-
ü Financial Assistance: To farmers cultivating and planting various spices will be provided.
ü The assistance will be provided for irrigation, mechanisation, land development, soil conservation, replanting and organic farming of various spices.
ü Under this scheme financial aid will be also given to purchase farming equipment and irrigation tools.
4. “CERN” FORMALLY CONFERS ITS ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP TO PAKISTAN
i. Pakistan was formally conferred Associate Membership status by European Organization for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN).
ii. Pakistan became the first Asian country to become member of CERN.
iii. It will open a new era of scientific cooperation between CERN and Pakistani scientific community.
CERN European Organization for Nuclear Research (also known as CERN) is the world’s largest particle physics laboratory. CERN in French stands for ‘Conseil Européen pour la Recherché Nucléaire’.
It has 22 member states. Israel is the first and only non-European country with full membership status.
Located at Switzerland
Established in 1954.
Main function: To provide the infrastructure needed for high energy physics research including particle accelerators.
India have observer status in CERN programmes.