Scientists have detected the most ancient type of molecule in our universe in space for the first time ever. Helium hydride ion (HeH+) was the first molecule that formed when falling temperatures in the young universe allowed recombination of the light elements produced in the Big Bang. At that time, ionised hydrogen and neutral helium atoms reacted to form HeH+.
India has dropped two places on a global press freedom index to be ranked 140th out of 180 countries in the annual Reporters Without Borders analysis. The index is an indicator of how hatred of journalists has degenerated into violence in countries across the world. Six Indian journalists were reportedly killed in the year 2018 owing to their work. Norway is ranked first in the 2019 Index for the third year running while Finland has taken the second place.
Mali’s Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga has resigned along with his whole government. He has resigned following a motion of no confidence over its failure to handle violence in the West African country. Legislators had discussed a possible motion of no confidence in the government because of last month's massacre and failure to disarm militias. Points to remember Mali Capital: Bamako Currency West African CFA franc
Dr Gagandeep Kang made history by becoming India’s first woman to be made a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Society London. Kang is a leading scientist in India and her main research focus is on viral infections in children and the testing of rotavirus vaccines. Kang currently serves as the executive director of the Translational Health Science and Technology Institute (THSTI), Faridabad. Fellowship of the Society is one of the most coveted honours in the scientific world and some of history's greatest scientists like Isaac Newton (1672), Charles Darwin, Albert Einstein (1921), were associated with it.
State-owned Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has partnered with M1Xchange TReDS platform for MSME bill discounting. Trade Receivables Discounting System (TReDS) is a digital platform to support micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) to get their bills financed at a competitive rate through an auction where multiple registered financiers can participate. Mynd Solutions is a technology management firm which runs the TReDS platform of M1Xchange. The main purpose of TReDS platform is to facilitate smooth flow of liquidity in the system and make finance available at a competitive rate.
Srei Equipment Finance Ltd and Bank of Baroda will come together to offer joint loans for infrastructure equipment under a new agreement. The partners will be able to leverage each other's customers and cross-sell their products. Srei's 'iQuippo' platform will facilitate the sourcing of loans under this arrangement. Points to remember Bank of Baroda Headquarters: Vadodara, Gujarat CEO: P. S. Jayakumar
Jaideep Sarkar has been appointed as India's next High Commissioner to South Africa. Sarkar, a 1987-batch Indian Foreign Service officer, is currently serving as India's ambassador in Bhutan. He served in Indian Missions in Tokyo, Seoul and Bangladesh as well. The government also appointed Suhel Ajaz Khan, presently serving as India's Deputy Chief of Mission in Saudi Arabia, as the next Ambassador to Lebanon. Points to Remember South Africa capital: Pretoria is the administrative capital, Cape Town is the legislative capital and Bloemfontein is the judicial capital. Currency: South African Rand
Chandigarh will host the 18th Asian Billiards, the 20th Under-21 Asian Snooker Championship and the 3rd Ladies Asian Snooker Championship from April 27 to May 3. Internationally renowned players from around 15 Asian countries will be participating in this championship. The current World Billiards Champion, Pankaj Advani will spearhead the Indian challenge. The championship is being organized under the aegis of the Asian Confederation of Billiard Sports (ACBS) and Billiards and Snooker Federation of India (BSFI).
India's Bajrang Punia has regained the world number one spot in the men's 65-kilogram freestyle category rankings. The rankings were released by United World Wrestling. Punia, who won Gold in the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games as well as a silver in the World Championships last year. He had first reached the world number one spot in November 2019. He won a gold medal at the Dan Kolov-Nikola Petrov tournament in Bulgaria last month.