Latest and Top Ten National and International News – 20 July 2018

In 2nd notice to already under-fire WhatsApp, Govt warns of legal action if it fails to check fake news

RBI to issue new Rs 100 notes in lavender color, motif of ‘Rani ki vav’ & existing series to still be valid

Govt: 1,10,333 cases of rape in India between 2014-16, highest 38,947 cases in 2016

Power Min: 323.41 GW electricity supplied against 325.42GWdemand in this Qrtr, deficit of 0.6%

Southwest monsoon has gained strong momentum with 20% above normal rains in the past 1 week

11,942 admission to IITs, 16% (1841) female candidates, IIT-Kanpur released extended merit list

Crackdown: LS passes Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2013bill to allow confiscation of fugitives’ assets

NGT: Ganga cleanliness situation extraordinarily bad, hardly anything effective done, raps Clean Ganga

Rain in Kerala claims 28 lives over 10 days, Nightmare for people in Kottayam & Alappuzha

Study: Mediterranean diet can boost academic performance in teens, Study on 269 adolescents

Study: Want to lose weight in 1 week? Drink barley water to get flat tummy naturally

Study: CT scan may help doctors diagnose a problem, but can also up brain tumor risk

SIT on black money suggests Rs 1Cr cap on cash holdings, above that found in seizure should go to Govt

India could lose trade dispute with US at WTO over subsidizing exports as income levels above threshold

India, US to Hold First ‘2+2 Dialogue’ On Sep 6 at New Delhi to discuss Security/Defence Cooperation

Govt has set ambitious target of 30BN digital transactions to be accomplished within 2018

Clumsy smartphone user? Corning’s new Gorilla Glass 6 survive 15 drops, 2 times better than Gorilla

Trai overhauls rules on pesky calls, spam messages; spells out obligation of telcos, Fine from 1K to 50Lac

Samsung breathes down Xiaomi’s neck in smartphone race for April-June, together hold 60% Mrkt

Re suffers 43p knock to end at life-time low of 69.05 against US $, biggest single day fall since May 29

Sensex, Nifty end lower in cautious trade ahead of no-confidence motion, Investor not for Fresh bets

Amazon valuation cross $900BN, 1st time ever on Prime Day sale success, Sold $100MN worth products

UK: Two Indian-origin candidates Kulveer Ranger & Ruby McGregor join race for London Mayor

UK: Designer fashion Burberry burn £28MN worth outfit/year to stop “wrong people” from buying them

China Govt to Citizens: Money, medicines, increased maternity leave if you make more babies

‘Collapse explosion’ at Kilauea volcano destroys Hawaii structures, equal to 5.3magnitude earthquake

US Congressman Reichert: Retaliatory tariffs from India, China hurt US, adverse impact on Agri products

New Global Slavery Report: N Korea Has More Than 2.6MN ‘Modern Slaves’ – 1 out of 10 is slave

Venezuela started refining gold in Turkey after a new wave of international sanctions were placed

US: In attempt to prevent killer robots from destroying Earth, scientists pledge not to manufacture them

Trump: Tiny Balkan nation Montenegro With 2,000-Strong Army Can Start World War III

Putin accuse powerful forces in US’ of undermining Trump meet, even after 2 leaders look to meet again

Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra bags gold at Sotteville Athletics meet, covered distance of 85.17Mtrs

Today’s Word – *Rachi* – Spine or axis of a feather; the spinal cord.

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