TNPSC - Current Affairs in English Medium on 14.08.2016 and 15.08.2016

Indians growing taller, but fall short in world order
  • The average Indian is taller than hisher parents but that's not saying much. Between 1914 and 2014, the average height of Indian men increased by around 3cm to reach 165cm (5'5“), while women grew by 5cm to become 153cm (5'1“) tall. This still leaves our men17.5cm shorter than the world's tallest males in the Netherlands, while Latvian women, the tallest in the world, tower over our women by 17cm.
Scientists to test artificial hearts in modified pigs
  • Scientists in the city will use genetically modified pigs developed by labs of the Indian Council of Agriculture Research in Assam to test artificial hearts, developed by a network of specialists in thoracic surgery , physiology , medical technology and motor control from Sweden.
BSNL offers free calls on all Sundays
  • BSNL landline customers, from Independence Day , can dial any number across the country on all Sundays free of charge. The company in an attempt to woo back its landline customers offered this additional benefit apart from the free night calls.
Cities choked, but 90% of Indians don't own vehicl
  • Govt Plans `Move In India' To Boost Public Transport. Even as cities reel under the growing burden of private vehicles, government data shows that nearly 90% of Indians don't own a vehicle. This points to the need to scale up public transport, both to provide affordable travel options to such citizens and to prevent them from buying private vehicles and adding to the traffic chaos.According to government estimates, there are 18.64 crore vehicles in the country ,including two-wheelers
National award winning lyricist Muthukumar is dead at 41
  • Tamil film lyricist Na Muthukumar, known to his fans as `Kavi Ilavarasu' (prince of poetry), passed away at 41 due to jaundice-related complications on Sunday (14.08.2016). The two-time national award winner, who has been fighting the disease for the past three months, breathed his last at his Anna Nagar home.
Tamil Nadu gets first sidewalk fridge to feed poor in Coimbatore
  • The first sidewalk fridge in Tamil Nadu to feed the poor was launched on Sunday at R S Puram in Coimbatore. An initiative of citybased NGO No Food Waste and local restaurant Kollywood CafĂ©, the fridge will allow the public to share excess food with the poor people.
India to reject UN team's request to visit J&K
  • India is set to politely reject a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) move to send a team to Jammu and Kashmir, pointing out that a domestic human rights panel was already at work while other institutions like Parliament and the Supreme Court had also discussed the situation in the state.
China to launch world's 1st quantum hack-proof satellite
  • China is set to launch the world's first quantum communication satellite which boasts of hack-proof ultra high security features to prevent wiretapping and intercepts. If the satellite works well, it will pave the way to a hack-proof communication system, Xinhua news agency reported
Courtesy: Times of India 

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