Keshavulu – Telangana Scientist Elected to ISTA (World Seed Body):
- Keshavulu, has been elected as the member of the executive committee of the International Seed Testing Association (ISTA) for a three-year term (2016– 2019).He is director, Telangana State Seed Certification Agency, Hyderabad.
- This is the first time that an Indian has been elected to the body. The elected governing body is voted by country representatives from across the world. The body was elected at the ISTA Congress-2016 held at Tallinn, Estonia, recently.
- Keshavulu hails from Warangal and secured his B. Sc (agriculture) and M. Sc (agriculture) from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University. He has made significant contributions in the areas of seed biology, seed production, seed research, quality control and varietal identification and assessment of genetic purity which are helpful for seed industry and in implementation of PPV &FR Act, 2001.
- He has done D from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, and Post-Doctoral research in seed science and technology from University of California, Davis, U.S.A.
- He has worked with a world-renowned seed scientist, Kent J. Bradford of U.S.A. Mr. Keshavulu is also a recipient of prestigious Young Scientist fellowship award of the Government of India in 2009.
India glows in glory of UNESCO Honors
Three Indian sites have been given World heritage tag. The listing was announced at the 40th session of the WHC, currently under way at Istanbul in Turkey. Khangchendzonga National Park (KNP) in Sikkim has been named a world heritage site by the World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO.Earlier, the archaeological site of Nalanda University in Bihar was also marked as a heritage site. The Capitol Complex in Chandigarh also made it to the list.
- This is the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the Word Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting. Now, India has 35 sites, including 27 cultural properties, seven natural sites and one mixed site, notified as World Heritage Sites.
- The park exhibits one of the widest altitudinal ranges of any protected area worldwide. It boasts of a unique diversity of lowlands, steep valleys and snow-clad mountains, including the world’s third highest peak, Mt. Khangchendzonga.
- The KNP covers 25 per cent of Sikkim. It is home to a large segment of rare plant and animal species. The park combines the religious and cultural practices of Buddhism as well as the ecological significance of the region. It stands out as an outstanding mix of traditional knowledge and environmental preservation.
Vijender singh- A champ who Stamps Victory Over WBO Asia Pacific
Vijender Singh became the WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight champion with a convincing win over Kerry Hope.With the victory, Vijender climbs to 15th in the world in his category.
- This was Vijender’s toughest fight yet, stretching to the maximum 10 rounds at the end of which he was as drained as his opponent was.
- Hope, a former World No.4, looked rusty and was unable to counter Vijender’s well-timed punches. It was a cautious start from both before Vijender landed a couple of soft blows to ease into the attack.
- The last two rounds saw both digging deep and Vijender, with his superior reach and dodge, managed to stay ahead.
- The celeb factor was quite prominent at the event. From film fraternity, (Randeep Hooda, Rannvijay Singh, Neha Dhupia),from sports (Mary Kom, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh) and from politics (Rahul Gandhi, Vijay Goel) were present at the event.
Turkey Widens Coup Crackdown- 6000 arrested
- Turkish authorities pressed on Sunday with a ruthless crackdown against suspects in the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, with 6,000 people detained as he vowed to stamp out the “virus” of the putschists.
- World leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama have strongly condemned Friday’s attempted takeover but also urged Turkey to respect the rule of law in its aftermath, especially after pictures emerged showing the rough treatment of some arrested coup plotters.
- Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said Sunday around 6,000 people had been detained in “clean-up operations” and that the number would rise.
- senior army commanders, judges, prosecutors and a military aide to Erdogan, Ali Yazici, who had only been working for the President since August last year are also included in the people arrested.
- The suspects are being charged with membership of an “armed terrorist organization.
- 161 civilians and regular troops lost their lives in the bid by army to overthrow Erdogan.
- A total of 104 coup plotters were also killed. Thousands of mobilized supporters of Erdogen responded to pour into the squares to celebrate the “victory of democracy”.