2017 Nobel Prize in physics goes to the discovery of Gravitational Waves.
• The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has selected three American scientists Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne for the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics.
Government launches SECURE Himalaya Project.
• The Union Government had launched SECURE Himalaya, a six-year project to ensure conservation of locally and globally significant biodiversity, land and forest resources in high Himalayan ecosystem spread over four states viz.
Scientist develop rapid test to diagnose Zika and dengue.
• Researchers including from India have developed low-cost, rapid diagnostic test consisting of pan-dengue strip for diagnosing Zika and dengue viruses and differentiating four serotypes of dengue virus.
Global Wildlife Programme Conference held in New Delhi.
• The Global Wildlife Programme (GWP) Conference was recently held in New Delhi. It was jointly hosted by Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC), World Bank and United Nations Development Programme.
Government unveils third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031.
• The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has unveiled third National Wildlife Action Plan for 2017-2031 to chalk out future road map for wildlife conservation.
President appoints Commission to Examine OBC Sub-categorisation.
• President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed five-member commission to examine sub-categorisation of Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple adjudged as cleanest iconic place.
• The Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in Madurai (Tamil Nadu) was adjudged as the cleanest iconic place in country under Swachhta Hi Seva (cleanliness is service) programme.