Wentworth Estate of Harrison Malayalam Limited has Become the First Tea Estate in India

  1. Wentworth Estate of Harrison Malayalam Limited located in Nilagiris district has become the first tea estate in India to be verified under the India sustainable tea programme which assigns the Trusttea logo to certified tea estate.
  2. Maharashtra government rolled out “Jeevan Amrut Yojana” (blood-on-call-scheme) across the state. The ambitious plan said to be first-of-its-kind in the country, is aimed at facilitating blood supply to patients scheduled to undergo surgeries and medical procedures, at cheaper rate by dialling a dedicated helpline number 104.
  3. The National Museum of India Cinema will open in Mumbai. Situated over a 6,000 square feet area in Gulshan Mahal, a heritage building it will house an interactive walk through down memory lane of India cinema, now considered the biggest in world.
  4. The state government of Jammu and Kashmir has decided to develop 18 new Industrial estates of which nine each will be developed in Kashmir and Jammu divisions. This step has been taken with an aim to boost the industrial activities for socio-economic transformation of the state. Its main focus will on employment generation.
  5. Philip Seymour Hoffman, the Oscar-winning American actor died at his flat in New York at the age of 46. As per the police of the country, the death happened due to overdose of drugs.
  6. The United Nations general assembly has voted to declare 2016 as the “International Year of Pulses”. The move is to raise the awareness of pulses globally and the important role pulses can play in advancing health and nutrition, food security and environmental sustainability.
  7. Biotechnology Company Biocon launched a new and cheaper drug to treat “metastatic” breast cancer that aggressively spreads to other parts of the body. Biocon which developed the drug in association with US frugmaker Mylan received the approval for CANMAb, the biosimilar version of anti-cancer drug Herceptin.
  8. IUCN announced that it is celebrating 50 years of the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species in guiding conservation action and policy decisions. The Red list of IUCN is the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global conservation status of animal, plant species and fungi related to livelihoods.
  9. A new online Atlas of freshwater biodiversity that presents spatial information and species distribution patterns was launched at the landmark Water Lives symposium. The symposium (conference) brought together the European Union policy makers and freshwater scientists.
  10. Karnataka defeated Maharashtra by seven wickets to win the Ranji Trophy 2014 at Hyderabad. Karnataka, while chasing a target of 157 runs on the last and fifth day of the tournament was successful to clinch winning by losing only three wickets in the second innings.