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- In order to motivate the stratups, Gujarat government has come up with India's first student startup and innovation policy, which aims to provide Rs 200 crore in the form of grants to ideas developed by them.
- The policy aims to support over 1,000 innovation per year and create pre-incubation support in all universities of the state.
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General Current Affairs
- The 74th Golden Globe Awards ceremony event held honoring the best in film and American television of 2016 and “La La Land”, a romantic musical comedy-drama film swept the Golden Globes awards by winning in the 7 categories.
- The film director Damien Chazelle took home the trophies for best director & screenplay while Ryan Gosling & Emma Stone won the trophies for best actor and actress.
- Indian-American Parag Havaldar passout from IIT Kharagpur won Tech Oscar for the development of expression-based facial performance-capture technology.
- The list of 18 achievements was recently announced by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for its 2017 Scientific & Technical awards.
- Power Minister unveiled world's largest street light replacement programme - Street Lighting National Programme (SLNP) in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) area where two lakh LED lights will replace inefficient lamps.
- He also launch a mobile app called Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) Complaint App for SDMC, wherein users can now lodge complaints about faulty street lights.
International Current Affairs
- Iran’s ex-President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who has been described as “a pillar of the Islamic revolution” has passed away due to heart attack.
- He was the dominant figure in the country’s politics since the 1980s and key figure in the foundation of the Islamic republic in 1979, and served as president from 1989 to 1997.
- Rafsanjani, who served two terms as Iran's president from 1989 to 1997, continued to be an influential figure in Iranian politics.
Sports Current Affairs
- Novak Djokovic has won the Qatar Open tennis title. In an epic final in Doha, the Serbian defeated Andy Murray of UK by 6-3 5-7 6-4.
- Djokovic missed out on three match points and had to repel a roaring Murray comeback before ending the Briton's 28-match, five-tournament winning streak.
- Indian tennis player Sania Mirza won her first title of the season Brisbane International women's doubles by combining with American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
- The top-seeded Indo-American duo triumphed 6-2 6-3 against the second-seeded Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the final.
- However, Sania's 91-week reign as the world No.1 doubles player in the WTA rankings. That position was taken over by her partner Bethanie.
- FIFA council unanimously votes to expand the soccer world cup from 32 to 48 teams; new schedule to be implemented from 2026 World Cup and thus the changes mark the first World Cup expansion since 1998.
- An initial stage of 16 groups of 3 teams will precede a knockout stage for the remaining 32 when the change is made for the 2026 tournament.
- The tournament will be completed within 32 days - a measure to appease European clubs, who objected to reform because of a crowded international schedule.
Technology Current Affairs
- China is setting up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in a Tibet prefecture close to Line of Actual Control with India with a budget of $18.8 million to detect faintest echoes resonating from the universe which may reveal more about the Big Bang theory.
- Construction has started for the first telescope, code-named Ngari No 1, 30 km south of Shiquanhe Town in Ngari Prefecture, said Yao Yongqiang chief researcher with the National Astronomical Observatories of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
- The telescope, located 5,250 meters above sea level, will detect and gather precise data on primordial gravitational waves in the Northern Hemisphere. It is expected to be operational by 2021, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
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