1. Australia to Launch 1st-Ever Digital Market for Solar Energy
A group of energy tech startups in cooperation with electricity providers in Australia has launched a pilot program of the world’s first digital marketplace for rooftop solar energy.
The Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) will let homeowners monetise their solar panels and batteries by essentially renting them to the grid when they’re most needed.
2. Venezuela, Libya Again Lose UN Vote Rights over Dues Debts
Venezuela and Libya were suspended from voting in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the 2016-17 session for not paying dues to the world body.
This is for the 2nd time in two years both countries have been suspended.
Besides them other four other countries Papua New Guinea, Sudan, Vanuatu and Cabo Verde also may lose their voting rights for not paying their in past two years .
3. Saudi’s Adel Al-Jubeir Makes Surprise Visit to Baghdad
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has made a rare visit to Iraq, meeting PM Haider al-Abadi.
It is the first visit of a senior Saudi minister since the US overthrew Saddam Hussein in 2003.
4. Mexico Tells US It Will Refuse Deportees from Other Countries
The Mexican government today announced that it would not accept US deportees from third countries under any circumstances.
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had asked Mexican officials during their Thursday visit if they would host deportees.
Note : Most of the immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border in recent years have been Central Americans.
5. Pakistan, Turkey Sign 10 Agreements to Enhance Bilateral Ties
Pakistan has signed 10 Agreements with Turkey to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields.
The agreements and MoUs were signed during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s recent visit to Turkey during which he co-chaired the 5th Session of Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC).
The agreements were signed in the fields of hydrocarbons, information, environment, forestry, exchange of financial intelligence relating to money laundering and exchange of armed forces personnel.
6. Mahershala Ali Becomes First Muslim Actor to Win an Oscar
American actor Mahershala Ali became the first Muslim actor to win an Oscar as he was named Best Supporting Actor for ‘Moonlight’ at the Academy Awards today.
In his speech, Mahershala thanked his wife and revealed they had a daughter four days back. Further, Viola Davis won her first Oscar, being named Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences.
7. Iranian Film The Salesman Wins Oscar for Best Foreign Film
‘The Salesman’, the Iranian film by director Asghar Farhadi, was named the Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars 2017 today. Farhadi, who did not attend the ceremony, said, “My absence is out of respect for the people of my country.” He described US President Trump’s immigration ban as “inhumane”. Notably, this is Farhadi’s second film to win an Oscar.
8. Dr Harsh Vardhan Launches Soil Test Kit for Farmers
The Union Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Harsh Vardhan has launched a Farmer’s kit developed by scientists of the CSIR-lab, the Central Electrochemical Research Institute (CECRI), at Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu.
This kit will help farmers assess the soil condition and decide the fertilizer usage plan economically themselves.
The All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) has directed all the engineering colleges affiliated to it to urgently put in place an online mechanism for redressal of grievances.
9. At 160 Kmph, Train-2018 Will Begin Its Run from Chennai ICF
Following the failure of its global bid, the Indian Railways has decided to manufacture its own trainsets in Chennai that can run at up to 160 kmph.
Named ‘Train-2018’, the first such trainset is expected to be ready in 2018.
Note : A trainset has coaches that are individually powered by a propulsion system, eliminating the need for a locomotive.
10. Ahmedabad Celebrates Its 606th Foundation Day
The city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat celebrated its 606th foundation day on Sunday. Manek Nath, a seer, advised the city’s founder Ahmed Shah I to begin the construction of Manek Burj, the foundation bastion of the city back in 1411.
Ahmedabad is the sixth largest city and seventh largest metropolitan area of India.
11. Australia and Indonesia Restore Full Military Ties
Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday agreed to restore full military cooperation between the two countries. Indonesia’s military had suspended military cooperation in January after finding material insulting Indonesia’s founding principles at an Australian base.
Australia and Indonesia are also in economic partnership talks to cut tariffs and promote trade.
12. Saina to Represent Olympic Committee in BWF
Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal, who became a member of the International Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission (IOC AC) last year, would be representing the panel in the Badminton World Federation (BWF).
Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is aiming to win the All England Championship next month.
13. India Wins All 3 Medals at Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship
India won all three medals in the 12.8 Kilometre Individual Time Trial at the 6th Asian Para-Road Cycling Championship held in Bahrain.
They are :
Gold – Abhishek (Chandigarh)
Silver – Divij Shah (West Bengal)
Bronze – Harinder Singh (BSF)
14. Manchester United Win League Cup as Ibrahimovic Scores Brace
Manchester United won their fifth League Cup title after defeating Southampton 3-2 in the final at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Jesse Lingard gave United a 2-0 lead before Manolo Gabbiadini’s brace made it 2-2.
Ibrahimovic scored the winner in the 87th minute of the match with a header, netting his 26th goal of the season.