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Today's Headlines - 05 May 2024

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Artificial General Intelligence (AGI)

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In a recent interview, Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, expressed his commitment to invest billions of dollars towards the development of Artificial General Intelligence (AGI).

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Blue Corner notice

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The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to issue a Blue Corner notice against absconding Janata Dal (Secular) MP Prajwal Revanna.

U.K. leverages logistics agreement to expand maritime domain with India

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The U.K. is leveraging a logistics support agreement signed with India to expand military to military engagements, especially in the maritime domain, as it also looks to augment its capability and deployments in the Indo-Pacific.

Drones in agriculture could reduce pesticide use by 15%

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The University of Agricultural Sciences (UAS) has completed the first round of testing on using drones in agriculture. Results show that proper use of drones can bring down the volume of pesticides required by at least 15% and improve efficiency by nearly 23%.

Chloropicrin: chemical weapon or pesticide?

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According to reports by Reuters, the United States has alleged that Russia utilized Chloropicrin, a chemical agent, against Ukrainian troops as a "method of warfare."

Percolation wells

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A privately-funded non-profit organisation, United Way of Bengaluru (UWBe), a unit of the global United Way network, is pitching in to find a logical solution to Bengaluru’s water woes using Percolation wells.

Impact of Climate Change on Litchi Cultivation

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High temperatures and scorching westerly winds have created an unsuitable climate for the growing litchi fruits in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.

Essential rituals for a valid Hindu marriage

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The Supreme Court observed that a Hindu marriage is a ‘samskara’ or sacrament and must be “performed with ceremonies in the proper form” to be recognised under the Hindu Marriage Act, 1955 (HMA).

Sumatran Orangutan - Non-human ‘doctor’

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A male orangutan, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, has been recorded on video by German and Indonesian scientists using a medicinal plant to treat a wound on his face.

Swell waves likely to hit several coastal areas

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The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) forecasted that high sea waves, also known as swell waves, might hit the coastal areas of Goa, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Lakshadweep, Karnataka, Gujarat, and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.

Koothandavar festival in Villupuram

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Riya, a transwoman from Erode, was crowned Miss Koovagam at the annual Koothandavar festival in Villupuram.

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