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Today's Headlines - 17 February 2024

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India Rejects European FTA's 'Data Exclusivity' Demand

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India has rejected the demand of the four European nation’s the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) bloc for inclusion of a ‘data exclusivity’ provision in proposed free trade agreements.

Criticism over amendments to the Water Act

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The Central government faces criticism over amendments to the Water Act and the alleged weakening of environmental protection.

Sangam: ‘Digital Twin' initiative

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Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has unveiled the 'Sangam: Digital Twin' initiative, an unparalleled venture inviting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from industry pioneers, startups, MSMEs, academia, innovators, and forward-thinkers. 

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Mushroom was found growing on the back of Frog

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Scientists made a surprising discovery in the foothills of the Western Ghats in India, a mushroom growing out of the side of the frog.

Operation Nanhe Faristey

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Under the mission "Nanhe Faristey," the Railway Police Force (RPF) played a pivotal role in reuniting more than 549 children needing care and protection with their families. 

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

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According to the recent findings by the Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research (NIBIO), higher concentrations of PFAS were found in biogas digestate from sewage sludge compared to that from food waste.

Scientists uncover unique properties in a multiferroic material potential for energy-efficient data storage

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Researchers have identified a unique mechanism of electric polarization via magnetic ordering in a novel mineral named “MnBi2S4”, which can be useful for energy-efficient data storage.

Researchers find new crustaceans in Odisha’s Chilika Lagoon

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Researchers at Odisha’s Berhampur University have discovered a new species of marine amphipod - a shrimp-like crustacea of genus Parhyale - from the state’s Chilika Lake, Asia’s biggest brackish water lagoon on India’s east coast.

Intuitive Machines: US spacecraft blasts off to Moon's south pole

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A moon lander built by Houston-based aerospace company Intuitive Machines was launched A moon lander built by Houston-based aerospace company Intuitive Machines was launched from Florida. It is the first American lunar touchdown mission in more than half a century and the first mission by a privately owned spacecraft.

Govt hikes FCI capital by 110% to Rs 21,000 cr

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The government has increased the authorized capital of the Food Corporation of India (FCI) from Rs 10,000 crore to Rs 21,000 crore through a notification.

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