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Today's Headlines - 20 June 2024

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2024 Hindu Kush Himalayas Snow Update

GS Paper III

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The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) has released its 2024 Hindu Kush Himalaya (HKH) snow update, highlighting significant declines in snow persistence across major river basins in the region.

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Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2024

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The International Labor Organisation (ILO) has released the Asia-Pacific Employment and Social Outlook 2024.

World Economic Forum releases Energy Transition Index

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India has been placed 63rd on the Global Energy Transition Index, published by the World Economic Forum (WEF).

AlphaFold 3: Revolutionizing Protein Structure Prediction

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The three-dimensional structure of the protein-RNA ion PDB 8AW3, as predicted by AlphaFold 3, showcases a significant advancement in the field of protein structure prediction.

Cabinet clears MSP hikes for 14 kharif crops

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Union Cabinet approves 5.35% MSP hike for paddy to ₹2,300/quintal; also clears Varanasi airport expansion, new Maharashtra port, wind energy projects in Gujarat and T.N., and forensic infrastructure development.

Russia, N. Korea sign defense pact

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North Korea and Russia agreed to provide immediate military assistance if either faced armed aggression, under a pact their leaders signed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's first visit in 24 years.

State of Global Air Report

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According to the recently released State of Global Air Report, air pollution was responsible for 8.1 million deaths worldwide in 2021, with China and India contributing more than half of this global burden.

India May Need New Poverty Measurement Estimates

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Chairman of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM) advocated to adopt a new methodology to measure poverty.

e-WAY bill generation touches 10.32 crore

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e-WAY bill generation touched 10.32 crore in May, which is the second all-time high generation. Data from GSTN shows, since the introduction, this is the third occasion, when an e-WAY bill has crossed the 10 crore mark. An all-time high was recorded in March 2024, when generation was 10.35 crore.

Elephants have names for each other: Study

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Using artificial intelligence (AI) tools, scientists have found evidence that elephants have their own names which they use to address each other.

National Forensic Infrastructure Enhancement Scheme (NFIES)

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The Union Cabinet has approved the National Forensic Infrastructure Enhancement Scheme (NFIES) with an outlay of Rs 2,254.43 crore for the period from 2024-25 to 2028-29.

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