Current Affairs of July 14, 2018, are as follows:-
1. Scientists discover world's oldest colors from Sahara desert in Africa:-
- 1.1 billion-year-old bright pink pigments extracted from rocks deep beneath the Sahara desert in Africa. The pigments taken from marine black shales of the Taoudeni Basin in Mauritania, West Africa, were more than half a billion years older than previous pigment discoveries.
- The fossils range from blood red to deep purple in their concentrated form, and bright pink when diluted.
2. Sri Lanka announced to execute drug criminals:-
- Sri Lanka announced that it will start hanging drug criminals. The step is taken after seeing the success of the Philippines drug war.
- Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena is ready to sign the death warrants of repeat drug offenders and deploy the military to tackle drug crime.
3. Book titled 'Winning Like Sourav: Think & Succeed Like Ganguly' released:-
- This book is written by Abhirup Bhattacharya and has an interesting story about Sourav Ganguly gambling on young players like Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Kaif, Zaheer Khan, Virender Sehwag, Harbhajan Singh to build the concept of 'Team India' and 'Men in Blue'.
- The author has previously written "Winning Like Virat: Think & Success Like Kohli".
4. World's first ever Colour X-Ray performed on a Human:-
- New Zealand scientists have performed the first-ever 3-D, color X-ray on a human, using particle-tracking technology, which could produce clearer and more accurate pictures and help doctors give their patients more accurate diagnoses.
- According to the CERN, the images very clearly show the difference between bone, muscle, and cartilage, but also the position and size of cancerous tumors.
- The technology is being commercialized by New Zealand company MARS Bioimaging, linked to the universities of Otago and Canterbury which helped develop it.
5. YouTube invests 25 million dollar to fight fake news:-
- The investment is part of the $300 million Google News Initiative which was launched earlier this year in March, to help the media and to deal with the fake news.
- YouTube will provide funding in about 20 global markets to support news organizations in “building sustainable video operations.”
- YouTube will also add context to video search results about breaking news topics and include linked previews of news articles.
6. Vermicompost is distributed from Raj bhavan to 70 TN schools:-
- Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit launched the distribution of surplus vermicompost produced on the Raj Bhavan campus to about 70 schools in the city free of cost. The aim is to create awareness about solid waste management among students.
- In his speech, the Governor laid emphasis on the salient features of vermicompost and said the event was intended to demonstrate the method of its production in schools. He also said that more trees and plants should be grown to protect the environment from pollution.
7. Indian Army signed MoU with SBI on the Defence Salary Package:-
- Defense Salary Package will include free personal accident death, free permanent total disability cover and other accidental benefits to the deceased soldier and family.
- The first MoU between SBI and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was renewed in February 2015. The renewed MoU will be valid till January 3, 2019.
8. Fossil museum in Ariyalur is set to be inaugurated by Tamil Nadu CM:-
- The fossil museum at Varanavasi near Ariyalur town is in the state of completion and it will be inaugurated by the Chief Minister in a few days.
- The 100-acre museum will showcase the natural formation of rocks that provide evidence of the existence of dinosaurs and other associated reptilians in the Ariyalur region.
- A building with provisions to exhibit fossils, rocks and minerals from the Precambrian, Jurassic and Cretaceous period has been constructed.
- Besides fossils, the museum will have on display rocks of marine origin dating back several million years.
- It will also exhibit small and big mounds, signifying layers of land-formation over millions of years.
- Some layers of the mounds will help study the geology of the entire area. It is expected that it would stand out as a model for showcasing the history of life on Earth.