Current Affairs of July 21, 2018, are stated as:-
1. NASA launches toolkit to promote commercial use of satellite data:-
- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched the ‘Remote Sensing Toolkit’ to promote commercial use of satellite data.
- This toolkit was launched with an aim to make it easier for users to find, analyze and utilize the relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts.
- It provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input.
- It helps to find the satellite data easier and to spark innovation among the entrepreneurial community and lead to further commercialization of NASA technology.
2. India and Japan hold 4th Round Of Maritime Affairs Dialogue:-
- India and Japan held the fourth round of Maritime Affairs Dialogue in New Delhi.
- During the dialogue, key issues related to the Indo-Pacific region and maritime security were discussed.
- The Indian delegation at the dialogue was led by Pankaj Sharma, Joint Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs) in the External Affairs Ministry and the Japanese side was led by Ambassador Kansuke Nagaoka, Policy Planning and International Security Policy in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
3. IIT-Madras unveils world’s first remotely operable LEAP microscope:-
- The IIT-Madras has commissioned remotely operable Local Electrode Atom Probe (LEAP) microscope.
- It is claimed to be the world’s first remotely operable LEAP microscope, as it can be remotely operated through the special terminal by researchers divided geographically.
- LEAP is a high-performance microscope that can provide a precise atom-by-atom view of materials.
- The remotely operable LEAP microscope has been developed in a collaborative exercise involving eight top research institutions in the country, spearheaded by IIT-M.
4. Wildlife scientists has satellite collared a Dhole:-
- A team of wildlife scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has collared a dhole, the Indian wild dog, with a satellite transmitter. It is a measure taken to study and track the habits of the endangered species.
- It took over 10 days for the scientists to track down a pack of 14 dholes in Bishanpura meadow in the Mukki range of the Kanha National Park.
- An adult female was tranquilized and tested for its health. The scientists then fixed a tracking collar around its neck. Conservation ecologists believe such efforts can help protect dholes.
5. Fakhar Zaman becomes first Pakistani to score double century in ODIs:-
- Fakhar Zaman broke the previous 194 run record of Saeed Anwar for Pakistan and also became the first player from Pakistan to score a double hundred in ODI cricket.
- He achieved the feat against Zimbabwe in the fourth match of the bilateral series in Bulawayo and became overall sixth batsman to smash a double hundred in men's ODI cricket history.
6. Infosys Foundation and Bangalore Metro signed MoU For Constructing Station:-
- Infosys Foundation signed with the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) for the construction of a station at Konappana Agrahara in Electronics City.
- The station is under the second phase of Bangalore Metro expansion plans and the Foundation has committed to maintaining it for the next 30 years.
- Infosys would contribute 200 crores to the Bengaluru Metro Rail for the construction of Konappana Agrahara Metro Station and railway track.
7. Myanmar Joins International Solar Alliance:-
- Myanmar joined the India-initiated International Solar Alliance (ISA) and it became the 68th signatory to the Framework Agreement of the ISA that aims for optimum utilization of solar energy.
- Myanmar Minister for International Cooperation Kyaw Tin handed over the ISA Framework Agreement to External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a bilateral meeting on Delhi Dialogue 2018.
8. Fourth BIMSTEC Summit to be held in Kathmandu:-
- The announcement of the 4th Bay of Bengal Initiatives for Multi-Sectoral, Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) to be held in Kathmandu made by Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali.
- The main focus of the summit will be to increase connectivity between the BIMSTEC nations including roads, airways and transmission lines.
- The BIMSTEC is a regional economic bloc comprising seven member states lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal constituting a contiguous regional unity.