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  • This year's Asian Games, also known as Jakarta Palembang 2018, start from August 18 to September 2 in the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang. It is the second time for Jakarta to host the sports games after 1962. A total of 572 Indian athletes will be participating in the event in 36 different sports categories. The contingent will be led by Chef de Mission Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The games in Jakarta will be held at the Bung Karno sports complex, which contains 20 venues and nine training grounds, as well as Jakarta International Expo, including 21 venues and eight training grounds. Most of the events will be held at the Bung Karno sports complex, which was the main venue for the 1962 Asian Games. To host this games, the Indonesian government has invested 770 billion Indonesian rupiah (about 52 million U.S. dollars) for renovation. The opening and the closing ceremony of this year's Asian Games will be held in Gelora Bung Karno Main Stadium, where the local government upgraded about 76,000 seats.    

  • This international competition aims to ignite youth passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the field of robotics. International teams made up of 14 to 18 year olds are competing in a series of games that show off the prowess of their robotic creations. The best robots are selected by judges based on the skills they can perform during the initial rounds. "The power of technology, the power of innovation is what is driving successful countries. But it's also what is frustrating, the have-nots. We all talk about the digital divide and the haves and the have-nots, well if we can convince all kids around the world that they've got to embrace technology, then the have-nots and the haves are going to come together and they'll share and they'll work together. And that is what First Global is about," Founder of first global robotics competiton, Dean Kamen said.  But this event is not just about crowning a winner. The theme of the Mexico event is 'Energy Impact', with teams expected to display methods for energy conservation during the tournament. The First Global Robotics Olympics wraps up in Mexico on Saturday (August 18).

  • Justin is a humanoid robot being trained to carry out tasks that could eventually assist man's efforts to set up shop on Mars. Gerst, currently serving a stint as commander on the European Space Station ISS, on Friday (August 17) conducted a variety of tasks with Justin, directing the robot from space using a tablet. This is the third experiment the German Aerospace Centre has carried out. To create a realistic scenario, Gerst and Justin had to work entirely alone without contact with the ground crew. "In principle it works like this: Mister Gerst has a tablet up there and on this tablet he has a user interface that he uses to direct the robot. This interface has been kept very general. There are only very broad directives. He can say, for example, 'Justin, Justin, drive to this place' and then Justin has to go there and orient himself. Justin would then put the plug in the solar panel to get diagnostics and the robot would have to carry out all these things itself," Gerst said. A highlight of several successfully carried out tasks was Justin managing to successfully replace a smoking solar battery in a station module. According to the Aerospace Centre the aim of the robots is to allow a realistic potential exploration of Mars in preparation for the possible introduction of man to the planet. The technology being tested by Gerst and the Institute for robotics could also be used for other more earthly problem solving, for example in construction and repair works that are dangerous for humans. In May the Institute introduced their SMiLE project that uses robotics ti assist people working in the care sector to help aging patients or people with physical disabilities. Gerst started his second mission 'Knowledge for Tomorrow' aboard the ISS on June 6. Until his return in December 2018 Gerst will take part in 67 European experiments, which are looking for solutions in health management, climate change and digitalisation.      

  • The Supreme Court on Friday asked the National Crisis Management Committee (NCMC) and a sub-committee set up by Kerala to deal with the flood situation in the state to coordinate and explore the possibility of reducing the water level at the Mullaperiyar Dam by three feet. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice D Y Chandrachud asked Kerala and Tamil Nadu to abide by the directions given by NCMC on the rehabilitation of displaced people and the reduction of water level from the existing 142 feet to 139 feet at the dam. The bench observed that it was not an expert to deal with such severe natural calamity and was leaving to the executive to contain the crisis. The top court asked Kerala to submit the report on the steps taken on disaster management and rehabilitation measures. The death toll in the monsoon fury in the southern state has crossed 167, while rains and flood water have caused extensive damage. Rise in flood waters in Periyar River due to the rains and opening of the shutters of all major dams including Mullaperiyar, Cheruthoni, part of Idukki reservoir and Idamalayar, have severely affected the lives of people in downstream areas.

  • The election for the top post became just a formality after the Pakistan Peoples Party led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari with 54 seats abstained from voting following a rift over Sharif's candidature. Khan, 65, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), secured 176 votes while his only rival and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Sharif got 96 votes, National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser announced. Khan will take the oath on Saturday as Pakistan's 22nd prime minister. A total of 172 votes in the 342-member lower house of Parliament are needed to form a government.  

  • Ground Report: People in Kullu are getting their own houses under PMAY in Himachal Pradesh

  • Ground Report: Ujala Scheme helps people reduce electricity bill in Chhattisgarh

  • Ground Report: PMKVY prepares tribal youth for future challenges in Chhattisgarh

  • Ground Report: Soil health card improves fertility of soil in Bihar

  • Ground Report: Mudra yojana helping people realise their dreams in Itanagar

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