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IOA President N Ramachandran bestowed with Olympic Order award
President Indian Olympic Association (IOA) N. Ramachandran was awarded the Olympic Order for his outstanding services to the Olympic movement. The award was formally bestowed upon him by the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach. 

About Narayana Ramachandran 
  • He is an Indian squash administrator. 
  • Currently he serves as current President of WSF (World Squash Federation) since 2008. 
  • Since February 2014 he is serving the president of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

China opens world’s longest and highest glass bridge
The world’s highest and longest glass-bottomed bridge was opened to visitors in central China. The bridge connects two mountain cliffs known as the Avatar Mountains in Zhangjiajie, Hunan province. 

Key Facts 
  • The glass-bottomed bridge is 430 metres long and is 6 metres wide. 
  • It stands 300 metre above a canyon in the Tianmenshan National Forest Park. 
  • It has been paved with 99 panes of three-layered transparent glass.
  • It has been designed by Israeli architect Haim Dotan. Construction of the bridge had completed in December 2015. So far it has set 10 world records for design and construction. Maximum 8,000 visitors will be allowed to cross the bridge every day.

Actor Kamal Haasan selected for France’s Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres
Prominent film actor Kamal Haasan (61) has been selected by France for its prestigious Chevalier de L’Ordre Arts et Lettres. It is also known as Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters. 
  • He has been chosen for this prestigious award recognition of his high level artistic excellence and distinguished career achievements. 
  • He will be the second Tamil actor to be chosen for this award after the legendary actor Sivaji Ganesan.

Dr. Najma Heptulla sworn-in as 18th Governor of Manipur
Dr. Najma Heptulla was sworn-in as the 18th Governor of Manipur. She replaced Shanmuganathan who was holding the dual charge of Governor of Meghalaya and Manipur. 
She was administered oath of office by Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Rakesh Ranjan Prasad as per the provisions of Article 159 of Constitution of India.

Scientists for first time develop laser from fluorescent jellyfish proteins
Scientists for the first time have developed LASER (light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation) from fluorescent jellyfish proteins that were grown in bacteria. 
The first of its kind represents a major advance breakthrough in so-called polariton lasers operating at room temperature. 

What is Laser? 
A laser is a device that emits light through a process of optical amplification based on the stimulated emission of electromagnetic radiation. Major difference between laser and other sources of light is that, laser emits light coherently. 
What is Polariton laser? 
Polariton laser works by passing photons back and forth between excited molecules. Unlike conventional lasers, the photons in Polariton laser are released and reabsorbed within the device itself before zooming out as laser light.

BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum passes Jaipur Declaration
BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum has unanimously passed the Jaipur Declaration on the concluding day of the Forum’s meeting held in Jaipur. The 19-point declaration was adopted at the two-day meeting of BRICS Women Parliamentarians forum held in Jaipur, Rajasthan. The meeting was attended by heads and members of delegation from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.


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