Current affair 29 August (English medium)

●E-cigarettes;-{Centre asks states to ban}

↪Is a handheld electronic device that simulates the feeling of tobacco smoking.
↪liquid in E-cigarette called “e-juice” is usually made of nicotine, propylene glycol, glycerine & flavorings
↪ It works by heating a liquid to generate an aerosol, commonly called a “vapor”, that user inhales
↪e-cigarette has cancer-causing properties,are highly addictive & is dangerous for a country like India where the number of smokers is on the decline (WHO Global Report, 2015)

●Venezuela crisis;-

↪Hyperinflation is the biggest problem faced by Venezuela.Inflation rate there is expected to reach a stunning one million per cent this year😐
↪plummeting oil prices since 2014 is one of the main reasons why Venezuela’s currency has weakened sharply
•A survey from February this year found that almost 90% of Venezuelans live in poverty

●4th Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum;-

↪first time AESF was held in South Asia(Sri lanka).
•Theme↪ “Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Promoting and Defending Democracy Together”
•Bangkok Declaration↪ to promote democratic,transparent elections on the world’s most populous continent(asia)

●Satya S Tripathi(Indian)

↪has been appointed assistant secretary general of the United Nations & will head the New York office of UNEP
•United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);-
↪is an agency of United Nations & coordinates its environmental activities, assisting developing countries
•HQ↪Gigiri (near Nairobi, Kenya)

●Higgs boson;-

↪is an elementary particle in the Standard Model of particle physics
↪is responsible for all the mass in the universe,perhaps we’re simply excited to learn more about our world
↪if the Higgs boson does exist, we’ll unravel the mystery a little more
•Large Hadron Collider (LHC)↪is the world’s largest & most powerful particle accelerator
↪Built by “European Organization for Nuclear Research(CERN)”

●Horizon 2020;-

↪Is the biggest EU Research & Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding & running from 2014 to 2020.
↪aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness by driving economic growth & creating jobs.
•European Union & India will collaborate in research & innovation for developing a next generation influenza vaccine to protect people worldwide

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