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In news: Pak PM resigns after SC disqualifies him on corruption charges

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has resigned from his post after the Supreme Court disqualified him in the Panama Papers case .

Mr Sharif, his daughter and two sons have been engulfed by corruption charges as pointed in Panama Paper leaks last year. The scandal revealed that Nawaz Sharif's sons, Hassan Nawaz and Hussain Nawaz and his daughter Maryam Nawaz owned offshore companies which managed their family's properties.

In a landmark judgment, a five Judge bench of Pakistan Supreme Court today unanimously ruled to register a case against Nawaz Sharif and his family in the case. The judges ruled that the Prime Minister had been dishonest to Parliament and the courts, in not disclosing his employment in a Dubai-based company in his 2013 nomination papers, and thus, could not be deemed fit for his office.


In news :Centre to set up high-power committee to review Employees' Pension Scheme-1995

The Centre will set up a high-power committee to review the Employees' Pension Scheme-1995. Labour and Employment Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said this in the Lok Sabha in reply to a debate on private motion on steps to ensure welfare of employees' provident fund pensioners. Mr Dattatryea said, the committee will look into all the aspects of the scheme and accordingly the government will revamp it.

He said, the NDA government is very sensitive and pro-active for the workers.He said, the government has also decided to extend the coverage of medical benefit scheme to all the pensioners through Employees State Insurance Corporation. To fulfill the Housing needs of the pensioners, Mr Dattatreya said, the government has introduced a credit linked subsidy scheme under which members can avail interest subsidy up to 2.20 lakh rupees.

He said, the pension of the pensioners are being credited into their accounst on first working day of the month. He said, the government is also implementing new Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana with the objective of promoting employment generation and one thousand crore rupees have been allocated for this scheme.an allocation of 1000 crore rupees have been made.

Under the scheme employers would be provided an incentive for enhancing employment by reimbursement of the 8.33 per centa EPS contribution made by the employer in respect of new employment. The Minister also said,the government has raised the minimum pension to one thousand rupees. Later, N K Premachandran of RSP who had moved the motion withdrew it.

In news :NASA balloons to study total solar eclipse, life beyond earth

NASA, along with student teams across the US, is sending high-altitude balloons that will test the ability of life to survive beyond Earth as well as livestream footage of the upcoming total solar eclipse from the edge of space. Total solar eclipses are rare and awe-inspiring events.

Angela Des Jardins from Montana State University in the US said nobody has ever live-streamed aerial video footage of a total solar eclipse before. A research group at NASA's Ames Research Center, in California's Silicon Valley, is seizing the opportunity to conduct a low-cost experiment on 34 of the balloons.

This experiment, called MicroStrat, will simulate life's ability to survive beyond Earth - and maybe even on Mars.
NASA will provide each team with two small metal cards, that have harmless, yet environmentally resilient bacteria dried onto their surface. One card will fly up with the balloon while the other remains on the ground. A comparison of the two will show the consequences of the exposure to Mars-like conditions, such as bacterial survival and any genetic changes.

The results of the experiment will improve NASA's understanding of environmental limits for terrestrial life, in order to inform the search for life on other worlds.




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