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Current affairs - July 26, 2016

Feed the future programme:
The Union Agriculture Ministry and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched the second phase of the “Feed the Future” India triangular training programme.

This programme aims to bring specialised agriculture training to 1,500 agricultural professionals across Africa and Asia.

Notice for privilege motion against Jairam
A notice for a privilege motion has been given in the Rajya Sabha against Congress MPs Jairam Ramesh and Renuka Chowdhury for allegedly misbehaving with Union Minister Harsimrat Badal.

Govt. intervention sought for Hepatitis C treatment
In absence of a policy intervention for Hepatitis C, civil society and legal aid organisations have put together a policy brief, calling upon the government to take concerted action to address the right to health of people living with HCV (PLHCV).

largest Yazidi temple in the world Named Quba Mere Diwane:
A huge Yazidi temple is under construction in a small Armenian village, intended as a symbol of resilience for a persecuted religious tradition. Named Quba Mere Diwane, this will be the largest Yazidi temple in the world, although there are relatively few contenders. 

Another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito identified:
Brazilian scientists have identified another type of Zika-transmitting mosquito, responsible for over 1,700 cases of microcephaly in newborns in the South American country since October 2015. It was announced that researchers found the presence of the Culex quinquefasciatus mosquito infected by the Zika virus in three out of 80 groups of mosquitoes analyzed up until now. Up until now, transmission of the virus was only known through the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Nation’s first Green Rail Corridor:
The nation’s first Green Rail Corridor, a 114-km long Rameswaram-Manamadurai stretch in Tamil Nadu which ensures zero toilet discharge on rail tracks, was recently inaugurated by Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu. Trains in the section have been equipped with bio-toilets ensuring zero discharge of human waste on the rail tracks. 

An era comes to an End:
Verizon Communications Inc  would buy Yahoo Inc's core internet properties for $4.83 billion in cash to expand its digital advertising and media business, in a deal that ends a lengthy sale process for the fading Web pioneer.

The purchase of Yahoo's operations will boost Verizon's AOL internet business, which it bought last year for $4.4 billion, and give it access to Yahoo's ad technology tools, BrightRoll and Flurry, and assets such as search, mail and messenger.

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1. Sanjiv Puri:
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