Extracts from The Hindu: June 28, 2017

EU slaps a record €2.4 bn fine on Google

  • The European Union (EU) has slapped a record €2.4 billion fine on Google. 
  • The European Commission has fined Google €2.42 billion ($2.7 billion) for breaching EU anti-trust rules. 
  • According to EU, Google denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. 

Hashmi returns Minority Rights Award over mob killings

  • Shabnam Hashmi has returned the National Minority Rights Award. 
  • She is a famous social activist. 
  • Ms. Hashmi was presented the award in 2008. 

Vocab from the Article

Tacit: understood or implied without being stated.
As used in the Article: “I return the National Minority Rights Award, which has lost all its credibility, in protest against the consistent attacks and killings of the members of the minority communities and total inaction, apathy and *tacit* support to the violent gangs by the government,” Ms. Hashmi wrote in a letter to the commission.

WHO for use of devices to test multiple diseases

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a device Which can be used for multi-disease testing. 
  • Name of the device: GeneXpert 
  • The device is based on molecular technology. 
  • This device can be used to diagnose TB and HIV infections, and quantitatively measure HIV and hepatitis C viral loads. 
  • India recently procured 600 GeneXpert machines for the National Tuberculosis programme. 

Naidu launches MSME corporation

  • For encouraging the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) sector, Andhra Pradesh government has launched the logo of the Andhra Pradesh MSME Development Corporation. 
  • The corporation would help the MSME entrepreneurs in marketing, branding, skill development and quality improvement of products. 

Natco gets FDA nod for cancer drug

  • Natco Pharma Ltd. is planning to introduce a generic version of Celgene Corp.’s anti-cancer chemotherapy drug Vidaza in the U.S. 

GST software testing done, says GSTN

GST Network (GSTN) has completed all software trials and testings necessary to successfully rollout GST from July 1.
Over 66 lakh taxpayers have enrolled on the GSTN portal.

Vocab from Opinion-Editorial

Article: Counting the strides
Vehemently: in a forceful, passionate, or intense manner; with great feeling.
As used in the Article: The fact that clerics and large sections of the male public have protested *vehemently* against many of these laws, suggests that they do provide a possible opportunity to address, if not alter, some of the huge structural and attitudinal biases against Pakistani women.

Article: A meek reform
Perverse: showing a deliberate and obstinate desire to behave in a way that is unreasonable or unacceptable; contrary to the accepted or expected standard or practice.
As used in the Article: Vision 2030’ shows few signs of reforming this *perverse* model.
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