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  • Doctors from Netherlands perform brain implant for the first time in history

  • Doctors from Netherlands have performed the first-ever brain implant on a 58-year-old woman paralysed by Lou Gehrig’s disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis-ALS).
  • With this, she became the first patient to use a brain-computer interface.
  • The implant has enabled paralysed women to communicate in day-to-day life via a speech computer.

    Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court

  • Russia has officially withdrawn from International Criminal Court (ICC) after President Vladimir Putin signed an executive order in this regard.
  • The executive order mentioned that Russia is pulling out of the 2002 Rome Statute, which establishes the ICC’s status and powers.
  • However, Russia had never ratified the statue meaning it was never member subject to its jurisdiction.

    India’s combat-capable Rustom-II drone successfully completes maiden test flight

  • India’s indigenously developed long-endurance combat-capable drone, Rustom-II (TAPAS 201) successfully completed its maiden-flight.
  • The test flight took place from Aeronautical Test Range (ATR), Chitradurga, Karnataka, which is a newly developed flight test range for the testing of UAVs and manned aircraft.
  • During the test, TAPAS 201 accomplished the main objectives of proving the flying platform, such as take-off, bank, level flight and landing among others.

    CRPF for first time deploys women commandos for anti-Naxal operations

  • The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) for the first time has deployed a team of women commandos in anti-Naxal operations in Jharkhand.

The 135 women commandos belonging to the 232 battalion’s Delta company have started carrying out anti-Naxal operations.

13 years old Kerala boy sets freestyle swimming world record


  • Marital, a 13-year-old boy from Kerala, set the world record for the longest distance covered in freestyle swimming after covering over nine kilometres in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • The 13-year-old was given a target of 7 kilometres but he went on to cover 9.2 kilometres in three hours through 368 laps, which consisted more than 22,000 strokes.