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NHAI launches mobile App MyFASTag and FASTag Partner

The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on 17 August 2017 launched two mobile apps MyFASTag and FASTag Partner to facilitate the availability of FASTags for Electronic Toll Collection.
The mobile apps will ease the process of purchase and recharge of FASTags just at the click of a mobile button.

A total Solar eclipse to sweep across North America after 241 years

On 21 August 2017, the people of the United States would be witness to a complete eclipse of the sun, a spectacle that would be visible exclusively in the US, the first time ever since the country gained its independence in 1776.

The total solar eclipse would sweep across the nation starting from Oregon on the west coast and ending at South Carolina on the east coast.

The last time an eclipse travelled across the entire country was in 1918. Scientists hope that their studies of this celestial event will lead to important discoveries about the sun’s mysterious corona, which burns more than a million degrees hotter than the sun’s surface.

Union Government plans 40% reservation for girls at Navodaya schools.

The Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi in August 2017 announced that the Union Government has decided to proffer 40 per cent reservation for girls at 100 Navodaya-type schools and five higher education institutes it plans to set up for minority community students.

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