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GS 2 Rural housing achieves only 66% target With two and a half months to go for the end of this financial year, the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Grameen) scheme to provide housing for the rural poor has achieved only 66% of its target to complete one crore houses. Nudged into action The court has asked the eight-member Search Committee under the Lokpal Act to recommend a panel of names before the end of February. GS 3 Rajasthan’s State bird may be extinct soon Only 50 Great Indian Bustards left in the wild, no action on plan to save them Shape of the slowdown The world’s second-largest economy has reported that its exports for December fell by 4.4%, the sharpest fall in two years amidst rising trade tensions with the United States and fears of a global economic slowdown India ranks third in research papers on artificial intelligence India ranks third in the world in terms of high quality research publications in artificial intelligence (AI) but is at a significant distance from world leader China, according to an analysis by research agency Itihaasa, which was founded by Kris Gopalakrishnan, former CEO and co-founder of Infosys. Japan satellite off to deliver artificial meteors A start-up based in Tokyo developed the micro-satellite for the celestial show over Hiroshima early next year as the initial experiment for what it calls a “shooting stars on demand” service.