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  • SpaceX successfully launcheda new astronaut capsule to ISS

    March 4, 2019
    SpaceX successfully launched a new astronaut capsule on a week-long round trip to the International Space Station (ISS). It is a key step towards resuming manned space flights from U.S. soil after an eight-year break. The new capsule blasted off aboard the Falcon 9 rocket built by SpaceX from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, lighting up the coastline.
    In this trip, the only occupant on board SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule was a dummy named Ripley. But NASA plans to put two... Read More

    NASA created a deep ocean conditions in lab to study origins of life

    March 4, 2019
    Scientists from NASA, the U.S. space agency, have reproduced deep ocean conditions in the lab to re-create a life that could have formed on the sea floor four billion years ago.
    The study focuses on how the building blocks of life form in hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor. It could offer clues to how life started on Earth. Hydrothermal vents are places on the seafloor where warm water from under the Earth’s crust mixes with near-freezing seawater. These vents form natural... Read More

    ICC rejected BCCIs plae to isolate Pakistan from nations that supports terrorism

    March 4, 2019
    International Cricket Council (ICC) rejected the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appeal to isolate Pakistan from the list of nations that supports terrorism.
    The announcement was made at the ICC board meeting in Dubai.
    The BCCI had made the appeal following the Pulwama terror attack, which left 40 CRPF personnel dead on February 14.
    Since Pakistan was a permanent member of the ICC, it would not be possible to isolate it unless it is supported by all Test-playing... Read More
    Category: International

    AIAA awarded Dr.G.Satheesh Reddy the Missile Systems Award

    March 4, 2019
    The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) awarded Dr.G.Satheesh Reddy, the Secretary of India’s Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Rondell J. Wilson, a former Principal Engineering Fellow of Raytheon Missile Systems, the 2019 Missile Systems Award.
    Dr.G.Satheesh Reddy is the first person outside the U.S. to be awarded this prestigious award in nearly four decades. He won the award for his role... Read More
    Category: Awards and Honours

    Macky Sall has been re-elected as the President of Senegal

    March 4, 2019
    Macky Sall has been re-elected as the President of Senegal. He won the re-election with 58.27% of votes cast. Under the election system of Senegal if a candidate wins more than 50% votes there would be no second round voting and he would be announced the winner. About Senegal: It lies on the west coast of Africa. Senegal was the colony of Portuguese and later the French. Senegal gained independence from France in 1960. Diplomatic relations between India and Senegal was established at the... Read More

    April 2019 to March 2020 declared as Construction Technology year

    March 4, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared April 2019-March 2020 as Construction-Technology year at the Construction Technology India-2019 Expo-cum-conference in New Delhi.
    Construction-Technology year emphasizes the role of advanced technology to meet the increasing demand for housing in the country. The declaration of Construction year aims to give the housing sector a new pace by using the latest technologies available in the world. India has even launched the Global Housing Technology... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Usha Thorat-led task force to ensure stability of external value of rupee

    March 4, 2019
    The Reserve Bank of India constituted an eight-member task force on offshore rupee markets, headed by Usha Thorat former Deputy Governor, to look into issues related to the markets and recommend appropriate policy measures to ensure the stability of the external value of the rupee. The terms of reference of the task force include assessing the causes behind the development of the offshore rupee market; study the effects of the offshore markets on the rupee exchange rate and market liquidity in... Read More
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs National Security Council meet

    March 4, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the National Security Council on Sunday following heightened tensions with Pakistan. The Official sources said the meeting was attended by Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The NSA is tasked with advising the prime minister on matters of national security.
    It was set up by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in 1998, with Brajesh... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Shashank Shekhar claimed 10 km Nepals (COAS) Marathon and Run for Fun

    March 4, 2019
    Shashank Shekhar won the 10-kilometre race of Nepal’s Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Open Marathon and Run for Fun which was held in Nepal’s Capital- Kathmandu. This event is an annual event organized by the Nepal Army.  
    Category: Sports

    Sushma Swaraj addresses OIC Foreign Ministers plenary session in Dubai

    March 4, 2019
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the plenary session of the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states in Abu Dhabi. She presented a picture of the secular fabric of India and began the speech by saying that she stands as a representative of land, that has been for ages a fountain of knowledge, a beacon of peace, a source of faiths and traditions, and home to religions from the world.

    Centre, ADB sign 926 million loan agreement to operationalize two lines of Mumbai Metro

    March 4, 2019
    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed the plenary session of the foreign ministers’ meet of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation states in Abu Dhabi. She presented a picture of the secular fabric of India and began the speech by saying that she stands as a representative of land, that has been for ages a fountain of knowledge, a beacon of peace, a source of faiths and traditions and home to religions from the world.
    Category: Banking & Finance

    Govt approves Adani Powers Rs 14,000 crore Jharkhand SEZ project

    March 4, 2019
    The government has approved a Rs 14,000-crore special economic zone (SEZ) project of Adani Power in Jharkhand, which will export the entire power generated in the Unit to Bangladesh. It will be ready by the end of 2022. The company had sought approval for setting up the project over an area of 425 hectares. Two supercritical units of 800 MW each would be set up with an investment of Rs 14,000 crore, which would include setting up of a water pipeline and a power evacuation system.
    Category: Business & Economy

    Bhagwan Lal Sahni is appointed Chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes

    March 4, 2019
    Bhagwan Lal Sahni from Muzaffarpur, Bihar has been appointed as the chairman of the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC). The commission consists of one chairman and five Members with the term of three years. Other members of the commission are: Kaushalendra Singh Patel– BJP leader and former mayor of Varanasi Sudha Yadav-  BJP national secretary and former Haryana MP Achary Talloju– Telangana BJP general secretary This committee was approved by President Ram... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) won the SKOCH Award 2018

    March 4, 2019
    SKOCH award, the highest independent honour in the country, was given to Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) for the first time for its remarkable achievements in the field of disaster management. The award was presented at the mega event of 56th SKOCH Summit in New Delhi.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    Anil Kumble re-appointed as chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee

    March 4, 2019
    Former Indian cricketer Anil Kumble has been reappointed as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee for the third consecutive time. This three-year stint will end in 2021 and be his final term as the Chairman of the ICC Cricket Committee. Kumble has been the chairman of the committee since 2012. He had replaced former Windies' captain Clive Lloyd in 2012. Kumble was reappointed for his second term in the year 2016 which would keep him in office till 2018.

    CISF sets Guinness record for longest single line cycle parade

    March 4, 2019
    The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) created the Guinness World Record for 'longest single line bicycle parade (moving)' in Noida, to mark the 50 years of the paramilitary force. CISF personnel rode 1,327 bicycles non-stop in a single line, maintaining a uniform distance between the bicycles. The previous record was held by Hubballi Bicycle Club of India, with 1,235 bicycles in a single chain.
    Category: Indian Affairs

    April 2019 to March 2020 declared as Construction Technology year

    March 4, 2019
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared April 2019-March 2020 as Construction-Technology year at the Construction Technology India-2019 Expo-cum-conference in New Delhi.
    Construction-Technology year emphasizes the role of advanced technology to meet the increasing demand for housing in the country. The declaration of Construction year aims to give the housing sector a new pace by using the latest technologies available in the world. India has even launched the Global Housing Technology... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    P K Bezbaruah as the Chairman of Tea Board for a second tenure

    March 4, 2019
    The Ministry of Commerce and Industries has approved the re-appointment of P K Bezbaruah as the Chairman of Tea Board for a second tenure.
    He was the first non-IAS chairman of the Tea Board.
    In his tenure, he urged the Indian Tea Industry to explore export opportunities in the vast Chinese market and initiated a revamp of the old electronic auctioning system. The Tea Board originated when the Indian Tea Cess Bill was passed to provide for levying a cess on tea exports in 1903. The... Read More

    PM Modi flagged off Tejas Express, fastest train between Chennai and Madurai

    March 4, 2019
    This train will be the fastest in the Chennai-Madurai corridor and is India’s first semi-high speed fully AC luxury train. PM Modi also laid the foundation stone for two other projects which will boost rail infrastructure in Tamil Nadu. PM laid the foundation stone for the restoration of rail connectivity between Rameswaram and Dhanushkodi. The 17.20 Km railway line project is worth Rs 208 crore. Prime Minister also laid the foundation stone for the construction of new bridge Pamban... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs

    India signed deal with Russian firm to produce 7.5 lakh AK-203 rifles

    March 4, 2019
    For the AK-203 Assault Rifles, the deal was signed between the OFB (Ordnance Factories Board) and the Russian company Concern Kalashnikov. The AK-203 rifles, the latest derivative of the AK-47 rifles, will be produced at the Indian Ordnance Factory at Amethi's Korwa. The new 7.5 lakh rifles will replace the indigenous INSAS rifles in the Army, Air Force and Navy. AK-47, officially known as the Avtomat Kalashnikova, is the most basic model followed by AK 74, 56, 100 series and 200... Read More
    Category: Indian Affairs



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