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9 February 2019

Chennai Police Commissioner A.K. Viswanathan launched mobile App ‘DigiCop’ of the city police department at the commissioner’s office in Chennai. This app as of now have details of 18,000 stolen mobile phones are stored. Using this app, the user can lodge mobile theft complaints and also check if the user’s mobile is in the police list of retrieved mobiles. Moreover, if someone is buying a phone from a second-hand shop they can verify if the phone is stolen or genuine. Using this app, Users can also follow, if their stolen two-wheeler had been traced by the police.

9 February 2019

Laurus Labs, a Pharma firm, has received tentative approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) for Tenofovir/Lamivudine/Dolutegravir (TLD) 300/300/ 50mg fixed dose combination drug. The product is the preferred first-line regimen for the treatment of people living with HIV. It will be available in the generic form in low and middle-income countries. The U.S. health regulator had given tentative approval under the Presidential Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Meanwhile, the company has received an Establishment Inspection Report (EIR) from USFDA for its Unit 6.

9 February 2019

Father Francois Laborde, a 92-year-old priest, conferred with the Legion d’Honneur, the highest civilian award of France, in recognition of his work for specially-abled children in Howrah. He was entitled by the French Ambassador to India, Alexandre Ziegler. Father Francois Laborde, French-origin with Indian citizenship,is considered to be the third person from the state to be entitled with the Legion of Honor after film maestro Satyajit Ray and actor Soumitra Chatterjee.

9 February 2019

Defending champions Vidarbha won the Ranji Trophy 2018-19, which is the 85th season of the Ranji Trophy by defeating Saurashtra. This victory is their Successive victory since they won the Trophy last year.
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9 February 2019

 AFC Asian Cup in UAE, the world ranking list had some changes, in which India is dropped out of the top 100 ranks, but  Belgium ‘s pole position remained the same. Changes in the Rank List India -103 Qatar –   55 Japan -27 Korea Republic -38 UAE – 67 Jordan – 97 iraq -80th Iran -22 Uzbekistan – 89
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9 February 2019

The 5th India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Committee Meeting will be held in New Delhi.  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Affairs Minister of Bangladesh Dr A. K. Abdul Momen will co-chair the meeting.  The two sides will also sign agreements after the meeting. The last Joint Consultative Committee Meeting between the two countries was held in October 2017 at Dhaka.

9 February 2019

The Go Green initiative, Lieutenant General Surinder Singh, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Command inaugurated a 2 MW solar power plant at Chandimandir. This is the largest Solar power project within Western Command of the Indian Army, set up at Chandimandir. Considered as one of the largest, the solar power plant in Panchkula (Haryana) was established with an investment of Rs 10 crore.

9 February 2019

India areas are island development, border security, communication and navigation, GIS and operations planning system, and border infrastructure development. The recommendation was given a green signal as Union Minister Rajnath Singh approved use of space technology at the borders. The task force headed by Joint Secretary (Border Management) and having members from Border Security Force (BSF), Department of Space and Border Management division of the Home Ministry consulted all stakeholders including BGFs, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) and the Ministry of Defence (MoD).

9 February 2019

SIR Project in Gujarat, the Chinese investors visited the site reviewing the progress and development of the first smart city in making. Mr Guangda Xiang, Founder and Chairman, Tsingshan industries from China visited the Dholera SIR site earlier this month to see the bloom of key infrastructure. Chinese steelmaker Tsingshan Holding Group have decided to invest $3 billion in the project as announced by the founder Guangda Xiang at the Vibrant Gujarat 2019 summit in Gandhinagar last month. The company is also an emerging electrical vehicle battery producer and is considering setting up an electrical battery plant in Dholera to cater to the fast developing auto industry in India.

9 February 2019

A prototype solar-powered cold storage system developed jointly by the faculty members of the National Institute of Technology, Tiruchi (NIT-T), and Indian Institute of Food Processing Technology, Thanjavur (IIFPT), was commissioned at the Industrial Automation Laboratory at the NITT.  The aim of the cold storage system was to replicate a mobile multi-commodity cold storage system to store different fruits and vegetables towards reducing post-harvest losses. The shelf life of fruits and vegetables can be increased by maintaining the temperature and humidity of the fruits and vegetables in the recommended range.  A unique aspect of the project is the use of the Low Melting Temperature Phase Change Material (PCM) to store and circulate in the cold storage rooms instead of direct evaporation of refrigerant. The excess cold energy can be stored in the PCM and utilized in the absence of solar energy. This is an energy saving and cost-effective system.

9 February 2019

Polish physicist and businesswoman Olga Malinkiewicz has developed a novel inkjet processing method for perovskites, a new generation of cheaper solar cells, that makes it possible to produce solar panels under lower temperatures, thus sharply reducing costs.  Solar panels coated with the mineral are light, flexible, efficient, inexpensive and come in varying hues and degrees of transparency. They can easily be fixed to almost any surface, be it laptop, car, drone, spacecraft or building, to produce electricity, including in the shade or indoors.  Perovskite has been known to science since at least the 1830s. It was first identified by German mineralogist Gustav Rose while prospecting in the Ural mountains and named after Russian mineralogist Lev Perovski.

9 February 2019

The Hubble Space Telescope has made an unexpected discovery of a new dwarf galaxy in the cosmic backyard. The dwarf galaxy is located just 30 million light-years away.  An international team of astronomers used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study white dwarf stars within the globular cluster NGC 6752.

9 February 2019

A solar plant generating 3.5 MW of power was inaugurated in Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru Karnataka. KIA currently meets 67% of its energy requirements through solar power. It is now aiming for 100% reliance on renewable energy by 2020.

9 February 2019

The Karnataka High Court quashed the August 6, 2018 resolution of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Regional (BBMP) banning all forms of advertisements in open spaces in the city for a period of one year.  Justice Sunil Dutt Yadav declared that it cannot be said the fundamental rights of the petitioners and existing advertisement bylaws of 2006 could be kept in abeyance till the new advertisement bylaws are brought into force. Such action would amount to an arbitrary exercise of power.

9 February 2019

Tiny, testy and eye-catching with a colorful fin plumage, the Siamese fighting fish was named Thailand's national aquatic animal. Known in the West as a betta fish, the underwater brawler is popular in home aquariums for its iridescent body and many-hued tail.  The government said in a statement that the cabinet approved a proposal for the "fighting fish to be the national fish", citing its historical and cultural significance. Thailand's official national animal is the elephant.

9 February 2019

Essar Oil UK, part of the Essar Group has acquired a number of U.K. assets from oil giant BP, as part of efforts to strengthen its distribution and logistics network, even as the company seeks to increase its presence across a number of markets.  The assets include an equity stake in the UKOP north-to-south pipeline, a 200-km-long multi-product pipeline that connects the company’s Stanlow refinery to the Kingsbury oil terminal. It has also acquired an equity stake in the joint venture that runs the terminal as well as a 100% stake in the Northampton fuel storage terminal. The value of these deals comes to about Rs. 800 crore.

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