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The Emirates National Oil Company (ENOC) opened United Arab Emirates first solar powered gas station. It signifies country's increased focus on maintaining the highest standards of sustainability and clean energy. It covers solar panels that can generate up to 120 kilowatt hours.

NASA scientists have discovered a new planet OGLE - 2016 - BLG - 1195lb that has the same mass as Earth and orbits its star from the same distance as Earth orbits the sun. The newly discovered planet is nearly 13,000 light years and orbits a small star . Iceball planet is the lowest-mass planet ever found through microlensing. Microlensing is a technique that facilitates the discovery of distant objects by using background stars as flashlights.

India successfully test-fired 3000 kilometre Agni-III  ballistic missile from Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. The test was carried out by the strategic Forces command with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO). The missile is powered by a two-stage solid propellant engine carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads weighing up to 1.5 tonnes. Agni first trial was carried out on September 21,2012.

 Nita Ambani was made a member of two important commissions of the International Olymbic Committee.(IOC) governing body. She was elected as an individual member of International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year. She will serve the IOC till she turns 70. Nita Ambani has replaced International Paralympic Committee President Philip Craven.

India’s fifth largest private sector Bank, the YES BANK has won the prestigious ‘Golden Peacock Innovative Product/Service Award 2017’ (in Financial sector Banking). Yes Bank received the prize for its innovative mobile technology product, SIMsePAY at the Dubai Global Convention 2017 for the 27th World Congress on Leadership for Business Excellence & Innovation and Presentation of Golden Peacock Awards. The Golden Peacock Awards were established by the Institute of Directors (IOD) in India in 1991. About Yes Bank Head quarters - Mumbai ; Founder -  Rana Kapoor, Ashok Kapoor, Late Ashok Kapur ; CEO - Rana Kapoor ;

Sujal Kahar, a 12-year-old football enthusiast and goal-keeper from Mumbai, has been shortlisted to represent India at the global Football For Friendship (F4F) social programme. The F4F programme, supported by Gazprom and FIFA, focuses on the development of childrens football, fostering tolerance and respect for different cultures and nationalities among children from different countries.  India joins the programme for the first time and will participate with 60 other countries. Sujal will join young footballers from around the world in St. Petersburg, Russia in July 2017.

With a view to digitally empower the Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscribers and to improve the quality of service, the facility of online viewing of the statement of the transactions (e-SOT) and also the e- Permanent Retirement Account Number (e-PRAN card) have been launched. There are more than 45 lakhs APY subscribers will be benefited by the above scheme. APY is available for all citizens of India in the age group of 18-40 years.  APY subscribers would receive a minimum guaranteed pension of Rs. 1000 to Rs. 5000 per month from the age of 60 years, depending on their contributions.

Veteran actor and politician Vinod Khanna has expired at the age of 70. His famous films are Mere Apne, Insaaf and Amar, Akbar, Anthony. He was last seen in 2015 in Shah Rukh Khan’s Dilwale. In 1999, he received the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award. He served as the Union minister for culture and tourism in 2002 . Later, he also became a minister of state in the Ministry of External Affair.

Srishti Kaur was crowned as Miss Teen Universe 2017 after beating 25 contestants from around the world at the annual beauty pageant. The event was held in Managua, the capital of Central American country Nicaragua. She also won the prize for best national costume. Samantha Pierre from Canada and Ary Trava from Mexico were the runners-up in the event. The event started six years ago, is organized by the Miss Universe organization for teens aged 15 to 19.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today launched  "Ude desh ka aam naagrik" (UDAN), a scheme to help people to fly cheap to small towns. India's first national aviation (UDAN) policy launched in June last year. The lowest airfare is Rs. 2,500.

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will soon put into circulation new 5 coins to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Allahabad High Court.  New 10 coins have also been minted to commemorate the 125th year of National Archives of India. On the design of new Rs 5 coin, the coin’s face will bear an image depicting centre facade of Allahabad High Court Building emerging from the book. On the design of new Rs 10 coin, on the reverse of the coin, there will be an image of National Archives Building in the centre with inscription ‘125 YEARS’ below the image.

The Central Government has sanctioned construction of over one lakh more houses for the urban poor with an investment of Rs 4,200 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(PMAY). The government has now approved construction of over 18.75 lakh houses for Economically Weaker Sections in 2,151 cities and towns across the country. Madhya Pradesh tops the overall list of states in getting approvals with over 2.66 lakh houses sanctioned under PMAY (Urban) with a total investment of Rs 18,283 crore. Tamil Nadu is second with over 2.52 lakh houses with a total project cost of Rs 9,112 crore.

The Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water and Sanitation Shri Narendra Singh Tomar announced 10 new Iconic places to be taken under the Phase II of Swachh Bharat. These ten new iconic places which are to be brought to a higher standard of swachhta and visitors’ amenities are 1. Gangotri 2. Yamunotri 3. Mahakaleshwar Temple, Ujjain 4. Char Minar, Hyderabad 5. Church and Convent of St. Francis of Assissi, Goa 6. Adi Shankaracharya’s abode Kaladi in Ernakulam 7. Gomateshwar in Shravanbelgola 8. Baijnath Dham, Devghar 9. Gaya Tirth in Bihar and 10. Somnath temple in Gujarat.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully launched its football-stadium-sized, heavy-lift Super Pressure Balloon (SPB) from Wanaka, New Zealand. The mission is designed to run 100 or more days floating at 110,000 feet (33.5 km) about the globe in the southern hemisphere's mid-latitude band. The balloon is designed by NASA to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth's atmosphere.

IPS officer Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar has been appointed as the Director-General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The CRPF was functioning without a head for the past two months after the retirement of K. Durga Prasad on February 28, 2017. Bhatnagar will be replacing the acting DG Sudeep Lakhtakia. Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar is a 1983 batch IPS officer belonging to the Uttar Pradesh cadre. He is the Director General of the Narcotics Control Bureau.

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) sent over 200kg briquettes*(blocks of compressed material) of Rs. 500 and Rs. 1,000 old notes to National Institute of Design (NID) to develop usable products from scrapped currency notes.

Belgium has become the first country to open an honorary consulate office in Gujarat International Finance Tec-City (GIFT City). The consulate was inaugurated by Belgian Secretary of State for Foreign Trade, Pieter De Crem. Hari Sankaran was nominated as Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Belgium to the state of Gujarat.

The Tamil Nadu government signed an agreement with Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) for implementing the Centre's rural internet connectivity programme , "Bharatnet". A sum of Rs. 50 lakh has been allocated as the state's share captial.  By implementing BharatNet in Tamil Nadu, more than 12,524 village panchayats to provide various government services through internet.

NASA's Cassini spacecraft  transmitted its images and other data on Saturn's moon "Titan" to Earth. Cassini begins its final series of 22 dives between the rings and the planet Saturn. Velocity - 860.5 metres per second Rocket: Titan IV(401)B B-33 The spacecraft was launched on October 15, 1997.

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