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The UN General Assembly elected Slovak foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak to be the next president of the 193-member powerful body.   Lajcak was elected as President of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly at a special session.

The Minister of Road Transport & Highways and Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari launched INAM-Pro + in New Delhi. INAM-Pro+ is an upgraded version of INAM-Pro, the web portal designed by National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) It is a web-based application for Infrastructure and Material Providers.

India and Russia signed an agreement for the two new reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) on the sidelines of the annual summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The fifth and the sixth unit of India’s largest nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu will cost about Rs 50,000 crore to build with half of it being funded by Russia as a loan. The KKNPP was the outcome of an inter-governmental agreement between the Soviet Union and India in 1988.

Reserve Bank of India appointed S. Ganesh Kumar as Executive Director. Ganesh Kumar will look after Department of Information Technology, Department of Payment and Settlement Systems and Department of External Investments and Operations. His appointment is consequent upon voluntary retirement of Chandan Sinha. The central bank currently has 11 Executive Directors. Ganesh Kumar was Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Department of Information Technology in the Reserve Bank.

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley announced the second Scorpene-class submarine is ready for surface sea trial. INS Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine has been built at Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai, Maharashtra. It is named Khanderi, after the Island fort of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji which played had a vital role in ensuring their supremacy at sea in late 17th century. It is the second of the six submarines being built at MDL in collaboration with France’s DCNS as part of Project 75 of Indian Navy.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) in the U.S. detected merger of two black holes. The third Hole named GW170104 marks the detection of gravitational waves coming from a binary black hole merger. The findings were published in the Physical review Letters.

India successfully test-fired Prithvi-II ballistic missile of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha's Balasore. The surface-to-surface missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, was carried out from a mobile launcher. The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads and is thrust by liquid propulsion twin engines.

National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) of India received prestigious International Award of Asia-Pacific Quality Network (APQN) titled “APQN Quality Award 2017 for International Co-operation in Quality Assurance.” The award was received by NAAC Adviser Dr. Jagannath Patil in a special ceremony held in Moscow, recently. APQN Quality Award is among the most prestigious International Awards in quality assurance of higher education. The NAAC and its faculty have worked with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on various projects, events, publications.

Japan launched a new satellite to improve the to help build a high precision geolocation system. Japan launched an H-2A rocket which carries the satellite called "Michibiki No.2" from a space center in Tanegashima, Southern Japan. It aims to build its version with four satellites focusing on the country and wider region.

The government launched ‘SPARROW ITS’ (Smart Performance Appraisal Report Recording Online Window). The purpose of above service is to enable the Indian Trade Service (ITS) officers to fill their Annual Performance Appraisal Report (APAR) online for the year 2016 -17 onwards. The SPARROW ITS launched by Rita Teotia, Commerce Secretary in accordance with the Government of India’s policy to introduce online APAR for Group ‘A’ services. Then officer present self-examination in online through Digitally Signed Signature (DSC) or through E sign.

India and Russia signed Saint Petersburg Declaration as a roadmap to enhance co - operation after the 18th Annual Bilateral Summit. The Declaration was signed following the annual bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Both the countries had agreed to interact closely with various fields including economy, manufacturing, energy.

Nirupama Rao appointed as the Public Policy Fellow at a top American think tank based in Washington. Nirupama was the former Indian Ambassador to the United States. Under this program, she would be spending three months in residence at the Wilson Centre, which is a key non-partisan policy forum for tackling global issues, beginning in June 2017.

A 12-year-old Californian student, Ananya Vinay, won the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. She is awarded the cash prize of $40, 000.  The competition was held in Washington’s Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Harsimrat Kaur Badal inaugurated The first Mega Food Park at Rayagada in the state of Odisha. Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach. MITS Mega Food Park has been set up in 50.05 acres of land at the cost of Rs. 80.17crores. This is the 7th Mega Food Park operationalized in the last 3 years by the present government.

The 70th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland. Member states also agreed on a five-year action plan that will initiate collaboration between World Health Organisation (WHO) the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in tackling shortfalls in global health and social workforce. The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board.