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Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully tested an indigenously-built lightweight 'glide bomb' at the Integrated Test Range in Odisha's Chandipur. Designated as the Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW), the bomb released from the IAF aircraft was guided through precision navigation system. Chairman DRDO - Dr. S Christopher

The Kerala government has decided to set up a 'trauma care' policy to provide road accident victims free treatment for the first 48 hours. It plans to reimburse the treatment cost by first paying hospitals and later getting it back from insurance companies. This would be launched in government medical colleges, district and taluk hospitals and major private medical institutions. Kerala State chief minister - Pinarayi Vijayan

Ferrari team would consider quitting Formula 1 from 2020 if changes proposed by new owners Liberty Media were implemented. Ferrari is the only team to have participated in all F1 world championships. Ferrari president - Sergio Marchionne.

The Haryana Urban Development Authority (Huda), in its single largest property e-auction, sold 9.82 acres of commercial land in Sector 47 of Gurgaon for a whopping Rs 842 crore to Swedish furniture maker IKEA. HUDA earned around ₹1,260 crore this fiscal through e-auctions.  

The world’s busiest airport, Singapore’s Changi airport’s newest terminal, its fourth, officially began operations recently, which features cleaning robots, mechanised systems transporting luggage, and a live theatre production. This Singapore airport unveiled a £544 million (₹4,660 crore) five-storey terminal the size of 27 football fields. It has not completed construction yet, and will get a rainforest-inspired canopy garden housing the world's biggest indoor waterfall by 2019. 

Today, India set a Guinness world record by cooking 918 kg khichdi, a traditional multi-grain dish, at the ongoing global food event organised by the government in the national capital. A team of 50 people led by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor and NGO Akshaya Patra supervised the night-long preparations and yoga guru Ramdev Baba put crowning 'tadka' in the dish at the World India Food event.

The number of stations monitoring air quality in the Delhi city increased to 35 from the existing 17, with two more stations scheduled to be added to the network by next week. Air pollution data till now was being recorded by four stations run by the Delhi Pollution Control Committee, eight by the Indian Meteorological Department and five by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

China’s rubber-stamp legislature has made disrespecting the national anthem a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison. The legislature also moved to apply a separate, recently passed law on the national anthem to Hong Kong and Macau, Chinese semi autonomous regions with separate legal systems.

The Andhra Pradesh government has announced plans to convert 29,000 fair price shops across the state into mini-malls, offering subsidised grains along with over 500 grocery items and fast-moving consumer goods. The initiative is aimed at improving the rural population's lifestyle by providing them with access to high-quality grocery products.

Indian Railways has increased the monthly cap on tickets booked on the IRCTC portal from six to 12 for Aadhaar-verified passengers. The move aims to encourage passengers to link the 12-digit unique numbers to their online booking accounts on IRCTC. However, passengers can continue to book up to six tickets a month without validating their Aadhaar number.

The government is planning to make hallmarking along with carat count mandatory for the gold jewellery sold in India, by January 2018. It will be done for jewellery in three categories — 14 carat, 18 carat and 22 carat. Food and Consumers Affairs Minister - Ram Vilas Paswan.

ONGC has received the Information Memorandum from the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management for acquiring majority stake in fellow public sector undertaking HPCL. ONGC’s acquisition of 51.11 per cent stake in HPCL is in line with the government’s plan to create an integrated energy major with businesses spread across the hydrocarbon value chain. The government has set the deadline to complete the ONGC-HPCL deal in the current financial year.