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  • Birth Anniversary of Poet Sarala Das

    6 days ago
    The Vice President addressed the 600th anniversary of the birth of Odia Adikabi Sarala Das in Cuttack. Sarala Das is one of the great scholars of Odiya literature. Sarala Das: He was the first scholar to write a work in Odia in the 15th century AD. The most famous are the three Odia books, Mahabharata, Vilanka Ramayana and Chandi Purana. He also wrote the book "Laxmi Narayana Vachanika". He began to write his "Mahabharata" during the reign of Kapileswar, also known as Kapilendra, King of Odisha Gajapati (1435-67 AD). Odia language:  Odia is the oldest ethnic group in the eastern Indo-Aryan tribe, originating from Ardhamagadhi Prakrit. Odia is one of the six languages that achieved classical status in India. A language is officially "prescribed" in the Indian Constitution. It is the main official language of the Indian state of Orissa.  

    Facts about Lieutenant General Walter Anthony Gustavo Wag Pinto

    13 days ago
    Pune Lieutenant General Walter Anthony Gustavo WAG Pinto, a former general of the Indian Army, died at the age of 97 in his final breath on the evening of March 25, 2021. Highlights: General Pinto was born in 1924 and received school education at St. Aloysius High Schools in Bangalore and Jabalpur, where he passed the 4D (Graduation Certificate) diploma from Cambridge High School. He was generally referred to as the "victor of Basantar" because he commanded the major general to command the 54th Division in battle. He finally served as the commander-in-chief of the Central Command. He was awarded the prestigious Param Vishisht Seva Medal (PVSM) for his main general role in the Indo-Pakistani War in 1971. His father Alexander Pinto belonged to the Gustave Pinto branch of Pintos in Santa Cruz, Goa, which was then Portuguese India. He attended the University of Jabalpur Robertson College, where he joined D Company, 10th Nagpur Camp, University Training Corps (UTC). General Pinto once wrote a book "Battering All" in which he described the Battle of Basanthar. Lieutenant General Wag Pinto is a very special army commander, and we may not be anxious to see such a person. The Battle of Basantar was one of the longest ground battles conducted by the Indian army under the active and brave leadership of Lieutenant General Wag Pinto ("Victor of Basantar"). The Battle of Basanthar was one of the largest ground battles in the history of the Indian Army. Under his leadership, the soldiers won 196 medals for bravery, of which 2 were Param Vir Chakras (second was Lieutenant Arun Khetrapal) and 9 Mahavir Chakras (the late Gen Vaidya of Operation Blue Star named Vaidya was among them).  

    Tribute to Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal

    29 days ago
    PM pays tribute to Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal. Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal (1809-1851) was a great thinker & social reformer of the 19th century. Highlights: ♦ Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal (1809-1851) was a great thinker & social reformer of the 19th century. According to the Prime Minister, the teachings of Ayya Vaikunda Swamikal have helped society overcome social barriers and unite people. He emphasized equality. He lived in the princely kingdom of Travancore in the early 19th century. ♦ As the founder of India’s early social reform movement " Samathwa Samajam " (1836), Ayya Vaikundar is regarded as the forerunner of this type of revolutionary movement in India. He was the first person to install a worship mirror in southern India. He is a representative of a new path of spiritual thought called "Ayya Vazhi". He said: "One caste, One religion, One clan, One world, One God". He led an exciting event called Mel Mundu Samaram.

    Birth Anniversary of Udupi Ramachandra Rao Google Doodle

    33 days ago
    The technology giant Google will celebrate the 89th birthday of Udupi Ramachandra Rao, a famous Indian professor and scientist, through its "Google Doodle" on March 10, 2021. The graffiti is based on Professor Rao's sketches, with the earth and meteors as the background, to commemorate his contribution to the space field. Udupi Ramachandra Rao: Udupi Ramachandra Rao is an Indian space scientist. He also served as the chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization. This scientist is also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) in Thiruvananthapuram, the Physics Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad and the Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru (Nehru Planetarium) Chairman. He is remembered as the "satellite of India". He died in 2017. He was born in a village in Karnataka on March 10, 1932. He started his career as a cosmic ray physicist and was regarded as the father of the Indian space program as Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. Awards and honors: Professor Rao was awarded Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 1976, and in 2017 he was awarded Padma Vibhushan. In March 2013, at a ceremony organized by the American Society, the professor was selected into the Washington Satellite Hall of Fame. International satellite professionals. Therefore, he became the first Indian to be selected into the Satellite Hall of Fame. The professor was also elected to the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) in May 2016 and once again became the first Indian to receive this honor.  

    Birth Anniversary of Biju Patnaik

    35 days ago
    March 5 is designated as the birth anniversary of Biju Patnaik. People remember him as a freedom fighter, Indian politician, aviator and businessman. Highlights: ♦ Bijayananda Patnaik was born on March 5, 1916, he is popularly known as Biju Patnaik. ♦ He is an ace pilot and joined the Royal Indian Air Force in 1936. ♦ He was the Chief Minister of Odisha twice. ♦ In 1942, Patnaik started his career as a freedom fighter. He joined the "Quit India Movement" under the leadership of Mahatma Gandhi to free India. ♦ He became an outstanding leader of Congress and participated in the Quit India Movement with Jay Prakash Narayan and Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia. ♦ In 1943, he was sentenced to two years in prison for participating in the "Quit India Movement". ♦ He performed secret missions fearlessly, transporting freedom fighters to secret meetings with supporters, and even airdropped flyers to support Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose’s Indian National Army. ♦ As a pilot of the Indian Air Force, he played an important role in the Second World War and the Kashmir War in 1948. ♦ Role in Kashmir integration: Biju Patnaik fearlessly flew a DC-3 transport plane to Srinagar on October 27, 1947 to transport Sikh soldiers who had invaded from Pakistan’s Kashmir tribe.  

    New Chairperson of AIBAs Champions & Veterans Committee Mary Kom

    39 days ago
    Indian boxer Mary Kom was appointed as the Chairman of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) Champion and Veterans Committee on March 3, 2021. Highlights: ♦ AIBA Chairman Umar Kremlev said that he believes Mary Kom will make a significant contribution to the success of the committee with his wealth of knowledge and experience. ♦ About the AIBA Champions and Veterans Committee: The committee was established in December 2020. It is made up of the most respected boxing veterans and champions from all over the world who have achieved some important goals and are ready to share their experiences. ♦ Mary Kom: Mary Kom is an Indian boxer. She is also a current member of the Indian Parliament (MP). The boxer was nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind as a member of the House of Lords Rajya Sabha on April 25, 2016. She has made a lot of history for India in the field of boxing. She is the only female boxer who has won the "World Boxing Champion" six times. She was also marked as the only boxer to win eight world championship medals. In addition, Mary is the only female boxer who has won medals in the previous seven world championships. Mary Kom is considered the only Indian female boxer to qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics and won the 51kg lightweight bronze medal. ♦ Awards and honors: The Indian boxer won the Padma Vibhushan award in 2020, which is the second highest civilian award in India. In 2006, she won the Padma Shri Award, which is the fourth highest civilian award in India. She also received the 2013 Padma Bhushan honor, which is the third highest civilian award.

    Morarji Desai 125th Anniverasary

    42 days ago
    The 125th birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister Morarji Desai was celebrated. He was the fourth prime minister of India (1977-79) and the first non- Congress Prime Minister of India. Key Facts: Early Life: Shri Morarji Desai was born on February 29, 1896 in the village of Bhadeli in Bulsar districts of Gujarat. After graduating from the Wilson Civil Service College in Mumbai in 1918, he served as an Deputy Collector for twelve years. Contribution in Freedom Struggle: In 1930, when India participated in the "civil disobedience movement" initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, Shri Desai lost confidence in Britain's sense of justice and decided to resign from the government and join the struggle. Shri Desai was imprisoned three times in the struggle for freedom. He became a member of All India Congress Committee in 1931 and served as the Secretary of the Gujarat Pradesh Congress Committee until 1937. He was detained by an individual Satyagraha, initiated by Mahatma Gandhi, released in October 1941 and detained again in August, 1942 at the time of Quit India movement. Political Career: In 1952, he became Chief Minister of Bombay. He joined the Union Cabinet as Minister of Commerce and Industry in November 1956.  Later, he acquired a financial portfolio in March 1958. In 1963, he resigned from Union Cabinet under the Kamraj Plan. Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri who succeeded Pt. Nehru served as prime minister and persuaded him to become chairman of the Administrative Reform Commission to reorganize the administrative system. Desai was arrested and detained when a state of emergency was declared on June 26, 1975. He went on an indefinite hunger strike to support the Nav Nirman movement in Gujarat. He was later unanimously elected as leader of the Janata Party in Parliament and was sworn in as Prime Minister of India on March 24, 1977.

    Guru Ravidas Jayanti is Designated on 27th Feb

    43 days ago
    According to the Hindu lunar calendar, on the full moon day of the month of Maga, Magh Purnima (February 27, 2021) celebrates Guru Ravidas Jayanti. About Guru Ravidas: He is a 14th century saint and religious reformer of the Bhakti movement in Northern India. It is believed that he was born into a cobbler family in Varanasi. He is highly praised for his belief in one God and his impartial religious poetry. He devoted his life to abolishing the caste system and publicly despised the concept of Brahman society. His devout singing had an immediate impact on the Bhakti movement, and his poems were included in the Sikh religious text "Guru Granth Sahib"

    Bir Chilarai Jayanti Prime Minister

    43 days ago
    The Prime Minister still remembered Bir Chilarai on Jayanti. About Bir Chilarai: Bir Chilarai (1510-1571) was a brave warrior and general of the Koch dynasty of the Assamese. He is the younger brother of King Nara Narayan of the Kamata Kingdom. Since 2005, the Government of Assam has organized Mahabir Chilaray’s birthday anniversary every year. He played an important role in the expansion of his brother's empire.

    Mannathu Padmanabhan Death Anniversary

    45 days ago
    The Prime Minister of India paid tribute to Sri Mannathu Padmanabhan Ji on his Punya Tithi. About Mannathu Padmanabhan: Mannathu Padmanabhan (1878-1970) was Indian social reformer and freedom fighter in Kerala. He participated in the anti-untouchability agitations and advocated the opening of temples for people of all castes. He also participated in Vaikom Satyagraha. He is also known for establishing Nair Service Society (NSS).  

    Birth Centenary of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi

    67 days ago
    The legendary Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's one-year celebration of the centennial birthday will begin on February 4, 2020. Highlights: ♦ The Rithwik Performing Arts Foundation also organized a two-day event in Mumbai to commemorate the eternal legacy of this great music master. The event celebrating the centenary of the birth was named "SwarBhaskar 100". ♦ The event will start with Jayateerth Mevundi's interpretation of Pandit Bhimsen Joshi's works. ♦ In addition to this event, Arya Sangeet Prasarak Mandal also organized a music program called "Abhivadan". This was organized in Ganesh Kala Krida Manch in Pune. ♦ Pandit Bhimsen Joshi: Pandit Bhimsen Gururaj Joshi is an Indian singer from Karnataka. He is famous for singing in the form of singing. He has also sung spiritual music in pop music. He belongs to Kirana gharana of Hindustani classical music. From 1964 to 1982, he visited Afghanistan, France, Italy, the United States and Canada to hold concerts. His concert was advertised on posters in New York. This is the first time that a musician from India has happened. He also organizes the Sawai Gandharva Music Festival once a year. This is a tribute to his master Pandit Sawai Gandharva. He was awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Scholarship in 1998. This is the highest honor awarded by Sangeet Natak Akademi. In 2009, he won India's highest civilian honor Bharat Ratna (Bharat Ratna). ♦ Hindustani classical music is the classical music of northern India. It is also called North Indian classical music or shastriya sangeet. The origin of Shastriya sangeet can be traced back to the 12th century AD. In the 12th century, Hindustani classical music ran counter to the classical music of southern India (called Carnatic music).  

    Manjamma Jogati - Padma Shri Winner of Popularizing Rural Folk Arts

    72 days ago
    Manjamma Jogati is the Padma Shri winner, he is a transgender in Karnataka. In the past few decades, she has engaged in the practice and single-handedly popularised rural folk arts. Highlights: Overcoming personal difficulties, Manjamma Jogati promoted these art forms, especially Jogati Nritya and Janapada songs practised in rural Karnataka, Maharashtra and parts of Andhra Pradesh. She identified herself as a woman when she was a teenager. She became part of the Deccan rural transgender community, which revered the fiery goddess Renuka Yellamma. The members of the community are considered married to goddesses. The lifestyle of the community and the situation of its members were highlighted in the national award-winning 2009 Marathi movie Jogwa.

    Guru Gobind Singh Jayant was Observed on 20 January

    80 days ago
    Sri Guru Gobind Singh Ji’s Parkash Purab or Guru Gobind Singh Jayant was designated on January 20, 2021. Guru Gobind Singh: ♦ The 10th Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh was born in December 1666. His birthday will be December or January based on the Gregorian calendar. In 2021, the date is January 20. Mark this day as Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti or Parkash Purab. ♦ Guru Gobind Singh was born as Gobind Rai, his father and ninth Guru Tegh Bahadur refused to embrace Islam He was beheaded by Emperor Mughal Aurangzeb when he was only 9 years old. ♦ His outstanding contribution to Sikhism was the establishment of Khalsa in 1699. Guru Gobind Singh is the only son of Guru Tegh Bahadur, born in Patna in December 1666. ♦ He was educated in reading, writing, martial arts, archery and horse riding. He is not only a brave warrior, but also a great poet and philosopher. His literary contributions include Jaap Sahib, Benti Chaupai, Amrit Savaiye, etc. He participated in many battles, especially against Aurangzeb, the Mughal ruler. ♦ In the Battle of Anandpur (1704), Guru lost his mother and two underage sons and they were executed. His eldest son also died in battle. ♦ When two Afghan assassins commissioned by Wazir Khan entered the camp, Guru and his troops were stationed in Deccan. An assassin stabbed Guru in Nanded. The assassin was killed by the Guru, and his accomplices were killed by the Sikh guards. A few days later, Guru Gobind Singh (Guru Gobind Singh) died on October 7, 1708, at the age of 42. ♦ After the death of the master, a long and painful war broke out between the Sikhs and the Mughals.  

    Sushruta Father of Indian Medicine

    82 days ago
    Sushruta (around 7th or 6th century BC) was a doctor in ancient India, presently known as the "Father of Indian Medicine" and "Father of Plastic Surgery" for designing and developing surgical procedures. Highlights: ♦ Sushruta (around 7th or 6th century BC) was a doctor in ancient India. His work on Sushruta Samhita (Sushruta's Compendium) is considered the oldest plastic surgery work in the world, and  is recognized as one of the Great Trilogy of Ayurvedic medicine (the other two are Charaka Samhita, before that), and Astanga Hridaya was followed closely). Sushruta is believed to live in Kashi. ♦ Sushruta Samhita recorded the causes of more than 1,100 diseases, the use of many medicinal plants, and guidelines for performing different operations, including three types of skin grafts and nose reconstruction. ♦ Sushruta's paper provides the first written record of rhinoplasty with a forehead flap, a technique that is still used to reconstruct the nose. ♦ He is the first student in human history to propose a surgical operation, who suggested anatomy of a cadaver to understand the human body and its organs. ♦ In the 8th century AD, Sushruta Samhita was translated into Arabic and was called "Kitab Shah Shun al-Hindi" and "Kitab-I-Susurud". ♦ In the early 19th century, Hessler published the first European translation of Sushruta Samhita in Latin, and Mueller published in German. The complete English literature is a three-volume version written by Kaviraj Kunja Lal Bhishagratna in Kolkata in 1907.

    International Bharathi Festival - 138th Birthday Of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi

    119 days ago
    International Bharathi Festival 2020 was organized by the Vanavil Cultural Center to celebrate the 138th birthday of Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi, and Scholar Shri Seeni Viswanathan won the Bharati Award 2020. Subramanya Bharathi: He is widely known as "MahakaviBharathi" and is a Tamil writer, poet, journalist, Indian independent activist, social reformer and polyglot. He fought for the liberation of women, opposed child marriage, and advocated the reform of Brahmanism and religion. Bharati as a young man and began his career in 1904 as a journalist and associate editor in "Swadesamitran". He launched the weekly "India" in May 1906. It declared the three slogans of the French Revolution: Freedom, Equality and Fraternity. "India" was the 1st paper in Tamil Nadu to publish political cartoons. Bharati opposed the caste system. He took a series of revolutionary measures to challenge orthodoxy by decorating many Dalits in Tamil Nadu on upanayana (sacred thread). Bharati advocated & ensured entry of Dalits into temples. He visualized "woman" as Shakti or Power. Bharati also published the cover of "Chakravarthini" magazine in 1906, which focused on empowering Indian women. He also advocated and campaigned women's participation in politics, their rights and education. The Bharati Award was instituted by the Vanavil Cultural Center in 1994 and is awarded every year to outstanding individuals who have made outstanding contributions in any field related to society and who have worked hard to realize Bharati's dream.

    Veermamunivars 140th birth anniversary was celebrated on 8 November

    144 days ago
    The 140th anniversary of Veermamunivar’s birth was celebrated on November 8, 2020. Veeramamunivar, a Jesuit priest, is famous in the Tamil literature circle for his epic Thembavani. Christian missionaries also composed small literary works including Thevaram based on hymns sung by the Saivaite saints. Highlights: ♦ Veermamunivar was attracted by the bhakti movement that thrived in Tamil Nadu and the singing of hymns by the Nayanmar and Azwar people. ♦ The Bhakti movement refers to the trend of spiritual spirituality that appeared in Hinduism in the Middle Ages, which later became the de facto catalyst for the formation of Sikhism. ♦ It originated in southern India (now Tamil Nadu and Kerala) in the eighth century and spread northward. From the 15th century, it swept across the east and north of India, and reached its peak in the 15th to 17th centuries CE. ♦ The movement began with Saiva Nayanars and Vaisnava Alvars, who lived between the 5th and 9th centuries AD. Their efforts eventually helped spread Bhakti’s poems and ideas throughout India from the 12th to the 18th century. ♦ The movement was inspired by many poets and saints, who advocated a wide range of philosophical positions, from the dualism of Devata theology to the absolute monism of Advata Vedanta. ♦ The Bhakti movement began with the purpose of reforming Hinduism.

    IWF appoint Michael Irani as interim President

    176 days ago
    The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) on October 16, 2020, announced the appointment of Michael Irani as its interim President. Michael Irani was appointed after the resignation of IWF President Tamás Aján. International Weightlifting Federation (IWF): International Weightlifting Federation was founded in 1905 and had its headquarters at Budapest, Hungary. Michael Irani: Michael Irani was born in Bombay, who is a leading physician in Rheumatology and works as a Consultant Rheumatologist at Ashford Hospital NHS Trust. Irani was the former Chairman of the anti-doping Commission of IWF. And he was also a member of the IWF Medical Committee since 1992. He served as the President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) Medical Committee from 1995 to 1999.

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh presented Raksha MantriTrophy

    178 days ago
    Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh gives away Raksha Mantri Trophy for Best Command Hospitals Armed Forces Medical Services (AFMS) for the year 2019 on October 16, 2020. The Defence Secretary attended the award function besides senior service and civilian dignitaries. Highlights: ♦ Command Hospital (Air Force) Bengaluru has backed the Best Command Hospital for the year 2019. ♦ Command Hospital (Eastern Command) Kolkata has backed as the Second Best Command Hospital for the year 2019. ♦ AFMS was acknowledged for its incredible services from combat medical support to troops deployed in operational roles. ♦ AFMS has provided its services at mid-zonal, zonal, and tertiary care hospitals of its. ♦ The Raksha Mantri Trophy was first instituted in the year 1989  ♦ The Raksha Mantri Trophy is to recognize excellence in healthcare services provided by Command Hospitals of the AFMS and to make a spirit of healthy competition among them.

    ECI appoints Shri M K Das as Special Police Observer forBye-Elections in Madhya Pradesh

    178 days ago
    The Election Commission of India (ECI) appoints retired IPS officer Shri Mrinal Kanti Das as Special Police Observer for forthcoming Bye-Elections to Legislative Assembly of Madhya Pradesh.  Shri Mrinal Kanti Das (Sh. M K Das) assigned to observe the conduct of bye-elections and poll preparedness, especially concerning security-related issues. M K Das: Sh. M K Das, who retired as Director-General of Manipur police.He was also deputed as Special Police Observer for General Election to the Legislative Assembly of NCT of Delhi, 2020.He stood in the same capacity for Tripura and Mizoram during the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections, and also during the Jharkhand Assembly elections of 2019.Sh. M K Das has an impeccable track record, and he is expertise in the domain.

    NGMA celebrated painter and artist Raja Ravi Varmas 172nd birth anniversary

    347 days ago
    National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) paid tribute to celebrated painter and artist Raja Ravi Varma on his 172nd birth anniversary on 29 April 2020 through a virtual tour. This virtual tour showcased the entire collection of his artworks at reserve collection, NGMA in New Delhi. The website for Virtual Tour is Who is Raja Ravi Varma? Raja Ravi Varma was born into an aristocratic family in Kerala on 29 April 1848. He was largely a self-taught artist as European techniques. He was a master at handling the oil medium and achieved magical ease with European naturalism. He was one of the greatest painters in the history of Indian art for a number of aesthetic and broader social reasons. He stood at the transitional stage between Indian painting tradition and the emergence of Salon artist well versed in European academic naturalism. He reconciled the aesthetic principles of both in his style. He represented the Hindu mythological stories so loved by the Indian imagination, with an illusionistic flair that mirrored the society of his time. He excelled as a portrait painter and a painter of various other genres like history painting, painting of female figures, and so on. His dramatic history paintings influenced the pioneers of Indian cinema like DadasahebPhadke and Baburao Painter. He was also a poet, scholar, and visionary far beyond his times.

    Basava Jayanthi was celebrated on 26 April

    351 days ago
    Basava Jayanthi was celebrated on 26 April. It is an annual event that is celebrated in the honour of the birth of Vishwaguru Basaveshwara, the 12th-century philosopher and social reformer. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to Lord Basaveshwara and greeted the people on the occasion of Basava Jayanthi. The day aims to spread Lord Basavanna's works and his ideas around the world to make the world a better place. Basavanna: Basavanna was a 12th-century philosopher, Kannada poet, statesman, and a social reformer. He lived during the reign of the Kalachuri-dynasty king Bijjala I in Karnataka, India. He introduced Anubhava Mantapa, a new public institution that welcomed men and women to discuss spiritual and mundane questions of life, in open. Basavanna introduced the Sharana movement. It attracted people from all castes that produced a corpus of literature, the vachanas. It unveiled the spiritual universe of the Veerashaiva saints. He also set up the Anubhava Mandapa, where the Sharanas, drawn from different castes and communities, gathered and engaged in learning and discussions In November 2015, PM Narendra Modi inaugurated the statue of Basaveshwara along the bank of the River Thames at Lambeth in London. Also in 2017, the PM suggested the digitization of holy Vachanas of Basavanna, which was done later.

    Saudi Arabia Plans To Enhance Anti-Terror Cooperation With India

    566 days ago
    Saudi Arabia to enhancecooperation with India to combat terrorism, including choking funds to terror networks and exchange of information and intelligence. Saudi Arabia Ambassador Dr Saud bin Mohammed Al Sati India and Saudi Arabia are closely cooperating with each other in fighting terrorism.Saudi Arabia siding with India in its campaign to rid the region of terrorism and pledged to extend all cooperation to effectively deal with the challenge.Both countries signed several agreements in the field of security, including an extradition treaty. Saudi Arabia is leading the global campaign against terrorism, terror financing and extremism. We are the founding member of a 68-nation strong Global Coalition to Counter ISIS and one of the founding countries of the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Collation.Saudi Arabia valued India as a close friend and a strategic partner and will further enhance defence and security cooperation.  Saudi Aramco, the country's national petroleum company, on September 14 knocked out half its daily oil production, severely impacting the global oil market and triggering fresh tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen's Houthi terror group has taken responsibility for the biggest-ever attacks on Saudi oil facilities, which severely impacted global oil supply. Saudi Arabia and its ally, the US, have blamed Iran for the attacks but Tehran has strongly denied the allegations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's historic visit to Saudi Arabia in 2016 when the two countries decided to further enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence sharing and law enforcement. During Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman's visit here in February, the two countries decided to constitute a comprehensive security dialogue and set up a joint working group on counter-terrorism to effectively deal with challenges of terrorism. The kingdom calls upon the international community to assume its responsibility in condemning those that stand behind this act, and to take a firm and clear position against this reckless behavior that threatens the global economy. India's relations with Saudi Arabia have been on the upswing over the last few years based on burgeoning energy ties besides cooperation in several other areas. There are over 2.96 million Indian nationals working in Saudi Arabia, the largest expatriate community in the country.

    Japanese defense ship JS Sazanami visits Kochi

    606 days ago
    JS Sazanami, the fourth vessel of the Takanami class destroyers of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force. The defence force is commanded by Commander Shoji Ishkawa. It is a 2-day goodwill visit from August 13 to19,2019. The activities such as the visit of Indian Navy personnel onboard JS Sazanami and professional interaction between the two navies were conducted during the visit. The visiting team provided with a conducted tour of the Anti-Submarine Warfare School and the Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel, INS (Indian Navy Ship ) Sunayna.Shoji Ishkawa accompanied by Koichiro Maeda , Coast Guard Superintendent, Commanding Officer of the Somalia Dispatch Team of the Japanese Coast Guard, and Captain Taiko Eda, Resident Defence Attaché of Japan at New Delhi.JS Sazanami have about 25 officers, 156 sailors and 8 Japanese Coast Guard personnel (3 officers and 5 sailors) onboard depart for Bahrain from Kochi. Indian Navy Founded:1612 Commander-in-Chief: President Ram Nath Kovind

    Tarun Chaudhri becomes first IAF pilot to complete wingsuit skydive jump

    621 days ago
    Indian Air Force (IAF) Wing Commander Tarun Chaudhri became the first pilot to perform a wingsuit skydive jump. He jumped 8500 feet from the Mi-17 V5 helicopter at Air Force Station in Jodhpur, Rajasthan. This is the first time when a pilot of the IAF jumped the wingsuit skydive with the same helicopter, which he has just flown. It is a military transport variant, equipped with modern avionics and glass cockpit instrumentation. The rotary-wing aircraft has state-of-the-art navigational equipment, avionics, weather radar. Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated on 26 July every year is celebrated in honor of the Kargil War’s Heroes. The Kargil war fought between India and Pakistan for more than 60 days. The event ended on 26 July 1999. India successfully took command of the high outposts which had been lost to Pakistani intruders.

    Bank of Baroda declared Dighi Port chairman Vijay Kalantri as 'wilful defaulter'

    675 days ago
    Bank of Baroda (BoB) has declared Dighi Port chairman and managing director Vijay Goverdhandas Kalantri and his son Vishal Kalantri as wilful defaulters for owing close to Rs 3,334 crore to a consortium of 16 banks in the country that include BoB, while Bank of India is the lead lender. Vijay Kalantri-owned Balaji Infra has 51.01 percent stake in Dighi Port, while Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) holds 39.37 percent stake in the company. In May 2019, a bankruptcy court approved JNPT's (Jawaharlal Nehru Port) resolution plan to buy Dighi Port for ₹853 crore.

    PSG chief Nasser Al-Khelaifi charged with athletics corruption

    689 days ago
    A French judge has charged the president of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) football club, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, with corruption over Qatari bids to host the world athletics championships 2019. Two payments totalling $3.5m (£2.8m), made in 2011, are under scrutiny. London won the bidding to host the championships in 2017, but Qatar is hosting this year's championships in September - October. It is alleged that the payments were made by Oryx Qatar Sports Investment - of which Nasser Al-Khelaifi is chairman - to another firm run by the son of Lamine Diack, ex-president of the IAAF, the world athletics governing body. About 2019 World Championships in Athletics: Edition: 17th Dates: 27 September and 6 October 2019 Host City: Doha, Qatar Venue: Khalifa International Stadium

    Virat Kohli becomes first cricketer with 100 million social media followers

    695 days ago
    Virat Kohli is the first cricketer in the world ever to break into the 100 million category for followers on social media. Virat Kohli has Facebook (37.1 million), Twitter (29.4 million) and Instagram (33.5 million) to his name. Football giant from Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo is the most popular sportsperson on the social media with 77 million followers on Twitter, 122 million followers on Facebook and 166 million followers on Instagram. Brazil star striker Neymar Jr is the second most popular sportsperson on micro-blogging site Twitter with 43 million followers. Argentina legend Lionel Messi - who plays for Barcelona in Spanish La Liga - follows Ronaldo on Facebook with 89 million followers. Sachin Tendulkar has 14.7 million followers on Twitter while MS Dhoni is third on the list with 13 million followers. Kohli is the third Indian after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Priyanka Chopra to have over 100 million followers on social media.

    Kylie Jenner named youngest self made billionaire of all time by Forbes magazine

    766 days ago
    Jenner, 21, made it onto the annual Forbes list of billionaires after debuting her Kylie Cosmetics online in 2015 with $29 lip kits containing matching lipstick and lip liner. According to Forbes list, she was both the world's youngest billionaire and also the youngest self-made billionaire ever. The richest person in the world remained Inc Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos, whose net worth increased to $131 billion from $112 billion in 2018, according to Forbes.

    IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman returned to India 2 days after being captured by Pakistan

    773 days ago
    Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman was captured by Pakistani military on 27 February after his MiG-21 jet was shot down in PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir). After the pilot’s release, the Pakistan Foreign Office described him as a Prisoner of War. Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up when 40 CRPF personnel were killed and many injured on February 14 in one of the deadliest terror attacks in Pulwama district. Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation in Balakot, deep inside Pakistan on February 26 and destroyed  major camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), which itself claimed responsibility for the Pulwama massacre. Varthaman was in one of the eight MIG-21s that took on the invader and shot down Pakistan’s F-16.

    India's Arunima world's 1st woman amputee to scale Antarctic peak

    827 days ago
    Indian mountaineer Arunima Sinha has now become the World's first female amputee to climb Mount Vinson, the highest peak of Antarctica. In 2013, Sinha had broken the world record by becoming the first woman amputee to climb Mount Everest. A former national level volleyball player, Arunima had lost her left leg after being thrown off a moving train and getting hit by another in 2011. Padma Shri awardee Sinha has already scaled five peaks - Mt Everest, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Ebrus, Mt Kosciuszko and Mt Aconcagua.

    India's Vedangi Kulkarni becomes fastest Asian to cycle the globe

    841 days ago
    Vedangi Kulkarni, a 20-year-old cyclist from Maharashtra's Pune, achieved the feat by completing the 29,000-km distance required to qualify as bicycling across the globe in 159 days. She reached Kolkata on December 23 after pedalling up to 300 km a day in 14 countries across the 159 days. British adventurer Jenny Graham (38) is the fastest woman to have cycled the globe in 124 days in 2018, which was three weeks faster than the previous record.

    Scientist Dr VR Lalithambika is heading India's First Human Space Mission

    932 days ago
    The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has chosen veteran scientist Dr VR Lalithambika to head its Gaganyaan mission to put an Indian in space by 2022. The 56-year-old scientist has 30 years of experience in space missions with ISRO. She was also a key member of the team responsible for launching 104 satellites in one go in February 15, 2017.

    PM Modi became third most followed world leader on Twitter

    1003 days ago
    BCW’s (Burson Cohn & Wolfe) Twiplomacy study 2018 identified PM Narendra Modi as the third most followed world leader on Twitter with 42 million followers on his personal account @NarendraModi, while Sushma Swaraj is the most followed female world leader, with 11 m followers. US President Donald Trump is the most followed world leader on Twitter, with 52 million followers on his @realDonaldTrump account. Facebook is the second most popular platform among government leaders followed by Instagram.

    Peggy Whitson most experienced space woman in the world retires as astronaut

    1032 days ago
    NASA's record-breaking astronaut, Peggy Whitson, retired on June 15 after a 22-year-long career. She has spent totally 665 days over three International Space Station missions. The 58-year-old is the oldest woman to go into space and also the most experienced female spacewalker, with 10 missions.

    USA Bans Use Of Venezuelan Cryptocurrency- Petro

    1119 days ago
    The Donald Trump administration banned all use by Americans of Venezuelan cryptocurrency (Petro) that its introduction is intended to skirt U.S. sanctions. The prohibition applies to all people and companies subject to U.S. jurisdiction. In February 2018, cash-strapped Venezuela became the first country to launch its own version of bitcoin, the petrol.

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