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

    95 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 http://www.ngmaindia.gov.in/virtual-tour-of-raja-ravi-varma.asp 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

    99 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

    314 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

    354 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

    369 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'

    423 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

    437 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

    443 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

    514 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 Amazon.com 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

    521 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

    575 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

    589 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

    680 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

    751 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

    780 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

    867 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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