Jagdeep Dhankar elected India's next Vice President
Jagdeep Dhankar, the candidate of the Centre-ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA), has been declared the winner of the Vice Presidential election. Dhankar, 71, will be administered the oath to the office on August 11, a day after the tenure of incumbent Vice President Venkaiah Naidu is scheduled to expire. Jagdeep Dhankar, the former West Bengal governor, defeated joint opposition's nominee Margaret Alva in the Vice Presidential elections.
DRDO successfully test fires indigenously developed laser-guided ATGMs
Indigenously developed Laser-Guided Anti-Tank Guided Missiles (ATGM) were successfully test-fired from Main Battle Tank (MBT) Arjun by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Army at KK Ranges with support of Armoured Corps Centre & School (ACC&S) Ahmednagar in Maharashtra. The missiles hit with precision and successfully destroyed the targets at two different ranges. Telemetry systems have recorded the satisfactory flight performance of the missiles. The all-indigenous Laser Guided ATGM employs a tandem High Explosive Anti-Tank (HEAT) warhead to defeat Explosive Reactive Armour (ERA) protected armoured vehicles. The ATGM has been developed with multi-platform launch capability and is currently undergoing technical evaluation trials from 120 mm rifled gun of MBT Arjun.
Shri Satyendra Prakash assumes charge as Principal Director General PIB
Shri Satyendra Prakash assumed charge as Principal Director General of the Press Information Bureau (PIB). Shri Prakash is an Officer of the Indian Information Service, Batch of 1988. Prior to this, he held the position of Principal DG, Central Bureau of Communication.
England's Beth Mead named tournament's best player after winning Golden Boot
England forward Beth Mead was named Euro 2022's best player after winning the Golden Boot award given to the tournament's top scorer. Mead edged Germany's Alexandra Popp in the scoring stakes, despite both players finishing on six goals in Women's Euro 2022.
Mirabai Chanu wins India's first gold medal in Commonwealth Games 2022
Star weightlifter Mirabai Chanu (49kg) went on a record-smashing spree, claiming four of them in a power-packed performance, to claim India's first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Chanu smashed the Commonwealth and CWG record in snatch. She obliterated the Games record in clean and jerk as well as total lift.
Delivery of Indigenous Aircraft Carries (IAC) Vikrant
Indian Navy has created maritime history by taking delivery of the prestigious Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) ‘Vikrant from her builder Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL), Kochi. Designed by the Indian Navy's in-house Directorate of Naval Design (DND) and built by CSL, a Public Sector Shipyard under the Ministry of Shipping (MoS), the carrier is christened after her illustrious predecessor, India's first Aircraft Carrier which played a vital role in the 1971 war. The 262 meter long carrier has a full displacement of close to 45,000 tonnes which is much larger and more advanced than her predecessor. The ship is powered by four Gas Turbines totaling 88 MW power and has a maximum speed of 28 Knots. Built at an overall cost of close to Rs. 20,000 Crores.
French cricketer Gustav Mckeon becomes youngest cricketer to score T20I century
France opener Gustav McKeon became the first teenager to score a T20I century in men’s cricket. Mckeon smoked a 61-ball 109 against Switzerland in Vantaa. His knock was studded with five fours and nine sixes. It was only the second international match for the youngster.
Neeraj Chopra won silver medal in World Athletics
In The World Athletics Championship javelin throw final at Eugene in the USA, India’s Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra won the silver medal.
Anderson Peters beats Neeraj Chopra to take javelin gold
The Grenadian Anderson Peters, who awed the world with three javelin throws over 90m to take gold in the World Championships in a competition.
After Kaushik Basu, Indermit Gill to be second Indian to become World Bank chief economist
Indermit Gill will be the second Indian, after Kaushik Basu, to become the chief economist of World Bank, the international financial institution that grants loans to middle and lower-income countries. Gill's tenure will start from September 1, 2022, the World Bank said in a press release issued on July 21. Gill is currently World Bank's vice president for equitable growth, finance, and institutions, where he led work on macroeconomics, debt, trade, poverty, and governance. Between 2016 and 2021, he was a professor of public policy at Duke University and a non-resident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution.
Jakob Ingebrigtsen wins world 5,000m gold
Jakob Ingebrigtsen made up for his 1,500 meters disappointment by winning the world 5,000m title in emphatic style.
Armand Duplantis breaks pole vault world record
Armand Duplantis brought down the curtain on the World Championships in stunning fashion on Sunday, breaking his own pole vault world record in the final act of the 10-day track and field meet in Eugene.
Sydney McLaughlin beat world record in 400 hurdles
Sydney McLaughlin shattered her world record by a whopping 0.73 seconds, blazing through the 400-meter hurdles in 50.68 seconds for her first career gold medal at world championships.
Burhanpur of Madhya Pradesh becomes the First Certified ‘Har Ghar Jal’ district in the Country
Burhanpur also known as the Darwaza of Dakhin in Madhya Pradesh becomes the first Har Ghar Jal certified district in the country. Burhanpur is the only district in the country where people from each of 254 villages have declared their villages as ‘Har Ghar Jal’ through a resolution passed by Gram Sabhas, certifying that all people in the villages have access to safe drinking water through taps, ensuring that No One is Left Out.
68th National Film Awards announced
Madhya Pradesh wins the Most Film Friendly State award. Testimony of Ana bags Best Non-Feature Film; Soorarai Pottru wins Best Feature Film. Suriya and Ajay Devgn are joint winners of the Best Actor Award while Aparna Balamurali wins Best Actress. Best Female Playback Singer won by Nanchamma for AK Ayyappanum Koshiyum; Rahul Deshpande Best Male Playback Singer. Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior grabs Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. Sachidanandan KR wins the Best Director award for the Malayalam movie AK Ayyappanum Koshiyum. Click here to read full winner list.
Shrimati Droupadi Murmu elected as the President of India
Shrimati Droupadi Murmu was elected as the 15th President of India. Murmu was elected as the councilor of Rairangpur Nagar Panchayat in 1997. She also served as Bharathiya Janata Party's Scheduled Tribes Morcha vice-president. During the Bharatiya Janata Party and Biju Janata Dal coalition government in Odisha, She was the Minister of State with independent charge for Commerce and Transport from March 6, 2000, to August 6, 2002, and Fisheries and Animal Resources Development from August 6, 2002, to May 16, 2004. She is a former Odisha Minister and an MLA from the Rairangpur assembly constituency in the years 2000 and 2004. She was conferred the Nilkantha award for best MLA by Odisha Legislative Assembly in 2007. She was the first woman Governor of Jharkhand. She was the first female tribal leader from Odisha to get appointed as a governor in an Indian state.
PV Sindhu clinches Singapore Open title
P V Sindhu lifted the Singapore Open Super 500 trophy after outwitting China’s Wang Zhi Yi in an intense women’s singles final. The title run will be a big boost for Sindhu, who will be leading the Indian charge at the Commonwealth Games, starting July 28 in Birmingham. This was her third title of the season - having won two Super 300 crowns in Syed Modi International and Swiss Open - and an addition to her brimming cabinet which has a gold, two silver, and two bronze medals from the World Championships besides two Olympic medals.
KVIC Chairman Shri Manoj Kumar Assumes Charge
The newly appointed Chairman of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC), Shri Manoj Kumar assumed the charge. Shri Manoj Kumar, who has worked as an Expert Member (Marketing) at KVIC, has a vast experience in the areas of marketing and rural development.
Kerala, Ahmedabad make it to TIME magazine’s list of World’s Greatest Places of 2022
The TIME magazine has named Kerala and Ahmedabad among the 50 extraordinary destinations to explore in its list of the World’s Greatest Places of 2022. Kerala is one of India’s most beautiful states. With spectacular beaches and lush backwaters, temples, and palaces, it’s known as 'God’s own country' for good reason. India’s first UNESCO World Heritage City, Ahmedabad boasts both ancient landmarks and contemporary innovations that make it a mecca for cultural tourism.
EU formally accepts Croatia as 20th euro zone member
European Union finance ministers formally approved Croatia becoming the 20th member of the euro common currency at the start of 2023. The European Council, the grouping of 27 EU governments, adopted three legal acts required to allow Croatia – an EU member since 2013 – to introduce the euro on January 1. One of those acts set the conversion rate for entry at one euro to 7.53450 Croatian kunas, with Croatia now having a few months to prepare the practicalities for the currency switch. To adopt the euro, Croatia had to fulfill the criteria of price and exchange rate stability, sound public finances, and moderate long-term interest rates, all measured against EU benchmarks.
Successful debut flight for Europe's Vega-C rocket
Europe has given a successful debut to its new Vega-C rocket. The medium-lift vehicle was sent up from French Guiana to deliver seven satellites to orbit, the largest of which will test Einstein's general theory of relativity. Vega-C has enormous importance for Europe's continued access to space. It's needed to fill a big gap in capability now that Russian rockets are no longer available because of the war in Ukraine. Vega-C will be the obvious option for many, although even before Wednesday's successful maiden flight, the new Italian-led rocket system was fully booked through 2023, 2024, and 2025.
PM unveils National Emblem cast on the roof of the new Parliament Building
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi unveiled the National Emblem cast on the roof of the New Parliament Building. The National Emblem is made of bronze with a total weight of 9500 Kg and is 6.5 m in height. It has been cast at the top of the Central Foyer of the New Parliament Building. A supporting structure of steel weighing around 6500 Kg has been constructed to support the Emblem. The concept sketch and process of casting the National Emblem on the roof of the New Parliament Building has gone through eight different stages of preparation from clay modeling/computer graphic to bronze casting and polishing.
22nd National Fish Farmers Day celebrated
National Fisheries Development Board, Union Ministry of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, celebrated the 22nd National Fish Farmers Day today in a hybrid mode at NFDB Hyderabad.
Elena Rybakina clinch the women's singles in Wimbledon Tennis Championship
Kazakhstan's Elena Rybakina beats Tunisia's Ons Jabeur to win the final of the women's singles of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London. She became Kazakhstan's first player to win a Grand Slam singles title.
ALH Squadron INAS 324 Commissioned at Visakhapatnam
Indian Naval Air Squadron 324 was commissioned into the Indian Navy in the presence of Vice-Admiral Biswajit Dasgupta, AVSM, YSM, VSM Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Naval Command at an impressive Commissioning Ceremony held at INS Dega, Visakhapatnam. The unit is the first Naval Squadron on the Eastern Seaboard operating the indigenously designed and built Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) MK III (MR) helicopters. INAS 324 has been named "KESTRELS” which are birds of prey and have good sensory capabilities symbolizing the envisaged role of the Aircraft and the Air Squadron. The Insignia of the Squadron depicts a ‘KESTREL’ searching over vast blue and white sea waves, which signifies the integral Maritime Reconnaissance (MR) and Search and Rescue (SAR) role of the Squadron.
Jasprit Bumrah breaks world record
Indian tail-ender Jasprit Bumrah registered a world record, as he scored the highest amount of runs of an over in Test cricket during the team's bout against England at the Edgbaston stadium in the UK's Birmingham. Bumrah, a number-10 batter on the strike, England's top pacer Stuart Broad ended up conceding 35 runs of his over.
DRDO conducts successful maiden flight of Autonomous Flying Wing
Maiden flight of the Autonomous Flying Wing Technology Demonstrator was carried out successfully by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) from the Aeronautical Test Range, Chitradurga, Karnataka. Operating in a fully autonomous mode, the aircraft exhibited a perfect flight, including take-off, waypoint navigation, and a smooth touchdown. This flight marks a major milestone in terms of proving critical technologies for the development of future unmanned aircraft and is a significant step towards self-reliance in such strategic defense technologies. The Unmanned Aerial Vehicle is designed & developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE), Bengaluru, a premier research laboratory of DRDO. It is powered by a small turbofan engine. The airframe, undercarriage, and entire flight control and avionics systems used for the aircraft were developed indigenously.
India’s largest floating solar power project commissioned
India’s largest floating Solar Power Project is now fully operational. NTPC declared Commercial Operation of the final part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, Telangana. With the operationalization of the 100 MW Solar PV Project at Ramagundam, the total commercial operation of Floating Solar Capacity in the Southern Region rose to 217 MW. Earlier, NTPC declared Commercial operation of 92 MW Floating Solar at Kayamkulam (Kerala) and 25 MW Floating Solar at Simhadri (Andhra Pradesh).
The 2022 International Booker Prize
The 2022 International Booker Prize has been won by Tomb of Sand, written by Geetanjali Shree and translated by Daisy Rockwell. It is the first book originally written in any Indian language to win the prize, and the first novel translated from Hindi to be recognized by the award.
High speed Expendable Aerial Target - ABHYAS - successfully flight-tested off Odisha coast
ABHYAS – High Speed Expendable Aerial Target (HEAT) was successfully flight-tested from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur off the coast of Odisha. The performance of the aircraft at low altitudes including sustained level and high maneuverability was demonstrated during the test flight. The target aircraft was flown from a ground-based controller in a pre-designated low-altitude flight path, which was monitored by various tracking sensors deployed by ITR, including radar and an electro-optical targeting system. ABHYAS is designed & developed by the Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The air vehicle was launched using twin under-slung boosters which provide the initial acceleration to the vehicle. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine to sustain a long endurance flight at high subsonic speed. The target aircraft is equipped with Micro-Electromechanical Systems-based Inertial Navigation System for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer for guidance and control along with Indigenous Radio Altimeter for very low altitude flight and Data Link for encrypted communication between the Ground Control Station and Target Aircraft. The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight.
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