Air Odisha gets flying permit,to begin ops on Feb 17 from Gujarat
Bhubaneswar based Air Odisha has received regulatory approvals to begin scheduled passenger commuter services under the regional connectivity scheme. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation issued Air Odisha the scheduled commuter operator permit, which allows the airline to launch its services on regional routes, till now it had only a non-scheduled operator permit.
Chandrashekar Kambar elected as president of Sahitya Akademi
Kannada littérateur and Jnanpith recipient Chandrashekar Kambar was elected president of the Sahitya Akademi. Hindi poet Madhav Koushik was elected vice-president. Dr. Kambar is the third Kannada writer to head the country’s premier literary institution after two decades.
Awards for Rohit and Rahane
Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have been named in the prestigious Shiv Chhatrapati State Sports Awards list announced by the Government of Maharashtra. Rohit (for the 2015-16 season) and Rahane (2016-17) have been chosen for their outstanding performance in international cricket. The awards will be presented at a functionat the Gateway of India on February 17. The winners will receive a trophy, certificate and a cash prize of Rs. 3 lakh.
Indra Nooyi appointed ICC’s first independent female director
PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi has been appointed to the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board as the governing body’s first independent female director. Nooyi will join the Board in June 2018.
Karnataka High Court gets new Chief Justice
Justice Dinesh Maheshwari, Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court, will take over as Chief Justice of Karnataka High Court.
India win U-19 World Cup 2018
The India U-19 side, led by Prithvi Shaw, created history on Saturday when they defeated Australia U-19 by 8 wickets to clinch the ICC U-19 World Cup trophy. With the victory, India became the only country to win the trophy four times.. This is India’s fourth U-19 World Cup title after Mohammad Kaif’s team won it in 2000, Virat Kohli’s team won it in 2008 and Unmkut Chand in 2012.
Federer first man to win 20 Grand Slam titles
The 36-year-old Swiss marvel Roger Federer continues to defy the years and attrition rate, reaching his 30th Grand Slam decider and claiming his sixth Australian crown and 20th Grand Slam title.
Vijay Keshav Gokhale assumes charge as new Foreign Secretary
Vijay Keshav Gokhale, senior diplomat of the External Affairs Ministry, take charge as Foreign Secretary. Mr. Gokhale will succeed S. Jaishankar, who became Foreign Secretary two year ago.
Usha Ananthasubramanian becomes first woman chairman of IBA
Usha Ananthasubramanian, managing director at Allahabad Bank has become the first woman chairman of the Indian Banks' Association, the 71-year old industry body for banks. IBA announced that its managing committee elected Ananthasubramanian as the chairman till August. She will be superannuating on August 31.
SARAS PT1N makes its maiden flight
SARAS PT1N (14 seater) designed and developed by CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (CSIR-NAL), a frontline aerospace research laboratory, has successfully made its maiden flight. The flight was commanded by Wg Cdr U P Singh, Gp Capt R V Panicker and Gp Capt K P Bhat from IAF-Aircraft and Systems Testing Establishment (ASTE).
Acquisition of HPCL by ONGC
The Government of India entered into an agreement with ONGC on January 20, 2018 for sale of its 51.11% equity shareholding in HPCL at a consideration of Rs. 36,915 crore. ONGC-HPCL integration offers huge potential to attain economies of scale at various levels of operations and consolidation in petrochemical and refining business. The group company will leverage the financial strength and diversify business portfolio in upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)
Om Prakash Rawat has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC), succeeding incumbent Achal Kumar Jyoti to the post. AK Joti is expected to hand over the reigns of the Election Commission to Rawat on January 23. Rawat, in adherence to the rule, has been appointed as the 22nd CEC by President Ram Nath Kovind on the recommendation of central government.
India beat Pakistan, win second consecutive Blind Cricket World Cup
India beat Pakistan by two wickets to win the Blind Cricket World Cup 2018. India were asked to chase a target of 308 in their allotted 50 overs in Sharjah and got there with eight balls to spare. It is India’s second consecutive title, having beaten Pakistan to lift the trophy in 2014.
Successful Fifth Flight Test of Agni-5 Ballistic Missile
Long Range Surface-to-Surface Ballistic Missile, Agni-5, was successfully flight tested for its full range from Dr Abdul Kalam Island, Odisha. This was the fifth test of the Missile and the third consecutive one from a canister on a road mobile launcher. All the five missions have been successful.
PM Modi, Israeli PM Netanyahu dedicate iCreate to the nation
Prime Minister Modi and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu today dedicated to the nation, the iCREATE facility located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad. iCreate is an independent Centre created with the objective of facilitating entrepreneurship through a blend of creativity, innovation, engineering, product design and leveraging emerging technologies to deal with major issues such as food security, water, connectivity, cyber security, IT and electronics, energy, bio-medical equipment and devices etc. iCreate aims to develop an ecosystem in India to generate quality entrepreneurs.
Deepak Unnikrishnan bags ‘The Hindu Prize 2017’
Deepak Unnikrishnan bagged the coveted The Hindu Prize 2017 for his ode to the ‘pravasi’ Malayalee - ‘Temporary People’. Receiving his award from British novelist and journalist Sebastian Faulks. Temporary People is one part dystopia and one part nostalgia; it’s the brutal dashing of hopes of every aspirant pravasi.
PSLV successfully launches 31 satellites in a single flight
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its forty second flight, successfully launched the 710 kg Cartosat-2 Series Remote Sensing Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This flight is designated as PSLV-C40.
Dr. Sivan K appointed as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission
The appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved the proposal based on the recommendation of the SCSC, for appointment of Dr. Sivan K, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC )as Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman Space Commission vice Dr. A.S. Kiran Kumar, with a tenure of three years, from the date of assumption of charge of the post.
Vidarbha win Ranji Trophy 2017
Unheralded Vidarbha cap a fairytale season by beating domestic heavyweights Delhi in the final; lift the Ranji Trophy for the first time.
Lok Sabha passes Triple Talaq Bill
Four months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of talaq-e-biddat or instant triple talaq, Lok Sabha passed The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, outlawing talaq-e-biddat. The proposed law, which makes talaq-e-biddat a "cognizable and non-bailable offence", has provisions of "imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years and fine" for any Muslim man who divorces his wife by uttering talaq three times in quick succession. It also provides for "subsistence allowance" to Muslim women and custody of minor children as "may be determined by the magistrate".
India successfully test-fires supersonic interceptor missile
India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence (AAD) supersonic interceptor missile, capable of destroying any incoming ballistic missile in low altitude, from a test range in Odisha.
Lt Gen B S Sahrawat takes over as DG, NCC
Lieutenant General B S Sahrawat took over the reins of National Cadet Corps as its Director General. The General Officer is a third generation army officer. He is alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. He was commissioned in December 1980 in 13th Battalion (Rezang La), the Kumaon Regiment.
Justice UD Salvi appointed officiating chief of National Green Tribunal
The government has appointed Justice U D Salvi as officiating chairperson of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) following the superannuation of Justice Swatanter Kumar.
Mirabai Chanu lifts 194 kgs to win gold medal
Mirabai Chanu became only the second Indian (after Karnam Malleswari) to win the gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championships in Anaheim, USA.
Former bureaucrat NK Singh appointed as 15th Finance Commission chairman
Former Rajya Sabha member and bureaucrat NK Singh will head the 15th Finance Commission, the government said in a notification, constituting the constitutional body that will decide the sharing of taxes between states and Centre for five years beginning April 1, 2020. Other members of the commission are former department of economic affair secretary Shaktikanta Das, Anoop Singh, professor at Georgetown University, former chief economic advisor Ashok Lahiri, agricultural expert and NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand. Chand and Lahiri are part time members.
Contestant from South Africa wins Miss Universe crown
The woman representing South Africa won the Miss Universe crown. Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who recently earned a business management degree, was crowned during the event at The AXIS theater at Planet Hollywood casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. The runner-up was Miss Colombia Laura Gonzalez, while the second runner-up was Miss Jamaica Davina Bennett.
Amjad Ali Khan awarded for excellence in Indian classical music
Veteran Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan has been conferred with the Dayawati Modi Award for his contribution to Indian classical music. The Dayawati Modi Foundation conferred the 'Award for Art, Culture and Education' for the year 2017 to the veteran sarod player. The award comprising a cash prize of Rs 2.51 lakh, a silver shield and scroll of honour was presented to the distinguished artist to mark the 102nd birth anniversary of late Dayawati Modi.
India’s Dalveer Bhandari re-elected to ICJ
India’s nominee to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election. Bhandari received 183-193 votes in the General Assembly and secured all the 15 votes in the Security Council after separate and simultaneous elections were held at the UN headquarters in New York.
Grigor Dimitrov hailed as ‘new lord’ in Bulgaria
Grigor Dimitrov has been hailed as the new lord of tennis by his home fans and media after the Bulgarian won the biggest title of his career when he captured the season-ending ATP Finals in London.
Actor Trisha becomes UNICEF celebrity advocate for child rights
Actor Trisha Krishnan was conferred the UNICEF celebrity advocate status for child rights at an event held in Chennai. She is the first actor from the South Indian film industry to receive this honour, which was previously bestowed upon Bollywood celebrities like Nandita Das, Madhuri Dixit, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Raveena Tandon.
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