Sportstar Aces Lifetime Achievement Award for Padukone [15 Feb 2019]
Prakash Padukone was honoured for Lifetime Achievement while Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah shared the Sportsman of the Year (cricket) accolade at the Sportstar Aces Awards ceremony. Cheteshwar Pujara became the first recipient of the Chairman’s Choice award, for his exploits in a historic Test series win for India in Australia.
CBDT Chairman Sushil Chandra appointed as the new Election Commissioner [14 Feb 2019]
Sushil Chandra, chairperson of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT), has been appointed as the new Election Commissioner of India.
Cummins wins Allan Border Medal [12 Feb 2019]
Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins won the Allan Border Medal, the country's highest cricketing honour, after a tumultuous year for the sport that was rocked by the ball-tampering scandal.
Helicopter-launched anti-tank missile Helina test-fired [08 Feb 2019]
India test-fired its helicopter-launched version of one of the most-advanced anti-tank weapons from the Odisha coast. Helina, the helicopter-launched version of the Nag anti-tank guided missile with a hit range of 7-8 km, was launched from an Army chopper.
Mirabai Chanu strikes gold [08 Feb 2019]
Former World champion S. Mirabai Chanu won the women’s 49kg gold in the EGAT Cup international weightlifting championships, an Olympic qualifying event.
FIFA rankings: India slips out of top-100 [08 Feb 2019]
The Indian football team slipped out of the top-100 in the latest FIFA rankings following the back to back group league defeats at the AFC Asian Cup in the UAE. India slumped six places to be ranked 103 with 1,219 points.
Vidarbha clinch Ranji Trophy [07 Feb 2019]
Vidarbha clinch second successive Ranji Trophy crown for 2019 . Vidarbha Cricket Association announced a cash reward of Rs 3 crore for its victorious Ranji Trophy squad, which defended the title by defeating Saurashtra in the final.
India successfully launches latest communication satellite GSAT-31 [06 Feb 2019]
India's latest communication satellite GSAT-31 was successfully launched by European launch services provider Arianespace's rocket from French Guiana. Weighing about 2,536 kg, the Indian satellite, GSAT-31, will provide continuity to operational services on some of the in-orbit satellites. The satellite derives its heritage from ISROs earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series, the space agency said, adding that it will provide communication services to Indian mainland and islands. GSAT-31 is the country's 40th communication satellite which is configured on ISRO's enhanced 'I-2K Bus', utilising the maximum "bus capabilities" of this type. With a mission life of around 15 years, GSAT-31 will be used for supporting VSAT networks, Television uplinks, Digital Satellite News Gathering, DTH-television services, cellular backhaul connectivity and many such applications. The GSAT-31 is a "high power" communication satellite with Ku-band, and it is going to serve and replace some of the satellites that are going to expire soon.
Rishi Shukla named to head CBI [03 Feb 2019]
Former Director-General of Police of Madhya Pradesh Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the M.P. cadre is appointed the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the country’s premier investigation agency, for two years.
LT Gen Rajeev Chopra takes over as DG NCC [31 Jan 2019]
Lt Gen Rajeev Chopra assumed the appointment of Director General of NCC (DGNCC). Commissioned in the Madras Regiment in December 1980, Lt Gen Chopra is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla and Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.