May, 2016

Duke University discover a potential new class of small-molecule

Researchers from Duke University discover a potential new class of small-molecule drugs that simultaneously block key targets in the treatment of pain.

India and Morocco launch

India and Morocco launch India-Morocco Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Rabat, Morocco. The chamber is jointly launched by visiting Vice-President Mr. Hamid Ansari and Moroccan PM Mr. Abdelilah Benkirane.

Govt. Doctors extend retire age

PM Mr. Narendra Modi approves a proposal of the Health Ministry to increase the age of retirement of government doctors to 65 years. The order will affect both Central and State government hospitals.

NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory

For the second time in a year, a NASA camera aboard the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite captures a stunning view of the moon as it moved in front of the sunlit side of Earth.

China successfully launches three satellites

China successfully launches three satellites namely Ziyuan III 02 satellite and two NewSat satellites from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Centre in northern Shanxi Province.

A.R. Rahman is honoured with Japan’s Fukoka Prize 2016

Indian music composer Mr. A.R. Rahman is honoured with Japan’s Fukuoka Prize 2016 for his outstanding contribution towards creating, preserving and showcasing South Asian traditional fusion music.

CEAT Cricket Awards 2016

CEAT Cricket Awards 2016 are conferred on the players in a function of 20th edition of CEAT awards at Mumbai. Virat Kohli is named CEAT T20 Player of the Year.

England Captain Alstair Cook becomes the youngest cricketer to score 10,000

England cricket captain Alstair Cook becomes the youngest cricketer to score 10,000 Test runs. He achieves the feat on the fourth day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at Chester-le-Street.

Rodrigo elected Philippine president

Mr. Rodrigo Digong Duterte is officially declared to be the president-elect by parliament of Philippine. He won a landslie victory in presidential election in May 2016.

Kalpana Chawla Chair

The Ministry of Railways and PEC University of Technology, Chandigarh sign MoU to set up Kalpana Chawla Chair on Geospatial Technology for Indian Railways at the University.

Rodrigo Duterte sworn in 16th President of Philippines

Mr. Rodrigo Duterte is sown in as the 16th President of Philippines. He is administered oath of office by the Supreme Court Justice at the Malacanang presidential palace.

University of British Columbia discover

Researchers at the University of British Columbia discover a gene named ANKRD55, involved in deregulation of certain immune cells in the neurological disease Multiple Sclerosis.

Hamilton wins 2016 Monacco F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes’ driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain wins the 2016 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. He emerges victorious in a close battle with Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.

Real Madrid win 2016 Euorpean champions title

Real Madrid win the 2016 European champions title, defeating their city rivals Atletico Madrid via a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw.

Sunrisers Hyderabad win 9th edition of IPL

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) win ninth edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by eight runs, at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Talgo’s train trial run

Nine-coach Spanish train Talgo’s trial run is conducted on the Bareilly – Moradabad route of Uttar Pradesh, a part of the Railways’ strategy to increase the speed of trains.

Father, mother and son all conferred Dr. B.C. Roy National Award

Padma Shri awardee Professor Dr. Mohan Kameswaran, an eminent ENT surgeon was conferred the prestigious ‘Dr. B.C. Roy National Award’ in the category of Best Talent in encouraging the development of specialities in different branches in Medicine. He was given the award by the president, Medical Council of India and Management committee of Dr.B.C. Roy National Award Fund Society. This is the first time father Padma Shri awardee Professor Kameswaran (in 1981), mother late Professor Lalitha Kameswaran (in 1983) and son have received the same prestigious award. It is also the first time that both father and son share the honour of receiving the Dr. B.C. Roy Award in the field of ENT as well as the Padma Shri.

AIADMK leaders file appers for RS

The four AIADMK nominees R. Vaithilingam, A Navneethakrishnan, A. Vijayakumar, and former Union Minister S.R. Balasubramanian, filed their papers on Friday for the biennial elections to the Rajya Sabha. They look the oath in the name of God and filed their nominations before AMP Jamaludeen. Assembly Secretary and Returning Officer, at the Secretariat. The ministers, including O. Panneerselvam, P. Thangamani, K. Raju, C. Vijaya Baskar, O.S. Manian, were present when the nominations were filed. The biennial elections are being held for six Rajya Sabha seats for Tamil Nadu. Already, the DMK nominees RS Bharathi and TKS Elangovan have filed their nominations. As the number of vacancies and the number of nominees were equal, all the six were likely to be elected without contest.

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace successfully

NASA and Bigelow Aerospace successfully deploy Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) on International Space Station, the first experimental inflatable room attached to the space station.

Pakistan failed to by Jet from US

The US media report says Pakistan failed to seal $700-million deal for purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets from the US following a row between the two countries over financing.

UTSA develops a newly patented method to kill cancer cells

An associate professor in University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) develops a newly patented method to kill cancer cells. The research is published in The Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Indian boxer Sonia wins silver medal

Indian boxer Sonia Lather wins Silver medal at AIBA Women;s World Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan. She is defeated by the Gold medallist Mesiano Alessia of Italy 2-1.

US President first visit to Hiroshima memorial

US President Mr. Barack Obama becomes the first sitting US President to visit Hiroshima memorial, the site of the world’s first atomic bomb attack.

IAF successfully test fires

Indian Air Force successfully test-fires the land-attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile from a defence base at Pokhran in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.

Ms. Mamata Banerjee is sworn in CM of WB

Ms. Mamata Banerjee is sworn in as the Chief Minister of West Bengal for the second successive five-year term at the oath-taking ceremony held on Red Road.

Jaya thanks Modi for placing three TN communities in ST category

The Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa on May 25th, thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Union Cabinet’s nod for including three communities – Malayali Gounder, Narikoravan and Kuruvikkaran – in the list of Scheduled Tribes. The Chief Minister, in a statement here, said her government had been urging the Centre to include these communities in the ST list. “I thank the Prime Minister for accepting this long pending demand of Tamil Nadu government. The present move will pave the way for these communities to lead their life in a dignified manner.” she added.

State gears up for own medical admissions

The Directorate of Medical Education announced the sale of applications for MBBS/BDS courses for the academic year 2016-17. this comes after the Supreme Court directive allowing the State-run medical colleges in remain outside the ambit of the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) for a year.

Rishi Nair wins National Geographic Bee Competition 2016

Indian American Rishi Nair, a sixth grader, wins National Geographic Bee Competition 2016. He receives a scholarship and lifetime membership in National Geographic Society.

Sanjay Bangar is appointed head coach of Indian Cricket team

Sanjay Bangar is appointed as head coach of Indian Cricket team for Zimbabwe tour. He worked as assistant coach (batting) for the team at World T20 Cup under Ravi Shastri.

42nd G7 summit

Leaders of the US, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy and Canada meet for 42nd G7 Summit in Ise-Shima Japan. The summit agenda includes global economy, international trade, migrant crisis, terrorism and global health.

Indian Railways great achievement

The Ministry of Railways launches Rail Humsafar Saptaah, a week-long initiative to highlight significant achievements made by Indian Railways in all spheres.

NIMZ is the third in India

The Union Government approves establishment of a National Investment and Manufacturing Zone (NIMZ) in Odisha. This is the third NIMZ of India.

ARUSH is the 17th ship

The Indian Coast Guard Ship ARUSH is commissioned at Kochi. ARUSH is the seventeenth ship in the series of twenty Fast Patrol Vessels (FPVs).

Level-I course for coaches to roll out champions

The Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and Sports Development Authority of Tamil Nadu (SDAT) have come together to launch the IAAF Level-I coaching course in Chennai. It’s a historic achievement, considering the state is the first to be part of the initiative, which will soon be followed throughout the country. The AFI has been pushing for this for some time, and has Pradeep yadav, secretary of SDAT, to thank. The state federation has promised to bear expenses. Other states have also shown interest. “Till now, such courses were held only at NIS Patiala, which was established long back. This course is for 12 days. After this, they have to produce good athletes. They can also go for the Level II course. If they produce national level athletes, they can go for Level III. This is the elite group, and certificates will be valued and accepted all over the world.” said AFI secretary CK Valson.

TANGEDCO gets green nod for thermal power project at Ramanthapuram

The Centre has given its green light to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation for installing a 2×800 mw coal-based thermal power plant in Ramanathapuram District of Tamil Nadu, entalling an investment of Rs. 12,664 crore. The total project area is estimated to be 1,013 acres, including ash pond and green belt. Land acquisition process will soon be initiated.

India emerges as fifth-largest producer

India emerges as fifth-largest producer of e-waste in the world, but second-largest mobile market with 1.03 billionsubscribers as per the ASSOCHAM-KPMG joint study.

Pinarayi Vijayan is sworn in as 12th CM of Kerala

Veteran CPI (M) leader Mr. Pinarayi Vijayan is sworn in as 12th Chief Minister of Kerala after the Left Democratic Front (LDF) won 2016 State Assembly election.

Union Cabinet grants 6 new IIT’s

The Union Cabinet grants ex-post facto approval to the amendment to IIT Act 1961 for incorporation of six new IITs (including two already functioning) and conversion of Indian School of Mines Dhanbad to an IIT.

33-Member strong ministry to assist Jaya in her sixth term

AIADMK General Secretary J. Jayalalithaa on May 23 assumed the office of Chief Minister for the sixth time with four new ministers inducted into the cabinet in addition to the 29 already inducted taking the total to 33. The grand function was held at Madras University Auditorium. Governor K. Rosaiah administered the oath of office to the new Council of Ministers. The new faces includes one female Muslim, community member. There are now 17 new faces in the present Council of Ministers. The four new Ministers and their portfolios are : G. Baskaran, Khadi and Village Industries; Sevvoor S. Ramachandran, HR and CE; Dr. Nilofer Kafeel, Labour, B Balakrishna Reddy Animal Husbandry. The new Ministers will be sworn in on May 25 at 7 p.m.

Jaya hits the ground running, signs off on 5 crucial electoral promises

Moving quickly moments after assuming charge as the Chief Minister for yet another term, J. Jayalalithaa on May 23 signed files pertaining to five of her key electoral promises : closure of 500 TASMAC shops and reducing the start of business hours from 10 am to 12 non, 100 units free power supply to all domestic consumers, walving crop loans availed of by small and marginal farmers, one sovereign gold for thali, and free power to looms – all within 30 minutes of being sworn in for the sixth time. Within a few hours after the Chief Minister cleared the file, the Energy Department Issued a G.O. for providing “100 units bi-monthly free power to all domestic consumers in all slabs”.

Increased level of pollution

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) releases a report titled Actions on Air Quality, saying global urban air pollution level increased by 8 percent between 2008 and 2013.

UN World Humanitarian Summit

A new Charter for Persons with Disabilities is endorsed at UN World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul, Turkey, aiming at improving the living conditions of persons with disabilities during emergencies.

KN govt. sign $100 million loan project agreement with the WB

The Union and Karnataka Governments sign $100 million loan and project agreement with the World Bank to support ‘Karnataka Urban Water Supply Modernisation project’.

Urband Development Minister announces list of 13 more smart cities

Urban Development Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu announces the list of 13 more cities selected in the second batch to be developed as ‘smart cities’. Lucknow tops the list of winners.

Sarbananda Sonowal sworn in 14th CM of Assam

BJP leader and former Union Minister Mr. Sarbananda Sonowal is swron in as the 14thChief Minister of Assam after winning 2016 State Assembly election with absolute majority.

China signs agreement with Sudan

China signs agreements with Sudan to build 600-megawatt atomic reactor. It is the first of its kind in the African country.

ISRO successfully launches RLV-TD

Indian Space Research Organisation successfully launches its maiden indigenous winged Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV-TD) from Sriharikota spaceport in Andhra Pradesh.

Kohli becomes the first batsman to 900 runs in a single season of IPL

Virat Kohli becomes the first-ever batsman to score more than 900 runs in a single season of IPL, in the match against Delhi Daredevils.

India, Iran and Afghanistan sign

India, Iran and Afghanistan sign the agreement on Trilateral Transit and Transport Corridor. The agreement is signed during PM Mr. Narendra Modi’s visit to Tehran.

Ms. J. Jayalalithaa is sworn CM of TN for record a sixth time

Ms. J. Jayalalithaa is sworn in as the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu for record a sixth time after winning 2016 State Assembly election with absolute majority.

India and Iran sign 12 bilateral agreements

India and Iran sign 12 bilateral agreements, including two on development of the Chabahar port, during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the country.

World’s largest amphibious aircraft – China

China completes the production of world’s largest amphibious aircraft dubbed AG600. It is unveiled by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).

Yugkavi Siddhicharan Prize

Sikkim Chief Minister Mr. Pawan Chamling is conferred the Yugkavi Siddhicharan Prize by Nepal Prime Minister Mr. K.P. Sharma Oli, for his contributions in promoting Nepali literature in India.

India Biodiversity Award 2016

Pakke Tiger Reserve in Arunachal Pradesh wins ‘India Biodiversity Award 2016’, in the conservation of threatened species category for its Hornbill Nest Adoption Programme.

Denmark win 2016 Thomas Cup

Denmark win 2016 Thomas Cup badminton tournament played at Kunshan, China. Danish Hans-Kristian Vittinghus defeats Indonesian Ihsan Maulana Mustofa in two straight games 21-16 and 21-7.

Anurag Thakur is elected as 34th BCCI President

Mr. Anurag Thakur is unanimously elected as 34th BCCI President at the Board’s special general meeting (SGM) in Mumbai. He succeeds Mr. Shashank Manohar.

Pankaj Advani wins Asian 6-Red snooker title

India’s ace cueist Pankaj Advani wins Asian 6-Red snooker title, defeating top-seeded Malaysian Keen Hoh Moh 7-5 in the finals held in Abu Dhabi.

Solar Impulse-2 aircraft lands in Dayton

Solar Impulse-2 aircraft lands in Dayton,Ohio on the latest leg of record-breaking trip to circle the globe, without consuming a drop of fuel, hours after taking off from Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Former IPS Officer Ms. Kiran Bedi is appointed as Lt. Governor of Puducherry

BJP leader and former IPS officer Ms. Kiran bedi is appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry. Puducherry will now have a full-time Lt. Governor after a gap of two years.

India and Oman sign four MoUs

India and and Oman sign four MoUs on defence cooperation and a protocol, during Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar’s visit to the country along with a high level delegation.

PM travels to Iran on a historic two-day visit

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi travels to Iran on a historic two-day visit. It is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister after a gap of fifteen years.

No major allies, built alliance only with people : Jaya

Proving most opinion polls and exit polls wrong, AIADMK general secretary J. Jayalalithaa on Thursday retained control of the levers of the government in Tamil Nadu. She also made history by leading the party to a second consecutive term in government for the first time since K. Kamaraj’s and M.G. Ramachandran’s reign in 1954 and 1984 respectively. In essence, she ended the ‘reigme change’ that has been occurring in the State once every five years for the past 27 years, since 1989. Thanking the people of Tamil Nadu for reposing their faith in her again, Jayalalithaa said, “I cannot find enough words in the dictionary to adequately express my feelings… As a mark of my gratitude to the people. I will discharge my duties with renewed vigour and strive to fulfil all promises.” Jayalalithaa has led the party to victory almost on its own strength. Of the 234 seats that the party contested, the AIADMK won in 134 and more or less retained the vote share it recorded in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Candidates of six alliance partis also contested under the AIADMK’s ‘Two leaves’ symbol.

First woman president elected in Taiwan

Ms. Tsai Ing-wen is sworn in as the President of Taiwan, becoming the first woman to hold the post in Taiwan.

US House of Representatives approves NDA Act

The US House of Representatives approves National Defence Authorisation Act to bolster defence ties with India and bring it at par with NATO allies in terms of sale of defence equipment and technology transfer.

Specific Relief Act, 1963 submit report

The Expert Committee to examine Specific Relief Act, 1963 submits report to Law and Justice Minister Mr. D. Sadananda Gowda, recommending for modifications in decades-old law to ensure ease of doing business.

City airport set to go solar, shave off Rs. 8 crore from power bill

A 1.5 MW solar power plant will soon become operational at the Chennai airport, saving Rs. 8 crore in annual power expenses for the facility. This would be the first time in the history of the airport that it will be generating power for its consumption. According to officials, the installation of the panels on the roof of the cargo terminal has been completed and it will become operational any time after the election verdict is out. “It would reduce the power bill for us by Rs. 8 crore per annum. We are currently paying Rs. 20 crore to the electricity board every year.” said Deepak Shastri, director. Airports Authority of India, Chennai. In addition to the 1.5 MW power plant, the airport has plans to expand solar power generation on the premises. “We have already prepared a blueprint for setting up 7.5 MW or solar plants,” said Shastri.

2016 UEFA Europa League title

Oldest Spanis football club Sevilla wins 2016 UEFA Europa League title, defeating Liverpool Football club (FC) 3-1 in the final match held at St. Jakob-Park in Basel, Switzerland.

Shutters down on 500 TASMAC shops

Implementing one of the most popular promises the Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa made during her campaign for the Assembly polls, the State-run liquor retailer, TASMAC on Saturday announced the closure of 500 shops from Sunday. Already, the working hours of TASMAC shops were reduced by two hours from May 24 after the announcement by the Chief Minister. The shops to be closed in other TASMAC districts are Kancheepuram (16), Tiruvallur (35), Coimbatore (5), Tirupur (8), Erode (16), Nilgiris (31), Madurai (37), Dindigul (10), Virudhunagar (27), Tirunelveli (9), Thoothukudi (30), Kanniyakumari (3), Theni (3), Tiuchy (14), Nagapattinam (16), Thanjavur (16), Pudukottai (14), Cuddalore (15), Karur (14), Tiruvarur (8), Villupuram (29), Perambalur (7), Krishnagiri (6), Namakkal (11), Vellore (8), Tiruvannamalai (18) and Arakkonam (4). The region wise number of shops to be closed are : Chennai region (58), Coimbatore region (60), Madurai region(201), Tiruchy region (133) and Salem region (48).

J & K Wildlife Department spots a group of eight Himalayan brown bears

The J & K Wildlife Department spots a group of eight Himalayan brown bears in Kargil’s Drass Sector. These brown bears were last seen before the 1999 Kargil War.

ITR at Chandipur in Odisha

Indigenously developed nuclear-capable Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile is successfully test-fired from a mobile launcher at launch complex-3 from Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha.

Indian journalist elected Dy. Mayor of Loughton town

Indian journalist and Councillor Mr. Philip Abraham is elected Deputy Mayor of Loughton town in UK.Councillor Carol Davis, the newly-elected mayor presents the Deputy Mayor’s Badge to Mr. Abraham.

Egypt Air flight crashes

An Egypt Air flight from Paris to Cairo crashes into the Mediterranean with 66 people on board. The plane falls 22,000 feet before disappearing from radar screens.

Inaugurates IOC in Rashtrapati Bhavan and launches a Mobile App Monitor

Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee inaugurates an Intelligent Operations Centre (IOC) in Rashtrapati Bhavan and also launches a Mobile App Monitor for transformation of President’s Estate into a smart township.

Results of Assembly elections 2016

Results of Assembly elections 2016 are declared. BJP-coalition wins in Assam, while Left Front wins in Kerala. AIADMK and Trinamool Congress retain power in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal for the second consecutive term. Congress wins in Puducherry.

Western Tamil Nadu retains reign at the top of plus-two table

It is the west again, Students from the western districts – Krishnagiri to Coimbatore – emerged as top scores in the Class XII board exam results released on May 17. Sri Vidya Mandir Higher Secondary School in the nondescript-town of Uthangarai in Krishnagiri district, achieved a unique tag of producing two students, who are joint toppers. Both K.H. Jeshwanth and V. Aarti scored 1,196 out of 1200.

US Senate approves $1.1 billion emergency for Zika virus

US Senate approves a bipartisan $1.1-billion emergency funding to combat the Zika virus in 2016 and 2017.

Appoints Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of UNFCCC

UN Secretary-General Mr. Ban Ki-Moon appoints Ms. Patricia Espinosa Cantellano of Mexico as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Urging them to prepare weekly action plans on drought

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Union Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Mr. Radha Mohan Singh hold meeting with CMs of drought-affected States, urging them to prepare weekly action plans on drought.

NASA successfully launches a superpressure balloon

NASA successfully launches a superpressure balloon to conduct near space scientific investigations, from South Island Wanaka Airport, New Zealand in the fifth attempt.

Othmer Gold Medal

Reliance Industries Limited Chairman and Managing Director Mr. Mukesh Ambani is awarded the prestigious Othmer Gold Medal for his entrepreneurial leadership by US-based Chemical Heritage Foundation.

US Senate passes legislation that would allow victims of Sep. 11

The US Senate passes legislation that would allow victims of September 11 attacks to file lawsuits seeking damages from Saudi Arabia, setting up a potential showdown with White House, which has threatened a veto.

India and Slovenia sign a protocol

India and Slovenia sign a protocol to amend an existing Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement (DTAA) in Ljubljana. The new agreement will curb tax avoidance and tax evasion.

World’s first scanning helium microscope

Australian researchers build the world’s first scanning helium microscope (SHeM). It is expected to provide new insights into structures at a microscopic level.

Man Booker International Prize 2016

South Korean author, Ms. Han Kang, wins the 2016 Man Booker International Prize for her novel “The Vegetarian” at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.

India-US hold first round Maritime Security Dialogue

India and the US hold first round of discussions under recently-constituted Maritime Security Dialogue. The dialogue is held between officials of Defence and External Affairs Ministries and their US counterparts.

Compaign an education in crisis zones

UNICEF and European Union announce the launch of # Emergency Lessons campaign on education in crisis zones. The campaign is a social media-driven public awareness campaign.

China launches Yagoan-30 rmote sensing satellite

China launches Yagoan-30 remote sensing satellite. It was placed in the sun-synchronous orbit (SSO) by using the Long March 2-D rocket, from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in Gansu Province.

Fourmula One’s youngest race winner

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen becomes Formula One’s youngest race winner after winning the Spanish Grand Prix. Red Bull’s Verstappen defeats Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen by 0.616 seconds.

18th Asian Team Squash Championships

Indian women’s squash team win Silver medal at 18th Asian Team Squash Championships. In the final played at Chinese Taipei, India lose to Malaysia 0-2.

Spanish league title La Liga

Barcelona FC retain the Spanish league title La Liga with 3-0 score against Granda in the final match. Luis Suarez finishes as top scorer.

Italian Open Tennis

Britain’s Andy Murray wins his first Italian Open men’s singles tennis title, defeating Serbian, Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3, in the final played in Rome. Serena Williams of USA wins women’s singles title defeating compatriot Madison Keys 7-6, 6-3.

Nepali govt. survey

Nepali government survey says that forests now take 44.74% of the total 141,718 sq. km area of Nepal, compared to toal forest cover of 39.6% between 1997 and 1998.

India successfully test-fires missil Ashwin

India successfully test-fires indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence interceptor missile, Ashwin, from the complex of Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as Wheeler Island) off Odisha coast.

New Mechanism to help track luggage at Chennai airport

The Airport Authority of India has brought in a new mechanism, the ‘First Bag Last Bag Information’ Passenger can put in the data of the bag upon loading, and find at what time it will come off the ramp. Under the system, the person, who loads the baggage, will be given a provision of inputting the first bag information, once he has kept the first bag onto the carousel and similarly punch in the last bag. The time from the aircraft arrival to the first bag will show how much time the ramp staff of the airlines have taken for baggage delivery said Shastri.

Hall of Fame Award for 2016

ISRO announces that noted space scientist Mr. Udupi Ramachandra Rao will be honoured with International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame Award for 2016 in Mexico.

Simhastha Declaration for the month-long Simhastha Mela

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi, along with Sri Lankan President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, releases ‘Simhastha Declaration’ for the month-long Simhastha Mela, at Ninora village in Ujjain, during Mr. Sirisena’s visit to India.

World Bank approves $625 million loan for India

World Bank Board approves $625 million loan to support India’s programme to generate electricity from widespread installation of rooftop solar photo-voltaic (PV).

AYUSH and WHO sign PCA

The Union Ministry of AYUSH and WHO sign the Project Collaboration Agreement (PCA) for Cooperation on Global Promotion of Traditional Systems of Medicine.

Golbal trends & Economic growth

The Union Government decides to come up with a 15-year vision document for NITI Aayog in tandem with global trends and economic growth, beginning from 2017-18 financial year.

Worst polluted city

WHO announces that New Delhi is no longer the worst polluted city in the world in terms of air quality. The dirtiest air is now recorded at Zabol in Iran.