June, 2016

PSLV-C34 Successfully Launches 20 Satellites in a Single Flight

June 22, 2016 : In its thirty sixth flight (PSLV-C34), ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 19 co-passenger satellites today morning (June 22, 2016) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty fifth consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the fourteenth in its ‘XL’ configuration. The total weight of all the 20 satellites carried on-board PSLV-C34 was 1288 kg.
After PSLV-C34 lift-off at 0926 hrs (9:26 am) IST from the Second Launch Pad with the ignition of the first stage, the subsequent important flight events, namely, strap-on ignitions and separations, first stage separation, second stage ignition, heat-shield separation, second stage separation, third stage ignition and separation, fourth stage ignition and cut-off, took place as planned. After a flight of 16 minutes 30 seconds, the satellites achieved a polar Sun Synchronous Orbit of 508 km inclined at an angle of 97.5 degree to the equator (very close to the intended orbit) and in the succeeding 10 minutes, all the 20 satellites successfully separated from the PSLV fourth stage in a predetermined sequence.
After separation, the two solar arrays of Cartosat-2 series satellite were deployed automatically and ISRO’s Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore took over the control of the satellite. In the coming days, the satellite will be brought to its final operational configuration following which it will begin to provide remote sensing services using its panchromatic (black and white) and multispectral (colour) cameras.
The imagery sent by the Cartosat-2 series satellite will be useful for cartographic applications, urban and rural applications, coastal land use and regulation, utility management like road network monitoring, water distribution, creation of land use maps, precision study, change detection to bring out geographical and manmade features and various other Land Information System (LIS) and Geographical Information System (GIS) applications.
Of the 19 co-passenger satellites carried by PSLV-C34, two – SATHYABAMASAT weighing 1.5 kg and SWAYAM weighing 1 kg – are University/Academic institute satellites and were built with the involvement of students from Sathyabama University, Chennai and College Of Engineering, Pune, respectively.
The remaining 17 co-passenger satellites were international customer satellites from Canada (2), Germany (1), Indonesia (1) and the United States (13).
With today’s successful launch, the total number of satellites launched by India’s workhorse launch vehicle PSLV has reached 113, of which 39 are Indian and the remaining 74 from abroad.

Oracle, TN academy pact to skill students & faculty

ICT Academy of Tamil Nadu will train 45,000 students and 450 faculty members in an Oracle Academy program that will include educator training, software, support and certification over the next three years, to prepare students, especially from rural areas, for real world careers.

Housing for all project

Real estate developers are eyeing the Slum Clearance Board lands to help the government develop housing projects under the ‘Housing for All’ scheme but the hitch is the new Transferable Development Rights Policy, which is being formulated by the government. Government lands are available with the Slum Clearance Board for constructing affordable homes, he said. “We will help the government in developing it, once the policy on TDR is finalised. We also have issues pertaining to guideline value in TDR.” said Krishn.

SBI & RBI alone can answer the Rs. 570 crore question

The Reserve Bank of India and the State Bank of India alone can give their reply to their alleged involvement in the transportation of Rs. 570 crore, its counsel S. Srinivasan, who is also the Assistant Solicitor General, told the Madras High Court. They alone can deny the allegations and explain what had really happened. Normally, the CBI investigates only the cases of international ramifications or where the Central government employees are involved.

Netherlands becomes the first country in the world long-range network

The Netherlands becomes the first country in the world to implement a nationwide long-range (LoRa) network for the so-called Internet of things.

Airtel launches 2G and 3G mobile

Airtel launches 2G and 3G mobile services in towns of Lumla, Nafra and Longding in Arunachal Pradesh under its network transformation programme “Project Leap”.

Amul becomes official sponsor

India’s largest food products marketing organisation Amul becomes official sponsor of the Indian contingent to the 2016 Rio Olympics by inking an agreement with Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

India sign on solar energy with world bank

The Interim Administrative Cell International Solar Alliance and the World Bank sign a declaration to promote solar energy globally, during the visit of Dr. Jim Yung Kim, President, World Bank to India.

Indian Navy launches INS Tarasa

Indian Navy launches INS Tarasa, the fourth and last ship in the series of the Water Jet Fast-Attack Craft (WJFAC), used for interception of fast-moving surface craft.

Bisexual persons under the category of transgenders – SC

The Supreme Court of India states that its 2014 verdict did not include lesbians gays and bisexual persons under the category of transgenders.

Climate change on animal world

Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) starts fuve kibg-term monitoring plots in the Himalayas to document the impact of climate change on animal world.

China launches its second Shijian-16-series satellite

China launches its second Shijian-16-series satellite, carried by a Long March-4B rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China.

Union Cabinet approves NMEP

The Union Cabinet approves National Mineral Exploration Policy (NMEP), with an aim to auction 100 prospective mineral blocks identified by Geological survey of India (GSI) for exploration.

Heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra is successfully

Indigenously-built heavyweight anti-submarine torpedo Varunastra is successfully inducted into the Indian Navy. It is developed by Naval Science and Technological Laboratory (NSTL), a premier laboratory of DRDO.

Union Cabinet approves recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission

The Union Cabinet on June 29, 2016 approves the recommendations of the 7th Pay Commission. The salaries and arrears, effective from January 1, 2016, will be made applicable now.

CCTVs made mandatory in all schools

Concerned over the safety of children from trouble in schools, the State government has made it mandatory for all schools, including private institutions, to install closed circuit television (CCTV) units on their premises. As per an amendment brought to the Tamil Nadu Urban Local Bodies (Installation of CCTV in Public Buildings) Rule 2012, all schools must flx CCTV units at multiple points – one per every 300 square metre – from where the movement of public could be closely monitored. Failure to comply with this would result in cancellation or suspension of licence or permission under relevant statutes.

Tamil Nadu is India’s numero UNO factory

Tamil Nadu has the highest number of factories in the country and employs the largest factory workforce, according to RBI data for the financial year 2014. The Reserve Bank of India, for the first time, has published a Handbook of Statistics on state-level data. In terms of capital, Gujarat has been leading the country since 1991 with a cumulative investment of over Rs. 5.4 lakh crore in 2014. Maharashtra with Rs. 4.8 lakh crore and Tamil Nadu with an investment of Rs. 3.8 lakh crore came second and third in the list. Odisha and Uttar Pradesh took the fourth and fifth slots while pan-India figure for cumulative investment stood at Rs. 33 lakh crore. There are more than 2.24 lakh factories across the country of which 37,378 units are in Tamil Nadu, accounting for 17 per cent of all units.

ISSF World Cup

India’s ace shooter Sanjeev Rajput clinches Silver medal in men’s 50-metre rifle 3 position event of the ISSF World Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan. Croatia’s Petar Gorsa wins the Gold.

UNGA elects Ethiopia, Bolivia, Sweden and Kazakhstan as non-permanent members of UNSC

UNGA elects Ethiopia, Bolivia Sweden and Kazakhstan as non-permanent members of the UNSC. The two-year terms of the new members will begin from January 2017 and run through December 2018. For the fifth seat, Italy and the Netherlands are elected. Italy will serve for 2017 and the Netherlands for 2018.

N.S. Vishwanathan as Dy. Governor of RBI

Union Government appoints Mr. N.S. Viswanathan as Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He succeeds Mr. Harun R. Khan.

Argentina women’s team win 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title

Argentina women’s team win 2016 Champions Trophy Hockey title, defeating the reigning World and Olympic champions the Netherlands 2-1.

India joins MTCR as full time member

India formally joins the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) as a full member and says its entry would be mutually beneficial to enhance global non-proliferation norms.

Centre affirms financial aid for Karaikal airport : CM

The Centre has promised financial support to set up a new airport at Karaikal, once the Puducherry territorial government finds the necessary land, said Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy. Accompanied by senior members of his Cabinet, Narayanasamy called on PM Narendra Modi, Union Minister Arun Jaitley and Ashok Gajapathi Raju to submit a memorandum seeking a financial package for the UT. This included walver of Rs. 2,117 crore legacy loan (along with interest of Rs. 1,300 crore) which the Home Ministry has been rejecting for a long time and Rs. 118 crore flood relief fund assured by the Central committee after spot inspection.

BrahMos Aerospace for the first time successfully

BrahMos Aerospace for the first time successfully demonstrates integration of the world’s most formidable supersonic cruise missile system BrahMos on the Sukhoi SU-30 MKI fighter aircraft.

IIFA Awards 2016

IIFA Awards 2016 are presented in Madrid, Spain. Bajrangi Bhaijaan is awarded Best Film, while Best Director award is bagged by Sanjay Leela Bhansali for Bajirao Mastani.

Lionel Messi retire

Lionel Messi, the Barcelona star announces his plans to retire from international football, after he missed the penalty in the Copa America final.

Chile Historic win in Copa America Football tournament

Chile wins the Copa America football tournament. In the final played at MetLife Stadium, Chile defeats Argentina 4-2 through penalties shootout.

Shooter Jitu Rai wins Silver

Shooter Jitu Rai wins Silver in the 10m Air Piston event at the ISSF World Cup held in Baku, Azerbaijan. Brazilian shooter Felipe Almeida Wu wins the Gold medal.

Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously passes RTI

Sri Lankan Parliament unanimously passes the Right to Information (RTI) Bill aimed at restoring transparency and good governance in the country.

History Professor elected in Iceland President

History professor and political newcomer Mr. Gudni Johannesson wins the 2016 Presidential election in Iceland. He succeeds Mr. Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, who served as President of Iceland for 20 years.

Defence Minister approval for 145 ULH

Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) chaired by Defence Minister Mr. Manohar Parrikar gives its approval for the purchase of 145 Ultra-Light Howitzers (ULH) guns from the US.

PM launches several projects for 20 Smart cities

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launches several projects for 20 Smart Cities in Pune under the flagship Smart City Mission.

Railways gets more patient-friendly

The Indian Railway’s decision to simplify the procedures to help patients avail of concessions in ticket fares when travelling for treatment and follow-up has come as a great relief for the thousands suffering from TB, cancer kidney failure, non-infectious leprosy, thalassemia and heart ailments andalso the differently abled. According to the revised procedures that came into effect on June 23 patients can book tickets for onward and return journey at the originating station itself. Referring to the railway board order, an official source said. “The concession certificate now will be addressed to the station masters of the originating stations for both the onward and return journey. This will enable the patients to purchase tickets at any of the two stations, with the concession facility”.

ISRO Department of Space sign an MoU

Union Ministry for Rural Development and ISRO, Department of Space sign an MoU for geo-tagging the assets created under MGNREGA in each gram panchayat.

Top 10 Local SDG Pioneers for 2016

Ms. Zubaida Bai, Indian social entrepreneur is named among the top 10 Local SDG Pioneers for 2016, an initiative launched by the UN.

GD Birla Award

IIT-Kanpur professor Sanjay Mittal bags the prestigious G.D. Birla Award for Scientific Research for the year 2015.

Nepal bans its citizens from working in strife-torn

Nepal bans its citizens from working in strife-torn Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya, after 13 Nepali security guards are killed in a Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul.

Britain leaving the European Union

People of Britain in historic referendum vote in favour of leaving the European Union. The referendum ‘to leave’ or ‘to be a member’ of the EU saw 51.9% votes in favour compared to 48.1% against it.

Plenary meeting 48 member NSG in Seoul

Plenary meeting of the 48-member Nuclear Suppliers Group in Seourl ends with no decision on India’s membership bid as divisions persist over admitting non-NPT members with China leading the opposition.

British Scientist develop a new stem cell

British scientists develop a new stem cell containing bio-ink that allows 3D printing of complex living tissues that may be used for surgical implants.

Anil Kumble is appointed as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team

Former spinner Anil Kumble is appointed as the head coach of Indian Cricket Team. He will hold this position for one year.

Colombian govt. and the leftist FARC rebels sign

Colombian Government and the leftist FARC (Revolutiohttps://sakthibooks.com/current-events/english/wp-admin/post-new.php#edit_timestampnary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels sign a historic ceasefire deal which can end more than five decades of conflict.

SCO – Summit

The 2016 Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit starts in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The 2-day meeting of heads of state of SCO is being conducted under the presidency of Uzbekistan.

Suicide attackers kill 41 people including 13 foreigners

Suicide attackers, armed with guns and bombs, kill 41 people, including 13 foreigners and wound scores at Istanbul’s busy Atarurk Airport.

Diff-abled girl can choose any school, says CEO

Following the dental of school admission to a 16-year old differently-abled girl by a government school, the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court, on June 21, initiated sun motu proceedings against district administration. When the case came up for hearing, CEO J Angelo Irudhayasamy submitted a letter stating that Dhivya could get admission at the school of her choice. It may be noted that the admission was granted on June 21, a few hours after the HC took up the suo motu proceedings. Justices Sasidharan and Gokuldas said, “The girl has secured 75 per cent in the class X board, which is not easy for a differently-abled person. The school education department should provide all kinds of assistance to the girl.” After the CEO had assured support to the girl, the suo motu petition was closed.

A scientific way for healthy life : V.K. Singh

Yoga is not connected to any religion but an ancient yet scientific methodology to lead a healthy life. Union Minister of State V.K. Singh said on June 21. participating in the second international Yoga Day event on the Elliots beach here, he said. “There is a difference between religion, culture and spirituality. Yoga is good for us as well the country fo it is a scientific way”.

India-Switzerland sign agreement

India and Switzerland sign an agreement to establish formal cooperation in the fields of skills development and vocational and professional education and training.

ISRO launches record 20 satellites in a single mission

ISRO launches record 20 satellites in a single mission in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, including one Indian, thirteen American, one German, two Canadian and one Indonesian satellites.

MS Dhoni equals Australian great Ponding’s record

MS Dhoni equals Australian great Ricky Ponting’s record of leading the side in 324 international matches across all formats during the third and final T20 against Zimbabwe in Harare.

India wins T20 series against Zimbabwe

India win three-match T20 series against Zimbabwe 2-1. In the third and final match played at Harare, India defeat Zimbabwe by a narrow three-runs margin.

Union cabinet approves Rs. 6000 crore special package

The Union Cabinet approves Rs. 6000 crore special package for Textiles & Apparel sector to create one crore new jobs in 3 years, attracting investments of $11 billion and generating $30 billion in exports.

Hotel supplier’s son comes third in TNAU ranklist

The son of a hotel supplier emerged third in the rank list for admissions to the 2,600 undergraduate seats in Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), which was released on June 20. All the top ten rank holders have plans to join a medical college and have applied for the agricultural programme as an alternative, considering the confusion over the National Entrance-cum-Eligibility Test (NEET) for medical and dental courses at the time of application.

China establishes country’s first dark-sky

China establishes country’s first dark-sky reserve for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari, bordering Nepal and India.

India wins the best women’s player award

Grand Master Harika Dronavalli of India wins the best women’s player award in the Eurasian Blitz chess tournament in Kazakhstan defeating Hou Yifan of China in the tie-breaker.

Within 60 days from enrolement in Class V or VIII

Union Government asks all State governments to link Aadhaar with caste and domicile certificates of school students. Such certificates are to be issued within 60 days from enrolment in Class V or VIII.

PM announces two yoga awards

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi announces two yoga awards – one international and another national – to be given away on the occasion of International Yoga Day from next year onwards.

Connect the Youth

The day is observed as International Yoga Day across the globe to spread awareness about practising yoga. The Theme for this year is “Connect the Youth”.

2nd Yoga Day celebrations

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi launches the second International Yoga Day celebrations in Chandigarh. He addresses thousands of people gathered at Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex.

Union Government bans KBrO3, FSSAI

Union Government bans use of potassium bromate (KBrO3) as a food additive on recommendation of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI).

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission

NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope and its extended K2 mission allowed astronomers to discover the youngest fully formed exoplanet, K2-33b. The finding is published online in journal Nature.

Chinese supercomputer

Chinese supercomputer Sunway TaihuLight with 93 petaflop/second speed is declared world’s fastest supercomputer, in the TOP500 list of supercomputers released at International Supercomputing Conference in Germany.

2016 Pen Pinter Prize

Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist Ms. Margaret Atwood is chosen for the prestigious 2016 Pen Pinter Prize.

UK – Centenary Celebrations

Six Indian World War I (WW-I) heroes become part of Britain’s new digitial archive, launched as part of the UK government’s centenary celebrations of WW-I.

First female mayor of Capital city Rome

Leading member of the populist anti-corruption Five Star Movement (M5S) of Italy,Ms. Virginia Raggi is elected as the first female mayor of capital city Rome.

IIT-M finds fix for rocket engines

A group of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras engineers has found a way out of thermoacoustic (heat and sound) instability that gas turbine and aerospace industry has been grappling with for decades and incurring loses of $1 billion a year. The team has developed a host of precursors believed to be the world’s first early warning system for gas turbine power plants and jet engines. The technology has enthused some of the major players across the world.

Nico-Rosberg of Germany wins European Grand Prix F1 Championship

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany wins European Grand Prix F1 championship in Baku, Azerbaijan, defeating Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany.

Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das wins Silver at Archery World Cup

Indian mixed recurve team of Deepika Kumari and Atanu Das wins Silver at Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, losing so South Korea 1-5.

10 coastal police stations in 9 States and 4 UTs

Union Home Ministry notifies through official gazette notification for establishing 10 coastal police stations located along India’s coastline in 9 states and 4 UTs.

Housing for all : demand survey on

The Tamil Nadu government has started the process of conducting demand survey for housing, which is a pre-requisite for getting funds from the Centre under the Housing for All projects. It is learnt that 157 town panchayats in 29 districts would benefit from the project. The State, which has signed a MoU with the Union government, has to conduct a demand survey for assessing the actual housing requirement. After fulfilling this basic necessity, the State has to come out with a Plan of Action.

IAU names a crater on Mars Langtang

International Astronomical Union (IAU) names a crater on Mars Langtang after one of the villages most affected by the devastating 2015 earthquakes in Nepal.

Australia wins Hero Hockey Champions Trophy

Australia wins Hero Hockey Champions Trophy 2016 at the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London, defeating India 1-0 in a shoot-out.

India and South Korea launch

India and South Korea launch a special initiative, Korea Plus. The initiative aims at promoting and facilitating Korean Investments in India.

First batch of 3 women fighter pilots

Indian Air Force (IAF) commissions the first batch of three women fighter pilots at the Combined Graduation Parade at Air Force Academy, Dundigal near Hyderabad.

Flagship schemes to stay; Nokia is work in progress

The government was making serious efforts to revive the Nokia plant and a ‘Mission Mode Housing Programme’ would be implemented to ensure slum-free cities and hut-free villages, he said in his first address to the 15th Assembly. “The government is committed to improving transparency in administration and will establish the institution of Lokayukta in Tamil Nadu, once the proposed amendments to the Lokpal Act are enactedby Parliament,” he said. Industrial corridor-based development, particularly the Chennai-Bangalore and the Madurai-Thoothukudi corridors would be given top priority, he said. As part of this, Ponneri would be developed as a vibrant industrial node.

Sahitya Akademi Awards

Tamil Nadu has hit the literary jackpot this yearwith two authors from the state winning the Sahitya Akademi awards. The winners, Kuzha Kathiresan and Lakshmi Saravana Kumar, are a contrasting duo with just one commonality. Both of them, though happy, feel the recognition has been delayed. Kathiresan, a 67-year-old publisher, famous for his children’s books and poetry, began his writing career at the age of 30. He was awarded the Bala Puraskar award for total contribution to children literature. On the other hand, Yuva Puraskar awardee Lakshmi Saravana Kumar is Just 31 years-old. His novel Kaanakan, which won him the award, is set in the ganja fields of the Western Ghats in Theni district and deals with the lives of the underprivileged and the oppressed. Saravana Kumar was busy with production meetings for his movie when he was informed of the news. “This award doesn’t call for a huge celebration, I feel. But I am happy nevertheless.” he told Express over phone. He feels that his Yuva Puraskar award was due at least three years ago for his novel, Uppu Naigal, which he considers his as his best work.

NASA unveils X-57 Hybrid Electric Research Plane

NASA unveils X-57 Hybrid Electric Research Plane nicknamed as Maxwell, fixed with 14 electric motors turning propellers. NASA will use this plane to test new propulsion technology.

NATO Exercise Programme

NATO members and partners conclude Anaconda-16 Exercise, the biggest-ever joint military exercise in Poland. The drill was part of NATO’s exercise programme.

Inaugurate Duraiappah Stadium in Srilanka

Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and Sri Lankan President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena inaugurate Duraiappah Stadium in Jaffna, renovated by India. PM Modi joins the event through video-conferencing from New Delhi.

India-Thailand sign two agreements

India-and Thailand sign two agreements for extension of Cultural Exchange Programme for Year 2016-19 and an MoU between Nagaland University and Thailand’s Chiang Mai University.

A.C. Tirulokchandar passes away

Noted film director A.C. Tirulokchandar (86) died here at a private hospital on Wednesday from age-related ailments. The yester-year director from Vellore district carved a niche for himself in Tamil and Hindi film industries with moveis like Anbe Vaa (1966), Deiva Magan (1969), Teri Kasam (1982) and Do Dilon Ki Dastaan (1985). The director who began his career in 1962 with the movie Veerathirumagan, was first introduced to cinema and most importantly the house of AVM by his friend and actor S.A. Asokan. Tirulokchandar also, directed the versatile Sowcar Janaki in Babu (1971). The 85-year-old actres said, “It was a pleasure working with someone like him. He was always authentic about everything and would take time to explain every scene. Most directors would just enact the role he used to explain every detail.

Need to begin work for addl. airport immediately

Chennai airport is likely to reach its saturation level in the next five years and the proposed Greenfield airport in Sriperumbudur needs to be put into operation by 2020-21, according to a report prepared by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The report ‘Comprehensive Integrated Masterplan for Chennai-Bengaluru Industrial Corridor’ prepared by JICA states that the additional airport in Chennai is necessary as the peak capacity of 23 million passengers of Chennai airport is expected to fall short of the rising demand in 2020-21. The report states that considering the time period of 2-3 years for land acquisition and development period of 3-4 years, the efforts for creation of this airport needs to begin immediately.

77,000 got jobs via employment exchange

More than 77,000 aspirants in the State have found jobs in the government sector during the last five years through employment exchanges. The figure was announced following a review meeting of the employment and training commissionerate chaired by the Labour Welfare Minister Nilafer Kafeel.

Give publicity to GO on discretion on caste, religion

The first bench of the Madras High Court has directed the State government to give wide publicity to a 2000 GO, which left it to the discretion of the parents to mention the caste and religion of their wards in the applications for admission in schools. The first bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan gave the direction on Wednesday while the direction on June 15 while disposing of a PIL from one G. Balakrishnan seeking to order strict implementation of the GO dated July 31, 2000 of the School Education Department, which directed schools not to insist that the parents mention the caste and religion of their children in the application for me which seeking admission in schools.

First time in modern medical history

Scientists from Columbia University, for the first time in modern medical history grow a living bone in the lab to repair large defects in the head and face of patient.

Russia launches new Project 22220 nuclear icebreaker ‘Arktika’

Russia launches new Project 22220 nuclear icebreaker – ‘Arktika’. It is world’s largest and most powerful vessel of its kind, built at Baltic Shipyard of United Shipbuilding Corporation of Russia.

India-Namibia sign

India and Namibia sign two MoUs on capacity-building for civil servants of Namibia and the setting up of centre of of excellence in Information and Communication Technology, during Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to Namibia.

India-Bangladesh transit facility

India-Bangladesh transit facility under the revised Inland Water Transit and Trade Protocol becomes operational between Kolkata-Ashuganj-Tripura.

BDU’s scholar takes part in NASA’s conference on climate change

Marking the name of the univeristy in the pages of history at a time when the world is debating Climate Change a scholar from Bharathidasan University presented his thesis at an International conference conducted with NASA’s funding in the United States of America, in May 2016. At the summit, ‘Connecting Paleo and Modern Oceanographic Data to Understand AMOC Decadal to Centuries’ held at the National Climate and Atmospheric Research Center (NCAR). In Boulder, Colorado, USA from May 23 to 25, 2016. A Sivachandiran, a research scholar from the Department of Marine Sciences of BDU, was among the 45 participants. He was the only Indian.

India wins one day series against Zimbabwe

India wins three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe by 3-0. In Harare, India defeats Zimbabwe by 10 wickets in the final match.

Union Cabinet approves the merger of SBI and its associate banks

Union Cabinet approves the merger of country’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI) and its associate banks in order to bring the state-owned entity on a par with global lenders.

Ministry of NRE launches 1000 MW Wind Power Project

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy launches a scheme for the setting up of 1,000-MW Wind Power Project connected to transmission network of Central Transmission Utility (CTU).

Cell to redress grievances among CM gift to RK Nagar

The Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa on June 13 made a special arrangements for redressing the grievances of people in RK Nagar constituency which she represents. Hereafter, on all Tuesday, the Special Officer, Chief Minister’s Special Cell will camp at the taluk office at Tondiarpet through the day receiving petitions from the public. Meanwhile, Official sources said petitions from the people would be received from June 13. Around 10 officials including the Speical Officer of the CMs Cell would camp at Tondiarpet taluk office between 10 am and 5.45 pm. Additional steps were being taken so that people could submit their petition easily.

SpaceX successfully launches two commercial satellites

US-based private space transport service company SpaceX successfully launches two commercial satellites, viz. EUTELSAT 117 West B and ABS-2A using SpaceX’s reusable Falcon 9 rocket.

Rio 2016 slogan, ‘A New World’

The Rio 2016 organising committee reveals the official slogan, ‘A New World’, for the first Olympic and Paralympic Games in South America.

Viswanathan Anand record win ninth time

Former World champion Viswanathan Anand of India wins the Masters Tournament in Leon, Spain, for a record ninth time, getting the better of Chinese Grandmaster Wei Yi in the final by 2.5–1.5.

National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy 2016

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy releases Draft National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy 2016 to reach the target of 175 Gigawatts (GW) of installed capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022.

KMC to be first govt. hospital in TN to treat infertility

The Government Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital (KMC) is all set to become a home for Comprehensive Infertility Treatment Clinic a first-of-its-kind in the State. Tamil Nadu govt. has already passed an official order to the effect and allotted Rs. 2 crore as initial capital. “The state-of-art-facility will be coming up at the second floor of out-patient department block in the hospital. The work should start soon. Sources said the proposal for such a facility was mooted in 2011, but did not materialize for various reasons. But now, with government order being issued the project is likely to be expedited considering the importance attached to the whole issue of infertility.

UGC 4879

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope uncovers a mysterious solitary dwarf galaxy known as UGC 4879. It is smaller and messier than its cosmic cousins.

New planet named Kepler 1647b

Scientists using NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope discover a Jupiter-like circumbinary planet named Kepler 1647b orbiting a system of two stars.

India-Ghana sign three bilateral agreements

India and Ghana sign three bilateral agreements to strengthen co-operation in varied fields,during the first-ever visit of Hon’ble President Mr. Pranab Mukherjee on Ghana.