February, 2017

Azad’s 86th Martyrdom Day observed

Chandra Shekhar Azad’s 86th Martyrdom Day observed on 27th February. Chandra Shekhar Azad, the mere name that could make a British policeman during the British Raj era break into cold sweat. He was born on 23 July 1906, in Bhavra, Alirajpur. He died on 27 February 1931 at Allahabad. He lived for mere 24 years, but made a world of difference to India’s freedom struggle.

SoftBank, Foxconn form joint venture

Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp and Taiwan’s Foxconn have agreed to form a joint venture, as the two large Asian technology companies expand their ties. The arrangement involves Foxconn buying a 54.5% stake in SoftBank Group Capital Apac Pte Ltd, a wholly owned SoftBank unit, for $600 million.

TCS Ranked Among Top Three IT Brands

India’s largest software services firm Tata Consultancy Services has been rated as one of the top three ‘most-valuable brands’ in the Information Technology service sector by Brand Finance, the leading global brand valuation firm. As IBM and Accenture are on the top two positions. However, the overall global position of the company dropped down by one spot to 25th from 2016 when it was 24th.

Rajasthan Inaugurates RAHAT project

Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje inaugurated a medical project Rajasthan Heart Attack Treatment programme in Jaipur. She also flagged off an ambulance fitted with equipment and trained paramedical staff required for treatment of heart disease. RAHAT aims to provide people in remote and rural areas with timely treatment during heart attacks.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won 2017 Open 13

Second-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsongao defeated Frenchman Lucas Pouille to win the 2017 Open 13. The ‘2017 Open 13’ is a men’s tennis tournament played on indoor hard courts. It was the 24th edition of the Open 13, and part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the 2017 ATP World Tour. It took place at the Palais des Sports in Marseille, France, from 20 February to 26 February 2017.

Gopi, Athare win men’s and women’s races

Rio Olympian Thanackal Gopi won the men’s title in the second edition of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance New Delhi Marathon held on 26 February 2017. Monika Athare claimed the honours in the women’s section. In Men’s full marathon, Gopi clocked 2 hours, 15 minutes and 37 seconds to win the race in his first appearance in the event.

Saina to represent Olympic Committee

Saina Nehwal was appointed as a member of the Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission in 2016, will represent the panel in the Badminton World Federation. Saina would join the Badminton World Federation Athletes’ Commission as a representative of the IOC AC. Currently, ranked world number 10 in BWF rankings, Saina is now aiming to win the prestigious All England Championship in March 2017.

Robot table tennis tutor sets record

World’s first robot table tennis tutor in Japan has set a new Guinness World Record for its uncanny ability of being able to play the game better than most humans. FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized Automation with Sinic Theoretics) has officially been given the Guinness title for its unique technological intelligence & educational capabilities.

Pests eat away India’s 35% of yield

According to Indian Council of Agricultural Research scientist, pests eat away about 30-35% of the annual crop yield in India. Such large-scale crop-loss is having an adverse effect on the agricultural biosafety which is paramount to food security of the country. Key Facts Among such pests, nematodes have emerged as a major threat to crops in the country.

Haryana to set up sex ratio dashboard

The Haryana government has set up an online system called sex ratio monitoring dashboard as part of the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ Scheme to monitor the sex ratio in the Panipat district. The system will have the data of child sex ratio collected from all villages every month in the district by the state Health and Women and Child Welfare Departments.