Ravindra Reddy, founder Chairman of MTAR, which supplies indigenously developed systems for India’s space and nuclear programmes at the age of 77.
Under the mentorship of Mr. Reddy, MTAR manufactured rocket engines that powered Mangalyaan).
The private company fabricated engines for the PSLV and GSLV launchers, which have put numerous satellites into space.
About Ravindra Reddy: A member of the National Academy of Engineers, he also served on the Board of Antrix Corporation Ltd. He was also the Chairman of Rs. 1,500 crore Samuha Aerospace Park that is being set up in Hyderabad.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has appointed the Channel 2 Group as its global audio rights partner. Channel 2 acquired exclusive rights for all the ICC events from 2016 to 2023 through this Right.
Channel 2 Group will provide live audio commentary at the ICC World Twenty20, ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup under this right.
ICC General Manager – Commercial, Campbell Jamieson
Three Mi-25 gunship helicopters manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)were supplied by India are officially join the Afghan Air Force. These helicopters are designed to take on fortified enemy positions and counter heavy ground fire.
Recently Mohammad Hanif Atmar the National Security Advisor of Afghanvisit New Delhi for the deal.
Such deals are strong signal of cooperation with Afghanistan in its fight against Taliban.
India is preserving Afghanistan’s unity and territorial integrity and ensuring security.
Sameeksha Trust has designated the senior journalist and political commentatorParanjoy Guha Thakurta as the Editor of Economic and Political Weekly (EPW). He will succeed Rammanohar Reddy.
The decision regarding his appointment was taken during the meeting between the trustees of Sameeksha consisting of Chairman Deepak Nayyar, managing trustee D.N. Ghosh, Andre Beteille, Romila Thapar, Jean Dreze and Rajeev Bhargava.
The trustees appreciated the work done by Rammanohar Reddy as editor for 11 years.
Noted environmentalist Ravi Chellam has been designated as the executive director of NGO Greenpeace India. He will succeed Samit Aich.
He will be responsible to anchor the NGO which has been facing challenges from a number of government agencies apart from renewing the organization’s focus on campaigns for a clean and safe future.
Earlier, Govt has suspended its licence for six months from receiving foreign funds after alleging that it has “prejudicially” affected the country’s interests.
About Ravi Chellam:
Chellam is a wildlife biologist and conservation scientist by training.
He also worked with the Wildlife Institute of India, United Nations Development Programme, Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology,Environment, Wildlife Conservation Society (India Program) and Madras Crocodile Bank Trust.
Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) is National Mission for Financial Inclusion to ensure access to financial services, Like Banking Savings & Deposit Accounts, Remittance, Credit, Insurance, and Pension in an affordable manner. The program PMJDY have crossed the Rs 30,000 Crore mark
Accounts had deposits of Rs 30,638.29 crore (about USD 4.5 billion).
Nearly 38 crore bank accounts were opened under the PMJDY.
The first free Public Wi-Fi service has been launched by Indian Railways’ telecom wing RailTel in partnership with Google at Mumbai’s central railway station. Minister of Railways Mr. Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu inaugurated the Wi–Fi service.
Mumbai central railway station has become the first railway station to have free high-speed Wi-Fi Internet facility in India.
The project to provide free Wi-Fi at 400 railway stations across the country was announced last September during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Google headquarters in Mountain View.
On the sidelines of PM’s vision to make India the skill capital of the world, Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE) inked MoU with Department of Telecommunication (DoT) for the implementation of National Action Plan for Skill Development in Telecom Sector.
The objective behind MoU is to fulfill skilled manpower requirement oftelecom sector and to provide quality opportunities for employment.
Highlights of MoU:
Utilization of old telephone exchanges which are no longer in use for skill development initiatives along with their upgradation.
To develop “National Institute for Policy Research Innovation and Training (NTIPRT)” for training and skill development.
Apart from above Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojna (PMKVY) Rupay ATM Cum Debit card from Bank of India was also issued, which would be issued to the students with 1 Lac Rupee PA Insurance Cover.
“Skill Vans” were also launched, which would travel to different parts of the country and provide skill development trainings to the youth.
World Number 3, Roger Federer (34) clinched his 300th win in grand slams after defeating his Bulgarian challenger Grigor Dimitrov by 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.
Only Martina Navratilova (306) stands in front of him.
About Roger Federer: 1981 born regarded as the greatest tennis player all the time as in 1998, he whirled as a professional and from 2002 he has been continuously ranked inside the top 10. Here are some of his records:
Holding the world No. 1 position for 302 weeks.
Winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles.
Reaching each Grand Slam final at least five times.
In collaboration with Yes Bank and MasterCard, the wallet company FreeCharge launched a “FreeCharge Go”, a virtual card that allows users to pay for goods and services at online shops and offline retailers.
This new virtual card would enable users to use money in their digital walletson any merchant site that accepts cards.
Currently, FreeCharge Go can be used to transact at certain offline stores such as McDonald’s and Shoppers Stop.
In 2015, FreeCharge was acquired by e-commerce giant Snapdeal while in In Dec 2015, its rival Paytm launched prepaid cards in partnership with ICICI Bank.
In a bid to monitor mining activity through satellite technology, Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) inked MoU with National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) of the Department of Space.
As a part of MoU IBM would initiate remote sensing cell under the technical guidance of the NRSC at its offices in Nagpur and Hyderabad.
The cell will utilise Bhuvan-based services for monitoring mining activities for development of mobile app for field data collection.
The pilot project will be launched in Odisha and Hospet sector of Karnataka to demonstrate the feasibility of using high resolution satellite imagery in monitoring the changes over a period of time in select group of mines.
The state government of Andhra Pradeshhas reestablished the Andhra Pradesh Commission for Backward Classes by exercising the rights vested in the section 3 ofAndhra Pradesh Commission for Backward Classes Act, 1993.
It has been re-initiated after the time gap of 4 years, as the previous commission term was expired on 24 September 2011.
The reconstituted two member commission will be chaired by Justice K.L.Manjunath, (Retd.) while the second member will be Member Secretary of APCBC.
The tenure of the chairman of A.P. Commission for Backward Classes is of 3 years from the date of assumption of office in terms.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) imposed a life time ban on Haryana off-spinner bowler Ajit Chandila due to his involvement in the IPL spot-fixing scandal 2013.
Ajit Chandila was found guilty of misconduct and corruption under the Articles 2.1.1, Article 2.1.2, Article 2.1.3, Article 2.1.4, Article 2.2.2, Article 2.2.3, and Article 2.4.1 of the BCCI Anti-Corruption Code.
BCCI also decided to hand a five-year suspension on Mumbai batsman Hiken Shah for making a corrupt approach to a fellow player.
The decision in this regard was taken at the Disciplinary Committee of the BCCI which was held in Mumbai. The committee was headed by BCCI PresidentShashank Manohar.
Ronnie O’Sullivan won his 6th £200,000 Snooker Masters title after defeating Barry Hawkins by 10-1 in the final of professional non-ranking snooker tournament, 2016 Dafabet Masters at the Alexandra Palace in London.
It was the 42nd staging of the tournament.
O’Sullivan, had previously won the event in 1995, 2005, 2007, 2009 and2014, equaling the record set by Stephen Hendry.
Mindtree(IT firm)appointed RostowRavanan as its CEO and Managing Director and current chief KrishnakumarNatarajanmoved on to the role of Executive Chairman with co-founder Subroto Bagchi stepping down from the position.
Served as the Head for Europe, Service Lines and Key Accounts andChief Financial Officer of Mindtree.
Recent flashback:Mindtree’s larger rival Wipro had also announced a senior-level rejig appointing AbidaliNeemuchwala in place of T K Kurien.
Target: To promote the culture of innovation among its undergraduate students right from their first year.
M N Faruqui Innovations Centre was launched by ArjunMalhotra(Co-founder of HCL Technologies) comprising a Design Facility and Tinkering Laboratory.
Design Facility supports a meeting, brainstorming and conferencing centre with Computing and Information Technology
Tinkering Labhas collaborative conferencing tools, 3D printers, a mechanical workshop with fabrication machinery, electronics workbenches, PCB fabrication set-ups, and prototyping tools for embedded systems.
Points to remember: IIT Kharagpur
Recently, it was declared the top educational hub in India as per the Times Higher Education, Asia Rankings.
2013: 3 by India Today, 2 by Outlook India
2011: 4 by Dataquest
2015: 3 in Careers 360 (Magazine) Top Universities
The Central Information Commission has ruled the Universities and examining bodies for not to charge more than Rs 2 per page for providing copies of evaluated answer scripts to students.
Derivatives are issued to the University Grants Commission and Association of Indian Universities, to circulate, publicise and insist on implementation of this order in all academic and examining bodies.
The decision in regard has been taken when a student Abne Ingty was asked to pay Rs 750 per paper to have his own answer-sheets. That high fee for a copy of answer book was breaching the sections 3, 6 and 7 of the RTI Act.
The two-day National Conference on “Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare”was chaired in Sikkim. The conference will be attended by state government representatives, scientists, academicians, bankers, experts and practitioners.
PM Narendra Modi was the chief guest at the plenary session of the conference.
“Organic Farming Festival” was also organized to give more impetus to Organic Farming.
The two day National Conference on Sustainable Agriculture and Farmer’s Welfare deliberated upon the challenges and identify initiatives to transform agriculture based on sustainable and efficient use of resources like soil and water, remunerative prices on farm produce, risk coverage and reduction of potential negative impact of climate change.
Former Sikkim Governor and senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ventrapragada Rama Rao died at a private hospital at the age of 81.
About Ventrapragada Rama Rao:
Rama Rao was born in Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh in 1935.
Rao was a lawyer and practised at the Andhra Pradesh High Court.
He was elected as MLC on four occasions in the erstwhile Andhra Pradesh State Legislature. While he served for three full terms in 1966, 1972 and 1978, the Legislative Council was abolished during his fourth term after his election from Graduates Constituency in 1984. During his last term, he served as party floor leader in the Council. He was also imprisoned during Emergency.
Rao, who joined the Jan Sangh in 1956, was BJP national vice-president. He was twice State unit chief in united Andhra Pradesh from 1992-96. He also was a member of the BJP national executive and more recently a member of the core committee of the Telangana BJP.
He served as Sikkim Governor from October 25, 2002 to October 25, 2007.