Spyder' surface-to-air missile test fired

India today test fired 'Spyder' surface-to-air missile from a test range in Odisha as part of a series of tests of the short-range quick reaction missile. The trial was carried out for validating various parameters of the sophisticated weapon system to further strengthen its air defence system. 'Spyder', an acquired missile system from Israel, is a short-range, quick reaction surface-to-air missile designed to strike an enemy air target with. The state-of-the-art missile has a strike range of about 15 km in low altitude. However, it is shorter than India's indigenously developed surface-to-air 'Akash' missile, which has a 25 km strike range.The weapon was test fired from a mobile launcher at

Now, a Task Force to compute timely employment data

The government has set up a high-level task force to compute timely data on employment situation in the country, a move that will help it frame policies and take steps to create jobs. "The task force will recommend solutions which can be implemented in a time bound manner," official think tank NITI Aayog. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has directed that this task be expedited so that policies on employment can be formulated with a proper appreciation of impacts, based on credible data, NITI Aayog vice chairman Arvind Panagariya will chair the task force that has labour secretary Sathiyavathy, statistics secretary TCA Ananth, NITI Aayog's Pulak Ghosh and Reserve Bank of India board member Manis

India celebrates The National Technology Day

India is celebrating its National Technology day today to mark the historic feat of test-firing its very first nuclear-capable missile back in 1998. The nuclear tests that took place on May 11, 1998 saw late President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam leading the Indian team of scientists to successfully test-fire the Shakti-1 nuclear missile at Rajasthan’s Pokhran test range. Apart from the nuclear tests being conducted, India’s first indigenous aircraft – the Hansa 3 – also took flight in the state of Bengaluru. Designed by National Aerospace Laboratory, India, the light, two-seater aircraft was aimed to serve pilot training, surveillance, aerial photography and other such purposes. DRDO added

EC of India Launches National Contact Centre

The Commission has added another feather to its cap with the launch of National Contact Centre with a toll-free No. 1800111950. Now any citizen from any part of the country can call on the toll-free in English or Hindi with any query or complaint at any time of the day. Callers can enquire on subjects such as elections, voting dates, EPIC, electoral roll, online registration etc. and lodge a complaint by simply dialing in to the toll free no. The National Contact Centre is operated on a National Grievance Redressal System Software. This software is a single window platform to manage complaints and feedback received through calls, emails, sms and website access in an integrated and time-bound

Heena Sidhu Wins Bronze, Medal in Grand Prix Shooting Championship

Heena Sindhu claimed a bronze medal in the women's 10m Air Pistol as India ended the Grand Prix of Liberation Plezn 2017 Shooting championships with seven medals. On the final day of the championship, Heena shot 218.8 in the eight-woman final, won by Greek shooter Anna Korakaki, who had won a gold medal in the 25m pistol and a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol at Rio Games. Anna shot 246.3 to finish ahead of Germany's rising star, 21-year old Michelle Skeries took silver with a score of 237.8. India returned from the championship in Czech Republic with a haul of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals. Know More- The International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) is the oldest an

IMF -India to grow at 7.7 percent in 2018-19

As per IMF India's growth is expected to rebound to 7.2 per cent in the 2017-18 fiscal and 7.7 per cent in 2018-19 after disruptions caused by demonetization, while recommending the removal of long-standing structural bottlenecks to enhance market efficiency. The temporary disruptions (primarily to private consumption) caused by cash shortages accompanying the currency exchange initiative are expected to gradually dissipate in 2017 as cash shortages ease According to the report, growth in Asia is forecast to accelerate to 5.5 per cent in 2017 from 5.3 per cent in 2016. Growth in China and Japan is revised upward for 2017 compared to the October 2016 World Economic Outlook, owing mainly to c

Youngest UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

First ever Refugee Olympic Team swimmer Yusra Mardini, a Syrian who fled across the Mediterranean, has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).With the appointment, she became the youngest Goodwill Ambassador working with the UN Refugee Agency. Mardini, 19, competed in last summer's games in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team. She has been granted asylum in Germany. During her journey to Europe, Yusra risked her life when she jumped into the Aegean Sea from a sinking boat with her 21-year-old sister Sarah and helped push it and some 20 other onboard to safety. Know More- The United Nations High Commissione

Joshna Chinappa wins Asian Squash title

Joshna Chinappa has scripted history by becoming the first Indian to clinch the Asian Squash title with a thrilling win over compatriot Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the women's final in Chennai. In the men's final, however, Saurav Ghosal went down fighting against No.1 seed Max Lee to finish second best. In a clash between two players who train together at the Indian Squash Academy in Chennai, Chinappa held off a fighting Pallikal 13-15, 12-10, 11-13, 11-4, 11-4 in 78 minutes to win probably her biggest title. The first game saw the two Indians go toe-to-toe as they mixed aggression with strong defence. Pallikal squeezed out the opener as her rival faltered at the end. Pallikal fought back, bu

ISRO's Android App Helps to Install Solar Panel.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has released an app for analysing how much solar energy you’d receive at any particular location. Developed by the Ahmedabad-based Space Applications Centre (SAC), on the orders of the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Solar Calculator can present you with the amount of solar energy at one point, or even let you look at a heat map of the entire country. The app would mostly help users decide where to install photovoltaic solar panels to generate clean energy. The app, currently only available for Android here, provides readings in the form of KiloWatt Hours per metre square, generated over a single month or year, as well as daylight hou

EPF members required to submit self-declaration for advance.

EPF members will now only be required to submit a self-declaration for the advance in case of illness of members/ dependents. Differently abled members will also get advance on the basis of self-declaration. A member will no longer be required to submit any medical certificate or any other certificate or document or proforma whatsoever to avail advances under paragraph 68-J or under paragraph 68-N of EPF Scheme1952. Ministry of Labour & Employment has amended Paragraph 68-J and Paragraph 68-N of Employees Provident Fund Scheme, 1952 and It will come into force from the date of its publication in the official Gazette. According to it, a member would only be required to submit a self-declara

Now, Paytm Customers can buy ‘digital gold’

Alibaba-backed Paytm has partnered with gold refiner MMTC-PAMP to launch ‘Digital Gold’ that will allow customers to buy and sell gold through the electronic platform.Using their Paytm mobile wallets, consumers can purchase 24K 999.9 purity gold online and store it in MMTC—PAMP’s secure vaults free of charge. Investment as low as Re 1 is enough to buy the yellow metal. Request for their gold to be delivered at their homes can be made in the form of minted coins or sell it back online to MMTC—PAMP. Customers can now buy and sell international quality gold at market-linked prices instantly for as low as ₹ 1 using their Paytm wallets, If the consumer wants to sell the gold, MMTC-PAMP will buy t

Kalpit Veerwal scores 100% in JEE-Main

Kalpit Veerval, from Udaipur in Rajasthan, has topped the Joint Entrance Examination (Main) with a perfect 100% score.The results of the exam conducted for admission to various engineering colleges, including the premier Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), were declared by the Central Board of Secondary Education. Mr. Veerval, who has scored 360 out of 360 in the JEE-Main, had earlier topped the Indian Junior Science Olympiad and the National Talent Search Examination (NTSE). Over 10.2 lakh students took the exam at 1,781 centres across the country. The examination was held on April 2 (offline) and April 8 and 9(online).Candidates clearing the JEE-Main will be eligible to appear in the J

Joint Indian-French naval exercise 'Varuna' begins

India and France on Monday began their week-long bilateral naval exercise Varuna in France's Toulon port. The Indian contingent comprises Indian Naval Ships Mumbai, Trishul and Aditya, part of Indian Navy's Overseas Deployment to the Mediterranean Sea and the west coast of Africa, and part of an anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden. Another Indian Naval Ship Tarkash, which is also a part of this group, has proceeded to London. Mumbai, Trishul, and Aditya, will be at Toulon for three days, which will include the harbour phase of the joint exercise. After that, the exercise's sea leg will start, and Tarkash will also have interactions with the French Navy as a part of the exercise later.

K .Vishwanath has won Dadasaheb Phalke award 2016

Renowned filmmaker and actor Kasinadhuni Viswanath, best known for his award-winning movies in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi, has won the Dadasaheb Phalke award for the year 2016 for his outstanding contribution to the film industry. He will be the 48 recipient of the award, the highest recognition in Indian cinema, which consists of a golden lotus, a cash prize of ₹10 lakh and a shawl. The recommendation of the Dadasaheb Phalke award committee to recognise the 87-year-old film industry icon was approved by Information and Broadcasting Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu A recipient of five National Film Awards, Viswanath is celebrated for his film Sankarabharanam, Sagara Sangamam, Swati Mutyam, Saptapadi,

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