The third edition of the bilateral joint exercise between India and Oman, ‘Al Nagah 2019’ will begin from 12th March. It will be organsied at Jabel Al Akhdar Mountains in Oman. It will continue till 25th of March. In the exercise, both the armies will exchange expertise and experience in tactics, weapon handling and firing. India-Oman bilateral security ties have continued to develop since the beginning of India-Oman Joint Military Cooperation meetings in 2006.
Women officers will be granted Permanent Commission in the Indian Army. They will get permanaent comission in all the ten branches where they are inducted for Short Service Commission (SSC). Now, the Permanent Commission will be granted in Signals, Engineers, Army Aviation, Army Air Defence, Electronics and Mechanical Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Ordnance Corps and Intelligence to women officers. Earlier they get Permanent Commission only in two streams of Judge Advocate General and Army Education Corps. SSC women officers will give their option for Permanent Commission before completion of four years of Commissioned Service.
Fifteen of the 20 most polluted cities in the world are in India. Gurugram led all cities in pollution levels in 2018 with Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Noida and Bhiwadi in the top six. India's national capital region (NCR) emerged as the most polluted region in the world in last year. The latest data compiled in the IQAir AirVisual 2018 World Air Quality Report prepared in collaboration with Greenpeace Southeast Asia, reveals the state of particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution last year. Out of the 20 most polluted cities in the world, 18 are in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
Richest Indian Mukesh Ambani jumped six positions to rank 13th on Forbes World's Billionaire list. Amazon founder Bezos remains the world's richest person, ahead of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Ambani saw wealth soar from $40.1 billion in 2018 when he was placed 19th richest in the world, to $50 billion to be rank at 13th in 2019. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji is ranked 36th with Technology major HCL's co-founder Shiv Nadar, ranked 82nd in the list.
India offers some of the world's cheapest mobile data packs according to the new research in the UK. Price comparison site Cable.co.uk found that 1 gigabyte (GB) of data cost $0.26 in India, compared to $6.66 in the UK. The global average came in at $8.53 for 1GB in the study, which compared mobile data pricing in 230 countries around the world. Kyrgyzstan ($0.27), Kazakstan ($0.49), Ukraine ($0.51) and Rwanda ($ 0.56) completed the top five countries offering the cheapest data packs. Zimbabwe is the most expensive country in which to buy mobile data – with an average cost of 1GB coming around $75.20.
The Swedish Academy has said that two Nobel Prizes for literature will be awarded this year. The decision comes after a sex scandal causing the suspension of the award last year. The Nobel Prize in Literature will awarded this autumn for both 2018 and 2019. The much-awaited award had to be postponed last year for the first time since 1949.