The internet user base in India has exceeded 500 million mark according to a newly released Kantar IMRB ICUBE report. It is likely to reach 627 million by the end of 2019. The number of internet users is estimated to be 566 million as of December 2018, registering an annual growth of 18%. The report finds that 87% of the total user base, or 493 million Indians, are defined as regular users, having accessed the internet in the last 30 days. Of this, 293 million active internet users reside in urban India, while there are 200 million active users in rural India.
Defence Research and Defence Organisation (DRDO) successfully test fired the Guided PINAKA from Pokhran ranges. The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system. The indigenously developed Guided Pinaka by DRDO will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits.
Megha Engineering Infrastructure Limited (MEIL) has made it into Limca Book of National Records and Asia Book of Records for completing a power sub-station in a record time of 7 months. NP Kunta sub-station was taken up to connect Ultra Mega Solar Power Plant built in Ananthapur with Power Grid, to facilitate the supply of 1500 MW of electricity. The infrastructure major managed to complete the project five months ahead of the scheduled deadline fulfilling all the quality parameters. Normally it takes 15-18 months for execution of such projects, but MEIL completed it within 7 months.
Zinedine Zidane has been reappointed as the coach of Real Madrid. Madrid said in a statement that Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022. His reappointment comes just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to a historic third consecutive Champions League triumph. Points to Remember Real Madrid is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid.
Kelly Catlin, a member of the U.S. women's pursuit team that earned a silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, has died at age 23. Catlin earned three consecutive world championship titles with the U.S. women's pursuit team from 2016-2018. She also raced with the Rally UHC Pro Cycling team on the road.