Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM AVSM ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff commissioned a state of the art "Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Training Facility - ABHEDYA", at INS Shivaji, Lonavla. GSL had signed the contract with Indian Navy for construction of NBCTF on 31 Mar 2016. This unique facility will assist the Indian Navy in providing a realistic simulation of Nuclear, Chemical & Biological warfare to its personnel during their NBC damage control training. The steel structure of the simulator represents the relevant NBC compartment of the ship such as upper decks, citadels, cleansing stations, DCHQ, etc.
Indian Air Force (IAF) formally inducted the four heavy-lift Chinook helicopters. Chinook helicopters will be deployed at Chandigarh's Air Force Station 12 Wing. These helicopters are capable of vertical lift and heavy lifting in hilly areas. Chinook has been procured with India-specific enhancements and can carry out military operations even at night. Chinook will be used to move troops, artillery, ammunition, supplies and equipment on the battlefield. Apart from military operations, they can also be used for medical evacuation, disaster relief, search and recovery, fire-fighting and civil development.
Indian Navy's frontline corvette INS Kadmatt reached Malaysian archipelago Langkawi. It will participate in the 15th edition of Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace Exhibition, LIMA-19. INS Kadmatt is an indigenous stealth anti-submarine warfare corvette and was commissioned into the Indian Navy in January 2016. The ship is fitted with state-of-the-art weapons, sensors and machinery.
The joint training exercise MITRASHAKTI - VI between Indian and Sri Lanka Army has been started at Diyatalawa in Sri Lanka. An Indian contingent of 120 Army personnel, including 11 officers will take part in the two-week long exercise. It is an annual event held in India and Sri Lanka alternatively. The exercise will help in building proficiency in tackling transnational terrorism, the conduct of joint tactical operations and building combat skills.
The CBSE will introduce artificial intelligence (AI), early childhood care education and yoga as new subjects in the school curriculum from the upcoming academic session. A decision to introduce the three subjects was taken at a recent meeting of the board's governing body. The CBSE is introducing artificial intelligence as an optional 6th subject at Class IX from the session 2019-2020 onwards. The board has also decided to introduce yoga and early childhood education as elective subjects at senior secondary level. As per norms, a skill subject, at the secondary level, may be offered as additional sixth subject along with the existing five compulsory subjects.
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has appointed the 5-member committee to further deepen digital payments and enhance financial inclusion through Fintech. The committee will work under the chairmanship of Nandan Nilekani. The RBI has requested the committee to give recommendations in 3 months in this regard. Mr Das introduced it at the inaugural event of Financial Technology (Fintech) Conclave being organized by NITI Aayog in New Delhi.
A social entrepreneur from India is among 16 persons selected by Yale University as the 2019 World Fellows. Neha Upadhyaya, based in New Delhi, founded GUNA Organics in 2014 that provides ethically-sourced organic food products grown by rural female Indian farmers. Upadhyaya's work has also focussed on working with children suffering from various health issues including diabetes, autism, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She has been the recipient of Future Leaders Connect (2018) and Social Impact India (2017) awarded by the British Council and has won several prototype grants and awards, including Entrepreneur Excellence award by I.I.T. Delhi (2017).
A maths and physics teacher, Peter Tabichi from a secondary school in a remote village in Kenya’s Rift Valley has won the $1 million Global Teacher Prize for 2019. He gives away 80 per cent of his income to help the poor in the remote village of Pwani where almost a third of the children are orphans or have only one parent. He received the prize at a ceremony Saturday in Dubai hosted by Hollywood star Hugh Jackman. He has become the first ever African male to have won the award. Two Indian teachers, Arti Qanungo and Swaroop Rawal were also nominated for the award. Both of them had made it to the top 50 finalists.
Chennai Super Kings star Suresh Raina created history as he became the first cricketer in Indian Premier League (IPL) to complete 5000 runs. He gained this title in the first match of the season against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Suresh Raina leads the way with Virat Kohli at the second spot. Mumbai Indians’ skipper Rohit Sharma completes the illustrious top three list.