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SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket was launched from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida for establishing Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications.
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket rumbled into the sky Wednesday from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, flexing the rocket’s muscles and lofting a massive Intelsat satellite to orbit supporting wireless communications, television broadcasting and trans-Atlantic data relays.
The nine-engine first stage shut down less than three minutes after liftoff, and the booster dropped away with the help of pneumatic pushers for a destructive plunge into the Atlantic Ocean.
Kewal Handa appointed as non-executive chairman of Union Bank
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet has approved Handas appointment as non-official director/non-executive chairman of the bank, an order issued by the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) said, without citing any details about him.
Handa will hold the post for a period of three years.
Indian-origin Guruswamy Jayraman has been awarded with Order of Australia for his community work.
He works as a senior accountant with Woollahra Municipal Council for a living and has been devoting most of his spare time in community work for the last 25 years.
Jayraman has received a number of awards, such as;
1. Outstanding Services to Older Citizens Award from the Auburn Council (2011),
2. Service to the Indian Community and Seniors by the India Independence & Australia Day Celebration Committee (2010) and
3. Community Services award from GOPIO Sydney (2012).
EPFO ties up with Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Kotak Mahindra Bank for collections of provident dues and to make retirement payments.
The tie-ups with Bank of Baroda, ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bankand Kotak Mahindra Bank will help EPFO save around Rs 125 crore a year and expedite its investments as well as payment of benefits to its members.
Employers having bank account with these banks can now deposit PF dues directly in EPFO’s account using internet banking in real time basis instead of going through the aggregator mode.
EPFO is negotiating with seven more banks for the same purpose. Tie-ups with these banks will be beneficial because each of them accounts for 0.5 per cent of EPFO remittances a year.
South Indian Bank ties up with PFG Forex for remittance facility for the benefit of Indian expatriates from Australia.
Under this arrangement, NRIs can enjoy cost-effective and fast remittance services using SIB’s Express facility.
NRIs can visit the PFG Forex outlets across Australia for remittances to India. SIB is already having correspondent banking arrangement with National Australia Bank and Fly World Money Exchange for remittances to India.
Manpreet Kaur, Govindan Laxmanan wins gold medal in the women’s shot put at the Asian Athletics Championships 2017.
India’s Manpreet Kaur claimed the gold medal in the women’s shot put, while defending champion Vikas Gowda failed to retain his title in the men’s discus throw event on the opening day of the Asian Athletics Championships 2017
Laxmanan emerged triumphant in the men’s 5,000 metres.
India has slipped by one spot to become the fourth-largest foreign investor into the UK, according to the official figures.
The US remains on the top, investing in 577 projects in the UK, with China (including Hong Kong) remaining in second place with 160 projects. India set up 127 new projects in Britain last year and safeguarded 7,645 existing jobs as a result and created 3,999 new jobs in 2016-17, it said.
However, it lost its position as the third largest investor in the UK to France which set up 131 projects last year, according to the data. India shares the fourth spot with Australia and New Zealand, which also set up 127 projects collectively.
Odisha govt signs Expression of Intent (EOI) with International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and Athletics Federation of India (AFI) to establish High-Performance Academy in Bhubaneswar.
The EOI was signed by Sports Secretary Vishal Kumar Dev and AFI president Adille Sumariwala and IAAF president Lord Sebastian Coe in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
While Union Sports Ministry will provide coaching, integrated support services and education to athletes, the State Sports and Youth Services Department will provide funds and make sure availability of necessary infrastructure and support services, including an outdoor stadium.
India among 5 countries which are using wastewater for irrigation putting millions of lives at serious health risks according to a journal in Environmental Research Letters.
India and four other countries –
3. Mexico and
account for the most cropland in the world irrigated by dirty wastewater, putting millions of lives at serious health risks, new research has found.
The global use of untreated wastewater from cities to irrigate crops downstream is 50 per cent more widespread than previously thought, according to the study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters.
According to the study, farmers’ use of wastewater is most prevalent in regions where there is significant wastewater generation and water pollution.
India has declared itself free from Bird Flu (highly pathogenic Avian Influenza – H5N1 and H5N8) and notified it to the World Organisation for Animal Health.
The move will help it resume export of poultry products to the countries which had banned trade in such items early this year.
India had reported outbreaks of Avian Influenza at various epicentres in Delhi,
Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh),Rajpura (Punjab),
Hissar (Haryana), Bellary (Karnataka) etc.
during October 2016 to February 2017.
The countries which banned Indian poultry products, include United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Hong Kong.