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CURRENT AFFAIRS : NATIONAL NEWS

Amazon announces first device manufacturing line in India

  • E-commerce giant Amazon has announced its plans to begin manufacturing devices in India.
  • This is the first Amazon manufacturing line in India and reiterates the firm’s commitment to the government’s “Make in India” for an Atma Nirbhar Bharat.
  • Amazon will commence manufacturing with contract manufacturer Cloud Network Technology, a subsidiary of Foxconn, in Chennai, and start production later this year.
  • The programme will churn out hundreds of thousands of Fire TV Stick devices every year. Amazon will evaluate scaling capacity to additional marketplaces and cities, depending on the domestic demand.
  • In 2020 Amazon announced “Local Shops on Amazon”, a programme that retailers and local shops be self-dependent, and benefit from selling online.
  • It now has over 22,000 neighbourhood stores registered across the country, gathering additional footfalls through their online presence and furthering their earning potential by acting as pickup points, logistics partners, and experience centres for e-commerce.

About Amazon :

  • CEO : Jeff Bezos
  • Founded : 5 July 1994
  • Headquarters : Washington, United States

IIT Madras-incubated Pi Beam launches PiMo e-bike

  • IIT Madras-incubated startup Pi Beam has launched an electric two-wheeler, PiMo, for Rs 30,000. 
  • The utility e-bike, which is targeted at personal and commercial applications, has a range of 50 km.
  • The e-bike does not require a license or registration and has localised most of the components including the lithium-ion batteries and controllers.
  • The company aims to sell 10,000 units by the end of next financial year (2021-22).
  • PiMo is a vehicle that’s between an electric bicycle and entry-level electric scooter.
  • Pi Beam is an incubated company at IIT-M to bring electric mobility in India.

PM Modi to inaugurate key projects of Kerala virtually

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of key projects of power and urban sector in Kerala through video conferencing.
  • He will inaugurate the 320 KV Pugalur – Thrissur Power Transmission Project.
  • It is a Voltage Source Inverter based High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) Project and has India’s first HVDC link featuring state-of-the-art VSC technology.
  • Built at a cost of Rs 5070 crore, it will facilitate transfer of 2000 MW power from the western region and help meet the growth in load for the people of Kerala.
  • The Prime Minister will also dedicate to the nation the 50 MW Kasaragod Solar Power Project.
  • It has been developed under the National Solar Energy Mission.

Union Cabinet approves production-linked incentive scheme – telecom sector

  • The Union Cabinet approved a production-linked incentive scheme for the telecom sector.
  • Briefing reporters after the cabinet meeting, Electronic and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, the production-linked incentive worth Rs 12,195 Crore has been cleared for the telecom sector.
  • He said this will create 40 thousand direct and indirect employment.
  • Production Linked Incentive Scheme intends to promote manufacture of Telecom and Networking Products in India and proposes a financial incentive to boost domestic manufacturing and attract investments in the target segments of telecom and networking products in order to encourage make in India.
  • The scheme will also encourage exports of telecom and networking products ‘Made in India’.
  • Support under the Scheme will be provided to companies and entities engaged in manufacturing of specified telecom and networking products in India.

Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot to Virtually Release 3rd Edition of Indian Sign Language dictionary 

  • Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot will virtually release the 3rd edition of the Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary with 10,000 terms (including 6,000 earlier terms)  on 17th February 2021 in a virtual programme.
  • The programme will be webcast live at the following link: https://webcast.gov.in/msje/
  • The Dictionary has been brought out by the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Centre (ISLRTC), an autonomous Institute under the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
  • The 1st edition of the ISL Dictionary was launched on 23rd March 2018 with 3000 terms and the 2nd edition with 6000 terms (including earlier 3000 terms) was launched on 27th February 2019.
  • The 3rd edition of the ISL Dictionary contains a total 10,000 terms of everyday use, academic terms, legal & administrative terms, medical terms, technical terms and agricultural terms.

About ISLRTC :

  • The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment approved the establishment of the Indian Sign Language Research and Training Center (ISLRTC) as an autonomous center of the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), Delhi.

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launches Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan

  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban.
  • It will be conducted in cities to ascertain equitable distribution of water, reuse of wastewater and mapping of water bodies with respect to quantity and quality of water through a challenge process.
  • As a first step, the Ministry has decided to launch the Survekshan in 10 cities-  Agra, Badlapur, Bhubaneswar, Churu, Kochi, Madurai, Patiala, Rohtak, Surat and Tumkur
  • Jal Jeevan Mission Urban is designed to provide universal coverage of water supply to all households through functional taps in all 4,378 statutory towns in accordance with Sustainable  Development Goal – 6.
  • The total outlay proposed for JJM (U) is 2 lakh 87 thousand crore rupees which includes 10 thousand  crore rupees  for continuing financial support to AMRUT Mission.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : INTERNATIONAL NEWS

Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia resigns 

  • On February 18, 2021, The Prime Minister of Georgia, Giorgi Gakharia has announced his resignation
  • Gakharia said in a statement he was stepping down because of disagreements within his own team over the decision to arrest Nika Melia, chairman of the United National Movement opposition party.
  • Gakharia served as the Prime Minister from 8 September 2019 to 18 February 2021.

About Georgia :

  • Capital : Tbilisi
  • Currency : Georgian Iari

Facebook blocks Australian users to sharing or viewing news content

  • Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing alarm over public access to key information.
  • Australians woke up this morning to find the Facebook pages of all local and global news sites were unavailable.
  • Several government health, emergency and other pages were also blocked.
  • Later the tech giant asserted it was a mistake.
  • Those outside of Australia are also unable to read or access any Australian news publications on the platform. 
  • Facebook’s move is in response to a proposed law in Australia which would make tech giants pay for news content.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : STATE NEWS

Odisha Govt announced Rs 200 crore Development Package for Maa Samaleswari Temple

  • Patnaik announced a Rs 200-crore package for the development of the 16th-century shrine of Maa Samaleswari, the presiding deity of western Odisha.
  • The SAMALEI (Samaleswari Temple Area Management and Local Economy Initiatives) project will be implemented during the 2021-22 fiscal.
  • Launching the Samaleswari Temple Area Management and Local Economy Initiative (SAMALEI), the Chief Minister said the government will spend Rs 200 crore in 2021-22 to develop an area of 108 acres around the temple.
  • Unveiling a slew of measures, the Chief Minister said gates will be erected on the four sides of the temple to facilitate smooth entry and exit of devotees. The temple office, an interpretation centre and other facilities will be developed at the main gate for convenience of the visitors and smooth darshan of the presiding deity.
  • The temple, situated on a 12-acre land on the bank of Mahanadi river, will have adequate facilities for religious functions, a bhoga mandap and rest rooms for sevayats.
  • Housing will be developed for servitors and a 30- metre-wide road will be constructed from the temple to the Mahanadi Gate Road.

About Odisha :

  • Capital : Bhubaneswar
  • CM : Naveen Patnaik
  • Governor : Ganeshi Lal

‘Free Gift Milk to Girl Students of Sikkim’ initiative at Gangtok

  • Sikkim Chief Minister P. S. Tamang launched the ‘Free Gift Milk to Girl Students of Sikkim’ initiative at Gangtok.
  • The initiative will benefit around 1,500 students who would be provided 200 mls of milk every day.
  • Mr Tamang called the initiative a step towards eradicating malnutrition and other health problems among the young generation.
  • He said that the State Government is planning to extend it on a larger scale.
  • He said that proper nutrition is the foundation of a healthy mind and body, and this should be emphasized in educational institutions.

About Sikkim:

  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Governor: Ganga Prasad
  • Chief minister: Prem Singh Tamang

Civil Aviation Ministry allows – drones to Kochi Metro Rail Ltd

  • Civil Aviation Ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation have granted permission for usage of drones to Kochi Metro Rail Limited, Kerala.
  • The Remotely Piloted Aircraft System is to be used for Integrated Urban Regeneration & Water Transport System Project.
  • The permission is valid till 31st December 2021 from the date of issue of the letter or until the full operationalization of Digital Sky Platform (Phase-1), whichever is earlier.
  • This permission shall be valid only if all conditions and limitations specified are strictly adhered to.
  • In case of violation of any condition, the permission shall become null and void.

About Kerala:

  • Capital: Thiruvananthapuram
  • Governor: Arif Mohammad Khan
  • Chief minister: Pinarayi Vijayan

Dharmendra Pradhan urges Centre to set up Centre of Excellence on Maritime Biotechnology in Bhubaneswar

  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged the Centre to set up a Centre of Excellence on Maritime Biotechnology in Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
  • In his letter to the Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Earth Sciences and Science and Technology, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Mr. Pradhan said that in order to strike a balance between Odisha’s delicate maritime ecosystems and the growth of its blue economy, there is a need for enhanced focus on scientific research, which can be ensured by the setting up of the Centre of Excellence on Maritime Biotechnology at the Institute of Life Sciences in Bhubaneswar.

About Odisha:

  • Capital: Bhubaneswar
  • Governor: Ganeshi Lal
  • Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BANKING & ECONOMY

Oxford Economics ups India growth forecast to 10.2% for 2021

  • Global forecasting firm Oxford Economics revised India’s economic growth projection for 2021 to 10.2 percent from the earlier 8.8 percent.
  • Because the receding COVID-19 risks and the shift in the monetary policy outlook.
  • The Budget 2021-22 will create positive externalities for the private sector, and forecast slower fiscal consolidation in FY22 than the government projections.
  • The Economic Survey has projected an 11 per cent growth for 2021-22, aided by a V-shaped recovery and a 7.7 per cent contraction for the current year. It also projects a lower 6.8 per cent growth in 2022-23.
  • The Reserve Bank of India has projected a GDP growth rate of 10.5 percent for the financial year beginning April 1, on the back of recovery in economic activities.

About Oxford Economics :

  • Oxford Economics is a leader in global forecasting and quantitative analysis, with the world’s only fully integrated economic model and 250 full-time economists, we help our clients track, analyse, and model country, industry, and urban trends.
  • Headquarters : Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Founded : 1981
  • It has 6 office locations across 5 countries.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Brazilian, Indian startup satellite in ISRO’s first mission in 2021 on Feb 28

  • In its first mission in 2021, India’s space agency ISRO planned to launch on February 28 Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and three Indian payloads, including one built by a home-grown start-up.
  • The satellites are slated to be launched on board the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-51 at 10.28 am from the Sriharikota spaceport, over 100 kms from Chennai.
  • PSLV – C51/Amazonia – 1 is the first dedicated commercial mission of NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), a Government of India company under the Department of Space.
  • Secretary in the Department of Space and Chairman of Bengaluru-headquartered ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) K Sivan confirmed the PSLV-C51 schedule to PTI.
  • Amazonia – 1 is the primary payload on board ISRO’s PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket.
  • ‘Anand’ is built by Indian space startup, Pixxel, and ‘Satish Dhawan Satellite’ by Chennai-based Space Kidz India.
  • UNITYsat is a combination of three satellites designed and built as a joint development by Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur (JITsat), G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur (GHRCEsat) and Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore (Sri Shakthi Sat).
  • “PSLV – C51 marks the launch of the country’s first commercial private remote-sensing satellite (Anand) on an ISRO PSLV rocket.

About ISRO  :

  • Founder : Vikram Sarabhai
  • Director : K. Sivan
  • Founded : 15 August  1969

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT NEWS

Honda R&D chief Toshihiro Mibe appointed as new CEO: sources

  • Mibe, who is already a director at Honda, would replace Takahiro Hachigo, who has held the CEOpost for six years.
  • Executive Vice President and ChiefOperating Officer Seiji Kuraishi will remain in his post to support Mibe, the sources

Page Industries CEO Vedji Ticku resigns

  • Page Industriesshares decline after CEO Vedji Ticku resigns ‘owing to personal commitments’ Shares of Page Industries dropped over 5 percent after the Vedji TickuChief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the company resigned “owing to personal commitments”.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SCHEMES 

Cabinet approves over Rs 12,000-cr PLI scheme for telecom sector

  • The Union Cabinet approved a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme worth Rs 12,195 crore for telecom equipment manufacturing.
  • It will be implemented from April 01, 2021.
  • The decision was taken to offset the imports of telecom equipment worth more than Rs 50,000 crore and reinforce it with “Made in India” products both for domestic markets and exports.
  • The support under the PLI scheme will be provided to companies manufacturers of specified telecom and networking products in India like Gigabit Passive Optical Networks (GPON), base routers, Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS/ IPMPLS) and 5G/4G radios.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: AWARDS AND HONOURS

Three children from Kerala selected for national awards

  • Three children from the state have been selected for the national bravery awards instituted by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW).
  • Ummer Mukthar of Malappuram who won the special award will get a medal and a cash prize of Rs 75,000, while Jayakrishnan Babu of Wayanad and Muhammed Hamras K of Malappuram who won the general awards will each get a medal and a cash prize of Rs 40,000. 
  • The ICCW will also bear the education expenses of the children, including the cost of their school, degree, post graduate and professional courses, said a statement issued by the State Council for Child Welfare.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s

Essar Oil and Gas signs MoU with Indian School of Mines

  • Essar Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Ltd (EOGEPL), India’s leading Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas producer, said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration with the prestigious IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, to jointly work on research and development of various advanced CBM technological innovations indigenously.
  • EOGEPL, an investee company of Essar Global Fund Limited (EGFL), is one of India’s largest operators of unconventional hydrocarbon acreages.
  • EGFL’s investments in EOGEPL are a part of its portfolio of Essar Capital’s upstream business, which is increasingly focused on clean energy.
  • As energy transitions happen in the world, CBM gas is widely seen as the green fuel of this century.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Naman Ojha announces retirement from all forms of cricket

  • Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • The 37-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who holds the record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in the Ranji Trophy, has featured in one Test, one ODI and two T20 Internationals.
  • Ojha made his international debut in 2010 in his only ODI against Sri Lanka, followed by his first T20I match in Zimbabwe a week later. His lone Test came in 2015 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.
  • He last appeared in a Ranji Trophy match for MP against Uttar Pradesh in January last year.
  • He captained MP in that Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match in Indore.
  • In the Indian Premier League, Ojha played for Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : OBITUARIES 

Former governor and noted jurist M Rama Jois passes away at 88

  • Former Bihar-Jharkhand governor and noted jurist Justice (Retd.) Mandagadde Rama Jois passed away at 88.
  • M Rama Jois, a former Rajya Sabha MP, had also served as the Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court.
  • Born on July 27, 1932, at Shivamogga, M Rama Jois did his BA and Law degree. He was associated with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) from the beginning.
  • He had also served as the Governor of Jharkhand and Bihar and as a member of the Rajya Sabha from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
  • His book The Legal and Constitutional History of India is a treatise.

Indo-Pak wars’ veteran retired Major General BK Mahapatra Passed away

  • Major General (retired) Basant Kumar Mahapatra, who had participated in 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars, Passed away . He was 87.
  • Mahapatra was commissioned into the armoured corps (Tanks) of the Indian Army as a Combat Officer and was fondly known as ‘Tank Man’.
  • Mohapatra was conferred with the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM).
  • After the retirement from the service, he was associated with Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Centre for Communication and Management (BCCM) here, four DAV Public Schools in Cuttack and Tangi.

Congress leader and Gandhi loyalist Capt Satish Sharma passes away at 73

  • Congress leader and former union minister Captain Satish Sharma Passed away. He was 73.
  • Sharma was Union Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas from 1993 to 1996 in the Narasimha Rao government.
  • Born on October 11, 1947 in Andhra Pradesh’s Secunderabad, Sharma was a professional commercial pilot.
  • A three-time Lok Sabha MP who represented RaeBareli and Amethi constituencies, Sharma was a Rajya Sabha member for three terms representing the states of Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.
  • He first became a member of Rajya Sabha in June 1986 and was later elected to the Lok Sabha from Amethi in 1991 after the death of Rajiv Gandhi.
  • He was later a member of Rajya Sabha from July 2004 to 2016.

 Daily CA On Feb 18 :

  • Taj Mahotsav has been celebrated successfully since 1992 in Agra in the month of February for ten days, from 18th February to 27th February in Shilpgram, Near Taj Mahal, Agra.
  • The World Bank has released a comprehensive report  titled ‘Traffic Crash Injuries and Disabilities: The Burden on Indian Society’  in association with the SaveLife Foundation.
  • Government has made FASTag mandatory on the National Highways. All lanes in the fee plazas on National Highways were declared as FASTag lanes.
  • The Union Government has increased the budget of Department of Science and Technology and Ministry of Earth Sciences by 30 per cent as compared to the revised estimate of 2020-21.
  • Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari said that Tamil Nadu has become a pioneer in reducing road accidents by fifty per cent.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the Rashtrapati Bhavan Krida Sthal in the President’s Estate which includes renovated Football Ground and Basketball Court.
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban, JJM-U.
  • Defence Minister Rajnath Singh launched e-Chhawani portal.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the Mahabahu-Brahmaputra initiative, lay the foundation stone of Dhubri-Phulbari Bridge and perform Bhoomi Poojan for construction of Majuli Bridge Assam through video conferencing.
  • China last year overtook the United States as the EU’s biggest trading partner, the EU statistics agency Eurostat
  • Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Demeke Mekonnen Hassen arrived in New Delhi on a four-day official visit to India.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of Maharaja Suheldev Memorial and Maharaja Suheldev Development project and dedicated it to the public Maharaja Suheldev State Medical College (Baharaich) via video conferencing.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will dedicate to the nation and lay the foundation of key projects of the oil and gas sector in Tamil Nadu through video conferencing.
  • Kiran Bedi has been removed from the post of Puducherry Lieutenant Governor.
  • The number of states successfully completing the Ease of Doing Business reforms has increased to 15.
  • The Reserve Bank set up a committee to draw a vision document for strengthening urban cooperative banks (UCBs) and exploring the potential of consolidation in the sector.
  • Private general insurer ICICI Lombard has launched the ‘Corporate India Risk Index’. This is intended to be a unified, standardised corporate risk index that spans industries and companies.
  • Hyderabad-based product development and software services startup Machint Solutions has launched an intelligent neo banking platform, Uluka.
  • Nigerian economist Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala became the first woman and first African to be appointed as the head of the World Trade Organization.
  • Mahender Singh Kanyal has been appointed as the next Indian Ambassador to Syria.
  • GE T&D India Ltd (GETDIL) has announced Mahesh Palashikar as Chairman of its Board of Directors.
  • Sinha will oversee UNCDF’s ‘last mile’ finance models to reduce poverty and support local economic development.
  • The Institute of Rural Management- Anand (IRMA) announced the appointment of Dr. Umakant Dash to the post of Director.
  • Debhashis Mitra has been elected as Vice President.
  • The Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Y. S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has been conferred the Skoch Chief Minister of the Year Award.
  • Bharat Biotech is being presented the Genome Valley Excellence Award for 2021 for its “breakthrough, pioneering research, development and commercialisation of vaccines, including COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin,” a release said.

Daily CA On Feb 19 :

  • E-commerce giant Amazon has announced its plans to begin manufacturing devices in India.
  • IIT Madras-incubated startup Pi Beam has launched an electric two-wheeler, PiMo, for Rs 30,000. 
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of key projects of power and urban sector in Kerala through video conferencing.
  • The Union Cabinet approved a production-linked incentive scheme for the telecom sector.
  • Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot will virtually release the 3rd edition of the Indian Sign Language (ISL) Dictionary with 10,000 terms (including 6,000 earlier terms)  on 17th February 2021 in a virtual programme.
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has launched a Pilot Pey Jal Survekshan under Jal Jeevan Mission- Urban.
  • Facebook has blocked Australian users from sharing or viewing news content on the platform, causing alarm over public access to key information.
  • Patnaik announced a Rs 200-crore package for the development of the 16th-century shrine of Maa Samaleswari, the presiding deity of western Odisha.
  • Sikkim Chief Minister P. S. Tamang launched the ‘Free Gift Milk to Girl Students of Sikkim’ initiative at Gangtok.
  • Civil Aviation Ministry and Directorate General of Civil Aviation have granted permission for usage of drones to Kochi Metro Rail Limited, Kerala.
  • Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has urged the Centre to set up a Centre of Excellence on Maritime Biotechnology in Bhubaneswar in Odisha.
  • Global forecasting firm Oxford Economics revised India’s economic growth projection for 2021 to 2 percent from the earlier 8.8 percent.
  • In its first mission in 2021, India’s space agency ISRO planned to launch on February 28 Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 and three Indian payloads, including one built by a home-grown start-up.
  • Mibe, who is already a director at Honda, would replace Takahiro Hachigo, who has held the CEOpost for six years.
  • Mibe, who is already a director at Honda, would replace Takahiro Hachigo, who has held the CEOpost for six years.
  • Page Industriesshares decline after CEO Vedji Ticku resigns ‘owing to personal commitments’ Shares of Page Industries dropped over 5 percent after the Vedji TickuChief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the company resigned “owing to personal commitments”.
  • The Union Cabinet approved a production-linked incentive (PLI) scheme worth Rs 12,195 crore for telecom equipment manufacturing.
  • Three children from the state have been selected for the national bravery awards instituted by the Indian Council for Child Welfare (ICCW).
  • Essar Oil and Gas Exploration and Production Ltd (EOGEPL), India’s leading Coal Bed Methane (CBM) gas producer, said it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for collaboration with the prestigious IIT (Indian School of Mines), Dhanbad, to jointly work on research and development of various advanced CBM technological innovations indigenously.
  • Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha announced his retirement from all forms of cricket.
  • Former Bihar-Jharkhand governor and noted jurist Justice (Retd.) Mandagadde Rama Jois passed away at 88.
  • Major General (retired) Basant Kumar Mahapatra, who had participated in 1962, 1965 and 1971 wars, Passed away . He was 87.
  • Congress leader and former union minister Captain Satish Sharma Passed away. He was 73.

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