Monday, November 21, 2016

Defence Minister Parrikar commissions new warship INS Chennai

INS ‘Chennai’, an indigenously designed and constructed, Kolkata-class guided missile destroyer was commissioned into Indian Navy, in the presence of Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at Mazgaon Docks in Mumbai this morning. He called this a historic step.
‘Chief Admiral’ of the Indian Navy, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba and Flag Officer Commanding Western Naval Command Vice Admiral Girish Luthra were also present on the occasion. In his address, talking about the situation along the Line of Control, Mr Parrikar said India is not taking initiative to fire upon, unless fired on. About the Army jawan Chandu Chauhan, who inadvertently crossed LoC, he said standard procedures are being followed. India has been assured he is alive and safe.
The ship, among the largest indigenous destroyers with a length overall of 164 meters and displacement of over 7,500 tons, has been built by Mazagaon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, Mumbai. Following the commissioning, INS Chennai will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. After completion of some more trials on sea for testing of the ship-borne systems, the guided destroyer will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be based in Mumbai. This is the third destroyer of the class to the commissioned to the Naval fleet, earlier two being INS Kolkata the first ship of the class was commissioned on 16 August 2014 while INS Kochi the second ship of the class was commissioned last year on 30 September 2015.

India successfully conducts twin trial of Prithvi-11 missile

India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile twice in quick succession as part of a user trial by the Army from a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.
In salvo mode, the two surface-to-surface missiles which have a strike range of 350 km and are capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads were successfully test-fired in quick succession from mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at around 9.35 AM, defence sources said. A similar twin trial had been conducted on October 12, 2009 from the same base where both tests were successful.
Inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003, the nine-metre-tall, single-stage liquid-fuelled Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme, defence sources said.

Vizag Test: India beat England by 246 runs

India today won the second Test at Visakhapatnam by 246 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series. England, who were chasing a victory target of 405, were skittled out by Team India for 158 on the fifth and final day of the game.
The visitors had resumed their second innings at the overnight score of 87 for 2. Indian bowlers, then, turned the game on its head this morning taking five wickets in the opening session and three post lunch.
Ravichandran Ashwin and debutant Jayant Yadav bagged 3 wickets each in the second innings, while Mohammad Shami and Ravinder Jadeja took two apiece. Ashwin had scalped 5 wickets in the first innings. Yesterday, the hosts were bundled out for 204 which gave England a 405-run target.
The first Test had ended in a draw. The third match of the series will be played in Mohali from Saturday.

Event Inauguration of “SLOVENINDIA – Slovenian Contemporary Art”

Dear Sir/Madam,
                You are requested to cover the following event:-
EventInauguration of “SLOVENINDIA – Slovenian Contemporary Art” under the auspices of Cultural Exchange Programme between the Republic of India and the Republic of Slovenia by Smt. Shefali Shah, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture & H.E. Jozef Drofenik, Ambassador, Republic of Slovenia.
The exhibition project SLOVENINDIA, beginning from 22nd November 2016 to 22nd December 2016, results from an enthusiastic wish, to establish more ties between two cultural spaces, Slovenia and India. The purpose of the project is to provide Slovenian artists an opportunity to showcase their works of art to the Indian audience, and eventually to acquire the possibilities of exchange on unexplored creative avenues. The curators of this exhibition are Breda Sturm M.A.and Brina Torkar M.A.
Date22nd  November, 2016( Tuesday)
Time6.00 PM

VenueNational Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), Jaipur House, India Gate, New Delhi.

India becomes Associate Member of CERN, Geneva

India and European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) signed an agreement today making India an Associate Member State of CERN. This follows CERN Council’s adoption of the resolution to this effect on September 15, 2016. The agreement was signed by Dr. Sekhar Basu, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy and CERN Director General Dr. Fabiola Gianotti in Mumbai today.
CERN is the world’s largest nuclear and particle physics laboratory, where scientists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the Universe by using the most sophisticated scientific instruments and advanced computing systems. CERN is based in Geneva on the French-Swiss border. Presently CERN has 22 member states, four associate member states, and the observer status is given to four states and three International Organizations.
Participation in CERN programmes is a success story of scientific collaborations and cooperation where researchers from large number of national Institutes and Universities from India work together in forming active collaborations in the pursuit of fundamental knowledge, achieving scientific and engineering breakthrough as well as training the next generation of scientists. In fact, the participation of Indian scientists dates back to early 1960s, which has become much stronger and closer for the last quarter of a century with the support of Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and Department of Science and Technology (DST). In 1991, DAE had signed a formal agreement with CERN, which continues till today. In recognition of most significant contributions, in 2003, India was awarded the Observer status of CERN, and subsequently invited to join CERN as an Associate Member. Last year, the Indian Cabinet gave its approval following which the CERN Council has accepted India as an Associate member.
In recent years, Indian scientists have been involved in all pioneering activities at CERN. India has made significant contributions to the construction of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), in the areas of design, development and supply of hardware accelerator components/systems and its commissioning and software development and deployment in the machine. India is one of the leading partners in the ALICE experiment, which is on a quest to unearth the physics of quark-gluon plasma (QGP) and to get a glimpse of how matter behaved within a few microseconds after the birth of our Universe. The discovery of the Higgs Boson at the LHC is the most talked about scientific discovery in recent memory. Indian scientists have played a significant role in the Compact Muon Solenoid (CMS) experiments, which is one of the two large experiments that have led to the discovery of the Higgs Boson. Indian scientists have been named as part of this historic discovery. This helps India in participating in the high end technology related to high energy accelerators. It is noteworthy to mention the involvement of Indian scientists in high-tech particle detectors and electronics research, ISOLDE and n-TOF experiments, and various application oriented programmes including medical imaging. In the field of large-scale computing, India has made major contributions in terms of designing, developing and deploying software for the Worldwide Large Hadron Collider Grid (WLCG). It is worth mentioning that the grid Tier2 centers established at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC), Kolkata and Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai have provided the pledged resources and are operating with 96% uptime, thereby facilitating running of computational jobs by various CERN collaborations.
As an Associate Member of CERN, India will be a part of the huge scientific and technological endeavor. The India-CERN association as a whole is interdisciplinary in nature and the involvement of physicists, electronics hardware and software engineers will pave the path for overall knowledge development in the best possible way. India has been putting efforts to design, develop and utilize various types of electron and proton accelerators for scientific, industrial and societal use. Becoming Associate Member of CERN will enhance participation of young scientists and engineers in various CERN projects and bring back knowledge for deployment in the domestic programmes. It will also open opportunities for Indian industries to participate directly in the CERN project. Through the Teachers programme, teachers teaching in the higher secondary schools would also be able to participate in the programme and pass on the knowledge and quest for high-end science to their students, thereby encouraging large number of students to pursue their career in science.

Quake of 6.4 magnitude hit western Argentina

Quake of 6.4 magnitude hit western Argentina : Further details of the tremor are awaited.
A strong quake hit western Argentina, shaking buildings as far away as Santiago, the capital of neighboring Chile, which the US Geological Survey said, was a magnitude 6.4 though there were no reports of damage to people, infrastructure or basic services. Chile’s Navy has ruled out a tsunami after the quake. Both Chilean and Argentine authorities said, there were no reports of injuries or damage. The quake’s epicenter was 24 km southwest of the Argentine town of San Juan. The tremor was initially reported as a magnitude 6.7 but was later downgraded.

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