US President Barack Obama wrote the article on Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Time Magazine.
- Obama called Modi as chief reformer of India.
- In his article, the US president said that Mr. Modi, threw an ambitious vision for reducing extreme poverty, improving education, empowering women and girls and to release the true economic potential of India then tackle climate change.
- Important Note: Narendra Modi has on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people.
- Other Indians in the list are chief Chanda Kochhar ICICI Bank and Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath and the World Centre for Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.
India and Canada today agreed to take “concrete steps” to expand bilateral cooperation in key areas, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper to maintain the relationship between the countries North America and India through his visits to New Delhi.
- In a joint statement, the two leaders said they agreed to take concrete steps to expand bilateral cooperation in key areas, including the economy, trade and investment, civil nuclear cooperation, energy, education and skills development, agriculture, defense and security, science, technology, innovation and space, culture, people to people links, and regional and global issues.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is on a visit to South Korea to strengthen defense relations.
- This is his first official visit to South Korea
- He will co-chair India-ROK (Republic of Korea) Ministerial Meeting of Defence with its Korean counterpart Han Min-Koo General tomorrow.
India Post today issued special commemorative stamps to mark the 50th anniversary of the Indo-French cooperation in space research.
- Prime Minister of France: Manuel Valls
- President of France Francois Hollande
Science & Technology
India today successfully ballistic missile tests nuclear-capable Agni-III off the Odisha coast.
3000 km range missile locally developed surface-to-surface protected by a carbon all-composite heat shield, took off at 9.55 this morning from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range at Wheeler Island’s Dhamra.
The launch operation was carried out by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army with logistical support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation.
Agni-III has a length of 17 meters and a launch weight of about 48 tons.
Important Note: Agni-II has already been inducted into the armed forces since June 2011.
The UN peace envoy to Yemen Jamal Benomar, resigned.
- The Moroccan diplomat was the special envoy of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for Yemen since 2012.
- The starting Benomar came after the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution calling for the early resumption of peace talks and the end of violence in Yemen.
- Mauritanian diplomat Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, who currently heads the UN mission in Accra Ebola can take its place.
Dr. Mohan Kumar, presently Ambassador of India in Bahrain, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to France.
Business & Economy
State-owned electrical equipment manufacturer BHEL has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a company INTMA Russia to set up a gas-based power project in Kazakhstan.
- INTMA is a leading general engineering group’s supply and entrepreneurs construction (EPC) in Russia and Kazakhstan.
- The MoU will also enable BHEL to consolidate its presence in the CIS countries.
- BHEL is currently implementing 23 major projects in 16 countries and has a presence in over 75 countries.
Former Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Nepali Thapa died.
- Eighty-seven, Mr. Thapa served as Prime Minister of Nepal for five terms, three different kings in a politcal career spanning over 50 years.
Awards and Honors
Professor Susanta Lahiri was awarded the prestegious Hevesy Medal in 2015.
- He received this award for his outstanding contribution to heavy ion induced production of radioisotopes, technical tracer packet, conversion goals, and green chemistry.
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of five new members in the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy.
- Besides Tendulkar, retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming, Kenyan runner Tegla Loroupe, Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng and former Chinese short track skater Yang Yang speed were other athletes to be inducted into the Laureus Academy.
2016 Asian Cup is set to undergo a radical change and will be a Twenty20 competition instead of the 50-plus game, coming Asian Cricket Council (ACC) CEO Syed Ashraful Haq revealed today.
Ace Indian Shuttler Saina Nehwal regained the number one position today in international rankings after Li Xuerui of China dropped a few rungs in the third in the latest list published today.
- Saina, the first Indian woman to be Shuttler world number one after India Open Grand Prix Gold triumph earlier this month, dropped to second place after his arrival in the semifinals Malaysian Open Super Series.
In the ranking of men, K. Srikanth retained fourth place