7th edition of India-Sri Lanka joint military & Army exercise “MITRA SHAKTI 2019” begins in Pune, Maharashtra
The 7th edition of India-Sri Lanka joint Military & Army Exercise MITRA SHAKTI–VII: 2019 has started at Aundh Military Station, Pune, Maharashtra with the aim to build and promote positive relations between the armies of India and Sri Lanka.
The exercise will be conducted for 14 days upto 14 December 2019& will involve sharing and learning from each others experiences.
Lieutenant General Kuldip Singh Brar, major general, general staff (operations) headquarters Southern Command reviewed the parade in presence of a number of officials of the participating nations.
This exercise is based on Counter Terrorist Operations in urban and rural environment under United Nations mandate.
The sixth edition of the exercise was held in Sri Lanka.
Hornbill Festival begins in Nagaland
The Hornbill Festival was inaugurated on December 01 in Kohima, the capital of Nagaland.
Nagaland got a state status on 01 December 1963. Nagaland was the 16th state of India. The festival will conclude on 10 December.
The festival is named after a bird named Indian Hornbill. Cultural presentations, sports competitions, and food stalls, etc. are organized during this festival.
Syed Modi International Badminton Championships 2019
Wang Tzu Wei of Taiwan has won the Syed Modi International Badminton Tournament. In the men’s finals, he defeated India’s Saurabh Verma by 21-15, 21-17.
World No. 32 Saurabh gave a tough fight to 22nd ranked Wang Tzu Wei in the match. There have been three encounters between Saurabh and Wang Tzu Wei so far. Indian player won one match while the rest two matches were won by Taiwan’s player.
In the women’s category, Spain’s Carolina Marin won the final. She defeated Thailand’s Phittyaporn Chaiwan (21-12 21-16) in the title match. Marin’s current ranking is 18.
13th South Asian Games (SAG) 2019 begins in Kathmandu, Nepal
The 13th South Asian Games (SAG) or XIII South Asian Games began in Kathmandu, Nepal. The event takes place for ten days between 1-10 December 2019 in Kathmandu, Pokhara and Janakpur cities in Nepal.
Bidya Devi Bhandari, President of Nepal attended SAG’s opening ceremony held in the Dasharath Stadium.
Krishnasar, a blackbuck antelope is the official mascot of the SAG.
India is represented by 487 athletes and led by Tejinder Pal Singh and P U Chitra. India’s flag-bearer at the SAG is Tejinder Pal Singh, a Short put player.
Appointment & Resignation
Soma Roy appointed as the new Controller General of Accounts
The government appointed Soma Roy Burman as the new Controller General of Accounts (CGA) with effect from 1 December 2019. Ms. Burman is the 24th CGA of India.
She is the seventh woman to hold this position.
Soma Roy Burman: She is a 1986-batch Indian Civil Accounts Service Officer.
Soma Roy Burman appointed as the 24th Controller General of Accounts (CGA) and 7th woman CGA
Soma Roy Burman was appointed as the 24th Controller General of Accounts (CGA), Ministry of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Soma Burman is also the 7th woman to be in that post. She succeeds J. P. S. Chawla.
Before taking charge as the CGA, Soma Burman worked as Additional Controller General of Accounts in the office of CGA (Accounting and Finance).
She has also played a major role in strengthening Public Financial Management in the Union Government.
Award & Honors
Awards for the first ever VATAVARAN 2019 were presented
The Awards for the first-ever VATAVARAN-2019 Short Film Competition and Festival on Environment was presented in New Delhi.
It was organized by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and Centre for Media Studies (CMS).
The awards were presented by Shri Ravi Agrawal, Additional Secretary, MoEF&CC at the culmination of the four-day festival where all the shortlisted films were showcased.
Book ‘The Legacy of Militancy in Punjab’ by Inderjit Singh Jaijee & Dona Suri released
A new book titled “The Legacy of Militancy in Punjab: Long Road to Normalcy‘” by civil rights activist Inderjit Singh Jaijee and journalist Dona Suri was released.
The book is about how Punjab’s militancy affected judiciary by delaying trials, how the popular culture has been influenced and how the youth today are still responding to conditions in the northern state.
The book also aims to portray the developments in post-militancy Punjab regarding politics, govt policies, and functioning of police and courts among other things.
Publisher: The book is published by ‘SAGE’.
Science, Space & Technology
1st night trial of Agni-III Missile held at Abdul Kalam island ITR, Odisha
The first night trial of the nuclear-capable Agni-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile was carried out from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range(ITR) at APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha.
The night trial was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army(IA) with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The maiden night trial, however, was a failure, due to some manufacturing defect.
The missile has a strike range of 3,500 kilometres and weighs around 50 tonnes. It is capable of carrying warhead of about 1.5 tonnes. This was the 4th user trial in the Agni-III series to test its performance.
The Agni-III missile was inducted into the armed forces in June 2011.
Abdul Kalam Island: APJ abdul Kalam island was named after former President of India Shri Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. Before that, the island was known as wheeler island.
New fish species “Schistura syngkai”, discovered in Meghalaya
A team of scientists led by Prof Khlur Mukhim of Lady Keane College, Shillong, Meghalaya have discovered a new fish species in West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya.
The fish which has the scientific name “Schistura syngkai” was found at the Twahdidoh stream, a tributary of Wah Blei river.
The specimens of the fish has been sent to the Zoological Survey of India(ZSI) in Kolkata, West Bengal and Gauhati University Museum of Fishes in Guwahati,Assam.
Fish features: Both sexes of the fish have golden-brown bodies along with blackish lateral stripes and slightly emarginate tail fins.
Mukhim had previously discovered a blind fish species that lives 1,600 feet inside a limestone cave in East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya.
American musician & songwriter Irving Burgie passes away at the age of 95
Irving Louis Burgie (also known as Lord Burgess), an American musician & songwriter , was best known for popularise Caribbean music with hit songs like Day-O (The Banana Boat Song-1952), has passed away due to heart failure, at his home in Queens, US (United States). He was 95.
Born on July 28, 1924, in New York, Burgie composed 34 songs for singer Harry Belafonte, including 8 of the 11 songs on the Belafonte album Calypso (1956), the first album of any kind to sell one million copies.He also wrote songs for the Kingston Trio and for other groups.
Burgie described himself as “a folklorist” and performed in the stages between New York and Chicago,US