The US has approved the sale of 24 multi-role MH-60 Romeo Seahawk helicopters to India at an estimated cost of 2.4 billion US dollars. It is considered the world's most advanced maritime helicopter. The choppers will provide the Indian defence forces with the capability to perform anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare missions.
India signed an agreement with a development bank for setting up the India-Africa Institute of Agriculture and Rural Development (IAIARD) in Malawi. IAIARD will be a Pan-African Institute wherein trainees not only from Malawi but also from other African countries, will receive training to develop their human resources and build their capacity. The travel, logistics and training course expenses for students from other African countries will be borne by the Government of India for an initial period of three years. This institute will be the first of its kind developed in an African country by India. Points to Remember Malawi Capital: Lilongwe
The 260-foot Maitri Bridge, the longest suspension bridge over the Indus River at Choglamsar village in Leh was opened to the public. The bridge has been named 'Maitri Bridge', symbolising the excellent civil-military relations existing in the Leh-Ladakh region. It was constructed by the combat engineers (Sahas aur Yogyata Regiment) of the Fire and Fury Corps of the Indian Army in a record time of 40 days, ferrying almost 500 tons of equipment and construction material.
Rajan Anandan, Google’s vice-president for Southeast Asia (SEA) and India, stepped down. Anandan is also an investor in multiple startups and is slated to join venture fund Sequoia Capital. Caesar Sengupta, who leads Google’s most important project ‘Next Billion Users’, is likely to succeed Anandan. Vikas Agnihotri, country director-sales, at Google, will be replacing Anandan in the interim, after he steps down by April-end.
WhatsApp launched a new service named as 'tipline'. It allows users to submit for review messages they think are misleading or carry unsubstantiated information, in the latest of a series of steps to curb misinformation on the messaging platform. Users can send suspicious messages to the 'tipline phone number' to validate the authenticity of claims in those messages, which may be in the form of text, images or videos. The service will respond by classifying the said information as “true, false, misleading, disputed or out of scope and (may) include any other related information that is available Users can check the authenticity of the information or rumours received on the platform by reporting the forward to the WhatsApp number +91-9643-000-888.
In eLearning training, Telangana state has ranked number one by reaching 20,000 field staff during 2018-19. This is the second year in succession that the State got the distinction under the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT). Dr MCR HRD Institute enrolled over 20, 000 field staff in different districts of the State to impart training on 12 soft skills modules and three domain-specific modules.
Saurav Ghosal scripted history after he became the first Indian male squash player to enter the top 10 in the latest PSA world rankings. It was a first of sorts for any Indian male squash player as before Saurav it was only two Indian women players, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal had made it to the top 10 in the world rankings. Riding on his recent run of good performances, Ghosal has moved up two places to a career-high ranking of 10. Egypt's world champion Ali Farag maintains his position at the top of the ladder.
India’s publishing houses Garuda Prakashan launched its next two books ‘#Modi Again’ and ‘Saffron Swords - Centuries of Indic Resistance to Invaders’ Aabhas Maldahiyar’s “#Modi Again: Why Modi is right for India, An Ex-Communist’s Manifesto" is the story of someone who was raised on Communist ideology but grew to question the dogmas he was taught in the education system. Manoshi Sinha Rawal’s "Saffron Swords: Centuries of Indic Resistance to Invaders" is another book of timeless tales.