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October 17, 2016
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A Laser-Sharp View of Blended Wing Body Plane Design

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  • NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, used lasers inside the 22-Foot Subsonic Tunnel to map how air flows over a Boeing Blended Wing Body (BWB).
  • It named for the technique is particle image velocimetry.

UN declared Kalam’s birthday as World Students’ Day

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  • President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam was a scientist, who made India proud with his missile defence programme.
  • Due to his love for students and focus on promoting education, the United Nations declared his birthday (October 15) as ‘World Student’s Day’ in 2010.
  • Kalam visited Switzerland, after which the country declared May 26 to be observed as ‘Science Day’ as a mark of respect and in honour of his visit.

Dutch Open: Ajay Jayaram back in the final, seeks a hattrick of titles

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  • Netherlands continues to be a happy hunting ground for Indian shuttler Ajay Jayaram.
  • The 20th ranked Jayaram’s opponent in the final has not yet been decided. He will face the winner of the semi-final between the second seed Tzu Wei Wang and fourth seed Emil Holst.

 Chinese Taipei Masters: Sourabh Varma upsets top seed Hsu Jen Hao to enter final

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  • A brilliant Sourabh Varma upset the top seed and World No. 22 Hsu Jen Hao to enter the final of the $55,000 Chinese Taipei Masters on Saturday.
  • The Indian shuttler staved off a late fightback from the local star to finish in straight games, 11-4, 11-7, 11-9. The semi-final contest lasted 33 minutes.
  • He will face the winner of the semi-final between the fifth seed Lin Yu Hsien and Daren Liew.

India, Russia sign ₹33k crore air defence system deal

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  • PM Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin held wide-ranging talks covering the entire expanse of bilateral engagement.
  • Two sides signed a total of 16 MoUs and made three announcements to boost ties in sectors like trade and investment, hydrocarbons, space and smart cities.
  • The defence deals included India buying the ‘gamechanger’ S-400 Triumf air defence systems from Russia at a cost of over USD 5 billion.

India takes up terrorist Masood Azhar’s issue with China

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  • India has taken up with Beijing the issue of China putting on hold again inclusion of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar’s name in the UN’s designated list of terrorists.
  • Beijing’s latest move comes nearly two weeks after four Pakistani terrorists killed 18 Indian soldiers in cross-border terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Uri.

Russia, India to form $1 billion joint fund

Visiting Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin (L) shakes hands with Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during a meeting in New Delhi on June 18, 2014. Rogozin is in India for a two day visit. AFP PHOTO/RAVEENDRAN

  • Moscow has agreed to pump in US $500 million into the Indian infrastructure space.
  • Along with an equal investment by the newly formed National Infrastructure Investment Fund (NIIF), to form a US $1 billion ‘Russian Indian Investment Fund’.

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