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ISRO announces contests to mark ‘World Space Week’

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  • Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Mahendragiri has proposed to conduct elocution competition in Tamil and English for high and higher secondary school students in three categories (Sub Junior: Std. VI to VIII, Junior: Std. IX & X and Senior: Std XI & XII) in Kanyakumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin districts.
  • World Space Week celebrations to be held on October 5.
  • Centre would conduct competitions in which the students can express their views on this year’s topics in Tamil and English – G. Boopathi.
  • Headmasters/Headmistress of schools are requested to forward the names of students for the competition.
  • Administrative Officer, ISRO Propulsion Complex, Mahendragiri (post), Tirunelveli – 627 133 on or before September 30.

Kejriwal’s tongue got over-stretched as he criticised PM, says Parrikar

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  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tongue may have got over stretched because of his continued criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi –  Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar.
  • His tongue must have over-stretched itself because of the number of times he used to criticise Mr. Modi. Now he has got it trimmed.
  • Mr. Parrikar was referring to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo’s tongue surgery in a Bengaluru clinic.
  • Doctors treating Mr. Kejriwal had said that the positioning of his tongue was instrumental in his constant coughing.
  • With the CM on medical leave and his deputy Manish Sisodia in Finland, Mr. Parrikar said that the AAP government had no right to leave the people of Delhi in the lurch, who are suffering under an outbreak of chikungunya and dengue.
  • If your mohalla clinics are so good, how can 40 people die of chikungunya dengue. You cannot fool all the people all the time. Your lies are being exposed.

Newborns in Maharashtra to be Aadhaar-linked

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  • Maharashtra government has decided to give Aadhar number to every newborn child and link the child’s number with that of its parents.
  • Aadhaar enrolment will be undertaken simultaneously with the birth registration at the hospital.
  • Parent may need to have Aadhaar number herself. Even if the child is not named, the child may have the number and the card under the term ‘second baby of (mother’s name).
  • Name of the child could be updated later online on the Aadhar website by the parents.
  • State Health Department will soon be certifying its staff as Aadhaar operators. Staff of private hospitals could also be considered for the job. Discharge cards issued by hospitals bearing the mother’s name will be considered as a proof of relationship between the mother and the child for enrollment.

Captain Kohli cuts special ‘500th Test’ cake in Kanpur

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  • India’s Test captain Virat Kohli today cut a specially customized cake kept by the hotel authorities as a part of celebration of India’s upcoming historic ‘500th Test’ against New Zealand starting at the Green Park on September 22.
  • New Zealand team will arrive on Monday.
  • Indian players arrived in batches today for the Test match.
  • First ones to reach were Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja.
  • Skipper Kohli  along with openers Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav arrived in the evening.
  • Kohli cut ‘500th Test’ cake.
  • Birthday boy Ashwin, who turned 30 on the day also celebrated his birthday alongside teammates in the hotel lobby.

Cusat gets ‘A’ grade from NAAC

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  • Cochin University of Science and Technology (Cusat) has been re-accredited.
  • ‘A’ grade by the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC)  3.09 score.
  • Council gave the university a score of 3.09 on a four-point scale.
  • Ranking was based on extensive criterion of evaluate.
  • That included curricular aspects, teaching-learning and evaluation research, consultancy and extension infrastructure and learning resources, student support and progression governance, leadership and management, innovations and best practices.

Rs. 4 cr., govt job for Deepa Malik: Sports Minister

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  • Haryana Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Anil Vij, on Saturday announced a cash award of Rs. 4 crore for Paralympics medalist Deepa Malik, at par with medal-winners at the Olympic Games.
  • The Minister, who was welcoming the athlete at IGI Airport in New Delhi, said it was a matter of pride for Haryana that a sportsperson from the State had bagged a medal at the Paralympic Games as well.
  • Deepa Malik would also be given a government job as per her educational qualifications – Mr. Vij.
  • Malik (45), hailing from Sonipat in Haryana, became the first Indian woman athlete to win medal at Paralympics.
  • She won a silver medal in the women’s shotput event with a throw of 4.61m at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

States to be ranked on social indices

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  • Niti Aayog will start ranking States on outcomes in social sectors such as healthcare, water and education from next month – Amitabh Kant (Chief Executive Officer).
  • If 39 per cent of the population is stunted and nutrition is poor, you can’t move up the ladder and will lose the advantage of a young demographic.
  • Stressing that India needed to improve on its education and health outcomes  – Mr. Kant.
  • Tank is finalising new indices to track the States’ performance on parameters pertaining to education, water and health sectors.
  • We have made the States compete with each on the ease of doing business. This year, we are going to start this competition in other spheres. In another month’s time, we will make the States compete on indices for these sectors.
  • India has done a lot on access to education, but quality of education is extremely poor. Our Class V student is not able to do addition and subtraction. Our Class II students can’t read their mother tongue.
  • We are not looking at where States are at present, but are saying that the change you bring in one year’s time will determine where you rank. And every State will have access to real-time data on a portal to evaluate themselves.

Vishnu Vardhan wins singles title

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  • Vishnu Vardhan beat Sriram Balaji 6-4, 6-3 in the men’s singles final to add to his doubles title in the $10,000 Justice P.S. Kailasam MGC ITF men’s futures at the Power Pak Tennis Academy here on Saturday.
  • Vishnu broke Sriram in the second game to go 3-0 up. Sriram broke back in the fifth, went on to draw level 3-3, but was broken again in the tenth game.
  • In the second set, Sriram was up 40-15 in the sixth game but failed to capitalise, hitting wide a couple of forehands to give the decisive break to Vishnu.
  • Vishnu went 30-0 up, but Sriram won the next three points to make it 30-40.
  • Vishnu saved four break points from then on, and closed the match out on the second match point with his 13th ace.
  • Both Sriram and I are good friends, and we have played a lot of tennis together. I had to maintain my focus throughout the match.
  • The winner got 18 ATP points, and the runner up, 12 points then Dr. K. Sadaiyavel, and Karti P. Chidambaram gave the prizes.

  •  The result: Final: Vishnu Vardhan bt Sriram Balaji 6-4, 6-3.