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African American history museum opens in U.S.

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  • U.S. President Barack Obama, on Saturday, opened the National Museum of African American History and Culture, an institution dedicated to the many threads of black suffering and triumph.
  • The first black president of the United States cut the ribbon to inaugurate the striking 37,000-sq.m. bronze-clad edifice before thousands of spectators gathered in the nation’s capital to witness the historic opening.
  • “Beyond the majesty of the building, what makes this occasion so special is the larger story it contains,” – Obama.

China to deploy drones over S. China Sea

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  • China plans to deploy its indigenously built drones for surveying and mapping in the disputed South China Sea and along the contentious islands with Japan.
  • “China is now capable of deploying domestically-designed drones in the South China Sea and Senkaku islands claimed by both Japan and China in the East China Sea for surveying and mapping,”
  • Drones can fully cover waters 80 nautical miles from the coastline.

Bangladesh guards against rust in ODIs

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  • Bangladesh will be hoping its long absence from international cricket does not hurt its form when it plays a three-match One-Day International series against Afghanistan here.
  • The home side last played an international match during the ICC World Twenty20 in India in April this year and has played no one-dayers since hosting Zimbabwe in November last year.
  • Afghanistan series was hastily arranged to give Bangladesh some cricket ahead of a more serious engagement against England, which will be visiting the country in October for three ODIs and two Tests.

Pak. fighter jet crashes during training

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  • Pakistan’s air force says a fighter jet has crashed during a routine training exercise and that the aircraft’s pilot died following the crash.
  • Aircraft crashed near Jamrud in the Khyber tribal region.
  • It says there were no reports of casualties on the ground, but the pilot later died of his injuries.
  • The cause of the crash is under investigation.

NASA-funded rocket solves cosmic mystery

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  • Scientists have confirmed that some of the X-ray emissions in our universe originate from a huge bubble of hot ionised gas enveloping our solar system, a finding that strengthens our understanding of the solar neighbourhood’s early history.
  • In the last century, humans realised that space is filled with types of light we can not see — from infrared signals released by hot stars and galaxies, to the cosmic microwave background that comes from every corner of the universe.
  • Invisible light that fills space takes the form of X-rays, the source of which has been hotly debated over the past few decades.

G4 issues joint statement for UN reforms

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  • India, Germany, Japan and Brazil will continue to push for comprehensive reform of the UN Security Council, Foreign Ministers of the four countries who met on the sidelines of General Assembly resolved.
  • India was represented by Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar.
  • Group of 4 (G4) wants permanent membership of the Security Council for themselves, and wide and far-reaching reform of the UN.
  • “More than 70 years after the founding of the UN, the Security Council also has to adapt in order to cope with the ever growing global challenges,”

Riya Bhatia in last four

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  • Riya Bhatia celebrated her 19th birthday by making the semifinals of the $10,000 ITF women’s tennis tournament here with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over compatriot Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy.
  • The second seeded Riya bounced back from 2-4 in the first set to win in straight sets.
  • Riya Bhatia bt Sri Vaishnavi Peddi Reddy 6-4, 6-3.
  • Elena-Teodora Cadar (Rou) & Guadalupe Perez Rojas (Arg) bt Riya Bhatia & Eetee Maheta 6-0, 7-5; Ana Bianca Mihaila (Rou) & Shweta Rana bt Pei Hsuan Chen (Tpe) & Mitsumi Kawasaki (Jpn) 2-6, 6-2, 11-9.

NDRF rushes to the rescue of Hyderabad

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  • The Army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) swung into action on Saturday to join the rescue and relief operations in the worst affected areas of the greater Hyderabad region.
  • Army officials met senior officials of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and got information on the ground situation.
  • Set up a control room in GHMC headquarters for better coordination.
  • Eight task force teams of the Army were deployed in Malkajgiri, Alwal, Hakeempet and Nizampet.
  • According to the GHMC, there are 24 lakes in its limits which are overflowing. The water levels in Hussainsagar continued to be above the full tank level.