15 December 2014
SAARC scientists gather in Port Blair to review climate change impact on coral reef
Several scientists from SAARC countries will come together in Andaman and Nicobar Islands capital Port Blair for a five-day workshop that aims to throw light on the impact of climate change on coral reefs and protection of the environment. The scientists from India, Bangladesh, the Maldives and Sri Lanka will participate in the event, which will conclude on 19th of December 2014. The workshop has been organised by India's leading scientific institute National Institute of Oceanography, NIO for SAARC Coastal Zone Management Centre. Chief Scientist S Prasanna Kumar said, the main objective of the workshop is to build capacity among SAARC countries to understand and conserve this precious eco system.
India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine gears up for maiden sea trials
India's first indigenous nuclear submarine INS Arihant is now finally all set to make its maiden foray into the wide-open sea. The 6,000-tonne vessel, with an 83MW pressurized light-water reactor at its core for propulsion, is slated to begin its sea trials off Visakhapatnam. INS Arihant, or the "annihilator of enemies'', and its two under-construction follow-on vessels are the critical missing link in the country's long-standing pursuit to have an operational nuclear weapons triad — the capability to fire nuclear warhead from land, air and sea. While the Agni ballistic missiles and fighter-bombers constitute the first two legs, the triad's missing underwater leg has for long troubled the country's strategic establishment.
BPL families in MP to get Rs 100 incentive on linking bank accounts with Aadhar
The Madhya Pradesh government will give Rs 100 incentive amount to BPL families on linking their bank accounts with Aadhar number by 31st January 2015. The amount will be deposited directly in their bank accounts. The state government has taken this decision to activate zero balance bank accounts so their owners could avail the benefits of Pradhanmantri Jan Dhan Yojna like accident insurance and over draft of Rs 5,000. One crore 4 lakh families already had bank accounts while over 49 lakh bank accounts have been opened under Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana.