2 Indian-American innovation pioneers – Arogyaswami Paulraj for his MIMO wireless technology and Sumita Mitra for her nanocomposite dental materials, have been inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame. Arogyaswami and Sumita along with 13 other innovation pioneers would be formally felicitated. Paulraj’s wireless technology has revolutionised broadband wireless Internet access.
Ind-Origin in US Inventors Hall Of Fame
50% increase in indirect taxpayers
There has been a 50% increase in the number of indirect taxpayers. There has also been a large increase in voluntary registrations, especially by small enterprises that buy from large enterprises wanting to avail themselves of input tax credit. There were 9.8 million unique GST registrants, an increase by 3.4 million compared to the previous […]
Nation pays tribute on Martyr’s Day
The nation today remembers Mahatma Gandhi, as it observes the 70th death anniversary of the father of the nation. Gandhi was shot dead 69 years ago on January 30, 1948, by Nathuram Godse. This day is also observed as ‘Martyrs Day’ by the nation.
550m living with unsafe PM10 levels
About 550 million people, are living in cities that recorded annual particulate matter levels above the national standards in 2016, a report by Greenpeace India said. The report, titled ‘Airpocalypse-II’, said that 180 million people were living in areas where the PM10 levels were more than twice the annual limit of 60 µg/m³. Delhi is […]
Average inflation dips to 6 year low
The Economic Survey said the average retail inflation has declined to a six-year low of 3.3% in 2017-18. “Controlling inflation has been a priority area for the central government,” the survey said. CPI based headline inflation, factored in by RBI while arriving at its bi-monthly monetary policy, averaged 3.3% during the period which “is the […]
Open defecation falls to below 50%
The number of people defecating in the open in rural India had reduced to less than half of what it was in 2014, according to the Economic Survey. So far, 296 districts and 3,07,349 villages have been declared as Open Defecation Free. 8 States and 2 UTs, i.e., Sikkim, HP, Kerala, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh, Arunachal, […]
Dharmasena Pathiraja died
Renowned Sri Lankan filmmaker Dharmasena Pathiraja, passed away. Hailing from Kandy in Sri Lanka’s Central Province, the filmmaker is credited with making a critical intervention in Sinhala cinema, with themes that served as social commentaries on the prevailing socio-economic and political realities. He also taught film studies in various Sri Lankan universities.
Sushma Swaraj to visit Nepal
In a bid to revive ties with Nepal, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Kathmandu from February 1 to 2. The visit comes weeks after Nepal elected a Leftist coalition, which won the first historic poll under the new Constitution of the country. The visit by Ms. Swaraj will be the first big diplomatic […]
Jazz musician Coco Schumann dead
German Jewish guitarist Coco Schumann, died at the age of 93. He was also a member of “Ghetto Swingers band”, and was forced to perform concerts at the camp. He had a seven-decade-long career in swing and jazz music and survived Nazi concentration camps.
Prakash won Lifetime Achievement Award
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu conferred Badminton Association of India Lifetime Achievement Award to 1983 World Championship medallist Prakash Padukone. Naidu termed Padukone a “grand legend of a great game”, who inspired the nation through his “sheer passion, grit and determination”. The Mysuru-born had won gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games & the All England […]