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The AH-64E Apache is primarily a multi-role attack helicopter, which is flown by the US Army.

May 13, 2019 18:00 IST
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IAF gets first Apache attack helicopter

The Indian Air Force has received the first Apache Guardian helicopter from US aerospace major Boeing. The AH-64E Apache is primarily a multi-role attack helicopter, which is flown by the US Army. The main features of the latest variant of the Apache fleet includes improved digital connectivity and powerful engines with upgraded face gear transmission to accommodate more power.

Researchers discover ‘rain-loving’ snake in Mizoram

Researchers have found a new ‘rain loving’ snake species from Mizoram in North-east India. The new species has been named “Smithophis Atemporalis.” The finding is significant because such a discovery has been made for the first time after almost 150 years.

IMF bails out cash-strapped Pakistan with a new loan deal

The International Monetary Fund has reached a loan agreement with Pakistan after months of negotiations. Under the new loan deal, the IMF has agreed to provide the cash-strapped nation with bailout fund worth $6 billion, in addition to $2 to $3 billion from the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, over the next three years.

India hosts two-day WTO ministerial meeting

India is hosting a two-day ministerial meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) from May 13-14, 2019 in New Delhi. Ministers from 16 developing nations and six least developed would be taking part in the meeting. The issues that are expected to be discussed during these two days include deadlock on the appointment of WTO's appellate body members and the way forward on reforms at the global trade body.

SC to hear plea against Delhi HC verdict quashing IAS, IPS cadre allocation

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the centre’s plea challenging the verdict of Delhi High Court, which quashed the cadre allocation of IAS, IPS officers from the 2018 batch. The plea will be heard on May 17.

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