India ranks 81st in global corruption perception index
India has been placed at the 81st spot among 180 nations in the global Corruption Perception Index for 2017, which was recently released by Transparency International.
The report has, in fact, named India among the worst offenders in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia Pacific region.
New Zealand was ranked first with a score of 89 followed by Denmark at the 2nd position with a score of 88. Three nations -Finland, Norway and Switzerland were tied for the 3rd position, as they all had the same score of 85.
New shark species discovered in Atlantic Ocean
A group of researchers have identified a new shark species in the Atlantic Ocean. The scientists using genetic testing confirmed that the new species is different from its counterparts residing in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The species have been named Atlantic sixgill shark. The findings were published in the journal Marine Biodiversity.
The sixgills in the Atlantic Ocean were found to be very different from the ones in the Indian and Pacific Oceans on a molecular level, even though they might look similar to the naked eye.
India successfully conducts night trial of Prithvi-II missile
India on February 21, 2018 successfully conducted night trial of indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile off Odisha coast.
The Strategic Forces Command of the Indian Army conducted the user trial of this 350 km range missile from a mobile launcher from launch complex-3 of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore in Odisha.
The trial was a part of randomly selected regular training exercise by the armed forces which reconfirms the Army’s readiness to fire it at short notice. This night trial of Prithvi-II came after successful trials of the Agni-5, Agni-II and Agni I in just over a month.
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Avani Chaturvedi creates history, becomes first Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft solo
Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi scripted history on February 21, 2018 by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo.
She flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight from Jamnagar base of Indian Air Force (IAF) in Gujarat.
Flying officer Avani Chaturvedi belongs to the first batch of female pilots, besides Flying officer Bhawana Kanth and Flying officer Mohana Singh, who were inducted into the Indian Air Force fighter squadron in 2016.
They were commissioned as Flying Officers following the decision of the Union Government in October 2015 to open the fighter stream of Indian Air Force (IAF) for women on an experimental basis for five years.
BS-VI grade fuel to be available from April 1: Centre to Supreme Court
The Union Government on February 21, 2018 informed the Supreme Court that it has advanced the availability of the BS-VI grade fuel by two years. Now, the BS-VI grade fuel will be available Delhi-NCR from April 1, 2018.
Earlier, the BS-VI grade fuel was expected to be available from April 1, 2020.
The information was given the Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to a Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Madan B.Lokur.
Originally, BS-VI fuel was to hit the market in 2020 but now it will be available from 2018 and in the first instance, Delhi-National Capital Region (NCR) will start getting it from April 1, 2018.