Brahmos missile successfully flight-tested from Sukhoi fighter aircraft
World’s fastest Supersonic Cruise Missile Brahmos on 22 November 2017 created history after it was successfully flight-tested from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI for the first time.
After being dropped from the Sukhoi-30MKI, the missile’s engine fired up and propelled towards the intended target at the sea in Bay of Bengal. Weighing 2.5 ton, Brahmos is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on Su-30 fighter aircraft modified to carry weapons.
This successful maiden test firing of this Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) will boost the IAF’s air combat operations capability.
Beyonce named World's Highest-Paid Woman in Music 2017 by Forbes
Forbes on 21 November 2017 released the list of World's Highest-Paid Women in Music 2017. The list is topped by Singer-Songwriter Beyonce Knowles.
Beyonce’s hit album 'Lemonade' and her world tour made her the highest-paid woman in music in 2017, followed by Britain’s Adele and pop star Taylor Swift in second and third position respectively.
Beyonce Knowles earned a total wealth of USD 105 million from record sales and from her “Formation” concert tour. She also has her own Ivy Park fashion line and other business interests.
New study discovers that ‘flowing water’ on Mars may be sand and dust
According to a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, dark features earlier thought to be evidence of liquid water flowing on Mars may actually be granular flows comprising sand and dust.
The new findings indicate that the water-restricted conditions on Mars would make it difficult for Earth-like life to exist near the surface of the planet. The study is based on observations made with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
The researchers had discovered narrow, down-slope trending surface features called Recurring Slope Lineae (RSL) on Mars in 2011. The features were found to be darker than their surroundings.
Widows of gallantry award winners to get allowance even after remarriage
The Ministry of Defence announced on 21 November 2017 that widows of gallantry award winners will continue to get their allowance even after remarriage.
As per the existing condition for grant of monetary allowance to winners of gallantry awards, the allowance is given to the recipient and on his death, to his widow.
As per earlier rules, the widow received the allowance until her remarriage or death. However, in case the widow remarried her brother-in-law and was living a "communal life with the living heir", she was eligible for family pension.
Google Doodle honours first Indian woman physician Rukhmabai on her 153rd birth anniversary
Google Doodle on 22 November 2017 honoured Rukhmabai Raut, the first Indian woman to practice medicine in colonial India, on her 153rd birth anniversary.
The Doodle, designed by illustrator Shreya Gupta, shows Rukhmabai among her patients, doing the dedicated work of a skilled physician.
Rukhmabai was also known for asserting her right to consent in marriage at a time when rights for women were rarely given any kind of importance.