Bangladesh declares March 25 as Genocide Day
Bangladesh’s unanimously adopted a resolution declaring March 25 as Genocide Day, in remembrance of the atrocities carried out by the Pakistani Army in the night of March 25, 1971. Condemning the denial of history by Pakistan, the Bangladeshi legislators passed the motion unanimously after a marathon seven-hour discussion on Saturday night.
French Mathematician Yves Meyer wins 2017 Abel Prize
French mathematician Yves Meyer has won the prestigious 2017 Abel Prize for his pivotal role in the development of the mathematical theory of wavelets (small waves or ripples). The prize comes with a cash award of 6 million Norwegian krone ($710,000). His theory is used for applications ranging from image compression to the detection of gravitational waves from the merging of black holes. It also allowed scientists to create unique wavelet transforms suited to specific signals.
INS Vikramaditya fires surface-to-air missile
INS Vikramaditya successfully carried out the maiden test of the newly installed Barak short range surface-to-air missile. Vikramaditya is India’s sole aircraft carrier. The 44,500 tonne carrier was commissioned into the Navy in November 2013 at Severodvinsk in Russia.
One India, two time zones
The Guwahati High Court has dismissed a PIL seeking direction from the Central government to notify a separate time zone for the Northeast. The court cites a high-level committee study, constituted by the Ministry of Science and Technology that recognized the difficulties faced by a single time zone in eastern India but concluded that IST should nonetheless be retained.
ICHR to undertake pilot project on Ram Setu structures
The Indian Council of Historical Research I=(ICHR) is set to undertake an archaeological exploration into whether the Ram Sethu is a natural or man-made phenomenon. Ram Setu, also known as Adam’s Bridge is a chain of limestone shoals, between Pamban Island, off coast of Tamil Nadu and mannar island off coast of Sri Lanka.
National Herald Case: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi file reply, Patiala House Court adjourns hearing to April 22
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy in 2012, had filed an application in the matter, accusing Sonia, Rahul and others associated with Congress in the case. In a major development, all the accused, including Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, filed a reply in the Patiala House Court on Saturday during the hearing of the National Herald Case. The accused also opposed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy’s plea which sought the summoning of the witnesses. Noteworthy, the court has adjourned the matter till April 22.
Yogi Adityanath promises development for all in his first public address in Gorakhpur
The newly sworn-in chief minister is on a two-day tour at Gorakhpur, where he will also visit temples while performing road show. Earlier this week, Yogi Adityanath had launched ‘Anti-Romeo’ squads to check on sexual assaults and harassments in public areas, ordered to shut down of illegal slaughter houses and also banned the use of pan masala and tobacco in the government premises in the state.On Friday, Adityanath had visited the Dalit gang-rape and acid attack victim at King George’s Medical University (KGMU) in Lucknow. He also gave a cheque of Rs. one lakh as compensation to the victim’s husband and directed the police officials to immediately nab the accused and initiate strict action against the guilty.