Friday, April 17, 2015

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India successfully test-fires nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile
Nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Agni-III ballistic missile was successfully tested. The test was conducted from Wheelar Isalnd off the Odisha coast in the Bay of Bengal by the Strategic Force Command (SFC) with support of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is surface-to-surface nuclear capable intermediate-range ballistic missile. Indigenously developed by DRDO under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). Range: 3000 km. Dimensions: 17 metres in length, 2 metres in diameter. Launch weight is around 50 tonnes. Payload: It can carry a nuclear warhead of 1.5 tonne and is protected by carbon all-composite heat shield. It is a two-stage solid-propelled missile. Equipped with the hybrid guidance, navigation and control systems along with advanced on-board computer.

Sachin Tendulkar elected as member of Laureus Sports Academy
Indian cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar was inducted as one of the five new members into the prestigious Laureus Sports Academy in a glittering annual award ceremony at the Shanghai Grand theatre. Besides Tendulkar, retired Chinese professional basketball player Yao Ming, Kenyan long-distance runner Tegla Loroupe, Chinese gymnast Li Xiaopeng and former Chinese short track speed skater Yang Yang were the other athletes to be inducted into the Laureus academy. Tendulkar, who made his ODI debut against Pakistan way back in 1989, retired from the format after the Asia Cup in 2013 after completing a century of international hundreds.

Susanta Lahiri awarded Hevesy Medal Award 2015

Professor Susanta Lahiri was awarded prestigious the Hevesy Medal Award 2015. The award was presented to him for his outstanding contributions in heavy ion induced radioisotope production, converter targets, tracer packet technique and green chemistry. Susanta Lahiri is a Professor at Chemical Sciences Division at Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics in Kolkata. He is credited for co-creating super heavy chemical element Ununseptiumm which has atomic number 117. He is also a professor at Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai. Apart from Lahiri, Professor Kattesh V. Katti of the Centre for Radiological Research, University of Missouri, Columia were also awarded this award.