Monday Morning News Brief, July 24

Monday morning brief Jul 24 2017
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India kick-started its ‘mother of all underwater defence deals’ to build six advanced stealth submarines for an estimated Rs 70,000 crore. This conventional submarine programme called Project-75 (India) got delayed for 10 years. Six shipbuilders from France, Germany, Russia, Sweden, Spain and Japan are in fray to build the submarines along with an Indian shipyard. These submarines will have land-attack cruise missiles, air-independent propulsion for greater underwater endurance.

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England beat India by nine runs to win the Women’s World Cup final at Lord’s. It was an anti-climactic result for India since they were well on course for a memorable triumph at 191 for three in 42.5 before a batting collapse saw them bowled out for 219 in 48.4 overs. “Yes, I’m proud of the team. It wasn’t easy for England but credit to them for keeping their nerves. There was a time where the match was in the balance, but we panicked and that led to our defeat,” India captain Mithali Raj said.

The number of Indian workers emigrating to the Gulf for work dropped in the past couple of years. According to official figures, the number of Indian workers emigrating to the GCC countries was 775,845 in 2014 and fell to 507,296 in 2016. The possible reason can be slowing economies of countries part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), hit by weaker oil prices.

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Birth certificate is no more mandatory for obtaining a passport. According to the Passport Rules, 1980, all applicants <a href=”http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/no-need-of-birth-certificate-to-get-a-passport-now-government-tells-parliament/articleshow/59724618.cms”>born on or after 26/01/1989</a>, had to submit a birth certificate, a mandatory provision. Now they can submit any one of these &mdash; transfer/school leaving/Matriculation Certificate issued by the school last attended/recognised educational board containing the DOB of the applicant; PAN Card; Aadhaar Card/E-Aadhaar; driving license, Voter ID cards, even LIC policy bonds.<br /> <br /> <br />
Former Isro chief and internationally-renowned space scientist UR Rao passed away early today. From Aryabhatta to the Mars Orbiter Mission, Rao has continued to work with the space agency on several of its projects. He held several top positions over the years, including at foreign universities. He has won 10 international awards and many national awards. In May 2016, Rao became the first Indian to be given the ‘Hall of Fame’ award by the International Astronautical Federation (IAF).

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