Saturday Morning News Brief, September 17

Sunday morning brief Sep 17 2017
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On the occasion of his birthday, PM Narendra Modi will dedicate the fully-complete Narmada dam to the nation today. The height of the dam has been raised to 138.68 metres. The foundation stone was laid sixty years ago by then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. Irrigation from the project is expected to benefit about 10 lakh farmers, and about four crore people will be supplied with drinking water. Read
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Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh,98, passed away yesterday, after suffering a heart attack. He was the IAF chief from 1964 to 1969, and, in December 1965, became the first one to be promoted to the rank of Air Chief Marshal after he successfully steered his force during the Indo-Pak war. In 2016, the IAF named its Panagarh (West Bengal) air base after Arjan Singh on the occasion of his 97th birth anniversary.
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi is likely to be elevated as the party chief next month. “As things stand, the party’s organisational elections, except in the poll-bound states, will be over soon. Rahul has favoured the electoral process in the organisational reforms he has backed so far. It is expected that he will be elected party president,” senior Congress leader Veerappa Moily said.
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Recent issues like demonetisation, GST, Swachhta, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao will be included in the NCERT syllabus. The changes to the texts include updates, corrections and additions. The updates will take care of old statistics, economic data, etc, while the additions will deal with the new topics. However, more than half of the changes involve correction of spelling errors and simplification of language.
After suffering a setback because of the unsuccessful launch of IRNSS-1H on August 31, Isro will resume satellite launches by December. The space agency will schedule its next launch mission after a fact-finding committee, appointed to find the exact cause of the glitch in the heat separation mechanism of PSLV C39 rocket that carried navigation satellite IRNSS-1H, submits its report “soon”.
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