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COAST GUARD DIG SACKED OVER CONTRADICTING COMMENTS ON SINKING OF PAKISTAN BOAT

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Coast Guard DIG B.K. Loshali, who was facing an inquiry for publicly contradicting the government over the sinking of a Pakistani ship off Gujarat coast on New Year’s Eve, has been dismissed from service. He was dismissed from services after the Board of Inquiry found him guilty of all the charges on Saturday. The inquiry was conducted by a panel of senior Deputy Inspector-General (DIG) rank officers for over three months.


REMOUNT VETERINARY CORPS CELEBRATES 237 RAISING DAY

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One of the oldest services of the Indian Army ‘The Remount Veterinary Corps’ (RVC) yesterday celebrated its 237th raising day at the headquarter of the Northern Command in Udhampur. RVC is the premier agency engaged in breeding, rearing and training of Army Dogs.


 WIN FOR KOLKATA SCHOOL

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The team from La Martiniere for Girls, Kolkata, was crowned the National Crossword Champion 2015 at the Grand Finale of the CBSE Cryptic Crossword Contest held at the Civil Services Officers’ Institute (CSOI) in New Delhi. The two-day contest ended on Sunday.The team from DPS Chandigarh, clinched the runner-up position, while the Mother’s International, New Delhi, team came third.


BIG WIN FOR WOMEN

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Women candidates have won 186 seats of 498 in gram pradhan elections in different villages of the district.According to election results, 20 women have been elected for gram pradhan seats in Sader Block, 16 in Purkazi Block, 27 in Khatoli block, 20 in Morna Block, 21 in Charthawal, 27 in Jansath, 19 in Shahpur, 15 in Baghra and 21 in Budhana.


VIZAG ARTIST SELECTED FOR GLOBAL CONTEST

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Capturing several elements of the ecosystem and its rich flora and fauna, artist K.S. Kamesh has created ‘Amalgamation,’ an 80”x 90” canvas that paved the way for a place in the International Artist Grand Prize Competition-2016 to be held as part of Asia’s much-coveted art fair in Taiwan.This is the second time the Vizag-based artist has been selected for the international contest, and he hopes to do well.


ONE-MAN COMMISSION ON OROP APPOINTED

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Sidestepping the demand by ex-servicemen for a five-member judicial commission with representatives from the military, the Union government on Monday appointed Justice L. Narasimha Reddy, former Chief Justice of the Patna High Court, as the one-man judicial commission to look into the implementation of the one rank one pension scheme.The appointment of the committee is in keeping with the points of the notification issued by the government on November 7 for implementing the scheme.


SIKH SOLDIER ALLOWED TO KEEP BEARD IN RARE ARMY EXCEPTION

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It is the first time in decades that the military has granted a religious accommodation for a beard to an active-duty combat soldier — a move that observers say could open the door for Muslims and other troops seeking to display their faith.


INFOSYS INVESTS $3 MILLION IN SPORTS STARTUP WHOOP 
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India’s second largest software exporter Infosys has invested $3 million in US-based technology startup Whoop Inc, which develops wearable devices and performance improvement tools for professional athletes and sports teams — marking the Bangalore-based company’s sixth such investment in early-stage firms over the past year since it increased the size of its startup investment fund to $500 million in January.


PRANJALA WINS DOUBLES TITLE

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Pranjala along with Tamara Zidansek of Slovenia won the doubles title in the Orange Bowl ITF Grade A junior tennis tournament in Florida (USA) on Sunday.The duo beat Eleni Christofi of Greece and Anastasia Detiuc of Moldova 6-2, 6-2 in the final.


JAPAN ASTEROID PROBE ENTERS ‘TARGET ORBIT’ IN SPACE QUEST

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A Japanese space probe successfully entered “target orbit” and is on its way to rendezvousing with a far away asteroid, in a quest to study the origin of the solar system. Earlier this month the unmanned explorer, Hayabusa 2, passed by Earth to harness the planet’s gravitational pull in a bid to switch its orbital path to continue toward tiny Ryugu asteroid.Earlier this month the unmanned explorer, Hayabusa 2, passed by Earth to harness the planet’s gravitational pull in a bid to switch its orbital path to continue toward tiny Ryugu asteroid.


 INDIA RANKS 130 IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT INDEX: UNDP

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India continued to rank low in the Human Development Index (HDI), climbing just one notch to the 130th rank in the latest UNDP report on account of rise in life expectancy and per capita income.India ranked 130 among 188 countries in Human Development Report 2015 released today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The ranking is for the year 2014.As per the latest report, India’s rank has moved from 131 to 130. India’s HDI rank between 2009 and 2014 has risen six positions.