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News in Short - 16-August-2019

Air India becomes 1st Indian airline to fly over North pole

Date: 16 August 2019 Tags: Infrastructure
  • Air India has launched its Boeing 777 aircraft over the North Pole to become the first Indian airline to operate commercial flights overflying the polar region.
  • Its Delhi-San Francisco flight, which usually overflies the Atlantic or the Pacific ocean, cut across latitudes instead on Thursday to fly over zero degree north.
  • The launch of this new route is expected to reduce the flying duration by one-and-a-half hours approximately. In addition to this, fuel savings on the polar route will be in the region of 2 tonnes to 7 tonnes per flight. Also, the reduced carbon emissions will contribute towards eco-conservation.
  • Risk assessment, special crew training, weather monitoring and aircraft serviceability have all been assessed to ensure enhanced safety on this sector.

RBL bank launches India’s 1st healthfocused credit card

Date: 16 August 2019 Tags: miscellaneous
  • Private sector RBL Bank and digital healthcare platform Practo have partnered to launch an industry first co-branded health credit card.
  • This credit card is powered by Mastercard and is available on both Practo and RBL mobile apps and websites.
  • It offers benefits like unlimited and round-the-clock online consultations with experienced and qualified doctors, one free full body health check-up, while users can use the card to earn points that can be redeemed for availing  services like ordering medicine, tests and online consultations. Moreover, the card also offers two complimentary domestic airport lounge accesses every quarter

Virat Kohli – 1st Batsman to score 20,000 runs in a decade

Date: 16 August 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Virat Kohli has achieved a new record for any active cricketer in the world for scoring one of the highest runs in a decade.
  • Virat Kohli, who averages over 60 in ODI cricket, has scored more than 20,000 runs since the start of this decade.
  • On the list of most international runs scored in a decade, Kohli is followed by Ricky Ponting who scored 18,962 runs

Brendon McCullum appointed KKR coach

Date: 16 August 2019 Tags: Sports
  • Former New Zealand cricketer and Captain Brendon McCullum has been appointed as the coach of Indian Premier League franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the  head coach of Trinbago Knight Riders, the other team owned by the same group.
  • Brendon McCullum had retired from international cricket in 2016 but active in domestic tournament around the globe.
  • He has played franchise-cricket leagues around the world, with stints in the IPL with Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, as well as Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash, Lahore Qalandars in the PSL and Trinbago in the CPL.