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News in Short - 18-September-2019

India successfully test fires Astra missile

Date: 18 September 2019 Tags: Military
  • India’s indigenously designed air-to-air missile Astra has been successfully test-fired in the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Odisha.
  • The beyond-visual-range missile was launched from Sukhoi-30 MKI as a part of user trials.
  • Astra has been designed by the Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
  • The Astra is capable of engaging targets of different ranges and altitudes including long-range as well as short-range targets.

Trilateral naval exercise in Port Blair

Date: 18 September 2019 Tags: Military Exercises
  • The maiden trilateral naval exercise involving India, Singapore and Thailandstarted at Port Blair. The exercise was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his address at Shangri-La dialogue in June 2018.
  • The five-day exercise is aimed at bolstering the maritime inter-relationships amongst Singapore, Thailand and India, and contribute significantly to enhancing the overall maritime security in the region.

Agnes Kharshiing wins Hrant Dink award

Date: 18 September 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Meghalaya-based rights activist Agnes Kharshiing, who fought against the coal mafia has received the 11th International Hrant Dink Award based in Turkey.
  • The Hrant Dink Award is presented every year to individuals, organisations or groups that work for a world free from discrimination, racism and violence.

Sri Lanka inaugurates south Asia's tallest tower

Date: 18 September 2019 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Sri Lanka has unveiled South Asia’s tallest tower, which costs over $ 100 million. China has funded 80% cost of the project under the controversial Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
  • The tower is expected to function as Sri Lanka’s ‘digital TV tower’ and is built with fibre optic cables and is fully equipped with necessary telecommunication equipments.

Former Andhra Pradesh speaker Kodela Siva Prasada Rao dies

Date: 18 September 2019 Tags: Obituaries
  • Former speaker of Andhra Pradesh Assembly Kodela Siva Prasada Rao was found dead under suspicious circumstances.
  • He was a senior leader of Telugu Desam Party and served as minister in the Cabinets of  N.T. Rama Rao and N. Chandrababu Naidu.