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Ved Mehta Passed Away
Ved Mehta, who took India to Americans and overcame blindness and became widely known as the 20th-century writer most responsible for introducing American readers to India, has died at the age of 86.
He is best known for his 12-volume memoir, which focused on the troubled modern history of India and his early struggles with blindness. His autobiography was published in instalments from 1972 to 2004. Mehta brought out 24 books that included volumes of reportage on India, among them Walking the Indian Streets (1960), Portrait of India (1970) and Mahatma Gandhi and His Apostles (1977), as well as explorations of philosophy, theology and linguistics.
Special Marriage Act
In a significant judgment affecting inter-faith couples seeking to get married under the Special Marriage Act, 1954, the Allahabad High Court has ruled that it would be optional and not mandatory for them to publish a notice about their intended marriage.
The court said making such publication mandatory “would invade the fundamental rights of liberty and privacy, including within its sphere the freedom to choose for marriage without interference from state and non-state actors, of the persons concerned”.
Dzukou Valley wildfire
The wildfire at Dzukou Valley straddling the Manipur-Nagaland border has been doused after it raged for two weeks.
The Dzüko Valley is located at the borders of the states of Nagaland and Manipur. It is situated at an altitude of 2452 m above sea level.
Maharashtra CM refers to Osmanabad as Dharashiv
The Shiv Sena erased all doubts about its stand on renaming certain cities when CM Thackeray referred to Osmanabad as Dharashiv in a tweet, days after using Sambhajinagar for Aurangabad on the official CMO handle.
Osmanabad is named after the last ruler of Hyderabad, Mir Osman Ali Khan, while Dharashiv is derived from the name for the sixth-century caves near the city. Dharashiv caves are the nexus of 7 caves located 8 km away from Osmanabad city in Balaghat mountains in Maharashtra.
Chief of Army Staff Commendation Award
Amresh Kumar Chaudhary has been awarded prestigious ‘Chief of Army Staff Commendation’ for his outstanding contribution to Armed Forces during critical period of Covid19 pandemic and it’s various operations.
Amresh Kumar Chaudhary is currently working as Chief Controller in Mil Rail. Mil Rail is an extension of Traffic Directorate of Ministry of Railways, headed by Executive Director (ED) level officer with office at Army HQ.
Trains connecting Statue of Unity
Prime Minister of India flagged off eight trains connecting different regions of the country with Kevadiya, home to the Statue of Unity in Gujarat. These trains will facilitate seamless connectivity to the Statue of Unity, located on the Narmada River in the Kevadiya, Gujarat.
Prime Minister inaugurated the Dabhoi – Chandod Gauge converted Broad Gauge railway line, Chandod – Kevadiya new Broad Gauge railway line, newly electrified Pratapnagar – Kevadiya section and the new station buildings of Dabhoi, Chandod and Kevadiya.
Prarambh: Startup India International Summit
The two day ‘Prarambh’, Startup India International Summit begin in New Delhi, with members of BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) countries participating in the inaugural event.
The Summit is being organizing by Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, M/o Commerce & Industry, as a follow up of the announcement made by the Prime Minister Modi at the 4th BIMSTEC Summit held in Kathmandu in August, 2018.
India’s First Indigenously Designed & Developed Driverless Metro Car
Defence Minister of India unveiled state-of-the-art ‘Driverless Metro Car’ for Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) at a function held at BEML’s Bangalore Complex on 15 January 2021.
Indigenously designed & developed state-of-the-art Driverless Metro trains are being manufactured at BEML Bangaluru Complex. MMRDA project has 63 per cent indigenous content which will enhance to 75 per cent in next two to three years.
146th Foundation Day of India Meteorological Department
India Meteorological Department celebrated its 146th Foundation day on 15th January 2021. The function was organized virtually at Mahika Hall, Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), New Delhi.
IMD is modernizing its observational network in the Central and Western Himalayas by installation of state of art Doppler Weather Radars in a phased manner, at different locations.
Clouds play spoilsport on Sankranti
The clouds played spoilsport while citizens celebrated Sankranti day and blocked the sun’s rays from falling on the Shiva Linga at Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple in Gavipuram. It is an annual phenomenon every Sankranti.
Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple is also known as Gavipuram Cave Temple. It is an example of Indian rock-cut architecture. This cave temple is dedicated to Shiva and cut into a monolithic stone.
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