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UP CM Yogi Adityanath inaugurates elevated road in Ghaziabad.
- Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday inaugurated a 10.30-km-long elevated road, touted to be the longest of its kind in the country.
- Built at a cost of Rs 1,147 crore, the six-lane elevated road is supported on 227 pillars.
- After inaugurating the road at Rajnagar extension area, the chief minister took it to travel to Vasundhara.
Ghaziabad becomes the first district in UP to have 100% electrification.
- Ghaziabad has become the first district in the state to have electricity in all its households.
- Chief minister Yogi Adityanath praised the Centre’s Saubhagya scheme and said his government’s efforts to augment the power infrastructure through it.
- Since the launch of central government’s Saubhagya scheme on December 17 last year, a total of 80,000 households were given with electricity connection.
- In an attempt to improve health infrastructure in the state, the chief minister also launched the ‘Aarogyam’ app.
Pakistan objects to hydro projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
- Pakistan has raised objections over the ongoing construction of the two hydroelectric power projects in Jammu and Kashmir.
- As per the treaty, the ‘eastern rivers’ of Beas, Sutlej, and Ravi are under India’s control, while Pakistan controls the ‘western rivers’ of Indus, Chenab and Jhelum.
- The treaty gives each country the right to use only 20% of the water from the rivers under the two countries’ respective control.
- The issue was raised in the Permanent Indus Commission (PIC) meeting, where government officials from India and Pakistan discussed the problems related to the Indus Basin.
- The issue was first raised at a previous meeting held last year.
India, Pakistan agree to resolve issues about the treatment of diplomats.
- After weeks of trading charges regarding the harassment of each other’s diplomats, India and Pakistan announced on Friday.
- They had agreed to resolve the matter in line with the provisions of a 1992 pact on the treatment.
- India and Pakistan have mutually agreed to resolve matters related to the treatment of diplomats and diplomatic premises in line with the 1992 ‘Code of Conduct.
- A similarly worded statement was issued by the Foreign Office in Islamabad.
- Pakistani officials said there had been close to 50 instances of harassment and intimidation of their diplomats since March 7.
Nepal PM K P Sharma Oli to visit India on April 6.
- On his first trip after being elected, Nepal Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli will come for a three-day state visit to India with spouse Radhika Shakya on April 6.
- During his visit, Oli, along with a high-level delegation, will hold talks with Prime Minister Modi.
- The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review wide-ranging cooperative partnership.
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Russia tests new intercontinental ballistic missile.
- The Russian military says it has successfully tested its latest intercontinental ballistic missile.
- The Defense Ministry said Friday’s launch from Plesetsk in northwestern Russia tested the Sarmat missile’s performance in the early stage of its flight.
- Sarmat is intended to replace the Soviet-designed Voyevoda, the world’s heaviest ICBM known as “Satan” in the West.
Pakistan tests nuclear-capable, a submarine-launched missile with a range of 450km.
- Pakistan has conducted a test of its nuclear-capable, submarine-launched cruise missile (SLCM), Babur, which has a range of 450 km.
- It has been working hard on developing this capability to carry out a retaliatory nuclear strike even after an enemy’s nuclear attack destroy.
- The Pakistan military’s media arm described Thursday’s test of the indigenously developed missile as successful.
China launches 2 satellites to boost navigation system.
- China on successfully launched two satellites with a single rocket to strengthen its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System.
- The BRI, previously known as ‘One Belt, One Road’, seeks to build rail, maritime and road links from Asia to Europe and Africa.
- By around 2020, when the BDS goes global, it is expected to have more than 30 satellites.
US regulator approves SpaceX plan for broadband satellite services.
- The top US telecommunications regulator on Thursday gave formal approval to a plan by Elon Musk’s SpaceX to build a global broadband network using satellites.
- The system proposed by privately held SpaceX, as Space Exploration Holdings is known, will use 4,425 satellites, the FCC said.
- The FCC said SpaceX has been granted authority to use frequencies in the Ka (20/30 GHz) and Ku (11/14 GHz) bands.
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India receives maiden US LNG shipment at Dabhol.
- India received its first LNG cargo from the US under a long-term supply deal on Friday, when a ship carrying super-cooled natural gas arrived at Dabhol in Maharashtra.
- A chartered ship, MV Meridian Spirit arrived at Dabhol after a 25 days voyage from Louisiana, state-owned gas utility GAIL India Ltd said in a press statement.
- It has also contracted long-term volumes for another 2.3 million tonnes at Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefaction plant.
- WhatsApp will notify contacts when you change your mobile number.
WhatsApp is testing a new feature in the beta version of its app.
- The latest feature will help users migrate their data to a new number without much hassle, WABetaInfo reported.
- This update is available in the latest beta version of WhatsApp v 2.18.97 for Android.
- If you wish to become a beta tester for Whats App then you can do so by enrolling your number in the programmer.
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Tesla recalls 123,000 Model S cars over power steering issue.
- Tesla issued a voluntary recall of 123,000 Model S cars to replace a power steering bolt that could corrode due to salt used on winter roads.
- If the bolts fail, the driver is still able to steer the car, but the increased force is required due to loss or reduction of power assist.
- Tesla shares that ended the Nasdaq trading day up lost 2.5% to $259.40 after hours.
Govt appoints 13 new joint secretaries.
- The government on Friday appointed 1992 batch IAS officer Vineet Joshi as director general of the National Testing Agency (NTA).
- The government cleared a total of 13 new joint-secretary level appointments on Friday.
- Chandra Bhushan Kumar, a 1995 batch IAS officer, is new deputy election commissioner.
- Ritvik Ranjanam Pandey, a 1998 batch Karnataka cadre IAS officer will be a joint secretary in the department of revenue.
JKCA appoints Irfan Pathan as coach-cum-mentor.
- Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association(JKCA) appointed former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan as the coach-cum-mentor of its senior stateside for the 2018-19 season.
- JKCA CEO Aashiq Bukhari said he will be the coach-cum-mentor of our team for a period of one year.
- The 33-year-old Pathan played 29 Tests, 120 ODIs, and 24 T20 Internationals for India between 2003 and 2012.
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P Kashyap, Sameer Verma in quarters of Orleans Open.
- Indian shuttlers P Kashyap and Sameer Verma entered the quarterfinals of the Orleans Open World Super 100 tournament.
- Fifth seed Kashyap, who clinched the Austrian Open last month, defeated Ireland’s, Joshua Magee.
- Kashyap, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist, will face Denmark’s third seed Rasmus Gemke.
Mitchell Starc ruled out of IPL 2018.
- Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) due to a right leg injury.
- Starc, who was picked by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping Rs 9.4 crore at this year’s auction.
- In 27 IPL matches, Mitchell Starc has 34 wickets at an economy rate of 7.17.
- KKR will now depend more on compatriot Mitchell Johnson.
- Two-time champions KKR open their IPL 2018 campaign against RCB on April 8.