The Indian Army has received the first batch of 24 Russia-made Igla-S Man Portable Air Defence Systems (MANPADS) and 100 missiles as part of a larger deal that includes domestic production in India. This procurement aims to enhance the Army’s Very Short-Range Air Defence (VSHORAD) capabilities, particularly in high mountainous terrain along the northern border. The Igla-S is a hand-held defence system that can be operated by an individual or crew. It is designed to bring down low-flying aircraft and can also identify and neutralise air targets such as cruise missiles and drones.

A two-day exercise involving all maritime security agencies of the country was conducted off the Lakshadweep Islands. The primary objective of the exercise was to validate the effectiveness of the coastal security mechanism in dealing with asymmetric threats emanating from the sea. The exercise involved the participation of all maritime security agencies, including the Indian Navy, Indian Coast Guard, Marine Police, Fisheries, Customs, and other security agencies.

The Sangeet Natak Akademi (SNA) is organizing the festival ‘Shakti – A Festival of Music and Dance’ from April 9 to 17, 2024. The festival is celebrated in seven different Shaktipeeths (sacred sites) across the country. The event is being organized under the Kala Pravah series to revive the temple traditions in the country during the auspicious Navratri period.

Tata Advanced Systems (TASL), Tata Sons’ wholly-owned subsidiary, has launched India’s first private sector-built sub-metre resolution earth observation satellite, TSAT-1A, in collaboration with Satellogic. The satellite was launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, by SpaceX. The satellite was assembled at TASL’s facility in Karnataka. Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched a total of 11 satellites in its maiden Bandwagon flight. TSAT-1A will provide high-resolution satellite images with low-latency delivery. The Indian armed forces are expected to be one of its major users.

Indian American golfer Akshay Bhatia clinched the Valero Texas Open title on April 8, 2024, after a gripping playoff against Denny McCarthy. This victory not only marked his first major tournament qualification but also secured him a coveted spot in the upcoming Augusta Masters in May 2024.

The Indian hockey landscape is set to witness a groundbreaking event with the inaugural season of the National Women’s Hockey League 2024 – 2025. Scheduled to be held in Ranchi from April 30 to May 9, this league promises to be a thrilling showcase of the country’s top women’s hockey talent. The league is structured in two phases, with all matches to be played at the Marang Gomke Jaipal Singh Astroturf Hockey Stadium in Ranchi.

In a historic moment for Indian tennis, Sumit Nagal becomes the first Indian player to win an ATP Masters 1000 match on clay courts, marking a significant milestone in his career. Nagal’s remarkable feat at the Rolex Monte Carlo Masters cements his status as India’s top tennis player. Sumit Nagal’s journey at the Monte Carlo Masters marks a watershed moment in Indian tennis history. Defying the odds, the unseeded Nagal secured a place in the tournament’s main draw, joining the ranks of only two other Indians to have achieved this feat before him—Vijay Amritraj in 1977 and Ramesh Krishnan in 1982.

Former Indian Hockey player and Dronacharya awardee Harendra Singh has been selected by Hockey India as the coach of the senior national women’s hockey team. He will be appointed coach until the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics. Harendra Singh will replace Janneke Schopman of Holland Janneke Schopman. Schopman is a former Dutch hockey player, resigned last month as the coach of the national women’s team after the Indian team failed to qualify for the Paris Olympics 2024.

The Centre has appointed economist Manoj Panda as a full-time member of the Sixteenth Finance Commission, tasked with formulating recommendations on the revenue sharing formula between the Centre and States for the five-year period beginning April 2026. The Government had constituted the Commission on December 31, and named former Niti Aayog vice chairman and Columbia University professor Arvind Panagariya as its chairman.

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) 2024 Global Hepatitis Report reveals that India is second only to China in the number of Hepatitis B and C infections, with 3.5 crore cases. Hepatitis, characterized by liver inflammation, poses significant health risks and can be fatal. The report highlights that 254 million people are affected by Hepatitis B and 50 million by Hepatitis C globally. Hepatitis comprises five main strains: A, B, C, D, and E, each differing in transmission methods, severity, and geographical prevalence. Despite these differences, all strains can lead to liver disease.

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