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E Palanisami .. The New Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu


  • The AIADMK Secretary  Edappadi K Palanisami sworn in as the chief minister of Tamil Nadu at the Raj Bhavan administered by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao.
  • 30 ministers were also sworn in along with the chief minister.
  • Earlier, Palanisami was elected as the leader of AIADMK Legislature Party, after incumbent K. Sasikala was convicted by the Supreme Court in the disproportionate assets case.
  • He has been given 15 days to prove his majority.

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  • Palanisami previously served as Minister for Highways & Minor Ports in the Jayalalithaa and O. Panneerselvam-led ministries of the Government of Tamil Nadu.
  • Palaniswami has won the assembly election to the state assembly four times, in 1989, 1991, 2011 and 2016 from the Edapadi constituency in the Salem district in Tamil Nadu.

Shurhozelie Liezietsu unanimously elected as legislature party leader in Nagaland


  • The ruling Naga People's Front (NPF) President Shurhozelie Liezietsu has unanimously elected the legislature party leader in Nagaland.
  • He will take over the reign from Chief Minister TR Zeliang.
  • Earlier, the majority of the NPF legislators wants to break the deadlock between the agitating groups and the government.
  • Shurhozelie has also accepted the offer to restore normalcy and prevent the imposition of President's rule in the state.


Science Express Climate Action Special to be flagged off


  • Today, Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave and Minister of Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan has flagged off Science Express Climate Action Special (SECAS II) from Safdarjung Railway station in Delhi to tour across the country.
  • The train will be open for public viewing at Delhi Cantonment Railway Station tomorrow and later embark upon its journey across the country.
  • The SECAS II will run till 8th September and culminate its journey at Gandhinagar.
  • The Science Express will cover over 19,000 kilometres, and will be exhibited at 68 stations across 20 states.
  • Science Express intends to contribute towards increasing understanding of the science of climate change, the observed and anticipated impacts, and different possible responses.

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  • The exhibition will convey a message about Climate Change and will also be a good opportunity to generate a dialogue and discussion.
  • The train has entered into Limca Book of records six times. 

BEL launches communication radio


  • Bharat Electronics Ltd (BEL) has unveiled a new communication radio for the Indian armed forces (STARS-V Mk III) at the Aero India 2017 show.
  • The radio is completely designed, developed and made in BEL.
  • It is a multi-brand, high data rate, software intensive IP radio with mobile ad hoc networking (MANET) functions supporting up to 64 notes.

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  • Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) is an Indian state-owned aerospace and defence company with about nine factories, and few regional offices in India.
  • BEL is one of nine PSUs under the Ministry of Defence of India and accorded “Navratna” status by the Government of India.

Cobra Gold Exercise 2017 Begins in Thailand


  • The ten-day Cobra Gold Military 2017 Exercise kicked off at the Sattahip Royal Thai Marine Corps Base in Chonburi Province, Thailand.
  • It is the 36th edition of the multinational drill and is co-organized by the United State and Thailand.
  • It will expand regional cooperation and collaboration for disaster relief.
  • Around 30 nations (involved in or are observing the exercises) are participating in the drill including China, India, Singapore, South-Korea and Malaysia.


HDFC Life launches ‘Pragati’ Plan for low-income Group


  • HDFC life has launched “Pragati” a traditional life insurance plan that has been specifically designed to empower low income families.
  • Pragati makes life insurance easily accessible to every person who wishes to financially secure his family.
  • HDFC Life will offer the dual benefit of systematic savings (with guaranteed premium returns) and wholesome life protection.


6 Indian paddlers advance to pre-quarterfinals in ITTF World tour


  • The six Indian paddlers have advanced to the pre-quarterfinals of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) World Tour India Open in New Delhi.
  • In the Men's Singles, Achanta Sharath Kamal, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty won their respective matches.
  • In the Women's section, Mouma Das, Mousumi Paul and Suthirta Mukherjee won their respective matches to enter the last-16 stage.


Hockey international Sandeep Singh gets honorary doctorate


  • Indian professional hockey player Sandeep Singh has been honored with an Honorary Doctorate Degree by Desh Bhagat University, a private educational institution in Amloh, Fatehgarh Sahib District of Punjab.
  • Now, he has become only the second hockey player (first - Dileep Tirkey) from India to receive an Honorary Doctorate.
  • Earlier, Tirkey received an honorary degree from Sambalpur University in 2010.


PV Sindhu jumps to career-best no. 5 in BWF rankings


  • The Olympic silver medallist Indian Shuttler PV Sindhu has become the second Indian woman to break into the top-five of the badminton singles world rankings.
  • This is the first time that Sindhu achieved her career-best ranking of No. 5 on.
  • Earlier, Saina Nehwal is only other Indian woman to achieve such a feat.
  • Sindhu has become the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal and only the second Indian to win a badminton Olympic medal after Saina.

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  • The BWF World Ranking is the official ranking of the Badminton World Federation for badminton players who participate in tournaments sanctioned by Badminton World Federation.
  • It is used to determine the qualification for the World Championships and Summer Olympic Games, as well as Super Series tournaments.
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