Outlining India's strong commitment in supporting Africa in its development journey, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Tuesday said that any broader global rebalancing is incomplete without the genuine re-emergence of the Africa.In an address at a conclave on India-Africa partnership, Dr Jaishankar said, only after genuine emergence of Africa, world’s strategic diversity will come into full play.He said, New Delhi welcomes the evolution and rise of the continent as a key factor in the contemporary world.The Minister also talked about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and said its consequences will be far-reaching and will define the world order as de-colonisation did in 1950s and 1960s.He said, the pandemic is the most debilitating global event of the past 80 years and we are at a point in history that is comparable to the aftermath of the Second World War.
-Tamilnadu Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswamy has said that steps are being taken in Tamilnadu to implement the Cauvery - Vaigai - Gundaru river inter linking plan at an estimated cost of Rs. 14,000 crore.Speaking to media persons at Ramanathapuram,the Chief Minister said that the ambitious plan is expected to benefit about one lakh acres of land.The 259 km river interlinking project will be taken up in three phases, enabling the proper use of water overflow in the Cauvery which is being released into the Bay of Bengal at present.Palaniswamy also said that about 1500 cubic feet of water will be released into the Vaigai river at Idaikkattu village as part of the mega project.
-The successful flight test of ABHYAS - High-speed Expendable Aerial Target was conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation, DRDO from the Interim Test Range, Balasore in Odisha on Tuesday.During the trials, two demonstrator vehicles were successfully test flown. The vehicle can be used as target for evaluation of various missile systems.Abhyas is designed and developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment of DRDO.The air vehicle is launched using twin underslung booster. It is powered by a small gas turbine engine and has MEMS based Inertial Navigation System for navigation along with the Flight Control Computer for guidance and control.The vehicle is programmed for fully autonomous flight. The check out of air vehicle is done using laptop based Ground Control Station.During the test campaign, the user requirement of 5 kilometres flying altitude, vehicle speed of 0.5 mach, endurance of 30 minutes and 2g turn capability of the test vehicle were successfully achieved.Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said that DRDO achieved a milestone with the successful flight test of ABHYAS - High Speed Expandable Aerial Target.
-In one of its most productive days, the House on Tuesdaypassed the bills after a number of opposition parties staged a walkout and decided to boycott proceedings of the House till the suspension of eight members is revoked.The Rajya Sabha passed seven key bills including the crucial Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill.The Bills passed were 'The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020', 'The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020', 'The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020', 'The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020', 'The National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020, 'The Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020' and 'The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020'.When the bills were passed, only a few members were present in the house which included those from the ruling BJP and its ally JD-U and those of parties like AIADMK, BJD, YSR-Congress and TDP, and participated in the debates on the bills.
-Bangladesh is preparing to tackle a possible second wave of Corona infections even as COVID 19 death toll in the country crossed 5000 as on Tuesday.The Cabinet Secreatry of Bangladesh Khandekar Anwarul Islam told media in Dhaka that the government is planning to launch a massive awareness programme before the emergence of the second wave of COVID 19 infections.Cabinet Division has issued directives to ministries to devise their work plan in the next two weeks to deal with the possible next wave of coronavirus infection.He however clarified that it is not certain that the second wave is coming but the country is making preparations to meet any such eventuality. The Cabinet secretary also said that the government has no plan to impose another lockdown but it will observe the situation before taking any decision.