The Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) has received a bulk production clearance from the Indian Army and the Defence Ministry for production of 114 ‘Dhanush’ artillery guns.
‘Dhanush’ is the first long-range artillery gun to be produced in India.
It is the product of efforts by the OFB and the Army with various contributions.
7. Lok Sabha member S Rajendran passes away
Member of Parliament (MP) S Rajendran (62-years) passed away in a car accident in Villupuram district’s Tindivanam.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) leader Rajendran was elected from Villupuram in Tamil Nadu to the Lok Sabha in 2014.
He served as a member of the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers and the Consultative Committee for the Ministry of Civil Aviation.
8. Sudan: President Bashir declares a year-long state of emergency
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency throughout the country.
He also dissolved his cabinet and local governments throughout the country.
Omar al-Bashir’s term ends in 2020 and he has repeatedly promised over the years not to make new runs for the presidency.
Since December 2018, various areas in Sudan have been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.
9. Climate change has officially led to the extinction of a mammal, the Australian rat
According to the Australian government, a small brown rat is the world’s first mammal known to have become extinct due to ‘human-induced climate change’.
The mammal ‘Bramble Cay melomys’ which had not been seen for almost 10 years was initially pronounced extinct after “exhaustive” conservation efforts failed.
It was found only on a small sand island near the coast of Papua New Guinea.
It was about five hectares (12 acres).
10. Squash Great Nicol David announces retirement
Malaysia’s 8-time World Champion Nicol David (35-year) has announced that she will call time on her record-breaking career at the end of the 2018/19 season.
She is one of the most successful squash players of all time and spent an unprecedented 9 years at World No.1 (in 2006-2015).
David also lifted 5 British Open titles, 2 Commonwealth Games gold medals, 5 Asian Games gold medals and 3 World Games gold medals.
11. Ajay Singh appointed as the Head of AIBA Elite foundation
India’s boxing chief Ajay Singh has been elected as the president of the Foundation Board for Better Boxing of AIBA (International Boxing Association) for a tenure of 4 years.
Currently, Mr. Singh is the president of the Boxing Federation of India.
AIBA formed the Foundation Board for Better Boxing in the last meeting of its Executive Committee to formulate an action plan for global development of the sport in future.
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