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  Tech Mahindra announced its biggest defence order worth over Rs 300 crore with the Indian Navy. As part of the ‘Armed Forces Secure Access Card’ (AFSAC) Project,Tech Mahindra will implement RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) based Access Control System across all naval bases and ships. The new AFSAC Card will replace the existing paper-based Identity Card for all Navy personnel including dependents and ex-servicemen. Using the CMMI (Capability Maturity Model Integration) level 5 processes, Tech Mahindra will develop a secure application to manage the access control devices, network devices and the AFSAC Card through a data centre.
Source- The Economic Times

  The HDFC group has overtaken the 151-year-old Tata group to emerge as India’s most valuable by way of market capitalization (m-cap). The combined market value of the five listed companies of the HDFC group – HDFC, HDFC Bank, HDFC Life, HDFC Asset Management and Gruh Finance stood at Rs 11.66 lakh crore while the combined m-cap of 29 Tata group companies stood at Rs 11.64 lakh crore, about Rs 2,000 crore less than that of the HDFC group.
Source- Times Now

  Indian Air Force successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target. The air-launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5-ton supersonic air to surface cruise missilewith ranges of close to 300 km, designed and developed by BAPL. Earlier, IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target in November 2017.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

 Flight Lieutenant Bhawana Kanth became the first woman pilot of the Indian Air Force to qualify to undertake missions by day on a fighter aircraft. She completed the Day Operational syllabus on MiG-21 Bison. Bhawana joined the fighter squadron in 2017 and flew the first solo on MiG-21 Bison in 2018.
Source- The Indian Express

  U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific. The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region.
Source- The Reuters

  Renowned filmmaker, film historian, researcher and educationist Vijaya Mulaypassed away at the age of 98 in New Delhi. In 1959, she founded the Delhi Film Societyand was later appointed a joint secretary of the Federation of Film Societies. Vijaya made her directorial debut with The Tidal Bore. The film was entered into the Manheim Film Festival. She is most famously known for her 1974 film Ek Anek Aur Ekta,which was awarded the National Film Award for Best Educational Film.
Source- The Quint

  India stands in a lowly 117th position out of 181 countries in the KidsRight Index,the annual global index which ranks how countries adhere to and are equipped to improve child rights. Iceland secured the top position in the index followed by Portugal. Countries are judged on five indicators: right to life, right to education, right to health, right to protection and enabling environment for child rights. KidsRights Index is an initiative of Kids Right Foundation in cooperation with Erasmus University, Rotterdam.
Source- Deccan Chronicle

  As per Election Commission of India, the 2019 Lok Sabha elections witnessed a voter turnout of 67.10% (interim), which is the highest ever voter turnout in the history of general elections. The previous highest voter turnout of 66.44% was recorded in 2014. The seven-phase 2019 elections began on April 11 and concluded on May 19, with counting scheduled for Thursday.
Source- The Livemint

  The World Bank and the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CommBank) have teamed up to enable recording of secondary market bond trading using blockchain tech. The institutions announced that their successful recording of a secondary transaction for bond-i, a blockchain-operated debt instrument, on a distributed ledger shows the “vast potential” of the technology, and marks the first bond to have both issuance and trading recorded on a blockchain platform.
Source- Coindesk

 An author from Oman, Jokha Alharthi has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for “Celestial Bodies”, the story of three sisters of a desert country confronting its slave-owning past and a complex modern world. Jokha Alharthi, the first Arabic-language writer to take the prize, will split the 50,000 pounds or 64,000 US dollar purse with her UK-based translator, Marilyn Booth. The prize is a counterpart to the Man Booker Prize for English-language novels and is open to books in any language that has been translated into English.
Source- News on AIR



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