SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
L&T Shipyard launches 2nd Coast Guard offshore patrol vesssel “Vijaya”
On January 20, 2018, Larsen Toubro Shipbuilding Ltd. launched ‘Vijaya’, the second offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Indian Coast Guard.
Details about offshore patrol vessel “Vijaya”
i. ’Vijaya’ has been indigenously built at L&T Shipbuilding Ltd’s Kattupalli Shipyard in Tamil Nadu.
ii. 2100 tonne- ‘Vijaya’ is equipped with state-of art radar, navigational and communication system. It is 98 metre long and 14.8 metres wide.
iii. Indian Coast Guard will deploy it for day and night patrol and surveillance, anti-smuggling operations and for enhancing coastal security.
iv. In March 2017, Union Ministry of Defense had awarded Rs 1,432-crore contract to L&T to build seven offshore vessel patrol vessels for the Indian Coast Guard. Under this contract, the first OPV, ‘VIkram’, was handed over to Indian Coast Guard in October 2017.
Hockey Haryana crowned champions in 8th Hockey India Sub Junior (Women) National Championship 2018 (A Division)
On 21st January 2018, Hockey Haryana became champions of the 8th Hockey India Sub Junior (Women) National Championship 2018 (A Division), in Haryana.
Hockey Haryana – champions in in 8th Hockey India Sub Junior (Women) National Championship 2018 (A Division):
i. Hockey Haryana defeated Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy 6-1 in the finals and became the champions of the 8th Hockey India Sub Junior (Women) National Championship 2018 (A Division).
ii. The Championship was hosted by Haryana. Hockey Haryana scored the first goal of the match through Deepika.
iii. Madhya Pradesh Hockey Academy scored only one goal and it was by Priyanka Yadav.
Some stadiums in Haryana:
♦ Chaudhary Bansi Lal Cricket Stadium – Lahli, Rohtak
♦ Haryana Agricultural University Stadium – Hisar
♦ Mahabir Stadium – Hisar
Soloman Deksisa wins 15th edition of Mumbai Marathon
On 21st January 2018, Ethiopia’s Solomon Deksisa won the 15th edition of Mumbai Marathon.
Soloman Deksisa wins – Mumbai Marathon:
i. Soloman Deksisa won the 15th edition of Mumbai Marathon with a time of two hours, nine minutes and 33 seconds. Around 44,407 runners participated in the Mumbai Marathon.
ii. India’s Gopi Thonakal won the Indian Men’s Elite category. Amane Gobena won the top spot in the International Women’s Elite Category.
About stadiums in Maharashtra:
♦ Aurangabad District Cricket Association Stadium – Aurangabad
♦ Dadaji Kondadev Stadium – Thane
♦ Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium – Pune
Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett passes away
On 17th January 2018, Roy Bennett, Zimbabwean opposition leader, was killed in a helicopter accident, in New Mexico, US.
Death of Roy Bennett:
i. Five people including Roy Bennett’s wife Heather were killed in the accident. One person survived with injuries.
ii. Roy Bennett was 60 years old. He was the treasurer-general of the Morgan Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change opposition party.
iii. Earlier he fled Zimbabwe after receiving death threats. He returned to Zimbabwe in 2009 when he was made deputy agriculture minister.
About Roy Bennett:
♦ Positions held – Member of the Senate of Zimbabwe, Member of the House of Assembly of Zimbabwe for the seat of Chimanimani
♦ Political Party – Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai