17-year-old Pune swimmer double crosses Bangla Channel, sets world record
Sampanna Ramesh Shelar, a 17-year-old swimmer from Pune has set a world record to double cross the Bangla Channel.
Record Set by Sampanna Ramesh Shelar:
i. Water stretch from Saint Martin’s Island Jetty to Teknaf in Bangladesh is known as the Bangla Channel.
ii. Sampanna Ramesh Shelar has become the first person to double cross (swim to and fro) the Bangla Channel.
iii. Sampanna Ramesh Shelar accomplished this feat on April 13, 2018 by completing the journey of 32.2 kilometers in 9 hours and 10 minutes.
BOOKS & AUTHORS
President of India Receives first copy of book ‘Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Vyakti Nahin Sankalp’
On 14th April 2018, President Ram Nath Kovind received the first copy of the book ‘Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Vyakti Nahin Sankalp’ from Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who formally released it at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi.
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar: Vyakti Nahin Sankalp:
i. Ram Nath Kovind said that, the book was a slim volume but covered the inspiring life of Dr Ambedkar and several dimensions of his ideas and personality.
ii. It also referenced how Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been inspired by the life and message of Dr Ambedkar.
Some important museums in India:
♦ Archaeological Museum, Thrissur – Thrissur, Kerala
♦ Vaidyaratnam Ayurveda Museum – Thrissur, Kerala
♦ Indian Business Museum – Kozhikode, Kerala
South Western Command celebrates 14th Raising Day – April 15
On 15th April 2018, South Western Command celebrated its 14th Raising Day.
14th Raising Day of South Western Command:
i. Tributes were paid to martyrs of Indian Army at a ceremony at ‘Prerna Sthal’ in Jaipur, Rajasthan, on the 14th raising day of South Western Army Command.
ii. Lt Gen Vijay Singh, chief of staff, South Western Command and other officers paid tributes. He said that, South Western Command is the seventh and the youngest command of the Indian Army.
iii. It was formed on 15th April 14 years ago. It is named as the Sapta Shakti. Its motto is Forever Victorious.
iv. Apart from performing its primary functions like operational preparedness, the command has also contributed to environmental protection, national integration, welfare of veterans, women and disabled soldiers, Mukhyamantri Jal Swablamban Abhiyan (MJSA) etc.
About Indian Army:
♦ Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) – General Bipin Rawat
♦ Headquarters – New Delhi