[PIN-Sept] Part 3/3: Defense, Dead and Places in News

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Defense in news

only those in news for Sep-2014. For the bigger list, check earlier article under [PIN-2014] click me.

Navy / coast guard related
Hovercraft H-196
  • For Indian Coast Guard. made in UK
  • For Karnataka coastline Surveillance, rescue-ops.
INS sumitra
  • new generation Naval Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV)- largest so far.
  • Three other OPV are: – INS Saryu, INS Sunayna and INS Sumedha
  • Mfg. by Goa Shipyard
INS KolkataBrahMos missile has been commissioned in INS Kolkata
AbhirajCoast guard ship, fast patrolling on eastern coast. By Cochin shipyard.
Boeing P8I
  • a long range navy petrol aircraft
  • Can also destroy submarines
  • India purchased total 8, Boeing delivered 5 so far.
VarunastraAdvanced torpedo for Navy, by DRDO
MareechAnti-torpedo decoy, by DRDO
Stealth vesselDRDO developing technology- so that all future Indian navy vessels are hard to detect in radar and IR-scans.


Army and Airforce
Exercise Yudh Abhyas 2014
  • Indo-US defence cooperation, 10th such exercise.
  • in the foothills of Himalayas of Chaubattia in Uttarakhand (September 2014)
  • By India’s Garud division and US army.
  • Solid rocket propellant system
  • Range above 700 kms
  • Tested from Wheeler’s Island, off the Odisha Coast.
Aircraft Dakota
  • Transported troops during 71’s war to liberate Bangladesh.
  • IAF handed it over to Banglesh Airforce.


KopparthiDRDO setting up electronic warfare project laboratory here, in Kadapa district, Andhra Pradesh
GandhinagarAsia’s 1st ballastic research centre in Gujarat Forensic univ, Gandhinagar

DIN: Dead in News

Hardly anyone asks questions from this except Combined Defense services (CDS)

Anandiji DossaCricket statistician
  • Served as MLA and MP from Gorakhpur.
  • former chief priest of Gorakhpur’s famous Gorakhnath temple
  • Guru of Yogi Adityanath.
BapuTelugu cartoonist Sattiraju Lakshmi Narayana
Bhagat Singh
  • Born 28th September (107th anniversary in 2014)
  • Died 23rd March 1931.
Bipan ChandraFamous Indian historian
Chakali IlammaFought for Telangana Peasants’ Armed Struggle. Juntaa wants her statue built.
Fiiroza Begum
  • Born in Kolkata, then shifted to Bangladesh
  • Singer, worked with Poet Nazrul Islam and HMV.
George Robert Canningknown as Lord Harris, had been the Governor of Bombay from 1890. British official helped popularise cricket in India
Googlam VahanvatiAttorney General in UPA-2
K.UdaykumarVolleyball player in Seoul Olympics ’86.
Kirit JoshiEducationist, advisor to Gujarat CM, disciple of Aurbindo.
M.S. Subbulakshmi
  • Carnatic music singer
  • 60s: performed in UN
Parkash KaurYoungest sister of Bhagat Singh. Died in Canada.
U.R.Anantha Murthy
  • Kannada Literature
  • Worked for Navya movement in Kannada language
U.SrinivasFamous Mandolin player in Carnatic music.

Places in News

AhmedabadHriday Kunj, Sabarmati Ashram.  Mahatma Gandhi’s residence from 1917 to 1930. Modi and President Xi met here.
  • Kakinada port- once famous for rice-maize export to Africa.
  • Government announced crop loan waiver to farmers.
AntarcticRoss sea in news because giant squid found ~350 kg
AustraliaCairns: G20 finance ministers meeting.
BengalChintamani Kar Bird sanctury at Baruipur.
ChinaXinjiang: clashes between Uighur muslims vs. outsider  “han” Chinese.
  • Chitrakoot waterfalls, Tiratgarh waterfalls, Kangar Valley National Park, Shabari Emporium, Danteswari Devi temple.
  • Government has decided to impose a cess on purchase of every packet of cigarette and each bottle of liquor.
  • Will host Post Gaza war talks between Israel and Palestine.
  • Google street view surveying pyramids of Giza.
  • Other famous places: pyramids of Saqqara, Saladin’s citadel, and the ancient city of Abu Mena
  • Hannover Messe fair (April 2015). Modi likely to attend.
  • Amphipolis: archeologists trying to unearth Alexander the Great’s tomb. But other experts believe time waste exercise, because he was buried in Egypt.
  • Yazidis: Kurdish-speaking minority in Iraq. Their religion similar to Hinduism. They worship Melek Tawwus, or the Peacock Angel. ISIS terrorists are murdering them.
  • Kappatagudda Jungle area: Environment activists want a wildlife sanctuary here but Government dropped the plan.
  • Banglore: Modi will do cleaning on 2nd Oct
  • Vedavati river: MNREGA funds allotted for its rejuvenation.
  • Niddodi- thermal power project.
  • Meenmutty waterfalls, the second largest in the State.
  • Kovalam beach near Thiruvanthampuram. Famous for tourism but juntaa declining due to uncertainty over Desi liquor policy.
Madhya Pradesh
  • Singrauli: will be developed as Energy city, says Shivraj.
  • Mhow: Dr.Ambedkar born here. CM Shivraj wants a national memorial here.
  • Indore: global investors summit from October 9. Modi will launch.
MaharashtraVVPAT will be used for the first time in their state assembly election.
  • 2012: ethnic clashes between Rohingya muslims and Rakhine Buddhists.
  • 2014: Government gave citizenship to a few hundred of those muslims.
  • Government will also setup Rakhine SEZ.
PunjabWorld bank rated their rural water supply scheme as best in India.
Sri Lanka
  • Colombo Port city. Developed with Chinese funds.
Telangana gana
  • Chenchu tribe
  • Hyderabad: its UIDAI office will give the Aadhar card to Andamans and Nicobar islands.
  • Madurai: first in South India to have bone-marrow transplantation facility.
  • ‘Malayalis’ tribes in Sivaganga region. PIL filed for their backwardness.
  • Self-rule to Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
  • Paracel islands / Nasha islands:  China and Vietnam have dispute over this.
  • Cu Chi tunnels- near Ho chi minh city. Used as bunkers during vietnam war.
  • Pranab visited during September


Hurricane OdileMexico- Southern region, Baja-California peninsula
Mt. LokonVolcanic eruption. Indonesia
Mt. OntakeVolcanic eruption. Japan
Tropical Storm Fung-WongPhilippines
Typhoon KalmaegiPhilippines and Southern China


Chennai central
  • first railway station in India to get Wi-Fi connectivity for passengers.
  • Free browsing for the first 30 minutes.
  • 1881: Toy train started by Sir Eden-the Lt.Governor of Bengal
  • 2011: Darjeeling Himalayan railway got UNESCO heritage state.
  • Now NHAI and W.Bengal PWD doing repair work.
HyderabadNiz: Mascot of Hyderabad Metro
  • Metro rail project launched 2014
  • Phase 1 will complete in 2016


Aalishan PakistanExpo-in Delhi, for Paki cloths
KRITI Exhibition- 2014Delhi. Part of International Literacy Day-2014 celebrations (sep w1)

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13 Comments on “[PIN-Sept] Part 3/3: Defense, Dead and Places in News”

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    2. Inner Line Permit is an official travel document issued by the Government of India to allow inward travel of an Indian citizen into a protected/restricted area for a limited period. It is mainly used to enter arunachal pradesh .

  1. Spell check – ” Googlam instead of goolam.” was it intentional? ☺

    1. Dear abhishek, one can’t help but type “g” after double “o”s as in google..it has gotten inside our genes now.

  2. How relevant or important is the topic of PSUs from the MAINS exam point of view ?
    Reason fornda/ this query was that in recent news (2 months old), seven PSUs were listed as loss making + 4 PSUs shut-down + disinvestment process as NDA/BJP is in power !!
    I’d appreciate if Mrunal ji reply to that ..others are most welcome.

  3. is dere smone who z gonna face tech.assist. exam of ISRO? Plz reply, i need sm help…

    1. I’ve passed class 12th can i participate……………………i am very poor………….i need a job!

    2. Yeah I have this exam on coming 12.

  4. FYI-
    M S Subbulakshmi passed away in 2004, In news because of GOI commemorated her with a postage stamp. (Already covered).

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