News Feed 23-July ‘2016

IAF plane vanishes over Bay of Bengal

  • AN-32, one of the transport aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal.
  • According to Air Force officials, the aircraft had taken off from the Tambaram Air Force base with 29 persons on board, including its crew, was due to land at Port Blair at INS Utkrosh naval air station in Port Blair.
  • “An IAF AN-32 aircraft travelling from Chennai to Port Blair on a courier flight with service personnel was scheduled to arrive at Port Blair at 1130 hrs,” defence officials said.
  • The distance between Chennai and Port Blair is about 750 nautical miles or 1,200 km.
  • The 29 personnel on board comprise six crew (three officers, 2 airmen and one technician), 11 Air Force personnel, two other ranks from the Army, Nine Navy personnel, of which eight are Navy civilians and one Personnel Below Officer Rank (POBR) and one from the Coast Guard.
  • The ongoing Search and Rescue (SAR) has been further expanded. The Navy has now pressed 12 ships, two P-8I long range patrol aircraft and two Dornier aircraft for Full SAR efforts.


German-Iranian gunman kills nine in Munich, then himself

  • Nine people are feared dead after an 18 year old German-Iranian open fired in a busy shopping mall in Munich. This was the third attack on civilians on Western Europe in eight days.
  • The attacker has been identified by Munich Police as a dual national from Munich. He was found dead of a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound later.
  • Chancellor Angela Merkel is due to meet her chief of staff, Peter Altmaier, and Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere and a host of intelligence officials on Saturday to review the incident.
  • There was no known motive for the shooting in Germany’s third largest city, which went into lockdown with transportation halted and highways sealed off right away after the attack.
  • S. intelligence officials, speaking on state of anonymity, said preliminary reports from their German counterparts indicated no clear link between the shooter and Islamic State or other militant groups.
  • It was the third major act of violence against civilians in Europe in eight days. Previous attacks in France and Germany were claimed by Islamic State.
  • There was no direct claim of responsibility but supporters of Islamic State celebrated on social media.

V.Kohli became 1st Indian Captain to score double century overseas.

  • Indian cricket test captain Virat kohli scored his first double century in tests and also became the first Indian captain to score a double century away from home.
  • Kohli’s ton was the 25th time an Indian captain scored a century away from and he became the third captain after Rahul Dravid and Kapil Dev, to do so against West Indies.
  • Kohli overtook Rahul Dravid’s 146 and secured the highest score by an Indian captain in West Indies also overtaking Azharuddin who scored 192 against New Zealand at Auckland in 1990, a test match which eventually ended in a draw.
  • The run machine became fifth Indian captain to score a Test double ton after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar and Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin also got amongst the runs by registering his third Test century (113) against the spineless West Indian bowling attack.
  • Kohli made his international debut in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Dambulla in 2008 and now stands eighth in the list of most international runs scored by an Indian cricketer. He has amassed 7212 runs in 171 ODIs and 1641 runs in 43 T20 matches, along with over 3000 runs in Test cricket.

Facebook takes flight by Aquilla

  • Social media giant Facebook has announced the first full-scale test flight of its Aquila solar-powered high-altitude unmanned aircraft in the attempt to use drones to beam free internet to the nearly four billion people (60 per cent of the global population) from the sky.
  • The flight took place before dawn in Yuma, Arizona, on June 28. Facebook’s original mission was to fly Aquila for 30 minutes but things went quite well and it decided to keep the plane up for nearly 96 minutes.
  • Aquila has a wingspan wider than a Boeing 737 but has to weigh as little as possible to stay up for as long as possible. The body of the plane is made of a carbon fibre composite so the whole thing weighs less than 1,000 pounds or about the same as a grand piano.
  • The drone is designed to be hyper-efficient so it can fly for up to three months at a time. The aircraft has the wingspan of an airliner, but at cruising speed it will consume only 5,000 watts – the same amount the same amount as three hair dryers or a high-end microwave.
  • Takeoff and landing are automatic since no human pilot can land in a exact location as well as software can.
  • One of the most surprising things is how slow the aircraft goes. In order to use the smallest amount of energy, Aquila needs to go as slow as possible. At higher altitudes, where the air is thinner, the craft goes at about 80 mph.
  • “Over the next year we’re going to keep testing Aquila — flying higher and longer, and adding more planes and payloads. It’s all part  of our mission to connect the world and help more of the 4 billion people who are not online access all the opportunities of the internet,” Zuckerberg pointed out.

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