The Daily Brief – 16th September 2017

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  • Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis has launched “Maharashtra Mission 1 Milllion” initiative under which over 10 lakh students across the state will play football. This initiative was launched in an attempt to support the FIFA U17 World Cup.
  • India and Japan have signed a MoU to set up India Japan Act East Forum to enhance connectivity and promote developmental projects in Northeast India.
  • The advanced towed artillery gun system (ATAGS) has set a world record in terms of range by hitting targets at a distance of 48 km during trial firings at Pokhran, Rajasthan. ATAGS is fully indigenously developed by DRDO and private sector consortium consisting of Bharat Forge Limited of Kalyani Group, Tata Power Strategic Engineering Division and Mahindra Defence Naval System along with Ordnance Factory Board.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind launched a nationwide sanitation campaign “Swachhta hi Seva” (Cleanliness is Service) at Ishwariganj village in Kanpur.
  • 16th September was observed as the International Day for Preservation of Ozone Layer, also known as World Ozone Day. The theme for this year was “Caring for all life under the sun”. The day was designated by the UN General Assembly in 1994 and commemorates the date in 1987 on which Montreal Protocol was signed on substances that deplete the ozone layer.
  • The Indian Air Force successfully conducted developmental trials of indigenously developed Astra beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) over the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chandipur in Odisha.
  • The International Space Station (ISS) has revealed that micorscopic organism bacteria “shapeshift” in space to counteract any harm to itself. ISS had noticed that bacteria when treated with a common antibiotic was changing its shape to survive in near-zero gravity environments. This may pose a serious threat to astronauts who are getting treated for infections.

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