‘Soura Jalanidhi’ scheme launched in Odisha for solar energy farm irrigation

  • Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has launched the Soura Jalanidhi scheme which aims to increase use of solar energy for helping farmers in irrigating their land.
  • The scheme uses a solar pump irrigation system from dug wells.
  • Under the scheme, 5,000 solar pumps will be given to Odisha farmers at a subsidy of 90 percent to irrigate 2,500 acres of land.

India conducts successful night trial of nuclear-capable Agni-I missile

  • India successfully conducted a night trial of the indigenously developed nuclear-capable Agni-I ballistic missile off.
  • The surface-to-surface missile test was test-fired as part of a user-trial from the Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast.

Odisha’s Jharsuguda Airport to be renamed ‘Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda’

  • The Union Cabinet has approved the renaming of Jharsuguda Airport, Odisha, to “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.
  • Veer Surendra Sai was a freedom fighter from Odisha.

Senior IPS officer S S Deswal appointed ITBP chief

  • Senior IPS officer S S Deswal has been appointed the Director General of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
  • He took charge from Shri R K Pachnanda, the outgoing DG of ITBP.
  • Deswal will hold the additional charge of the post of DG, Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB).

Pankaj Advani becomes first Indian to win Asian Snooker Tour title

  • Pankaj Advani has become the first Indian to win the Asian Snooker Tour title.
  • Nineteen-time world champion Advani won the second leg of the Asian Snooker Tour in Jinan, China.
  • He beat China’s Ju Reti 6-1 in the final to claim the crown.

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