In-flight engine relight test of HANSA-NG
⇒ HANSA-NG 2-seater flying trainer Aircraft, has successfully completed in-flight engine relight test at DRDO’s Aeronautical Test Range (ATR) facility, Challakere on 17 May 2022.
- The HANSA-NG Aircraft is Design & Developed by CSIR-NAL.
Flight test was carried out at an altitude of 7000-8000 feet with the speed range of 60 to 70 knots. In-flight engine relight capability of the aircraft was demonstrated with wind milling propeller and starter assisted start.
The aircraft handling characteristics & flight parameters were found to be normal during these test flights.
Maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile
⇒ Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Navy successfully conducted maiden flight-test of indigenously-developed Naval Anti-Ship Missile launched from a Naval Helicopter from Integrated Test Range, Chandipur off the coast of Odisha on May 18, 2022. The mission met all its objectives.
- It is the first indigenous air launched anti-ship missile system for the Indian Navy.
- The missile employed many new technologies, including an indigenously developed launcher for the helicopter.
- The missile guidance system includes state-of-the-art navigation system and integrated avionics.
41st edition of Hunar Haat
⇒ The 41st edition of Hunar Haat, an effective campaign of “Acclamation to Art” and “Splendour to Skill”, was organised in Agra, Uttar Pradesh from May 18 to 29, 2022.
The Hunar Haat, the “Kumbh of Kaushal Kuber”, was formally inaugurated by Union Minister for Minority Affairs Shri Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, UP Deputy Chief Minister Shri Brajesh Pathak and Union MoS for Law and Justice Prof S P Singh Baghel on 19 May 2022.
More than 800 artisans and craftsmen from 32 States and Union Territories of the country participated in this 12-day “Hunar Haat”, organised at Shilpgram, Tajganj in Agra.
» “Hunar Haat” is playing a pivotal role in “Preservation, Protection, Promotion” of centuries old rich legacy of art and craft of the country. It is working towards preserving and strengthening India’s culture, religion, spirituality, art, music and literature.
National Emergency Life Support (NELS) Courses
⇒ Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar launched National Emergency Life Support (NELS) courses for doctors, nurses and paramedics on 18 May 2022.
Apart from the training modules, the program also includes developing training infrastructure in all States/UTs to implement the NELS course and creating a cadre of trainers to train doctors, nurses and paramedics working in emergency departments of the hospitals and ambulance services.
NELS course is comprehensive and deals with the management of medical emergencies, surgical emergencies, cardiac emergencies, respiratory emergencies including ventilator management protocol for COVID-19 and other disease, trauma-related emergencies, obstetric emergencies, paediatric emergencies, Snake bites, poisoning etc.
Activities under NELS include:
- Developing emergency life support training modules for doctors, nurses and paramedics after experts’ consultations and based on the Indian context;
- Setting up and equipping skill centres in medical colleges under Center/States to impart skill-based training on emergency life support;
- For all categories of health functionaries, 120 skills centres to be established under SFC (FY: 2021-26). Out of which 90 skill centres are in various stage of development.
Academy Awards 2023
⇒ The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC on 13 May 2022 announced the 95th edition of the Academy Awards (Oscars) will take place on March 12, 2023.
The annual award ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre at Ovation Hollywood and will air live on ABC in more than 200 territories around the world.
Virtual meeting between Prime Minister of India & Prime Minister of Cambodia
⇒ Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi held a virtual meeting with Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of Cambodia on 18 May 2022.
- The two leaders held discussions on the entire range of bilateral issues, including cooperation in the fields of trade and investment, human resource development, defence and security, development cooperation, connectivity, post-pandemic economic recovery and people-to-people ties.
- The leaders reviewed the robust development partnership between both countries, including capacity building programmes and Quick Impact Projects under the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation framework.
- Prime Minister Modi highlighted the historical and civilizational links between the two countries.
- Prime Minister Modi also expressed his happiness at India’s involvement in restoration of Angkor Wat and Preah Vihear temples in Cambodia, which depict the cultural and linguistic connect between the two countries.
» Prime Minister Modi congratulated Cambodia on assuming the Chairmanship of ASEAN and assured India’s full support and assistance to Cambodia for the success of its Chairmanship.
First Indian layman to be declared saint by Pope
⇒ Devasahayam Pillai, who embraced Christianity in the 18th century, was declared a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican, becoming the first Indian layman to be canonised.
Devasahayam was recommended for the process of Beatification by the Vatican in 2004, at the request of the Kottar diocese, Tamil Nadu Bishops’ Council and the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India.
Pope Francis canonised Blessed Devasahayam Pillai along with nine others during a Canonisation Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.