10 July 2015 Current Affairs

Indigenously Built Aakash Missile Inducted In IAF

The indigenously-developed supersonic surface-to-air missile “Aakash” was formally inducted in the Indian Air Force (IAF). The Akash missile was inducted by Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar at a function held at Maharajpur Airbase in Gwalior after he handed over the symbolic key of Akash defence system (ADS) to Air chief Marshal Arup Raha. It was inducted in Army in May 2015. Aakash, which was already with the Indian Army, has now been inducted in the Indian Air Force. It is a potent supersonic mobile multi-target point, multi-directional missile, capable to engage multiple air targets simultaneously using sophisticated multi-function phased array radars. Capabile to neutralise aerial targets like cruise missiles, fighter jets and air-to-surface missiles with strike range of 25km.

Legendary Egyptian Actor Omar Sharif Died

Legendary Egyptian actor Omar Sharif was died on 10 July in Cairo. He was 83. He was best known for his roles in classic films Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and Doctor Zhivago (1965). Sharif was born as Michel Shalhoub on 10 April 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to a to a Melkite Greek Catholic family. He made his screen debut in the 1954 for an Egyptian film named Siraa Fil-Wadi (The Blazing Sun). Since then he had appeared in more than 70 films and multiple television series. In 1962, he appeared in Lawrence of Arabia as Sherif Ali which was directed by David Lean. He had won three Golden Globe Awards (1962, 1963, 1965), Cesar Award (French equivalent of the Oscar) in 2004 and was nominated for an Academy Award. UNESCO’s Sergei Eisenstein Medal (2005) for his significant contributions to world film and cultural diversity.

India Accorded Full Membership of SCO at Ufa Summit 2015

India has been accorded full accorded the full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) at its Ufa summit held in Russia. Technically, India will become the member of SCO by 2016 after completion of certain procedures. This membership will help India to work with the 6 members grouping to enhance connectivity, combat terror and create an environment for boosting trade by easing barriers.

ISRO successfully Launched Five UK satellites into Space

ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) C-28 has successfully put five satellites of United Kingdom into designated orbits. They were successfully put designated into orbit after its lift off from first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta, Andhra Pradesh. These satellites are three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites and two auxiliary satellites, viz., CBNT-1 and De-OrbitSail.


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