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Ministry to launch national physical fitness programme
Injeti Srinivas, the secretary of the Union Sports Ministry and Director General of the Sports Authority of India (SAI), announced the impending launch of a national physical fitness programme at the inauguration of the Manav Rachna Sports Science Centre here on Monday (13.02.2017).

MIAL wins bid for Navi Mumbai airport
The GVK-led Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL), which owns and operates the existing city airport, has won the bid to construct and operate the Navi Mumbai airport, ending a wait of over 15 years. The City & Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd (CIDCO), which had invited financial bids for the Navi Mumbai International Airport (NMIA) to select a joint venture partner, said the final decision on awarding the project will be taken by the State Cabinet. “The letter of award will be issued to the selected concessioner after the approval of the State Cabinet shortly,” CIDCO said in a statement. The formal announcement declaring MIAL as the winner is awaited.

Anil Ambani firm to service over 100 U.S. Navy ships
Anil Ambani group's Reliance Defence and Engineering has inked a major contract with the U.S. Navy to provide repair and alteration services for ships of the Seventh Fleet. This would be the first instance of an Indian company, either public or private, providing logistical support to the U.S. military within Indian territory. On Monday, the Anil Ambani group firm announced that Reliance Infrastructure (RInfra)-led Reliance Defence and Engineering (RDEL) had signed a Master Ship Repair Agreement (MSRA) with the U.S. Navy to maintain the vessels of its Seventh Fleet involving 100 vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.

Grammy winning singer Al Jarreau dead
Grammy-winning vocalist Al Jarreau, known for his work in pop, R&B and jazz, died here. He was 76. He passed away on February 12. His death was announced by his manager Joe Gordon, who said that Jarreau had been hospitalised for exhaustion two weeks ago.Although he made his initial mark in the jazz world, Jarreau’s style and his audiences crossed stylistic barriers. His music incorporated elements of pop, soul, gospel, Latin and other genres. He won six Grammys across three different categories: jazz, pop and R&B. He was also among the performers on a Grammy-winning children’s album In Harmony: A Sesame Street Record .

NASA selects 3 landing sites for Mars mission
NASA scientists have shortlisted three potential landing sites for the upcoming Mars rover mission that is set to launch in 2020.

Karnataka amends law to allow kambala
Paving the way for the conduct of kambala, traditional buffalo race, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly on Monday passed the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Karnataka Amendment) Bill, 2017.The Bill seeks to exempt kambala and bullock-cart racing from the ambit of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (PCA) Act, 1960. Kambala is currently stayed by the High Court following a petition by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

J&K govt launches e-Prison project
The Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday launched the e-Prison project to enumerate jail inmates in the State, where numbers of detainees keep swelling during unrest.State Minister for Information Technology Molvi Imran Raza Ansari, who inaugurated the project in Jammu, said, “The information about jail inmates is currently being maintained manually. To avoid delays in processing the information and manage all the jails efficiently, the automation of prison department has been started.”

Hindu population dwindling: Rijiju
Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said on Monday that Hindu population was decreasing as “Hindus never convert people” and “minorities in India were flourishing unlike some other countries around.” As per the census data, India now has 966.3 million Hindus who make up 79.8 per cent of its population, and 172.2 million Muslims who make up 14.23% of its population. Christians make up 2.3 per cent of the population and Sikhs 2.16%.

Photo of the year - 2017
Death of an Ambassador:Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici (inset) won the 2017 World Press Photo competition on Monday for his image of a gun-wielding off-duty Turkish policeman who had shot and killed Russia’s Ambassador Andrei Karlov on December 19 last year.

Sharath Version 2.0 is ready to roll
Sharath Kamal Version 2.0 is here. Wiser, stronger and more confident of breaking into the world’s top-30 rankings, the country’s most successful table tennis player is optimistic, with a reason, to make 2017 a breakthrough year.Upbeat after winning the seventh National championship this month, Sharath is eager to strike it rich in the upcoming $150,000 Seamaster ITTF World Tour India Open beginning here on Tuesday.

Courtesy: The Hindu e-paper

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