Live: Agni-5 to be ready for induction by 2015

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 07, 2014 09:23 hrs

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Agni-5 to be ready for induction by 2015

The Agni-5 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has a strike range of more than 5,500 km, is expected to be ready for induction into the armed forces by next year after completion of development trials, DRDO chief Avinash Chander said today.

The head of the defence research agency also said that sea trials of the indigenously built nuclear submarine INS Arihant would begin in the next "one or two months" and the under-water missile BO-5 would be fired from it during that process.

Addressing a press conference at the Defexpo-2014, Chander said the Agni-5 ballistic missile is expected to be ready for induction by the next year.

"It will take two-three more trials for the completion of the development trials. These trials are expected be completed within one year. We are going to do the trials from canisters this year. After few trials it will be ready for induction," he said.

The three stages, solid propellant missile has already been test-fired twice from a mobile launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) and have been highly successful.

The indigenously developed missile Agni-V is capable of striking a range of more than 5000 km. It is about 17 meter long and 2 metres wide with launch weight of around 50 tonnes.

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SC refuses to stay tabling of Telangana bill in Parliament.

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MP govt to light up Naxal-hit villages with solar energy

Madhya Pradesh government has approved an ambitious plan to provide electricity in 44 Naxal-hit villages of the state with the help of solar energy.

Under the plan, 44 Naxal-affected villages of Balaghat, Shahdol, Umaria, Sidhi and Singrauli districts will be electrified by solar energy with an investment of Rs 37.62 crore, official said today.

The plan was approved at a meeting chaired by state Energy Minister and New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation Chairman Rajendra Shukla on February 4, they said.

Providing electricity through conventional methods in remote areas, specially which are affected by Naxal activities, is difficult, therefore the government has planned to electrify them through non-conventional methods.

The Centre's Rural Electrification Corporation under Energy Ministry has sanctioned a plan with which the villages which are not electrified or partially electrified can be energised with new and renewable energy sources.

After the approval of the plan, the minister said that the work on the scheme will begin soon.

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After 22 years, Leno bids farewell to 'Tonight'

Jay Leno has said goodbye to "The Tonight Show" before, but not like this. The comedian became tearful and choked up Thursday as he concluded what he called the "greatest 22 years of my life."

"I am the luckiest guy in the world. This is tricky," said the emotional Leno, stepping down for the second and presumably last time as host of TV's venerable late-night program. Jimmy Fallon takes over "Tonight" in New York on Feb. 17.

Leno shared that he'd lost his mother the first year he became "Tonight" host, his dad the second and then his brother.

"And after that I was pretty much out of family. And the folks here became my family," he said of the crew and staff of "Tonight."

It was a tender finish to a farewell show that was mostly aiming for laughs, with traditional monologue jokes, clips from old shows and a wild assortment of celebrities helping to see Leno off.

Leno first departure came in 2009, when he was briefly replaced by Conan O'Brien but reclaimed the show after a messy transition and O'Brien's lackluster ratings. In '09, he was moving to a prime-time show on NBC; this time he's out the door, and has said he'll focus on comedy clubs and his beloved car collection.

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Make health camps a regular affair, suggests official

The health check up camps in villages should not be just a one-day affair, but should be a regular follow-up for the people, a senior official has said.

Inaugurating a one-day All Womens' health check up camp at Alimghar village in Bhiwandi taluka of the district today, Deputy Director of Health Services Konkan division, Dr Sanjiv Kamble said such camps will help in taking care of the health of women and check their ailments.

He asked the medical team not to keep the camp confined to just one day, but keep a constant follow up of the success of the camp and the status of those found ill.

"We want total success and satisfaction from such camps. This camp being held in Alimghar should be a model one to be followed by other villages in the district," he said.

Hundreds of village women, old and young, visited the camp today for a health check-up.

Village sarpanch Urmilla Patil, who took the initiative for the camp, expressed happiness over the first such camp being organised in her village.

The other villages will take lessons from this camp and follow suit, she said.

Guidance regarding problems for women like menarche, menopause, cancer, anaemia, leucorrhoea etc and general health care advice were being given to the village women by renowned gynaecologists from Thane and surrounding areas, Alimghar health centre's medical officer Dr Avinash Bhagwat told reporters.

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PIO hedge fund manager found guilty on insider trading charges

Indian-origin hedge fund portfolio manager Mathew Martoma has been found guilty by a jury here for his role in the most lucrative insider trading schemein the US history totalling USD 275 million involving secret informations about clinical trials for an Alzheimer's drug.

Martoma, 39, was yesterday convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and two counts of securities fraud by the jury of seven women and five men after two days of deliberations in the trial that lasted four weeks.

The maximum prison sentence on all the three counts is 45 years but Martoma could be given alesser prison time under federal sentencing guidelines.

The former portfolio manager of CR Intrinsic Investors, a division of SAC Capital, also faces a fine of over USD five million on the charges.

Martoma, wearing a dark suit and blue tie, sat expressionless next to his lawyer as the verdict was read out.

His wife Rosemary, sitting behind him inthe courtroom, cried with her hands clasped together on hearing the verdict.

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Heavy snowfall closes Himachal roads

Highways and roads in many parts of Himachal Pradesh were blocked after moderate to heavy snowfall since early Friday, officials said.

The picturesque tourist resort Manali, Manikaran, known for a Sikh shrine, and Banjar area in Kullu district have been cut off after snow piled on roads, an official here told IANS.

Connectivity on the Kullu-Manali national highway was snapped at Kullu, some 40 km before Manali, which also experienced snow.

Most of the internal roads in Kinnaur district are cut off due to snow, he said.

Even traffic bound for towns in Shimla district such as Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kharapathar and Chopal has been hampered.

According to the weather office here, heavy snow and rain will continue till Saturday.

Tourist destination Narkanda experienced snowfall while rain lashed Shimla, which recorded a low of 4.2 degrees Celsius.

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US implies Russia behind tapping of diplomatic talks

The US implied Thursday that Russia was behind a tapping and posting online of private talks between American diplomats on US strategy for a political transition in Ukraine.

"Since the video was first noted and tweeted out by the Russian government, I think it says something about Russia's role," Xinhua quoted White House spokesperson Jay Carney as saying at a daily news briefing.

In what was described as candid phone conversation between Victoria Nuland, US assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs, and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt that was posted on YouTube, the pair talked about a political deal to end the months-long standoff between the Ukrainian government and the opposition.

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 A special meeting of the Union Cabinet is being held today for considering the Telangana bill amid expectations that it will be brought in Parliament next week.

The decision for convening a Cabinet meeting on Telangana was taken after a meeting of the Group of Ministers on the vexed issue.

The GoM deliberated on various issues concerning bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh.

The ministerial panel is believed to have discussed the demands of the Union Ministers from Seemandhra which include making Hyderabad a Union Territory for a limited period and incorporating Bhadrachalam sub-division with residuary Andhra Pradesh.

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