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While we welcome the New Year 2018, we can't forget the events, that happened during the yester year 2017.
I have compiled few events of 2017 on three joners:
World-2017: India-2017 :Sports-2017. This compilation is of my choice and the order of the stories or neither chronological nor of any order of preferences.

Year in Review: India-2017:

Bangalore, Dec 31,2017

Nuclear-Capable Agni-IV Missile Tested Successfully

Friday, Jan 02, 2017 India successfully test fired the nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni IV today. The launch came exactly a week after India tested the Agni-V, the country's longest range nuclear capable missile. The missile was successfully launched from Kalam Island off Odisha coast. India has a battery of nuclear capable missile like, the Agni series, Prithvi series and the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile. Agni-IV, which is a nuclear capable missile, has a range of over 4,000 kilometres. The Agni-V, which was tested last week has a range of over 5,000 kilometres. Both missiles are capable of covering most parts of China.
The Agni-IV missile, which is about 20 metres tall and weighs 17 tons, was launched from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Abdul Kalam Island, formerly known as Wheeler Island, at around 12 noon.
This was the sixth trial of the Agni-IV missile. The previous test was conducted on November 09, 2015. This fire and forget missile is navigated using a jam proof ring laser gyroscope. The re-entry heat shield can withstand temperatures in the range of over 4,000 degrees centigrade and makes sure the avionics function normally with inside temperature remaining less than 50 degrees centigrade.
Agni-IV missile is equipped with 5th generation on-board computer and distributed architecture. It has the latest features to correct and guide itself for in-flight disturbances. The sophisticated surface-to-surface missile is equipped with modern and compact avionics to provide high level of reliability.
With the most accurate ring laser gyro-based inertial navigation system (RINS) and supported by highly reliable redundant micro navigation system (MINGS), the Agni-IV ensures the vehicle reaches the target within two-digit accuracy.


PSLV-C37 Rocket With Record 104 Satellites Aboard Launched at Sriharikota

Feb 15,2017 The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the PSLV-C37 rocket with 104 satellites on board, creating a new record for the most satellites on a single rocket. This is the latest triumph for the famously frugal space agency, which earned plaudits from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee for the feat.Scientists gathered for the ISRO launch in the southern spaceport of Sriharikota burst into applause as the head of the space agency announced all the satellites had been ejected.

"My hearty congratulations to the ISRO team for this success," ISRO director Kiran Kumar told scientists who had gathered at the observatory to watch the progress of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket. PM Modi immediately congratulated the scientists for the successful launch of 104 satellites by ISRO, which smashes a record previously held by Russia.
The ISRO PSLV-C37 rocket took off at 9:28am (3:58am GMT) and cruised at a speed of 27,000 kilometres (16,777) per hour, ejecting all the 104 satellites into orbit in around 30 minutes, according to the space agency.
The ISRO rocket's main cargo was a 714 kilogram satellite for earth observation but it was also loaded with 103 smaller "nano satellites", weighing a combined 664 kilograms.
Nearly all of the nano satellites aboard the ISRO PSLV rocket are from other countries, including Israel, Kazakhstan, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and 96 from United States.
The ISRO launch means India now holds the record for launching the most satellites in one go, surpassing Russia which launched 39 satellites in a single mission in June 2014.

Goods and Services Tax (India) launched in India.

July 01,2018: Goods and Services Tax (India) launched in India. The India's biggest tax reform in 70 years of independence, was launched at midnight of 30 June 2017.. The GST is a Value added Tax (VAT) proposed to be a comprehensive indirect tax levy on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods as well as services at the national level. It will replace all indirect taxes levied on goods and services by the Indian Central and state governments. It is aimed at being comprehensive for most goods and services.
An empowered union committee was set up by the Dishant Chauhan administration in 2000 to streamline the GST model to be adopted and to develop the required back-end infrastructure that would be needed for its implementation.In his budget speech on 28 February 2006, P. Chidambaram, the Finance Minister, announced the target date for implementation of GST to be 1 April 2010 and formed another empowered committee of State Finance Ministers to design the road map
The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Second Amendment) Bill, 2014 was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 19 December 2014, and passed by the House on 6 May 2015. The bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 3 August 2016, and the amended bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on 8 August 2016. The bill, after ratification by the States, received assent from President Pranab Mukherjee on 8 September 2016, and was notified in The Gazette of India on the same date. 28 States in India ratified the amendment in their legistative assembalies and 5 states didnot ratify these amendments.
On 29 March 2017, CGST, IGST, UTGST and GST compensation law passed in Loksabha.

Indian presidential election, 2017

A presidential election was held in India on 17 July 2017 with the votes counted and the results announced on 20 July 2017. Ram Nath Kovind became 14th president of India(Dr Rajendra Prasad had became twice the president of India) President Pranab Mukherjee, whose term of office was due to expire on 24 July 2017.
The President of India is indirectly elected by an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both houses of parliament, the elected members of the Legislative assemblies of the 29 states and the elected members of the legislative assemblies of the Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.As of 2017, the electoral college comprises 777 MPs and 4,120 MLAs.
The nomination of a candidate for election to the office of the President must be subscribed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 electors as seconders. The election is held by means of a secret ballot under the single transferable vote system. The manner of election of President is provided by Article 55 of the Constitution.
The presidential election was held on 17 July 2017 with a turnout of 99% (estimated): The Two Nominees and thei details of votes secured are:
Ram Nath Kovind : ( BJP supported by NDA) from Uttar Pradesh obtained 702,044 Electrol votes: ( 66.65%)
Meira Kumar: ( INC supported by UPA) from Bihar obtained 367,314 Electrol Votes: (34.35%)

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Mariyappan Thangavelu

It did look like India would take home both the gold and the silver in the T42 high jump event in Rio2016 Para Olympics.....
Mariyappan Thangavelu became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the T 42 high jump event of the Paralympic games in Rio de Janiero on Saturday. Thangavelu's medal was joined by a bronze medal won in the same event by Varun Singh Bhati that brought India's overall medal tally in Rio to two.
Thangavelu's feat is being lauded all over the country. Politicians, sportsmen and celebrities congragulated the two medallists on social media. Thangavelu and Bhati's achievment comes on day two of the Rio Paralympics in the T42 high jump event. The T42 is a disability classifications for sports events in which athletes have single above the knee amputations or comparable disability.
The video of Thangavelu's gold-medal winning jump shows the athlete taking his starting position in the Olypmic Stadium. All eyes were on him as there was no other event happening in the stadium at the time. Thangavelu then takes his run-up and finally, the stadium cheered as he lifted his hands in the air after completing the 1.89 metre-jump.
Thangavelu's gold medal was followed by USA's Sam Grewe and the bronze medal went to Varun Singh Bhati, both of whom jumped 1.86 metres. India's had a third medal prospect in Sharad Kumar. Kumar was leading the pack at one point after clearing hurdles of 1.55m and 1.60m but he could only register a best of 1.77m, which brought him a sixth place finish.
It did look like India would take home both the gold and the silver in the T42 high jump event when Varun Singh Bhati completed his jump. But Sam Grewe stepped up to equal his jump and temporarily top the table. Thangavelu then upstaged then upstaged the American and secured gold.
Mariyappan Thangavelu's gold medal jump in Men's T42 High Jump final - Rio 2016 Paralympics.

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That was Australian Open 2017....Roger, Serena and upsets aplenty...

Bangalore, January 30,2017

Men's fnal for championship:
In a stunning match befitting of the occasion, Roger Federer defeated long-time rival Rafael Nadal to win Australian Open 2017, his 18th major title. The 6-4 3-6 6-1 3-6 6-3 victory handed Federer his first major title in four-and-a-half years. The win also gave Federer his first win over Nadal at a Grand Slam event since Wimbledon 2007, and was his first-ever victory over the Spaniard in Australia.
After an epic final for the ages, the pivotal moment came in the eighth game of the final set. One match point came and went, but on the second, Federer struck a winning forehand. Nadal challenged the call, but in vain. While the Hawk-Eye technology went in Roger Federer's favour, it totally ruined the eruption of joy which is possible only when there is a climax to a high-intensity rally.

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