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Union govt approves proposal for Guwahati metro

The Union government has approved the proposal for the Guwahati metro rail proposal. The Centre has sanctioned Rs. 25 crore for performing feasibility studies for the proposed project. The project, to be carried out in three phases and covering a total distance of 65 km, is estimated to cost Rs.14,000 crore.

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Veteran actor Pran passed away

PranLegendary Bollywood actor and Dadasaheb Phalake Award winner Pran Krishan Sikand (83), popularly known as Pran, passed away.

About Pran Krishan Sikand:

Born: February 12, 1920 in Ballimaran, Kotgarh Old Delhi,  into a wealthy Punjabi family. He won his first role in Dalsukh M. Pancholi’s Punjabi film Yamla Jat (1940).

  • Did hits such as as Half Ticket , Ram aur Shyam , Zanjeer ,Johny Mera Naam and Karz.
  • Played roles in more than 350 films from 1942 – 2007 and was popular as a movie villain and character actor in Hindi cinema.
  • Won the Filmfare Best Supporting Actor Award in 1967, 1969 and 1972.
  • Honored with the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997.
  • Awarded as the ‘Villain of the Millennium’ by Stardust in 2000.
  • The Government of India conferred on him the Padma Bhushan in 2001 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2013 for his contributions towards Indian cinema.

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In News: Solar Impulse

Screenshot_1Solar Impulse has been in news recently for completing a transcontinental trip across the US, despite a rip in the fabric of one wing.

Solar Impulse is a Swiss long-range solar powered aircraft project developed at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The aircraft took off from Mountain View, California on May 3, 2013 and took a coast-to-coast journey across the domestic United States before touching down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on July 6, 2013.

Who were the pilots for Solar Impulse?

Swiss pilot Andre Borschberg and fellow pilot Bertrand Piccard piloted the aircraft. The men had taken turns flying the spindly, long-winged plane across the country.

Features of Solar Impulse:
  • Powered by 12,000 solar cells
  • Flies in the dark by reaching high altitudes during the day and gliding downward over long distances by night
  • Uses no fossil fuels
  • Flying speed of around 70 kilometers per hour
  • Runs on 4 electric propellers powered by solar cells mounted on the plane’s 63-meter wingspan
Drawbacks of Solar Impulse:
  • Tiny cockpit
  • Vulnerability to turbulence
  • Lack of a toilet
Future Plans for Solar Impulse:

The current aircraft model, the HB-SIA, is soon to be phased out as the Swiss team prepares test flights in 2014 of the second-generation aircraft, the HB-SIB. The next plane is expected to be 10% larger, with more power, reliability, an auto-pilot function and a toilet so that pilots can make the four to six-day long trips that will be part of its journey across the world in 2015.

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