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Indian company IRCON restores Jaffna-Kankasanthurai rail track in Sri Lanka

Indian Railway’s construction company (IRCON) has restored the rail track between Jaffna and Kankasanthurai in North Sri Lanka.

This restored commercial Yal Devi Express service was formally inaugurated by Sri Lanka’s Transport Minister Kumara Welgama.

This 18 kilometer track passes through the high security zone which was freed from the control of Tamil tigers in 2009.

Background

The entire rail line between Colombo and the Northern part of Sri Lanka was destroyed in the late 1980s by the LTTE.

India’s IRCON is playing important role in rebuilding the 252 km railway track on this route. Indian government had provided a line of credit of 800 million dollars for these projects. In 2014, the line upto Jaffna was made operational after it was restored.

Facts about Indian Railway’s construction company (IRCON)

  • It was established in 1976 by Union Government under the Companies Act, 1956. It is wholly owned by the Ministry of Railways. In 1995, it was renamed as IRCON International Limited.
  • Since its establishment, this company had undertaken construction of railway projects in India and abroad especially in difficult terrains.
  • It has completed more than 300 major infrastructure projects in India and over 121 major projects globally in more than 21 countries.

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Indian-origin man J Y Pillay reappointed as top advisor to Singapore President

Veteran Indian-origin civil servant Joseph Yubaraj Manuel Pillay was reappointed as the Chairman of the Presidential Council of Advisers (CPA) by Singapore President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

He was sworn in as top advisor to Singapore’s President for a period of next four years.

As Chairman of the CPA, he will exercise the functions of the President’s office in the absence of President. If he is unavailable, the Speaker of Parliament would act as the head of state.

Presidential Council of Advisers (CPA):  This council was formed in 1992. It advises Singapore’s President in various areas, including safeguarding the past reserves of the Government and key appointments in the public services.

About J Y Pillay

  • He has served in a number of senior civil service positions in Singapore. He was first appointed to the CPA on January 2, 2001 and served its Chairman since September 2, 2005.
  • He is one of the pioneers who helped build the Singapore economy after its separation from Malaysia in 1965. He also had served as Chairman of Singapore Airlines from 1972 until 1976.
  • In 2012, for his public service, Pillay was awarded the Order of Nila Utama (First Class) award- one of Singapore’s most prestigious National Day Awards.

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Former ISRO chief and Renowned Scientist Dr V R Gowarikar passes away

Former ISRO chief and renowned Scientist Dr. Vasant Ranchod Gowarikar passed away in Pune, Maharashtra. He was 81.

He is considered as the ‘Father of the Indian Monsoon Model’.

About Dr. Vasant Gowarikar

  • Dr. Vasant Gowarikar was born in Pune on 25th March, 1933.
  • He was renowned scientist and his significant contribution includes in field of space research, weather and population study and Polymer Chemistry.
  • In 1965, Dr Gowarikar along with Vikram Sarabhai started working on satellite technology in the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research. Both of them played important role in laying foundation stone for India’s space technology and space programmes.
  • He also headed Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). On 17th April 1983, under his leadership Satellite launcher SLV-3 became successfully operational in orbit.
  • He was the scientific advisor to late Prime Minister P.V. Narasimha Rao from 1991 to 1993. For some time, he was  Vice Chancellor of Pune University.
  • He was also chairman of Marathi Vidnyan Parishad from 1994 to 2000.
  • Books: Many books and scientific essays are credited to his name. His book ‘I Predict’, an essay on the Indian population, has become famous.
  • Awards: He was honoured with the Padmashree Award, Padma Bhushan (2008)Fie Foundation Award, Nayak Gold Medal and Doctorates from many prestigious universities.
  • The Fertilizer Encyclopedia: Dr. Gowarikar, along with his associates in 2008 had compiled the massive The Fertilizer Encyclopedia that featured 4,500 entries of chemical composition of fertilizers. It contains collection of information related to fertilizers consisting of their manufacturing, application and environmental considerations.

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