In a major blow to the Indian Navy, a recently refurbished submarine sank following an explosion and fire leaving 18 crew of its on board dead. INS Sindhurakshak sank into the shallow waters of its berth at the naval dockyard in Mumbai.
INS Sindhurakshak was a Russian-made Kilo-class Type 636 diesel-electric submarine of the Indian Navy. It was commissioned on 24 December 1997, It was the ninth of the ten Kilo-class submarines in the Indian Navy. The submarine had recently undergone modernization under a contract signed with Russia. After the overhaul, it had returned to India from Russia between May and June 2013.
Month:Current Affairs – August, 2013 Categories: Defence & Security • International
Tags: Current Affairs 2013 • India-International Relations • India-Russia • Navy • Russia
Bt cotton, a technology of an American seed company replaced ‘desi’ cotton Jayadhar, a popular variety of cotton grown in Karnataka that was also earlier used in making flags.
Flag making units at Bengeri in Hubli city and Garaga in Dharwad district, which caters to the nationwide demand for the tricolor are now using, wholly or partly, the khadi derived from Bt cotton. At some naufacturing units at Bengeri where flag making started in 2008, the tricolour is manufactured using khadi made out of a combination of Jayadhar and BT cotton.
Why flag manufacturers are choosing Bt cotton over indigenous cotton varieties?
As per manufacturers, quality of cotton is determined by length, strength and appearance and BT cotton provides all these qualities.
Month:Current Affairs – August, 2013 Categories: Business, Economy & Banking
Tags: Current Affairs 2013 • Karnataka