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Agni-II ballistic missile successfully test fired

Surface-to-surface Agni-II ballistic missile was successfully test-fired from the Abdul Kalam Island, off Odisha coast. The test was conducted as part of user trial by Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with logistics support from Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO). It was aimed at re-establishing operational effectiveness of weapon system.


Agni-II is two-stage nuclear capable surface-to-surface missile developed indigenously by DRDO. It is 21-metre long and weighs 17 tonnes. It has strike range of 2000 kilometres, which can also be increased to 3000km by reducing the payload. It is propelled by the solid rocket propellant system. It can carry a nuclear payload of 1 thousand kilograms.

It is one of the sophisticated weapons that can act as a deterrent against nuclear-armed neighbours. It is equipped with advanced high accuracy navigation system. It is guided by a novel scheme of state of the art command and control system. It can be fired from both rail and road mobile launchers and it takes only 15 minutes for the missile to be readied for firing.


6th World Government Summit held in Dubai

The sixth edition of World Government Summit (WGS) 2018 was held at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) from February 11 to 13, 2018. India was guest country at this year’s event and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had delivered the inaugural speech on day one.

Key Facts

More than 130 speakers across 120 interactive sessions and more than 4,000 participants from 140 countries – including heads of governments and representatives of 16 international organisations had attended the event.

In his inaugural speech PM Modi propounded idea of six Rs for sustainable development- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Redesign and Remanufacture, with the view to safeguarding nature.

World Government Summit (WGS)

WGS is global platform dedicated to shaping future of government worldwide. It brings together leaders in government for global dialogue about governmental process and policies with focus on issues of futurism, technology and innovation etc. The first WGS was held in Dubai in 2013 and since then it is held annually.

The Summit sets agenda for next generation of governments with focus on how they can harness innovation and technology to solve universal challenges facing humanity.. It functions as thought leadership platform and networking hub for policymakers, experts, and pioneers in human development.

The Summit is considered as gateway to future as it functions as stage for analysis of future trends, issues, and opportunities facing humanity. It is also serves an arena to showcase innovations, best practice, and smart solutions to inspire creativity to tackle these future challenges.