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1) India thrash Bangladesh to win Asia Cup T20 title –
- India clinched the Asia Cup trophy for a record sixth time after beating hosts Bangladesh by eight wickets, riding on Shikhar Dhawan’s scintillating 44-ball 60 in a rain-truncated final.
- Chasing a target of 121 in a match reduced to 15-overs-a-side, Dhawan came good when it mattered the most as he hit nine fours and a six adding 94 runs with Virat Kohli (41 not out) with India winning with seven balls to spare.
- While Sri Lanka have won the continental title five times and Pakistan twice, India’’s title triumph makes them the ahead of their continental neighbours. This year, for the first time, Asia Cup was played in Twenty20 format.
- The match was reduced to 15-over-per side after a spell of thundershowers resulted in a two-hour delay to the start of the proceedings.
2) Malayalam actor Kalabhavan Mani passes away.
- Popular Malayalam actor and folk singer Kalabhavan Mani passed away at a hospital in Kochi on Sunday (March 6). He was 45.
- He had been hospitalized for liver ailment was undergoing treatment for liver and kidney diseases at the Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office took to Twitter to express his condolences over his death.
- Mani, born on January 1, 1971, was an auto rickshaw driver when he started his career as a mimicry artiste at the famous Kalabhavan, a centre for learning performing arts in Kochi, two decades ago.
- Entering Malayalam film industry as a comedian, Mani later became an active artiste in South Indian films, including Tamil and Telugu, especially essaying villain roles.
- A naturally gifted artiste, Mani proved his mettle in the film “Vasantiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njanum” where he played the title role of a blind man which took him to even greater heights and won him the special jury award at the national and the state level in 2000.
3) Indian gov’t approves $1.1b Phalcon AWACS deal with Israel.
- The Indian security cabinet has approved an agreement with Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) for the supply of two aircraft equipped with Phalcon early warning systems for intelligence gathering missions, the Indian media reports.
- The price for procurement of the planes was estimated at $1.1 billion.
- Informed sources did not rule out the possibility that the deal itself would be signed on a visit to Israel by Indian President Narendra Modi scheduled for the coming months. IAI did not comment today on the Indian media report.
- India is considered one of IAI’s most important customers. In addition to its procurement of the new intelligence aircraft, India is in prolonged negotiations with the company to buy Barak 8 defensive missiles adapted for deployment on land for several hundred million dollars.
- In the past, India already signed a major deal for the purchase of Barak 8 defense systems adapted to warships, and shared in the funding for the development program for these missiles. As part of the joint development program between IAI and the Indian defense research and development agency, tests of the naval version of the Barak 8 were recently conducted in India.
4) E-mail inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74:
- Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of e-mail, has died at the age of 74, media reports said.
- According to reports, Tomlinson died of an apparent heart attack late on Sunday
- The US computer programmer came up with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971, BBC reported.
- His invention included the groundbreaking use of the “@” symbol in e-mail addresses, which is now standard.
- He sent what is now regarded as the first e-mail while working in Boston as an engineer for Research Company Bolt, Beranek and Newman.
- The firm played a big role in developing an early version of the Internet, known as Arpanet.
- However, Tomlinson later said he could not remember what was in that first test message, describing it as “completely forgettable”.
- A BBC report said his work was recognized by his peers in 2012, when he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.
5) Licence to Shoot: Photographers May Need ASI Nod at Monuments-
- Culture Ministry is likely to make it mandatory for photographers to obtain license for operating at monuments under Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
- “It will be necessary to have a license for operating commercially at monuments. The announcement of amendment in ASI’s photography policy may be made in early next month,” a source said.
- Currently, anybody can get into commercial photography at the monuments, he said, adding that there are times when these freelance photographers pester the visitors for clicking their pictures to a level it becomes very uncomfortable.
- “The initiative would also ensure availability of quality photographers as well as end to the harassment of visitors,” he said. Depending on the actual requirement of professionals at each monument, ASI will determine the number of photographers to be deployed for commercial operation at each site.
- Currently, ASI, which is under Culture Ministry, has over 3,600 monuments, archaeological sites and remains of national importance. These monuments and sites are maintained and preserved through various circles of the ASI spread all over the country.