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Tiny Bytes: Brahmos successfully test fired, Harivarasanam re-recording row, and more

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Hi and welcome to Tiny Bytes. A look at some of today's news for little minds.

Brahmos successfully test fired from Sukhoi fighter jet

In a major milestone, the Brahmos supersonic cruise missile was Wednesday test fired for the first time from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet of the Indian Air Force.

The missile hit a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal from the combat jet.

"The successful maiden test firing of Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF's air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges," the defense ministry said. Read more

Harivarasanam' re-recording row: Devarajan Trust alleges 'conspiracy'

A row has broken out over the move to rerecord a devotional song played as a lullaby to Lord Ayyappa at the famed Sabarimala temple, with a trust named after iconic musician G Devarajan, coming out against it.

The Kerala-based G Devarajan Master Memorial Trust, which is gearing up to celebrate the 90th birth anniversary of the composer, suspected a "conspiracy" behind the sudden move to rerecord the song by the Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB), which manages the shrine. Read more

Katrina Kaif to be a special guest at IFFI closing ceremony

Actor Katrina Kaif will be special guest at the closing ceremony of the 48th International Film Festival of India, here. This will be the 34-year-old actor's maiden visit to the festival.

"I look forward to being a part of IFFI 2017. This year is special because it will be my first visit there. I'm happy to be part of Asia's oldest festival as it celebrates the Future of cinema this year," Katrina said in a statement. Read more

IFFI director 'runs for cover' as scribes seek 'S Durga' screening details

It was a literal run for life for International Film Festival of India (IFFI) director Sunit Tandon on Wednesday. A day after the Kerala High Court ordered that Malayalam film S Durga be screened at the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) here, the organizers of the high-profile event seemed to be in no mood to respond to queries on its screening.

An open forum organized as part of the event witnessed dramatic moments as Tandon vehemently refused to answer a query regarding the festival committee's reaction to the court order.

As the event was about to conclude, S Durga's lead actor Kannan Nair rose and sought a reply from Tandon on the IFFI organizer's stance on the HC order. However, Tandon left the venue instantly, saying he could not answer the query. Read more

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