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Major News and Events of 20 June 2017

What Happened on 20 June 2017

India ratifies UN International Convention on Road Transports

According to reports, India has become the 71st country to ratify the United Nations International Convention on Road Transports. The Convention is expected to strengthen trade and regional integration by boosting international transport of goods. The report states that TIR will help India to integrate with Myanmar and Thailand as well as Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The United Nations has said the TIR Convention will come into force in India in six months.

Mangalyaan Completes 1000 Earth Days in Orbit

According to reports, Mangalyaan, Indian Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), completed 1000 Earth days in its orbit today. The ISRO mission launched on 5 November, 2013, was inserted into Martian orbit on 24 September, 2014, in its first attempt. MOM escaped a major calamity early this year when it faced long eclipse duration of 8 hours which meant the on-board battery, which is designed to handle an eclipse of only 100 minutes duration, would have got drained beyond the safe limit. However, the orbital manoeuvres performed on January 17 ensured the MOM spacecraft was safely taken to a new orbit.

FAQs and Answers on Indian History and Geography
How many states are there in India? There are 29 states and 7 union territories in India. The states have their own government while the union territories are governed by the central government. The states are namely, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Bihar,… Read More...
Which cities in India have the metro railway system? The Metro railway system and service are operational in 10 cities in India. These are Kolkata, Delhi, Bengaluru, Gurugram, Mumbai, Chennai, Jaipur, Kochi, Hyderabad, and Lucknow. The Kolkata Metro rail is the… Read More...
Which states in India have less population than Delhi? Delhi has a population of approximately 18.6 million people, as per the latest census. Delhi's area is much less as compared to many states and Union territories in India. But in… Read More...