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16 August 2018 Current Events First Indian in space, Rakesh Sharma gives green signal to 'Gaganyaan'

Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian ventured into space, has approved Narendra Modi's 'Gaganyaan' program of having a national space mission by 2022. An Indian will be sent into space under this program. If this program becomes successful, India will be the fourth country after China, Russia, and US to send a person into space.






ISRO soon to launch TV Channel to promote scientific temperament among students

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is considering to launch its own TV channel to promote a scientific attitude among people and school students. This initiative is being planned by ISRO to augment its outreach all over India.


First Indian in space, Rakesh Sharma gives green signal to 'Gaganyaan'

Rakesh Sharma, the first Indian ventured into space, has approved Narendra Modi's 'Gaganyaan' program of having a national space mission by 2022. An Indian will be sent into space under this program. If this program becomes successful, India will be the fourth country after China, Russia, and US to send a person into space.

ISRO soon to launch TV Channel to promote scientific temperament among students

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is considering to launch its own TV channel to promote a scientific attitude among people and school students. This initiative is being planned by ISRO to augment its outreach all over India.

Samsung launches Galaxy Note 9 with sizable display and battery

Samsung has finally launched its Galaxy Note 9 at an event in Brooklyn, New York. The phone is loaded with some extraordinary features like a large display, bigger battery, 1TB internal storage, 512GB of built-in storage, and an upgraded S Pen with Bluetooth support. It is the top-end model in the galaxy Note series. 

India successfully tests supersonic cruise missile BrahMos

India successfully tested a formidable supersonic cruise missile BrahMos on Thursday at 8:42 AM. The test was conducted from Pokhran test range in Rajasthan. Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman congratulated the Armed Forces, Defence Research and Development Organization and Defence Industry for their successful attempt. 

PM Modi to attend Indian Science Congress in Imphal

PM Modi is going to deliver the inaugural address at the 105th session of the Indian Science Congress at Manipur University in Imphal, Manipur, on Friday. The five day Science Congress event is an annual congregation and will be attended by science professionals from across the globe. The theme of Indian Science Congress 2018 is “Reaching the Unreached through Science and Technology.”

Biennal Auto Expo 2018: Inauguration today

The inaugration of Auto Expo 2018 is done today while it will be open to the general public on February 9. The 14th edition of Auto Expo of 2018 is expected to see nearly 24 new launches and the unveiling of over 100 vehicles. The first day of the Auto-Expo 2018 saw concepts from Maruti Suzuki, Renault, KIA Kotors along with the launch of the Hyundai Ioniq and Elite i20. Other release and concepts include BMW 6 Series GT, BMW F750GS, BMW F850GS, BMW M5, Maruti Suzuki E-Survivor electric compact SUV Concept, Mahindra Stinger Concept etc.

India successfully tests nuclear-capable Short Range Ballistic Missile(SRBM) Agni-1
India has successfully tested nuclear-capable surface-to-surface Short Range Ballistic Missile (SRBM) Agni-1 with a strike range of over 700 km from a test range on Tuesday. The test was conducted from Abdul Kalam island off the coast of Orissa. According to reports, the test was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army with logistic support from the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for a range of about 900 km.
Surface ballistic missile Agni 5 tested successfully

India successfully tested its surface-to-surface ballistic missile Agni-5 on Thursday. The strike range of the missile is over 5,000 kilometers. The missile is the most advanced of the Agni series. The missile was tested from a test range off the Odisha coast. It has new technologies implemented in terms of navigation, radar, and tracking system.

Supersonic ballistic missile test successful in the first attempt

India has successfully tested its indigenously developed Advanced Air Defence supersonic interceptor missile which is capable of destroying any incoming enemy ballistic missile at low altitude. The test was conducted by a female scientist Dr. Shashikala Sinha, who is popularly known as “new missile woman” in India these days. It is a big achievement for her as the test was successful in the first attempt.

Indian Air Force submits RFP(Request for Proposal) to HAL, requests 83 Tejas light combat aircrafts

Indian Air Force has forwarded a formal request(Request For Proposal) to Hindustan Aeronautics Limited(HAL) for additional 83 Tejas light combat aircrafts on December 20, Wednesday. It also includes 73 Mark-1A upgraded versions and 10 trainer versions of the LCA. The response from HAL will be provided within 3 months. Two contracts are already signed between IAF and HAL. First for acquiring 20 Initial Operational Clearance (IOC) standard aircraft and another for 20 Final Operational Clearance (FOC) standard aircraft.

Galaxy S9 Devices may Have Fingerprint Scanner below Camera

After Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note 8 were criticized for the placement of fingerprint scanner, new leaks suggest that in the Galaxy S9 series, the location will not be next to the camera module but rather below it. The leaked images from the Android Headlines also reveal only one lens at the back. It remains to be seen if Samsung removes the dual camera trend on both the S9 and S9+ devices.

IAF Successfully Test Fired BrahMos from Sukhoi 30-MKI
In a first for India and the world, BrahMos was test fired on 22 November 2017 from IAF's Sukhoi 30-MKI. Counted among the heaviest missiles in the world, BrahMos will be integrated on IAF's frontline fighter jet. The missile which essentially adds to India's strike capabilities can be launched in either vertical or inclined configuration, depending on the type of the ship. Development of higher range for the missile is also underway.
Innovative techniques to be introduced by Indian Railway to eliminate rail accidents

According to reports, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has stated that innovative techniques will be introduced to eliminate rail accidents. These techniques include revamping the existing signalling system by use of TPWS - Train protection and Warning System and MTRC, Mobile Train Radio Communication. Railway will be eliminating existing 5000 unmanned level crossings in a time bound manner.

According to the Minister, about 20 stations will be modernised in an expedited manner with superior infrastructure and passenger facilities, including disabled-friendly, by December 2018. It is also proposed to increase speed of around 700 trains with effect from November this year.

India's MOM completes three years in orbit

The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also called as Mangalyaan completes three years in space. The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM)spacecraft was successfully placed in the Martian orbit in its very first attempt by the ISRO. MOM was successfully inserted into Mars' orbit on 24 September 2014. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is only the fourth space agency in the world to send a mission to Mars. ISRO is the first space agency to do so in its first attempt. On completion of Magalyaan's three years in Martian orbit, the Indian Space and Research Organisation (ISRO) released MOM's second year science data.

Google's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) based digital payment service Tez launched

Google has forayed in the payment segment with the launch of Tez. Tez is an app and is available in both android and iOS platforms. Tez uses the government's Unified Payments Interface. The app was launched by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Tez allows users to do financial transactions like sending money, receiving payments directly into their bank accounts and paying bills. The users can link the app to their bank accounts as the platform is built on the government's Unified Payment Interface.

Google Tez supports several local languages including Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu.

Delhi High Court seeks response from Google, Yahoo on blocking Blue Whale web links
After a plea was filed on August 17 against the infamous Blue Whale game, the Delhi High Court has sought for a response from the famous IT companies Google and Yahoo. In the recent times, Blue Whale has led to the deaths of hundred of teenagers across the world. However, in India there have been various cases of attempt to suicide and suicide linked to Blue Whale. The game offers life challenges to teenagers, who are further asked to complete these challenges which even involve harming their bodies and are asked to upload pictures of the same. The plea seeks that the Delhi High Court direct IT giants-Google and Yahoo to block links associated with this harmful game.
India successfully test-fires short-range surface-to-air missile

According to reports, India has successfully test-fired  Surface-to-Air Missile from Test Range at Chandipur in Odisha. This is the second developmental trial of the missile just within three months from the same test range.

Reports suggest that the missile is jointly developed DRDO and Bharat Electronics Ltd.  The  QR-SAM system can also engage multiple targets within a range of around 30 km with two vehicle configuration for area air defence.
ISRO successfully launches Cartosat-2 from Sriharikotta

According to reports, ISRO has successfully launched PSLV C-38 from Sriharikotta. It has placed Cartosat-2 Series remote sensing earth observation satellite and 30 other nano-satellites into their orbits. Out of the 30 nano-satellites 29 belongs to foreign customers from 14 countries. This is the fortieth flight of its highly reliable polar satellite launch vehicle lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta at 9.29 am.

ISRO launches its heaviest ever rocket GSLV Mark III D1
According to reports, Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched its heaviest ever rocket GSLV Mark III D1 from Sriharikota. This is the first developmental flight of the heavy-lift launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III D1 that can carry 4-ton class satellites into the 36000 kilometer geostationary orbits.
As per reports, the mission's success will enable India to launch four-tonne satellites on its own rocket instead of paying huge amounts of money to foreign space agencies to execute the operation.
President Congratulates DRDO For Successful MRSAM Missile Launch
President Pranab Mukherjee on Friday congratulated the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for successfully test-firing a medium-range ballistic missile, developed jointly with Israel. On Thursday, India test-fired twice a medium-range surface-to-air ballistic missile, off the coast of Odisha. Mukherjee also conveyed his greetings to the members of the team of scientists, engineers, and all others involved in the mission. 
As per reports, the first missile to be developed by DRDO under India's Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, Prithvi-II was inducted into India's armed forces in 2003. The Prithvi-II missile is capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads.



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