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GSLV weathers snag, puts satellite in orbit – A last-minute delay due to an anomaly in the indigenous cryogenic stage of the GSLV-F05 gave some anxious moments to ISRO officials, but this did not deter them from putting the INSAT-3DR, an advanced weather satellite with four payloads, into a precise Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
One nation producing and exporting terror, says PM – The PM did not mince words at the East Asia Summit. The East Asia Summit (EAS) is a forum held annually by leaders of, initially, 16 countries in the East Asian, Southeast Asian and South Asian regions. Membership expanded to 18 countries including the United States and Russia at the Sixth EAS in 2011. EAS meetings are held after annual ASEAN leaders’ meetings.
Four payloads and multiple tasks – The INSAT-3DR, which was put into orbit on Thursday by the GSLV-F05, carries a multi-spectral Imager, one of the four payloads. It will generate images of the Earth from a geostationary altitude of 36,000 km every 26 minutes and provide information on parameters such as sea surface temperature, snow cover, cloud motion winds, among others.
ASEAN vital to India’s Act East policy: Modi – The Prime Minister said that in the face of growing traditional and non-traditional challenges, political cooperation has emerged as key in relations.
French republic can accommodate Islam: Hollande – President Francois Hollande insisted on Thursday that France’s strict laws separating church and state do not prevent the country’s large Muslim minority from practising their religion. This is important for Sociology and Philosophy Optional Students. Note that, France has complete separation of state and religion – with no religious symbols to be displayed in public. The burqa ban has ever since created a problem for France.
Centre to popularise municipal bonds – Municipal bonds are yet to take off in India even as the Centre and the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) are working towards creating more awareness. According to government statistics, a cumulative amount of Rs.1,750 crore has been raised through municipal bonds in India while South Africa saw $1.8 billion being raised through such bonds in a single quarter alone.
Taking the Paris process forward– The ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by the United States and China, which together account for 38 per cent of global greenhouse gas emissions, provides much-needed momentum for the global compact to be in force beyond 2020. How should India take this?
Retaining MGNREGA’s core – Held to account by the Supreme Court, the Central government is using opaque methods to change the key provisions of the employment guarantee scheme and make it targeted instead of universal, argues the author.
Coming closer together for trade – Deeper economic integration of SAARC nations will help sustain the growth rate and ensurea free flow of goods, services and capital, writes Prabhash Ranjan.
Partners in innovation – India and USA are collaborating on Innovation. and entrepreneurship. This is in sync with India’s domestic policy of Start Up India.
NCRB data: handle with care – On August 30, the NCRB released its ‘Crime in India 2015’ report. Read the Critical Analysis.