India successfully launched the GSAT-9 satellite, also known as > South Asia Satellite
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its 2,230 kg communication satellite named GSAT-9 on board its heavy rocket Geo-synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV–F09) on May 5, 2017 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota. GSAT-9 is popularly known as South Asian Satellite as it is aimed at providing communication and disaster support to India’s South Asian neighbours except Pakistan which had declined to get its services. GSAT-9 is an ‘invaluable gift’ from India to its SAARC neighbours. The satellite with its 12-Ku band transponders-transmitters and receivers of radio signals, will enable telecom-munication, tele-education and tele-medicine as well as mapping of natural resources to its beneficiaries’. The spacecraft and the launch are estimated to have cost India around R 450 crore. The GSAT-9 would augment internet connectivity and bolster disaster management system in the South Asian nations.
India’s first high-speed train—Tejas connects Mumbai and Goa
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on May 22, 2017 flagged off India’s first high-speed and feature rich train Tejas Express from Chatrapati Shivaji Station, Mumbai to Karmali, Goa. It will cover the distance at a speed of 130 kmph. Tejas Express is equipped with CCTV cameras for security of passengers. The 20-modern coaches of the train are also equipped with automatic doors, wi-fi and LCD screens, tea and coffee vending machines etc. A one-way trip in the train from Mumbai to Goa would cost R 2,740 with food and R 2585 without food, while the fare for the ordinary chair car has been fixed at R 1,310 with food and R 1,185 without food.
What is India’s position in stainless steel production in the world in 2016 ? > Second
India emerged the second largest producer of stainless steel in the world with a total production of 3·32 million tonnes in 2016 as per the data released by the International Stainless Steel Forum (ISSF) in a conference in Tokyo in May, 2017. India pipped Japan to claim the second spot in the list of largest stainless steel producers worldwide with an annual hike of 9% in 2016. China continued to be the largest producer of stainless steel.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s longest river-bridge in Assam between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 26, 2017 inaugurated India’s longest river bridge over the Lohit river, a tributary of the Brahmaputra river. The 9·15 km long bridge between Dhola and Sadiya in Assam’s Tinsukia district will shorten the distance between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh by 165 km. The 5·6 km long Bandra-Worli Sea Link was the previous record holder. The Dhola-Sadiya river bridge can withstand the weight of 60-tonne battle tanks. The bridge will provide an easy access to the Indian army to the North-East borders. The Dhola-Sadiya bridge has been named after the great music icon Bhupen Hazarika who was born in Sadiya.
Mumbai Indians clinched the IPL title for Third time
Mumbai Indians clinched the coveted Indian Premier League title - 2017, beating Rising Pune Supergiants by just 1 run in the final on May 21, 2017 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad. It was MI third IPL title triumph as it had won it in 2013 and 2015 before this new one. It is also the first team to clinch three IPL crowns. Mumbai gave 130 runs target to RPS. In reply RPS succumbed to disciplined bowling attack of MI and lost the title by just one run. Rohit Sharma was the captain of the champion team. He had also led the same team to title glory in 2013 and 2015 as captain. Mumbai got R 15 crore as prize money and a trophy. Sunrisers Hyderabad’s David Warner got the Orange Cap for being the highest scorer and his teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the Purple cap for emerging the highest wicket taker in the 10th IPL this year.
Who has been appointed Deputy Executive Secretary in the UNFCCC ? Ovais Sarmad
India’s Ovais Sarmad has been appointed the Deputy Executive Secretary in the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change (UNFCC). Prior to his new assignment, he was the chief of staff to the Director–General of the International Organization for Migration. Mr. Sarmad is a commerce degree holder from Osmania University.
Who has been elected the new President of France ? Emmanuel Macron
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte emerged the winner of the Time magazine’s reader poll of the 100 most influential people in the world. Duterte had consistently led the ‘Time 100 Reader Poll’ an online survey, in which the magazine had asked its readers to vote for who should be included in ‘the 2017 Time 100 Reader Poll’ list of the world’s most influential people. Duterte received 5 per cent ‘yes’ votes to top the list.
Which European country banned full face veils in public places ? Austria
Austria imposed a ban on wearing full facial veils in public places like universities and public transportation with an objective of more integration of immigrants. Despite protest from the rights activists, the Austrian parliament on May 16, 2017 passed a bill banning the full-face veils in public places. The violation of this rule will fetch a fine of $ 167. The full-face veils are like niqabs or burquas, prevalent and practised especially in the women of Muslim Community.
Taiwan’s constitutional court ruled in favour of Same-sex marriage
Taiwan’s constitutional court, locally known as the ‘Judicial Yuan’, on May 24, 2017 ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, a landmark ruling in favour of gay-rights, making Taiwan the first place in Asia to legalise same-sex wedlocks. The court gave the Taiwan government two years to implement the ruling. The top Taiwanese court stated in its ruling that the current marriage laws were in violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage and the people’s right to equality.