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ISRO’s Antrix gets 30 satellite launch orders

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Emerging as a global competitive provider for satellite launches, Indian Space and Research Organisation’s commercial arm Antrix Corporation has almost 30 orders at hand from different countries for satellite launches which are scheduled to be completed in next two to three years.

ISRO Chairman AS Kiran Kumar said on Thursday night that the organisation is working on increasing its capabilities on critical technologies.
Achieving a new milestone, ISRO successfully launched six Singaporean satellites through PSLV-C29 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.

“We have (orders of) almost 30 odd satellites from about 7-8 countries. We have to put them into orbit in next two-three years and we are working on it,” he said here.

“We are working on various projects and technologies. Yesterday, we had put the 57th international satellite into orbit and many more launches will be there in the next couple of years,” he said.

Achieving a new milestone, ISRO successfully launched six Singaporean satellites through Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C29 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday.

The ISRO Chairman was in the city to attend a national symposium on ‘Geomatics for Digital India’ organised by the Indian Society of Geomatics (ISG) and the Indian Society of Remote Sensing (ISRS) at JK Lakshmipat University.

Talking about the space programmes, Kumar said a study team is going through various options to recommend the next space mission. “We have a study team which is going through various options such as in what time frame we can do the next mission… whether it should be the Mars Mission-2 or an asteroid mission.”

“Once they come up with their recommendations, then it will be decided,” the ISRO Chairman said, adding that the preparations for Chandrayaan Mission-2 which will carry Lander and Rover are going on.

The country’s second mission to the Moon — Chandrayaan-2 — is an advanced version of the previous Chandrayaan-1 Mission and consists of an Orbiter, Lander and Rover configuration.

Kumar also stated that ISRO was planning to launch next generation launch vehicle GSLV Mk-III with indigenous cryogenic upper stage technology by December 2016.

When asked about manned space programmes, he said it was for the government to take a decision. “Manned programme will be done only after the government gives permission. We have not got any clearance so far.”

“However, ISRO is working on various projects and critical technologies like crew module, creating an environment inside the crew module for people inside to survive and also space suit.

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Sandalwood drug case: SC grants bail to Ragini Dwivedi

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Ragini was arrested under the NDPS Act by the Crime Branch in Bengaluru and accused of links with an international ring involved in supplying psychedelic drugs at rave parties and other events. She had challenged a Karnataka High Court order rejecting bail on November 3.

Actress Sanjjanaa Galrani was also arrested in the same case and she is currently out on conditional bail.

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UP man complains Mirzapur maligns district, SC notice to Amazon Prime

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The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice on plea of a Mirzapur resident complaining against the web series Mirzapur and Amazon Prime for maligning the image of his native place in Uttar Pradesh.

“Mirzapur has rich cultural value, but in 2018 Excel Entertainment has launched a web series named Mirzapur of 9 episodes in which they have shown Mirzapur a city of goons and adulteresses,” said the plea.

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde after a brief hearing in the matter issued notice on the plea Centre, Excel Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. and Amazon Prime video.

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Akhilesh questions ‘intention’ behind deferring farm laws

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Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav has questioned the ‘intentions’ of the Modi government to defer farm laws by one and a half year.

“The BJP government has extended a proposal to defer the implementation of the farm laws for the next one and a half year. The move is illogical and without any rationale. Deferring implementation of the law will not change the consequences that will follow once the law is introduced,” he said.

Akhilesh further said, “By deferring implementation of the law, the BJP government is trying to counter popular public sentiment which is growing in favour of the agitating farmers and against the law makers. The government will eventually implement the laws before the elections in 2024 to benefit the capitalists.”

The SP president has directed the party leaders and workers to dedicate their Republic Day celebrations to farmers who are protesting against the new farm laws. He asked party men to reach the venues where Indian flag will be unfurled at the tehsil level on tractors carrying the Tricolour.

He said that by taking out tractor rallies, the SP workers and leaders will only reassert their support to the agitating farmers.

Akhilesh also attacked the ruling BJP for the delay in clearing cane dues of farmers, increase in power tariff and raids by power department officials on farmers for recovery of power dues.

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