Saturday, January 28, 2017

ISRO successfully ground-tests Cryogenic Upper Stage engine meant for rocket GSLV-Mark-III

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully ground tested the Cryogenic Upper Stage engine meant for the rocket GSLV-Mark-III. In a release, the space agency has said the indegenously developed engine, designated as C25, was tested for a duration of 50 seconds in its Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri in southern Tamil Nadu, demonstrating all the stage operations.
The performance of the Cryogenic Upper Stage during the test was as predicted. This is the first in a series of two tests. The next one is planned for a flight duration of 640 seconds shortly.
The national space agency has termed the 50 second test as a significant milestone in the development of indigenous cryogenic propulsion technology. It adds, the successful hot test in the first attempt itself demonstrates ISRO’s ability to work in such complex and new areas.
The GSLV-Mark-III rocket fitted with the cryogenic upper stage is expected to lift off in the first quarter of this year, carrying a 4-tonne class communication satellite.

PM Modi address election rally in Goa

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that there is a need for the centre and the state to work together for Goa’s economic development and employment. Addressing a rally at Panaji in Goa, Mr. Modi said that Goa has been benefited most from the new initiatives of the central governement like visa on arrival and online-visa facility among others, leading to a spurt in the number of tourists.
Slamming the erstwhile UPA government for mismanagement of the state, the Prime Minister said that the NDA governement has done more for the state in the last 25 months than the previous govts in their 50 years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share his thoughts on a number of themes and issues in his Mann Ki Baat programme on All India Radio tomorrow. He will share his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ with youngsters appearing for various board examinations and competitive exams.
Prime Minister has urged students, parents and teachers to share their thoughts and exam season experiences. It will be the 28th episode of the monthly radio series. People can share their ideas and suggestions at MyGov Open Forum.
Election Commission has given a go ahead to the next episode of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki baat’ programme to be aired tomorrow. The government had approached the Commission seeking clearance for the regular radio programme as Model Code of Conduct is in force in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur which are going for assembly polls between February 4 and March 8. Our correspondent quoting sources reports, the Commission has now cleared the programme.

Iran President: ‘Not the time to build walls’

Iran's Rouhani to Trump: 'Not the time to build walls'
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani criticized his US counterpart Donald Trump on Saturday, saying now was “not the time to build walls between nations”.
“They have forgotten that the Berlin Wall collapsed many years ago. Even if there are walls between nations, they must be removed,” Rouhani said at a tourism convention in Tehran.
His remarks came after Trump ordered construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border and imposed tough new controls on travelers from seven Muslim countries, among them Iran.
Rouhani did not comment directly on the visa ban, but said Iran had “opened its doors” to foreign tourists since the signing of a nuclear agreement with world powers in 2015.
With more than a million Iranians living in the United States, many families are deeply concerned about the implications of Trump’s visa ban, which also affects citizens from Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
On Thursday, one of Iran’s most popular actresses said she would boycott next month’s Academy Awards in protest at the ban.
“Trump’s visa ban for Iranians is racist. Whether this will include a cultural event or not, I won’t attend the #AcademyAwards 2017,” tweeted Taraneh Alidoosti, who stars in the Oscar-nominated “The Salesman”.
No visas will be issued for migrants or visitors from the seven countries for at least 90 days, a restriction which can be extended if the countries in question do not provide extensive information on individuals seeking to enter the United States.
Quizzed on the street, many Iranians said they were baffled by the move.
“Americans themselves are mostly immigrants. To pick out a few countries and call them terrorist is not logical,” said Mohsen Najari, a 33-year-old resident of the Iranian capital.
Tehran and Washington have not had diplomatic ties since students stormed the US embassy in 1980 following an Islamic revolution that toppled the US-backed shah.
“It’s got nothing to do with terrorism. Iran and the US just don’t have good ties. The US has good relations with Saudi Arabia so it doesn’t matter how many terrorists come from Saudi Arabia,” said Sima, a 27-year-old.

Trump and Putin tinkle talk by Saturday

A planned phone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart, Donald Trump, is scheduled to take place at 12:00 noon EST (17:00 GMT) Saturday, the White House press service reported on Friday. US Vice President Mike Pence will also take part in the conversation between the two leaders, the White House announced. Earlier, Kremlin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the conversation had been arranged for Saturday, without giving any details about the call’s agenda. “Let’s be patient,” Peskov said, adding that the call is unlikely to lead to any breakthrough in bilateral relations, taking into account that it will be the first official talks scheduled between the presidents.

UK- PM says Trump’s confirmed he’s ‘100% behind NATO’

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has secured a commitment from the new Republican president, Donald Trump, confirming that the United States is fully behind the NATO alliance. “On defense and security cooperation, we’re united in our recognition of Nato as the bulwark of our collective defense and we reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance,” May, who became the first foreign leader to visit Trump in the White House, said. “Today we’ve reaffirmed our unshakeable commitment to this alliance – Mr. President I think you confirmed that you are 100 percent behind NATO,” she added at a press conference on Friday, as quoted CNN

Southern EU leaders make show of unity at Lisbon meeting

Seven southern European leaders are holding a summit to emphasize their commitment to the European Union, in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the bloc. The informal half-day meeting in Lisbon on Saturday includes the leaders of France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Malta, as well as host Portugal. Portuguese officials say the seven leaders will commit their countries to closer cooperation on border security and efforts to fight terrorism. They will also consider ways of spurring economic growth and coordinating their economies, which all use the euro currency. EU growth is on the whole sluggish. The countries have already signaled they are prepared to surrender more national sovereignty to EU institutions.

Soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Macchil sector rescued

All five soldiers trapped under snow in Jammu and Kashmir’s Macchil sector rescued.
Five army personnel have been hit by an avalanche that struck an army post in Jammu-Kashmir’s Kupwara district. Rescue operations by the army are underway.
Several avalanches and landslides hit the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway on Friday even as the death toll in the series of snow slides that have hit Jammu and Kashmir crossed 20 with the recovery of the bodies of four soldiers. Media agencies

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