ISRO successfully launched PSLV-C29 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully placed six commercial satellites from Singapore in their dedicated orbits. These satellites were launched using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C29) from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. This successful launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Singapore in year 2015. The major payload was TeLEOS-One remote sensing satellite weighing 400 kg. It would be used for urban planning and disaster monitoring of Singapore. The other five satellites included two micro satellites and one nano satellite. These satellites are VELOX-CI (123 kg), VELOX-II (13 kg) 6U-Cubesat technology demonstrator, Athenoxat-1, Kent Ridge-1 (78 kg) and Galassia (3.4 kg) 2U-Cubesat.
Pakistan successfully tests Shaheen-IA ballistic missile Pakistan has successfully tested its nuclear-capable Shaheen-IA ballistic missile with a range of 900 km. This was Pakistan’s second test of a nuclear-capable missile in December 2015. On December 11, Pakistan tested the Shaheen-III surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of 2,750 km. The test of the Shaheen-IA was aimed at re-validating several design and technical parameters of the weapon system . Shaheen-IA ballistic missile (In English means Falcon) is a land-based supersonic and short-to-intermediate range surface-to-surface guided ballistic missile. It is an improved version of the Shaheen 1 with better accuracy and double the range of its predecessor. The missille has been designed and developed by the joint venture of NESCOM and the National Defence Complex (NDC).
World bank loan for swach bharat abhiyan The World Bank has approved a loan of 1.5 billion dollars to support the Central government’s flagship cleanliness drive Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM). The loan disbursed over a five year period will be used for the Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) Support Operation Project. Funds will also be used to develop the capacity of MDWS in programme management, advocacy, monitoring and evaluation. The World Bank will also provide a parallel 25 million dollars technical assistance to build the capacity of select state governments in implementing community led behavioural change programmes targeting social norms to help ensure wide spread usage of toilets by rural households.
Justice Virendra Singh as UP Lokayukta Supreme Court has appointed Justice (Retd) Virendra Singh as new Lokayukta of Uttar Pradesh. This appointment is rare display of Supreme Court’s extraordinary powers under Article 142 of the Constitution to enforce its own orders in order to do “complete justice”, the Supreme Court for the first time in its history has appointed a Lokayukta after state machinery failed to appoint it.