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The first Israeli satellite for environmental research was launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
The satellite is a joint effort by the Israel Space Agency, under the aegis of the Science and Technology Ministry, and the French Space Agency (CNES) and was built in Israel by Israel Aerospace Industries.
It is considered the smallest satellite of its kind in the world, and is built to survey and monitor large areas to study soil, vegetation, forests, agriculture, water and air quality and other aspects of the environment.
The satellite, which weighs only 265 kilograms and was launched on a Vega platform, was dubbed Venus, an acrostic that stands for Vegetation and Environment monitoring on a New (µ) Micro-Satellite.
Cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur to be appointed DSP by Punjab government.
Fresh from her successful performances in the recently concluded Women’s World Cup, cricketer Harmapreet Kaur was on Wednesdayhanded over a cheque of Rs five lakh by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here.
The Punjab chief minister directed Director General of Police (DGP) Suresh Arora to complete the necessary formalities for Harmanpreet’s appointment as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in the state police.
National Geographic Photographer of The Year:Sergio Tapiro Velasco ( Mexico)
A photograph of an erupting volcano hit by a bolt of lightning has earned Sergio Tapiro Velasco of Mexico the prestigious title of 2017National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year.
Velasco will receive a 10-day trip for two to the Galápagos Archipelago with National Geographic Expeditions, as well as a $2500 prize. Velasco’s incredible photo was selected from over 15,000 entries from participants in more than 30 countries.
The National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) has approved the proposed merger between Bharti Airtel and Telenor India
The tribunal has instructed the companies to hold a meeting of equity shareholders and unsecured creditors.
The Sunil Bharti Mittal-led company had announced in February that it would acquire the business of Telenor India for an undisclosed sum.
Airtel would take over its spectrum in all seven circles — Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Gujarat, UP (East), UP (West) and Assam. It would also acquire its licences and operations, including its employees and customer base of 44 million.
After Grofers and Amazon India, online grocery firm BigBasket received the government’s nod for foreign direct investment, to products which are manufactured or produced in India
The start-up, which applied for FDI in September last year, will have to spin off a new entity to start this business since 100% FDI is only applicable for food products manufactured or produced in India, whereas currently BigBasket sells other household products such as soap, shampoos etc through its e-commerce channel.
Last year, three online commerce firms — Grofers, Amazon and Bigbasket — had applied seeking approval for FDI in food retail with an overall investment of $695 million over a period of time with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP).
US issues ban on tourist travelling to North Korea because of the death of a US student imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit
The United States issued a ban prohibiting its citizens traveling to North Korea, a move triggered by the death of a US student imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit.
The ban, which comes into effect September 1, was introduced after officials said the “serious risk” of arrest by Pyongyang officials during tourist travel presented an “imminent danger to the physical safety” of its citizens.
“All United States passports are declared invalid for travel to, in, or through the DPRK unless specially validated for such travel,”
The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2017 was passed by the lower house of the parliament
It will replace the Non-Performing Assets Ordinance, which came into effect earlier this year.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Monday, had introduced a bill in Lok Sabha to amend the Banking Regulation Act 1949.
The measure allows the RBI to initiate insolvency resolution process on specific stressed-assets.
The RBI would also be empowered to issue other directions for resolution, appoint or approve for appointment, authorities or committees to advise the banking companies for stressed-asset resolution.
The non-performing assets of banks have increased to more than Rs 9 lakh crore and now RBI is empowered to refer the cases to Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board.
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has been passed in Lok Sabha to increase the capital of NABARD
A bill to enable exit of RBI from Nabard and increase authorised capital of the development institution six times to Rs 30,000 crore was passed by the Lok Sabha
The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017 also seeks to amend certain clauses in the light of reference of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Development Act, 2006 in the proposed legislation.
Minister of State for Finance Santosh Kumar Gangwar said that the law is one of the “major step” towards doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
Thousands of men and women celebrated ‘Aadi Perukku’ festival at the bathing ghats of the Periyar river in Veerapandi and Uthamapalyam in Tamil Nadu.
Pilgrims began to throng the banks of the river since morning as the flow was good, thanks to discharge of a large quantum of water from Periyar dam in order to improve the storage level in Vaigai dam.
Women performed special pujas to the river and prepared sweet pongal and offered to it. Irrespective of caste and community, both men and women prayed together for rain.
The Haryana government barred school teachers from stepping inside the classrooms with mobile phones and decided to hold head of the school “accountable” for violation of this norm
This restriction of going to the classroom without mobile phones also applies to the head of school.
The education department has directed that all inspecting officers, whether on regular inspection or surprise inspections, will check whether these instructions are being followed in letter and spirit.
Teachers will keep mobile phones in the staff room or in an area earmarked by the head of school.
However, in case of unavoidable reasons the teacher has to take mobile phone to the classroom for “academic use” then prior permission of the head of the school is must.
Daily Current Affairs for 4 Aug, 17.
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