Updates From The World


China Develops Advanced Compact Radar

China is developing an advanced compact size radar for the Navy. This radar will be able to maintain constant surveillance over an area the size of India. This ship-based Over-the-Horizon (OTH) radar system will increase the Chinese Navy's information gathering capabilities in critical areas.

'We are Displaced' by Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. She has come out with her new book, 'We are Displaced'. The book chronicles her experiences while travelling the world and visiting refugee camps.

Mahinda Rajapaksa the New Leader of Opposition in Sri Lanka

Ex President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been named the Leader of Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament. He had demanded to be made the Leader of Opposition, claiming the highest number of MPs in Opposition.

Modi Invited by Putin to Eastern Economic Forum

Russian president Vladimir Putin has invited PM Narendra Modi as the main guest in the Eastern Economic Forum. It will be held in Vladivostok in September 2019.

Science, Health and Technology

Beans will now Grow in Space

According to the latest research, the International Space Station (ISS) will be growing beans in 2021. It had already cultivated lettuce in space three years ago. The beans could be planted in high-tech planters developed at the The project is to be carried out by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in collaboration with Italian and French researchers.

 

Get Ready for Chandrayaan-2

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is likely to launch the country’s second mission to the Moon Chandrayaan-2, in February 2019.

 

ISRO to Set Up Space Galleries in India

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has planned to set up Space Galleries in various locations of the country. These galleries will spread knowledge about space science and technology amongst Indians.

A New World Found in Space

NASA’s latest planet-hunting probe, Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) has discovered a new world outside our solar system. There are planets orbiting a bright, nearby dwarf star about 53 light years away, in the constellation Reticulum. The red dwarf star has been named HD 21749b.

Kevin Sweeney, Pentagon Chief of Staff, Resigns

Kevin Sweeney, the chief of staff of the US Department of Defence, has resigned from his position. He retired from the US Navy in 2014, as a Rear Admiral.

US President Signs into Law the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act

US President Donald J. Trump signed the Asia Reassurance Initiative Act (ARIA) into law. The act was passed in the U.S. Senate in December, 2018. The act establishes a multifaceted U.S. strategy to increase U.S. security, economic interests, and values in the Indo-Pacific region.

China's Lunar Rover Named Yutu 2

China successfully deployed a lunar rover on January 3, 2019. Named Yutu 2, it touched the lunar surface at 10:22 p.m. local time on January 3, 2019. The probe will be carrying out a string of experiments on the unexplored far side of the moon. Analysts say that China’s lunar probe is part of its Made in China-2025 project which will focus on advanced technology, including space applications.

China Successfully Tests Most Powerful Non-Nuclear Weapon

China successfully tested its most powerful non-nuclear weapon. The media is calling it the Chinese version of the Mother of All Bombs, in comparison to an American one used in Afghanistan in 2017. The bomb is five to six metres long (16 to 20 feet), but weighs less than the American version.

Asif Saeed Khosa is the New Chief Justice of Pakistan

Justice Asif Saeed Khosa has been a senior Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan since December 31, 2016. He will take oath of his office on January 18, 2019. He is preceded by CJP Justice Saqib Nisar who retires on January 17, 2019.



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