India test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-V inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), which has a strike range of over 5,000km.
The ICBM can reach the northern-most parts of China. Agni-V was last tested in December 2016, in what was described as the fourth and final experimental test of the three-stage ICBM.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released the first image captured by its Cartosat-2 series satellite which was launched from Sriharikota on January 12.
The image shows a part of Indore, Madhya Pradesh with the Holkar Cricket Stadium in the center.
The Earth-observing satellite, weighing 710 kg, was successfully launched with 30 others aboard a PSLV-C40 rocket, completing 100 Indian satellites in orbit.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) are set to conduct a breathtaking stunt at Mahendragiri hills in Tamil Nadu.
A bungee jump is being planned for Chandrayaan-2 craft as part of soft landing tests using a 100-metre tall crane (as tall as a 10-storeyed building) specially built for the purpose.
Chandrayaan-2 is India's second Moon mission.
ISRO's PSLV-C40 carrying Cartosat-2 series satellite and 30 other spacecraft lifts off from Sriharikota.
The “Cartosat-2 Series” and 29 other satellites inserted into a 505-kilometer sun-synchronous orbit.
Later, the payload Microsat developed by the ISRO will be taken down to a lower orbit at 359-kilometer height and launched using the ‘multiple engine switch-on’ method.
This is the fourth time the novel method has been used by the ISRO for placing satellites in multiple orbits in a single flight.
Intel Corp (INTC.O) Chief Executive Brian Krzanich said on Monday 2 million vehicles from BMW (BMWG.DE), Nissan Motor Co Ltd (7201.T) and Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) would use its unit Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle technology to crowdsource data for building maps that enable autonomous driving.
The world’s largest chipmaker bought Israeli firm Mobileye last year to compete with peers such as Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O) and tap the fast-growing market of driverless cars.
Intel will also tie up with SAIC Motor Corp Ltd (600104.SS), which will use Mobileye technology to develop cars in China, the chipmaker said. Krzanich also said Intel had not received any information of customer data being compromised so far after the company confirmed last week that the security issues reported by researchers in its widely used microprocessors could allow hackers to steal sensitive information from computers, phones and other devices.
Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO announced to launch 31 satellites, including India's Cartosat-2 series earth observation spacecraft, in a single mission onboard its Polar rocket on January 10.
The mission will be the first Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) mission after the unsuccessful launch of navigation satellite IRNSS-1H in August this year. The mission's main payload would be India's Cartosat-2 series earth observation satellite.
PSLV-C40 will be used for the launch from the spaceport in Andhra Pradesh's Sriharikota.The mission would be a combination of 28 nanosatellites from foreign countries, including Finland, US and one micro and nanosatellite from India along with one Cartosat satellite.
Union Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister, Shri Radha Mohan Singh launched Livestock Disease Forewarning –Mobile Application (LDF-Mobile App).
The app is developed by ICAR-National Institute of Veterinary Epidemiology and Disease Informatics (ICAR-NIVEDI), Bengaluru.
Apart from early warning, the app will also provide information about clinical samples for the diagnosis in case of the epidemic so that immediate action can be taken in case of the epidemic.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) allowed Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL)- manufactured Dornier 228 to be used for civilian flights.
The 19-seater aircraft has, till now, been used by defence forces and is the first plane to be made in the country for commercial flights.
HAL can sell this plane to airlines in India and it can be used by them for regional flights under the Indian government's ambitious UDAN (Ude Desh Ka Aam Naagrik) scheme.
The World Health Organisation declared Gabon a "polio-free country", given the lack of new reported or suspected cases in the central African country.
According to a WHO statement obtained, the UN health agency nonetheless recommended taking the necessary steps to continue monitoring for possible signs of the disease.
The Cases of polio have decreased by 99 per cent since 1988, when polio was endemic in 125 countries and 350,000 cases were recorded worldwide.
China unveiled a satellite network plan for round-the-clock surveillance on the South China Sea.
The East Asian country plans to launch 10 satellites into space over the next three years to maintain non-stop surveillance on the disputed waterway.
The program would provide scientific support for its One Belt One Road initiative and emergency response efforts at sea.
In an apparent move to rebuild its presence in China, Google announced that it will open a research lab focused on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Beijing, China. It will be its first such centre in Asia.
The "Google AI China Centre" will join the other AI research groups that the company has in other parts of the world, including in New York, Toronto, London and Zurich.
The main Focused on basic AI research, the lab will consist of a team of AI researchers in Beijing, supported by the company's engineering teams.
Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad launched first NIC-CERT, a setup of National Informatics Centre to prevent and predict cyber attacks on government utilities.
They launched in New Delhi.
NIC-CERT has been set up with the objective of creating a comprehensive framework that integrates world-class security components and inbuilt threat intelligence for detection, prevention and incident response.
International Affairs A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan ($151 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui. China Three Gorges New Energy Company started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant was connected to the grid.
The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018.
Airtel set to boost mobile connectivity; will provide 2,100 uncovered villages and national highways of Northeast region over 18 months. A MoU was signed by the Department of Telecom DoT with Bharti Airtel.
They have signed an agreement with DoT and the Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF) for the provision of mobile services in identified uncovered villages and national highways in the northeastern states of Assam, Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh.
As the largest operator in the northeastern states, Airtel will set up over 2,000 mobile towers and sites in unconnected pockets of the region to deliver telecom connectivity in over 2,100 villages over the next 18 months.
There are 43,200 villages in this region and 21% of these villages have no mobile network of any sort. Airtel will become the only operator to offer 2G/3G/4G services in the region. In 2014, the centre approved the implementation of a telecom development plan for the Northeast and estimated an expenditure of nearly Rs 5,300 Crore.
The more North Korea becomes stubborn against the US, the US and its allies in the region are also preparing more for the crisis. Amid the ongoing show of force US, Japan and South Korea will hold two days of missile tracking drills.
This one will be the sixth set of drills of its kind with the aim to cope with the growing North Korean missile threat.
The first exercise sharing information in tracking ballistic missiles among the three nations was held in June. It will be held in waters near the Korean Peninsula and Japan.
The exercise is being held as North Korea fired a powerful missile last month which could target the entire US mainland. Since then, the US and North Korea had enough angry exchange of words.
The Telangana government will provide broadband internet connection to all households in the state by December next year.
With internet connection in every house, healthcare and education in rural areas will undergo revolutionary changes.
Under the Digital Telangana project, fiber cables are being laid along water pipelines to ensure broadband internet connectivity to every household.
India's 'first' mobile food testing laboratory, which will enable on-the-spot food safety tests to be conducted in Goa, would be launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on December 10, 2017.
"This is the first ever 'Food Safety on Wheel' mobile laboratory in the country.
The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check the food quality. It will also check the hygiene level of water, he said adding that the results can be received within 15 minutes.
The mobile laboratory costs Rs 45 lakh and it has been fully funded by the Centre.
Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has launched the UAE's first astronaut programme.
Earlier this year, the UAE had announced plans to send an unmanned probe to Mars by 2021.
Caltech scientists have made the world's smallest recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa, the size of a bacterium, out of DNA.
The technique, dubbed DNA origami, enabled scientists to fold DNA into desired self-assembling structures using 64 tiles, which were 100 nanometers wide.
The team also created a life-sized portrait of a bacterium and a bacterium-sized portrait of a rooster.
The Surface to Air Missile AKASH with indigenous radio frequency seeker against target Banshee has been successfully launched from the Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur, Odisha.
The Radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along the coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile.
This missile is being inducted into Army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM).
With this success, India has achieved the capability of making any type of Surface to Air Missile.
Technology giant Google launched a lightweight Android Oreo Go edition operating system designed for devices with RAM up to 1 GB.
According to Google, the Android Go offers 30% faster startup time and up to 2 times optimisation of storage space. There's also a Go version of the Play store with lightweight apps including YouTube Go and Gmail Go.
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) signed 2 Bilateral Advance Pricing Agreements (APA) with The Netherlands during the month of November’17.
These Agreements are the first ever Bilateral APAs with The Netherlands. With the signing of these Agreements, the total number of APAs entered into by the CBDT has gone up to 186. This includes 171 Unilateral APAs and 15 Bilateral APAs.
These two APAs pertain to the Electronics and Technology sectors of the economy. The international transactions covered in these agreements include Distribution, Provision of Marketing Support Services, Provision of Business Support Services.
The APA Scheme endeavours to provide certainty to taxpayers in the domain of transfer pricing by specifying the methods of pricing and setting the prices of international transactions in advance. Since its inception, the APA Scheme has been well-accepted by taxpayers.
Google launched Datally App to understand, control and save users mobile data themselves.
Datally App available on the Google Play Store will enable users to track their data usage in real time and get personalized recommendations on saving data along with notifications of nearby available public Wi-Fi spots.
Turn on the Data Saver bubble to block background data usage and track real-time data usage.You can also block data with one tap if an app’s data usage gets out of control.
North Korea claimed that “Hwasong-15” test-fired on 29th November 2017 is a new type of Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) that can strike anywhere on the US mainland.
represents the most successful and formidable part of its ballistic missile arsenal. “Hwasong-15” was North Korea’s 20th launch of a ballistic missile in 2017.
The missile was reported to have flown for 50 minutes on a very high trajectory, reaching 2,796 miles (4,500km) above the earth (more than 10 times higher than the orbit of the International Space Station) before coming down nearly 621 miles from the launch site off the west coast of Japan. This would make it the most powerful of the three ICBMs North Korea has tested so far.
India and Greece have signed Air Services Agreement (ASA) and MoU on Cooperation (MoC) in the field of New and Renewable Energy.
The agreements were signed after bilateral talks between External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj and her visiting counterpart Minister for Foreign Affairs of Greece Nikos Kotzias in New Delhi.
ASA is signed between countries to decide on a number of flights that airlines can fly into each other’s countries.
Indonesia raised its warning for Bali's Mount Agung volcano to the top level four alert closed the holiday island's airport and told residents near the summit to immediately evacuate, warning of the “imminent” risk of a larger eruption.
Bali's airport was closed for 24 hours, disrupting 445 flights and some 59,000 passengers, due to the eruption warning and the presence of volcanic ash from Agung.
Scientists from New Zealand have developed world’s first artificial intelligence politician named SAM.
It was created by Nick Gerritsen, the entrepreneur in New Zealand.
The virtual politician SAM can answer person’s queries regarding local issues such as policies around housing, education and immigration.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar laid the foundation stone of a healthcare centre for children in Mumbai.
The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Centre for Child Health Care and Training in Paediatric Heart Care Skill would be operational in a year's time in Kharghar.
People from 35 different countries have come to the place. He also said if someone makes children recovering from the cardiac disease, then we are looking after the future of our country.
China successfully launched remote sensing satellites designed to conduct electromagnetic probes and other experiments.
The satellites launched on board of Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwestern Sichuan province.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch first solar mission Aditya-L1 in 2019. It will be India’s first dedicated scientific mission to Sun.
The mission aims to put 1,500-kg heavy class Aditya-L1 satellite into a halo orbit around Lagrangian point L1, a point between Sun and Earth.
It is a joint venture between ISRO and physicists from various institutes including Indian Institute of Astrophysics (Bengaluru).
The Defence of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Exercise (DANX-2017) was conducted under the aegis of Andaman & Nicobar Command from 20 to 24 November 2017.
The main objective of the five-day exercise was to practice and validate procedures and drills of all Command forces aimed at defending strategic Andaman and Nicobar Island.
The purpose of the exercise was for adopting planning and precise execution of Command plans by forces in a synergistic manner.
The Global Conference on Cyber Space will begin in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the two-day mega event. For the first time, the event is being organized in India.
The theme of the conference is Cyber for All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development.
The story of Digital India and Digital Inclusion of citizens will be discussed in the conference.
Over 10 thousand delegates will take part in the conference in person. There will also be virtual participation from over 2800 locations across the world that will be connected in an interactive mode.
Current Affairs: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare observed Vasectomy Fortnight to raise awareness about male sterilization and to promote the participated of men in family planning.
Under this awareness campaign, all states and union territories observed Vasectomy Fortnight by providing quality of male sterilization services by providing quality of male sterilization services at public health facilities.
The Vasectomy fortnight will be observed up to block level with a focus on family planning service delivery along with information, education, communication, and advocacy.
The theme for this is “Zimmedar Purush ki yehi hai Pehchan, Parivar Niyojan mein jo de Yogdaan”.
Brahmos, the world’s fastest supersonic cruise missile created history after it was successfully flight-tested first time from the Indian Air Force’s (IAF) frontline fighter aircraft Sukhoi-30MKI against a sea-based target in the Bay of Bengal.
The successful maiden test firing of Brahmos Air Launched Cruise Missile (ALCM) from Su-30MKI will significantly bolster the IAF’s air combat operations capability from stand-off ranges.
India's mission to the Sun will be launched in 2019 from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The main aim of the solar mission is to improve our understanding of dynamical processes of the sun and help resolve some outstanding questions in solar physics.
The satellite carrying six payloads will be launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on the PSLV- XL launch vehicle.
It will be launched into the halo orbit around the Lagrangian point 1 (L1) of the Sun-Earth system.
The second edition of India’s moon mission, Chandrayaan II is scheduled for launch in March 2018.
The space agency is aiming to double its satellite launches next year from the current eight to nine annually to 20 every year.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) successfully tested supersonic landing parachute that will be deployed in its Mars rover mission set to launch in 2020.
The mission will rely on a special parachute to slow spacecraft down as it enters Martian atmosphere at over 5.4 kilometers per second.
It was first of several tests in support of NASA's Mars 2020 Mission.
The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare launched Daily Drug Regimen for treatment of Tuberculosis (TB) patients across the country under The Revis.
Under it, Health Ministry is providing a thrice-weekly regimen for treatment of TB, however, it has now decided to change treatment strategy for TB patients.
TB is a bacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria that most often affect lungs. The disease is spread from person to person through the air.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) launched a next-generation satellite called the Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1).
It was launched into orbit atop United Launch Alliance-built Delta II rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
It is is first multi-day weather forecasts satellite in NOAA’s series of four, next-generation operational environmental satellites representing major advancements in observations used for severe weather prediction and environmental monitoring. It is designed to monitor weather around world and help improve forecasts.
Andhra Pradesh soon to get a Centre of Excellence in Space Sciences and Technologies. CANEUS International, a Canadian organization, will establish a Centre of Excellence on Space Sciences and Technologies for Development at Hindupur.
The Coming up on 60 acres in Hindupur town of Anantapur district, the facility will create opportunities for 500 highly skilled direct jobs and over 1,000 indirect jobs.
A MoU was signed by the Andhra Pradesh government with CANEUS International. A tripartite agreement for setting up the facility was signed with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC).
It is is a unique non-profit organization of professionals involving public-private partnership, serving the needs of aeronautics, space and defence communities by fostering the coordinated, international development of micro-nano technologies for aerospace and defence applications.
Air traffic volume reached an all-time high of 1.04 crore passengers in October 2017, according to data released by the DGCA.
The number of flyers saw a year-on-year increase of over 20%, up from 86.7 lakh passengers in October 2016.
All major airlines except Air India logged a passenger load factor above 80%, which DGCA attributed to the festive season.
IndiGo flew the most number of passengers at 41.33 lakh and the second position was secured by Jet Airways with 15.88 lakh passengers.
Noteworthy that Air India managed to grab the third position with 13.66 lakh passengers, while SpiceJet was at the fourth spot with 13.64 lakh.
In present time cybersecurity is a big issue globally. India is also moving to a digital era. Hence against this backdrop, focusing on a Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development, India will host the Global Conference on Cyber Space (GCCS).
The Curtain Raiser events will be held from 20th November.
It is the fifth edition of GCCS wherein international leaders, policymakers, industry experts, think tanks and cyber experts will gather to deliberate on issues and challenges for optimally using cyberspace. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the mega event.
The main goal is to promote the importance of inclusiveness and human rights in global cyber policy, to defend the status quo of an open, interoperable and unregimented cyberspace, to create political commitment for capacity building initiatives to address the digital divide and assist countries, and to develop security solutions in a balanced fashion that duly acknowledge the importance of the private sector and technical community.
Overall 33 ministers from various nations dealing with the subject matter of cyberspace have already confirmed. More than 7000 people have already registered on the website and among them, only 2500 will get their invites to the conference.
Shri R.K. Singh, Minister of State (IC) for Power and New & Renewable Energy launched the Pradhan Mantri Sahaj Bijli Har Ghar Yojana – ‘Saubhagya’ Web Portal.
The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug in the United States with a digital ingestion tracking system, in an unprecedented move to ensure that patients with mental illness take the medicine prescribed for them.
The drug Abilify MyCite, developed by Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd, was first approved by the FDA in 2002 to treat schizophrenia.
The ingestible sensor, made by Proteus Digital health, was approved for marketing in 2012.
The Space Kingdom of Asgardia has launched its first satellite.
This so-called ‘virtual nation’ is the pet project of Russian scientist and billionaire Igor Ashurbeyli.
In 2016, he proposed a new nation which would be based in space in order to be outside of the control of nations on Earth.
The Asgardia-1 satellite, which is about the size of a loaf of bread, and contains half a terabyte of data.
It was launched from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia aboard a Cygnus spacecraft on an Orbital ATK Antares rocket.
China launched the world’s first all-electric ship, which can travel up to 80 km with 2000-tonnes cargo after a two-hour charge.
The ship is 70.5-metre-long and weighs about 600 tonnes.
It was launched in Guangzhou in South China’s Guangdong Province.
The ship has been manufactured by the Guangzhou Shipyard International Company Limited.
It is powered by a 26-tonne lithium battery and can cruise at the top speed of 12.8 km per hour.
United Nations is set to open its first official talks on the use of autonomous weapons, including killer robots, at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) for 5 days, in Geneva.
The meeting is chaired by Indian ambassador on disarmament, Amandeep Gill.
The discussion will also include civil society and technology companies.
It will be partly focused on understanding the types of weapons in the pipeline.
Northeast is set to get India’s first-ever “Air Dispensary” based in a helicopter and the Union Ministry of Development of Northeast (DONER) already contributed Rs. 25 crores as part of the initial funding.
As per the plan, the helicopter will be based at two locations, namely Imphal in Manipur and Meghalaya in Shillong.
From these two locations, specialist doctors, paramedical staff, and necessary equipment would move into the helicopter and hold a dispensary in different locations across the eight States of North Eastern Region.
India is the sixth most vulnerable country in the world in terms of facing extreme weather events, according to the report released by the Germanwatch.
The top 5 countries on the list are-
4. Sri Lanka and
The Germanwatch is an independent Berlin-based development and environmental organization and it has released its latest global climate risk index (CRI).
The Index put the United States (US) at 10th position.
The Union government will launch its second and final phase of the BharatNet project to provide high-speed broadband service in all Gram Panchayats by March 2019.
It will be implemented at an outlay of around 34 thousand crore rupees.
Department of Telecommunications (DoT) is organizing a National Conference in New Delhi in which it will sign MoUs with states for the implementation of the second phase of BharatNet.
Under this phase, broadband connectivity will be provided in remaining 1.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country.
Almost 90 thousand installations have been completed and broadband services are expected to commence in 80 thousand Gram Panchayats soon.
Union Government of India inked an agreement with Chennai’s Anna University in order to establish India’s second Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC).
This would be done under the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) TISC program.
The main objective of the TISC is to stimulate a dynamic, vibrant and balanced Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) system in India to foster creativity and innovation, thereby promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing social, economic and cultural development by establishing a network of TISCs in India.