Current Affairs - Sep 17, 2018

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ISRO Successfully launched UK satellites

  • ISRO has successfully launched two earth observation satellites NovaSAR and S1-4, weighing 450kg each into Sun Synchronous Orbit.
  • ISRO has used PSLV-C42 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - C42) rocket to send these satellites of United Kingdom. It was 44th mission of PSLV.
  • These satellites are synthetic Aperture radar and high-resolution optical earth observation satellites aimed at imaging, surveying resources, forest mapping, land use, ice cap, flood n disaster monitoring, urban management etc.
  • The satellites belong to UK-based Surrey Satellite Technology Limited.

Nepal-China joint military drill

  • Nepal-China began its 12-day long Military Exercise 'Mt. Everest Friendship Exercise'.
  • It is the second edition of Nepal-China military drill.
  • It is being organized in China's Sichuan province.
  • Indo-Nepal battalion-level military exercise is known as ‘Surya Kiran’.

MP Fund remain unspent 

  • Under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) funded and administered.
  • In this scheme, every MP is allocated Rs.5 crore per year in their constituency.
  • Central Information Commission (CIC) in its recent report has highlighted that Rs.12,000 crore of MPLADS remains unspent.
  • CIC has aksed Lok Sabha Speaker and the Rajya Sabha Chairman to come out with a legal framework to ensure accountability of parliamentarians and political parties for their obligations under the scheme.

One-Liners for Preliminary Exams

  • Boxers Simranjit Kaur (64kg), Monika (48kg) and Bhagyabati Kachari (81kg) won gold medals at the Ahmet Comert Tournament in Istanbul, Turkey.
  • An indigenously DRDO developed low weight Man Portable Anti-Tank Guided Missile (MPATGM) was successfully flight tested for the second time from Ahmednagar test range. It will complement Israel made Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile.
  • The Jaipur Literature Festival began in Houston at the Asia Society of Texas on 14th September 2018.

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