Daily Archive: August 3, 2017

Joint Project between #NASA and #ISRO

 ISRO and NASA are working towards realisation of NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar (NISAR) mission by 2021.
In NISAR mission, NASA is responsible for development of L-band SAR and ISRO is responsible for development of S-band SAR. The L & S band SAR will be integrated with ISRO’s spacecraft and launched on-board India’s GSLV. The total cost of the project includes ISRO’s work share cost of about Rs. 788.00 Cr and the cost of JPL’s work share of about USD 808 million. After the launch in 2021, the plan of action includes (i) calibration of instruments & validation of data products; (ii) development of science acquisition plan; (iii) development of data processing procedures & applications; and (iv) conduct of outreach activities in research institutes & academia.
NISAR employs a futuristic SweepSAR technique, which enables very wide swath of more than 200 km and very high resolution of the order of 5-10m. The L & S band microwave data obtained from this satellite will be useful for variety of application, which include estimating agricultural biomass over full duration of crop cycle; assessing soil moisture; monitoring of floods & oil slicks; coastal erosion, coastline changes; assessment of mangroves; surface deformation studies, ice sheet dynamics etc.
ISRO and NASA have a framework agreement for cooperation in the exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes signed in 2008. Under this framework agreement, ISRO and NASA have executed an implementing arrangement for cooperation in NISAR mission, which is valid until 2034 and provides scope for joint activities on science & applications of NISAR data after the launch.
This information was provided by the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

इंडिया इंटरनेशनल मेगा ट्रेड फेयर

इंडिया इंटरनेशनल मेगा ट्रेड फेयर का ग्रेटर नोएडा में स्थित इंडिया एक्सपो मार्ट में आयोजन किया जा रहा है। दिनांक 4 अगस्त 2017 से 15 अगस्त 2017 तक चलेगा। इस मेले का समय सुबह 10 बजे से रात 8 बजे तक है।

#GST Council superintendent arrested in graft case

New Delhi: A superintendent of the newly- established GST Council has been arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for allegedly receiving bribe through one of his close aides.

Monish Malhotra, the superintendent, and Manas Patra, the alleged middleman, were arrested by the CBI last evening, an official said.

This could be the first instance of a GST Council official being arrested by the central investigating agency.

It is alleged that Patra, a tax consultant, on the instruction of Malhotra, who was earlier posted in the Central Excise, had collected illegal gratification from a number of private parties in the past few days, which was to be delivered to Malhotra yesterday.

I’m an urban girl: Bhumi Pednekar

Mumbai : According to Bhumi Pednekar, it was not a task to empathize with the character and that Jaya, her character from Toilet Ek Prem Katha, represents many women of the country who are facing the problem every single day. Bhumi would also be seen in Ayushmann Khurrana’s Shhubh Mangal Saavdhan.

Bollywood actress Bhumi Pednekar, who is featuring in two interesting films – “Toilet: Ek Prem Katha” and “Shubh Mangal Saavdhan” – says being a Mumbai girl, she is very well-versed with the reality of social issues, be it gender equality or open defecation.

Senior #MTNL officer commits suicide

Mumbai, Aug 3 (PTI) A senior officer of Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL), Mumbai, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself from the ceiling fan of a hotel room here, police said today.

Sandeep Rajourie (34), posted as assistant director general of ITS department of telecom in MTNL, hanged himself from the ceiling fan of the hotel room in Powai at around 12 pm yesterday, an official attached to the Powai police station said.

The exact reason for Rajourie taking the extreme step is yet to be ascertained. However, his family alleged that he was being “harassed” in office and was tensed for the last few days, the official added.

A case of accidental death has been registered, he said, adding a probe was underway.