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ISRO successfully launches India’s new communication satellite CMS-01 from Sriharikota onboard PSLV-C50
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the new communication satellite CMS-01, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, on 17th December 2020.
- The workhorse rocket PSLV-C50 was used to carry the satellite in the intended orbit in space.
Key features of CMS-01
- The new satellite CMS-01 will replace the ageing telecommunication satellite GSAT-12.
- The operational life of CMS-01 is seven years.
- GSAT-12 rendered seamless service for over ten years, since its launch in 2011, though having a mission life of eight years.
- CMS-01 is the 42nd communications satellite of India, and first in the new CMS series of communication satellites.
- The new satellite is expected to provide coverage over the entire country in cases of disaster management and satellite internet connection.
Centre to dedicate a Museum on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose in Kolkata on 125th birth anniversary
- The Government of India has proposed to set up a museum dedicated to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, in Kolkata, as a tribute on his 125th birth anniversary celebrations on 23rd January 2021.
- The government has also decided to expand the current museum of Netaji at Red Fort in New Delhi.
- Apart from this, Centre is also considering to reprint some of the books written by Subhash Chandra Bose, and even start fellowships for students.
- A large array of historical documents, clippings, photos, videos, memorabilia and other material is available with the families of Bose as well as those of INA members which would be brought together at one place for display and dissemination.
Summit & Agreement
PM Modi & Sheikh Hasina jointly inaugurates Chilahati-Haldibari rail link; 7 Agreement signed during Virtual Indo-Bangladesh Summit
- The Government of India and Bangladesh held a virtual summit on 17 December 2020, to hold comprehensive discussions on the entire spectrum of the bilateral relationship, including further strengthening cooperation in the post COVID-19 era.
- The meeting was led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina.
- During the summit, the two leaders jointly inaugurated the Chilahati-Haldibari rail link, which would connect the borders of the two neighbouring countries.
- The rail route lies between Haldibari in West Bengal and Chilahati in Bangladesh.
- It is re-opened after a gap of 55 years. The railway line has been defunct after rail links between India and then East Pakistan snapped in 1965.
- Both the leaders also digitally inaugurated the digital exhibition in the honour of Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rehman.
- Indian side also released a postal stamp to commemorate Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
- Apart from this, the two sides signed 7 MoUs and agreements in various fields
India contributes USD 1 million to WADA to support Clean Sport
- India has pledged a sum of USD 1 million to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), towards its scientific research budget, to ensure an atmosphere of Clean Sport globally.
- The sum will be used by WADA to develop innovative anti-doping testing and detection methods, and further strengthen WADA’s independent Investigations and Intelligence Department.
- The contribution made by India is the highest among contributions made by other world governments, including China, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
- The total contribution of all member nations will be matched by an equal sum by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to create a corpus of USD 10 million.
- This contribution is over and above the annual contribution made to WADA’s core budget by India.
- WADA Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
Canara Bank launches “FX 4 U” for forex remittance using Internet Banking
- Public sector lender Canara Bank has launched a new facility “FX 4 U” for its internet banking users to help them manage and handle their forex transactions seamlessly.
- Currently the facility is active for outward remittances module, while the remaining modules will be activated soon.
- Transactions which are submitted through internet banking will flow seamlessly to CPCFT (Centralised Process Centre – Forex Transactions) where compliance and accounting is done done and transmitted through SWIFT.
Doha to host Asian Games 2030
- The capital of Qatar, Doha has won the hosting rights for the 2030 Asian Games.
- Doha beat Riyadh during the election, held on 16 December at the general assembly of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) in Muscat.
- Saudi Arabia’s capital city Riyadh would host the 2034 edition of the Asian Games.
- Previously Doha organized the Asian Games in 2006.
- 2030 Asian Games will be the 21st edition of the multi-sports event, held after every four years. It is also known as Asiad.
Senior BJP leader and former Gonda MP Satyadev Singh passes away at 75
- One of the senior-most leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and former Gonda MP Satya Dev Singh has passed away. He was 75.
- He contested from Gonda Lok Sabha constituency on the ticket of Bharatiya Lok Dal for the first time in 1977. Later, he was elected to the Lok Sabha from the Balrampur parliamentary seat as Bharatiya Janata Party MP in 1991 and 1996.
- He also served as the National President of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha from 1980 to 1985.
International Migrants Day: 18 December
- The International Migrants Day is observed on 18 December every year to commemorate:
- the benefits and contributions, migrants offer their host communities;
- draw attention to the particular challenges they face and
- the need to promote and protect the rights of all migrants
- The day marks the anniversary of the adoption of the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families, which was adopted by the United Nations (UN) on 18 December 1990.
- The theme of International Migrants Day 2020 is ‘Reimagining Human Mobility’.
UN Arabic Language Day: 18 December
- UN Arabic Language Day is observed annually on December 18.
- The day was established by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity as well as to promote equal use of all six of its official languages throughout the Organization.
- December 18 was chosen as the date for the Arabic language as it is “the day in 1973 when the General Assembly approved Arabic as an official UN language “.
- When: The Minorities Rights Day is observed in India every year on December 18 since 1992.
- Why: Protect the existence of the National or Ethnic, Cultural, Religious and Linguistic identity of minorities within their respective territories and encourage conditions for the promotion of that identity.
- The Day was promulgated by United Nations on December 18, 1992 to strengthen the cause of the minorities.