Daily : May 8, 2017

India today successfully launched the South Asia Communication Satellite

Successful launch of South Asia Satellite GSAT-9

Question: Recently, South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 was successfully launched into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) via which of the following rocket?
(a) GSLV-L09
(b) GSLV-F09
(c) GSLV-F06
(d) GSLV-F05
Ans (b)
Related facts:

  • On May 05, 2017, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).
  • It was launched at 4:57 pm from the second launch pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
  • It was launched via a Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) rocket named “GSLV-F09”.
  • GSLV-F09 mission is the eleventh flight of India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and its fourth consecutive flight with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS).
  • Seven of the eight SAARC countries- India, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, are part of the project.
  • The satellite cost around Rs 235 crore is fully funded by India.
  • The satellite will enable a full range of services to neighbours including the areas of telecommunication, television, direct-to-home, VSATs, tele-education and tele-medicine.
  • It can also provide secure hotlines among the participating nations, which will be useful for management of disasters like earthquakes, cyclones, floods and tsunamis.
  • It is notable that in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked ISRO scientists to make a ‘SAARC satellite’. It is a gift to neighboring countries from India.
  • The mission life is more than 12 years.


14th UN Day of Vesak in Sri Lanka

UN Vesak Day-2017

Question: The UN Vesak Day celebrations are scheduled for May 11 – 14, 2017 in which of the following country?
(a) Thailand
(b) Sri Lanka
(c) Myanmar
(d) China
Ans (b)
Related facts:

  • The UN Vesak Day celebrations are scheduled for May 11 – 14, 2017 in Sri Lanka.
  • The theme of the UN Vesak day is ‘Buddha’s Teachings, Social Justice and Sustainable World Peace’.
  • In this international Buddhist seminar, more than 400 delegates from 100 countries will participate.
  • Vesak day is also known as Buddha Purnima and Buddha Day.
  • This day is widely celebrated by Sri Lankan majority Sinhalese Buddhists.
  • UN General Assembly declared an International Day of Observance for Vesak in 1999 on the initiative of the then Foreign Minister Lakshman Kadirgamar.


Agni-II ballistic missile successfully test-fired

Agni-II Ballistic Missile Test Fired Successfully

Question: Consider the following statements about Agni-II and find out correct statement(s) using the codes given below.
1. It was successfully test fired from a defense test facility in Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off the coast of Odisha on May 04, 2017.
2. It is a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface missile with a range of 700 km.
3. It has two solid fuel stages.

(a) Only (1)
(b) (1) and (3)
(c) (2) and (3)
(d) (1) and (2)
Ans (b)
Related facts:

  • On May 04, 2017, India successfully test fired Agni-II ballistic missile from a defence test facility in the Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off the coast of Odisha.
  • The trial of the surface-to-surface missile was conducted from Launch Complex-4 of Integrated Test Range (ITR).
  • The trial was conducted by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of Indian Army under the Technical Supervision of Scientists of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • Agni-II missile is a nuclear-capable, surface-to-surface missile.
  • It has a strike range of more than 2,000 km. It is 20 metres long, weighs 17 tonnes and can carry a payload of 1,000 kg.
  • It is notable that earlier it was successfully tested on November 09, 2014.


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