Monthly : June 2017

GSAT-17 Communication Satellite Launched Successfully

Communication satellite GSAT-17 launched

Question: The latest communication satellite of India, launched on June 29, 2017 by European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana, is …
(a) GSAT-15
(b) GSAT-17
(c) GSAT-19
(d) GSAT-16
Answer- (b)
Related facts:

  • On June 29, 2017, India’s latest communication satellite, GSAT-17 was launched using the European Ariane 5 Launch Vehicle from Kourou, French Guiana.
  • The 3477 kg GSAT-17 carries communication payloads in C-band, Extended C-band and S-band for providing various services to the country. The satellite also carries equipment for meteorological data relay and satellite based search and rescue services.
  • ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took over the command and control of GSAT-17 immediately after its separation from the launch vehicle.
  • The GSAT series of geosynchronous satellites is a system developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation(ISRO) with an objective to make the country self-reliant in broadcasting services.
  • Significantly, with the successful launch of GSAT-17, India successfully launched the third communication satellite in the last two months.
  • The designed in-orbit operational life of GSAT-17 is about 15 years.


The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge), Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launching the “Swasth Saarthi Abhiyan and Fuel Conservation Workshop”, in New Delhi on June 28, 2017. The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and other dignitaries are also seen.

Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan

Question: Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan is aimed at-
(a) Providing clean fuel to households
(b) Providing health facility to auto, taxi and bus drivers.
(c) Promote clean fuel to prevent pollution.
(d) Promote the production of biodiesel.
Answer- (b)
Related facts:

  • On June 28, 2017, Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, together, inaugurated the Swasth Saarthi Abhiyaan (SSA) at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi.
  • This two month long mega campaign is aimed to provide preventive healthcare to the auto, taxi and bus drivers of the region.
  • A medical camp at various IGL stations in the Capital will provide free health checkup for all drivers which include blood test, sugar test, eye test with the help of doctors from St Stephen hospital.
  • A Swasth Saarthi web application has also been launched enabling the drivers undergoing the health checkups during the campaign to access their health records online from anywhere, in case of need.
  • In addition to this a ‘Fuel Conservation Workshop’ for drivers was also organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) as a part of Saksham-2017.


US Open 2017

U.S. Open Championship-2017

Question: The winner golfer of the U.S. Open Championship -2017 is –
(a) Brooks Koepka
(b)Bill Hass
(c) Brian Harman
(d)Tommy Fleetwood
Related facts:

  • During June 15-18, 2017, the U.S. Open Championship was organized in Wisconsin.
  • American Brooks Koepka won the championship.
  • The 27-year-old from Florida who turned professional in 2012, had won twice on the European Tour and just once on the PGA Tour before this win.
  • For the first time since world rankings were introduced in 1986, the top three, Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day, all missed the cut at a major.


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