सामयिक विषय: National

India – Wiesbaden Conference 2018

Question: Where was the India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 organized on April 16th-17th, 2018?
(a) New York
(b) Paris
(c) New Delhi
(d) Bhubaneswar
Answer: (c) 
Related Facts:

  • On 16th-17th April, 2018, the Ministry of External Affairs, New Delhi, in cooperation with the Government of Germany and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) hosted the India-Wiesbaden Conference 2018 at the Federation House, Tansen Marg, New-Delhi.
  • Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) was the industry partner for the event.
  • The title of the Conference was ‘Securing Global Supply Chains through Government-Industry Partnerships towards Effective Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540’.
  • Representatives from the Government and Industry of 39 countries, as well as experts from the UNSC 1540 Committee and UN Office for Disarmament Affairs in New York, participated in the two-day conference.
  • The Conference provides an opportunity to participants to share experiences on their export control systems and to identify legal & technical assistance, action plans & challenges in national implementation of UNSC 1540.
  • The UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) establishes legally binding obligations on all States to adopt and enforce appropriate and effective measures to prevent the proliferation to non-State actors of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their delivery systems.
  • It requires, therefore that States implement appropriate and effective measures to prevent non-state actors such as terrorists, from obtaining access to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).The Wiesbaden Process was initiated by the Government of Germany in 2012 to strengthen the implementation of UNSC 1540 through Government-Industry partnerships.
  • India, with its long standing commitment to international non-proliferation has established a legally backed robust export control system to implement UNSC 1540.


New Chairman of the NASSCOM

Question: Who was recently elected as the new chairman of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM)?
(a) CP Gurnani
(b) Rishad Premji
(c) Raman Roy
(d) Rakesh Bharti Mittal
Answer: (b)
Related Facts:

  • On April 10th, 2018, Chief Strategy Officer of Wipro Limited and Member of Board Rishad Premji was appointed as Chairman of National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) for the year 2018-19.
  • For this post, he replaced Quatrro Global Services Chairman Raman Roy.
  • Apart from this, Keshav Murugesh was appointed Vice Chairman of NASSCOM for the year 2018-19.
  • It is known that on April 2nd, 2018, former Managing Director of the Intel Company (South Asia Region) Debjani Ghosh took over as the President.
  • It is noteworthy that NASSCOM is a broad union of information technology and BPO of India.
  • It was established on March 1, 1988.
  • Its headquarters are in New Delhi.


A successful launch of the Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1I

Question: On April 12th, 2018, by which of the following polar launcher the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched a successfully ‘IRNSS-1I’ Navigation Satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota?
(a) PSLV-C32
(b) PSLV-C41
(c) PSLV-C38
(d) PSLV-C40
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts: 

  • On 12th April, 2018, in its forty third flight, ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C41 successfully launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1I Navigation Satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
  • PSLV-C41 lifted off at 0404 hrs (4:04 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch Pad.
  • After a flight lasting about 19 minutes, the vehicle achieved a Sub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit with a perigee (nearest point to earth) of 281.5 km and an apogee (farthest point to earth) of 20,730 km inclined at an angle of 19.2 degree to the equator following which IRNSS-1I separated from PSLV.
  • After separation, the solar panels of IRNSS-1I were deployed automatically. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan, Karnataka took over the control of the satellite.
  • In the coming days, orbit manoeuvres will be performed from MCF to position the satellite at 55 deg East longitude in the planned Geosynchronous Orbit with an inclination of 29 deg to the equator.
  • IRNSS-1I is the latest member of the ‘Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)’ system.
  • NavIC, also known as Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and1500 km around the Indian mainland.
  • A number of ground facilities responsible for IRNSS satellite ranging  and monitoring, generation and transmission of navigation parameters, satellite control, network timing, etc., have been established in many locations across the country as part of NavIC.
  • Till now, PSLV has successfully launched 52 Indian satellites and 237 customer satellites from abroad.


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