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China’s launch of new satellite fails
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China’s launch of new satellite fails

As per reports, a Chinese satellite failed to enter the orbit due to reasons unknown.The optical remote-sensing satellite Jilin-1 Gaofen 02C, which was launched aboard the Kuaizhou-1A carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in northwest China failed to enter the preset orbit.Amateur footage of the apparent launch appeared on Chinese social media shortly after.The launch center said that some abnormal performance was identified during the rocket's flight.Chinese launches to low-Earth and Sun-synchronous orbits are usually confirmed successful within an hour of liftoff. State media provided official confirmation of the failure (Chinese) five hours after launch.The launcher was carrying the Jilin-1 Gaofen (‘high resolution’) 02C optical Earth observation satellite. The satelli...
J&K: SherKashmir University introduces hail net system to protect high-density apples
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J&K: SherKashmir University introduces hail net system to protect high-density apples

In the Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the scientists of Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (SKUAST) have introduced the 'Hail Net System' to protect high-density apples.The scientists and experts took another developmental step in the shape of introducing the Hail Net System aimed to protect the high-density apples."Hail Net System consists of support structure and plants and drip for every. These are the three basic principles necessary for every setup," Dr Khalid Mushtaq, Head Division of Fruit Sciences, SKUAST said.“This new system protects the orchards from the extreme climatic conditions and birds in the Union Territory. Anti-hail nets being used to protect the crop from damage caused by hailstorms. Also, it helps in saving crops from birds...
I want to serve my country, says Rehana Bashir, first woman who cleared IAS from J&K’s Poonch
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I want to serve my country, says Rehana Bashir, first woman who cleared IAS from J&K’s Poonch

An MBBS graduate and now the first woman from Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district in Salwah Village who has cracked the coveted civil service exams, Rehana Bashir says that she wants to be a part of the government and serve her country.She cleared the exam in her second attempt; she took the first exam in 2017. "It was not easy for me to take the stress, but my brother, who is already into administration, guided me. There were instances when I questioned myself about my decision, but friends and family members reminded me of my ultimate goal in life," she says.Rehana is an MBBS graduate from Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. Her brother Amir Bashir is already working with the Indian Revenue Service (IRS).“While I was doing an internship in November 2016, I realized that I can s...
Vande Bharat flights facilitated repatriation, outbound travel of over 16.25 lakh people
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Vande Bharat flights facilitated repatriation, outbound travel of over 16.25 lakh people

Indian Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said international flights under Vande Bharat Mission facilitated repatriation and outbound travel of more than 16.25 lakh people from different countries amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic."Mission of hope and happiness. International flights under Vande Bharat Mission, in addition to other modes, facilitate repatriation and outbound travel of more than 16.25 lakh people from different countries. We continue to reach out to more every day," Puri said in a tweet.According to the Ministry, 4,170 people returned on September 13, 2020.The Vande Bharat Mission started in early May to evacuate Indians stranded abroad due to coronavirus-induced travel restrictions. Under the mission, more than 2.2 million passengers have been flown home.The A...
India gifts consignment of disaster relief materials to Nepal
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India gifts consignment of disaster relief materials to Nepal

India gifted to Nepal a consignment of disaster relief material including tents and plastic sheets after floods and landslide destroyed livelihoods and families in five districts of the Himalayan nation.The consignment was handed over by India's deputy envoy in Nepal, Namgya Khampa, to Chanda Chaudhary, Member of Parliament and President of the Nepal-India Women Friendship Society (NIWFS).“This gift is part of the Government of India's regular humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support to Nepal”, according to India mission to Nepal."The relief material includes tents and plastic sheets for distribution to flood and landslide affected families in five districts of Nepal," the mission said in the statement."In view of the recent destruction and loss of life caused by floods and land...
1.77 lakh tourists visited Nepal in 8 months of 2020, Indians top list
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1.77 lakh tourists visited Nepal in 8 months of 2020, Indians top list

According to Nepal’s Department of Immigration (DOI), as many as 1,77,675 foreign tourists visited the country in the first eight months of 2020 and among them, Indian travelers topped the list despite the lockdown imposed in Nepal to curb the COVID-19 infection.In early January, a total of 16,800 Indians visited Nepal, 16,558 in February, 6,793 in March, two in April, seven in May, 26 in June, 41 in July and 23 in August, the DoI data said.In January, 65,983 tourists had visited the Himalayan nation while the figures soared to 77,064 in February. The numbers came down to 34,025 in March before the enforcement of nationwide COVID-19 lockdown that month.A total of 13 foreign nationals entered Nepal in April, out of which two were Indians, 30 in May, 100 in June, 195 in July and 265 in Augus...
China appoints trade expert as new ambassador to Pakistan to help drive infrastructure development plan
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China appoints trade expert as new ambassador to Pakistan to help drive infrastructure development plan

In a bid to bring to life its multibillion-dollar infrastructure development partnership, China has appointed a trade specialist - with no formal experience as a diplomat - as its new ambassador to Pakistan.Nong Rong – the Communist Party secretary of the ethnic and religious affairs commission in the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region – was named by the foreign ministry as the new ambassador to Pakistan.“Although Nong is not trained as a diplomat, he has experience in economic diplomacy with Southeast Asian countries,” said Wang Dehua, a South Asia specialist at the Shanghai Municipal Centre for International Studies.“The fact he headed the ethnic and religious affairs commission suggests he is capable of dealing with sensitive issues,” he said.One of Nong’s primary roles will be to promote...
As FATF sword hangs over Pakistan, its army claims of killing 4 terrorists
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As FATF sword hangs over Pakistan, its army claims of killing 4 terrorists

Ahead of the crucial Financial Action Task Force (FATF) meet, the Pakistani military has said that security forces have killed a terrorist commander along with three other terrorists in the Waziristan area of northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province."In a major breakthrough, terrorist commander Ihsan Ullah alias Ihsan Sanray along with three other terrorists (were) killed during an intelligence-based operation today (Sunday) in Ghariom, Shaktu near the inter-district boundary of North and South Waziristan tribal districts”, an army statement said.The military's media wing said Sanray masterminded numerous terrorist activities."More recently he was involved in planning and execution of terrorist attacks in Shaktu area which led to the martyrdom of several soldiers and officers including Lt ...
B2V will imbibe spirit of development among masses: Advisor to J&K Lt Governor
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B2V will imbibe spirit of development among masses: Advisor to J&K Lt Governor

Advisor to Jammu and Kashmir’s Lieutenant Governor, Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar said that the Back to Village (B2V) will imbibe the spirit of development and participation among the common people of India as well as empower them through Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI).Bhatnagar made these comments while participating in a B2V3 function at Panchayat Halqa Ganeshpora of Pahalgam Block.While addressing a large gathering, Bhatnagar said that the J&K administration is committed for the overall and equitable development of Jammu and Kashmir. He also asked the people to come forward and take advantage of welfare programmes announced by the government from time to time.Bhatnagar also said that the administration is strengthening Panchayat Raj institutions and the line departments will also facilita...
J&K LG hands over paddy thresher, distributes Kisan credit cards
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J&K LG hands over paddy thresher, distributes Kisan credit cards

Taking governance to peoples’ doorsteps, Lieutenant Governor of Indian union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, Manoj Sinha, visited Panchayat Halqa, Ashthal, Kulgam during the ongoing phase three of Back to Village programme.On the occasion, Sinha handed-over a paddy thresher for use by the locals of the village.He also distributed kisan (farmers) credit cards, sports kits and handed-over financial assistance to construction workers, various certificates and sanction letters to beneficiaries under different departmental schemes.Sinha observed that the ambitious Back to Village programme is an endeavor of the J&K Government to ensure 100 per cent saturation of social security and beneficiary-oriented schemes so that the benefits of such schemes shall reach to every eligible beneficiary.Th...