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India launches 100th satellite vying to project itself as service provider in space!

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NEW DELHI: PM Modi took to the twitter in order to comment on the successful launching of its 100th satellite today, holding that signified the bright future of Indian space program.

Scoring the much awaited century, India is now hopeful of projecting itself as a service provider in space and winning a considerable share in the $300b global pie of satellite launching industry.    

Pakistan pointing towards its civil as well as military nature raised objections saying that satellite could have a negative impact on the regional strategic stability.

Addressing a media briefing prior to the launch, spokesman of Pk Ministry of Foreign Affairs held: “According to media reports, India is set to launch 31 satellites including the earth observation spacecraft Cartosat, on 12th January 2018.

“All space technologies, including earth observation satellites, are inherently dual use and can be employed for both civilian and military purposes…

“All states have a legitimate right to pursue peaceful uses of space technologies. However, given the dual-use nature of such technologies, it is essential that such pursuits are not directed towards a build-up of destabilizing military capabilities, which can negatively impact the regional strategic stability”.

Man Behind the Gun: Dr. K. Sivan, son of a humble farmer, who launched over a hundred satellites!

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Son of a humble farmer, K. Sivan was the first graduate in his family. Presently he is the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Trivandrum and it was his expertise that enabled Indian Space Agency launch 104 satellites. 

It is pertinent to mention here that the Indian micro-satellite will allow capturing of images at night and will also provide high resolution scene specific spot imageries.

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Chemical attack probe: France wants immediate access!

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PARIS: France urged the Syrian regime and its ally Moscow today to grant weapons inspectors immediate access to the site of an alleged chemical attack, accusing them of “obstruction” aimed at eroding the quality of the evidence.

Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), who arrived in Damascus last Saturday, needed “full, immediate and unhindered access” to the site in the town of Douma.

Their mission has been put on hold after a United Nations security assessment team were fired at, and officials at the OPCW have said that Russian and Syrian forces have likely removed key evidence.

“At this time the OPCW investigators still have no access to the chemical attack site in Douma. If Russia and Syria ultimately abide by their commitments, it will take (the investigators) at least two weeks,” Le Drian said in a statement.

“The OPCW mission has as its goal establishing whether a chemical attack indeed took place and identifying the nature of the chemical agent used. This obstruction will obviously harm the quality of the investigation,” he added.

“It seems likely that this attitude is intended to make proof and material evidence linked to the chemical attack disappear.” France joined the United States and Britain in launching air strikes a week ago against the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, in retaliation against an alleged chemical attack in Douma which local medics said killed at least 40 people.

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Romanian president and government clash over moving embassy to Jerusalem!

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BUCHAREST: A row erupted today between Romania’s government and President Klaus Iohannis over a proposal to move the country’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The foreign ministry announced that “a process of analysis and evaluation with the aim of transferring the embassy has been launched”.

Prime Minister Viorica Dancila of the left-wing Social Democratic Party confirmed Friday the government had adopted a memorandum on moving the embassy but added that other steps needed to be taken before a final decision.

In December US President Donald Trump sparked global controversy by announcing that his country would move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. Romania would be the first EU country to follow suit. 

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China and Japan all set to speed-up preparations for air, marine contact mechanism

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SENDAI: China and Japan agreed to speed up preparations for launching an air and maritime contact mechanism in their ninth round of high-level consultations on maritime affairs held here from Thursday through Friday.

Officials from the two countries’ ministries on foreign affairs, defence, security, natural resources, environment, transportation, and agriculture and some other departments attended the talks.

The two sides held a plenary meeting on consultation mechanism and four working group meetings on politics and law, maritime defense, maritime law enforcement and security, as well as maritime economy. The two sides exchanged views on issues related to the East China Sea and discussed ways of maritime cooperation.

They made further progress on negotiations about launching a maritime and aerial communication mechanism between their defense departments as soon as possible, and agreed to speed up preparations for launching the mechanism.

They also agreed to enhance defense exchanges to promote mutual trust and discussed concrete plans for such exchanges. The Border Control Department of China’s Ministry of Public Security and the Japan Coast Guard agreed to continue cooperation in cracking down on transnational crimes including smuggling, human smuggling and drug trafficking, and exchange visits between experts according to the meeting minutes signed by both sides.

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