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!
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.
Canada to host first women foreign ministers meeting
OTTAWA: Canada is set to host the first meeting of women foreign ministers in September, officials said Wednesday.
The meeting will take place in Montreal on September 21 and 22 while the UN General Assembly is underway in New York, Canada’s foreign ministry spokesman Adam Austen said.
The event will be hosted by Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with the European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, according to a statement by the EU.
There are currently about 30 women in the world leading their countries’ diplomacy: eight in Europe (including Mogherini), ten in Latin America and the Caribbean; five in Africa (including South Africa); ten in Latin America and the Caribbean, and others in Asia, including India, Indonesia, and Australia.
Ottawa has not yet confirmed how many ministers will attend the meeting in Quebec.
“We know that promoting gender equality is essential for our prosperity as well as peace and security in the world,” Austen told AFP.
“The first meeting of women foreign ministers will provide a unique opportunity to reinforce this commitment through a general discussion of key issues facing the world, such as peace and security, climate change and terrorism, in addition to putting forward the perspective of women leaders,” he continued.
Austen added that Canada hoped the event would mark the beginning of a tradition of cooperation among the women ministers.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made gender equality one of the key planks of his government policy. When he came to power, he formed a cabinet with an equal division between men and women.
19 drown, dozens missing in migrant boat sinking off Cyprus
NICOSIA: At least 19 migrants drowned and up to 30 were missing Wednesday after their boat sank in the Mediterranean off the north of Cyprus, local security forces said.
The boat was carrying 150 people, reportedly Syrians, when it went down off the coast of the breakaway Turkish Cypriot-controlled portion of the island, which is only recognized by Ankara.
More than 100 people were rescued in a joint operation by Turkish Cypriot and Turkish coastguards after the boat sank off the village of Gialousa (Yeni Erenkoy in Turkish) on the panhandle Karpas peninsula.
At least 19 drowned and between 25 and 30 were still missing, the Turkish Cypriot security forces (GKK) said in a statement.
One was taken by helicopter to Cyprus in grave medical condition, the GKK added. The other survivors were, however, being taken by ship to the port of Tasucu in Turkey’s southern Mersin region.
Search efforts were underway to recover the missing with commercial vessels also taking part, reports said.
The Turkish coastguard said in a statement that the accident took place 30 kilometers (18 miles) off the shore of northern Cyprus. It said that 103 survivors had been rescued.
Turkey’s DHA news agency said those on board the vessel were Syrians seeking to go to Europe but this had yet to be confirmed.
Cyprus, some 160 kilometers (100 miles) from Syria’s coast, has not seen the massive inflow of migrants experienced by Turkey, Greece, and Italy although asylum applications have risen sharply.
According to the International Organisation for Migration, 47,637 migrants and refugees entered Europe by sea up to July with only 47 entering Cyprus.
In the same period, 1,404 people lost their lives in the crossings, mostly those trying to cross from Africa to Italy or Malta.
Cyprus has been divided since 1974 when Turkish troops invaded and occupied the northern third of the island in response to a Greek military junta-sponsored coup.
“The Mediterranean must stop being a cemetery for refugees,” Turkish Cypriot president Mustafa Akinci said after the disaster.
Pakistan sends some 141,000 workers to 60 countries
ISLAMABAD: Overseas Employment Corporation (OEC) had sent around 141,000 workers to the 60 different countries of the world so far.
An official source told the Media here today that OEC has started the online registration of skilled and unskilled workers for jobs in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries especially for the upcoming World Expo 2020 in UAE and FIFA World Cup 2022 in Qatar. He said that in the wake of these mega-events in the region, a huge number of the workforce of all categories and trades professions was required for these mega projects. The OEC as public sector organization was successfully proving competent, reliable and cost-effective human resource to the international market while ensuring exploitation free environment for overseas job seekers, he expressed.
He said that the OEC had been awarded fastest sending agency awards by the Human Resource Development Service of Korea to process and dispatch of Pakistani manpower to the Republic of Korea under their Employment Permit System (EPS) which was the most efficient, fair and transparent recruitment system of the world.
The official said the OEC is in process of building and maintaining a database of available workforce in Pakistan, which would be directly accessible to foreign employers and highly skilled, skilled, semi-skilled and general workers, who intend to seek employment abroad can apply to or register with OEC. Those candidates who are unable to apply online may submit their CVs along with a copy of deposit slip in any OEC office. All interested candidates can send their documents to the offices of the OEC including Lahore, Karachi, Quetta, Peshawar by August 31, he added.