1. Reprogrammable Satellite “Chameleon” launched
- The European Space Agency is an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,200 in 2018 and an annual budget of about €6.5 billion in 2021.
- Founded: 30 May 1975, Europe
- CEO: Johann-Dietrich Wörner
2. Union Cabinet approves continuation of 1,023 fast track special courts
- Union minister Anurag Thakur said out of 31 states and union territories, 28 have started the scheme.
- West Bengal is one of the states which has not started the scheme, he pointed out, adding “We are hopeful they will start it soon.”
- The scheme would continue from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2023 with an outlay of Rs 1572.86 crore — Rs 971.70 crore as central share and Rs 601.16 crore as state share, an official statement said.
3. Cabinet approves MoU between IIST and TU Delft Netherlands for research collaboration
- Delft University of Technology, also known as TU Delft, is the oldest and largest Dutch public technical university.
- Founded: 1842
- Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology is a government-aided institute and deemed university for the study and research of space science, located at Valiamala, Nedumangad, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. It is the first university in Asia to be solely dedicated to the study and research of Outer space.
- Founded: September 2007
4. INS Vikrant leaves port for maiden sea trials
- INS Vikrant, also known as Indigenous Aircraft Carrier 1, is an aircraft carrier constructed by the Cochin Shipyard Limited for the Indian Navy. It is the first aircraft carrier to be built in India. The name Vikrant means “courageous”.
- Launched: 12 August 2013
- Status: On sea trials
- Commissioned: 2022 (expected)
- Builder: Cochin Shipyard
5. India-Russia joint training exercise INDRA 2021 begins
- The exercise will focus on unit level joint planning and conduct of anti-terrorist operations and will include cordon and search operations, intelligence gathering and sharing, perception management, humanitarian laws and hostage rescue in simulated settings.
- Exercise INDRA – 2021 will strengthen mutual confidence, interoperability and enable sharing of best practices between both the armed forces. It will be another landmark event in the history of Indo-Russian defence cooperation.
6. ASEAN appoints Brunei diplomat as envoy to Myanmar
- ASEAN, officially the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is an economic union comprising 10 member states in Southeast Asia, which promotes intergovernmental cooperation and facilitates economic, political, security, military, educational, and sociocultural integration between its members and other countries in Asia.
- Founded: 8 August 1967, Bangkok, Thailand
- Headquarters: Jakarta, Indonesia
7. Germany becomes 5th country to sign International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement
- The International Solar Alliance is an alliance of 121 countries initiated by India, most of them being sunshine countries, which lie either completely or partly between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
- Headquarters: Gurugram
- Founded: 30 November 2015
- Founded at: Paris, France
- Membership: 124 members of UN
- Director General: Ajay Mathur
8. Boxer Lovlina Borgohain bags bronze medal
- Boxing has been contested at every Summer Olympic Games since its introduction to the program at the 1904 Summer Olympics, except for the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, because Swedish law banned the sport at the time. The 2008 Summer Olympics were the final games with boxing as a male only event. Since the 2012 Summer Olympics, women’s boxing is part of the program.
- From the 2016 Summer Olympics, male athletes no longer have to wear protective headgear in competition, due to a ruling by the AIBA and the IOC that it contributes to greater concussion risk. Female athletes will continue to wear the headgear, due to “lack of data” on the effectiveness of it on women.
9. Neeraj Chopra qualifies for javelin throw final
- The javelin throw at the Summer Olympics is one of four track and field throwing events held at the multi-sport event. The men’s javelin throw has been present on the Olympic athletics programme since 1908, being the last of the current throwing events to feature at the Olympics after the shot put, discus throw and hammer throw. The women’s event was first contested at the 1932 Olympics, becoming the second women’s throws event after the discus in 1928.
10. My Own Mazagon by Captain Ramesh Babu
- Captain Ramesh Babu, recently retired from Mumbai after serving the Indian Navy and Mazagon Dock, lives in a Kerala village, pursuing his interests in social service, heritage conservation, horticulture and writing. His published works are Calicut Heritage Trails, a guide to the medieval port city, and After You Sir, an anthology of school stories.