Press Information Bureau, Weekly PIB GIST November 2nd Week, 2018

Press Information Bureau, Weekly PIB GIST November 2nd Week, 2018


Weekly PIB GIST November 2nd Week

India GSLV Mk III-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29

India’s GSAT-29 communication satellite was successfully launched by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle MarkIII (GSLV MkIII-D2).

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It was launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

Specifications of GSLV MK III

GSLV Mk III is a three-stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

The three stages were;

  • Two massive boosters with solid propellant constitute the first stage,
  • The core with liquid propellant form the second stage and
  • The cryogenic engine completes the final stage.


About GSAT-29

  • GSAT-29 is the heaviest satellite to be launched from India, Weighing 3,423 kg at lift-off.
  • It will be placed in a geostationary transfer orbit.
  • GSAT-29 is a multiband, multi-beam communication satellite, intended to serve as test bed for several new and critical technologies. 
  • GSAT-29’s Ku-band & Ka-band payloads are configured to cater to the communication requirements of users.

 It’s payloads are designed to include even those from remotest areas especially from Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern regions of India.

Note: Ku-band & Ka-band – A microwave frequency band used for satellite communication and broadcasting.

It also carries a Geo High-Resolution Camera to aid in high-resolution imaging.

The success of GSLV MkIII-D2 marks an important milestone in Indian space programme towards achieving self-reliance in launching heavier satellites.

The first successful mission of GSLV Mark III was an experimental suborbital flight in 2014.

Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-III)

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV-III) is a three stage, medium-lift launch vehicle (capable of lifting between 2,000-20,000 kg payloads into Low Earth orbit-LEO).

GSLV-III has higher payload capacity than GSLV. 

ISRO successfully conducted the first orbital test launch of GSLV-III on 5 June 2017 from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Andhra Pradesh.

In his Independence Day speech PM Shri Narendra Modi announced India’s entry into human spaceflight by 2022.

A crewed spacecraft named Gaganyaan will be sent to low earth orbit & GSLV Mk III will be used as the launch vehicle for this mission.


What is the use of GSAT satellite?

The GSAT satellites are India’s indigenously developed communications satellites, used for digital audio, data and video broadcasting.

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Is GSLV or PSLV reusable?

No,None of the parts of the launch vehicle (PSLV as well as GSLV) are reusable or recovered or reused.The stages fall in international waters and sink down.

The technology for reusing these is under progress and Scientist are working on making it possible sooner.

Global Cooling Innovation Summit

Global Cooling Prize was launched by Union Environment Minister.

It was done to achieve dramatic breakthroughs in cooling technologies.

Two-day Global Cooling Innovation Summit was inaugurated by Union Science & Technology Minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi on 12th November 2018.

Leaders from around the world will come together in the summit to explore some solid measure to address the climate threat that comes from the growing demand from room air conditioners.

Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, along with Rocky Mountain Institute, Alliance for An Energy Efficient Economy (AEEE), Conservation X Labs and CEPT University has jointly organized the event.

Global Cooling Prize is launched in the summit for the first time.

What is the Objective

To develop a cooling technology that requires:

  • radically less energy to operate,
  • utilizes refrigerants with no ozone depletion potential and with low global warming potential, and
  • has the potential to be cost-effective at scale.

It will attract attention to the most promising ideas across the globe.

It will motivate younger researchers to focus on innovations needed in clean energy domain to make world a better place to live.

Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities 2018 Begins

Minister of State for Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Krishan Pal Gurjar has inaugrated the event.

The three day event is organised by the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in association with Rehabilitation International Korea and their associated partner LG Electronics from 9thto 11thNovember, 2018.

The Global ICT (Information & Communication Technology) Challenge for Youth with Disabilities is a capacity building project that helps youth with disabilities to overcome their limitations and challenge themselves for a better future by providing them with access to ICT (Information & Communication Technology) and related experiences, improving their ability to leverage information and social participation while setting ICT agendas for participant countries related to disabilities and boosting international cooperation and exchange.

What is the objective of the event

  • To leverage IT skills among youth with disabilities
  • To spread awareness about the application of Information and Computer Technology (ICT) in enhancing the quality of life of persons with disabilities especially in Asia-Pacific region.
  • A capacity building project that helps youth with disabilities to overcome their limitations and challenge themselves for a better future.
  • To  provide them with access to Information and Computer Technology ( ICT ) and related experiences,
  • To help improve their ability to leverage information and social participation while setting ICT (Information & Communication Technology) agendas for participant countries related to disabilities and boosting international cooperation and exchange.

Global IT Challenge for Youth with Disabilities is held with a total of four events including e-Tool Challenge to evaluate the skills of using the MS Office programme and e-Life Map Challenge to evaluate the online information search ability in specific situations.

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It is an acronym for Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise.

This was the 25th edition of SIMBEX starting from 21st November 2018, which will take place in Andaman Sea and Bay of Bengal.

This exercise is between Indian Navy & The Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN).

The previous edition of the exercise was held off Singapore in the South China Sea in May 2017.

This is the perfect complement of India’s Act-East’ policy

The 2018 edition marks the Silver Jubilee of SIMBEX

Samudra Shakti

Indian Navy – Indonesian Navy Bilateral Exercise is called as Samudra Shakti

 INS Rana of the Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam took part in this.

What is the aim of this Exercise

  1. To strengthen bilateral relations,
  2. Expand maritime co-operation,
  3. Enhance interoperability and
  4. Exchange best practices.

INDRA 2018 

It is a joint military exercise between India and Russia.

Aimed on combating insurgency under the aegis of United Nations (UN), started on 18th Nov,2018.

The joint exercise is being conducted at Babina Field Firing Ranges, Babina Military Station in Uttar Pradesh.  (Babina is a cantonment town in Jhansi district in the state of Uttar Pradesh, India.)

This is the tenth exercise in the series of Exercise INDRA .

The primary focus of the tactical field exercise will be to share best practices amongst the militaries and work on the existing skills of the troops to equip them to deal with exigencies at hand. 

The exercise has been held regularly since 2003.


This is the second edition of INSPIRE and is being organised by Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and World Bank.

The three-day symposium will focus on enhancing grid management, e-Mobility, financial instruments and technologies for energy efficiency in India.

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PM pays tributes to Indian soldiers who fought in First World War 

2018 is the one hundred  years since the end of the horrific First World War.

Neuve-Chapelle Memorial in France and at the memorial in Israel’s Haifa, are the places associated with India’s role in the First World War.

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When Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu came to India, he paid tributes at the Teen Murti-Haifa Chowk”

India and Morocco signed mutual legal assistance deal

India & Morocco signed an agreement to further mutual legal assistance in Civil & Commercial Courts.

The agreement will enhance co-operation

  • in the service of summons,
  •  letters of request,
  • judicial documents,
  •  and the execution of judgments decrees and arbitral awards.

NIC (National Informatics Centre) will be supporting to Modernization of Courts of Morocco.

National Informatics Centre is the premier science and technology organisation of the Government of India.

The objective of this is to strengthen e-Governance including modernization of courts using IT as a tool.

Center for Development of Advance Computing (CDAC), Govt. of India had set up a Center of Excellence in Information Technology in Casablanca in Morocco this year on 7th May, 2018.

India and Morocco have long historical relations going back to 14th century when the famous traveler and writer from Tangier, Ibn Batuta travelled to India.

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His writings on medieval Indian society are as much an important source of historical information about India to the Indians as to the Moroccans.

What is Hunar Haat ?

The ‘Hunar Haat’ at Pragati Maidan is a part of the series being organised in various parts of the country under a mission to provide market and employment opportunity to master artisans and craftsmen.

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs had organised Hunar Haat at India International Trade Fair (IITF) at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.

The Union Ministry of Minority Affairs is organising Hunar Haat under Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development (USTTAD) Scheme at different parts of country.

USTTAD scheme of Ministry of Minority Affairs aims at preserving and promoting the rich heritage of traditional arts & crafts of the Minority communities.

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