Andhra Pradesh cities continue winning streak in Swachh 2021 survey
Major cities of Andhra Pradesh – Vijayawada, Tirupati and Visakhapatnam – continued their winning streak in Swachh Survekshan 2021, the results of which were released.
Vijayawada emerged as the third cleanest city in the country, while Vizag retained its ninth position from last year’s survey in the category of cities with more than 10 lakh population.
Tirupati stood third place in the category of cities with a population of one to 10 lakh population. Other major cities that made their mark in the same category were Rajahmundry (41st rank), Kurnool (70), Kakinada (103) and Nellore (107).
In overall rankings (cities with more than one lakh population), Vijayawada occupied third place, Tirupati seventh place and Vizag 18th rank. These cities also got several individual awards.
When it comes to rankings of major states that have more than 100 urban local bodies, Andhra Pradesh stood fifth. Visakhapatnam district was the ninth cleanest district as per the survey, while Krishna was ranked 22nd in the same category.
NASA’s Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD)
ASA is set to test a “Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) technology” in space, with the aim of speeding up space communications.
The LCRD will be launched on December 4, following a two-year delay.
It will be launched into space by Department of Defence, onboard United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket during Space Test Program Satellite-6 (STPSat-6) mission.
Mission will be launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
It will benefit “Artemis manned Moon-landing mission”, which is scheduled to be executed in 2025.
The laser technology mission will travel to the geosynchronous orbit at 22,236 miles, but won’t reach the moon. The test will be conducted for a period of at least two years.
UK to host G7 foreign, development ministers’ summit
The United Kingdom (UK) is going to host a summit of Foreign and Development Ministers from G7 in December 2021, in the city of Liverpool.
Foreign Secretary of UK, Liz Truss will welcome counterparts from leading economies like US, Germany, France, Canada, Italy, EU and Japan.
The summit will be held from December 10 to 12, 2021.
It will be second in-person gathering of G7 Foreign Ministers in 2021.
South-East Asian countries will also attend upcoming G7 Foreign Ministers’ meetings for the first time.
These meetings highlight the growing Indo-Pacific tilt of UK.
ASEAN Foreign Ministers from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand will be attending the G7 Summit.
World Children’s Day Is Celebrated On 20 November
The 20th of November is World Children’s Day around the world to promote international unity, awareness among children.
Every year on November 20th, the Universal/World Children’s Day is observed to promote international unity, awareness among children worldwide, and improvements in children’s welfare.
The UN General Assembly enacted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child on November 20, 1959, which is a significant occasion.
The Convention on the Rights of the Child will celebrate its 32nd anniversary in 2021.
Theme for Universal/World Children’s Day 2021: A Brighter Future for All Children
World Children’s Day, also known as Universal Children’s Day, was first observed on November 20th, 1954.
Virtual Science Lab launched under CSIR Jigyasa Programme
Virtual Science Lab was launched under CSIR Jigyasa Programme.
This programme will connect students with scientists across India.
This Lab will provide a virtual tour of CSIR laboratories as well as expose students to research infrastructure.
Aim of the lab
Virtual Science Lab was inaugurated with the aim of providing quality research exposure and innovative pedagogy to the school students on the basis of an online interactive medium. It will immensely benefit students from government schools, Kendriya Vidyalayas and Navodaya Vidyalayas.
JIGYASA is a major national level initiative of CSIR, launched to widen and deepen its Scientific Social Responsibility (SSR). Programme also explain the culture of curiousness and scientific nature on other. This is a student-scientist connect programme, launched in collaboration with Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathans (KVS). Its primary objective is to extend classroom learning and focus on well-planned research laboratory-based learning.
Indian Navy commissioned INS Visakhapatnam
Indian Navy formally commissioned INS Visakhapatnam at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai.
On the occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi noted that India’s efforts towards defence modernisation is on full swing and it is a proud day to become Atma Nirbhar in defence sector.
About INS Visakhapatnam
According to Defence Ministry, INS Visakhapatnam is 163m in length and 17m in breadth. It has a displacement of 7,400 tonnes. The ship can be regarded as one of the significant potent warships to have been constructed in India. It is propelled by four powerful Gas Turbines, in a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) configuration. The warship is capable of achieving speeds of 30 knots. It has been named after the historic coast called Visakhapatnam, in Andhra Pradesh.
Enhanced Stealth Features
INS Visakhapatnam has enhanced stealth features which results into a reduced Radar Cross Section (RCS). It is achieved through efficient shaping of hull, plated masts, use of radar transparent materials on exposed decks and full beam superstructure design.
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