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President, PM congratulates ISRO for successful launch of PSLV-C37 & CARTOSAT
The president, Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister, Narendra Modi have congratulated ISRO for the successful launch of PSLV-C37 and CARTOSAT satellite together with 103 nano satellites. In a tweet message, Mr Mukherjee said Nation is proud of this achievement, which has demonstrated, yet again, India’s increasing space capabilities. He urged ISRO to continue to strive for the progress of Nations space capabilities.

Harsh Vardhan to inaugurate International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining, Fuel Industries
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the International Conference on NexGen Technologies for Mining and Fuel Industries in New Delhi today. The three day conference will cover areas like Innovative ming technology for sustainable development and advances in mine design mine planning recent advancement in drilling and blasting. The conference, organized by the Ministry of Environment and Forestry will take place at Vigyan Bhawan.

ISRO creates history; launches PSLV C37 with 104 satellites
  • The Chairman of ISRO Kiran Kumar has said that it is not only a record number of launching of satellites but primarily it is to increase the capability of the work horse - the PSLV. Speaking to newspersons at ISRO Shar Centre after the successful launch, Kiran Kumar said that the organisation was planning to have 12 to 18 launches a year to make the missions commercially viable. He said that there were 25 to 28 separations in the entire task of injecting 104 satellites in orbit. He said to inject the satellites within the time frame was the biggest challenge. He said four satellites were combined in quart packs to make the job easier.
  • The Director of ISAC M.Annadurai told that GSAT 17, GSAT 19 and GSAT 9 are ready to be launched this year. Mr.Kiran Kumar congratulated Team ISRO for the successful launch .
Aero India 2017 begins in Bengaluru
11th biennial edition of the International Aerospace and Defence exhibition - Aero India began at the Air Force Station, Yelahanka in Bengaluru today. Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar inaugurated the five-day event. On the occasion, Mr Parrikar said, defence aviation and electronic public sector majors HAL and BEL will together contribute initially to the innovation and technology fund in the defence sector to promote start-ups.

Haryana Cabinet decides to constitute sub-committee of council of ministers to prepare blue print
Haryana Cabinet which met under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Manohar Lal at Surajkund today decided to constitute a sub-committee of Council of Ministers to prepare a blue print of Integrated Dairy Complexes in all cities of the State.The committee consists of Agriculture Minister Om Parkash Dhankhar, Urban Local Bodies Minister, Kavita Jain and Minister of State for Cooperation, Munish Kumar Grover. The committee will submit its report within a month.

India joins UN network to halve maternal, newborn deaths
India is among nine countries that will be part of a global health network focused on improving the quality of care for new mothers and babies and strengthen national efforts to end preventable deaths of pregnant women and newborns by 2030. In a statement, World Health Organisation (WHO), said every mother and infant deserves to receive the highest quality of care when they access health facilities in their communities. Every year, worldwide, 303 000 women die during pregnancy and childbirth, 2.7 million babies die during the first 28 days of life and 2.6 million babies are stillborn and most of these deaths could be prevented with quality care during pregnancy and childbirth.

Insurers call on G20 to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020
Investors and insurers with more than 2.8 trillion dollars in assets under management today called on the Group of 20 economies to phase out fossil fuel subsidies by 2020 despite US doubts about climate change. G20 nations should work to accelerate green investment and reduce climate risk. The 16 signatories wrote on the eve of a two-day meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Germany to prepare a summit in Hamburg in July. The summit should set a clear timeline "for the full and equitable phase-out by all G20 members of all fossil fuel subsidies by 2020.

Dubai's transport authority announces to launch hover-taxis by July 2017
Dubai's State transport authority have announced that they aim to launch hover-taxis by July this year, with the aim to introducing aerial vehicle in UAE and de congesting the road traffic. Made by a Chinese firm, Hover taxi EHang 184 can travel on a programmed course at 100 kilometres an hour (60 mph) at an altitude of 300 metres (1,000 feet), the authority said in a statement.

India, Croatia signs agreement to boost bilateral trade & enhance economic cooperation
India and Croatia have signed an agreement to boost bilateral trade and enhance economic cooperation.The agreement was signed by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Martina Dalic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Government of the Republic of Croatia, yesterday in Zagreb.

UAE’s nano satellite Nayif -1 also propells itself in space
Out of the 104 satellites successfully launched today , UAE’s nano satellite Nayif -1 developed by Emirati engineering graduates from the American University of Sharjah (AUS ) in association with Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) also propelled itself in the space. Its main mission objective is to send and receive messages on Amateur Radio frequencies. The nano satellite boasts a number of advanced features, most notably that it is programmed to transfer messages in Arabic. It also holds an Active Control System Board that has not been launched into space before.

Jean-Pierre Lacroix appointed as new UN peacekeeping chief
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced the appointment of Jean-Pierre Lacroix of France to head UN peacekeeping for a year pending a review of the world body's functions and structure. The UN's political affairs chief, Jeffrey Feltman of the United States, will remain at this post, also for a year.

US defence attache in India made India, South Asia Director
The US defence attache in India has been made in charge of India, Pakistan and Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council of the White House. In a routine administration postings, the Pentagon yesterday said Brigadier General Robin Fontes has been posted as senior director for India, Pakistan and Central Asian Affairs at the National Security Council in the White House.

Nepal appreciates Indian govt's efforts to enhance power supply in country
Nepal has appreciated efforts of Government of India to enhance power supply in the country. During the 4th meetings of the Indo-Nepal Joint Working Group (JWG) and Joint Steering Committee, which concluded at Kathmandu on Tuesday, Nepalese delegation said that due to increased power supply, many parts of Nepal, including capital Kathmandu were free of load-shedding this winter. The Indian side conveyed its willingness to supply additional electricity to Nepal. India also agreed to extend technical assistance for improvement of existing infrastructure so that the era of load-shedding can end in Nepal.

Wholesale inflation rises to 30-month high of 5.25% in January this year
Wholesale inflation rose to a 30-month high of 5(point)25 per cent in January this year. Inflation rose amid climbing global crude oil prices, even though food prices moderated. Wholesale price index based inflation had stood at 3.39 per cent in December last year, and minus 1.07 per cent in January last year.

RBI keeps repo rate unchanged at 6.25 per cent
The Reserve Bank of India today maintained status quo on its key rates in its monetary policy review, today and the repo rate, or the rate at which the RBI lends to banks, stands unchanged at 6(point)25 per cent, and the reverse repo rate, or the rate at which the RBI absorbs excess liquidity, also remains steady at 5(point)75 per cent.

Today in Indian History on 15th February
  • 1865 - Kishorilal Goswami, Hindi novelist, was born.
  • 1869 - Mirza ""Galib"" Asad Ullah Beg Khan, famous Urdu poet and writer, passed awa
  • 1920 - Kanti Mehta, trade unionist, was born at Calcutta.
  • 1924 - Shankarrao Bajirao Patil, great leader of Maharashtra, was born.
  • 1945 - Indian troops capture Pagan at Burma.
  • 1951 - Stephen H. Smith, father and pioneer of Indian Aero Philately or air borne mail, passed away.
  • 1967 - Fourth General Election of Lok Sabha begins.
  • 1976 - The Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering (CIAE) was established at Bhopal
  • 1992 - Kesri Publications started the first Indian newspaper in `Brail' lipi (language).
  • 1997 - Conference of Inter-Parliamentary Union in New Delhi.
  • 1998 - Tennis duo Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati were ranked No. 2 when they won Dubai Open.
  • 2000 - K.R. Narayanan, President, presents Dada Saheb Phalke Award for 1998 to B.R. Chopra for his contribution to Indian cinema.

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