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India launches 100th satellite vying to project itself as service provider in space!

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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!

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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.

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Brexit deadline could be pushed back on UK request: French Minister

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PARIS: The European Union could push back the looming March 29 Brexit deadline if London made such a request, France’s Europe Minister Nathalie Loiseau said on Wednesday.

“Legally, technically, it’s possible,” Loiseau told France Inter radio.

“The British need to ask for it and there needs to be a unanimous agreement among the 27 other members of the European Union to say: ‘Alright, you chose March 29 as the leaving date… Ok, we’ll push it back.”

 

 

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Palestine to apply for full UN membership

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NEW YORK: Palestine will apply for full UN membership, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki announced on Wednesday.

“We realize that the U.S. may veto the application for full UN membership, but this will not prevent us from applying,” he said after assuming the Group of 77, the UN’s largest bloc.

In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly granted Palestine the status of non-member observer state.

For a full UN membership, an approval of the UN Security Council is required; afterward it is voted in the UN General Assembly.

 

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Germany sees no reason to delay Brexit

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FRANKFURT: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Wednesday that delaying Brexit beyond March 29 would make no “sense”, after a vote in London brought a crushing defeat for a withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU.

“It would only make sense (to extend the deadline) if there is a path to the goal of a deal between the EU and Great Britain,” Maas said in an interview on Deutschlandfunk public radio.

For now, “that is not the majority view in the British parliament,” he added.

British Prime Minister Theresa May also this week argued that Brexit should not be pushed back, although she did not rule it out completely.

Maas added that he was doubtful any significant improvements could be made to the draft withdrawal agreement on the table — negotiated over two years since London notified Brussels it would quit the European Union.

“We have a compromise,” Maas said. “If more could have been offered, it would have been done weeks ago.”

The centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician added that he hoped a no-confidence vote Wednesday fails to topple May’s government.

“We need a stable government for the negotiations,” he said.

May’s hard-fought Brexit deal suffered the worst defeat for any British leader in history Tuesday night, as 432 MPs voted against and just 202 in favour — leaving the country’s future foggy with its legally binding departure date just 10 weeks away.

 

 

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