Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on January 17, 2020 launched the first satellite of the year 2020 – ‘GSAT-30’ from French Guiana. GSAT-30 is a telecommunication satellite and has a mission life of around 15 years. The GSAT 30 satellite was launched onboard Ariane 5 launch vehicle (VA 251) along with the European Space Company’s Eutelsat Konnect, a telecommunication satellite.
WEF Global Risks Report 2020 was released by the World Economic Forum on January 15, 2020. The report is based on the Global Risks Perception Survey of the WEF that is conducted annually. The report categorized all Global Risks into five categories – Economic Risks, Environmental Risks, Geopolitical Risks, Societal Risks and Technological Risks.
The Henley Passport Index 2020 was released recently, revealing the most powerful passports of the year 2020. Japan’s passport was ranked as the Most Powerful Passport of 2020. Indian passport was ranked at 84th position in the index that listed passports of 199 countries and 227 tourist places. The index is prepared on the basis of data of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently signed a historic pact between Bru-Reang representatives, Central Government and Governments of Tripura and Mizoram and to end 23-year old Bru-Reang refugee crisis. Under the agreement, each displaced family of Bru-Reang Tribals will be given 40×30 sq. ft. of residential plots along with Rs. 1.5 lakhs to build their houses, a fixed deposit of Rs. 4 lakhs, free ration for 2 years and Rs. 5000 cash every month for 2 years.
Indian Advocate Harish Salve was recently appointed as Queen’s Counsel (QC) for England and Wales courts. Salve will join the office of the Queen’s Counsel on March 16, 2020.