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India unveils Venus flight plan
The Indian Space Research
Organisation (Isro) has announced
plans to go to Venus by mid-2023.
The mission will focus on studying
the surface and the sub-surface of the
planet, the dynamics and
compositional variation of its
atmospheric chemistry and Venus’
interactions with solar radiation or
solar winds. It will feature 12 Indian
scientific payloads including a
thermal camera, mass spectrometer
and cloud monitoring camera.
The planned Venus mission will be
preceded by India’s first manned
space mission in 2022 and India’s
second mission to the Moon in
January next year.
Guru Nanak’s birthday
Sikh devotees across India will
celebrate Guru Nanak Gurpurab today.
The Sikh festival marks the birth of
the first Sikh Guru, Guru Nanak, who
laid the foundation of Sikhism.
Two days before the festival, a
48-hour non-stop reading of the holy
book of the Sikhs, Guru Granth Sahib
was held at gurdwaras (Sikh temples),
followed by devotees singing hymns
and saying prayers.
A special community lunch, called
Guru ka langar is also organised and
served to anyone who wishes to join
the festivities in temples in India.
Grenade attack suspect arrested
The Punjab Police has arrested one
person in connection with Sunday’s
grenade attack on the Nirankari
Satsang Bhawan that left three persons
dead, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
said on Wednesday.
The arrested person has been
identified as Bikramjit Singh, he said.
The second person involved in the
attack, identified as Avtar Singh, has
The Chief Minister said that the
grenade used in the blast was made in
Pakistan. He said it was a “terror
incident” and there was no religious
link to it.
Project to conserve Gir lions
Alarmed over the Canine Distemper
Virus outbreak that claimed the lives of
23 Asiatic lions in their only abode Gir
in Saurashtra, the Gujarat government
launched a Rs351-crore project for the
conservation of the wild cat.
The state government has also put
on hold the approval to 10 mines in the
Gir region in view of the
environmental issues related to the
eco-sensitive zones around Gir.
A special veterinary cadre of 120
personnel will be created for the
conservation of lions and an emergency
ambulance specially dedicated to the
wildlife will also be made available in
the Gir region.
Air pollution cuts life expectancy
India is the world’s second most
polluted country, slightly trailing
behind Nepal, the Energy Policy
Institute at the University of Chicago
said on Monday.
According to the study, particulate
pollution is so severe that it shortens
the average Indian’s life expectancy by
more than four years.
Concentrations in the Indian states
of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana,
Punjab, and the National Capital
Territory of Delhi are substantially
First sewer cleaning machine
In a bid to reduce sewer deaths and put
an end to the unsafe practice of manual
scavenging, social service organisation
Sulabh International introduced India’s
first “sewer cleaning machine” on
The machine, Sulabh International
founder Dr Bindeshwar Pathak said,
“will do away with 99 per cent of
manual scavenging” in the country,
where at least one worker has died
while cleaning sewers or septic tanks
every five days since the beginning of
“With the machine, a worker won’t
have to enter the sewers. But if the
need arises and a person has to go, then
the machine is fully equipped with a
gas checking machine, protective gears
and dress to protect the workers from
harmful gases,” Dr Pathak told IANS.
10 projects to clean Ganga
The executive committee of the
National Mission for Clean Ganga has
approved ten projects worth
Rs1,573.28 crores, of which more than
half the amount has been budgeted for
Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and West
Bengal are the other states where
works to prevent polluted waters from
reaching the Ganga, its tributaries and
sub-tributaries, have been sanctioned.
It was also decided that a
comprehensive solution needed to be
worked out to address the Yamuna
river’s pollution issues in Agra, an
These projects are expected to
drastically reduce the pollution in the
rivers and improve the quality of the
Baby survives being run over by train
An Indian baby who was dropped onto
railway tracks just before a train passed
through the station has escaped unscathed.
The incident, captured on a mobile phone,
showed a train rolling over the infant in
Mathura, Uttar Pradesh.
The one-year-old reportedly fell into the
gap between the carriage and the platform
as the girl’s parents were stepping off the
She was wedged flat on her back
alongside the track as the train left the
platform, picking up speed and thundering
overhead – but just missing her. Once the
train passed, a man quickly scooped up the
child who, apart from crying, was left
unscathed by the incident.
Indian media reported that the girl’s
parents lost grip of their child as a crowd
surged from the train onto the platform.
November 23, 2018
India Bureau Chief in New Delhi,
The Straits Times
Singapore and India have renewed a bi-
lateral agreement that will see the Singa-
pore Army continue to train and con-
duct exercises in India.
The two countries also agreed to step
up intelligence and information sharing
in maritime security.
The armed forces of Singapore and In-
dia have held armour and artillery exer-
cises for over a decade as part of the Bilat-
eral Agreement for Joint Army Training
and Exercises. The exercises have taken
place at the Babina firing range in the
central state of Uttar Pradesh.
The exchange of the renewed agree-
ment was witnessed by Defence Minis-
ter Ng Eng Hen and his Indian counter-
part Nirmala Sitharaman after they co-
chaired the third India-Singapore De-
fence Ministers’ Dialogue in Visakhapat-
nam in India on Tuesday.
A joint statement released after the
dialogue said the renewal of the bilateral
pact was of “particular significance”
and would further strengthen the coop-
eration between the two armed forces.
Ms Sitharaman said they discussed
the “use of India’s firing ranges by the
SAF for their specialist weapons firing”.
She said: “I am confident we will be
entering a new era in our defence part-
nership with Singapore.”
Bilateral ties between Singapore and
India are strengthening, with defence co-
operation emerging as an important as-
pect of the relationship.
The two countries hold regular mili-
tary exchanges and joint training exer-
cises for the army and air force and last
year, signed a naval pact that included co-
operation on maritime security and
Earlier in the day, Dr Ng attended the
final phase of the Singapore-India Mar-
itime Bilateral Exercise on board the
The exercise saw a record 30 aircraft,
ships and submarines participating this
year – the 25th edition.
An Indian Defence Ministry state-
ment said Dr Ng witnessed the success-
ful missile engagements of aerial targets
by ships of the two navies, anti-subma-
rine warfare rocket firings, medium-cali-
bre gun engagements and flying opera-
He was also briefed on the exercises.
Dr Ng said: “I think most impor-
tantly, this exercise reflected the deep
trust between the Indian Navy and our
Republic of Singapore Navy. This is a re-
lationship that has been cultivated over
He also welcomed India’s continued
engagement in the region and empha-
sised the long history of defence cooper-
ation between Singapore and India.
He said: “Singapore is very support-
ive of India’s vital security of the Indo-
Pacific region, and we share common se-
curity interests geographically – that is,
the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman
Sea, which is really a continuous body of
water that is a critical Sea Lines of Com-
The statement added that Singapore
“strongly supports India’s deep engage-
ment with Asean member states’ partici-
pation in patrols along the Strait of
Malacca with Singapore”.
It also said that both ministers looked
forward to their inaugural trilateral exer-
cise with Thailand in the Andaman Sea.
During the meeting, the two minis-
ters also agreed to step up intelligence
and information sharing, especially in
the areas of maritime security and
counter-terrorism, and expand collabo-
ration on submarine safety and rescue.
The next Defence Ministers’ Dia-
logue will be held in Singapore next
year, with dates to be worked out, the
India, Singapore renew army training pact
The Indian army’s Chief of Staff, Lieutenant- General Manoj Pande (far left), exchanging the
renewed Army Bilateral Agreement with SAF Brigadier-General Dinesh Vasu Dash. Looking
on are Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen and his Indian counterpart Nirmala Sitharaman.
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