ICYMI: Five major developments you may have missed

By Author   |   Published: 12th May 2017   5:04 pm Updated: 13th May 2017   5:05 pm
Major Developments

Amitabh Bachchan appointed for Hepatitis awareness

Celebrated Indian actor Amitabh Bachchan, a Hepatitis B conqueror, was on Friday appointed the World Health Organisation (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for the Hepatitis awareness programme in Southeast Asia region. He says nobody should suffer from the disease.

Amitabh Bachchan looks on during an event in Mumbai on May 12, 2017. Photo: AFP

The veteran actor has been brought on board to boost awareness and intensify action to arrest the Hepatitis epidemic, the WHO announced in a statement.

“I am absolutely committed to the cause of Hepatitis. As a person living with Hepatitis-B, I know the pain and sufferings that Hepatitis causes. No one should ever suffer from viral Hepatitis,” Amitabh said.

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GSLV Mark III to be launched on June 5


Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to create history in the first week of June when it attempts to launch country’s most powerful launch vehicle Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark III with a payload of 4 tonnes.

GSLV Mark III to be launched on June 5

This will be the first developmental flight of GSLV Mark III launcher to have indigenously developed cryogenic engine with the ability to carry satellites weighing over 4 tonnes and launch them in the Geosynchronous Space Orbit. 

“All the systems are getting ready at the launch site at Sriharikota. We are looking at June 5 launch of this historic launcher. The whole process of assembling various stages and integrating the satellite into the heat shield are going on as planned,” Chairman, ISRO, A. S. Kiran Kumar said.

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Indian woman in Pak seeks security

Uzma, 20, sought refuge at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad last week and asked to be repatriated to India after coming to know that Tahir Ali, a resident of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa whom she married, was already married and had four children.

Uzma’s lawyer Malik Shah Nawaz Noon and First Secretary at the Indian High Commission Piyush Singh filed the petition on her behalf with the Islamabad High Court.

The petition stated that Uzma’s husband, Tahir Ali, had deceived her as he was already married and that he stole her passport and other travel documents, Dawn online reported.

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ISRO Centre in Hyderabad

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is all set to open an exclusive research centre in Hyderabad for start-ups, academicians and entrepreneurs.

This is for the first time that ISRO is setting up such an exclusive research facility in Telangana that is specifically aimed at start-ups and exploring the possibility of developing products based on geospatial technology, which includes data generated through Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Satellite Remote Sensing.

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Plea against Aadhaar mandatory

The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear on May 17 a plea challenging various notifications of the Centre to make Aadhaar card mandatory for availing benefits of government schemes.

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“Despite the order of this court that Aadhaar will be voluntary and not mandatory, the government has been coming out with a series of notifications making it mandatory to avail benefits of schemes like scholarships, Right to Food and mid-day meal in schools,” Divan, appearing for Shanta Sinha, former chairperson of National Commission For Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), one of the petitioners in the Aadhaar matter, said.

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