Maritime Exercise SITMEX-20

Recently, the second edition of the India, Thailand and Singapore trilateral Naval exercise SITMEX-20 concluded in the Andaman Sea. Key Points Background: The Prime Minister of India, during his keynote address at Shangri-La Dialogue in June 2018 announced the conduct of a trilateral naval exercise between India, Singapore and Thailand. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) Shangri-La Dialogue is Asia’s premier defence summit. It was launched in

Mount Vesuvius

The Italian Culture Ministry announced the discovery of well-preserved remains of two men, who perished during the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Located in southern Italy near the coastal city of Naples, the 4,203-ft (1,281 metres) tall Vesuvius is the only active volcano in mainland Europe. Vesuvius has been classified as a

Cyclone Nivar

A developing cyclonic disturbance in the Bay of Bengal is expected to become a ‘severe cyclonic storm’ and make landfall in Tamil Nadu. The IMD has forecasted the development of a cyclone in the Southwest region of the Bay of Bengal, off Tamil Nadu coast. It has said that it will strengthen into a cyclone.

Chang’e-5 Probe

China is preparing to launch an unmanned spacecraft to bring back lunar rocks, the first attempt by any nation to retrieve samples from the moon in four decades. The Chang’e-5 probe, named after the mythical Chinese moon goddess, aims to shovel up lunar rocks and soil to help scientists learn about the moon’s origins, formation

Resettled Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has said that there will be a drastic reduction in the number of refugees being resettled this year. According to the UN agency, in the first nine months of 2020, rehabilitation has been possible for only 15 thousand 425 people, whereas in 2019 this number was more than 50

Ease of Data Access

Continuing its efforts on pushing private participation in the sector, the department of space (DoS) has drafted a new Space Remote Sensing Policy (SRS Policy-2020) focused on creating ‘ease of data access’ aimed at unlocking the immense potential of remote sensing data. Promising easy dissemination of data and services originating from space-based remote sensing systems,

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