China has successfully launched the first of its new-generation data relay satellites into orbit that will provide data relay, measurement and control services for its manned spacecraft. The Tianlian II-01 satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre. The Tianlian II network will be markedly more advanced in mission planning, system management and operations than the first-generation network composed of Tianlian I satellites. The satellite is developed by the China Academy of Space Technology under the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation. China launched its first data relay satellite, the Tianlian I-01, in April 2008.
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched its latest observation satellite EMISAT. The launch vehicle PSLV-C45 lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota carrying EMISAT and 28 other customer payloads. The main satellite EMISAT and the 28 customer satellites will be ed into two different orbits, and later, the fourth stage engine of the rocket will be taken to a third orbit in space. The foreign satellites include 24 from the United States, two from Lithuania and one each from Switzerland and Spain.
Election Commission has approved a request of the Rural Development Ministry to revise the wages under the MGNREGA scheme from April 1. The wages paid under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) are linked with the Consumer Price Index for agricultural labourers (CPI-AL). The new wage rates are notified on April 1, the beginning of the new financial year. Different states have different wage rates so the increase in wages will also be different. The increase could be up to 5 per cent over and above the current wage. Points to Remember MNREGA was launched on Launched 2 Feb 2006.
Odisha is celebrating 84 years of its foundation. The day is also known as ‘Utkal Divas.’ To commemorate the sacrifices of people for the formation of Odisha province in 1936, programmes are being organised at various places across the State. Odisha was the first State to be formed on linguistic basis in 1936. Earlier, Odisha was part of Bihar. Points to Remember Governor: Ganeshi Lal Capital: Bhubaneswar Chief minister: Naveen Patnaik Lok Sabha seats: 21 Rajya Sabha seats: 10
Vijaya Bank and Dena Bank will merge with Bank of Baroda (BoB) to create the third-largest lender of the country. The government-forced merger, announced in September last year, creates the third largest bank in the country after State Bank of India and HDFC Bank. All customers of Dena Bank, which is under prompt corrective action (PCA) framework of the RBI, will have renewed access to credit facilities immediately. To make the merger a smooth affair, the government last week decided to infuse 5,042 crore rupees in Bank of Baroda to enhance its capital base to meet the additional expense. Branches of Dena Bank and Vijaya Bank will function as Bank of Baroda outlets from April following the amalgamation. Points to Remember This is the second merger of state-run banks in recent years in the banking sector after State Bank had merged five of its associate banks from April 2017.
Fighter pilot Air Marshal NS Dhillon has been appointed as the new Strategic Forces Command Chief. The Strategic Forces Command (SFC) is tasked to look after the strategic nuclear arsenal of the country and is a part of India's Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) headed by PM Narendra Modi. Dhillon graduated from the National Defence Academy in Khadakwasla in Pune and later attended Defence Services Staff College in Wellington Cantonment and National Defence College in New Delhi. The SFC was created on January 4, 2003, by the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government and Air Marshal Teja Mohan Asthana became the first commander-in-chief of the SFC.
Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton claimed a dramatic victory for Mercedes in the Bahrain Grand Prix. He took advantage of Ferrari boy Charles Leclerc's wretched misfortune. Leclerc came home third as the race finished behind a Safety Car. Bottas stayed on top in the driver's championship, one point ahead of Hamilton. Points to Remember Valtteri Bottas won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.
Roger Federer lifted the 101st title of his remarkable career by winning the Miami Open. He defeated the defending champion John Isner 6-1, 6-4 in just 63 minutes. Only American Jimmy Connors, with 109, has more career singles titles than Federer. Isner struggled to continue late in the second set, hampered by pain in his left foot. This is the fourth Miami open title for Federer.