News Feed 08-Sept ‘2016

ISRO countdown for today’s GSLV launch begins

  • The countdown for the launch of India’s weather satellite INSAT-3DR using geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle (GSLV-MkII) is on smooth progress.
  • The GSLV rocket will put the 2,211 kg INSAT-3DR an advanced weather satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit after blasting off from the second launch pad at India’s rocket port at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on 8th September at 4.10 PM.
  • The satellite will then be maneuvered into its final geosynchronous orbit.
  • The satellite will complement the meteorological and data relay services of its predecessor INSAT-3D, which is in operation since July 26, 2013.
  • The satellite was supposed to be launched on August 28 but this was postponed owing to a technical concern with one of its components.
  • According to the space agency officials, ISRO will launch ScatSat — a weather monitoring and forecasting satellite — with polar satellite launch vehicle (PSLV) at the end of the month.
  • The Indian satellite will have as its co-passenger an Algerian Alsat satellite.
  • Both the satellites will be put into dissimilar orbits. Thus, the fourth stage/engine of the rocket will be switched off after first ejecting ScatSat. Then, after a gap of around 30 minutes, the engine will be started again to put the Algerian satellite into its intended orbit.

 

Publish FIRs online within 24 hours: SC

  • Upholding the right of an accused to information and putting a test on the authority of the police to deprive a person of his liberty, the Supreme Court on 7th September ordered States and Union Territories to upload, on police or government websites, First Information Reports (FIRs) within 24 hours of their registration in police stations.
  • A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and C. Nagappan directed the completion of this step to lead in transparency in police work.
  • The court order came on a writ petition by the Youth Bar Association of India earlier this year seeking such a direction to the Union government, States and UTs.
  • The Bench however excused from publication of FIRs in certain cases. These comprise cases of insurgency, child abuse, sexual offences and terrorism. The FIRs registered in these categories would persist to be away from the public eye owing to issues of confidentiality and national interest.
  • The judgment to not post the FIRs in such cases would be taken by a police officer not below the rank of a Deputy Superintendent of Police or the District Magistrate, either of whom would have to converse the decision to the jurisdictional magistrate.
  • In case of complaint against such non-publication of FIRs, the Superintendent of Police in rural areas and Police Commissioner in metros, will form a committee of three officers, which will come to a decision on the complaint in three weeks. In areas where Internet access is inadequate, the Bench extended the deadline for publishing the FIR on websites to 48 hours, which can still further be stretched to a maximum of 72 hours. Accused persons cannot take advantage of holdup in uploading of FIRs and seek anticipatory bail on that ground, the court specified.
  • The Delhi HC in its judgment on December 6, 2010, had upheld the right of the convict to get copies of FIRs even before the local Magistrate ordered the police to do so under Section 207 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

 

Modi, Obama to hold bilateral in Vientiane

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama will be holding a bilateral meeting on 8th September in Vientiane, Laos, in perhaps one of their final such meetings before Obama demits office in November.
  • The White House made the declaration of the bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit in its official announcement of the President’s to-do list.
  • The two leaders along with Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah met at a dinner gala thrown by the Laos Prime Minister in Vientiane.
  • This would be the eighth congregation between Modi and Obama in two years. They met for the first time at the White House in September 2014 when Modi travelled to Washington DC at the invitation of Obama.
  • Prime Minister Modi exchanged views with Obama on the sidelines of the in China’s Hangzhou, with the US president praising the “bold policy” move on GST alteration in a “difficult” global economic situation.
  • Obama is scheduled to address a news conference in Laos immediately after his meeting with Modi.

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