NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Sends First In-orbit View
- The JunoCam camera aboard NASA’s Juno mission is operational and sending down data after the spacecraft’s July 4 arrival at Jupiter. The spacecraft’s visible-light camera was turned on six days after Juno fired its main engine and placed itself into orbit around the largest planetary inhabitant of our solar system.
- The colour image shows atmospheric features on Jupiter, including the famous Great Red Spot, and three of the massive planet’s four largest moons — Io, Europa and Ganymede, from left to right in the image.
- JunoCam is a color, visible-light camera designed to capture remarkable pictures of Jupiter’s poles and cloud tops.
- During its mission of exploration, Juno will circle the Jovian world 37 times, soaring low over the planet’s cloud tops — as close as about 2,600 miles (4,100 kilometers).
- During these flybys, Juno will probe beneath the obscuring cloud cover of Jupiter and study its auroras to learn more about the planet’s origins, structure, atmosphere and magnetosphere.
Supreme Court restores Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh
- The Supreme Court has announced that that Arunachal Pradesh governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa’s decision advancing session of the state assembly by a month is violative of the Constitution and is liable to be quashed.
- This means that the present Arunachal Pradesh government headed by Kalikho Pul would have to step down now to make way for Congress government headed by Nabam Tuki.
- The verdict is a huge embarrassment for the BJP-ruled Union government that ordered President’s Rule in the state, following which Congress rebels formed the government with support from the saffron party.
- Supreme Court restored the state assembly to its state before December 9 when the new session was called – which means the dismissal of the Congress government, President’s Rule and the new administration have all been declared invalid.
- It is the second time in recent months that the BJP has faced a setback over imposing President’s Rule.
- Arunachal Pradesh plunged into political crisis in November after 21 of the Congress’ 47 legislators rebelled against chief minister Nabam Tuki. The Congress was reduced to 26 in the 60-member assembly.
- Central government imposed President’s rule on January 26. The leader of the Congress dissidents’ faction, Kalikho Pul, was sworn in as chief minister on February 19.Twenty rebel Congress legislators and 11 BJP MLAs supported him.
Hardik Patel to Walk Out Of Jail on July 15
- Quota agitation leader Hardik Patel is all set to walk out of Lajpore jail in Surat after spending nine months behind bars. The Gujarat High Court granted him bail in cases of sedition and violence pertaining to Patidar stir last year.
- As per the schedule released by PAAS (Patidar Anamant Andolan Samiti), Patel will travel to several places during 48 hours after his release before leaving Gujarat for six months.
- The high court has granted him bail on the condition that Patel will stay outside Gujarat for the next six months. As per the High Court direction, he will have to leave Gujarat within 48 hours after his release from jail. According to PAAS, the quota leader will travel to many parts of the state during 48 hours which end before July 17 midnight.
- Patel’s caravan will pass by different parts of Surat city, including Bhestan, Ring Road, Kapodra, Mini Bazar, and Varachha area, which are mostly dominated by Patels.
VK Singh leads operation ‘Sankat Mochan’ to evacuate Indians from South Sudan
- India Government has sent two C-17 military transport aircraft to war-torn South Sudan’s capital city Juba to evacuate over 300 Indians stranded there.
- External affairs minister VK Singh will be leading the operation, named “Sankat Mochan”, to evacuate Indians from South Sudan, which has been rocked by violence that has claimed hundreds of lives.
- Singh will be accompanied by Amar Sinha, secretary (economic relations) in the external affairs ministry, joint secretary Satbir Singh and director Anjani Kumar.
- Only Indian nationals with valid Indian travel document will be allowed boarding with maximum five kg cabin baggage and no check-in pieces. Women and children will be accommodated on priority.
- India has been closely monitoring developments in South Sudan, which is witnessing heavy fighting between former rebels and government soldiers in several parts of the city.
- According to records, there are around 600 Indians in South Sudan, of them 450 are in Juba and nearly 150 are outside the capital. And according to official sources, so far nearly 300 Indians have registered with the Indian embassy for evacuation.