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Important News – India

1. The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the new Joint Venture Company (JVC) for an investment of Rs.5281.94 crore in Ratle Hydro Electric Project (850 MW). It is located in which river ______ Chenab.
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➢ The project is located on river Chenab, in Kishtwar district of Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K)
➢ It will be commissioned within 60 months.
➢ The life cycle of the project will be 40 years.

2. Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID) has signed an agreement with which state to improve telecom connectivity in the remote & hilly areas of the state ______ Himachal Pradesh.
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➢ POWERGRID has created about 67, 500 kms of Optical Fiber Communication (OFC) network which connects over 1000 plus locations across India
➢ POWERGRID’s OFC network covers all major towns & cities of India including the hilly & difficult terrains of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) & North Eastern Region.

3. According to the Global Climate Risk Index 2021, India is at what position among the most-affected countries by the devastating impact of climate change globally in 2019 ______ Seventh.
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➢ As per the the report by Germanwatch, a Bonn-based environmental organization, India was preceded by Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Bahamas, Japan, Malawi and Afghanistan in the list of countries most affected by the impacts of extreme weather events in 2019.
➢ Between 2000 and 2019, over 475,000 people lost their lives as a direct result of more than 11,000 extreme weather events globally and losses amounted to around US $2.56 trillion (in purchasing power parities).

4. Who inaugurated the ‘Bharat Parv 2021’, a virtual national festival showcasing the country’s diverse culture, cuisines and handicrafts ______ Om Birla.
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➢ Minister of State (Independent charge) for Tourism and Culture Shri Prahlad Singh Patel was also present on this occasion.
➢ The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with other central Ministries is organizing this year a virtual ‘Bharat Parv’ event from 26th to 31st January 2021, showcasing the spirit of ‘Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat’.

5. For the first time, a 122-member tri-service contingent of which country participated in Republic Day Parade 2021 ______ Bangladesh.
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➢ The 122-member contingent of the Bangladesh Armed Forces comprising soldiers of the Bangladesh Army, sailors of the Bangladesh Navy, and air warriors of the Bangladesh Air Force was led by the contingent Commander Lieutenant Colonel Abu Mohammed Shahnoor Shawon and his deputies, Lieutenant Farhan Ishraq and Flight Lieutenant Sibat Rahman.
➢ All the three services of the Bangladesh Armed Forces had played a key role in securing independence for their country in the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971

6. Who has launched the mobile action game Fearless and United Guards (FAU-G) on the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day ______ Akshay Kumar.
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➢ Akshay unveiled the game with an animated trailer. He wrote, "FAU-G : Fearless And United Guards. Face the enemy. Fight for your country. Protect our Flag. India's most anticipated action game, Fearless and United Guards: FAU-G takes you to the frontlines and beyond!
➢ The game has been developed by Bangalore based studio nCore Games, with a concept by Akshay himself.

7. The Textiles Committee of the Ministry of Textiles has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nissenken Quality Evaluation Centre of which country to boost export of Textile and Apparel in that country ______ Japan.
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➢ The MoU signing ceremony was held through video conferencing which was presided over by Minister of Textiles Smriti Irani and State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan Yasumasa Nagasaka.
➢ The main objective of the MoU is to provide required support to textile’s trade and industry for ensuring quality as per the requirement of Japanese buyers.

8. What is India’s rank out of 98 countries in the COVID-19 performance index published by the Australian think-tank, Lowy Institute ______ 86th.
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➢ In the index India ranked 86 out of 98 countries, while the United States placed 94 and Brazil at the bottom of the index.
➢ Sri Lanka was the best faring nation in South Asia, ranking 10, while the Maldives was at 25, Pakistan at 69, Nepal at 70, and Bangladesh at 84.
➢ The think-tank said China was not included “due to a lack of publicly available data on testing”.

9. For the conservation of which of the following species the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEF&CC) has released ‘National Marine Action Plan’  ______ Marine Turtle.
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➢ Speaking at the virtual launch event the Union Environment Minister said that both floral and faunal diversity including the marine biodiversity is the beauty of India and we need to conserve it with best possible action and interventions.
➢ India has rich marine biodiversity along a vast coastline of over 7,500 km. From colorful fish, sharks, including Whale Sharks, turtles and big mammals like whales, dolphins and dugongs to bright corals, marine habitats not only harbor diverse species but also provide resources essential for human wellbeing.

10. What is India’s rank among 180 countries in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) – 2020 released by the Transparency International ______ 86th.
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➢ India’s ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) – 2020, has slipped from 80 to 86, even as its score has decreased only slightly by one point from 41 in 2019, to now stand at 40.
➢ The index released annually by Transparency International, which is a global civil society, ranks 180 countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and business people.

11. Which state has launched ‘PANKH Abhiyan’ for girl child on the occasion of National Girl Child Day 2021 ______ Madhya Pradesh.
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➢ Wherein 'P' stands for protection, 'A' for awareness of their rights, 'N' for nutrition, 'K' for knowledge and 'H' for health. The abhiyan will go on for a year.
➢ The National Girl Child Day is celebrated every year since 2008 to spread awareness about the inequalities and atrocities girls have to face in our patriarchal society.

12. Where was the 15th edition of Toshali National Crafts Mela inaugurated ______ Bhubaneswar.
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➢ Artisans showcased various handicrafts including lanterns, carpets among other decorative items.
➢ Several women were seen shopping several necklaces, hair-bands, rings and other artificial jewellery items.

13. Which organization has organized the 7th edition of 'MASCRADE 2021-- Movement against Smuggled and Counterfeit Trade' ______ FICCI.
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➢ The aim of MASCRADE 2021 is to foster a healthy discussion on newer and practical strategies to mitigate the challenges of counterfeiting and smuggling, especially in a post-COVID era.

Important News – State

1. Which state government has launched ‘Avalokana software’ a transparent e-governance tool ______ Karnataka.
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➢ The software provides focused eye view on Sustainable Development goals, Scheduled Caste Sub-Plan, Tribal Subplan and Centrally Sponsored Schemes.
➢ The Chief Minister issued directions today to the Deputy Commissioners of each district to the data in the software at regular intervals.

2. Which state government has launched 'Udyam Sarathi' app to help youth to explore self-employment opportunities ______ Uttar Pradesh.
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➢ On the occasion of 71st foundation day of Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath launched 'Udyam Sarathi' app to help youth to explore self-employment opportunities.
➢ As per the government statement, this application will provide all information related to self-employment and the job industry at one click.

3. Which state government has launched ambitious ‘Abhyudaya’, state-wide, free coaching facility programme ______ Uttar Pradesh.
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➢ Named 'Abhyudaya', the free coaching facility will start from upcoming Basant Panchmi, the day of worship to the goddess of learning, Saraswati.
➢ From the day of Basant Panchami, 'Abhyudaya', the free coaching facility for students of the state appearing in various competitive examinations will commence.

4. Which state government announced to start ‘Jail Tourism Initiative’ ______ Maharashtra.
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➢ Home minister Anil Deshmukh announced the jail tourism initiative.
➢ Of the 60 prisons in the state, Thane, Aurangabad, Ratnagiri, Dhule, Nashik, Chandrapur, Byculla women’s jail and others, are of historical importance.
➢ Based on a proposal initiated by the state prisons department, the state government has decided to launch jail tourism at Yerawada.

5. Which state government has launched new School of Public Health to make policy intervention for building public health capacity and skills and bridge gaps between education and practices in the state ______ Rajasthan.
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➢ Named after Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR) chairperson S.D. Gupta, the school will provide technical support to health systems and render help to the State government in harnessing new technologies.
➢ IIHMR Dean (Research) D.K. Mangal said on Tuesday that the SPH has taken up a study on non-communicable diseases, climate change and antimicrobial resistance as its first project to identify priority areas in public healthcare.

6. Which state government has launched a 1st of its kind initiative in India where, beneficiaries of old-age pensions will be automatically selected using the Navodaya app and their pension amount will be paid through the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) mode  ______ Karnataka.
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➢ This model was piloted in Udupi and Ballari districts of the state.
➢ Navodaya app is developed in accordance with the National Education Policy guidelines.
➢ The aim of the initiative is to enable beneficiaries to get the pension without the need of middlemen.

7. Prime Minister Narendra Modi released financial assistance of Rs 2,691 crore to 6.1 lakh beneficiaries in which state under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana ______ Uttar Pradesh.
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➢ Prime Minister Narendra Modi released financial assistance of ₹2,691 crore to 6.1 lakh beneficiaries in Uttar Pradesh under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana - Gramin (PMAY-G). Modi released the assistance via video conference.

8. Which was the 1st state to launch door-delivery of rations under the Public Distribution System (PDS) ______ Andhra Pradesh.
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➢ Fine quality of rice will be distributed right at the door-steps of the cardholders across the state from February 1.
➢ The move is expected to give huge relief particularly to the elderly people and differently abled as they need to wait for longer hours in the queue lines at the ration shop.

9. Which State Government signed an MoU with International Digital Health & Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative (I-DAIR) in Geneva, Switzerland to develop and deploy digital technologies in the health sector ______ Punjab.
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➢ The MoU was signed by Punjab’s Additional Chief Secretary (governance reforms) Anirudh Tewari.
➢ Under this MoU, I-DAIR will work on the projects related to data interoperability, real-time epidemiology and benchmarking of digital health solutions.
➢ Both state government and I-DAIR will promote synergy across communities of practice which will support the digital health work in the state.

Important News – World

1. Which country overtook the USA as world’s top destination for new foreign direct investment last year ______ China.
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➢ New investments by overseas businesses into the U.S., which for decades held the No. 1 spot, fell 49% in 2020, according to U.N. figures released Sunday, as the country struggled to curb the spread of the new coronavirus and economic output slumped.
➢ China, long ranked No. 2, saw direct investments by foreign companies climb 4%.

2. Which country hosted the online international Climate Adaptation Summit 2021  ______ The Netherlands.
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➢ CAS Online build on the advances of the UN Climate Action Summit by showcasing pioneering solutions to the climate emergency, and sustaining momentum through to UNFCCC’s COP26 in Glasgow in 2021.
➢ As the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, the CAS will deliver action and inspire change to help societies build back better.
➢ It was aimed to help realize the transitions required for a climate-resilient world.

3. Which two countries were ranked the best performing countries in their response to the pandemic according to a COVID19 “performance index” released by the Australian think-tank, Lowy Institute ______ New Zealand and Vietnam.
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➢ In the index India ranked 86 out of 98 countries, while the United States placed 94 and Brazil at the bottom of the index.
➢ Sri Lanka was the best faring nation in South Asia, ranking 10, while the Maldives was at 25, Pakistan at 69, Nepal at 70, and Bangladesh at 84.
➢ The think-tank said China was not included “due to a lack of publicly available data on testing”.

4. India has launched 2021 as the Year of the Environment along with which country  ______ France.
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➢ The Indo-French Year of the Environment over the period 2021-2022 would be based on five main themes including environmental protection, climate change, biodiversity conservation, sustainable urban development, renewable energy and energy efficiency according to a statement by the ministry
➢ From the French side, it will be implemented by the Ministry of Ecological Transition along with the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs.

5. Which country hosted the hosted the 17th Ministerial Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue 2021 virtually under the theme “The New Normal and Safe and Healthy Tourism”  ______ Turkey.
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➢ Indian side was represented by Ms. Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs.
➢ During the meeting, She highlighted that India is focusing on tourism promotion as a part of 3T’s strategy which includes “Trade, Tourism and Technology”.

6. Global Climate Risk Index 2021 is released by which organization ______ Germanwatch.
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➢ India ranked as the seventh worst-hit country in terms of climate change in 2019.
➢ The Global Climate Risk Index 2021 is the 16th edition of the annual report and has taken into account the data available for 2019 and from 2000 to 2019.

7. Recently India held 14th edition of Joint Working Group meet on Counter-Terrorism with which country ______ United Kingdom.
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➢ Both the nations strongly condemned the terrorism activities in all forms.
➢ Both nations assured to deepen cooperation in order to combat global terrorism and cross-border terrorism in South Asia.
➢ They also assured to enhance bilateral cooperation to combat counter-terrorism, extremism and radicalization, financing of terrorism, prevention of internet exploitation for cyber-crimes etc.

8. Which organization released the “Global Climate Litigation Report 2021” that highlights that the Climate litigation cases have increased in recent years ______ UNEP.
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➢ According to the report Climate litigation cases have spiked in recent years, making the courtroom increasingly relevant to efforts to address climate change around the world.
➢ The report, published by UNEP in cooperation with the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law at Columbia University, shows climate litigation has become more common and more successful worldwide.

Honor & Awards

1. Who has been named as the Business Standard Banker of the year for 2019-20  ______ Shyam Srinivasan.
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➢ Shyam Srinivasan, managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of Federal Bank has been named as Business Standard Banker of the Year for 2019-20 for his bank’s consistent healthy performance at a time when most of its peers witnessed large stress on asset quality, registered losses, or even invited regulatory actions.
➢ The unanimous decision was taken by a high-profile jury of five, chaired by former Reserve Bank of India deputy governor S S Mundra.

2. Who became the 1st woman fighter pilot to take part in the Republic Day parade  ______ Bhawana Kanth.
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➢ She was a part of the Indian Air Force’s tableau in the 2021 Republic Day Parade that will showcase mock-ups of the light combat helicopter, light combat aircraft, and the Sukhoi-30 fighter plane.

3. Which institution has been conferred with the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar 2021 award for their contribution in disaster management  ______ Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society (SEEDS).
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➢ The award is announced every year on January 23, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The award carries a cash prize of ₹51 lakh and a certificate in case of an institution and ₹five lakh and a certificate in case of an individual.
➢ The award is given to recognise and honour the invaluable contribution and selfless service rendered by individuals and organisations in India in the field of disaster management by the central government.

4. Nikhil Srivastava from India has been named winner of the prestigious 2021 Michael and Sheila Held Prize along with two others. The prize was given to him in which field  ______ Mathematics.
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➢ Srivastava from the University of California, Berkeley, Adam Marcus, the Ecole polytechnique federale de Lausanne (EPFL) and Daniel Alan Spielman from Yale University will receive the 2021 Michael and Sheila Held Prize, the National Academy of Sciences said in the statement.
➢ The prize consists of a medal and USD 100,000.

5. Who has been selected for the Subhash Chandra Bose Aapda Prabandhan Puraskar for excellent work in Disaster Management ______ Rajendra Kumar Bhandari.
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➢ Union Home Ministry announced the award every year on 23rd January, the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The award carries a cash prize of 51 lakh rupees and a certificate in case of an institution and five lakh rupees and a certificate in case of an individual.
➢ Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development Society, SEEDS has done commendable work in building community resilience to disasters.

Sports News

1. Which country will host the AFC Women's Asian Cup in 2022 ______ India.
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➢ The tournament will feature 12 teams, expanded from eight in the previous edition, comprising three groups of four with a minimum of 25 matches being played over 18 days. Eight teams will qualify for the newly-introduced quarterfinals.
➢ The event will also serve as a qualification tournament for the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, which will see a record five Asian teams seal their spots to join co-host Australia for the newly-expanded 32-team global showpiece.

2. Which team won the Ice Hockey Association of India (IHAI)’s 10th National Ice Hockey Championship trophy held at Gulmarg ______ Indo-Tibetan Border Police.
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➢ The match was held at Gulmarg Ice Rink.
➢ Teams from Delhi, Maharashtra, Indian Army also participated in the tournament, said ITBP.
➢ Top teams of Ice Hockey in India participated in the Championship organized from January 16 to 22, 2021.

3. Who has become the first recipient of the iconic Mullagh Medal ______ Ajinkya Rahane.
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➢ He is the first recipient of the iconic medal which is named after former Australian skipper and cricket Johnny Mullagh.
➢ Rahane scored 112 runs in the first innings and helped India reach a total of 326 runs in the first innings.

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled ‘Flying Blind: India’s Quest for Global Leadership’  ______ Mohamed Zeeshan.

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➢ The book is published by Penguin Random House.
➢ The book describes the difficulties that stand has an obstacle to the current India’s foreign policy, each of which have led to many instabilities in the foreign policy practice, which in turn has affected India’s interests.
➢ It tries to explain why the ordinary Indian citizen should care about foreign policy and how a more proactive foreign policy can deliver economic growth at home.

2. Who has authored the book titled “Ten Lessons for a Post–Pandemic World” ______ Fareed Zakaria.
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➢ The book published by Penguin book speaks about the nature of the post pandemic world and the social, political, technological and economical effects that may take years to develop.
➢ The book with 10 lessons includes the acceleration of natural and biological risk, datedness of the political categories, the rise of digital life, globalization and the developing world order split between US and China.

3. Who has authored the book titled “India 2030: The Rise of a Rajasic Nation” ______ Gautam Chikermane.
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➢ The book features 20 themes on various fields ranging from education to healthcare, science, energy, politics and foreign policy, that predicts the evolution of India in this decade.
➢ The book showcases the numerous aspects of the future that will result in India becoming the world’s 3rd largest economy and regional power.
➢ This book will act as a roadmap for policymakers and guide for scholars.

4. Who has authored the book titled “The Law of Emergency Powers: Comparative Common Law Perspectives” ______ Dr. Abhishek Singhvi & Prof. Khagesh Gautam.
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➢ It presents a detailed study on legal and constitutional provisions of Emergency powers under Article 356.
➢ It also includes detailed discussions on Martial law, wartime & peacetime invocations, Constitutional & statutory law.
➢ The book also compares the emergency powers of India, USA & UK.

5. Who authored the book titled “The Language of History: Sanskrit Narratives of Muslim Pasts” ______ Audrey Truschke.
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➢ Published by Penguin India, the book, The Language of History: Sanskrit Narratives of Muslim Pasts, seeks to collect, analyse, and theorize Sanskrit histories of Muslim-led and, later, as Muslims became an integral part of Indian cultural and political worlds, Indo-Muslim rule as a body of historical materials.

Science and Defence

1. A Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) successfully test fired from which aircraft for the first time by the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) ______ Hawk-I.
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➢ It is the first smart weapon to be fired from an Indian Hawk Mk132 trainer aircraft.
➢ The company-owned Hawk-I platform is being extensively used for certification of systems and weapons developed indigenously by DRDO and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research labs.

2. Which Armed Force has signed an MoU with Society of Indian Defence Manufacturers to provide further impetus to indigenisation under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ ______ Indian Army.
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➢ Collaboration between the Indian Army and industry started in 1995 with the indigenisation of spares and has progressed to major defence platforms and a wide range of weapons and equipment.
➢ The MoU has been signed to provide further impetus to indigenisation under the ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’ and to achieve strategic independence by reducing dependence on foreign origin equipment.

3. A large-scale tri-service joint amphibious exercise AMPHEX – 21 was conducted in ______ Andaman & Nicobar.
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➢ The exercise involved participation of Naval ships, amphibious troops of the Army and different types of aircraft from the Air force.
➢ The exercise was aimed at validating India’s capabilities to safeguard the territorial integrity of it’s island territories.
➢ It also sought to enhance operational synergy and joint warfighting capabilities amongst the three Services.

4. Which space organization successfully created a New World Record by launching 143 Satellites in a single mission ______ SpaceX.
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➢ With this, SpaceX bettered Indian Space Research Organization’s (ISRO) record of deploying 104 satellites in a single mission in February 2017.
➢ The Launch is also the first dedicated mission for SpaceX under SmallSat ‘Rideshare’ program called Transporter-1.
➢ With the launch of the satellites, SpaceX is planning to provide Global broadband internet coverage by 2021.

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