Weekly Current Affairs (8th to 14th March 2021) Part - 2 Notes | EduRev

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Important News – India

1. What is India’s rank among 40 Asia-Pacific countries in the Economic Freedom Index 2021 published by US conservative think-tank, The Heritage Foundation ______ 26th.
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➢ In the 2021 Index, India came in around the middle of the pack among Asia-Pacific countries ranking 26th out of 40 countries, scoring 56.5 points.
➢ Globally, the Foundation rates India's economy as the 121st freest.

2. What is India’s rank in the ‘UNCTAD B2C E-COMMERCE INDEX 2020- Spotlight on Latin America and the Caribbean’ ______ 71st.
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➢ The index measures an economy’s preparedness to support online shopping where B2C stands for Business to Consumer. UNCTAD is an acronym for United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.
➢ The index has been topped by Switzerland for the first time which has surpassed The Netherlands. Notably 97% of the Swiss population used the internet in 2019.

3. What was the theme for the 76th Annual Conference of Association of Physicians of India (API) ______ ‘Engaging Minds: Empowering Medicine’.
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➢ It was addressed by Union Minister of State (IC) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh.
➢ While addressing he mentioned the contribution of Physicians to the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Campaign.

4. International Conference on Multifunctional Electronic Materials & Processing (MEMP 2021) was held in which city of India ______ Pune.
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➢ MEMP-2021 provided an opportunity to scientists, researchers, academicians and young students to interact with eminent scientists/technologists working in the field of multifunctional electronic materials for various applications & their processing for making devices.

5. REC Ltd and Power Finance Corporation (PFC) signed an agreement with which country for the financing of 600- megawatt (MW) Trashiyangtse Hydroelectric Project ______ Bhutan.
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➢ KHEL is a 50:50 joint venture between SJVN India and Druk Green Power Corporation (Bhutan) set up for developing the 600-MW Kholongchhu hydroelectric project in the eastern Bhutan.
➢ REC Ltd along with PFC has signed memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Kholongchhu Hydro Energy Ltd for financing of 600-MW hydroelectric project at Trashiyangtse, Bhutan.

6. Which trade association has launched a vendor onboarding mobile app for its upcoming e-commerce portal ‘Bharat e Market’ ______ Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).
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➢ The app will enable businesses and service providers to register on the portal and create their own "e-dukaan".
➢ Its 'purely Indian' Bharat e Market portal will comply with all the rules and regulations of the country.

7. Name the mobile app launched by the Department of Food & Public Distribution, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution under the ‘One Nation One Ration Card (ONORC)’ plan ______ Mera Ration.
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➢ The mobile app has been developed by the Department of Food & Public Distribution along with the National Informatics Centre (NIC).
➢ Beneficiaries of the National Food Security Act (NFSA), with a focus on Migrant workers, Fair Price Shop (FPS) dealers & other relevant stakeholders.

8. With which Rail track company, the National High-Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRCL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for Track works for the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail (MAHSR) ______ Japan Railway Track Consultant Co. Limited (JRTC).
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➢ Under the agreement, JRTC will provide design & drawing of major High-Speed Rail (HSR) track components like RC Track bed, track slab arrangement & Continuous Welded Rail (CWR) forces.
➢ It will strengthen the ‘Make in India’ initiative & ensure the transfer of technology from the Japanese high-speed rail system to India.

9. According to PwC’s (PricewaterhouseCoopers) 24th Annual Global CEO Survey, India emerged as the what is India’s rank as the most attractive growth destination in the world ______ 5th.
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➢ The USA emerged as the Number one market favoured by CEOs over the next 1 year followed by China, Germany.
➢ The survey covered 5, 050 CEOs in 100 Countries & Territories including India.
➢ Japan took the 6th position overtaking Australia.

10. Who will chair the advisory committee to chalk out a plan for studying the mythical Sarasvati river ______ Prahlad Singh Patel.
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➢ The ASI had first set up the committee on December 28, 2017 for a period of two years.
➢ The committee would continue to be chaired by the Culture Minister and include officials from the Culture, Tourism, Water Resources, Environment and Forest, Housing and Urban Affairs Ministries; representatives of the Indian Space Research Organisation; officials from the governments of Gujarat, Haryana and Rajasthan; and an ASI official.

11. Which Airport has launched India’s first dedicated Express Cargo Terminal exclusively for export and import of international couriers ______ Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru.
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➢ The 2 lakh square feet built to suit facility terminal will be operated by Express Industry Council of India ➢ It has a dedicated space for customs offices with direct access to both Landside and Airside wing

12. 4th Global Ayurveda Festival (GAF) was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi in ______ Kozhikode, Kerala.
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➢ It has been organized from 12 to 19 March 2021
➢ GAF is the largest Ayurvedic event ever held anywhere across the world and witness the largest gathering of experts, stakeholders, and business explorers from Ayurveda.
➢ Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FICCI) is the festival and industry partner 

Important News – State

1. India’s first Forest Healing centre was inaugurated in which state ______ Uttarakhand.
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➢ It was developed by the Research Wing of Uttarakhand Forest Department in an area of around 13 acres.
➢ The centre is based on the concept of healing and revitalizing the overall health and well being of people by bringing them into direct contact with nature.

2. A centre of excellence for the dairy sector will be set up in which state in collaboration with Denmark ______ Rajasthan.
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➢ Denmark Ambassador Freddy Svane discussed the idea at a meeting with chief minister Ashok Gehlot
➢ The possibilities of Denmark’s cooperation in the field of water conservation and purification were also discussed in the meeting.

3. Arcelor Mittal Nippon Steel (AMNS) going to set up an integrated steel plant in which state ______ Odisha.
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➢ In a major boost to Odisha’s industrial landscape, the ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India Limited (AMNS India) signed an MoU with the state government to set up a 12 mtpa integrated steel complex in Kendrapada district with an investment of Rs 50,000 crore.
➢ The deal was signed here in presence of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and executive chairman of ArcelorMittal LN Mittal.

4. Which state government has announced the setting up of District Investment Promotion Agencies (DIPAs) in its 30 districts to promote and facilitate investment across the State  ______ Odisha.
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➢ According to the Industries Department, DIPA, in each of the 30 districts across the state, shall operate under the leadership of the respective District Collector with other senior district officials including SPs, DFOs and line Department officials being constituent members.
➢ The District Collector shall be supported by a team of professionals for investment facilitation, project monitoring and promoting local entrepreneurship.

5. Which become the first state of India to incorporate the Gender Budget in its annual budget of the fiscal year 2021 to 2022 with an aim to provide better service to women ______ Andhra Pradesh.
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➢ International women’s day, Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy announced that the state would become the first state of India to incorporate the Gender Budget in its annual budget of the fiscal year 2021 to 2022 with an aim to provide better service to women.

6. Arjuna Sahayak Irrigation Project is being built in which state ______ Uttar Pradesh.

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➢ With an outlay of Rs 2,600 crore the irrigation project is scheduled for complete in one or two months.
➢ The Arjuna Sahayak irrigation project on the river Dhasan will offer irrigation facilities to 1.5 lakh farmers of as many as 168 UP villages of Hamirpur, Banda and Mahoba.

7. India’s Largest Floating Solar Power Plant of 100 MegaWatt (MW) capacity being constructed in which state ______ Telangana.
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➢ The solar project is commissioned by the energy conglomerate National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
➢ The solar project which is estimated to cost around Rs 423 cr will have 4.5 lakh photovoltaic panels.
➢ The solar panels will cover 450-acre area of the reservoir and can be expanded in the future.

8. ‘WE Hub’ is an initiative of which state that has partnered with Australian government to launch “UPSurge” a 12-week preincubation program conducted across India ______ Telangana.
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➢ The program is targeted towards Women Entrepreneurs to minimise financial risk while selling novel products & achieve financial independence.
➢ Australia is the first International Partner of WE Hub, when they jointly launched the “Community Slate” program that was concluded in 2020.

9. Uttarakhand Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) signed an MoU with which technology giant to improve the education standards among the female children of the state ______  IBM.
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➢ The collaboration, 'IBM STEM for Girls' program, will be introduced in 130 secondary and higher secondary schools across five districts in the state.
➢ The five districts are Dehradun, Pauri, Haridwar, Almora and Udham Singh Nagar.
➢ The program will advance the skills and careers of close to 25,600 students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

10. Which state government has launched “Maha Samruddhi Mahila Sashaktikaran scheme” to empower the women in rural areas ______ Maharshtra.

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➢ The scheme commenced on 8th March 2021, the International women’s Day 2021.
➢ The aim of the scheme is to promote the listing of wife’s name along with husbands’ names on the 7/12 extract and to promote the inclusion of wife’s name on house property documents.

11. Which state has won the 69 Men’s National volleyball championships held in KIIT University, Bhubaneswar ______ Haryana.
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➢ Haryana men has won the 69 National volleyball championships at the KIIT University, Bhubaneswar
➢ Haryana men defeated Assam
➢ Tamil Nadu, the men's defending champion, had lost to Haryana in the quarterfinal.

Important News – World

1. Which country ranked first in the latest Economic Freedom Index 2021 published by US conservative think-tank, The Heritage Foundation ______ Singapore.
Note:

➢ Globally, the Foundation rates India's economy as the 121st freest.
➢ Although its overall score is unchanged, improvements were made in business freedom.
➢ This was offset by declines in judicial effectiveness and other scores.

2. Which country has banned full facial coverings including the niqab and burqa in almost all public places ______ Switzerland.
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➢ As many as 51.21 per cent of voters voted in support of the controversial proposal in the referendum.
➢ The approval by voters means that facial covering will be banned in all publicly accessible places, including on the streets, in public offices, on public transport, in restaurants, shops and in the countryside.

3. Which country ranked at top among developing countries in the new country-readiness index 2021 released by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in its ‘Technology and Innovation Report 2021’ ______ India.
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➢ The index ranked India at 43 while the estimated one based on per capita income was 108. This meant that India over performed other countries by 65 ranking positions.
➢ India was followed by the Philippines, which over performed by 57 ranking positions.

4. Which country is going to set up a Center of Excellence for the dairy sector in Rajasthan ______ Denmark.
Note:

➢ Denmark Ambassador Freddy Svane discussed the idea at a meeting with chief minister Ashok Gehlot
➢ The possibilities of Denmark’s cooperation in the field of water conservation and purification were also discussed in the meeting.

5. Which country has launched its first military exercise in space in March 2021 to evaluate its ability to defend its satellites and other defense equipment from an attack ______ France.
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➢ This is the first for the French army and even a first in Europe.
➢ The exercise, codenamed "AsterX" in memory of the first French satellite from 1965, will be based on 18 simulated events in an operations room.
➢ During the drill, the French military will monitor a potentially dangerous space object as well as a threat to its own satellite from another foreign power possessing a considerable space force.

6. Which country has received ten state-of-the-art railway passenger coaches from India as part of the supply of 160 coaches by the Rail India Technical and Economic Service (RITES) ______ Sri Lanka.
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➢ This supply of coaches to Sri Lankan Railways by RITES is being financed through an Indian Line of Credit.
➢ Recently, Sri Lanka approved the development of the West Container Terminal (WCT) after it unilaterally cancelled Indian and Japanese participation in the development of the East Container Terminal at Colombo.

7. With which country Russia has agreed to jointly build a research station on or around the moon, setting the stage for a new space race ______ China.
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➢ The United States and the Soviet Union, followed by its successor state, Russia, have long dominated space exploration, putting the first astronauts in space and on the moon and later collaborating on the International Space Station that has been in orbit for two decades.

8. Which country has developed world’s most powerful supercomputer ‘Fugaku’ ______ Japan.
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➢ Japanese scientific research institute RIKEN and Fujitsu began development six years ago with an aim to make the device core of Japan’s computing infrastructure.
➢ Now, as Fugaku is fully open and available for shared use, Japan’s Research Organization for Information Science and Technology (RIST) has selected 74 projects that will use the supercomputer in FY2021.

Honor & Awards

1. Who has been adjudged as the BBC India Sportswoman of the Year award for 2020 ______ Koneru Humpy.
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➢ The award was based on a public vote in which Humpy beat sprinter Dutee Chand, shooter Manu Bhaker, wrestler Vinesh Phogat and hockey captain Rani Rampal.
➢ Humpy won the World Rapid Chess Championship in December 2019 after a two-year maternity break.
➢ She then won the Cairns Cup in 2020.

2. Who will be conferred with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Award 2021 ______ Amitabh Bachchan.
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➢ The veteran actor will be the first Indian cinema personality to be bestowed with the FIAF Award for his dedication and contribution to the preservation of the world’s film heritage.
➢ Hollywood filmmakers and previous recipients of the FIAF Award — Martin Scorcese and Christopher Nolan — will present the award to Bachchan during a virtual showcase scheduled to take place on March 19.

3. President Ram Nath Kovind presented a decorated with the emblem of the Indian Republic and a letter of appreciation to ______ Kiran Bedi.
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➢ Kiran Bedi was removed as the Lieutenant Governor of Puducherry on February 16 by the President of India and Tamilisai Soundararajan took additional charge as the Lieutenant Governor on February 18.

4. Name the Indian women who has been conferred with the Top 20 Global Women of Excellence Award for 2020 at a US event ______ Tamilisai Soundararajan.

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➢ She joined a league of extraordinary women achievers across the world chosen for the award, including US Vice President Kamala Harris.
➢ The award instituted by the US Congressional Multi Advisory Task Force led by Congressman Danny K. Davis, Representative of Illinois’s 7th Congressional district, was presented during the 9th Congressional International Women’s Day Gala at Naperville, Illinois.

Sports News

1. Name the Indian boxer who won the gold medal in the Boxam International Tournament in Castellon, Spain ______ Manish Kaushik.
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➢ The 2018 Commonwealth Games silver medallist Kaushik, who returned into the ring for the first time after the Asian Olympic Qualifiers held in March last year, beat Denmark's Nikolai Terteryan with a split 3-2 decision in the men's 63kg summit bout.
➢ However, the World Championship bronze medallist Vikas Krishan went down fighting 4-1 against local favourite Ndiaye Sissokho to settle for a silver medal in the men's 69kg.

2. Which smartphone company has back as the title sponsor of the Indian Premium League cricket tournament ______ Vivo.
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➢ The company, which competes with players like Xiaomi and Samsung in the Indian market, also stated that it will expand its portfolio of premium devices, and focus on new technologies like 5G.
➢ This year's edition of IPL will run from April 9 to May 30 across six venues -- Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi and Kolkata.

3. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) has imposed a ban for 4 year on Madhavan R for violating the NADA’s code on the usage of prohibited substances. He is associated with which sports ______ Weightlifting.
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➢ The Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (ADDP) has banned Madhavan R for 4 years.
➢ Madhavan R was tested positive for the prohibited substance Phentermine & Mephentermine.
➢ The athletes have an option to appeal against the ADDP’s sanction to the higher panel Anti-Doping Appeals Panel (ADAP).

4. The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup 2021 was held in ______ Cairo, Egypt.
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➢ The Shotgun tournament took place for disciplines of Trap Shooting & Skeet Shooting.
➢ The Indian Women’s Trap Team trio of Kirti Gupta, Manisha Keer & Rajeshwari Kumari won the Silver medal in the event. They were defeated by Russia in the Final.

5. Who becomes the first cricketer to score 3,000 runs in T-20 International cricket ______ Virat Kohli.
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➢ The India captain reached the milestone in his 87th match in the shortest format.
➢ Kohli's India teammate Rohit Sharma can also reach the landmark in the ongoing series between India and England.

6. Bhavani Devi is associated with which sport who becomes the first ever Indian to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games ______ Fencing.
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➢ The sabre fencer secured a spot in the World Cup in Hungary after the hosts lost in the quarterfinals of the team event, allowing South Korea to progress to the semi-final.
➢ Bhavani Devi qualifies through the Adjusted Official Ranking (AOR) Method.

7. Who becomes the first Indian woman cricketer to complete 10,000 runs across all format ______ Mithali Raj.
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➢ With this, she also became the 2nd largest woman scorer in international cricket

➢ She achieved the feat with a boundary off Anne Bosch in 28th over of India's innings during the ongoing 3rd ODI against South Africa.
➢ She scored 663 runs in 10 Test matches with a best score of 214, while she has 6974 and 2364 runs from 212 ODIs and 89 T20 Internationals

Books and Authors

1. Who has authored the book titled “Baanjh: Incomplete Lives of Complete Women” ______ Susmita Mukherjee.
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➢ The book is a collection of 11 short stories that portray the lives of women from various social backgrounds.
➢ The book was published by Readomania Publishing.
➢ The book features the world of the women who are living in the excluded society to the women living in higher levels of society.

2. Who has authored the book titled “Essays on Srimanta Sankaradeva” ______ Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti.
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➢ “Essays on Srimanta Sankaradeva”, the new book of Dr Sanjib Kumar Borkakoti highlights hitherto unexplored areas of Indian culture and philosophy.
➢ The author has written the essays on the lasting contributions of the medieval polymath Srimanta Sankaradeva.

3. Who has authored the book titled “Karunanidhi: A Life” ______ A.S. Panneerselvan.
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➢ The book tells the story of the man who became a metaphor for modern Tamil Nadu, where language, empowerment, self-respect, art, literary forms and films coalesced to lend a unique vibrancy to politics.

Science and Defence

1. The second edition of the joint military exercise ‘Dustlik’ has been conducted between India and which country ______ Uzbekistan.
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➢ The second edition of exercise Dustlik is aimed at carrying out joint counter-terror operations in a mountainous rural and urban scenario.
➢ Intelligence-based surgical operations, special forces tracking techniques, surveillance through a hi-tech command post, slithering operations from helicopters were some of the key elements of the exercise.

2. The second edition of the joint military exercise ‘Dustlik’ was convened between India and Uzbekistan in which state of India ______ Uttarakhand.
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➢ The Indian Army was represented by 13 Kumaon known as the Rezang La battalion famous for its heroics in the battle of Rezang La in 1962 war with China.
➢ The first one took place in November 2019 near Tashkent in Uzbekistan.

3. With which space agency the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has completed development of a Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) capable of producing extremely high-resolution images for a joint earth observation satellite mission ______ NASA.
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➢ NASA-ISRO SAR (NISAR) is a joint collaboration for a dual-frequency L and S-band SAR for earth observation.
➢ "NISAR will be the first satellite mission to use two different radar frequencies (L-band and S-band) to measure changes in our planet's surface less than a centimeter across".

4. Name the indigenously developed Advanced Light Torpedo (TAL), maiden flight trials of which was conducted successfully ______ Shyena.
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➢ This was the country’s first such trial where the indigenous lightweight torpedo was fired from a fixed-wing aircraft.
➢ The lightweight torpedo was designed, developed, produced and inducted into services a decade ago and is used against underwater platforms as part of anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

5. Lunar Polar Exploration (LUPEX) is joint Robotic Lunar mission of India and which country that aims to send a lander and rover to the Moon’s south pole in the year 2024 ______ Japan.
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➢ LUPEX is a robotic Lunar mission that aims to send a lander and rover to the Moon’s south pole in the year 2024.
➢ The discussions took place in a virtual meeting between ISRO & JAXA.
➢ The Indian side was led by ISRO Chairman K Sivan while the Japan delegation was represented by Hiroshi Yamakawa, President of JAXA.


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