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News in Short - 05-July-2020

ISRO releases photos of Mars' largest moon Phobos

Date: 05 July 2020 Tags: Space
  • The Mars Colour Camera (MCC) onboard ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission has captured the image of Phobos, the closest and biggest moon of Mars.
  • The image was taken on July 1 when MOM was about 7,200 km from Mars and 4,200 km from Phobos.
  • ISRO had launched the spacecraft on its nine-month-long odyssey on a homegrown PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh on November 5, 2013.
  • The Mars Orbiter has five scientific instruments -Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP), Methane Sensor for Mars (MSM), Mars Exospheric Neutral Composition Analyser (MENCA), Mars Colour Camera (MCC) and Thermal Infrared Imaging Spectrometer (TIS).

Government to ban power gear from China

Date: 05 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Amid the stand-off along the border with China, Power Minister R K Singh said India would not import power equipment from its northern neighbor.
  • The decision has been taken to protect the security, integrity, and reliability of the strategically important and critical power supply system and network in the country.
  • This is the latest such move taken by the government and comes close on the heels of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology banning 59 Chinese mobile applications and Road Transport and MSME Minister Nitin Gadkari stating Chinese companies will not be allowed to bid for road projects and invest in micro, small and medium enterprises in India.

Madhya Pradesh cabinet expansion

Date: 05 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan carried out a major expansion of his Cabinet, inducting 28 new members.
  • Of the 28 new ministers, 16 are BJP legislators, while 12 are former Congress MLAs -- most of them Jyotiraditya Scindia supporters.
  • The new ministers include 20 of cabinet rank and eight ministers of state. The Chouhan ministry strength is now 34.
  • This is the second cabinet expansion in Madhya Pradesh since Shivraj's return to the CM's chair on March 23.

Railways claim 100% punctuality for the first time

Date: 05 July 2020 Tags: Railways
  • Indian Railways claimed it has achieved a 100 percent punctuality rate, for the first time in its history on July 1.
  • That means none of its passenger trains faced delays and their departures and arrivals were on time. It is, however, important to note that only a fraction of the total trains is currently running, which means less congestion on tracks.
  • It's previous best, according to the Railways, was 99.54 percent on June 23, when a train got delayed.
  • All special trains, 12 pairs running on the Rajdhani routes since May 12 and 100 pairs operating since June 1 are continuing even as the Railways has cancelled all regular trains till August 12.

Nagaland cabinet bans dog meat trade in state

Date: 05 July 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Nagaland cabinet has banned the sale of dog meat, the consumption of which has been protested by animal rights activists over the years.
  • Dog meat is considered a delicacy among certain communities of Nagaland and some other parts of the Northeast and has been traditionally consumed in parts of the state for decades. Certain communities in Nagaland also consider dog meat to have medicinal properties.
  • Following the cabinet’s decision, people from some sections of Nagaland have taken to social media to protest the ban citing it as an imposition on the state’s traditional culture.