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Exam Specific Current Affairs for UPSC Aspirants 6 February 2019

India’s communication satellite GSAT-31 launched from French Guiana

GSAT-31, ISRO’s latest communication satellite was successfully launched aboard the launch vehicle “Ariane 5”, a launch vehicle built by Arianespace, from the launch base in French Guiana on February 5, 2019.

The launch vehicle Ariane 5 VA-247 launched from Kourou spaceport in Guiana Space Center (CSG) carryingtwo telecommunications satellitesat 2:31 am (IST). This is Arianespace’s first launch of the year and the 103rd Ariane 5 mission.

NBWL grants wildlife clearance to Mumbai-Ahmedabad bullet train project

In January 2019, The National Board of Wildlife permitted wildlife clearance to the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High-Speed Rail Project (MAHSR) that goes through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai and Thane Creek Flamingo Sanctuary. National Board of Wildlifeis led by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan.

This will be India’s first high-speed rail line and will accommodate to bullet trains. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe had inaugurated the work for the railway line in Ahmedabad in September 2017. The line is expected to be ready by 2022.

2nd Trump-Kim Summit: President Donald Trump to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vietnam on February 27

On February 5, 2019, US President Donald Trump announced that a second summit will be held between him and Kim Jong Un, the north Korean leader, in Vietnam on February 27-28, 2019 to discuss about denuclearizing North Korea. This meeting is a part of his administration’s endeavors.

 

Importance

  • The second summit between Trump and Kim is the effort of Trump’s administration and will be organized to persuade Kim to denuclearize North Korea.
  • The 1st historic Trump-Kim meeting was held in Singapore in June 2018, after the summit, Trump has claimed that Nort Korea is no longer a nuclear threat, though there were continual movements at their nuclear site.

Trump proposes new missile treaty with potential to include India

India may possibly be included in a new nuclear missiles treaty that has been suggested by US President Donald Trump. He proposed the treaty while delivering the State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.

Protective of his decision to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia, he said in a speech on February 5, 2019, “possibly we can discuss a different agreement, adding China and others, or perhaps we can’t, in which case, we will outspend and out-innovate all others by far.”

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