China to launch 300 satellites to provide worldwide low-orbit communications
China on July 16, 2018 announced its plans to launch 300 low-orbit satellites to provide worldwide communication services. This 300-satellite array is named as the ‘Hongyan Constellation’. Hongyan stands for 'wild goose'; in ancient China, geese were used to deliver messages.
The first satellite in the Hongyan constellation will be launched by the end of 2018 itself. The Hongyan constellation is composed of more than 300 satellites, along with data processing centers, and will be built in three stages.
Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar launches 'Paudhagiri' Campaign
Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on July 16, 2018 launched the 'Paudhagiri' campaign with an aim to increase the green cover in Haryana. CM Khattar launched the 'Paudhagiri' campaign by planting a 'maulsari' sapling in the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex premises of Gurgaon.
Under this plantation drive, 22 lakh students from class 6 to 12 of all government and private schools in Haryana will plant a sapling each during three months of monsoon -- July, August and September. Every student will get a sapling from the Forest department and they can plant it either in the courtyard of their house, field or park or school or at any open space available in their proximity.
High level Inter ministerial meeting held to deliberate on issues of pollution affecting Taj Mahal
A High level Inter ministerial meeting was held on July 16, 2018 in New Delhi to deliberate on various issues and actions to be taken to conserve The Taj Mahal. The meeting focussed on action points needed to overcome Air and Water pollution in and around the Taj Mahal.
The Inter ministerial panel took serious cognizance of the observations made by the Supreme Court on Taj conservation and will take every possible step to deal with Air and Water pollution. To deal with air pollution, the use of bio fuel, green fuel and electric vehicles will be popularised in Agra. An ethanol policy will be introduced for Agra which will include conversion of bio mass to ethanol during the crop burning season.
Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri passes away
Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri passed away on July 17, 2018 following a cardiac arrest at Sujoy Hospital in suburban Juhu, Mumbai. She was 62. The actress was in the hospital for the last 10 days. Currently, she was seen playing the role of a grandmother in Star Bharat's ‘Nimki Mukhiya’ show.
In her career of over three decades in the entertainment industry, Rita Bhaduri acted in over 70 movies like Julie, Beta, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and so on. She starred in several films during 70s to 90s. Her most notable performances have been in hit films such as 'Sawan Ko Aane Do' and 'Raja'. She received a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her act in 'Raja'.
Helsinki Summit: Trump, Putin hold first one-on-one talks
US President Donald Trump held first-ever one-to-one talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 16, 2018 in Helsinki, Finland. The historic summit opened with Donald Trump promising an ‘extraordinary relationship’ and Vladimir Putin saying it was high time to thrash out disputes around the world.
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that the Cold War was a thing of the past and today both Russia and the United States face a whole new set of challenges. US President Donald Trump, on the other hand, said the US relationship with Russia had “never been worse” than it was “until four hours ago,” just before the two spoke.
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