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Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 July 2017

Jul 31, 2017 16:16 IST

Russia asks 755 US diplomats to leave country following American sanctions

Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 July 2017=

The Russian President Vladimir Putin has asked 755 US diplomats to leave the country. While announcing his decision, Putin said Russia had run out of patience waiting for relations with the United States to improve.

The decision which may worsen the relations between the two capitals, namely Washington and Moscow, was taken after the US Congress approved sanctions against Russia. The US Senate on 27 July 2017 approved a bill to toughen sanctions on Russia for allegedly meddling in the 2016 US Presidential election and for its annexation of Crimea in 2014.

India’s first unmanned tank Muntra launched

India's first unmanned tank Muntra (Mission UNmanned TRAcked) was launched by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It was developed by DRDO in Chennai. The tank was tested and validated at Mahajan field firing range in Rajasthan under dusty desert conditions where temperatures touched 52 degree C.

The tank will facilitate Indian Army in conducting unmanned surveillance missions. Muntra has three variants- Muntra-S for unmanned surveillance, Muntra-M for mine detection, and Muntra-N for reconnaissance in areas with nuclear and bio threats.

World's smallest spacecraft Sprites launched by Indian rocket

The world's smallest spacecraft was successfully launched in the low Earth orbit by ISRO's PSLV rocket. Named Sprites, the 3.5cmx3.5cm space probes weigh 4 grams each with dimension 3.5cm x 3.5cm. They run on sunlight and carry radios, sensors and computers.

The spacecraft was launched with an aim to send one-gram chips to star systems beyond the solar system in search of extraterrestrial intelligence.

The Sprites were constructed by researchers at Cornell University and transported into space as secondary payloads by the two larger German satellites Max Valier and Venta.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi launches Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Minority Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs, has launched the Jiyo Parsi Publicity Phase-2 in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

While launching the Phase-2, Naqvi said that Parsi community has an immense contribution to nation building and the Parsi community has been a “role model” for other communities for its culture and traditions. The Parsi community has given so many great people who have been “architects of nation building”.

India, Pakistan to hold talks on hydropower projects under Indus Waters Treaty

Reports suggest that India and Pakistan will hold talks on two hydropower projects under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) at the World Bank headquarters in Washington. The two hydropower projects are Kishenganga and Ratle.

Union Water Resources Secretary Amarjit Singh is leading the Indian delegation during the talks. The delegation will include officials from ministries of external affairs and water resources.

The meet at Washington is being held as part of efforts by the World Bank to resolve the issues raised by Pakistan over India’s hydroelectricity projects.

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