Narendra Modi is most tweeted about world leader after Trump
According to the figures released by Twitter on 5 December 2017, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emerged as the most tweeted about world leader after US President Donald Trump this year.
The micro blogging site stated that Modi with 37.5 million followers is the second most tweeted about world leader, after Donald Trump who has 44.1 million followers. Among the most-liked tweets of 2017, the one that received the most amount of likes belonged to former US President Barack Obama.
ISA to become a treaty-based International Intergovernmental organization
India’s global initiative, the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will become a treaty-based international intergovernmental organisation on 6 December 2017, after ratification by Guinea, which will be the 15th nation to do so.
Headquartered in India, the Alliance aims at addressing obstacles to deployment of solar energy through better harmonisation and aggregation of demand from solar rich countries lying fully or partially between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn. As of now, 46 countries have signed and 19 countries have ratified the Framework Agreement of ISA.
Microbes found on ISS resembles homes on Earth: Study
According to researchers, The International Space Station (ISS) has a 'very different’ community of microbes that are more similar to that of homes than of humans.
The conclusion came from Project MERCCURI, a citizen science project that analysed bacteria found on 15 locations on the International Space Station and compared them with samples from homes on Earth as well as the Human Microbiome Project. As per this study, Earth is surrounded by mostly harmless microbes and a broadly similar microbial community on the ISS too.
India successfully tests surface to air missile ‘AKASH’
India conducted successful test launch of surface to air missile ‘AKASH’ with indigenous radio frequency seeker on 5 December 2017. The missile was launched from Launch Complex-III at ITR Chandipur.
The radars, telemetry and electro-optical systems along coast have tracked and monitored all the health parameters of the missile. The missile would soon be inducted into the Indian army as Short Range Surface to Air Missile (SRSAM).
India wins first-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship
India won the first-ever South Asian Regional Badminton Team Championship in a title clash against Nepal in Guwahati, Assam on 5 December 2017.
India, who were the clear favourites, beat Nepal 3-0. The Indian team came into the final without losing a single match and continued their good run with Aryaman Tandon, who defeated Nepal’s Dipesh Dhami 21-9, 21-15 in the boys' singles competition, to give India an early initiative.
India's lead was further doubled with Ashmita Chaliha’s straight victory of 21-9, 21-6 over Rashila Maharjan in the girls' singles event.