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Daily G.K. Buzz - 11th July 2015

NATION

ISRO successfully launched five British satellites into space




i. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on 10 July 2015 successfully launched five British satellites into space from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan 
Space Centre, Sriharikotta. This was the heaviest commercial luggage carried by a PSLV rocket to date.
ii. These all satellites, built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) and weighing 1440-kg, were launched aboard the 13th flight (PSLV-C28) of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). 
iii. These satellites are three identical DMC3 optical earth observation satellites and two auxiliary satellites, viz., CBNT-1 and De-OrbitSail.

Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) launched by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

i. Former President of India Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on 9 July 2015 launched the Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan (RAA) in New Delhi. 
ii. The abhiyan aims to inculcate a spirit of inquiry, creativity and love for Science and Mathematics in school children.
iii. Under Rashtriya Avishkar Abhiyan, government schools will be mentored by Institutes like IITs/IIMs/IISERs and other Central Universities and reputed  organisations.


2.5 lakh millionaires in India in 2014, says report

i. The number of dollar millionaires in India in 2014 rose to 2.5 lakh from 1.96 lakh in 2013, an increase of 27 per cent, according to a recent report.
ii. The Wealth X report also predicted that India will have 4.37 lakh millionaires by 2018, and potentially double that number by 2023.
iii. India had the 14th largest millionaire population in the world in 2013-14, with the U.S., Japan, China and the U.K. leading the pack. However, other reports show that India does far better when it comes to ultra high net worth (UHNW) individuals — those with a net worth of more than $30 million.

INTERNATIONAL

India to be part of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) along with Pakistan by 2016




i. India and Pakistan on 10 July 2015 were accepted as the full members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), a six-member regional grouping, including China and Russia.
ii. About Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) or Shanghai Pact is an intergovernmental organization founded in Shanghai on 15 June 2001 by six countries, People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
  • In 1996, it was found as Shanghai V but was renamed as SCO after inclusion of Uzbekistan in 2001 in the group.

IMPORTANT DAYS

‘World Population Day’ observed on 11th July

Theme - "Vulnerable Populations in Emergencies"
i. In this day, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry organised a National Workshop on vulnerable populations in emergencies in New Delhi. The ministry to mark the day also flagged off a walkathon at India Gate.
ii. The event was established by the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 1989, through its decision 89/46.

SPORTS

Sania, Martina enter Wimbledon final

i. Indo-Swiss tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis entered the women’s doubles final of Wimbledon with a straight sets victory at the last four stage on  Friday.
ii. The top seeds needed only 56 minutes to beat American fifth seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 on No.1 Court of the All England Club.






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