1.INSAT-3DR to map farm fires in Haryana, Punjab+
- A team of the Satellite Meteorology Division of India Meteorological Department (IMD), housed in New Delhi’s Mausam Bhawan, has amassed a huge tranche of data relayed by it over the past few months, at an average rate of a whopping 142 GB per day.
- Launched in September last year, INSAT-3DR works in tandem with INSAT-3D, operational since 2014, in sending raw data and high-resolution images, zoomed up to 1 kilometre near the earth’s surface, every 15 minutes.
2.Sindhu, Sameer triumph at Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold
PV Sindhu and national champion Sameer Verma began the new season on a resounding note by winning the women’s and men’s singles crowns respectively at the $120,000 Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament here on 29.1.17
3.Farm sector looks to Jaitley for relief
Farmer organizations want the Modi government to spell out a clear strategy to double income of farmers in three years, provide the income guarantee, bring in a more effective regime for support price, increase farm allocation and compensate farmers for losses from demonetisation.
4.Hollywood Legend & Harry Potter actor John Hurt dies at 77
- Elephant Man star, 77, had acclaimed career that spanned more than six decades.
- He beat pancreatic cancer in 2015 but continued to suffer from health problems.
- Tributes for the actor poured in from Mel Brooks, Elijah Woods, Bonnie Wright, Chris Evans, Stephen Colbert and Stephen Fry.
5.HL Dattu appointed to International Human Rights body
Chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and former Chief Justice of India HL Dattu was Tuesday appointed a member of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) Bureau in Geneva.
6.Supreme Court appoints former CAG Vinod Rai to head BCCI
The Supreme Court on 30.1.17 appointed a committee of four administrators headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai to manage the affairs of world’s richest cricket body BCCI after its president and other top office bearers were barred from cricket administration.