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The 10 facts you need to know about ISRO’s GSLV-Mk III (.hindu )

The GSLV-Mk III-D1 launcher would carry GSAT-19 satellite which has a mass of 3,200 kg.

The Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III), the heaviest rocket ever made by India and capable of carrying large payloads, is set for launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on June 5, 2017.

Here are a few facts you need to know about the rocket.

1. GSKV-Mk III  is capable of launching four-tonne satellites in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

2. The rocket is also capable of placing up to eight tonnes in a Low Earth Orbit (LEO), enough to carry a manned module.

3. GSLV-Mk III’s first developmental flight, D1, will carry on June 5  the GSAT-19 satellite — developed to help improve telecommunication and broadcasting areas.

4. This is India’s first fully functional rocket to be tested with a cryogenic engine that uses liquid propellants — liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen.

5. It took about 25 years, 11 flights and over 200 tests on different component…

Misreading the tea leaves (.hindu )

The post-War global order based on the UN and Bretton Woods institutions may be in crisis, but an alternative is not on the horizon as yet

Institutions created by human beings necessarily reflect the pre-eminent preoccupation of their time. The present, the post-Second World War global order, anchored in the United Nations and the Bretton Woods institutions, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and now the World Trade Organisation, has survived for over seven decades. This is partly because these institutions responded to the imperative of history when they were created to prevent succeeding generations from being subjected to the scourge of war and the need for post-war economic reconstruction.

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Is this present global order still ‘fit for purpose’? Much can be said for both sides of the argument. One thing is, however, clear. An alternative order or vision is not on the horizon. It is useful to bear this in mind whilst evaluating two developments. The first is t…

IAS Pre: GS - Indian History - Ancient India : Sources of Indian History (MCQ -1)

1. Consider the following statements and mark the option which is correct.
(i) The last 11 hymns are known as Balakhilya which are considered as the oldest part of Rigveda.
(ii) Mandalas are further divided into Astakas and upanishadas.
(iii) Rigveda comprises of 1028 hymns.
(iv) Third Mandala of Rigveda is composed by Manu.
(a) i, ii & iii
(b) ii, iii & iv
(c) i & iii
(d) all of the above.
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