Morning Brief: Modi To Unveil The Statue Of Unity On Patel’s 143rd Birth Anniversary; India Conducts Night Trail Of Nuclear-Capable Agni-1; And More

by Swarajya Staff - Oct 31, 2018 09:05 AM +05:30 IST
Morning Brief: Modi To Unveil The Statue Of Unity On Patel’s 143rd Birth Anniversary; India Conducts Night Trail Of Nuclear-Capable Agni-1; And MoreThe site of the Statue of Unity near Sardar Sarovar Dam on October 18, 2018 in Kevadiya, India. (Siddharaj Solanki/Hindustan Times via Getty Images) 

Good morning, dear reader! Here’s your morning news brief for today.

Modi To Unveil The Statue Of Unity On Patel’s 143rd Birth Anniversary

On the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will unveil the Statue of Unity in Gujrat’s Narmada district. Built on an island in the Narmada River, around 3 kilometer away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam, the statue is the world’s tallest with a height of 182 meter. Conceptualised as Sardar Patel walking on the Narmada river towards the Sardar Sarovar dam, the statue and other related attractions in the area are likely to become a major tourist destination in the next few years.

Modi, then chief minister of Gujarat, had laid down the foundation for the project in 2013. Work on the statue started in November 2015 and has been completed in a little over 40 months. Larsen & Toubro, which designed and executed the project, deployed a team of over 3,000 workers and 250 engineers. Well-known sculptor Ram V Sutar designed the statue using over 2,000 archival photographs of India's lauh purush or Iron Man.

India Conducts Successful Night Trail Of Agni-1 Ballistic Missile

A night trial of India's nuclear-capable Agni-1 ballistic missile was conducted successfully today from a test range off Odisha coast as part of a user trial by the Army. Agni-I is a medium-range ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). It is a single-stage missile developed after the Kargil War to fill the gap between 250 km range of Prithvi-II and 2,500 km range of Agni-II. The missile has a strike range of around 700 km.

The missile was first launched on 25 January 2002 from a road mobile launcher. DRDO is developing an advanced version of the missile, named Agni-1P. The new version is likely to replace Prithvi and Agni-1, developed with relatively low-end technology in the early 1990s. It will allow India to strike targets in Pakistan with increased precision. Increased precision of the missile, in turn, will enable India to use relatively low-yield nuclear weapons.

Kepler Space Telescope Retires After Discovering 2,600 Planets

After 9 years in space and over 2,600 planets discovered, NASA’s Kepler Space Telescope has run out of fuel and is being retired. Launched in 2009, the telescope was already crossed its design lifespan. It was extended long beyond its initial four-year mission and was put in safe mode for a brief time earlier this year due to low fuel level. It was launched with enough fuel on board to last for more than six years. However, it served NASA for over nine years.

NASA said that the most recent analysis of Kepler’s discoveries found that 20 to 50 per cent of the stars visible at night are likely to have small, possibly rocky planets similar in size to Earth. The space telescope will be retired into a safe orbit 94 million miles away from the Earth. Bill Borucki, a retired principal investigator for the Kepler mission, described it as an “enormous success.”

Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s Son Files Defamation Case Against Rahul Gandhi

Kartikey Chouhan, son of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, has filed a criminal defamation case against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for saying that his name had figured in the Panama Papers. “Mamaji ke jo bete hai, Panama Papers me unka naam nikalta hai. (Name of mamaji’s son figured in Panama Papers),” Gandhi had said, using Shivraj Singh Chouhan's nickname.

In his defence, Gandhi has said he had mentioned the name of Kartikey Chouhan's son due to confusion while addressing a rally in Jhabua district on Monday. At the same time, he has said that no number of defamation can threaten him. Speaking at the rally, Gandhi had accused the Madhya Pradesh government of pursuing a "dharma of corruption". After the rally, Shivraj Singh Chouhan had said on Twitter that he would file a defamation suit against Gandhi “for maximum damages against you for frivolous and malafide statements”.

From Swarajya

How The Statue Of Unity Overcame Design And Engineering Challenges To Stand 182-Meter Tall: How the designers and engineers who worked on the statue, to be inaugurated by the prime minister today, dealt with challenges.

Why Tamil Nadu Doesn’t Want To Take Any Initiative In Slashing Fuel Prices: Tamil Nadu has been one state that has never made any attempt to ease the pressure of dearer petrol and diesel on the average person.

World Watches, Wide-Eyed, India’s Gusto In Tapping Its Gust-Power: A full-fledged support system is required to match India’s enthusiasm for renewable energy, especially wind energy.

With Government On The Defensive On Many Fronts, RBI May Have Sensed An Opportunity: The central bank senses a political weakness in the Modi government at this juncture, including the possibility of widespread support from the opposition as we move into election mode. Hence the new boldness.

We hope you enjoyed reading our morning brief. Have a great day ahead!

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