Current Affairs India - 30 June 2014

1. India successfully launched five foreign satellites from four countries with its PSLV-C23 rocket today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikot which placed them in orbit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi who witnessed the lift off, congratulated the scientists for the successful launch.

The rocked carried a 714 kg French Earth Observation Satellite SPOT-7 as the main payload. This satellite was built by Airbus Defence and Space, a leading European space technology company. It also carried Germany's 14 kg AISAT (a sea monitoring system), NLS7.1 and NLS7.2 of Canada (each weighing 15 kg for accurate position control system) and Singrapore's 7 kg VELOX-1 (for inhouse design of image sensor).

This has strengthened India's space mission capability to launch foreign satellites on a commercial basis. Narendra Modi also appealed the scientists to develop a space technology which could be handed over as a gift for the SAARC Countries.

2. West Bengal Governor M K Narayanan resigned today, thus joining the other Governors who all have resigned since the newly elected NDA government asked Governors appointed during previous UPA rule to quit. He was recently questioned by the CBI as a -witness- in the AgustaWestland VVIP helicopter deal probe.

Narayanan, a former IPS officer, who had served as Director of the Intelligence Bureau and was also the National Security Advisor, was appointed as the Governor of the state in January 2010. Nagaland Governor Ashwani Kumar, Uttar Pradesh Governor B L Joshi and Chhattisgarh Governor Shekhar Dutt have resigned recently.

3. India-s eight core industries' output grew by 2.3% in May compared to 4.2% growth in previous month and 5.9% growth in the same month last year. These eight industries; coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery products, fertilisers, steel, cement and electricity, have combined weightage of 38% in the overall Index of Industrial Production (IIP).