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- The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) of the United States is planning to send humans to space for the first time in eight years, in a historic flight through SpaceX Crew Dragon. Prior to the historic launch, as a part of the preparation, the space agency will shoot out a test flight on January 7, 2019. The flight aims to provide NASA with performance data from the SpaceX spacecraft and also help the agency certify if transportation system is ready for taking astronauts between the Earth and the International Space Station.
- The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved MoU between India and Mauritius on Consumer Protection and Legal Metrology. It will help in expanding cooperation in the field of consumer protection and will provide an institutional mechanism for exchange of information and derive mutual benefits from development taking place in both the countries.
- The Union Cabinet has been apprised of an agreement on cooperation in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation between India and Uzbekistan. The agreement was signed on October 1, 2018 at New Delhi in the presence of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirayoyev, by Union Science & Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Uzbekistan’s Minister of Innovative Development Ibrohim Abdurakhmanov.
- The Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval to the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Tajikistan on Cooperation on Youth Matters. The agreement was signed on October 8, 2018 at Dushanbe. The agreement shall remain valid for a period of five years. The areas of cooperation under the MoU include exchanges of youth, representatives of youth organisations and government officials’ in-charge of youth policy-making.
- Uttar Pradesh government has cleared a proposal to build a 221-metre-tall bronze statue of Lord Ram on the banks of the Saryu River in Ayodhya. The size of the statue will outdo the 182-metre-tall statue of Sardar Patel, opened recently, in Gujarat. The proposed structure will comprise a 151-metre Ram statue, a 20-metre umbrella overhead and a 50-metre pedestal, bringing the total height to 221 metres. The pedestal will hold an “ultra-modern museum” showcasing the history of Ayodhya, the Ikshvaku dynasty and the Ram Janmabhoomi.
- A rooftop memorial at Nariman House, the Jewish centre in Colaba, will be formally inaugurated on Monday, the tenth anniversary of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks. The memorial is to be called the Nariman Light House. This is the only memorial that honours all the victims of the terror attack.
- Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday unveiled a 70-foot-tall statue of Lord Buddha at Rajgir in Nalanda district. The second tallest statue in the country has been installed above a 16 metre radius pedestal in the middle of the lake Ghora Katora and has been made from 45,000 cubic foot pink sand stone.
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