Places in News 2017

Karnataka Government decides to set up Asia’s first Rice Technology Park in Gangavati

Karnataka Government has decided to go ahead with the establishment of Asia’s first Rice Technology Park at Gangavati in Koppal district.

Apart from it state government has decided to set upa Maize Technology Park at Ranebennur in Haveri district.

Key facts

  • Both parks will be established on the public-private participation model as a one-stop solution to all problems of rice and maize growers.
  • As a value addition, the rice technology park would have facilities for rice flour, rice bran oil, rice rava, rice-based alcohol, noodles, animal and poultry feed and paddy husk used for power generation and brick-making.
  • These parks would pave the way for opening new avenues for rice and maize growers.
  • It will help growers to add value to their produce and get better returns and also enhance quality of the produce.

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Russia launches first rocket from new Vostochny Cosmodrome

Russia has successfully launched the first rocket from its newly built Vostochny Cosmodrome in the Amur Oblast, in Russian Far East region bordering China.

The unmanned Soyuz-2.1a rocket is carrying three satellites as payloads namely Mikhailo Lomonosov (scientific satellite), SamSat-218 (an experimental nanosatellite) and Aist-2D (a civilian distance viewing satellite).

Vostochny Cosmodrome is a Russian spaceport for civilian launches under construction after it was launched in 2012. On completion in 2018, it will reduce Russia’s dependency on the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Presently, Russia has the large military launch facilities but it relies primarily on the Baikonur Cosmodrome for the civilian launches.

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