Current Affairs - December, 2019

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AIR organises National Symposium of Poets 2020

All India Radio (AIR) organized the National Symposium of Poets 2020 on 27 December 2019. This edition of poet symposium was attended by select poets from all corners of country, who gave their presentations and captivated the hearts of people.

About National Symposium of Poets

Such National symposium is organised continuously every year since 1956. The symposium is organized every year and broadcast on eve of Republic Day and at all the centers of AIR at 10:00 PM. The poets of all 22 languages recognized in tenth schedule of constitution participate in symposium.

About All India Radio

Founded in 1936, it is a division of Prasar Bharati (India’s largest public broadcasting agency). AIR is National Radio Broadcaster of India. Since 1956 Is officially known as Akashvani. AIR is sister service of Prasar Bharati’s Doordarshan, an Indian television broadcaster. AIR Motto – ‘Bahujan Hitaya: Bahujan Sukhaya’. It broadcasts programmes in 23 languages and 179 dialects.

Long March-5: China successfully launches largest carrier rocket

China has successfully launched its largest carrier rocket, Long March-5, carrying the Shijian-20 satellite, from Wenchang Space Launch Center (WSLC) in south China’s Hainan Province. China’s most powerful rocket is a critical ingredient in nation’s ambitious space programme.

About Long March-5

The rocket which is also known as CZ-5 is China’s heaviest and most advanced communications satellite. It can carry a maximum payload of 25 tonnes into low Earth orbit (LEO) and 14 tonnes into geosynchronous orbit. The successful launch is a major step forward for China’s planned mission to Mars in 2020.

It blasted off with more than 1,000 tonnes of thrust. The mission was declared a complete success by Chinese space authorities after lift-off when Shijian-20 satellite it carried entered its designated orbit. This is China’s third attempt to launch rocket and first attempt was made in 2016. However, during first attempt, the rocket failed to reach speed required for early phase of flight. The second attempt also failed.

About Shijian-20 satellite

It is a new technology test and verification satellite. The satellite will lay foundation for development of highly sensitive space probes. Shijian-20 weighs more than 8 tonnes and will carry out orbit experiments for a series of key technologies. It is China’s heaviest and most advanced communications satellite in geosynchronous orbit. It is made by ‘China Academy of Space Technology (CAST)’ under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).