Odisha Current Affairs - 2019
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Indigenously developed short-range nuclear capable ballistic Agni-1 was successfully test-fired from mobile launcher located at Integrated Test Range of Dr Abdul Kalam Island (Wheeler Island) off the Odisha.
The missile was tested as part of a periodic training activity by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) of the Indian Army to consolidate operational readiness. It is claimed to be part of India’s minimum credible deterrence under No first to use policy.
Agni-1 is indigenously developed intermediate range surface-to-surface, single-stage missile. It was developed by Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) in collaboration with Defence Research Development Laboratory (DRDL) and Research Centre Imarat (RCI). ASL is the premier missile development laboratory of DRDO.
The missile weighs around 12 tonnes and is propelled by a solid rocket propellant system. It is 15-metre-long and can carry both conventional as well as nuclear payloads (warheads) up to 1,000 kg. It has strike range of over 700 km. It is equipped with specialised navigation system that ensures it reaches target with high degree of precision.
The missile already has been inducted into the armed forces (service) in 2004. It has proved its performance in terms of range, accuracy and lethality. The last trial of missile was successfully conducted in November 2016 from the same base.
Odisha Government has won ‘Geospatial World Excellence Award-2018’ for successful IT application for tracking of mineral production, dispatch and value accrued on real-time basis through its i3MS web-based software.
The award was presented at the Geospatial World Forum Meeting held at Hyderabad, Telangana. The event was attended by more than 3,000 geospatial experts from 90 different countries.
i3MS web-based software
i3MS is GPS-linked web-based software designed by scientists of Odisha Space Applications Centre (ORSAC), Bhubaneswar. This system has enabled for first time in India to fix GPS devices on large number of moving objects in the mining sector.
Using it, daily production and dispatch are being recorded on real-time basis through this software. Moreover, State Steel and Mines Department uses it for watching live movement of 43,000 vehicles carrying minerals from production point to ports, railway sidings and end-user industrial units.
All stakeholders like lessees, dealers and government departments have been brought on to this portal. It also was integrated with Regional Transport Office (RTO), Indian Railways, Commercial Tax Department, ports and treasury.
Geospatial World Excellence Awards
It is internationally-acclaimed private award that recognizes exemplary innovations and practices in global geospatial industry. It was initiated in 2007. It encourages all geospatial and allied projects. It is given in three categories viz. Geospatial Application Excellence Awards, Geospatial Technology Innovation Awards and Geospatial Policy Implementation Awards.