【Sriharikota】In a first, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)'s PSLV C-35 rocket launched a total of eight satellites, into two different orbits.
The 371 kg SCATSAT-1, a satellite for weather-related studies, was placed in the polar sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 730 km some 17 minutes after the rocket took off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota at 9.12 a.m. About two hours later, the rocket placed two satellites from two educational institutions (PISAT and PRATHAM), three commercial payloads from Algeria (ALSAT-1B, 2B and 1N) and one each for Canada (NLS-19) and the United States (Pathfinder-1).
Announcing the successful launch of all the satellites from the Mission Control Centre, ISRO chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar said the Monday launch marked a "landmark day" in the history of ISRO.
○Cabinet clears merger of Railways and Union Budgets
【New Delhi】The government will not present a railway budget starting FY18, dispensing with an annual practice that started 92 years ago in the British era.
The transporter’s finances, according to finance minister Arun Jaitley, who announced this after a Cabinet meeting, will now be amalgamated with the Union Budget. The Cabinet also decided to supplant the Plan/non-Plan division of expenditure in the Budget while retaining the more universally understood capital-revenue distinction. Further, it gave an in-principle nod for advancing the Budget presentation with a view to completing the parliamentary and administrative processes by March 31 each year and implementing the Budget from the start of the fiscal concerned, rather than practically from mid-May now.
In a first, PSLV puts 8 satellites in two different orbits
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Cabinet clears merger of Railways and Union Budgets
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