Norway topped and India ranked 140th in World Press Freedom Index 2019
as per the ranking . Reporters Without Borders released World Press Freedom Index 2019 in which Norway topped the index in third consecutive year and India drops down by two positions (138th rank in 2018) to be ranked 140thout of 180 countries in 2019. The reason for decrease in India’s rank is because of at least six Indian journalists being killed in last one year.
SEFL and Bank of Baroda to co-lend through iQuippo
Bank of Baroda and city-based Srei Equipment Finance Ltd will collaborate to offer joint loans for infrastructure equipment under a new agreement.
About Bank of Baroda
♦ CEO: P S Jayakumar
♦ Headquarters: Vadodar
Nepal carried out its first satellite “NepaliSat-1” into space into space from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. It was bordered to the Antares rocket carrying Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The outlay of the satellite is 20 million Nepalese rupees. It was launched under the ‘Birds-3 satellite launch to International Space Station project’.
♦ Capital: Kathmandu
♦ Currency: Nepalese Rupee
♦ PM: Khadga Prasad Oli
Sri Lanka’s 1st satellite ‘Raavana-1’ launched into space
2019 Sri Lanka launched its first satellite ‘Raavana-1’ weighing 1.05 kg into space from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore. Raavana 1 was bordered to the Antares rocket carrying Cygnus cargo spacecraft. The satellite is expected to orbit 400 km away from earth and will have the lifespan of an estimated 1.5 years.
NASA spotted lakes filled with Methane on Saturn’s moon Titan
NASA’s (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Cassini spacecraft has made an incredible observation about the extraordinary deep lakes filled with methane in the Saturn’s moon, Titan. This new study has been published in the scientific journal Astronomy.
i. Titan, Saturn’s largest moon has methane rain that can fill lakes as much as 330 feet deep.
ii. Titan has become only planetary body known to have stable liquid on its surface, apart from Earth
World Heritage Day observed on 18th April 2019