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Tue 21st of November 2017


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Former ISRO chief U R Rao becomes first Indian to be inducted into IAF Hall of Fame

Former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman Udupi Ramachandra Rao, popularly known as U. R. Rao, was inducted into the 2016 IAF Hall of Fame on 30 September 2016 by the International Aeronautical Federation (IAF). With this, Rao became the first Indian to be inducted into IAF Hall of Fame.

Udupi Ramachandra Rao

• U. R. Rao is the former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation.

• At present, he is the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical Research Laboratory at Ahmedabad.

• He is also the chancellor of Indian Institute for Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram.

• He was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Government of India in 1976.

• On 19 March 2013, he was inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame, Washington at a ceremony organised by the Society of Satellite Professionals International. He was the first Indian to be inducted.

International Astronautical Federation

• The International Astronautical Federation is an international space advocacy organisation based in Paris.

• It was founded in 1951 as a non-governmental organization to establish a dialogue between scientists around the world.

• It has over 300 members from 66 countries across the world.

• It is linked with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) and the International Institute of Space Law (IISL) with whom the IAF organises the annual International Astronautical Congress.

• The IAF Hall of Fame consists of a permanent gallery of honoured personalities, a citation, biographical information and a picture on the IAF website.


Prelims Question of the Day

With reference to 'Natural Rate of Unemployment', consider the following statements.

1. It is the level of unemployment in an economy that is just consistent with a stable rate of Inflation.

2. It is the unemployment that prevails when all markets in the economy are in equilibrium.


(a)1 and 2

(b)2 only

(c)1 only

(d)None of the above

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1.GS-No party in power can afford to ignore Directive Principles of State Policy. Comment.(200 Words)

2.Political Science - Explain the role of non state actors, like IMF, World Bank, European Union and MNCs, in modulating and transforming the broad dynamics of international relations. (250 Words).

3.SOCIOLOGY - What is the impact of Globalization on the structure and mobilization of the working class in India? (250 Words).

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