Current Affairs, News & Facts of 07 Mar 2015

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  • The launch of India's fourth Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1D onboard PSLV-C27 - originally scheduled for March 09, - postponed due to technical glitches. - read more cat
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  • Centre to roll out Aadhar Linked Digital Locker facility to replace the usage of physical documents with e- documents
    • It will quicken and ease up the process of sharing our certificates and other such documents with various agencies.
    • Digital Locker is one of the key initiatives under the Digital India Programme and a beta version of the same has already been released in February 2015 by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
    • e-documents will be shared through registered repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents online.
    • Residents can also upload their own electronic documents and digitally sign them using the e-sign facility.
    • These digitally signed documents can be shared with Government organisations or other entities.
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  • Railways launches program for restoration and rehabilitation of helpless children in contact with Railways. 
    • There are at least 5-6 lakh children who either use railways or arrive on railway stations, and are either runaway or abandoned or trafficked and are in need of assistance.
    • The scheme named 'Special Operating Procedures' is a joint initiative of Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Railways.
    • 20 railway stations have already started implementing these SOPs.
    • These railway stations will have NGOs/Child Help Groups working with them for restoration of children to their parents/guardians or their rehabilitation in absence of the former.
    • These stations will also help Child Help Desk/kiosk/Booths with a telephone facility to call child helpline 1098.
    • NCPCR will soon work out a programme, along the lines of STEP(for women), of training those children who are not restored to their parents to enable them to acquire skills to be able to gradually earn their livelihood.
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  • Hyderabad is the best city to live in India as per the Mercer's Quality of Living Report 2015
    • The city of Char Minar, offers the best quality of life in the country, and 138th in the world.
    • Its followed by Pune (145th), Mumbai (152nd) and New Delhi (154th) in the list.
    • Top 5 cities in the world: Vienna, Zurich, Auckland, Munich and Vancouver
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  • ISRO is going to carry out a test flight of Reusable Launch VehicleTechnology Demonstrator (RLV-TD) by second quarter of 2015. 
    • The reusable vehicle will bring down the cost of satellite launches.
    • Technology Demonstrator winged body vehicle weighing 1.5T will be lofted to a height of 70 km using solid booster, thus attaining 5 times the speed of sound.
    • It will be recovered ultimately from the sea after it descend from the sky into the ocean.
    • The magnitude of cost reduction depends on development and realization of fully reusable launch vehicle and its degree of reusability.
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  • BJP-led Maharashtra government withdraws the 5% reservation quota for Muslims in government jobs. 
    • The quota was introduced by the previous NCP-Congress regime just before the assembly election in July 2014.
    • The reservation was given to, two separate categories the namely the Educationally and Socially Backward Category (ESBC) for Marathas as well as a Special Backward Class (Muslims) segment for the Muslims.
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