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INS Vikrant (IAC-I) is the first aircraft carrier built in India and the first Vikrant-class aircraft carrier built by Cochin Shipyard (CSL) in Kochi, Kerala for the Indian Navy.
The country's first Indigenous Aircraft Carrier (IAC) is expected to begin sea trials in 2020.
INS Vikrant works on a Short Take-Off But Arrested Recovery (STOBAR) mechanism similar to that in the present carrier INS Vikramaditya, with an angular ski-jump.
The Navy envisages IAC-II to use a Catapult Assisted Take Off But Arrested Recovery (CARTOBAR) for launching aircraft.
GSAT-11 - Heaviest Indian communication satellite
A top officials and engineers's team of ISRO stationed in the Guiana Space Centre, South America is going to launch the heaviest Indian communication satellite, GSAT-11.
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Mangdechhu hydropower project
Mangdechhu hydropower project being built on the Mangdechhu River is a 750-megawatt flagship project in Bhutan bagged by the Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), the project will be implemented on a bilateral basis.
Mangdechhu Hydroelectric Project Authority (MHPA), which is constituted by the Indian Government and the Royal Government of Bhutan, is developing the project.
The project with a total cost of INR 33.82 bn is funded by the Government of India through a 70 per cent loan and a 30 per cent grant.
Mangdechhu is one of the ten hydroelectric projects planned under the Royal Government of Bhutan's initiative to generate 10,000MW hydropower by 2020 with support from the Government of India.
India to host G-20 summit in 2022
Italy was to host the G-20 summit in 2022 but now India will host the international forum. The G-20 is a grouping of the world's 20 major economies.
Ex Cope India-18
The "Ex Cope India-18" will be the fourth edition in the series of bilateral drills between the Indian Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. This is for the first time, the exercise is being held at two Air Force bases in West Bengal.
Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017
Maternity Benefit Amendment Act, 2017 was passed to enhance paid maternity leave from a period of 12 weeks to 26 weeks, this is applicable to all institutions with 10 or more employee.
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Both India and Pakistan have decided to build a corridor, linking Dera Baba Nanak in Punjab's Gurdaspur district with the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur, Pakistan.
Kartarpur corridor, will facilitate the visa-free travel of Indian Sikh pilgrims to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Kartarpur. Guru Nanak Dev established this first Gurdwara in 1522, where he is said to have died.
Raksha Gyan Shakti
In a bid to promote self-reliance in Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in defence, "Raksha Gyan Shakti" was launched on 27th Nov 2018.
The mission aims to train 10,000 personnel of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (DPSU) and Ordnance factory Board (OFB) on IPR and facilitate filing of at least 1,000 new IPR applications, for the year 2017-18.
India has accumulated several technologies gained through Transfer of technology (ToT) agreements where design or IP accounts for over 50 per cent of the cost. The initiative will promote self-reliance when indigenisation results in cost savings of about 50-70 per cent.
2018 SAARC summit
The 2016, 19th SAARC Summit to be held in Islamabad was called off after the terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri, this was due to refusal of India to participate followed by Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
SAARC summits are usually held biennially hosted and chaired by a member state in alphabetical order, the last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in Kathmandu (Nepal).
2018 BRICS summit
The 9th BRICS summit was hosted by China in Xiamen on September 2017, while South Africa hosted the most recent 10th BRICS summit in July 2018.
BRICS is an association of five major emerging national economies: Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. The BRIC grouping's first formal summit held in Yekaterinburg, Russia on 16 June 2009, while on 24 December 2010 the group was renamed BRICS – with the "S" standing for South Africa – to reflect the group's expanded membership.