5 August 2015 Current Affairs

MAST operationalised at Udaipur Solar Observatory

On 5th August 2015, a telescope for the detailed study of the solar activity including its magnetic field, named as Multi Application Solar Telescope (MAST) was made operational at the Udaipur Solar Observatory (USO) of Physical Research Laboratory (PRL).MAST is an off-axis Gregorian-Coude telescope with a 50 cm aperture.Mast, built by Mechanical and Optical Systems (AMOS) of Belgium, was tested by USO for onsite acceptance.

Delhi High Court Amendment Bill, 2015 approved by Parliament

On 5th August 2015, Delhi High Court Amendment Bill, 2015 was passed. It was passed in Lok Sabha by a voice vote on 5th June 2015 and in May 2015 it was passed in Rajya Sabha.In order to minimize the workload of the Delhi High Court, the Bill seeks to modify the Delhi High Court Act, 1966.

Union Cabinet approves proposal to sign agreement with UNESCO

Union Cabinet gave its nod to a proposal to sign an agreement with UNESCO for establishment of a Centre for World Natural Heritage Management and Training for Asia-Pacific region. This centre will be established as a category-2 centre (C2C) of the UN body at the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. By signing this agreement WII Dehradun will be first existing institute to be accorded recognition by UNESC. It will be also the first institute to get natural heritage recognition by UNESCO as currently there are 9 C2C institutes related to cultural heritage. It should be noted that this agreement has been mooted by the Union Environment Ministry.

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