Thursday evening news brief, Jan 11 2018

Thursday evening brief Jan 11 2018
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
Isro has began countdown for an ambitious launch of its PSLV-C40/Cartosat 2 Series satellite mission. Friday’s launch will once again demonstrate the multiple-burn technology where the fourth-stage engine will be ignited and shut off four times to place 31 satellites in different orbits. The 42nd flight of the PSLV-C40 will also place Isro’s 100th satellite in orbit. Read
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Pass marks for ICSE and ISC board examinations will be lowered from this academic session. Pass marks have been reduced from 35% to 33% for ICSE, and from 40% to 35% for ISC with effect from 2018, Council for Indian School Certificate Examination said. The ISC examinations have been slated between February 7 and April 2, and ICSE between February 26 to March 28 this year.
Indu Malhotra is set to be the first woman lawyer to be directly appointed as a Supreme Court judge. The usual practice is to elevate a high court judge to the apex court. The Supreme Court collegium also recommended Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice KM Joseph for appointment as a judge in the top court.
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The US has reaffirmed its commitment to help India join the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Kenneth Juster, the American ambassador to India said the US is ‘working with partnes’ to this end, described India as a “leading power” in the Indo-Pacific region. He also suggested that India can emerge an as “alternative hub” to China for US businesses in the region.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been denied diplomatic status by the UK government. He has been based at London’s Ecuador embassy since 2012 after he lost appeals against sexual assault charges in Sweden. The UK govt acknowledged having received request for diplomatic status for Assange from Ecuador. “The UK did not grant that request, nor are we in talks with Ecuador on this matter,” a spokesperson said.
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