WORLD SERVICE GLOBAL CHAMPION AWARD
What’s in news?
The Bengaluru-based NGO was selected by an international panel of judges from nominations sent in by the World Service audience from around the world for a global award.
- Akshaya Patra, a Bengaluru-based non-profit organisation (NGO) running one of the world’s largest school meals project in India.
- Recently, this NGO, awarded with BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) World Service Global Champion Award for the programme.
- Mission of Akshaya Patra: To ensure that no child is deprived of education because of hunger.
- It recognises that children may forego an education to do menial jobs to earn enough money to eat, and even if they do make it to the classroom, an empty stomach can make it hard to concentrate.
- The NGO began to t provided 1,500 free school lunches every day. Today it feeds 1.75 million children all over India with hot, freshly prepared meals. For many children, this will be their main source of nutrition and keep them in education.
About the award:
The Award, presented at the BBC Food and Farming Awards in Bristol this week, recognises a person or project who is changing the way the world produces, processes, consumes or thinks about food for the better.
RADARSAT CONSTELLATION MISSION
What’s in news?
Canada’s RADARSAT Constellation Mission (RCM) was launched successfully into space aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
- A few minutes after lift-off, the Falcon 9’s first stage was returned to a landing zone back at Vandenberg for SpaceX’s second onshore rocket landing in California.
- SpaceX was launched three next-generation Earth-observing satellites for the Canadian Space Agency. The constellation of three satellites will provide daily images of Canada’s vast territory and maritime approaches, as well as images of the Arctic, up to four times a day.
- Three 3,152-pound (1,430-kilogram) spacecraft are packaged on top of the Falcon 9 rocket to continue a series of Canadian radar observation satellites launched since 1995.
- The Radarsat Constellation Mission, or RCM, consists of three identical satellites built by MDA, a Canadian division of Maxar.
- The Canadian Space Agency leads the project to provide radar imagery to the Canadian government in pursuit of national security, scientific research and environmental monitoring.
- This newly launched Radarsat Constellation Mission follows Canada’s previous radar observation satellites, Radarsat 1 and 2, launched in 1995 and 2007.
- The total cost of RCM project is $900 million (1.2 billion Canadian dollars) invested by the Canadian Government, which includes the development of the satellites, the launch, and seven years of planned operations.