i. The Indian army has successfully completed its task of laying an irrigation pipeline in the Demchok region of Eastern Ladakh.
ii. The project was being conducted under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme to link the villages in the region with a hot spring.
i. NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) Mission on 5 November 2016 set the Guinness world record for highest altitude fix of a Global Positioning System (GPS) signal at 70000 kilometers above the surface of the Earth.
ii. Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission successfully completed commissioning activities on 1 September 2015 and is now in full science mode.
Govt to open Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Kendra in every LS constituency
i. The Centre has decided to open Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Kendra in every Parliamentary Constituency to impart skill training to the people and make them employable.
ii. According to Minister of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Rajiv Pratap Rudy, through these centres, a standard will be created to enhance the skill level of trainees so that they could earn more money.
ii. Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan jointly flagged off the first pilot run eco-friendly bus.
i. The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare J P Nadda has launched Healthy India Initiative magazine and No More Tension mobile App for the promotion of health and to strengthen the health communications programmes.
iii. No More Tension App: It will help users to manage stress and will also provide information regarding stress, symptoms and its management.
i. The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) has launched Smart India Hackathon 2017.
ii. It is the world’s largest digital national building initiative.
iii. Through this initiative, HRD Ministry is keen to reach out to all technology institutions in the country and challenge students to offer innovative solutions to some of the daunting problems faced by our nation.
i. China has launched a navigation satellite, which will conduct in-orbit experiments using pulsar detectors to demonstrate new technologies.
iii. While in orbit, the satellite will undergo tests on its detector functions and space environment adaptability.
‘Lost’ Chandrabhaga river found in Odisha
i. Scientists from Indian Institute of Technology (Kharagpur) claimed to have found evidence confirming the existence of a mythical Indian river, Chandrabhaga.
ii. This is the second among such findings. In October 2016, KS Valdiya led expert committee had found that Saraswati River did exist. The IIT study aimed to verify this myth.