India-France: Current Affairs, GK & News - 2020-2021

India-France to launch Constellation of Maritime Surveillance Satellites

Published: October 4, 2020

India and France are to launch a constellation of maritime surveillance satellites to monitor illegal spillage of oil in the Indian Ocean Region. Highlights In August 2020, the ISRO and the French Space Agency CNES agreed to develop and build a constellation of satellites. CNES is Centre National d’etudes spatiales, the National Centre for Space ..

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SHUKRAYAAN: ISRO to launch Venus Mission in 2025

Published: October 1, 2020

On September 30, 2020, the French Space Agency CNES announced that it is to participate in ISRO’s Venus Mission, SHUKRAYAAN that is to be launched in 2025. The ISRO chairman and his French Counter held talks to review the areas of cooperation between the countries. Highlights VIRAL is Venus Infrared Atmospheric Gases Linker instrument that ..

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First Batch of Rafale Jets Leave from France, to be inducted into IAF on 29th July

Published: July 27, 2020

The first batch of the Rafale Aircraft has been sent from France and these five aircraft will be the first instalment of the 36 planes bought by India from France in Rs 59000 crores inter-governmental deal in 2016. These fighter jets will reach India after crossing a distance of nearly 7000 km from France to ..

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France to provide 200 million euros to assist India’s COVID-19 response

Published: June 18, 2020

India and France have signed an agreement in which Paris committed 200 million euros to aid India’s COVID-19 response. This loan would enable France to work with India to increase the state and central governments’ capacities to support the country’s most vulnerable population during the on-going coronavirus crisis. This programme was designed and developed by ..

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First 12,000 HP Electric Loco operationalized by Indian Railways

Published: May 20, 2020

On May 19, 2020, the Indian Railways operationalized the first 12,000 HP electric locomotive. The locomotive was built by the French Alstom Company under the Make in India initiative. Highlights The locomotive was manufactured at the Madhepura Electric Locomotive in Bihar. It is capable of hauling 6000 tonnes at a top speed of 120 km/hr. ..

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