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India’s Government Hosts First Ever CSR Awards

Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) will provide technical and logistics support to the ministry in the conduct of the awards.

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The government of India on Saturday invited nominations for the first National CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) Awards from ministries and departments of Central and state governments and professional bodies by September 30.

“An organisation can nominate up to 10 entries in all categories of awards,” the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) said in a statement. There are 20 prizes for National CSR Awards under three categories, it said.

The award categories are Excellence in CSR, CSR in Challenging Circumstances and CSR in National Priority Schemes. One award in the second category and two awards in the third category are earmarked for small and medium enterprises, it said.

Apart from government bodies, professional institutions — Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI), Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of India (ICMAI) and national level trade and industry chambers can nominate entries.

Even individual organisations can also directly submit their applications.

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Even individual organisations can also directly submit their applications.

“MCA has instituted National CSR Awards 2018 to recognize corporate initiatives in the area of CSR to achieve inclusive growth along with inclusive and sustainable development,” the ministry said.

Though companies have traditionally undertaken CSR activities, the enactment of Companies Act, 2013 has made the CSR mandate a part of corporate functioning.

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“CSR projects undertaken by companies are expected to throw up innovative solutions to specific problems in the domains of social, economic and environmental challenges,” it said.

Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs (IICA) will provide technical and logistics support to the ministry in conduct of the awards. (IANS)

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India’s PSLV Along With 2 British Satellites Launched Successfully

Two satellites aboard the PSLV belong to Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK, and is carried under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corp Ltd - the commercial arm of ISRO.

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Indian rocket lifts off with two earth observation satellites from UK
Indian rocket lifts off with two earth observation satellites from UK. Flickr

Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) lifted off successfully with two British satellites, NovaSAR and S1-4, from the rocket port here on Sunday night.

The PSLV-CA (Core Alone) version, standing 44.4 metres tall and weighing 230.4 tonnes, with thick orange flame at its tail lighting up the night skies rose up at 10.08 p.m. from the first launch pad.

The rocketport here has two launch pads.

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Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle  lifts off with two British satellites NovaSAR and S1-4, as seen from Chennai. IANS

According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), after 17 minutes, 44 seconds following the PSLV lift-off, the two earth observation satellites will be launched into a 583 km sun synchronous orbit.

NovaSAR weighing 445 kg is a S-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar satellite intended for forest mapping, land use and ice cover monitoring, flood and disaster monitoring.

 

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Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle  lifts off with two British satellites NovaSAR and S1-4, as seen from Chennai on Sept 16. IANS

S1-4 weighing 444 kg is a high resolution Optical Earth Observation Satellite, used for surveying resources, environment monitoring, urban management and for disaster monitoring.

 

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Two satellites aboard the PSLV belong to Surrey Satellite Technologies Ltd (SSTL), UK, and is carried under commercial arrangement with Antrix Corp Ltd – the commercial arm of ISRO. (IANS)