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Jammu: The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed on Saturday after heavy rains triggered landslides at various places along the route, also leading to suspension of the annual Amarnath Yatra.


Due to heavy rains on late Friday night, massive landslides blocked the national highway in Reasi, Ramban and at Kheri in Udhampur district of Jammu region, a senior police official told IANS here.

The landslides forced the authorities to suspend the passage of devotees to annual Amarnath Yatra towards holy cave in south Kashmir from Jammu base camp.

The Border Roads Organisation (BRO), that maintains the highway, has deployed men and machinery to clear the road for vehicular traffic.

“Work on clearance of landslides is going on and the highway is expected to reopen by today (Saturday) evening,” the official said.

“Due to blockades along the road, there are some vehicles stranded on both sides of the highway that will be allowed to ply once the road is through,” he added.

(IANS)


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Japan launched its new satellite, QZS-1R.

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The satellite, QZS-1R, was launched onboard an H-2A rocket that lifted off from the Tanegashima Space Center at 10.19 p.m. on Monday night, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said in a statement.

The company builds and operates H-2A rockets the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

QZS-1R is a replacement for Quasi-Zenith Satellite System 1 satellite first launched in 2010. “It was a really beautiful launch," the company said in a tweet after a successful lift-off.

"H-IIA F44 flight proceeded nominally. Approximately 28 minutes 6 seconds after launch, as planned, the payload separated from the launch vehicle," the statement said.

The official QZSS website lists four satellites in the constellation: QZS-1, QZS-2, QZS-3 and QZS-4, Space.com reported.

The QZSS constellation will eventually consist of a total of seven satellites that fly in an orbit passing through a near-zenith (or directly overhead) above Japan, and QZS-R1 is meant to share nearly the same transmission signals as recent GPS satellites, according to JAXA.

It is specially optimised for mountainous and urban regions in Japan, JAXA said.

Mitsubishi's H-2A 202 rocket launch system has been operational since 2003 and has sent satellites to locations such as Venus (Akatsuki) and Mars (Emirates Mars Mission).

The latest H2-A rocket launch is the first since November 29, 2020, when Japan launched an advanced relay satellite with laser communications tech into orbit, the report said. (IANS/JB)


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