18 protesters killed in Myanmar military crackdown
Daily NEWS Summary|| 28-02-2021: Burmese police fired at protesters on Sunday on the bloodiest day of weeks of protests against a military coup, killing at least seven people and injuring several.
- The UN Human Rights Office said that they had received credible information about Sunday’s crackdown on anti-coup protesters in Myanmar left at least 18 dead and more than 30 injured.
- The deaths allegedly occurred as a result of live ammunition fired at crowds in Yangon, Dawei, Mandalay, Myeik, Bago and Pokokku, referring to several towns in Myanmar.
- Tear gas was also reportedly used in several locations, as well as stun grenades and explosives.
- Myanmar has been in chaos since the military seized power and arrested elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and many of her party leaders on February 1, citing fraud in the November election her party won overwhelmingly.
- Police got out early and opened fire in different parts of the larger city of Yangon after stun grenades, tear gas and gunfire failed to dissolve the crowds.
- The soldiers also reinforced the police. Several injured were swept away by other protesters, leaving bloodstains on the sidewalks, media footage showed.
Maharashtra minister linked to death of Pune girl resigns cabinet
Maharashtra’s forestry minister and head of Shiv Sena, Sanjay Rathod, has resigned from Maharashtra’s cabinet over its alleged connection to the death of a 23-year-old woman from the nomadic community of Banjara in Pune.
- Mr Rathod, who was criticized by the opposition Bharatiya Janata (BJP) party for nearly three weeks after the incident, tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, on Sunday.
- Thackeray has yet to respond to the call whether or not to accept the minister’s resignation. While claiming the case was a smear tactic, Mr Rathod said he would help with the investigation.
ISRO launches Amazonia-1 and 18 other Brazilian satellites
ISRO successfully launched the optical earth observation satellite of Brazil, Amazonia-1 and 18 passenger satellites of India  and the US  successfully from Satish Dhawan Space, SHAR, in Sriharikota , on Sundays.
- The satellites were carried aboard the PSLV-C51, India’s 53rd workhorse launcher flight and the first dedicated mission to New Space India Ltd (NSIL), the commercial arm of ISRO. The mission was carried out under a commercial agreement with Spaceflight Inc., USA.
- The PSLV-C51, equipped with two solid belt drives, the third launch of the PSLV-DL variant, took off at 10:24 a.m. from the first launch pad at Sriharikota.
- Of the 18 satellites, 13 were from the United States, one was a technology demonstration satellite, and the rest were for two-way satellite communications and data relay.
- Among the five Indian satellites, one belongs to DRDO.
- Five satellites belong to India.
- the Satish Dhawan SAT (SDSAT) built by Space Kidz India is a nano-satellite designed to study radiation levels, space weather and demonstrate long-range communication technologies.
- UNITYsat , a combination of three satellites intended to provide radio relay services.
Army cancels test after paper leak
The military canceled an exam for hiring general service personnel across India after a document was leaked, saying at least three people had been arrested in Pune until present.
- On the basis of a proactive joint operation with the local police in Pune, a case of possible leakage of a questionnaire prepared for the Common Entrance Examination for the Recruitment of Soldiers (General Service) was reported last night, a added the manager.
- Although further investigations are being carried out, it has been decided to cancel the exam to ensure continued transparency in the recruitment process.
Covid Updates: The number of reported coronavirus cases in India is 1,11,01,947 at the time of publication of this bulletin with the death toll at 1,58,441.
- The Union Health Ministry said Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat accounted for 86.37% of new cases. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in Arunachal Pradesh hit zero on Saturday when three patients recovered from the infection.