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Tamil Nadu fishermen get NavIC-powered ISRO Gadgets

The Tamil Nadu Government has distributed 200 NavIC- powered satellite-enabled communication devices developed by ISRO to 80 fishing boat groups in Tamil Nadu.
Tamil Nadu fishermen get NavIC-powered ISRO Gadgets
  • These gadgets will help the Tamil Nadu fishermen to get cyclone and weather updates on a real-time basis.
  • Tamil Nadu Government rolled out these devices after Chief Minister K Palaniswami distributed the gadgets to seven fishermen engaged in deep sea fishing in Chennai.

About the Gadgets:

  • These gadgets, which are of the size of a soapbox, are basically 'receivers' which will produce a beep when alerts are received by the device.
  • These are Bluetooth enabled and the alerts received can be read on the NavIC App which can be downloaded on an android phone.
  • The alerts will be in the Tamil language so that the fisherman find it easy to understand.
  • These gadgets have been given free of cost and there is no recurring cost associated with these devices.

What is NavIC?

  • NavIC (Navigation with Indian Constellation) can be understood as the Indian version of the American GPS (Global Positioning System).
  • The Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System constellation consists of eight satellites.
  • NavIC provides accurate real-time position, navigation and timing services over India and a region extending 1,500 km around Indian borders.

Facts:

  • Last year several fishermen went missing in the cyclone Ockhi and Tamil Nadu Government had to face severe criticism for not providing timely weather alerts to fishermen. 
  • For this reason, the Tamil Nadu Government had declared giving these gadgets free of cost to fishermen in this year's state budget.

Question:

Q. Which state's government has distributed 200 NavIC- powered satellite-enabled communication devices developed by ISRO to 80 fishing boat groups?
a. Karnataka
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Maharashtra
d. Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu fishermen get NavIC-powered ISRO Gadgets Tamil Nadu fishermen get NavIC-powered ISRO Gadgets Reviewed by Inderjeet Virdi on December 21, 2018 Rating: 5

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