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South Korea launches first domestic space rocket, but mission fails

South Korea launched the rocket on Thursday, as a step towards an increasingly ambitious space program for country.

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Seoul: South Korea has launched its first domestically developed space rocket but failed to put its dummy payload into orbit. This is a setback of Korea’s attempt to join the ranks of advanced space exploration nations. 

South Korea launched the rocket on Thursday, as a step towards an increasingly ambitious space program for country.

Informally called Nuri, the Korean Space Rocket II, adorned with the Korean flag, followed a pillar of fire and climbed upwards from Goheung on the southern coast trailing a column of flame.

After watching the launch at the control centre, country’s president, Moon Jae-in said all three stages of the rocket worked, taking it to an altitude of 700 km, and the 1.5-tonne payload separated successfully.

But “putting a dummy satellite into orbit remains an unfinished mission”, he added.

“Though it fell short of achieving its goals perfectly, we have achieved very good feats with our first launch.”

Moon further said that another attempt will be made in May 2022.

“Countries that lead in space technology will lead the future. And we are not too late to do it,” added Moon.

At the time, he said, “By 2030, we will realize our dream of landing a spacecraft on the moon.”

Ballistic missiles and space rockets use similar technology.

In Asia, China, Japan and India are all implementing advanced space programs while North Korea is a recent entrant to a national club with its own satellite launch capabilities.  

So far only six countries, excluding North Korea, have successfully launched a ton of payload with their own rockets.

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match called off due to rain on Day 2 of Dhaka Test

Day three is now scheduled to start at 9:30am local time

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Pakistan vs Bangladesh: Match called off due to rain on Day 2 of Dhaka Test

Dhaka: Day two of the second Test between Pakistan and Bangladesh was eventually called off Sunday following multiple delays and resumptions due to rain in Dhaka.

The play had resumed after lunch, following rain and bad light that saw the morning session in Dhaka cancelled.

However, the play had to be called off for the day due to persistent rain and a wet outfield. Day three is now scheduled to start at 9:30am local time.

Only 57 overs of play were possible on the first day on Saturday, when Pakistan reached 161-2, with skipper Babar Azam unbeaten on 60 alongside Azhar Ali, 36 not out.

Day one of the second Test was halted due to rain and bad light and it was said that the game will be resumed half an hour ahead of the scheduled time. However, the play did not resume after the tea break on Saturday.

Captain Babar Azam struck a fifty to help Pakistan make steady progress against Bangladesh before bad light forced early stumps on Saturday.

The Azam-Ali duo put on 91 runs in their unbroken third-wicket stand after Bangladesh left-arm spinner Taijul Islam removed both openers in the morning session at a 59-runs score.

Azam led the batting charge hitting seven fours and a six so far, and brought up his 19th Test fifty after rain briefly halted the game.

 

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‘Gone but never forgotten’: Nation pays tribute to Major Shabbir Sharif 

Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed is being remembered on his 50th death anniversary who was martyred during Indo-Pak war in 1971.

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Islamabad: Nation is paying tribute to sacrifices of war hero, Major Shabbir Sharif on his 50th martyrdom anniversary Monday (December 6). 

Ex Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif’s elder brother Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed is being remembered on his 50th death anniversary who was martyred during Indo-Pak war in 1971.

Born on April 28, he studied at Government College Lahore and received a call to join Pakistan Military Academy (PMA) Kakul. He was thus commissioned in Pakistan Army on April 19, 1964 after successfully completing his training.

Shabbir Sharif was posted to the 6th Battalion of the Frontier Force Regiment. 

He embraced martyrdom while fighting the enemy at the Sulemanki Sector during the Indo-Pak War and was awarded the 'Nishan-e-Haidar' for his courage and bravery. 

On December 3, 1971, he was commanding a company of 6 FF Regiment near Sulemanki Headworks when he was assigned the task of capturing the high bund (ground) overlooking the Gurmukh Khera and Beriwala villages in the Sulemanki sector.

A total of 43 enemy soldiers were killed in this well-nigh superhuman action, and another 28 were taken prisoners. 

Moreover, four enemy tanks were also destroyed. 

Major Shabbir Shareef caused huge damage to the enemy troops and tanks—embracing martyrdom on 6 December, 1971. 

At the time of martyrdom, Major Shabbir Shareef Shaheed was just 28-year old. 

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Polling of NA 133 by-election concludes, vote counting underway

NA-133 seat fell vacant after the death of PML-N MNA Pervaiz Malik who died of heart complications on October 11.

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Lahore: Polling of NA-133 Lahore by-election has concluded and the counting of votes has begun across the 254 polling stations in the constituency, considered a "stronghold" of the PML-N.

According to details, the polling started at 8am this morning and continued till 5pm without any break after which the gates to the polling stations were closed off to any more voters.

The seat had fallen vacant after the death of PML-N leader Pervaiz Malik who died of heart complications on October 11. His wife, Shaista Pervaiz Malik is the PML-N candidate, whereas the PPP fielded Aslam Gill for the election.

Moreover, ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidates Jamshed Iqbal Cheema has been disqualified from contesting the election on technical grounds and his appeal has been earlier rejected by the election tribunal and later by the high court.

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