- N. Valarmathi, from Tamil Nadu, is the project director for the Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat—1) project at the Indian space agency's Satellite Centre in Bangalore.
- Valarmathi is the second woman to be the satellite project director at ISRO. T.K. Anuradha, who headed the communication satellite GSAT—12 programme, is the first woman ever to have been the satellite project director at ISRO.
Union HRD Minister to Release NBT-NCAER Study on Reading Habits of the Literate Youth of North-East India
Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership (Highlights) Union Human Resource Development Minister Dr M M Pallam Raju , will release a report Youth of North-East India: Demographics and Readership in New Delhi tomorrow, 20 th November, 2012. Ministers of State for HRD, Sh Jitin Prasada and Dr Shashi Tharoor would also be present on the occasion. This focused Report attempts to give an analytical and detailed account of the reading habits of the literate youth in the north-eastern states and their exposure to different forms of media, and how diverse socio-economic and motivational factors impact their reading habit. The reading of ‘leisure or non-text books’ among the literate youth is the special focus of the study. The Report is a follow-up study of the National Youth Readership Survey (2009-10) assigned to National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER) by the NBT under the National Action Plan for the Readership Development amon
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