China launches satellite that would help counter natural disasters

Earthquake-hit farmers in Italy rest hopes on fields of lentils

Over seven months after a devastating earthquake hit the central parts of Italy, farmers from the Umbria region are hoping that their fields of lentils can help revive local agriculture and tourism.

Escorted by the military through unstable tunnels along the road, around 20 tractors reached the plains at the foot of the Sibillini mountains for the first time since October, to ready the land for sowing the lentil seeds.

The lentils grown near the village of Castelluccio are one of the many typical regional products, including saffron and cured hams, whose production and sale have been hit by multiple earthquakes last year which killed nearly 300 people and destroyed thousands…


China launches satellite that would help counter natural disasters – state media


China has launched a communications satellite which will reportedly provide better internet access on planes and in less-developed regions, according to Xinhua. It is also said to help those at the scene of natural disasters.

Shijian-13, China’s first high-throughput communications satellite, was launched from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province on Wednesday. It was sent into orbit on a Long March-3B carrier rocket.


The benefits of the satellite – which has a transfer capacity of 20 Gbps and a designed orbital life of 15 years – will reportedly extend to aircraft…


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