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  • Technique to Improve the Performance Of Lithium-Ion Batteries

    58 mins ago
    Researchers at IIT Guwahati have developed a technology to improve the performance of rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that can power most of the portable devices in use today. Highlights: ♦ Stanley Whittingham, John Goodenough and Akira Yoshino jointly won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of their work to promote the development ....

    COVID-19 Vaccination Awareness Campaign INYAS

    1 hour ago
    The Ministry of Science and Technology recently launched a nationwide public awareness campaign called "COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign." The campaign will break the myth about COVID-19 vaccination. In order to achieve this goal, the Department of Public Information has released information packages in eleven languages, including Hindi and English. ....

    First Gamified Sanskrit Learning Application of the World Little Guru

    1 hour ago
    The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Gamapp Sportswizz Tech Private Limited have launched the "LITTLE GURU" application. It is a dedicated mobile application for learning Sanskrit. Highlights: ♦ Little Guru is a gamified application. It teaches Sanskrit on an interactive platform. This makes learning easier. The application ....

    NASA to Land First Person of Colour on The Moon - Artemis Programme

    1 hour ago
    The National Aeronautics and Space Administration plans to land people of color on the moon as part of its Artemis program. In addition, according to the plan, NASA will also land the first woman on the moon. Highlights: ♦ The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) finalized about 18 astronauts under its Artemis Programme. Including ....

    Advanced Antiquities Management System Goa

    2 hours ago
    The Goa Archives and Archaeology Agency (DAA) has launched an advanced cultural relics management system. Highlights: ♦ It was recently introduced by the Goa government. This is the first such antiquities storage system in the country. AAMS is a software-driven automatic storage for storing various objects. ♦ The current system for ....

    Strong Resistance in Meghalaya - Umngot

    2 hours ago
    In the 210 MW hydropower project in Umngot, at least 12 villages in Meghalaya have generated strong resistance. Umngot: This is a river in Meghalaya. It is considered the clearest river in India. This river attracts many tourists to Dodge, which borders Bangladesh. This river is the natural boundary between Ri Pnar (in Jaintia Hills) and Hima Khyrim (in Khasi Hills).

    Outbreak of Suspected African Swine Fever

    1 day ago
    A suspected outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has killed 276 domestic pigs in the Longri region of Mizoram. As part of preventive measures, local authorities restricted the procurement and supply of live pigs from the affected areas and surrounding areas. Highlights: ♦ ASF is a highly contagious and fatal animal disease that infects domestic ....

    Launch of Nanosniffer

    1 day ago
    The Union Education Minister launched NanoSniffer. It is the world's first explosion trace detector (ETD) based on microsensors. It was developed by NanoSniff Technologies, an IIT startup in Mumbai, and Vehant Technologies was derived from Kritikal Solutions, a startup incubated by IIT in Delhi. Highlights: ♦ This self-developed explosive ....

    Chaff Technology by DRDO

    4 days ago
    The DRDO has developed advanced Chaff Technology to protect the naval ships from enemy missile attacks. Highlights: ♦ The Defense Laboratory Jodhpur (DLJ) of DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization) Laboratories has indigenously developed three variants of the technology- Short Range Chaff Rocket (SRCR), Medium Range ♦ Chaff ....

    Launch of Integrated Health Information Platform - IHIP

    4 days ago
    The Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP) was launched by the Ministry of Health. Highlights: ♦ IHIP is the next generation highly streamlined version of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) currently in use. ♦ Among the nations, India is the first country to adopt this advanced disease surveillance system. ♦ ....

    National Super Computing Mission India as Leader

    4 days ago
    India has become a leader in high-power computing through the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM). Highlights: ♦ Launched NSM to enhance India’s research capabilities by connecting them together with a supercomputing grid with the National Knowledge Network (NKN) as the backbone. ♦ Guided by: Ministry of Electronics and Information ....

    WolfRayet Stars Supernova Explosions

    4 days ago
    Supernova explosions can be traced back to one of the hottest stars. Indian astronomers have tracked the rare supernova explosion and traced it to the hottest kind of star, called Wolf-Reyet star or WR star. Highlights: ♦ A team of astronomers from the Nainital Aryabhatta Research Institute for Observational Sciences (ARIES) and some international ....

    Heat Waves in Some Regions of India

    4 days ago
    Heat wave conditions are likely to occur in isolated regions of Rajasthan, Vidarbha and within Tamil Nadu. Highlights: ♦ The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted heat wave conditions in certain areas of Rajasthan and isolated areas in the eastern region of Vidarbha and within Tamil Nadu. ♦ Heat waves are periods of ....

    Flash Flood Killed People in Indonesia

    5 days ago
    Landslides and flash floods caused by heavy rains in eastern Indonesia killed at least 41 people and displaced thousands. Flash Flood: Flash floods refer to floods that occur within six hours of heavy rain or other reasons. These are highly localized events with a short duration. However, sometimes flash floods may occur within a few minutes or ....

    Nasa InSight Lander Red Planet

    8 days ago
    Since touching the "Red Planet" in November 2018, NASA's InSight lander has so far recorded more than 500 quakes on Mars. The two recent magnitude 3.3 and 3.1 quakes originated in an area called Cerberus Fossae. These findings support the idea that the planet is seismically active. About InSight Mission: ♦ InSight is part of ....

    Covid-19 Reinfection - ICMR

    8 days ago
    A team of scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research examined 1,300 cases of people who tested positive for the coronavirus twice. It has been found that 58 out of 1,300 individuals (4.5%) can be classified as possible reinfections. Highlights: Worldwide Cases of Reinfection: ♦ Covid-19 Reinfection case was first confirmed and ....

    New Emission Norms For Coal-Fired Power Plants

    8 days ago
    The central government has postponed the deadline for adopting new emission standards for coal-fired power plants by three years. It also allows utility companies that missed the new target to continue operating after paying fines. Highlights: ♦ Initially, India sets a 2017 deadline for thermal power plants to install Flue Gas Desulfurization ....

    Increase In Maternal Deaths And Stillbirths Due To COVID

    8 days ago
    According to a study published in the journal The Lancet Global Health, the health system failed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading to increased maternal deaths and stillbirths. Highlights: ♦ Overall, the chance of stillbirth has increased by 28%. ♦ The mother’s risk of dying during pregnancy or childbirth increased ....

    Baikal-GVD (Gigaton Volume Detector) - Russia

    10 days ago
    Russian scientists launched one of the world's largest underwater neutrino telescopes called Baikal-GVD (Gigaton volume detector) in the waters of Lake Baikal, the deepest Siberian lake in the world. Highlights: ♦ Together with IceCube in the South Pole and ANTARES in the Mediterranean, it is one of the three largest neutrino detectors ....

    Biggest Floating Solar Power Plant in India

    10 days ago
    India's largest floating solar power plant will be built in Ramagundam, Telangana. The solar power plant has a capacity of 100 megawatts. It is expected to open in May 2021. Highlights: ♦ The solar power plant is being built in the reservoir of Ramagundam Thermal Power Plant. The solar power plant will be built on 450 acres of the reservoir. ♦ ....

    Carnivac-Cov Vaccine - Animal Vaccine

    11 days ago
    Russia has registered the world's first animal vaccine against the noval coronavirus. The country's agricultural safety supervision agency Rosselkhoznadzor announced the news. Highlights: ♦ The world's first animal vaccine against the noval coronavirus was named Carnivac-Cov. ♦ According to the watchdog, the immunization ....

    Double Mutant Coronavirus Variant In India

    11 days ago
    A unique "double mutation" coronavirus variant was discovered in India, which contains mutations that are not seen anywhere else in the world. Highlights: ♦ However, whether this will play any role in increasing infectivity or making COVID-19 more serious remains to be determined. ♦ The genome sequencing of a part of the ....

    Shaheen 1-A: Pakistan Tests Nuclear Ballistic Missiles

    14 days ago
    Pakistan has successfully tested a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile on March 26, 2021. The missile has a range of 900 kilometers. Highlights: ♦ Pakistan has tested the Shaheen-1A surface-to-surface ballistic missile with the aim of re-verifying the various designs and technical parameters of the weapon system, including ....

    Hypnea Indica, Hypnea Bullata: Two New Seaweeds

    14 days ago
    A team of marine biologists at Punjab Central University in Bathinda discovered two new seaweeds. Highlights: ♦ Seaweeds are named Hypnea indica (after India) and Hypnea bullata (due to the blisters-like traces on their bodies- bullate) and are part of genus Hypnea or red seaweed. ♦ Hypnea indica was discovered in Sivrajpur in Gujarat, ....

    Co-WIN Upgraded - Can Register for Jab Daily

    14 days ago
    The chairman of the authorized COVID-19 vaccination team said that the Co-WIN platform for COVID-19 vaccination has been strengthened to accept 10 million registrations and record the daily vaccination status of 5 million people. Co-WIN: The COVID Vaccine Intelligent Network (CoWIN) system is a digital platform that can be used to effectively promote ....

    AEG12 Inhibits Family Of Viruses

    15 days ago
    According to scientists from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and their collaborators, a mosquito protein called AEG12 can strongly inhibit the virus family that causes yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile and Zika virus, and can also weaken Suppress the coronavirus, Highlights: ♦ Researchers have discovered that AEG12 works by ....

    Human Rights and App Update ProtonVPN

    15 days ago
    ProtonVPN, a Swiss virtual private network service provider, criticized Apple for stopping application updates and violating human rights. Highlights: ♦ A virtual private network (VPN) provides you with online privacy and anonymity by creating a private network from a public Internet connection. VPN will block your Internet Protocol (IP) ....

    ISRO Revises Launch Schedule Of GISAT

    15 days ago
    After a minor issue with the spacecraft, the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) revised the timetable for launching the geographic imaging satellite GISAT-1 on the GSLV-F10 rocket. Highlights: ♦ The spacecraft was originally scheduled to launch on March 28. However, due to minor issues, it will now be launched from the Sriharikota spaceport ....

    Joint Earth Observing Mission of NASA and ISRO NISAR

    15 days ago
    NASA and ISRO are collaborating to develop a satellite called NISAR. The satellite will be launched into near-polar orbit from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, India in 2022. Highlights: ♦ In the three-year mission of imaging the earth’s land, ice sheets and sea ice, it will scan the earth every 12 days to provide an "unprecedented" ....

    Norway to construct First Ship Tunnel of the World

    17 days ago
    The first ship tunnel of the world will be built in Norway. The construction of the project will start in 2022 and be completed in 2025-2026. Highlights: ♦ Norway plans to build a ship tunnel under the mountains of Norway’s Stadhavet peninsula. The tunnel is 37 meters high, 1,700 meters long and 26.5 meters wide. The total expenditure ....

    Department OF Biotechnology - National Biopharma Mission

    19 days ago
    The Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has initiated the National Biopharmaceutical Mission approved by the Cabinet, with the aim of strengthening emerging biotech companies across India. Industry-Academia Collaborative Mission for Accelerating Discovery Research to Early Development for Biopharmaceuticals – Innovate in India (I3) Empowering biotech ....

    Russia Launched 38 Satellites Successfully

    19 days ago
    Russia has successfully put 38 satellites from 18 countries into orbit from the Baikonur Astronomical Museum in Kazakhstan. Highlights: ♦ The Russian space agency Roscosmos released a video showing its Soyuz rocket launched under a gray and cloudy sky. The rocket successfully put satellites of countries including Japan, South Korea, Saudi ....

    Buldhana Pattern For Water Conservation

    20 days ago
    Minister of Jal Shakti informed Rajya Sabha of the Buldhana Pattern for water conservation. Highlights: ♦ NITI Aayog has developed draft guidelines to integrate guidelines for the following activities: (i) Procurement of land to improve/construct national highways, state roads, and railways, and (ii) Water source protection projects through ....

    First Robot Citizen of India Humanoid Sophia

    20 days ago
    Digital works made by robotic artist Sophia (the world's first robotic citizen) have been auctioned. Highlights: ♦ A humanoid robot refers to a robot whose body shape is similar to a human body. The design of the robot is meant for functional purposes, which includes interacting with human tools and the environment, for experimental purposes, ....

    Helium of India Import to Get Affected

    21 days ago
    The United States will stop the export of helium from 2021. Therefore, India’s industry will suffer significant losses due to India’s imports of helium Highlights: ♦ Helium is a colorless, odorless, tasteless, inert and rare gas. ♦ Application: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans in rockets and nuclear reactors. ♦ ....

    Key Facts of NDHM Sandbox Environment

    22 days ago
    The central government has planned to evaluate the results of the first phase of the National Digital Health Mission (NDHM) to expand the project, which had previously spent 118.2 million rupees. Under this task, the "NDHM sandbox environment" was also established to promote innovation and build trust. Highlights: ♦ Indian Prime ....

    NewSpace India Limited to Operate Space Assets of ISRO

    22 days ago
    As part of the space reform process, India New Space India Limited will own and operate ISRO’s capital-intensive space assets. Highlights: ♦ NewSpace India Limited is in discussions with the Ministry of Space to obtain the ownership of two new communications satellites for commercial purposes. ♦ The transponders on the satellites ....

    India and France - 3rd Joint Space Mission

    22 days ago
    The bilateral space cooperation between India and France entered multiple areas, even in the human space program, India and France are also carrying out the "third joint satellite mission." Highlights: ♦ Several French companies are interested in taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the government's recent reforms ....

    Scientists Have Discovered Artificial Photosynthesis

    24 days ago
    Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) provides solutions for carbon capture and conversion. Highlights: ♦ Scientists have discovered a way to imitate nature's own process of reducing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, i.e, photosynthesis, to capture excess carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. ♦ The Artificial Photosynthesis (AP) uses solar ....

    Indian Scientists Developed High Electron Mobility Transistors

    24 days ago
    The New technology of High Electron Mobility Transistor will enable India to become self-reliant in power transistor technology. Highlights: ♦ Indian scientists have developed highly reliable HEMTs using gallium nitride (GaN). ♦ This is the first indigenous HEMT equipment ever that can be used in electric vehicles, locomotives, power ....

    Launch Of US India Artificial Intelligence

    24 days ago
    US-India Artificial Intelligence (USIAI) program launched About USIAI: ♦ USIAI is an initiative of IUSSTF. ♦ The Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum (IUSSTF) established in accordance with the agreement reached between the Indian and United States governments in 2000 is an autonomous bilateral organization funded by the two governments ....

    Aligning A Missile Deal With Destination Manila

    25 days ago
    India and the Philippines signed an "implementation arrangement" for the "arrangement for procurement of defense materials and equipment." The agreement lays the foundation for the sale of defense systems through the government-to-government route. The Philippines is seeking to purchase BrahMos cruise missiles from India. About ....

    Removal of Heavy Metals From Water IIT

    25 days ago
    A research team at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mandi has developed a new method to effectively remove heavy metals from water. Highlights: ♦ Several methods such as chemical precipitation, ion exchange, adsorption, membrane filtration, reverse osmosis, solvent extraction and electrochemical treatment have been used to remove heavy ....

    World Energy Transitions Outlook Report Was Brought Out

    25 days ago
    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released the report on World Energy Transition Outlook. Highlights: ♦ According to the latest report, the COVID-19 crisis provides countries with unexpected opportunities to decouple their economies from fossil fuels and accelerate the shift to renewable energy. ♦ IRENA is an intergovernmental ....

    Spring Equinox is in 20th March

    25 days ago
    The vernal equinox is also known as spring equinox. In 2021, it will fall on March 20, 2021. Technically, it will happen at 9.37 am. Highlights: ♦ March 20 is the most common date for the vernal equinox. However, it can occur on any date between March 19th and 21st. According to astronomical calculations of the season, March 20 is regarded ....

    Largest Floating Solar Farms Being Built In Singapore

    26 days ago
    The world's largest floating solar farm is being built in Singapore. The country has resorted to building energy plants along the coast and near entire reservoirs. Highlights: ♦ Given that this floating solar farm is one of the smallest countries in the world, it is one of the largest per capita carbon dioxide emitters in India, so it ....

    Deep Ocean Mission- Multi-Disciplinary Programe

    27 days ago
    It is recommended that the " Deep Ocean Mission " be a multi-ministerial, multi-disciplinary programe, focusing on the development of deep-sea technology, the exploration of deep-sea mineral resources and biodiversity, and the purchase of research ships for exploration, deep-sea observation and capacity building. About the Deep Ocean Mission ♦ ....

    Linking Of OTPRMS Certificates With Digilocker

    28 days ago
    The Union Education Minister announced that the OTPRMS certificate will be linked with DigiLocker, and registration fees will be completely waived. Highlights: ♦ Ministry of Education (MoE) has decided to link the Online Teacher Pupil Registration Management System (OTPRMS) Certificate with DigiLocker to ensure worry-free access. ♦ ....

    ISRO Launched Sounding Rocket RH 560 on 12th March

    29 days ago
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has launched a sounding rocket named RH-560 on March 12, 2021. The purpose of launching the rocket is to study the "vertical changes" in the dynamics of neutral wind and plasma. Highlights: ♦ The RH-560 rocket was launched from the Sriharikota Range (SHAR) of the Satish Dhawan Space Center ....

    Atmanirbhar Niveshak Mitra Portal - DPIIT

    29 days ago
    The Department of Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce is finalizing the special digital portal " Atmanirbhar Niveshak Mitra ". Highlights: ♦ The portal is being developed to carry out handholding and facilitation, information dissemination and facilitation for domestic investors. ♦ ....

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