Centre turns to `sewage-eating’ microbes to clean Ganga

As urgency grows to show results for its Clean Ganga mission, the Centre is turning to bacterial bioremediation techniques to cut down the time lag in commissioning of sewage treatment plants( STPs). While STPs typically take two to three years to come up, large-scale application of bio remediation using `sewage Read More …

Farm plan given `Raftaar’

Seeking to make farming a remunerative economic activity , the government revved up its farm growth plan with `Raftaar’ (Remunerative approaches for the agriculture and allied sectors’ rejuvenation). It rebranded its ongoing central scheme, Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), as RKVY-Raftaar and approved its continuation for three years (2017-20). The Read More …

Bad Rabbit Ransomware – What is it?

Context: A suspected variant of Petya, Bad Rabbit is ransomware—malicious software that infects a computer and restricts user access to the infected machine until a ransom is paid to unlock it. What is BadRabbit and how does it work? A new ransomware campaign, dubbed Bad Rabbit, has hit a number of high profile Read More …

First zero-emission hydrogen-powered tram launched in China

The world’s first hybrid electric tram powered by hydrogen fuel cells has started running in China, marking a big step in the application of green energy in public transport. Researched and manufactured by Chinese, it is the world’s first hybrid electric tram, with hydrogen being the main power source, according Read More …

Ex Blue Flag-17

Context: In order to strengthen military cooperation and develop the operational capability, Indian Air Force for the first time is set to participate in ‘EX BLUE FLAG-17’ exercise which is going to be conducted in Israel. More Facts: ‘EX BLUE FLAG-17’ is a bi-annual multilateral exercise which aims to strengthen military cooperation amongst Read More …

Crypto currencies, Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) under SEBI lens

Context: The rising popularity of crypto currencies and the increasing number of entities looking at raising funds through Initial Coin Offerings (ICO) has caught the attention of the capital market regulator, which is evaluating whether such instruments and offerings can be brought under its regulatory purview.   The Securities and Exchange Read More …

Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan

In a unique initiative to give a boost to the learning of science, technology and mathematics among the youth-especially the school students, Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) – a nationwide science talent search examination will be held on 26th November. This programme has been organized by eminent scientists and academicians associated with Read More …

‘Prevention of torture bill, 2017

Context: The Law Commission has recommended the Union government to consider ratifying the 1984 UN Convention against torture to tide over difficulties in extraditing criminals from foreign countries due to the absence of a law preventing harsh treatment by authorities. Recommendations: The Law Commission recommended that a bill should be introduced in Read More …