GammaRay Astronomy PeV EnergieS phase-3

GRAPES-3 (GammaRay Astronomy PeV EnergieS phase-3) experiment is designed to study cosmic rays with an array of air shower detectors and a large area muon detector. It aims to probe acceleration of cosmic rays. The objectives are to study: The origin, acceleration and propagation of >1014eV cosmic rays in the galaxy and beyond. Existence Read More …

Iron Fertilization

Iron fertilization is the intentional introduction of iron fines to iron-poor areas of the ocean surface to stimulate phytoplankton production. This is intended to enhance biological productivity and/or accelerate carbon dioxide (CO2) sequestration from the atmosphere. Fertilization occurs naturally when upwellings bring nutrient-rich water to the surface, as occurs when Read More …

Uday Kotak Committee

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) panel on corporate governance led by Uday Kotak proposed sweeping changes. The recommendations are listed below: a) Panel proposed more powers for independent directors, limiting chairmanship to non-executive directors, and called for a greater focus on transparency and disclosures to improve corporate Read More …

Visiting Advanced Joint Research Faculty Scheme

The Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), a Statutory body of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) has recently launched a ‘Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme’ to connect the Indian academic and research and development (R&D) systems to the best of global science and scientists for a Read More …

National Council on Nutrition & National Nutrition Mission

National Council on Nutrition: The Government has recently approved the setting up of new National Nutrition Mission (NNM) to address the problem of malnutrition in the country. There is a provision for setting up of a National Council on India’s Nutritional Challenges under the Chairmanship of Vice-Chairman NITI Aayog.  The Council Read More …

Nutrition panel drops Minister for Women and Child Development proposal

Context: The National Council on Nutrition (NCN) has unanimously rejected Union Minister for Women and Child Development (WCD) ’s proposal to replace ready-to-eat food as take-home dry rations with energy-dense nutrient packets which could be mixed with food for anganwadi beneficiaries. Direction of the Council: The council has also directed that pilot Read More …