What is significant about Mission Shakti?

Anti-sat weapons date back to Cold War: Prime Minister announced that the DRDO-developed anti-satellite system A-SAT successfully destroyed a live satellite in the Low Earth Orbit. With this test, dubbed as Mission Shakti, India is only the fourth country after the U.S., Russia and China to have the technology. What Read More …

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO)

Context:  Recently NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) has observed water molecules moving around the dayside of Moon, an advance that could help us learn about the accessibility of water that can be used by humans in future lunar missions. Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) — the instrument aboard LRO — measured sparse layer Read More …

‘Bolo’ app

Context:  Recently Google has launched a new application called ‘Bolo’ that aims to help children in primary school to read in Hindi and English. About the App: The app, which is being launched in India first, uses Google’s speech recognition and text-to-speech technology. It comes with a built-in fun and Read More …

Rare Disease Day

Context:  On International Rare Disease Day 2019, which coincides with the National Science Day, Suno India launched India’s first podcast on rare diseases.  What is a rare disease? A rare disease, also referred to as an orphan disease, is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. Most rare Read More …

Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) Mission

Context: The National Aeronautics and Space Administration has selected a new mission- Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE)- that will help scientists understand and ultimately, forecast the vast space weather system around the Earth. About Atmospheric Waves Experiment (AWE) Mission: It will be launched in August 2022 and will be attached to exterior of Read More …

NASA’s ARTEMIS mission

Context:  Scientists used NASA’s ARTEMIS mission and suggest that the solar wind and the Moon’s crustal magnetic fields work together to give the Moon a distinctive pattern of darker and lighter swirls. Every object, planet or person travelling through space has to contend with the Sun’s damaging radiation. The Sun releases a Read More …

National Policy on Software Products – 2019

Context: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister has approved the National Policy on Software Products – 2019 to develop India as a Software Product Nation. Major impact The Software product ecosystem is characterized by innovations, Intellectual Property (IP) creation and large value addition increase in productivity, which has Read More …

IEA Bioenergy TCP

Context: The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister was apprised about Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Government of India joining IEA Bioenergy TCP as its 25th member on 25th January, 2019. The other members are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Read More …

National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

Context: The Union Cabinet has approved the launching of National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS) to be implemented by Department of Science & Technology for a period of five years. NM-ICPS covers entire India which includes Central Ministries, State Governments, Industry and Academia. Objective of the Mission: The NM-ICPS is a comprehensive Mission which Read More …

ISRO tastes first success of 2019, places military satellite Microsat-R in orbit

Context: Under a starry night and a waning gibbous moon, ISRO’s PSLV C-44 broke the silence over a brimming Pulicat lake as it lifted off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, to successfully place in orbit military satellite Microsat-R. The mission, with a modified PSLV with just dual strap-on motors Read More …