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Small Satellite Launch Vehicle Planned by ISRO for April, 2021

The maiden flight of Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) - ISRO’s compact launcher - will be made soon. SSLV will meet the “launch on demand” requirements in a cost-effective manner for small satellites in a dedicated and ride-share mode. It is a 3-stage all solid vehicle that can launch up to 500 kg satellite into 500 km Low Earth Orbit and 300 kg into Sun Synchronous Orbit. With lower per kg launch cost, the mini launcher will have multiple satellite mounting o

Dams on Brahmaputra River Cleared in China's 5-Year Plan

A draft of 14th China’s new Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) has permitted first dams to be built on the lower basin of Yarlung Zangbo river (Brahmaputra’s name in Tibet), before it flows into India. It calls for building a hydropower base on the lower reaches of Yarlung Zangbo river and clean energy bases in the Jinsha River. Jinsha River is the upper course of Yangtze river in western China. The project is also listed along with the Sichuan-Tibet railway and the national wat

Compressed Biogas Plants

Under the Sustainable Alternative Towards Affordable Transportation (SATAT) scheme, Oil and Gas Marketing Companies (OGMCs) invited entrepreneurs to procure Compressed Bio Gas (CBG). Under this scheme, provisions are, Assured price for offtake of CBG with long term agreements by OGMCs; Inclusion of bio manures produced from CBG plants as Fermented Organic Manure (FOM) under Fertilizer Control Order 1985; Inclusion of CBG projects under Priority Sector Lending by RBI. So far, 9

Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre

Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre: It is set up under the newly created Cyber and Information Security (CIS) division of the MHA.  It has seven components: National Cyber Crime Threat Analytics Unit National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal National Cyber Crime Training Centre Cyber Crime Ecosystem Management Unit National Cyber Crime Research and Innovation Centre National Cyber Crime Forensic Laboratory Ecosystem Platform for Joint Cyber Crime

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN)

Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Nidhi (PMSSN) Importance of Health Health is vital for improved developmental outcomes. From an economic standpoint, better health improves productivity, and reduces losses due to premature death, prolonged disability and early retirement. Health and Nutrition also directly impact scholastic achievements and have a bearing on productivity and income.  Health Outcomes depend substantially on public spending on health.  One extra year of pop

Agriculture Voltage Technology

Agri-voltaic system of 105 KW capacity was developed by ICAR-Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur. This technology can increase the income of farmers by generation of electricity and growing of cash crops simultaneously on the same piece of land. Under component-I of KUSUM scheme, there is a provision for installation of agri-voltaic system in farmers’ fields with a capacity ranging from 500 KW to 2 MW. KUSUM Scheme: Launched by Ministry of New and Rene

India's Satellite Man- Udupi Ramachandra Rao

To commemorate the 89th birth anniversary of the former Chairman of (ISRO) Udupi Ramachandra Rao, Google Doodle featured his sketch with a background of Earth and stars. Rao was an Indian space scientist and chairman of ISRO who supervised the 1975 launch of India’s first satellite — “Aryabhata.” In 1991, he initiated the development of the geostationary launch vehicle GSLV and the development of cryogenic technology. 

Covid-19 Vaccine Passport

What is a Covid-19 vaccine passport? A vaccination pass or passport is documentation proving that the individual has been vaccinated against Covid-19. As more people are inoculated, there will likely be aspects of public life in which only people who have been vaccinated are allowed to participate. In order to travel internationally, government and health authorities will need to know if you have been vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus.

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