Govt launches “Project O2 for India” to increase supply of medical oxygen

What is the News? The Government of India has launched the ‘Project O2 for India’.  About Project O2 for India: Project O2 for India is an initiative of the Office of Principal Scientific Adviser, Government of India(GoI). Purpose: The project aims to: Step up production of medical oxygen to meet the potential increase in demand… Continue reading Govt launches “Project O2 for India” to increase supply of medical oxygen

“Deep Ocean Mission” Approved by Cabinet

What is the News? The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved the Deep Ocean Mission. About Deep Ocean Mission: Deep Ocean Mission aims to explore the deep ocean for resources. Also, for sustainable use of ocean resources, it aims to develop deep-sea technologies. Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Earth Sciences(MoES) will be the nodal Ministry for… Continue reading “Deep Ocean Mission” Approved by Cabinet

Cabinet approves PLI scheme ‘National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage’

What is the News? Cabinet approves the Production Linked Incentive(PLI) Scheme ‘National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage’. PLI Scheme For Advanced Chemistry Cell (ACC) Battery Storage’: Nodal Ministry: Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises Aim: The programme aims to set up facilities capable of manufacturing a cumulative 50GWh of Advanced Chemistry Cell… Continue reading Cabinet approves PLI scheme ‘National Programme on Advanced Chemistry Cell Battery Storage’

“CSIR-CMERI” Celebrates the National Technology Day- 2021

What is the News? CSIR-CMERI has celebrated National Technology Day- 2021 by interacting with the MSME Representatives. About CSIR-CMERI: Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute (also known as CSIR-CMERI) is a public engineering research and development institution. It was founded in 1959. Part of: The institute is a constituent laboratory of the Indian Council of Scientific… Continue reading “CSIR-CMERI” Celebrates the National Technology Day- 2021

National Task Force for Transparent Oxygen Allocation

Synopsis The supreme court has constituted a National Task Force for transparent oxygen allocation. It is a 12 member body constituted to guide the central government allocation of medical oxygen to the states. Further, it will also recommend a framework for broader pandemic preparedness and response. Background The second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic has… Continue reading National Task Force for Transparent Oxygen Allocation

The DoT gives permission to conduct “5G Technology Trials” in India

What is the News? The Department of Telecommunications(DoT) has given permission to conduct trials for the use and application of 5G technology. The DoT permitted few Telecom Service Providers(TSPs) to conduct such 5G Technology trials. Objectives of 5G Technology Trials: The objective behind the trials is to: Firstly, test 5G spectrum propagation characteristics especially in… Continue reading The DoT gives permission to conduct “5G Technology Trials” in India

“Operation Samudra Setu-II” launched by Indian Navy

What is the News?  The Indian Navy has launched Operation Samudra Setu-II. About Operation Samudra Setu-II: Firstly, the Indian Navy launched this operation with the aim to bring oxygen-filled cryogenic containers to India from abroad. This is because the country is facing a severe shortage of medical oxygen in the wake of a massive spike… Continue reading “Operation Samudra Setu-II” launched by Indian Navy

“Disaster Management Act, 2005” Invoked to facilitate supply of Medical Oxygen

What is the News? The Ministry of Home Affairs(MHA) has invoked the Disaster Management Act, 2005 once again. This time to issue an order to ensure that the inter-state supply of medical oxygen is not obstructed for any reason whatsoever. What does the order say? Firstly, there will be no restriction on the movement of… Continue reading “Disaster Management Act, 2005” Invoked to facilitate supply of Medical Oxygen

National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM)

Synopsis – Challenges and suggestion to enhance the commercial-scale operation of green hydrogen in India. National Hydrogen Energy Mission NHEM- Indian prepares to launch the National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM). The global target is to produce 1.45 million tonnes of green hydrogen by 2023. India currently consumes approximately 5.5 million tonnes of hydrogen, which is… Continue reading National Hydrogen Energy Mission (NHEM)

National Super Computing Mission(NSM)

What is the News? India is fast emerging as a leader in high-power computing with the launch of the National Super Computing Mission(NSM). About National Super Computing Mission(NSM): Firstly, the government launched the National Super Computing Mission in 2015. Secondly, the aim is to connect research and academic institutions to a Supercomputing grid all over the country.… Continue reading National Super Computing Mission(NSM)

NITI Aayog launches “AIM-PRIME” to support science based startups

What is the News? Atal Innovation Mission(AIM), NITI Aayog in association with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation(BMGF) launch AIM-PRIME (Program for Researchers on Innovations, Market-Readiness & Entrepreneurship). About AIM-PRIME: AIM-PRIME Program aims at promoting science-based, deep technology. For that, it will provide training and guidance over a period of 12 months. Implementation by: Venture Center… Continue reading NITI Aayog launches “AIM-PRIME” to support science based startups

Union Minister inaugurates Event for “DSIR-PRISM Scheme”

What is the News? The Union Minister for Science & Technology inaugurates the Event for Publicity of the PRISM (Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups, and MSMEs) scheme. About PRISM Scheme: Nodal Ministry: PRISM is an initiative of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research(DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology. Aim: The aim is to help… Continue reading Union Minister inaugurates Event for “DSIR-PRISM Scheme”

SERB launched “SERB-PRISM Portal”

What is the news? The Science and Engineering Board(SERB) launched a portal called “SERB – Project Information System & Management(SERB-PRISM Portal)”. About the SERB-PRISM Portal: Aim: The portal aims to provide information regarding all projects sanctioned by SERB from 2011 onwards. The information includes funding details, status, research summary, and project output details such as… Continue reading SERB launched “SERB-PRISM Portal”

40 Scholars awarded under “India Science and Research Fellowship(ISRF) 2021”

What is the news? 40 scholars from 6 countries have been awarded under the India Science Research Fellowship(ISRF) Program 2021. About India Science Research Fellowship(ISRF) Program 2021: Launched by: the Department of Science and Technology(DST), Government of India in 2015. Purpose: Awarded scientists and researchers from neighboring countries are provided an opportunity to carry out… Continue reading 40 Scholars awarded under “India Science and Research Fellowship(ISRF) 2021”

Indian legacy and developing Science and Technology in India

Source: The Hindu Syllabus: GS-3 Science and Technology- developments and Achievements of Indians in science & technology Synopsis: India is celebrating National Science Day. This day should be marked by commitments of promoting science, technology, and innovation in India. Introduction: National Science Day was celebrated on February 28 for the discovery of the Raman effect… Continue reading Indian legacy and developing Science and Technology in India

Draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020

Synopsis: The draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 202o has the potential to transform the science and research in India Introduction: The government introduced a draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020 in January 2021. The draft policy aimed to address the issues in the past four science and technology policies. Evolution of Science, Technology… Continue reading Draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020

Science and Technology in India’s foreign policies

Synopsis: Covid-19 Pandemic provided India with an opportunity to mainstream science and technology (S&T) in its foreign Policies. It became possible due to the past achievements by the country in the domain of S&T. Background: The roots of India’s scientific programs can be traced to the 1959 speech delivered at the Indian Science Congress by… Continue reading Science and Technology in India’s foreign policies

“Hydrogen as a Fuel”: Applications, Advantages and Disadvantages

What is the news? In the Budget 2021-22, the Government of India announced the National Hydrogen Mission. This mission will aim at generating hydrogen from green power sources and using it as a fuel. Read more about Green Energy Initiatives in Budget 2021 About Hydrogen fuel  Hydrogen is the chemical element with the symbol H… Continue reading “Hydrogen as a Fuel”: Applications, Advantages and Disadvantages

New Geo-Spatial data Policy and its implications – Explained pointwise

Table of Contents: What is Geo-Spatial data? Major applications of Geospatial data How India is Governing the Geo-spatial information? What are the new Guidelines? What are the advantages of Geo-spatial data liberalisation? Challenges with Geospatial data liberalization Suggestions to improve India’s geospatial data handling capability Recently Department of Science and Technology(DST) announced liberalised guidelines for… Continue reading New Geo-Spatial data Policy and its implications – Explained pointwise

Defence Minister launches “E-Chhawani portal”

What is the news? Union Defence Minister has launched the e-Chhawani portal. About the Portal: The portal aims to provide online municipal services to more than 20 lakh citizens across 62 Cantonment Boards. Developed by: The portal developed jointly by eGov Foundation, Bharat Electronics Limited(BEL), Directorate General Defence Estates(DGDE) and National Informatics Centre(NIC). Features: Through… Continue reading Defence Minister launches “E-Chhawani portal”

What is “Sandes” platform?

What is the News? National Informatics Centre(NIC) launched an instant messaging platform called Sandes. About the Sandes platform: It is an instant messaging platform like WhatsApp. It was previously named Government Instant Messaging System(GIMS). The platform can be used for all kinds of communications by anyone with a mobile number or email id. Initially, the platform… Continue reading What is “Sandes” platform?

Deregulation of Geospatial Data: Prospects

Synopsis: Recently, the Ministry of Science and Technology deregulated the geo-spatial data and map-making in India. What is geospatial data? Geospatial data is the data about objects, events, or phenomena that are located on the surface of the earth. Read More about Geospatial data and Geospatial policy What is the present policy on geospatial data?… Continue reading Deregulation of Geospatial Data: Prospects

DST announce liberalization of “Geospatial data and Mapping” Policy

What is the News? Department of Science and Technology(DST) announced liberalised guidelines for geo-spatial data. It deregulates access to its geospatial data and services including maps for all Indian entities. What is Geo-Spatial data? Geospatial data (also known as “spatial data”) represents data-linked to features or objects on the Earth’s surface. Objects can be man-made… Continue reading DST announce liberalization of “Geospatial data and Mapping” Policy

India to formulate policy for “new battery technologies for EVs”

What is the News? The Union Minister has said that India will soon come out with a policy for the next generation of battery technologies for Electric Vehicles(EVs). What will be the focus of the upcoming Policy? The policy will look for alternative battery technologies for electric vehicles like metal-ion, metal-air, hydrogen fuel cells to… Continue reading India to formulate policy for “new battery technologies for EVs”

Cryptocurrencies in India

Source: The Hindu Syllabus: GS 3. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization, of resources, growth, development, and employment. Synopsis: The government should ensure a smart regulation of cryptocurrencies instead of shutting them out. Background The government has given a statement to bring a law on cryptocurrencies. It is a positive step. Considering the… Continue reading Cryptocurrencies in India

Concerns regarding DNA Technology (Use and Application) Bill, 2019

Source: Indian Express GS-3: concern associated with technologies. Synopsis: DNA Technology (Use and Application) Bill, 2019 has many concerns over its use when implemented. So, it is necessary to debate the effects before finalizing the Bill. Background The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science, Technology, Environment, Forests, and Climate Change was tasked to review the DNA… Continue reading Concerns regarding DNA Technology (Use and Application) Bill, 2019

After oils, FSSAI caps Trans Fatty Acids(TFAs) in foods

What is the News? The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India(FSSAI) has amended its rules. Under new rules, it put a cap on trans fatty acids(TFAs) in food products. Previously, it tightened the norms for oils and fats in the food. What are the new rules? According to FSSAI, Food products contain edible oils… Continue reading After oils, FSSAI caps Trans Fatty Acids(TFAs) in foods

DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019

Introduced: Lok Sabha (8th July 2019) Present status: Standing Committee gave its report on 3rd Feb 2021 Ministry: Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Need for such DNA Technology Bill in India: First, countries having such legislation like the USA, have proved a significant increase in conviction rate. According to NCRB, India’s conviction rate is… Continue reading DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019

Finance Minister allocates funds for “National Research Foundation”

What is the News? The Finance Minister allocated funds for the creation of a National Research Foundation(NRF). About National Research Foundation(NRF) The NRF found mention in the 2019 Budget speech first. New Education Policy(NEP),2020 also proposed its formation. The foundation would be an autonomous body. It will fund researches across four major disciplines –Sciences; Technology;… Continue reading Finance Minister allocates funds for “National Research Foundation”

“STI policy 2020” emphasising self-reliance in science

Source: The Hindu Gs3: Science and Technology- Developments Synopsis: The recently released Draft Science, Technology, and Innovation policy has many issues and challenges that need to be addressed to promote Aatmanirbhar Bharat  in science Background: Recently, the Department of Science and Technology has released the 5th draft of the Science, Technology, and Innovation policy for… Continue reading “STI policy 2020” emphasising self-reliance in science

Underwater Scientific study to determine the age of “Ram Setu”

What is the news? Indian scientists will undertake an underwater scientific study. The study aims to determine the age of the chain of corals and sediments forming the Ram Setu. Facts: Ram Sethu is a 48-km long bridge-like structure between India and Sri Lanka. It is also known as Adam’s bridge. The Ramayana mentions the… Continue reading Underwater Scientific study to determine the age of “Ram Setu”

“M-Sand Policy” a policy to promote manufactured sand

Why in News? The Rajasthan government has brought a policy on manufactured sand (M-sand). It will provide an industry status to the units producing manufactured sand for construction work. It will reduce the dependence on riverbed sand. Facts: What is Manufactured Sand(M-Sand)? Manufactured sand (M-Sand) is a substitute of river sand for concrete construction. It… Continue reading “M-Sand Policy” a policy to promote manufactured sand

“Remote Voting Project” – Election Commission tries out new innovation

Source: The Hindu Gs3: Science and Technology- Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life. Synopsis:  ECI is planning to implement a remote voting project. It must analyze the issues of the system before its implementation. Remote Voting Project Recently, the Chief Election Commissioner  (Sunil Arora)  announced that it is starting trials of a… Continue reading “Remote Voting Project” – Election Commission tries out new innovation

COVID Vaccine and Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020

Source: Click here Syllabus:  GS 2 – Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education and Human Resources. Synopsis: The hasty Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to the two COVID-19 vaccines is against draft Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) 2020.  Introduction Open Science principle is a global movement. It advocates… Continue reading COVID Vaccine and Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP), 2020

Underwater study to determine origin of Ram Setu

Why in News? Archaeological Survey of India(ASI) has approved an underwater research project to ascertain the origins of the Ram Setu. Facts: About the study: The study will be conducted by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) Goa. Focus of the study: To study the process… Continue reading Underwater study to determine origin of Ram Setu

India’s draft Arctic policy

Why in News? Indian Government has presented the draft Arctic policy. The policy is open to public comments until January 26. The National Centre for Polar and Ocean Research (NCPOR), Ministry of Earth Sciences is the nodal agency for India’s Polar research programme, which includes Arctic studies. The Ministry of External Affairs provides the external… Continue reading India’s draft Arctic policy

Co-WIN platform upgraded 

Why in News?  The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has announced the upgradation of Co-WIN software. It is to cater to more sessions per site and change in site location.   Facts:  CoWIN App: It is a digitalised platform by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).   It allows Indian citizens to apply for a Covid-19 vaccine shot and helps agencies in keeping a track of… Continue reading Co-WIN platform upgraded 

 DPIIT launches regulatory compliance portal 

Why in News?   The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has launched a portal called “Regulatory Compliance Portal”.   About Regulatory Compliance Portal:  Objective: Portal is aimed at minimizing the regulatory burden on businesses and citizens. For that, it will act as a bridge between citizens, industries and the Government. It will also act as a first-of-its-kind central online… Continue reading  DPIIT launches regulatory compliance portal 

BEE Launches SAATHEE Portal to Track State Energy Efficiency Targets

News: Bureau of Energy Efficiency(BEE) has launched SATHEE Portal and Standards and Labelling Programme for Air Compressors and Ultra High Definition(UHD) TV during the 30th National Energy Conservation Awards(NECA). Facts: SATHEE Portal: SAATHEE stands for State-wise Actions on Annual Targets and Headways on Energy Efficiency. Purpose: It is a Management Information System (MIS) portal which will facilitate real-time… Continue reading BEE Launches SAATHEE Portal to Track State Energy Efficiency Targets

Science policy to boost journal access

News: The Government of India has released the Draft Science, Technology and Innovation Policy 2020. Facts: Prepared by: The policy is initiated jointly by the Office of the Principal Scientific Advisor (Office of PSA) and the Department of Science and Technology (DST). Aim: The policy aims to reorient Science Technology & Innovation (STI) in terms of priorities, sectoral… Continue reading Science policy to boost journal access

World’s largest floating solar energy project in Omkareshwar Dam

News: The Government of India has announced the construction of the World’s largest floating solar energy project. Facts: Floating Solar Energy Project: The world’s largest floating 600 MW solar energy project is to be constructed at Omkareshwar dam on Narmada river in Madhya Pradesh. Funding: The International Finance Corporation, World Bank and Power Grid have… Continue reading World’s largest floating solar energy project in Omkareshwar Dam

Government launched virtual toy hackathon ‘Toycathon 2021’

News: Union Education Minister and Union Minister for Textiles and Women & Child Development jointly launched the Toycathon 2021. Facts: Toycathon 2021: It’s a kind of hackathon for the toy industry. It has been organized by the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Women and Child Development (MWCD), Ministry of Textile, Ministry of Commerce and Industries,… Continue reading Government launched virtual toy hackathon ‘Toycathon 2021’

Government kicking off Seaplane Services on selected Routes

News: Union Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways has announced that it has kickstarted the process of commencing operations of the Seaplane services on select routes. Facts: What is Seaplane? Seaplanes are typically fixed-wing aircraft with a much fewer number of seats and can take off from and land on water. How will it work? Sea… Continue reading Government kicking off Seaplane Services on selected Routes

India launches 40th Scientific expedition to Antarctica

News: India has launched the 40th scientific expedition to Antarctica. This Indian expedition marks four decades of the country’s scientific endeavour to the Antarctica. Facts: India’s Antarctic Expeditions: The Indian Antarctic expeditions began in 1981.The first trip consisted of a team of 21 scientists and support staff led by Dr SZ Qasim. Research Base Stations: Indian… Continue reading India launches 40th Scientific expedition to Antarctica

PM Modi inaugurates National Metrology Conclave 2021

News: The Prime Minister has inaugurated the National Metrology Conclave through video conferencing. Facts: National Metrology Conclave: It is organized by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) which is entering into its 75th year of inception. Theme: ‘Metrology for the Inclusive Growth of the Nation’. Key Highlights of the PM’s Address: India… Continue reading PM Modi inaugurates National Metrology Conclave 2021

FSSAI slashes limit for trans fat levels in foods

News: Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has capped the amount of trans fatty acids(TFA) levels in Food. Facts: What are the new limits? It has capped the amount of trans fatty acids (TFA) in oils and fats to 3% for 2021 and 2% by 2022 from the current permissible limit of 5% through an… Continue reading FSSAI slashes limit for trans fat levels in foods

DST releases Draft 5th National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for public consultation

News: The draft of the 5th National Science, Technology and Innovation(STI) Policy has been finalized and is now available for public consultation. Facts: Vision of the Policy: The Science, Technology and Innovation Policy will be guided by the following broad vision; To achieve technological self-reliance and position for India among the top three scientific superpowers in the decade to come. To… Continue reading DST releases Draft 5th National Science, Technology and Innovation Policy for public consultation

Niti Aayog launches made-in India cloud storage service — DigiBoxx

Source: Times Now News: Niti Aayog has launched a cloud storage service called DigiBoxx as part of the Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Facts: Digiboxx: It is India’s first indigenous digital file storage and sharing platform that provides an easy and secure way to store all the files in one centralised location. Key Features: Like Google Drive and Apple’s… Continue reading Niti Aayog launches made-in India cloud storage service — DigiBoxx

CoWIN Grand challenge, CoWIN platform and CoWIN App

Source: PIB News: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare(MoHFW) and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has announced its grand challenge for “CoWIN app”. Facts: Aim: To strengthen the COVID-19 Vaccine Intelligence Network (CoWIN) system. Eligibility: Indian tech startups, MSMEs, companies and Limited Liability Partnerships(LLPs) registered in India under Companies Act can apply. Further, teams not… Continue reading CoWIN Grand challenge, CoWIN platform and CoWIN App