Science and Technology
ISRO to provide ‘solar power calculators’
PM Modi announced that ISRO will soon provide the world with a ‘solar power calculator’.
The calculator will use satellite data to measure the solar energy potential of any region and help decide the location of solar energy projects across the globe.
PM Modi has launched the One Sun One World One Grid Initiative jointly with the UK at the ‘Accelerating Clean Technology, Innovation and Deployment’ leaders’ event at COP26.
Quick Facts: ISRO was founded on 15 August 1969.
Rahul Dravid appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team
Former captain and batsman, Rahul Dravid has been appointed as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team by BCCI.
Dravid has been appointed for a period of two years till 2023.
He will begin his tenure as a full-time coach from the T20I series against New Zealand starting November 17, 2021, in Jaipur.
Quick Facts: Rahul Dravid is the Director of Cricket Operations at the National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru.
Akash Kumar settles for Bronze in 2021 AIBA Men’s World Championships
The 21-year-old Indian boxer Akash Kumar clinched bronze at the 2021 AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championships at Belgrade in Serbia.
Akash lost 0-5 in the 54 kg category to Makhmud Sabyrkhan of Kazakhstan.
Akash is the 7th Indian male boxer to win a medal at the World Championships.
Britain health regulators approves World’s first pill to treat COVID-19
Britain’s health regulators, Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) have approved the world’s first pill to treat cases of symptomatic COVID-19.
The antiviral Lagevrio (molnupiravir) has been found to be safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalization and death in people with mild to moderate COVID-19.
Molnupiravir was originally created to treat flu.
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Damon Gagut bags Booker Prize 2021 for his novel ‘The Promise’
South African author Damon Galgut has won the 2021 Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel ‘The Promise’.
Damon has won the award in his third appearance on the shortlist after making the cut in 2003 and 2010.
The Promise is set in Pretoria where the author grew up and takes place against the backdrop of South Africa’s transition out of apartheid.
DRDO successfully conducts flight test of smart anti-airfield weapon
DRDO and the Indian Air Force have jointly conducted two flight tests of an indigenously developed smart anti-airfield weapon in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan.
The electro-optical seeker-based flight test has been conducted for the first time in India and is equipped with Imaging Infra-Red (IIR) Seeker technology.
The test has been carried out for two different configurations of the weapon based on satellite navigation and electro-optical sensors.
Quick Facts: The Indian Air Force (IAF) was founded on 8 October 1932.
Azim Premji tops Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021
Founder-chairman of Wipro, Azim Premji has topped the ‘Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021’ by making the highest contribution of INR 9,713 crore between April 2020 and March 2021 towards philanthropic causes.
Founder of HCL Tech. Shiv Nadar retained the second spot followed by Mukesh Ambani.
The ‘Edelgive Hurun India Philanthropy List 2021’ is compiled by the Edelgive Foundation and Hurun Research Institute.