1.Science and Technology

UAE launches its first space mission to Mars from Japan

The first space mission to be launched by UAE is called Hope

Hope will be providing a complete picture of the Martian atmosphere by studying its daily and seasonal changes.

It will reach Mars’ orbit by February 2021, marking the 50th anniversary of the unification of the UAE

Quick Fact: Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) in Dubai will be tracking the mission

2.India and the World

Pakistan and China sign agreement for Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project in PoK

Azad Pattan Hydel Power Project is being planned to be built in Sudhoti district of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK)

The 1.5 billion dollar project is being implemented under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)

It will help Pakistan in generating jobs and cleaner fuel

Quick Fact: The 700.7 MW Hydel Power project will be situated on River Jhelum

3.Defence and Security

India and US conduct PASSEX Exercise

Unlike planned exercises, a passage exercise (PASSEX) is normally undertaken for mutual capacity building whenever an opportunity arises

This exercise is being conducted with USS Nimitz on its way to Middle East from South China Sea

This is being performed at a time of geopolitical tensions between India and China and at South China Sea

Quick Fact: Malabar Exercise is a planned maritime exercise which is usually held between India, Japan and the US

4.Government Schemes

GoI partners with UNICEF Yuwaah for Atma Nirbhar Bharat

UNICEF Yuwaah promotes access to foundational and 21st century skills for youth inside and outside formal education system

The partnership will support youth volunteers in achieving Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan

It will provide a great platform to Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan and NSS volunteers.

5.Environment

India’s first Charging Plaza inaugurated in New Delhi

The first public electric vehicle charging plaza was inaugurated at Chelmsford club in New Delhi

It was inaugurated by Minister of Power, New and Renewable Energy Shri R K Singh

Such charging plazas will help in popularising electric vehicles leading to a more environmentally friendly transport system in the country.

The charging Plaza was established by EESL (Energy Efficiency Services Limited) and NDMC (New Delhi Municipal Council)

6.Environment

MNRE launches RAISE Initiative

RAISE stands for Retrofit of Air-conditioning to improve Indoor Air Quality for Safety and Efficiency (RAISE)

It is a joint initiative of EESL and USAID

It will help improve indoor air quality and energy consumption in office spaces all over the country