Science and Technology
ISRO’s ‘Announcement of Opportunity to analyze the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter
ISRO has come up with an ‘Announcement of Opportunity’ which proposes scientific analysis and utilization of data from all the experiments of the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter.
The opportunity is open to all researchers from recognized institutions, colleges, universities, and government organizations.
Chandrayaan-2 is the second lunar exploration by ISRO consisting of lunar orbiter Vikram lander and Pragyan lunar rover.
Quick Fact: Vikram Sarabhai founded ISRO on 15 August 1969
Vice President launches ‘Vaccinate India Programme’
Vice President of India M. Venkaiah Naidu has recently launched the ‘Vaccinate India Programme’.
The program was organized at Raj Bhawan by Give India Foundation and Sustainable Goals Coordination Centre in Bengaluru.
The program was launched under CSR in association with the Planning Department of the Karnataka government
Quick Fact: India granted the emergency use approval for ZyCoV-D manufactured by Zydus Cadila for children aged 12 and more
Summits and Conferences
Tim Cook to join White House cybersecurity meeting
Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Satya Nadella are all set to attend the White House cybersecurity meeting
CEOs of other large tech companies, energy companies, banks including IB Machine Corps, Google, Southern Co have been invited to join the meeting with President Joe Biden
A national security memorandum was signed by Joe Biden in July 2021 following multiple high-profile cyberattacks on American companies and government agencies.
Quick Fact: Apple came out with the first spreadsheet and calculator app, VisiCalc.
MyGov and UN Women collaborate to launch Amrit Mahotsav Shri Shakti Challenge 2021
MyGov under the Ministry of Electronics and IT along with UN Women have joined hands to launch the Amrit Mahotsav Shri Shakti Innovation Challenge 2021.
The innovation challenge aims to encourage technology solutions developed by women entrepreneurs related to Women’s safety and empowerment.
The initiative being implemented under the Multi-Partner Trust Fund Programme will promote ‘Nari Sashaktikaran’.
Quick Fact: UN Women was formed on 2 July 2010.
PayTM and HDFC Bank tie-up to provide solutions across payment gateway
HDFC Bank and PayTM have partnered to build comprehensive solutions across payment gateway, point of sale machines, and credit products.
The collaboration includes PayTM postpaid which is a Buy Now Pay Later (BNPL) solution, Eazy EMI, and Flexi Pay.
The partnership will also deliver enhanced SmartHub solutions to the market which is an integrated platform offering merchants a one-stop solution for all their business needs payments.
Quick Fact: Sashidhar Jagdishan is the MD and CEO of HDFC Bank.
Second Indo-Qatari joint Naval exercise ‘Zair-Al-Bahr’ in the Persian Gulf
The second edition of the joint naval exercise, Zair-Al-Bahr between the Indian Navy Qatar Emiri Naval Force (QENF) was conducted recently in the Persian Gulf.
The exercise featured a three-day harbor phase followed by a two-day sea phase involving surface action, anti-piracy exercises, air defense, maritime exercises, etc.
In the sea phase, the Indian Navy’s Stealth Frigate INS Trikand and QENF’s missile boats of Barzan and Damrah class, fast attack MRTP 34 class crafts & Rafale participated.
Quick Fact: Qatari Riyal is the currency used in Qatar.
Science and Technology
IIT Madras develops India’s first indigenous motorized wheelchair ‘NeoBolt’
IIT Madras has developed India’s first indigenous motorized wheelchair vehicle named ‘NeoBolt’ which is suitable to be used on roads and uneven terrains.
The researchers collaborated extensively with organizations and hospitals working for people with locomotor disabilities to make the best-tuned machine.
The wheelchair powered by a Lithium-Ion battery can travel up to 25km per change and would cost approximately INR 55,000 to users.