Neerakshi

  Source: HT  Context: India has introduced an innovative Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) named ‘Neerakshi’ designed for mine detection (currently in the prototype stage) Developed by: Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) Ltd and AEPL, an MSME entity. Features: 2.1-meter-long cylindrical AUV, weighing around 45 kg, can perform various tasks such as mine detection, disposal, …

IMS-1 Satellite Bus Technology

  Source: ET Context: ISRO has transferred its IMS-1 Satellite Bus Technology to Alpha Design Technologies Pvt Ltd., promoting private industry participation in India’s space sector. NewSpace India Limited (NSIL), ISRO’s commercial arm, facilitated the technology transfer.   What is IMS-1 Satellite Bus Technology?  IMS-1 Satellite Bus is a platform developed by ISRO for cost-effective …

Nuclear Medicine

  Source: PIB  Context: India has expressed its support for South Africa’s Integrated Early Warning systems and Russia’s BRICS Collaboration in Nuclear Medicine   What is Nuclear Medicine? Nuclear Medicine is a medical speciality that uses radioactive substances to diagnose and treat diseases. It involves the use of small amounts of radioactive materials, known as …

Deepor Beel

Source: DTE Deepor Beel, a vital wetland in Guwahati, Assam, faces anthropogenic threats despite its protected status. Indigenous names like “beel” signify cultural and ecological connections, with local livelihoods intertwined with the wetland’s resources. Efforts to sustainably coexist with the wetland include initiatives by local women who convert water hyacinths into products, offering employment and …

Aces on Wheels

Content for Mains Enrichment Source: TH Shiv Khanna, an 11th-grade student from Delhi, stands out in the world of tennis not for his own aspirations to excel in the sport, but for his dedication to promoting wheelchair tennis in India. He was inspired after witnessing wheelchair tennis at Wimbledon, leading him to successfully host a …

Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023

GS3/GS1 Paper  Syllabus: Issues related to Development, Mineral and Energy Resources   Source: TH  Context: Parliament passed the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2023, (MMDR Amendment) in a bid to attract private sector investment in the exploration of critical and deep-seated minerals in the country.   What are critical and deep-seated minerals? …

WMO: 2022 State of the Climate in Asia Report

GS Paper 3  Syllabus: Environment Conservation   Source: TH  Context: The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) has come up with its 2022 State of the Climate in Asia report, indicating that in 2022, Asia experienced extreme climate events, including high temperatures, droughts, floods, and cyclones, leading to significant socioeconomic impacts.   Key points of the Report …

Jan Vishwas Act, 2022 and Separation of Power

   GS Paper 2  Syllabus: Governance   Source: TH Context: The recently enacted Jan Vishwas Act, 2022, aimed at easing business regulations, transfers the authority to impose penalties for offences from the judiciary to the bureaucracy. This move has raised concerns about the separation of powers, as bureaucrats become both prosecutors and judges.   What …