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India GSLV MkIII-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29

India’s GSAT-29 communication satellite was successfully launched by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark-III (GSLV MkIII-D2) today from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

The first successful mission of GSLV Mark III was an experimental suborbital flight in 2014. Subsequently, GSLV Mark III-D1 launched GSAT-19, a high throughput communication satellite, with a lift-off mass of 3150 kg, into GTO on June 5, 2017.

GSLV Mk III Launches till Date

S.No. Title Launch Date Launcher Type Payload
3 GSLV Mk III-D2 / GSAT-29 Mission Nov 14, 2018 GSLV-MK-III GSAT-29
2 GSLV Mk III-D1/GSAT-19 Mission Jun 05, 2017 GSLV-MK-III GSAT-19
1 LVM-3/CARE Mission Dec 18, 2014 GSLV-MK-III Crew module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment (CARE)

Important Note:

GSLV Mk III is a 3-stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO.

  • Two boosters with solid propellant constitute the first stage
  • The core with liquid propellant forms the second stage and the cryogenic engine completes the final stage.

GSAT-29 is a Multiband, multi-beam communication satellite, intended to serve as test bed for several new and critical technologies.

The Q/V-Band communication payload onboard is intended to demonstrate the future high throughput satellite system technologies

Its Ku-band and Ka-band payloads are configured to cater to the communication requirements of users including those from remote areas especially from Jammu & Kashmir and North-Eastern regions of India.

Geo High Resolution Camera will carry out high resolution imaging.

Declaring GSLV MKIII operational, Chandrayaan-2 and Gaganyaan missions will be launched by this heavy-lifter.

The success of GSLV MkIII-D2 marks an important milestone in Indian space programme towards achieving self-reliance in launching heavier satellites. The success of this flight also signifies the completion of the experimental phase of GSLV Mark III.

Source: PIB+ISRO

The Earth Saver-Rule Book on Climate

Climate negotiators from around the world have gathered in Poland to renew their efforts towards finalising a global action plan to prevent adverse impacts of climate change. The annual meeting, informally called COP24 (24th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is being organised in Katowice, an important city in southern Poland’s coal belt. It is being held amidst a series of fresh warnings that current measures announced by countries, some already under way and others to be implemented in the coming years, were hugely inadequate for achieving the agreed objective of keeping the rise in global temperatures within 2°C from pre-industrial times.

The Main Agenda

The main task on the hands of negotiators gathered in Katowice would be to finalise the Book of Rules for the implementation of the Paris Agreement that was clinched at a similar meeting in 2015, and came into effect the following year after the required number of countries had ratified it. For the last two years, negotiators have been working on formulating the rules, procedures, guidelines, and institutional mechanisms through which the provisions of the Paris Agreement would be implemented. These include such things as agreeing on accounting standards to measure emissions, processes for monitoring, reporting and verification (commonly referred to as MRV in climate negotiation circles) of actions being taken by individual countries, mechanisms to raise financial resources and ensure the flow of funds for climate projects, and institutions to facilitate the diffusion of appropriate technologies to countries and regions that need them.

At the COP22 meeting in Marrakech, countries had set themselves a 2018 deadline for the completion of the Rulebook. Though extra rounds of meetings have been held this year in the run-up to the Katowice summit, the countries are still far away from finalising the “Rulebook”. That is because most of the issues to be dealt with and agreed upon, notably those relating to finance, technology, and MRV, are highly contentious, and the negotiators face an uphill task in their attempt to wrap it up in the next two weeks.

There is a growing noise about the need to aim for a 1.5°C target instead of 2°C.

A recent special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the pathways to the 1.5° target is an important item on the agenda in Katowice.

The 1.5°C debate

The Paris Agreement, while seeking to hold the increase in global average temperature to well below 2°C from pre-industrial times, also promises to keep Pursuing efforts to attain the 1.5° target. This was done to accommodate the concerns of smaller countries, mainly island nations that face the greatest threat from climate change. At the Paris meeting in 2015, the countries had also called upon the IPCC, a global body of scientists that does periodic reviews of scientific literature to make projections about the Earth’s future climate, to prepare a special report on the feasibility of the 1.5°C target.


Recently Emissions Gap report, released by the UN Environment Program, has said if the countries do not substantially enhance their actions before 2030, the 1.5° target would get out of reach. Called for “Unprecedented and Urgent action”, it has reported that total annual global greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, at 53.5 billion tonnes carbon dioxide-equivalent, was 0.7 billion tonnes higher than the previous year.

  • This is the first time in four years that the total emission has shown an increase.
  • The total emissions in 2030 need to be at least 25% below the 2017 level to continue on the 2% pathway, and at least 55% lower if 1.5° target has to be achieved.
  • Recently the World Meteorological Organization reported that global average surface temperatures in 2018 were all set to be the fourth highest ever recorded. The 20 warmest years have all been in the last 22 years, with the top four being the last four years. The report also said that data for the first 10 months of the year showed that global average temperatures were already nearly 1°C above pre-industrial levels.

Osiris-Rex mission

After couple of years chase, NASA spacecraft arrived on December 3 at the ancient asteroid Bennu, its first visitor in billions of years

Important Notes

The carbon-rich asteroid Bennu could hold evidence dating back to the beginning of our solar system 4.5 billion years ago.

As such, it is an astronomical time capsule.

NASA has brought back comet dust and solar wind particles before, but never asteroid samples.

About Osiris-Rex

The $800 million Osiris-Rex mission began with a 2016 launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Both the spacecraft and asteroid’s names come from Egyptian mythology. Osiris is the god of the afterlife, while Bennu represents the heron and creation.

Osiris-Rex is actually a NASA acronym for origins, spectral interpretation, resource identification, security-regolith explorer.

Osiris-Rex aims to collect at least 60g of dust and gravel.

The spacecraft won’t land, but rather use a 10-foot (3-metre) mechanical arm in 2020 to momentarily touchdown and vacuum up particles.

The sample container would break loose and head toward Earth in 2021.

The collection parachuting down to Utah would represent the biggest cosmic haul since the Apollo astronaut’s hand-delivered moon rocks to Earth in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Japan’s second asteroid mission

A Japanese spacecraft, meanwhile, has been hanging out at another near-Earth asteroid since June, also for samples.

It is Japan’s second asteroid mission. This latest rock is named Ryugu and about double the size of Bennu.

Japan has also managed to return some tiny particles in 2010 from its first asteroid mission, also named Hayab

Potentially hazardous asteroids

Both Bennu and Ryugu are considered potentially hazardous asteroids.

That means they could smack Earth years from now. At worst, Bennu would carve out a crater during a projected close call 150 years from now.

First manned mission Soyuz to ISS since October failure

A Soyuz rocket carrying Russian, American and Canadian astronauts took off from Kazakhstan and reached orbit, in the first manned mission since a failed launch in October.

Important Notes

The Russian space agency Roscomos announced that the capsule was successfully launched into orbit.

It was the first manned launch for the Soviet-era Soyuz since October 11, when a rocket carrying Russia’s Aleksey Ovchinin and U.S. astronaut Nick Hague failed just minutes after blast-off, forcing the pair to make an emergency landing.

They escaped unharmed but the launch failed — the first such incident in Russia’s post-Soviet history — raised concerns about the state of the Soyuz programme.

The Soyuz is the only means of reaching the ISS since the U.S. retired the space shuttle in 2011.

India’s heaviest communication satellite GSAT-11 launched from French Guiana

New analysis says Puga has highest geothermal potential

Seaweed-silver combo can fight drug-resistant bacteria in biofilms

ISRO celebrates 1000th Casting Completion by SPROB

Insect stings inspire syringe-needle designs

AstroSat discovers ultraviolet wings of Butterfly Nebula

CSIR develops Less Polluting Firecrackers named – SWAS, SAFAL and STAR

3D scanning technology can tell how clean Indian cities are

Injectable gel may deliver islet cells for type 1 diabetes: study

CSIR develops affordable Water Disinfection System “OneerTM”

Bhuvan Ganga geo-portal and Bhuvan Ganga Mobile App

NITI Aayog Constitutes Himalayan State Regional Council

Rs 75 commemorative coin to mark 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by Bose

HRD Ministry launches LEAP and ARPIT

K9 Vajra, M777 howitzer guns inducted into Army

Kaiga unit sets world record among PHWR for operating uninterrupted for 895 days

West Bengal will observe ‘Rasogolla Day’ on November 14

AstroSat unravels how hot stars evolve in Globular Clusters in the Milky Way

PSLV-C43 launches HySIS and 30 foreign satellites

NASA InSight Lander Arrives on Martian Surface

Chinese scientist claims world’s first gene-edited babies

Buttermilk-based bio-formulation helps in cotton disease control

IMD develops ‘Impact Based Forecasting Approach’ to assess the rise of water level

Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurates air pollution control device WAYU in Delhi

Sikkim gets real-time landslide warning system

Sensors at Chandmari Village in Sikkim’s Gangtok District

New device developed to tackle pollution in high traffic zones

Dr. Harsh Vardhan inaugurates device to tackle pollution at high traffic zones.

How air pollution is adding to India’s diabetes burden

New approach can help make better titanium alloy for implants

Startup shows how crop residue can generate useful products

New centre to help farmers become climate resilient

Sikkim wins UN FAO Future Policy for Gold Award

Central Government notified minimum environmental flows for River Ganga

Global warming impacts on India will be huge: IPCC

World’s largest ever bird—Vorombe titan

Nepal to be the first country in the world to double its tiger population

Union Environment Minister Releases India’s National Redd+ Strategy

India’s first biofuel powered flight undertakes maiden voyage

Scientists develop promising multi-flowering pea varieties

Climate change affecting hydropower generation in India: study

Northeast losing canopy cover at alarming rate: study

Mars 2020 Rover will land at Jezero Crater

Argentinean paleontologists discover a diminutive grandfather of the dinosaurs in the United States

Faster diagnostic tests developed for tuberculosis

Linking weather extremes with climate change in real-time

‘Pondicherry shark’ spotted third time near Kakinada

PAISA Portal

Integrated Health Information Platform (IHIP)

Who are the Sentinelese in Andaman island?

Greenhouse Gas Bulletin

Why India wants to study human micro biome

Do not disturb this Andaman Island

Drought: When, and how, does a state govt declare one?

InSight on Mars

The bot app

Visas for pilgrims 5 in India under protocol

Rs 75 commemorative coin

Himalayan State Regional Council

J&K all set for President’s rule

Nirankari sect

Air Quality Life Index (AQLI)

Manodhairya Yojana scheme

Lucknow group develops transgenic rice with reduced arsenic accumulation

Kepler Space Telescope Bid ‘Goodnight’ With Final Set of Commands

Frozen super-Earth discovered six light-years away

Ice age crater discovered beneath Greenland glacier

GSLV MkIII-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29

Spinnaker-World’s largest brain like supercomputer switched on

National body set up to study rare form of diabetes

Parker Solar Probe Breaks Record, Becomes Closest Spacecraft to Sun

National Bio-Energy Mission

The National Mission on Strategic Knowledge for Climate Change

National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture

National Mission on Seabuckthorn

National Mission For A Green India

National Mission for Sustaining Himalayan Ecosystem

National Water Mission (NWM) Mission

National Mission On Sustainable Habitat

National Mission For Enhanced Energy Efficiency (NMEEE)

National Solar Mission

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

International Whaling Commission

Tribal health Initiative


Nationally determined contributions

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition

Networked Carbon Markets

Transformative Carbon Asset Facility

World Sustainable Development Summit

Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Tropical forests

National Green Tribunal

National Ambient Air Quality Standards

Trillion Trees Programme

Bonn Challenge

UN-REDD Programme

Climate Technology Centre & Network

World Adaptation Science Programme

Minamata Convention on Mercury

How are particulate matters and black carbon related?

Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC)

Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs)

Climate and Clean Air Coalition

Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action

Under2 Coalition

National Clean Air Programme

UN Climate Resilience Initiative A2R

The Global Climate Change Alliance

Extended Producer Responsibility

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Science, Technology and Innovation Global Assessment Programme

International Basic Sciences Programme

UNESCO Global Geoparks

Positioning India as a global leader in science and technology

Science festival opens in Lucknow

Scientists find genomic regions that decide zinc density in wheat

How heavy metals are helping spread drug resistance

Excess of N fertilizers hampers germination and root growth in rice: study

Scientists open new avenue to study head muscle dystrophy

International Geosciences and Geoparks Programme

International Hydrological Programme

Man and the Biosphere Programme

United Nations World Water Assessment Programme

National Tiger Conservation Authority

Keibul Lamjao National Park

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought-2018

Global e-Sustainability Initiative

Momentum for Change

Non-State Actor Zone for Climate Action

Climate Neutral Now

Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint

Bonn Convention

Wetlands International

This gel can protect farmers from toxic pesticides

CSIR transfers technology for disinfecting water

Breeding dual purpose rubber trees

Integrating technologies to design better healthcare interventions

India’s timekeeper says country need two time zones

Smart spraying can help cut pesticide use in orchards

Innovative products and solutions on display at IISF

Osteoporosis drug may find use in cancer therapy

Sci-Connect promotes spirit of inquiry among young minds in NE

Here is why improved forecasts are not helping prevent floods and droughts

A new effort to bring astronomy and people closer

Scientists take a cue from lotus leaf to make protein measuring device

Thirteen young scientists get Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize

Our universe is less lumpy than estimated

Dark matter with borders

Better lithium ion batteries on the cards

Avalanche forecasting, public awareness can save lives

Heart disease, stroke among top killers in India

Apsara – U Reactor Becomes Operational at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre

From hypertension to cancers –alarm bells ringing in India’s tribal belts

Rare basalt columns found in village in Kolhapur

Subsidies on irrigation efficiency may have negative impact on water use

Study finds gaps in publicly funded dialysis programme

New migrant pest threatens major crops

Cutting on rock salt, fluoride toothpastes can help tackle anaemia: study

Kashmir’s Dal Lake harbours bacteria that can degrade pesticides

Scientists find protein role in TB bacteria growth

Nurturing young talents of north-east for science

Cabinet approves Umbrella scheme ‘O-SMART’

ISRO to send three astronauts into Space by 2022

Scientists explain strange behaviour of gut bacteria resistant to TB drugs

Veterinary drug may be repurposed for human cancers: study

Making science education fun for schools kids in NE

Biomass of invasive weed can help treat toxic waste

Cyclone Warning Centre to be set up in Thiruvananthapuram

Gut bacteria are a reservoir of drug resistance genes: study

How Machilipatnam became site of a pioneering discovery in 19th century

CSIR developed PEGylated Streptokinase for the treatment of ischemic strokes

Jammu and Agartala to get Space Research Technology Centres

Scientists decipher how Japanese Encephalitis virus enters brain cells

Tell a good science story and win a prize

Fire load of buildings on the rise: study

Making cellular probes more effective

Dipstick urine test possible to predict drug response in alcoholic hepatitis

Mixed farm-forest landscapes also support bird biodiversity: study

New sensor developed for measuring sea surface temperatures

Government measures to tackle dust pollution

Kargil fossil unravels climatic conditions of early Himalayas

Government has approved 122 new research projects under ‘IMPRINT-2’ scheme

Antibiotic resistant genes found in Kerala mangrove ecosystem

Chinese scientists claimed to have created the first single-chromosome yeast

Scientists develop new method to synthesize bio-conjugates

ISRO is developing green propellants for use in future rocket

Now there is an India tool for autism screening

Arsenic may help kill liver cancer cells

New absorbent may make diapers eco-friendly

Indian scientists find out how Zika virus causes Microcephaly in infants

Worms Frozen for 42,000 Years in Siberian Permafrost, successfully revived

Scutoid-a new geometric shape identified by the Spanish scientists

Scientists help pave the way for a vaccine against TB

Double bonanza awaits sky gazers on July 27

Ten things you must know about the Total Lunar Eclipse on 27th July 2018

Genetic profile of mithuna reveals unique traits

Forgotten icons of the information technology revolution

Low cost prosthetic knee joint coming soon

A peek into gut of Indians throws up surprises

New option emerges for treatment of inflammatory diseases

LIGO-India Observatory in Hingoli District of Maharashtra

Fenugreek and onion are good for diabetic heart

Making recycling of rubber eco-friendly

India to work on futuristic concept of “cyber twin”

Popular vegetable can help prepare a cure for Kala Azar

Indian scientists find faster way to fabricate flexible micro-super capacitors

New technique can make ocean wave energy attractive

How fertilizer use alters soil bacteria communities

How Indian museums can harness power of technology for art authenticity

Argentinean researchers discover the oldest giant dinosaur species that inhabited the Earth

A solar water purifier, with a difference

Indigenous radar to track monsoon winds is now functional

Drug resistance posing new challenge to child survival

ICAT releases First BS-VI engine certificate

ISRO successfully carries out flight tests for Crew Escape System

Study calls for addressing all gender barriers to ensure universal health care

Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to diabetes risk in pre-diabetic women

POLAR 2018-Here is why researchers working in Polar Regions are coming together

NIN launches ‘Nutrify India Now’ App on nutrition content of Indian food

N Chandrasekaran Task Force on Artificial Intelligence recommendations

BEE recommendations on temperature setting of Air Conditioners

Tea seed oil may be healthy option

NavIC frequency too close to WiFi, may cause interference: Study

Manufacturing of Oxytocin formulations for domestic use restricted to public sector

Scientists improvise models to better predict storm surges

National Challenge ‘Ideate for India – creative solutions using technology’

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy conferred Skoch Award for National Significance

Maharashtra launches SMART initiative for Agribusiness, Rural Transformation

Cabinet approves National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems

Cabinet approves implementation of Shahpurkandi Dam on river Ravi

Indian Coast Guard conducts Exercise ‘Clean Sea-2018’ at sea off Port Blair

Sahitya Academy awards for 2018

Ministry Road Transport & Highways notifies Dual- Fuel Usage for Agricultural and Construction Equipment Vehicles

‘Blue Waters Ahoy!’ Chronicling the Indian Navy’s History from 2001-10

Railways earmarks reserved seats in trains for women passengers

‘Sex Sorted Semen’ scheme of Uttar Pradesh

India’s first locomotive-less Train 18, breaches 180 kmph speed limit during test run

Rajnath announces pan-India single-number “112” for women’s safety

Sunil Arora Takes Charge as 23rd Chief Election Commissioner

DAC Approves for Acquisition of Defence Equipment worth Rs 3000 cr

Union Home Minister inaugurates Hornbill Festival

Union Home Minister launches Emergency Response Support System (ERSS) for Nagaland

DAIC and JNU sign MoU to facilitate & enhance Research Activities

Health Ministry approves compensation formula for Hip implant cases

Government launches Bhasha Sangam

Govt revises height norms for STs of NE, Gorkhas in CAPF recruitment

Ganga Exhibition and a Ganga Museum

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi flag off the 2nd Edition of HAUSLA Sports Meet

Himachal Pradesh first state to launch pan-India single emergency number

‘Maitree Diwas’ in Arunachal Pradesh

No homework for classes one and two kids

Raksha Mantri Launches ‘Mission Raksha Gyan Shakti’

Odisha Government launches ‘Mo Cycle’ system

Bihar CM unveils 70 ft tall Lord Buddha’s statue in Rajgir

“Paisa – Portal for Affordable Credit & Interest Subvention Access”, Launched

Notification Issued for Inclusion of Quadric-cycles as Non Transport Vehicles

Sexual Harassment Complaints Portal ‘SHe-Box’

Cabinet approves the Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018

Cabinet approves continuation of umbrella scheme ‘ACROSS’

N. Chandrababu Naidu launches ‘Bhudhaar’, programme

Qaumi Ekta Week 2018 to promote communal harmony

Binapani Devi conferred with Banga Vibhushan

Traffic Separation Scheme for the south-west coast

Shri Jual Oram inaugurates ‘Aadi Mahotsav’

WCD Ministry nominates three Members of NCW

Govt approves setting up 1023 fast-track courts to dispose off rape, POCSO cases

Govt to refund employers for seven weeks of maternity leave to employees

Odisha to provide free smartphones under Mission Shakti

National Frequency Allocation Plan 2018 (NFAP) was unveiled during India Mobile Congress

Tagore Award for Cultural Harmony for 2014, 2015 & 2016

Govt. constitutes GoM to look into sexual harassment at workplace

Government notifies special courts for Benami transaction cases

Prime Minister dedicates National Police Memorial to the nation in New Delhi

MoU signed between Lady Irwin College & MoRD for Roshni

Indian Navy conducted successful maiden trials of DSRV

Cabinet approves National Council for Vocational Education and training

What is DigiYatra?

India’s first methanol cooking fuel program launched in Assam

UPSC allows facility of withdrawal of applications by candidates

Shri Piyush Goyal Launches Rail Heritage Digitisation Project

‘Smart Trains with Smart Coaches’ unveiled at Rae Bareli

Tribes India launches “Punch Tantra Collection

As gutkha stands banned, dohra rising in UP

Supreme Court declares Centre’s Aadhaar scheme Constitutionally valid

SC forms Justice Amitava Roy committee to look into the aspect of jail reforms

NASA’s Dawn Mission to Asteroid Belt Comes to End

Scientists discover a new species of dinosaur 110 million years old in Argentina

Fourth India International Science Festival

New gamma ray telescope coming up in Ladakh

Experiments in rats show some bad memories can be forgotten

Modifications in school bag can reduce load for children

Cyclone-30 Became Operational at Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre

Mini ice age ruled out

Air pollution killing more people than tobacco: study

New invasive weed spotted in Karnataka

World Bank unveils USD 200 bn in climate action investment for 2021-25

New study questions Kerala flood link with climate change

Andaman and Nicobar home to more than 10% of the country’s fauna species

Genetic study reveals presence of rare sub-species of Hog Deer

Greenhouse gas levels in atmosphere break another record, UN report shows

Wildlife Crime Control Bureau gets Asia Environment Enforcement Awards, 2018

Sri Lankan Frogmouth first time sighted in Kerala’s Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary

Govt delegates powers to local bodies for giving environmental clearance

Double whammy of groundwater in India – declining reserves and rising carbon emissions

Balancing food demand and climate goals

Indian landmass is warming, confirms past climate records captured in depths of the earth

NMCG’S Bal Ganga Mela 2018

Greater flamingoes spotted at Hope Island after 25 years

Use your phone camera for real-time pollution check

Odd-Even scheme had little impact on air pollution: study

World Elephant Day 2018

India’s only facility for conservation of endangered species inaugurated at Hyderabad

Prime Minister launches web portal PARIVESH on the occasion of Bio-fuel day

Krishnamurthy Subramanian appointed as new Chief Economic Advisor

Cabinet approves Agriculture Export Policy, 2018

Kolkata-Patna becomes India’s second container cargo sector on Inland Waterways

After the success of container cargo being shipped from Kolkata to Varanasi earlier  this year, Bihar’s

Policy Commission Meeting of the World Customs Organization

Ministry of Finance releases Discussion Paper entitled “3 Essential “S”s of Climate Finance

Procurement of pulses, oilseeds increases by 13 times, says Govt

Protocol on Hygiene and Inspection requirements for the export of Fish Meal signed between Indian and China

National Projects Construction Corporation Limited (NPCC) is now a Mini-ratna

Governor of Tripura Inaugurates 7th International Tourism Martin Agartala

Cabinet clears mandatory jute packaging of 100% food grains

PM launches Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge

PM launches Ease of Doing Business Grand Challenge

Baba Kalyani report on SEZ Policy Submitted to Commerce Minister

Yuva Sahakar-Cooperative Enterprise Support and Innovation Scheme launched

7th RCEP Inter-Sessional Ministerial Meeting concludes in Singapore

Cabinet approves filling of Padur Strategic Petroleum Reserves

Ministry of Food Processing Industries issues guidelines for OPERATION GREENS

RBI starts process to set up Public Credit Registry

Atal Pension Yojana (APY) subscriber base crossed 1.24 crore mark

PM launches historic Support and Outreach Initiative for MSME sector

Estimate Committee suggested GDP overhaul

GI Tag for Alphanso from Konkan

India’s First Global Skills Park in State of Madhya Pradesh

SIDBI launches Entrepreneurship Awareness Campaign, Udyam Abhilasha

A new effort to bring astronomy and people closer

Cabinet approves National Digital Communications Policy-2018

Early sowing can increase cotton yield: study

Cabinet approves revise / fix price of ethanol derived from B heavy molasses

Cabinet approves Pradhan Mantri Annadata Aay Sanrakshan Abhiyan’ (PM-AASHA)

PM announces increase in remuneration for ASHA and Anganwadi workers

National Nutrition Month is being celebrated in September

Tourism becomes the world’s third-largest export sector-UNWTO

PM Modi launches India Post Payments Bank

ICAR organizes two-day conference on Motivating & Attracting Youth in Agriculture (MAYA)

India’s foodgrain production to touch all-time high of over 284 mn tonnes in 2017-18

Measures to promote ‘Zero Budget Natural Farming’in India

‘Paryatan Parv’ to be organized nationwide from 16-27 September, 2018

SAATHI initiative for the power loom sector launched

Worker Population Ratio for Female in India

#MeToo’s importance for women’s jobs

Inclusive Green Growth Index

Emergency Response Support System (ERSS)

Hornbill Festival and Nagaland

The Indian Delegation At COP-24

Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems (RPAS)

Balancing food demand and climate goals

World Malaria Report 2018

Global Wage Report 2018

RIMES terms Titli cyclone ‘rarest of rare’

More winter birds flock to Ernakulam’s wetlands

PolyCycl (patented) technology

Blue Economy

Logix India 2019

Atmosphere & Climate Research-Modelling Observing Systems & Services (ACROSS)

The Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018

India to study marijuana-derived drugs

ISRO to launch new imaging satellite HySIS

SC rejects fresh plea against Article 370

Andaman & Nicobar Islands: home to a tenth of India’s fauna species

Cherry Blossom festival

Salient features of GST

Goods & Services Tax Council

Soharai art

Kumbhalgarh was a creation of Mewar’s ruler Kumbha

Maharashtra has rich Buddhist heritage and culture

Festive season around the corner

Bhoganandishwara Temple

Single edition saris in hues of gold

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)

‘Super-Earth’ found orbiting Sun’s nearest single star

All you need to know about GSLV Mk III – D2/GSAT-29 Mission

When judges legislate

India’s emission targets most ambitious among G20 nations

Papier-Mache art of Kashmir

Spiking Neural Network Architecture (Spinnaker)

Point Calimere Wildlife Sanctuary

Name changes of places in news

Graphic novels give a push to Bengal’s dying folk arts

Indian Ocean Naval Symposium

Wisdom of the wild

Five Deeps Mission

Atal Innovation Mission and UNICEF announce Young Champions Awards

India GSLV MkIII-D2 successfully launches GSAT-29

Samudra Shakti

Indian Wind Turbine Certification Scheme (IWTCS)

Annual Refresher Programme in Teaching (ARPIT)

Leadership for Academicians Programme (LEAP)


70% Youth Unaware of Govt’s Skill Development Programmes: WEF

5 reasons why Finland has the cleanest air in the world

Save Our Rice Campaign (SOR)

Alliance for Sustainable and Holistic Agriculture


Dolphin population declines in India’s only dolphin sanctuary

Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats

Global Alliance for Clean Cook stoves

Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

Bio-Carbon Fund


Web Foundation report

India to Release Vultures

‘Oumuamua: Asteroid, comet, or alien spaceship?

New PSU’s Included in CPSE ETF

Decoding the Central Board of the RBI

National River Ganga (Rejuvenation, Conservation and Management) Bill, 2018

“Himalayan Viagra’ under threat from climate change

AI bot ‘ClaRAN’ can spot radio galaxies

Ozone: The Earth’s protective shield is repairing

Multi-Modal Terminal in Varanasi

Public Private Partnership (PPP) through Public Private Partnership Appraisal Committee

India and Morocco

Global Cooling Innovation Summit


Cabinet approves Laying down procedure and mechanism for sale of enemy shares

Advanced Motor Fuels Technology Collaboration Programme

NASA’s Ralph and Lucy set to visit Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids in 2021

UN World Food Programme and Ali Baba join hands to achieve zero hunger

Election Commission sets up ‘Sangwari’ polling booths in Chhattisgarh to encourage women voters

PM Narendra Modi celebrated Diwali with jawans of ITBP at Harsil

South Korean First Lady was the chief guest at Ayodhya Deepotsva

National Dhanvantri Ayurveda Award 2018

INS Arihant completes first deterrence patrol

Swachh Bharat Mission announces World Toilet Day Contest for District Collectors

Zika Virus strain that causes Microcephaly not been found in Rajasthan

Odisha launched ‘Saura Jalanidhi’ project for farmers.

Offshore patrol vessel ICGS Varaha launched

‘Train 18’-Indian Railway’s NextGen Shatabdi train

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