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Total Indian Satellites launched by India till 26th Sep 2016

Total Indian Satellites launched by India till 26th Sep 2016

India has launched Total 84 Indian satellites (as of 26 SEP 2016) of many types since its first in 1975. Aryabhata Bhaskara-I Rohini Technology Payload Rohini RS-1 Rohini RS-D1 Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment\ Bhaskara -II INSAT-1A Rohini RS-D2 INSAT-1B Stretched Rohini Satellite Series(SROSS-1) IRS-1A Stretched Rohini Satellite Series(SROSS-2) INSAT-1C INSAT-1D IRS-1B INSAT-2DT Stretched Rohini Satellite […]

Marine reserve-antarctica

Marine reserve-antarctica

There will be a blanket ban on commercial fishing across three-quarters of the marine protected area covering 1.6 million sq kms. The countries that decide the fate of Antarctica reached an historic agreement on Friday to create the world’s largest marine protected area in the ocean next to the frozen continent.The agreement comes after years […]

Mental health- India Survey

Mental health- India Survey

National Mental Health survey shows urban areas to be most affected At least 13.7 per cent of India’s general population has various mental disorders; 10.6 per cent of them require immediate interventions.While nearly 10 per cent of the population has common mental disorders, 1.9 per cent of the population suffers from severe mental disorders.These are […]

SUGAR TAX-WHO-INDIA

SUGAR TAX-WHO-INDIA

The WHO’s recommendation that nations tax sugary drinks is a well-meaning one, but the needs of local communities cannot be left out If, some years down the line, there was to be a retrospective of crucial life-saving public health interventions, the World Health Organisation’s recommendation, of October 11, 2016, might well be a red-letter moment […]

Himansh- High altitude Glacial Lab

Himansh- High altitude Glacial Lab

The facility will serve as the base for Terrestrial Laser Scanners and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to digitise glacier movements and snow cover variations. Perched on the Himalayas at an altitude of nearly 13,500 feet, Himansh, the Glaciological research facility of India began functioning on Sunday. Located in Spiti Valley, one of the most uninhabited parts […]

Inflation- Fix Retail Prices

Inflation- Fix Retail Prices

In order to check inflation, the government has amended the Metrology rules which would allow it to fix retail prices of essential commodities such as pulses and sugar in extraordinary situations. Under the present system, retail prices are fixed by market forces, leaving very little room for the government to check an undue spike in […]

India- Pak MFN Status

India- Pak MFN Status

What is Most Favoured Nation status? According to the MFN principle of the WTO’s General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) — to which India is a signatory/contracting party — each of the WTO member countries should “treat all the other members equally as ‘most-favoured’ trading partners.”The WTO says, “Grant someone a special favour (such […]

Nobel Prize 2016-Medicine-autophagy

Nobel Prize 2016-Medicine-autophagy

Disruption of autophagy processes of the cell has been linked to Parkinson’s disease  type 2 diabetes. Nobel laureate Yoshinori Ohsumi’s work on mechanisms underlying autophagy — a fundamental process of degrading and recycling cellular components — has generated much interest in the science behind the biological process. What is autophagy? The word autophagy originates from Greek words […]

GM – Mustard Pros &Cons

GM – Mustard Pros &Cons

On September 5, the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) released an “Assessment of Food and Environmental Safety” for genetically modified (GM) mustard on its website, and gave the public a month to respond with comments and concerns. This review report was put together by an expert sub-committee of the ministry’s Genetic […]