National Voters Day
The 9th National Voters’ Day will be celebrated across the country on 25th January. It is
Theme: No Voter to be Left Behind
Need for celebration
- To mark the Foundation day of the Election Commission of India, which was established on 25th January 1950.
- To encourage, facilitate and maximize the enrollment, especially for the new voters.
- The National Awards for the Best Electoral Practices will be conferred on Officers for their outstanding performance in the conduct of elections.
Source: The Business Today
ISRO Launches military satellite Microsat-R on PSLV C-44
India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) successfully injected Microsat-R and Kalamsat-V2 satellites into their designated orbits.
Salient features of the project:
- PSLV-DL -A new variant of PSLV with two strap-on motors used for the first time.
- The ISRO will also convert the last stage of the rocket, which actually turns into space debris, into a working experimental platform.
- The fourth stage will be moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.
- It is the first time an Indian satellite was being placed by ISRO in a low orbit at an altitude of 274 km.
Kalamsat-V2 is the experimental satellite, lightest satellite in the world, a payload designed and built by students who work with a private organisation called “Space Kidz India” in Chennai.
- It will help students to conduct several inspiring experiments in space by attaching their instruments to the last stage of the rocket.
- Microsat-R, an imaging satellite, is meant for military purposes.
- Microsat-R that will be used to take high-resolution photos of the Earth for defence research.
Indian institutions to study Nitrogen pollution
The UK Government has announced its commitment to fund up to £20 million of a major international research programme to tackle the challenge that nitrogen pollution poses for the environment, food security, human health and the economy in South Asia.
South Asian Nitrogen Hub (SANH)
- The South Asian Nitrogen Hub is a partnership led by the UK’s Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
- India is the only country in South Asia that has completed its nitrogen assessment over a year ago and is already co-leading the South Asian nitrogen assessment. Eighteen research institutions from India are among a group of 50 institutions.
- The Hub is one of 12 Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) hubs announced by the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to address intractable challenges in sustainable development.
Source: The Hindu
Neglected Tropical diseases
- Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) are a diverse group of communicable diseases that prevail in tropical and subtropical conditions in 149 countries and affect more than one billion people.
- They mainly affect populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic animals and livestock.
- India is the 4th largest contributor to funding public research in Neglected Tropical Diseases.
- The survey looks at funding for a number of diseases like trachoma,
buruliulcer, rheumatic fever, meningitis, leptospirosis and also for HIV/AIDS, malaria, TB, dengue, hepatitis C and leprosy.