Life science and Science &Techonology
Date: August 18, 2017
India entered the atomic age, more correctly the nuclear age, on 4th August 1956 when Apsara, India’s first nuclear reactor, went into operation. This reactor was designed and built by India with the nuclear fuel supplied from the United Kingdom under a lease agreement. Our second reactor for research purposes, CIRUS, was built with cooperation with Canada and...Read More
Date: August 03, 2017
Hepatitis - an inflammatory disease of the liver is caused due to viral infection. In 2015, it led to nearly 1.34 million deaths worldwide (almost equivalent to that caused by tuberculosis); most of the viral hepatitis deaths being due to chronic liver disease/primary liver cancer (mortality due to cirrhosis - 720,000; hepatocellular carcinoma - 470,000). Over time,...Read More
Date: August 02, 2017
Plastic can be converted into petrol, diesel and other hydrocarbons. CSIR-Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Hyderabad has developed a catalyst that can be used for conversion of waste plastics to fuel oils. CSIR-Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun in collaboration with GAIL (India) Ltd. has developed a process by which waste polyethylene and polypropylene type plastics c...Read More
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Date: June 28, 2017
Government’s announcement for the plan of construction of ten new Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors (PHWR) of 700 MWe capacity vindicates the confidence in the indigenous PHWR technology which has been built over a period of nearly four decades. The performance of the present sixteen indigenously built PHWRs is demonstrated by an average capacity factor of abou...Read More
Date: June 23, 2017
ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV-C38 successfully launched the 712 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 30 co-passenger satellites today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty ninth consecutively successful mission of PSLV.
PSLV-C38 lifted off at 0929 hrs (9:29 am) IST, as planned, from the First Launch Pad. After a flight of about 16 ...Read More
Date: May 31, 2017
Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018. This will improve India’s position in ocean research field. Shri M Rajeevan, Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences announced today. Secretary was speaking through video conference in the workshop arranged by National Institute of Oceanography, Dona Paula. Shri M S Nagar, ...Read More
Date: May 13, 2017
Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has initiated several measures in past three years towards achieving sustainable development through green pathway.
Adhering to the objectives of the National Forrest Policy the MoEFFC has set out the road map to increase the forest cover to 33 percent of the geographical area. Green India Mission aims to refo...Read More
Date: April 29, 2017
“As soon as a person is tested and found to be positive, he will be provided with ART irrespective of his CD count or clinical stage.” This was stated by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda at the launch of the ‘Test and Treat Policy for HIV’, here today. “This will be for all men, women, adolescents...
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Date: April 25, 2017
The World Health Organization Regional Office for Africa (WHO/AFRO) announced on April 24, 2017, that Ghana, Kenya, and Malawi will partner with WHO in the Malaria Vaccine Implementation Programme (MVIP) that will make the RTS,S vaccine available in selected areas of the three countries, beginning in 2018.
Date: April 19, 2017
ISRO in collaboration with Drishti, is conducting a experiment on the factors responsible for the formation of rip currents along Goa’s coastline, thereby improving public safety. This is the first study of its kind being carried out in India by ISRO which is named as RIPEX 2017. The study is being conducted by a team of scientists at Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO Ahmedabad.... Read More
Date: April 17, 2017
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, costing developing economies billions of dollars every year. They mainly affect populations living in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors and domestic anim... Read More
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Date: March 20, 2017
India is one of the mega diversity countries in the world with different types of forests. Officially 20 per cent of geographical area in the country is under forest cover. The National Forest Policy (1988) aims to increase the forest cover to one third.
According to India State Forest Report released in 2015, the forest cover has increased by 5081 square kilometres between 2013 - 2015,...Read More
Date: March 17, 2017
Rapid loss of Arctic sea ice in recent decades is partly driven by natural swings, not just global warming triggered by human activities, says a study.
A shift in wind patterns is responsible for about 60 per cent of sea ice loss in the Arctic Ocean since 1979, the researchers found.
Some of this shift is related to climate change, but the study showed that 30-50 per cent ...Read More
Date: March 07, 2017
Sickle-cell disease (SCD) is a group of blood disorders typically inherited from a person's parents.The most common type is known as sickle-cell anaemia (SCA). It results in an abnormality in the oxygen-carrying protein haemoglobin (hemoglobin S) found in red blood cells. This leads to a rigid, sickle-like shape under certain circumstances.Problems in sickle cell disease typically begin around ...Read More
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Date: February 27, 2017
Solar energy is the energy that is in sunlight. It has been used for thousands of years in many different ways by people all over the world. As well as its traditional human uses in heating, cooking, and drying, it is used today to make electricity where other power supplies are absent, such as in remote places and in space. It is becoming cheaper to make electricity from solar energy and in ma...Read More
Date: February 26, 2017
During solar eclipse moon blocks the sun, leaving only its outer edges visible from earth.
February 26th 2017, will bear witness a rare solar eclipse. The solar eclipse will be the annular eclipse, during which the moon will get in between the Earth and sun, and a part of the sun's surface will be visible around the moon - resembling a ring. As a result, the event has been named the "Ring ...
Date: February 23, 2017
Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, raising the prospect of life, research published on Wednesday showed.
The star, known as TRAPPIST-1, is a small, dim celestial body in the constellation Aquarius.
Date: February 22, 2017
The Health Ministry on Monday launched 'Saathiya Resource Kits' aimed at improving knowledge on adolescent health issues among teenagers.The 'Saathiya Resource Kits' is a nationwide programme under which 1.6 lakh boys and girls will work as peer educators to adolescents and respond to their queries on key health issues including mental and physical changes, nutrition and addiction.The Uni...Read More
Date: February 21, 2017
Our country is afflicted with the dual burden of disease – non-communicable diseases (NCDs) posing a major public health challenge. On one end are the nutritional deficiencies/infectious diseases associated with poverty, deprivation and poor environmental conditions; while on the other are the NCDs caused due to dietary excesses/imbalances and metabolic disturbances.Text Box: Proportional...Read More
Date: February 20, 2017
A group of geologists believes New Zealand and several surrounding islands, including New Caledonia, should be reclassified as part of an eighth continent called Zealandia, rather than be grouped with Australia in the Australasia region.As the islands are connected by submerged continental crust, which is separate and distinct from Australia and Antarctica, the geologists argue that they should...Read More
Date: February 15, 2017
Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C37) on Wednesday successfully placed a record 104 satellites, including the country's earth observation satellite Cartosat-2 series, into the polar sun synchronous orbit.
The PSLV-XL variant rocket standing 44.4 metre tall and weighing 320 ton tore into the morning skies at 9.28 a.m. with a deep throated growl breaking free of the eart...Read More
National Workshop on Training on Autism Certification tools held from 9-11th February, 2017; Know about Autism
Date: February 15, 2017
“2nd three-day Workshop for Training Master Trainers in Autism Tools-INCLEN & ISAA” was organized by the National Trust for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, and Multiple Disabilities, a statutory body under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in collaboration with C...Read More
Date: February 08, 2017
Threat of climate change and importance of sustainable development has brought nuclear power in sharper focus in recent times. Growth of nuclear power worldwide, however, requires satisfactory technological response to challenges of very high level of safety and security assurance (as dictated by very large increase in number of reactors), ability to perform with lower level of technological in...Read More
Date: February 07, 2017
The world’s smallest pacemaker, which is about as big as a large vitamin capsule and provides the most advanced pacing technology, has been successfully implanted in a patient in the US. The pacemaker is for patients with bradycardia, a condition characterised by a slow heart rate, usually fewer than 60 beats per minute. It is known as Micra Transcatheter Pacing System (TPS).
Date: February 07, 2017
Vaikom, the land of Satyagraha is situated in the northwest of Kottayam district in Kerala created history again on 12th January 2017. The first solar-powered ferry in India named as Aditya started service between Vaikom and Thavanakkadavu, connecting Kottayam and Alappuzha districts. This Solar powered boat was built with the financial aid in the form of subsidy from the Union Ministry of New ...Read More
Date: January 27, 2017
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system - which normally protects its health by attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses - mistakenly attacks the joints.
This creates inflammation that causes the tissue that lines the inside of joints to thicken, resulting in swelling and pain in and around the joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis is...Read More
Date: November 16, 2016Read More
Date: September 23, 2016
Scientists used a low power microwave system to convert sugarcane bagasse into anode-grade porous, conducting, activated carbon material for use in Li-ion batteries.
They had carried out initial carbonisation overnight at room temperature by mixing bagasse with concentrated sulphuric acid. The acid treatment had dissolved most of the inorganic impurities present in bagasse except ...Read More
Date: June 22, 2016
In its thirty sixth flight (PSLV-C34), ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle successfully launched the 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 Series Satellite along with 19 co-passenger satellites today morning from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. This is the thirty fifth consecutively successful mission of PSLV and the fourteenth in its 'XL' configuration. The total weight of all the 20 satellites ...Read More
Date: May 22, 2016
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) successfully test launched the first 'Made in India' space shuttle — called the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) — early on Monday morning from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh.
The test launch is considered a significant step in India's space endeavour. It's especially important because in 2011, the U.S.'s Nasa abandoned its resuable spa...
Date: May 04, 2016
On 9 May there will be a rare transit of Mercury, when the smallest planet in our solar system will pass directly between the Earth and the Sun. The last time this happened was in 2006, and the next two occasions will be in 2019 and 2032.
Date: May 03, 2016
Under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP), prevention and control of Tuberculosis is addressed in a comprehensive manner. RNTCP is being implemented in the country under the umbrella of the National Health Mission (NHM). Strengthening of primary and secondary healthcare systems is a part of NHM and benefits the prevention and control of Tuberculosis. RNTCP strategy is mu...Read More
Date: April 22, 2016
The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today gave its approval for the Approach and Key Components of e-Kranti : National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) 2.0. This programme has been envisaged by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY).
The objectives of 'e-Kranti' are as follows:
i. To redefine NeGP with transformational and outco...Read More
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belgian PM jointly launches Asia's biggest telescope ARIES at Nainital
Date: March 31, 2016
India’s largest ground-based optical telescope, in Devasthal in Uttarakhand, switched on March 30 by the prime ministers of India and Belgium from Brussels, during Narendra Modi’s day-long visit to the country. The telescope is the product of an Indo-Belgian collaborative effort, assisted by the Russian Academy of Sciences, that was kicked off in 2007. It is going to be operated by ...Read More
Date: March 16, 2016
The National Research Development Corporation(NRDC) of the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research, Ministry of Science & Technology signed a License Agreement with Kudos Laboratories India for commercialization of Ayush-82, an ayurvedic formulation for prevention and management of Diabetes.
Date: March 15, 2016
The government of India has prohibited manufacture, sale and distribution of 344 Fixed Dose Combination (FDC) drugs that are likely to involve risk to human beings (when safer alternatives to the said drugs were available). It has issued a gazette notification to this effect on March 10.
Date: March 08, 2016
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan today laid the foundation stone of country's first-of-its-kind Octomax unit at the Mathura refinery that will help in the production of high-octane gasoline.
Octomax, a"novel technology" developed in-house by Research and Development CentreofIndian Oil, involves conversion of cracked C4 streams to high-octane gasoline blending stock for production of Eu...Read More
Date: February 28, 2016
National Science Day is celebrated all over India with enthusiasm on 28th February every year in order to commemorate the invention of the Raman Effect in India by the Indian physicist, Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman on the same day in the year 1928.Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman was awarded and honored with the Nobel Prize in the Physics in the year 1930.
The day is commemorated to uph...Read More
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Date: February 02, 2016
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency over the explosive spread of the mosquito-borne Zika virus. It was announced after WHO’s emergency meeting of independent experts headed by WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. The meeting was convened in Geneva, Switzerland to assess the outbreak of the virus which is linked to birth defects in the A...Read More
Date: January 20, 2016
ISRO on Wednesday launched 'IRNSS-1E' satellite from Sriharikota.IRNSS-1E is the fifth navigation satellite in the IRNSS space segment.
It carries two types of payloads -- navigation and ranging payload.
Date: January 13, 2016
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for India becoming a member country of the International Energy Agency - Ocean Energy Systems (IEA-OES) by signing the Implementing Agreement (IA). The nodal agency for the membership would be Earth System Science Organisation - National Institute of Ocean Technology (ESSO-NIOT) under the Ministry of Earth Sciences.... Read More
SpaceX lands rocket after satellite launch: first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically
Date: December 22, 2015
SpaceX sent a Falcon rocket soaring towards the orbit Monday night with 11 small satellites, its first mission since an accident last summer. Then in an even more astounding feat, it landed the 15-storey leftover booster back on Earth safely.
It was the first time an unmanned rocket returned to land vertically at Cape Canaveral, Florida, and represented a tremendous success for SpaceX. ...Read More
Date: December 17, 2015
Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully placed six commercial satellites from Singapore in their dedicated orbits by using Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C29) from the first launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. interestingly this successful launch coincides with the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relat...Read More
Date: November 18, 2015
China's Tianhe-2 supercomputer has maintained its position as the world's most powerful system for the sixth consecutive time, according to a biannual Top500 list of supercomputers.
Tianhe-2 or Milky Way 2, with a performance of 33.86 petaflops per second (Pflop/s), was developed by China's National University of Defence Technology and deployed at the National Supercomputer Center...Read More
Date: October 05, 2015
DRDO sets up world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre in Ladakh
Creating yet another centre of excellence, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s highest terrestrial centre at Changla near Pengong lake in Ladakh, which will serve as a natural cold...Read More
Date: September 19, 2015
Dengue (pronounced DENgee) fever is a painful, debilitating mosquito-borne disease caused by any one of four closely related dengue viruses. These viruses are related to the viruses that cause West Nile infection and yellow fever.
An estimated 390 dengue infections occur worldwide each ye...Read More
Date: August 08, 2015
GlobalSat for DRR to be named after A P J Abdul Kalam
“GlobalSat for DRR”, a global satellite for earth observation and disaster risk reduction, will be named after Indian Missile Man APJ Abdul Kalam as a tribute to the vision of the celebrated rocket scientist who died July 27.The concept was ini...Read More
Date: August 02, 2015
Scientists can forecast flu outbreaks in subtropical climates
Just like weather forecasting, scientists can now predict the timing and intensity of influenza outbreaks in subtropical climates, where flu seasons can occur at different times and more than once during a year.
Since the 2013-2014 season, ...Read More
Date: August 01, 2015
SALt : Lamp that runs for 8 hours on water and salt
A new cost effective lamp that burns for eight hours at a time, running on nothing but a glass of water and two tablespoons of salt has been developed by a start-up in the Philippines.SALt (Sustainable Alternative Lighting) runs on a glass of wate...Read More
Date: July 28, 2015
World Hepatitis Day: Prevent hepatitis. Act now
The World Hepatitis Day is being observed every year on July 28 to spread awareness about viral hepatitis, that causes acute and chronic disease and kills around 1.4 million people every year. It is being observed since 2010 and is one of the 8 offici...Read More
Date: July 27, 2015
Peter Higgs receives world’s oldest scientific prize
Nobel prize winner Peter Higgs has joined the ranks of Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein by winning the world’s oldest scientific prize, the Royal Society’s Copley Medal, for his pioneering work on the theory of the Higgs boson, which was...Read More
Date: July 27, 2015
World's first malaria vaccine gets regulatory nod from EMA
The world's first malaria vaccine cleared one of the final hurdles as it received a positive scientific opinion from European regulators and now awaits approval from the WHO before it could be administered within the next few years across Africa...Read More
Date: July 14, 2015
GAGAN, aviation navigation system launched
ISRO has launched the GPS-Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system on 13 July 2015. GAGAN is a satellite-based air navigation system which will make airline operations more efficient and in turn it will reduce costs also. Also it will reduce workloads for ...Read More
Date: July 12, 2015
History created as ISRO rocket PSLV C28/ DMC3 is successfully launched into space
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C28) lifted off from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9.58pm. Less than 20 minutes later, the rocket placed in the designated orbits three identical DMC3 optical earth observa...Read More
Date: July 05, 2015
A Russian booster rocket today successfully launched an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station, whose crew is anxiously awaiting it after the successive failures of two previous supply missions.
A Soyuz-U rocket blasted off flawlessly from Russia-leased Baikonur launch pad in Kazakhstan, placing the Progress M-28M ship into a designated orbit, safely en route to the station...
Date: July 02, 2015
Elimination mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis by Cuba
Cuba became the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO for eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis.This is a major victory in fight against HIV and sexually transmitted infections, and an important ste...Read More
Date: June 07, 2015
Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS):All About the Latest Deadly Viral Outbreak
South Korean health officials reported 14 more cases of the deadly Mers virus 06/06/15, bringing the total in the country’s outbreak to 64, and said a fifth person infected with the virus had died.South Korea’s outb...Read More
Date: June 06, 2015
"Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care": Theme of World Environment Day
World Environment Day (WED) is observed on 05 June to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is organised the United Nations Environment Progra...Read More
Date: June 03, 2015
Scientists sequence ‘tulsi’ genome
CSIR-Central Institute of Medicinal & Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknow, has published whole genome sequence of Ocimum sanctum, the wonder plant ‘Holy basil’ or ‘Tulsi’.Holy Basil is rich in organic compounds such as phenylpropanoi...Read More
Date: May 29, 2015
Cyber Security Task Force
Software lobby National Software and Services Company( Nasscom ) along with Date Security Council of India( DSCI ) formed a new body called Cyber Security Task Force led by NIIT Ltd chairman Rajendra Pawar which will study cybersecurity threats, recommend how to tackle them and explo...Read More
Date: May 02, 2015
Messenger crashes into Mercury
Scientists say a final farewell to the space probe, MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) as it crashes into Mercury. This probe was launched in 2006 Read More
Date: April 29, 2015
CCEA approves Rs.4,500 crore National Supercomputing Mission
There are just Nine (9) supercomputers from India that figured in the list of top 500 supercomputers according to the 44th edition of TOP 500 list, released in November 2014 (released twice-yearly), of the world’s most powerful supercompu...Read More
Date: April 23, 2015
Japan's maglev train sets world record: 603 kph
A Japan Railway maglev train hit 603 kilometers per hour (374 miles per hour) on an experimental track in Yamanashi , setting a decisive new world record. Central Japan Railway Company owns this fastest passenger train and is planning to have a train in ser...Read More
Date: April 18, 2015
World Hemophilia Day 2015 : Building a family of support
The World Federation of Hemophilia (WFH) is providing global leadership to improve and sustain care for people with inherited bleeding disorders, including hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, rare factor deficiencies, and inher...Read More
Date: April 04, 2015
Viswanathan Anand is now a planet
A Minor planet was named after India’s first grandmaster and five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand. The minor planet which was previously identified as planet 4538,now the planet will be called as 4538 Vishyanand. It is located between the Mars an...Read More
Date: March 24, 2015
24th March: World Tuberculosis Day
The Tuberculosis Day is celebrated every year at international level on 24th of March. It is celebrated to raise the awareness about the epidemic disease of tuberculosis as well as get their efforts in order to totally eradicate this disease. As around 1.7 million of th...Read More
Date: March 09, 2015
PM launched first indigenously developed vaccine against Rotavirus
The Prime Minister, launched the first indigenously developed and manufactured Rotavirus vaccine: 'Rotavac.' The indigenously developed vaccine will boost efforts to combat infant mortality due to diarrhoea. It is claimed to be ...Read More
Date: March 05, 2015
SHALE GAS- A GAME CHANGER IN ENERGY SECURITY
In order to explore the shale gas and oil potential in the country, the Government of India has notified the Policy Guidelines for Exploration and Exploitation of Shale gas and Oil by National Oil Companies. At present, the exploration of shale gas and oil is ...Read More
Date: February 22, 2015
Drug-resistant malaria found at Indo-Myanmar Border
The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal of the Oxford University have have detected drug-resistant malaria at the Indo- Myanmar border. It has found that this diesese is at the verge of entering India. Experts said...Read More
Date: February 13, 2015
Recently, Centre has given guidelines for the States for combating the H1N1 outbreak. For this purpose Swine flu is categorised in three groups,these are-
1- Category A- There is no requirement for testing H1N1 in thie category. Patients with mild fever, cough and sore throat, body ache, headache, nausea and diarrhoea will be put in Category A and can be...Read More
Date: February 10, 2015
National Deworming Day
On the eve of the National Deworming Day is celebrated on 10th February and on this occasion Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri J P Nadda launched the National De-worming initiative.
After getting the ‘Polio-free’ status, India now wants to tar...Read More
Date: February 03, 2015
TPIVF (Three Parent In-Vitro Fertilization): Babies with three parents
Background: The process is a further progressive step in the modern day technology IVF (In-Vitro Fertilization) and is referred as TPIVF (Three Parent In-Vitro Fertilization). The principle need of the technique was the diseases which ...Read More
Date: January 17, 2015
US space society award for ISRO
Indian Space Research Organisation has been conferred 'Space Pioneer Award' by the National Space Society (NSS) of the United States for successfully sending MoM to Martian atmosphere in its very first attempt.
Date: December 20, 2014
The Indian Space Research Organisation has launched the first test flight of its rocket – the GSLV Mark. III – on 18/12/2014, conducting a suborbital flight that also demonstrated a prototype crew capsule (CARE) for India’s proposed manned missions. Liftoff from the Satish Dhawan...Read More