NammaKPSC Current Affairs - December 2022
Researchers at the Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE), IISc, have developed a highly energy-efficient computing platform which offers promise in building next-generation electronic devices.
e-services at the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) were crippled by being suspected to be a ransomware attack. The Delhi Police’s Intelligence Fusion & Strategic Operations have registered a case and launched investigations, while cyber security experts are employing software tools for data recovery.
Chennai-based space tech startup Agnikul Cosmos has launched India’s first private launchpad and mission control centre at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - November 2022
SARAS 3, a radio telescope designed and built at the Raman Research Institute (RRI) floating in Karnataka waters throws light on nature of early stars and galaxies
India’s first private rocket- Vikram-S lifts of from ISRO spaceport
The Commission will soon launch ‘Shabd Shala’, a website which will invite suggestions for translation of words that are recent additions to the English language and are used widely in India.
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) participates in COP 27, Egypt
(LSD) claiming the lives cattle in Karnataka, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) and Centre for Cellular and Molecular Platforms (C-CAMP) has stepped in to create awareness and stop the spread of the disease.
The Raman Research Institute (RRI) will be celebrating its Platinum Jubilee Year
Technology firms like Tech Mahindra, Microsoft and Coinbase deliberated on new age technologies such as Web 3 and Web 5 at the Global Investors Meet in Bengaluru.
5G telephony services were launched in select cities by Prime Minister Narendra Modi .
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - October 2022
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is working on a series of improvements to the NavIC, or India’s equivalent of the Global Positioning System (GPS), so that more people are motivated to install it and use it. Plans are also afoot to make its reach global rather than circumscribe it to India and a limited territory
Jamkhandi in Bagalkot district, will get a ‘flex fuel’ station that will be India’s first, according to the company that is setting it up.
The India’s antitrust regulator has fined Alphabet Inc’s Google for “abusing” its dominant position on its Android mobile app store, the second such penalty for the tech giant within days
Universal Service Obligation Fund (USOF), a body under the Department of Telecommunications, officially launched Telecom Technology Development Fund (TTDF).
The heaviest rocket of the Indian Space Research Organisation, the LVM3-M2 OneWeb India-1, with 36 satellites on board took off from the second launch pad (SLP) of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre
The threat to India’s pride, sandalwood, is increasing as the deadly sandalwood spike disease (SSD), which hitherto was confined mainly to forest areas, has started spreading to private fields where the cultivation of this aromatic tree has been taken up on a commercial basis.
The Indian Space Research Organisation, along with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), is set to organise a two-day conference themed ‘Akash Tatva’ (the element Akash) in Dehradun
The health department is planning to issue Ayushman Bharat Health Account (ABHA) IDs for the entire population in the next few months. Though the IDs are optional as of now, the department believes it will become universal soon, and can lead to major changes in disease surveillance and policy making. However, health and data activists are skeptical.
Gambia’s Health Minister Ahmadou Lamin Samateh said that the number of child deaths likely linked to contaminated cough syrups made by an Indian manufacturer
Astronomers have observed the brightest flash of light ever seen, from an event that occurred 2.4 billion light years from Earth and was likely triggered by the formation of a black hole the coming years.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the ‘One Nation, One Fertiliser’ . The prime minister also inaugurated the PM Kisan Samman Sammelan 2022 at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute
Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated 75 digital banking units (DBU) across 75 districts to the nation via video conferencing.
Co-founders of BioNTech, the German firm that partnered with Pfizer to manufacture a revolutionary mRNA Covid vaccine, said they had made breakthroughs that fuelled their optimism for cancer vaccines in the coming years.
AI and Robotics Technology Park (ARTPARK) a not-for-profit foundation promoted by the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) has embarked on two air mobility projects which could transform healthcare in Karnataka .
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is developing a Next-Gen Launch Vehicle (NGLV), which will one day replace operational systems like the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)
Oct 8, 2022 marked the 100th birth anniversary of a great Indian physicist G. N. Ramachandran, who is in the same league as physicists C.V. Raman, M.N. Saha and S.N. Bose.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed dedicated ‘Bharat Krishi Satellite’ programme for supporting the country’s agriculture sector
Incidence of breast cancer in Bengaluru, which was the third highest in the country after Hyderabad and Chennai till last year, jumped to the second highest at 40.5 per lakh (age-adjusted rate — AAR) this year. The highest incidence is in Chennai at 42.2 per lakh.
The Tele Mental Health Assistance and Networking Across States (Tele-MANAS) initiative, which is based on Karnataka’s initiative of the same name, was launched during the 26th Convocation of National Institute of Mental Health And Neuro Sciences (NIMHANS) by Mansukh Mandaviya, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and Chemicals & Fertilizers.
The indigenously developed Light Combat Helicopter (LCH) ‘Prachand’, meaning fierce was formally inducted into the Indian Air Force at the Jodhpur airbase.
From a mere 124 verified healthcare professionals in its Health Professionals Registry (HPR) under Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission (ABDM) in July, Karnataka now stands first in the country with 25,511 professionals registered in its HPR.
Scientists from Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) have mapped out the global distribution of sodium on the Moon’s surface. They used the CLASS instrument (Chandrayaan-2 large area soft X-ray spectrometer) carried by the second Indian Moon mission, Chandrayaan-2.
Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system, is making its closest approach to Earth in 59 years. This rare event last occurred in 1963.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - September 2022
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) said, that it has successfully demonstrated a hybrid propulsion system that uses a solid fuel and liquid oxidiser.
Why in news? InSight detected seismic and acoustic waves from the impact of four meteorites and calculated the location of the craters they left.
• Mars, by virtue of its tenuous atmosphere and proximity to our solar system’s asteroid belt, is far more vulnerable than Earth to being struck by space rocks – one of the many differences between the two planetary neighbours.
• Scientists are now gaining a fuller understanding of this Martian trait, with help from NASA’s robotic InSight lander.
• Researchers described how InSight detected seismic and acoustic waves from the impact of four meteorites and then calculated the location of the craters they left – the first such measurements anywhere other than Earth.
• The researchers used observations from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in space to confirm the crater locations.
• The space rocks InSight tracked – one landing in 2020 and the other three in 2021 – were relatively modest in size, estimated to weigh up to about 440 pounds (200 kg), with diameters of up to about 20 inches (50 cm) and leaving craters of up to about 24 feet (7.2 meters) wide. They landed between 53 miles (85 km) and 180 miles (290 km) from InSight’s location. One exploded into at least three pieces that each gouged their own craters.
How is this detection useful?
• We can connect a known source type, location and size to what the seismic signal looks like.
• We can apply this information to better understand InSight’s entire catalog of seismic events, and use the results on other planets and moons, too.
The three-legged InSight –
• Its name is short for Interior Exploration Using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport – landed in 2018 in a vast and relatively flat plain just north of the Martian equator called Elysium Planitia.
• The scientific goals set for InSight ahead of the mission were to investigate the internal structure and processes of Mars, as well as studying seismic activity and meteorite impacts.
• InSight’s seismometer instrument established that Mars is seismically active, detecting more than 1,300 marsquakes. In research published last year, seismic waves detected by InSight helped decipher the internal structure of Mars, including the first estimates of the size of its large liquid metal core, thickness of its crust, and nature of its mantle.
The Mumbai Police have ordered the prohibition of cattle transportation in the city to prevent the spread of the lumpy skin disease. This means cattle cannot be moved out of the place they are being raised or transported to marketplaces.
The Union Cabinet approved modifications in the scheme for development of the semiconductor and display manufacturing ecosystem, with a uniform fiscal support of 50% project cost for all technology nodes for setting up of semiconductor fabrication units.
The National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM), 2022, was released, with 384 drugs in it across 27 categories. While 34 new drugs are on the list, 26 drugs from the earlier NLEM including common gastrointestinal medicines Ranitidine and Sucralfate, have been dropped.
President Droupadi Murmu virtually launched the Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will commission the first indigenous aircraft carrier, INS Vikrant, at the Cochin Shipyard Limited in Kochi
The Integrated Pharmaceutical Database Management System 2.0 and Pharma Sahi Daam 2.0 app were launched
An IISc team has developed and tested a novel virus-like particle (VLP) – a non-infectious Nano scale molecule that resembles and behaves like the virus but does not contain its native genetic material – in a study published in Microbiology Spectrum.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - August 2022
In an order on August 24, the Union Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilisers issued a memo announcing the implementation of the “One Nation One Fertiliser” scheme under which a single brand and logo for fertilisers will have to be used by all manufacturers under the Centre’s fertiliser subsidy scheme newly renamed as a Prime Minister’s scheme- “Pradhanmantri Bhartiya Janurvarak Pariyojna” (PMBJP).
on August 15, 1972, that the Postal Index Number (PIN) was introduced in India. Hence the pin code of India turns 50 this august
The Indian Institute of Technology Madras’ annual Carbon Zero Challenge 2022 competition will focus on sustainability innovations and eco ventures.
The manufacture of the AK-203 assault rifles by the Indo-Russian joint venture at Amethi, Uttar Pradesh is set to begin by year-end and the manufacturing equipment required for it will be dispatched from Russia shortly.
Chemists in the United States and China said they had finally found a breakthrough method to degrade the polluting compounds, referred to as PFAS, using relatively low temperatures and common reagents.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on August 16 handed over several indigenously-developed equipment and systems to the Army which includes Future Infantry Soldier as a System (F-INSAS), new generation anti-personnel mine ‘Nipun’, rugged and automatic communication system with enhanced capabilities, upgraded sights system for tanks, advanced thermal imagers and state-of-the art high mobility infantry protected vehicles and assault boats.
Government unveiled the manthan platform to drive collaboration between the industry and research institutes to implement technology-based social impact innovations and solutions in the country.
In a first, an indigenous artillery gun, the Advanced Towed Artillery Gun System (ATAGS), will be used along with the usual 25-Pounders for the 21-gun salute during the Independence Day celebrations at Red Fort this year.
On August 7, ISRO was ready for the first developmental flight of the SSLV-D1/EOS-2 mission. The launch took place from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota. The Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) D1/EOS-2 mission, was carrying two satellites — the Earth Observation Satellite-2 (EOS-2) which weighed about 135 kg and AzadiSAT which weighed about eight kg.
In a major breakthrough, two institutes of Agri research body ICAR have developed an indigenous vaccine for Lumpy Skin Disease in cattle which has spread across many States in the last few months.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - July 2022
China successfully launched the first lab module for its under-construction space station, the latest step in the country’s ambitious programme to complete it by year’s end.
India is preparing to auction off about 72 Ghz of airwaves to rollout 5G services in the country. However, the infrastructure needed for such a rollout requires existing radio towers to be connected via optical-fibre cables. The work of connecting the towers could prove to be a huge challenge for the country.
Adequate nutrients brought by substantial rain and a high abundance of the plankton, called diatom Thalassiosira sp. triggered the (bioluminescent) bloom of Noctiluca scintillans, says a study done by the National Centre for Coastal Research (NCCR).
The occurrence of uranium in groundwater beyond the permissible limits was observed in around 409 samples against 14,377 samples analysed in 18 states, the Jal Shakti Ministry said.
The Navy’s Kilo-class submarine, INS Sindhudhvaj, was decommissioned from service at Visakhapatnam after 35 years in service. With this, the Navy now has 15 conventional submarines in service.
Indian soldiers patrolling on the Line of Actual Control (LAC), when they come face to face with Chinese soldiers, will soon be able to understand Mandarin and reply back instantly, with the help of a 600gm Artificial Intelligence-based device developed by an Indian start-up.
The latest news in the field of dark matter is a dark matter detector experiment named LUX-ZEPLIN (LZ) in South Dakota in the U.S.
The first image from NASA’s new space telescope unveiled is brimming with galaxies and offers the deepest look of the cosmos ever captured.
Foundation for the South India’s first IFFCO nano urea (liquid) manufacturing will be laid at Naganayakanahalli near Devanahalli
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have developed a design framework to build next-generation analog computing chipsets that could be faster and require less power than the digital chips found in most electronic devices.
Single-use plastic (SUP) products are banned in the whole country from July 1st.
Researchers led by those from the National Centre of Biological Sciences, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru (NCBS-TIFR), have found a new pathway that regulates nitrate absorption in plants.
Karnataka, which ranked low at 14th in India in the number of Ayushman Bharat Health Accounts (ABHAs), has set up an ambitious target of creating the unique health identity cards for the entire population in the next six months.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - June 2022
Karnataka has recorded the highest ever pre-authorisations (1.55 lakh) under the Ayushman Bharat-Arogya Karnataka, its flagship health insurance scheme, in May this year.
China says it has successfully conducted a midcourse missile interception test, a move that could advance its ability to withstand foreign intervention as it presses its territorial claims.
The Indian Coast Guard Region (East) inducted the Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) Mark-III, indigenously developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL), in Chennai
Electricity Minister K. Krishnankutty has said that the Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) is trying to generate power at a low cost.
India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed, nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile during night time as part of a user training trial from a test range off the Odisha coast.
The Agriculture Ministry unveiled India’s first Covid-19 vaccine for animals.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Biotech Startup expo 2022 at Pragati Maidan.
Tamil Nadu Start-up and Innovation Mission, popularly known as TANSIM among entrepreneurs, has launched an initiative called ‘S2G Buy Day’ to link start-ups and the government.
India is set to deploy drones to gather atmospheric data that is currently collated by sending sensors through weather balloons released from at least 55 locations across the country twice every day.
The payload integration of NISAR has been completed at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory and will be shipped to ISRO by 2023.
The James Webb Space Telescope will begin with in-depth scientific observations. Among the investigations that are planned for the telescope’s first year are two exoplanets classified as “super-Earths”: the lava covered 55 Cancri e and the atmosphere-less LHS 3844 b.
New research led by Professor Patric Irwin at the Department of Physics, University Oxford, suggests that a hazy layer that exists on both planets is behind the different shades of blue.
In a major boost to the domestic defence manufacturing capacity, the government has placed an order for a Rs 3,000-crore Astra MK1 missile designed and manufactured indigenously.
The Union health ministry released detailed guidelines on surveillance, identification, confirmation, and treatment of the viral infection in the country
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - May 2022
Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever outbreak in Iraq
One fatality reported in Kerala due to West Nile fever
National Facility for Gene Function in Health and Disease (NFGFHD) was inaugurated in Pune recently
BioRRAP Single National Portal for Biotech researchers and Start-Ups launched
The government issued a stark warning to virtual private network (VPN) service providers to adhere to the cybersecurity rules released by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) or wrap up operations in the country
The Union Cabinet approved amendments to the National Policy on Biofuels, 2018, to advance the date by which fuel companies have to increase the percentage of ethanol in petrol to 20%, from 2030 to 2025
A study in Madhya Pradesh has revealed 37 (about 8%) of 475 children who tested COVID-19 positive from April to July in 2021 developed COVID-acquired hepatitis
Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) to be extended to India’s neighbouring countries
The Indian Space Research Organization successfully completed the static test of a human-rated solid rocket booster (HS200) for the Gaganyaan program at Satish Dhawan Space Center (SDSC) in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
Pilot phase of the open network for digital commerce (ONDC) was launched
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - April 2022
Prime Minister inaugurated the first ever Semicon India-2022 in Bengaluru
Shigella bacterial infection has been reported in Kerala’s Kozhikode after a gap of around a-year-and-a-half as three children from the district were found to have its symptoms
A series of unexplained cases of Hepatitis B in children has taken over the world. Many countries including the US and UK reported mysterious cases of a few children being diagnosed with Hepatitis B
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is hoping to have all three development flights planned for its ‘baby rocket’ — the Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV) — in 2022 itself
NEWS Karnataka has been elevated from Category II (pre-elimination phase) to Category I (elimination phase) by Union Health Ministry DETAILS Karnataka has received national recognition and appreciation for its efforts to eliminate malaria in the past six years, between 2015 and 2021, as part of the National Framework for Malaria Elimination in India (NFMEI) initiative. […]
US conducted an open-air study of genetically engineered mosquitoes which shows promising results
Ajay Kumar Sood, an eminent physicist has been appointed as the central government’s principal scientific advisor
The sixth and last of the French Scorpene-class submarines, INS Vagsheer, was launched into water at the Mazagon Docks in Mumbai
NITI Aayog has prepared draft battery swapping policy
Karnataka government launched ‘Social Awareness and Action to Neutralise Pneumonia Successfully’ (SAANS), a campaign to ensure greater awareness and early detection of pneumonia in children under five
The State Cabinet approved the Karnataka Data Centre Policy 2022 with a focus on creating demand and value for data centres, by providing a robust and well-connected ecosystem for the growth of data centres in the State
Data Security Council of India (DSCI) has prepared a report to ensure a safe and vibrant cyberspace for India focussing on areas like large scale digitisation of public services, State-level cyber security etc
4th Anniversary celebrations of Ayushman Bharat Health and Wellness Centres was recently observed
The Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) recently published the draft Uniform Code for Medical Device Marketing Practices (UCMDMP)
World Chagas Day is observed annually on the 14th of April
The Ministry of Roads, Transport and Highways (MoRTH) has developed the portal named ‘e-DAR’ (e-Detailed Accident Report) to speed up accident compensation claims
Robin Uthappa has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Karnataka Brain Health Initiative
A report prepared by JMK Research and Analytics and the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis says India will likely miss its 2022 target of installing 100GW of solar power capacity
The Supreme Court has directed the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) not to exclude candidates suffering from colour blindness from its courses on film making and editing and asked it to make changes to its curriculum instead
The Union Cabinet approved a scheme to distribute fortified rice under government programmes
Cabinet approves extension of Atal Innovation Mission till March 2023
South Western Railway introduced the first MEMU train service between Bengaluru and Tumakuru
The number of dengue cases are increasing since January in Karnataka.
Scientists at Pune’s Indian Council of Medical Research – National Institute of Virology were able to detect the presence of IgG antibodies against Nipah virus infection (NiV) in 51 bats that were captured from Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry
Government of India launched Mission Integrated Bio-refineries
Students at a government higher primary school in southern Bengaluru showed signs of dental fluorosis during a recent screening, indicating high fluoride content in their drinking water
NEWS Google Pay has recently launched a new feature in India, ‘Tap to pay for UPI’, in collaboration with Pine Labs. The feature makes use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology DETAILS WHAT IS NFC AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Short-range wireless connectivity technology Allows NFC-enabled devices to communicate with each other and transfer information […]
First cases of Fournier’s gangrene reported in India
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - March 2022
Polar Science and Cryosphere (PACER) scheme has been approved for continuation by the Union Cabinet from 2021 to 2026
NEWS In a recent study, Micro-plastics was discovered from Human Blood WHAT ARE MICROPLASTICS? Tiny bits of various types of plastic found in the environment Name is used to differentiate them from “macroplastics” such as bottles and bags made of plastic No universal agreement on the size that fits this bill — the U.S. NOAA […]
‘Alopecia Areata’ disease has been recently in discussion
The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has given the Acceptance of Necessity (AoN) for capital acquisition proposals for GSAT 7B satellite, along with equipment like Night Sight (image intensifier), 4X4 light vehicles, and Air Defence Fire Control Radar (light).
ISRO said GSLV-F10/EOS-03 mission has failed
Bihar is the first state to implement dynamic map to track land ownerships
Dishaank is an application developed by Karnataka to ensure easy access to land records
NEWS India has plans to introduce eight deep ocean to strengthen the capacity of observations in the Indian Ocean as part of its ‘Deep Ocean Mission’. DETAILS WHAT ARE OCEAN GLIDERS Autonomous, unmanned underwater vehicle used for ocean science Require little or no human assistance while traveling Uniquely suited for collecting data in remote locations, […]
World’s most advanced technology-developed Green Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Toyota Mirai was recently launched
India and Japan held the sixth joint meeting of the India-Japan Act East Forum (AEF) recently
National Vaccination/Immunisation Day is observed every year on March 16 to convey the significance of vaccination as well as its role in public health
The government of India is proposing National Policy for Medical Devices, 2022 to reduce India’s dependence on import of high-end medical devices
ISRO successfully completed the ground test of the solid-fuel based booster stage (SS1) of its new Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV), completing the ground testing of all three stages of the launch vehicle
United States President approved a arms package for Ukraine, which would include U.S. made Man-Portable Air-Defence Systems (MANPADS).
Karnataka’s maternal mortality ratio (MMR) has declined by nine points from 92 per lakh live births in 2016-2018 to 83 in 2017-2019, during the pre-COVID-19 period
Union Ministry of Power has launched the Virtual Smart Grid Knowledge Center (Virtual SGKC) and Innovation Park
The Food and Civil Supplies Department will start the distribution of fortified rice from April 1 in 14 districts of the state under ‘Poushtika Karnataka’ (Nutrition Karnataka) programme to eradicate malnutrition
Cabinet approves establishment of WHO Global Centre for Traditional Medicine in India
As per National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-5 , Odisha has the highest coverage of full immunization in the country, with 90.5 percent coverage
New data from Chandra’s Atmospheric Composition Explorer-2 (CHACE-2) mass spectrometer on Chandrayaan-2 show the distribution of Argon-40 gas in the lunar ‘exosphere’, beyond the areas this was known to exist
The National Supercomputing Mission (NSM) has now deployed “PARAM Ganga”, a supercomputer at IIT Roorkee, with a supercomputing capacity of 1.66 Petaflops
Foundation stone for the Cosmology Education and Research Training Centre called “COSMOS”, featuring a high-tech planetarium, on the University of Mysore’s Sri Jayachamaraja Wadiyar campus was recently unveiled
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) System to ensure flow of equal quantity of water into the canals to ensure proper irrigation in dependent fields to be extended to other parts of the country. It is at present in place at canal gates of projects under Krishna Bhagya Jal Nigam Limited (KBJNL)
Kavach, an indigenously developed Automatic Train Protection System showcased on South Central Railway Friday, is earmarked for aggressive rollout on 2,000 km in 2022-23, according the Budget proposals
Swiss Air Lines, the subsidiary of Lufthansa, plans to become the world’s first airline to use solar fuel
NEWS Only the appropriate authorities notified by the State Government can initiate criminal prosecution against health facilities for violation of provisions of the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) Act 1994, ruled the Karnataka High Court. THE CASE AND RULING HC passed the order while quashing a criminal proceeding initiated against Dhondiba Anna […]
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - February 2022
Karnataka launched Pulse Polio – 2022 campaign, as part of a nationwide drive
Government of India launched National Policy Guidelines on Bio-Medical Innovation and Entrepreneurship recently
NEWS National WASH Conclave-2022 was organized recently DETAILS WHO ORGANIZED – National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayati Raj (NIRDPR) COLLOBARATIONS – Ministry of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Panchayati Raj, UNICEF, WaterAid and other development partners THEME – “WASH Forward: Advancing Water, Sanitation and Hygiene in Panchayats” CONCLAVE OBJECTIVES Bringing Government and WASH sector players […]
Alcyoneus Galaxy was discovered using the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope and the Low-Frequency Array (LOFAR) network
The All India Institute of Ayurveda (AIIA) in association with Startup India has launched the ‘Ayush Start-up Challenge’ to encourage start-ups and individuals working on innovations in the field of Ayurveda and alternative healing
Recently, Prime Minister flagged off 100 kisan drones in different cities and towns of India, in order to help farmers in spraying pesticides in their farms
Health authorities in Malawi, Africa have declared an outbreak of wild poliovirus type 1 after a case was confirmed in a 3-year-old girl in the capital, Lilongwe.
National Institute of Animal Biotechnology, Hyderabad developed Fluorine Doped Tin Oxide (FTO) electrode fabricated with reduced Graphene Oxide (rGO) for as an electrochemical based immunosensor for the rapid, sensitive and specific detection of the Non-Structural 1 (NS1) secretory protein, which is suitable biomarker for Japanese encephalitis virus found circulating in the blood and has been reported to elicit an immune response.
India’s first water taxi service was inaugurated in Maharashtra recently, that connects the Navi Mumbai area to mainland Mumbai
Tamil Nadu has made it clear to the Supreme Court that it does not want the Indian Neutrino Observatory (INO) to be set up in a sensitive ecological zone in the Western Ghats at a great cost to wildlife and biodiversity, and by ignoring the local opposition to the project.
Karnataka Health Department has relaunched its cochlear implant programme that had come to a standstill since 2018-2019.
India plans to prepare digital maps of all its 6,00,000 villages and pan-India 3D maps will be prepared for 100 cities, Union Minister of State for Science and Technology said at an event to mark a year of the updated geospatial policy guidelines. It will help SVAMITVA scheme
One of the three persons diagnosed with Lassa fever in the UK has died as per recent reports.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) successfully launched its earth observation satellite EOS-4 and two co-passenger technology demonstrator and scientific satellites from the first launch pad at the country’s only spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh recently
Capacity Building Commission (CBC) and Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) to the Government of India jointly called for a virtual session involving S&T departments and councils of all states to discuss the need for working knowledge of new-age technologies, process improvements, reskilling or upskilling and human resource development.
Elon Musk’s Starlink has lost dozens of satellites that were caught in a geomagnetic storm a day after they were launched
Recently, A team at the Joint European Torus (JET) facility near Oxford in central England generated 59 megajoules of sustained energy during an experiment in December, more than doubling a 1997 record
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - January 2022
Modalities to deepen cooperation in “Deep Ocean Mission” was recently discussed
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has invited applications from 100 domestic companies, micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as well as startups for incentives under the design linked incentive (DLI) scheme.
Edtech sector companies have formed a collective — India EdTech Consortium — under the aegis of the industry body Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI).
The Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP), recently conducted a pilot project on the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) corporate office premises to demonstrate the use of clean energy to power EVs. It has said Solar-powered EV charging reduces carbon footprint.
Cabinet approves Intra-State Transmission System – Green Energy Corridor Phase-II
• Telecommunication Engineering Centre(TEC) releases ‘Code of Practice for securing consumer Internet of Things(IoT)’ Internet of Things is the inter-linking of digital devices, machines, people and other objects with each other through wireless networks.
The Kalaburagi bench of the high court has said that drawing of the blood sample of an accused to determine the paternity of the child is neither self-incrimination nor violative of Article 20 (3) of the Constitution.
POWERGRID celebrated anniversary of One Nation-One Grid-One Frequency on 31 December
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - December 2021
Governance department has partnered with the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and State Bank of India (SBI) for enabling and implementing ‘e-RUPI’
Minister for Road Transport and Highways asked automobile manufacturers to manufacture flex-fuel vehicles complying with BS-6 norms within six months.
Phishing attacks on central ministry officials get sharper, targeted
The National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) has regained the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accreditation.
Nearly 2,000 pet and stray dogs in Amravati city were affected by canine parvovirus virus
Karnataka recorded a sudden rise in the number of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI).
The Joint Committee of Parliament recommendations on the Personal Data Protection Bill are in some aspects very similar to global standards such as European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, but differs in aspects such as jail terms
The centre has given “in-principle’’ approval for setting up of six nuclear power reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra
NASA launched a new mission named Imaging X-ray Polarimetry Explorer or IXPE.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) virtually launched “Certification Course on Home Energy Audit (HEA)”
NASA launched its new Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) — the agency’s first-ever laser communications system — from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - November 2021
Light-touch regulation of PM-WANI framework will encourage entrepreneurs to set up public wifi hotspots and generate additional revenue
Shortage of drug, Desferal 500 mg hits thalassaemia patients in Karnataka
Bengaluru has reported fewer cases of Vector Borne diseases like dengue and chikungunya this year compared to last year
The Vice President,addressing scientists and staff of the U R Rao Satellite Centre suggested to ISRO to give a thrust to the indigenously-developed regional navigation satellite system, NaVIC for global use.
Prime minister discussed important schemes that inspired children to dream of future with S&T at an event
India has successfully launched the 41st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica
Stem cells from late kannada actor Puneeth’s eyes to help many regain vision. corneal epithelial stem cells are being cultured to treat people who may lose vision due to eye injuries such as cracker burns, chemical and acid injuries.
Under the universal immunisation programme, the Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) programme was launched in the Bengaluru on the occasion of ‘World Pneumonia Day’.
The annual Leonids Meteor Shower has begun
UK drug regulator announced that it has approved the first oral antiviral for treatment of Covid-19. The drug, molnupiravir, has been developed by Merck and Ridgeback
Three Bengaluru scientists have been awarded Swarnajayanti fellowships for their innovative research ideas and their potential to create an impact on research and development in different disciplines.
Ashoka University hosted a virtual conference titled ‘The Dyslexic Mind: Thinking Differently about Higher Education’
Initiative called IRIS or Infrastructure for Resilient Island States, was formally launched by Prime Minister recently
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - October 2021
Enterotoxemia caused the death of 35 sheep in Shivamogga district recently
SC sets up committee to examine Pegasus allegations
Union Health Ministry has rushed a high level multi-disciplinary team to Uttar Pradesh where a case of Zika Virus Disease case has been reported.
The technology Cashew Multiple Rooting for Senile plantation was developed by local farmer of Kerala is gaining popularity
Drug price regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) said it has fixed the ceiling prices for 12 anti-diabetic generic medicines, including glimepiride tablets, glucose injection and intermediate acting insulin solution.
Kerala wins award for city with most sustainable transport system
An analysis has found that e-cigarette use — even on a daily basis — did not help smokers successfully stay off cigarettes.
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has achieved success in improving the numbers of Pygmy hogs. This breakthrough is done through captive genetic inbreeding of endangered species
Punjab farmers are creating bio-enzymes from kinnow fruit wastes
The British Museum in London will display an ancient object called the Nebra Sky Disc, which is thought to be the world’s oldest concrete depiction of stars.
The government has notified new rules under which the gestational limit for termination of a pregnancy has been increased from 20 to 24 weeks for certain categories of women under newly amended Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Act, 2021
• Ministry of Information and Broadcasting launched MyParkings app for region of Delhi. It is created by Broadcast Engineering Consultants India Limited (BECIL) with South Delhi Municipal Corporation with the purpose to digitize all authorized parking under SDMC municipal limits.
Based on research over KATOL meteorite researchers have unravelled the composition expected to be present in the Earth’s lower mantle which is at about 660 km deep.
World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday endorsed the first anti-malarial vaccine use of the RTS,S/AS01 (RTS,S) among children in sub-Saharan Africa and in other regions with moderate to high P. falciparum malaria transmission.
Pharmaceuticals & Medical Devices Bureau of India (PMBI), the implementing agency of Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) has completed the target of opening of 8,300 Mantri Bhartiya Jan Aushadhi Kendras (PMBJKs) for the FY 2021-22 before end of September, 2021.
NASA, is set to send its “Psyche Mission” to visit a giant asteroid called Psyche, which could be the frozen remains of molten core of a bygone world.
Defence Minister felicitated the winners of ‘Dare to Dream 2.0’ Contest organised by Defence Research & Development Organisation
The Council Of Scientific And Industrial Research -National Geophysical Research Institute (CSIR-NGRI) has launched an ‘Environmental Seismology’ group to develop a ‘Landslide and Flood Early Warning System’ for the Himalayan region based on real-time monitoring with dense seismological networks, coupled with satellite data, numerical modelling and geomorphic analysis.
Ministry of Labour and Employment launched DigiSaksham – a digital skills programme to enhance the employability of youth by imparting digital skills that are required in an increasingly technology driven era.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - September 2021
Instances of drug resistant malaria are increasing in India
Prime Minister chaired the 38th PRAGATI meeting
NASA launched LANDSAT-9.It will help monitor climate change
The 34th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd. (IREDA), the PSU under Ministry of New & Renewable Energy was held recently
17th Foundation Day celebrations of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) was recently celebrated
Aim is to Identify 75 innovations in Telemedicine, AI, Digital Health & BIG Data by Start-ups and Entrepreneurs
STEMI( ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) is Heart attack management system in Semi-urban and Rural areas conceptualized by Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully tested a new version of the Akash surface-to-air missile Akash Prime from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur, Odisha.
With advanced technologies and newer experiments, and researchers of XENON1T have made the first putative direct detection of dark energy.
The Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI) has developed the country’s first-ever non-GM (genetically modified) herbicide-tolerant rice varieties
Ministry of Civil Aviation released an “interactive digital airspace map” for flying drones, that demarcates areas into different zones for flying drones across India.
Italy has recognised Covishield vaccine against the Coronavirus
Delhi records an unprecedented rainfall this season and an increase in incidents of road cave-ins across the city.
The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named a Lunar crater at the south pole of the moon after the Arctic explorer Matthew Henson
According to a study, published in the journal BMJ Open, out of 150 patients hospitalised for Covid in the United States in the initial phase of the pandemic, 73 per cent had delirium.
As per Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) study, India is all set and is on the right track to become industrial trans fat-free by 2022
World Alzheimer Day was observed across the world on September 21 with the objective of raising awareness of the disease, common symptoms and risk factors.
NITI Aayog, with RMI and RMI India’s support, launched Shoonya—an initiative to promote zero-pollution delivery vehicles by working with consumers and industry.
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Reserve Bank of India have announced their intent to link Singapore’s PayNow and India’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI) real-time payment systems by July 2022.
Greater Noida Authority has planned to introduce innovative ways for door-to-door waste collection efficiently. Innovative methods comprise of high-tech features such as pasting QR codes outside houses, installation of GPC & CCTV on vehicles carrying garbage.
British government has announced to introduce legislation in 2021, under which all the newly built homes and offices will require to feature electric vehicle chargers in England.
Teachnique that alters genes linked to male fertility—creating sterile offspring—and female flight in Aedes aegypti
Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has handed over the first deliverable Firing Unit (FU) of Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) System to Indian Air Force (IAF)
KYC-VS is a new application programming interface (API) launched on the CoWIN platform. The new feature will enable entities to check an individual’s status of vaccination through CoWIN.
Kerala reports mortality due to Nipah.
Amazon India announced the launch of Kisan Store.
Amidst reports of rising numbers of “breakthrough infections”, India SARS-CoV-2 Genome Consortium (INSACOG) said these numbers are on expected lines but did not officially quantify the extent of such infections.
scientists of Indian Institutes of Technology, Ropar and Kanpur and Faculty of Management Studies of Delhi University have developed a living-plant based air purifier “Ubreathe Life” that amplifies the air purification process in the indoor spaces. These indoor spaces can either be hospitals, schools, offices and Homes.
Karnataka is the first State in the country to start a door-to-door survey to detect TB among COVID-19-recovered individuals and their household contacts
Indian Royal Jelly has been found to surpass top-quality sellers, including those produced in Thailand and Taiwan.
The Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) has launched a regular Jungle Tea Toy Train Safari on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Route.
Russia issued a warning about the possibility of rise in cases of West Nile Virus infections this autumn because mild temperatures and heavy precipitation are the favourable circumstances for mosquitos carrying the virus.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - August 2021
A new initiative to revive pashmina shawls has been revived
Web version of e-GOPALA application was launched recently
Union AYUSH Ministry launched a Y-Break App to boost its activities
Government of India has introduced a new registration mark under the Bharat Series (BH-Series) for new vehicles
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has launched the India’s first ‘Quantum Computer Simulator (QSim) Toolkit’.
Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, took charge as the Chairperson of Stop TB Partnership Board
Union ministry of civil aviation released LIBERALIZED DRONE RULES 2021. It seeks to simplify present rules.
India pitched its indigenously built fighter aircrafts at the International Military-Technical Forum ‘ARMY-2021’ in Moscow.
The S-400 air defence systems deal, for which deliveries are scheduled to begin in a few months, was on schedule said Russia
The government launched a new geospatial planning portal called ‘Yuktdhara’ under Bhuvan
The first of two additional Krivak class stealth frigates being built by Russia is expected to be delivered to India in the middle of 2023
The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited on August 21, 2021, commissioned India’s largest floating solar PV project of 25MW on the reservoir of its Simhadri thermal station in Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors.
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California announced that an experiment carried out in its National Ignition Facility has made a breakthrough in nuclear fusion research
Chandrayaan-2 orbiter of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has detected water molecules on Moon’s surface
Pakistan successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable surface-to-surface ballistic missile which can strike targets up to 290 kilometres
ISRO EOS 3 satellite that was launched failed in third stage.
Union Government has informed Parliament that it has approved Deep Ocean Mission (DOM) for 5 years during the period 2021-2026.
Principal Scientific Adviser, Prof. K. Vijay Raghavan, virtually inaugurated a decentralized biomedical waste incinerator at Buxar in Bihar.
Power Grid Corporation of India has commissioned a 40-kilometre transmission line successfully in Aryan Valley (Kargil district) of Ladakh
According to Titagarh Wagons Ltd, its plant in Italy has rolled out first train for Pune Metro coach, which will be Lightest train in India
112th Annual Day celebrations of National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was recently celebrated
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - July 2021
What is in news : India participated in the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) meeting, jointly organised by Iceland and Japan and virtually hosted by Japan, for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic Details : India provided details about NISAR at the meet NISAR FULL FORM NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar BY NASA & ISRO […]
India participated in the 3rd Arctic Science Ministerial (ASM3) meeting, jointly organised by Iceland and Japan and virtually hosted by Japan, for discussing research and cooperation in the Arctic
Country’s first cost effective indigenously made wireless physiological parameters monitoring system for the patients who are suffering from COVID-19
Government informed Parliament Space Activities Bill is under active consideration of the Government which will include aspects pertaining to regulation and promotion of private players in space sector.
World’s first affordable as well as effective new drug for hepatitis C has been registered by Malaysia.
Researchers from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Kolkata, teaming up with IIT Kharagpur, have developed piezoelectric molecular crystals that repair themselves from mechanical damages without need for any external intervention.
Nauka meaning “science” in Russian is biggest space lab launched by Russia
“AMLEX” an oxygen rationing device, the first of its kind in India, have been developed by researchers from Indian Institute of Technology, Ropar. This device can reduce oxygen wastage by regulating the oxygen flow from the cylinder by a patient.
The latest serological survey conducted nationwide by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has found that up to two-thirds of the country’s population who are above the age of six have already been infected with the Coronavirus.
A global collaborative investigative project has discovered Israeli spyware Pegasus was used to target thousands of people across the world.
The Jal Jeevan Mission (JJM) has provided tap water supply to more than 97 lakh households in five JE-AES (Japanese Encephalitis-Acute Encephalitis Syndrome) affected states.
Global and regional estimates of Covid-19’s impact on routine childhood immunisation indicates unparalleled disruptions in delivery of vaccines against measles (MCV1) and diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) (DTP3) — with 2020’s coverage likely falling in some regions to levels not seen in over a decade
Recently, National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) Renewable Energy Ltd (REL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Union Territory of Ladakh to set up the country’s first Green Hydrogen Mobility project.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully conducted the third long-duration hot test of the liquid propellant Vikas engine for the Gaganyaan programme.
The English city of Liverpool has been removed from UNESCO’s list of world heritage sites.
6 years of Digital India campaign was celebrated recently. Digital India was an initiative taken by the Government of India for providing high-speed internet networks to rural areas.
Russia started construction of fifth nuclear power unit at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu.
As per the officials of FATF, the review of India’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorist financing regime has been postponed for the second time on account of the pandemic and is expected to take place by next year.
NASA, has received its first sample of asteroid Ryugu that returned to Earth in December 2020 by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
A nano biomaterial with a stable link between two molecules or a hormone nanoconjugate called hydroxyapatite-Parathyroid synthesized by Inspire Faculty fellow Dr. Geetanjali Tomar from Savitribai Phule Pune University may soon help tissue regeneration.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - June 2021
The Atmanirbhar Krishi app was created to equip farmers with actionable agricultural insights and early weather alerts. Data related to soil type, soil health, moisture, weather, and water table were aggregated and analysed to generate personalized insights related to crop selection, fertilizers requirements, and water needs for each farmer at the farm-holding level.
A new-generation nuclear-capable ballistic missile, Agni-P (Prime) was successfully test-fired by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently.
Goa has become the first Rabies-free state of India. According to Chief Minister , state has not reported a single rabies case in last three years.
Twitter Inc announced that it is going to shut down its Fleets feature.
Recently, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) announced that it will install seven new doppler radars in Maharashtra, including Mumbai in 2021.
An experimental monoclonal antibody cocktail, REGEN-COV2, has been found to be a life-saving treatment for some of the most severely affected Covid-19 patients, results of a clinical trial in the UK have shown.
Narippaiyur, a village in Ramanathapuram District, a drought prone area situated in the South-East corner of Tamil Nadu will benefit from 20,000 litres per day of fresh water produced from sea water – thanks to the solar thermal Forward Osmosis (FO) sea water desalination system installed in the place.
Indian Certification of Medical Devices Plus (ICMED) Scheme.
The involvement of women as science leaders seem to be increasing as the percentage of them leading research projects has increased, said a report released by the Department of Science and Technology.
Cryogenic electron microscopy is an electron microscopy technique applied on samples cooled to cryogenic temperatures and embedded in an environment of vitreous water. An aqueous sample solution is applied to a grid-mesh and plunge-frozen in liquid ethane or a mixture of liquid ethane and propane.
The Union Cabinet has approved the long-pending deep ocean mission, which among other things involves developing a submersible vehicle that will allow a crew to plunge 6,000 metres into the ocean and hunt the floor for precious metals.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has developed three types of cost-effective ventilators and an oxygen concentrator.
A 41-year-old man in China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has been confirmed as the first human case of infection with a rare strain of bird flu known as H10N3
An advanced nuclear fusion experimental research device by The Institute of Plasma Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ASIPP) in Hefei, China.
NammaKPSC Current Affairs - May 2021
The guidelines, announced in February, had asked all social media platforms to set up a grievances redressal and compliance mechanism, which included appointing a resident grievance officer, chief compliance officer and a nodal contact person.