UDAN 3.0

Result for the third round of bidding under UDAN was recently declared. About • The Civil Aviation Ministry recently announced the results for the third round of bidding under its flagship regional air connectivity scheme Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik (UDAN). • Under the latest round of the scheme, 73 proposals were awarded to 11…

VAYU SHAKTI 2019

Indian Air Force demonstrates capability for short notice missions with pinpoint accuracy. About • Exercise Vayu Shakti -2019 was held recently in Rajasthan. • It demonstrated the IAF’s ability to strike targets on the ground. • The IAF also displayed the firepower capability of indigenously developed platforms like Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas, Advanced Light…

NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL HIGHER EDUCATION PROJECT (NAHEP)

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) recently launched NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL HIGHER EDUCATION PROJECT (NAHEP). About • ICAR launched the National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) to attract talent and strengthen higher agricultural education in the country. • Objective To support participating in agricultural universities(AU) and ICAR in providing more relevant and higher quality education to…

MACEDONIA CHANGES ITS NAME, BEGINS NATO ENTRY

Macedonia changes its name to “Republic of North Macedonia” and begins the process of accession into the NATO. About • Macedonia becomes “Republic of North Macedonia” in accordance with the agreement it made with Greece in 2018. • Following this, Greece which was until recently vetoing the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) membership application of Macedonia…

SOLID FUEL DUCTED RAMJET (SFDR)

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) successfully flight tested the second indigenously developed Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR) propulsion based missile system from ITR, Chandipur, Odisha. About • Technology Demonstration: The performance of the second trial established a series of technologies including the ground booster, separation of ground booster and nozzle-less booster. • The first test…

INDIA-MOROCCO MoU ON COUNTER-TERRORISM

MoU between India and Morocco on Counter-Terrorism was approved by the Union Cabinet recently. About • The Union Cabinet recently approved a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and Morocco for setting up of a Joint Working Group (JWG) on Counter-Terrorism. • The MoU would be the basis for obtaining and exchanging information on terrorist…

MICROPLASTIC

Microplastic is emerging as a new threat to living being which is found in almost all forms of water sources. About • US scientists have found microplastics contaminating a groundwater source that accounts for 25% of the global drinking water supply. • Facts: It is estimated that 6.3 billion metric tonnes of plastic waste has…

PROJECT 75I-CLASS SUBMARINE

Recently, the Defence Acquisition Council has approved the indigenous construction of six submarines for the Indian Navy. About • The submarines are being constructed under the Ministry of Defence’s ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model that aims at providing a significant fillip to the Government’s ‘Make in India’ programme. • SP model envisages indigenous manufacturing of…