BeiDou Navigation System

BeiDou Navigation System

China moved a step closer to its dream of building a satellite navigation system that could challenge America’s Global Positioning System (GPS) with the launch of two new BeiDou-3 satellites in November. About: • The BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is a Chinese satellite navigation system. • The current launch means that a total of 19…

Quantum Computing

Quantum Computing

India and Russia has decided to increase cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain System, and Quantum Computing. About: • In the first India-Russia Strategic Economic Dialogue at St Petersburg, both countries decided to increase cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence, blockchain system, quantum computing, financial Technology and explore the possibility of…

Solar Cycle

Solar Cycle

IISER Kolkata develops simulation to predict solar activity over 10 years. About: • A team of researchers from IISER Kolkata have developed a way of predicting the intensity of activity in the next solar cycle (approximately from 2020 to 2031) using data spread over the last 100 years. What is Solar Cycle? • The solar…

Port Community System “PCS 1x”

Port Community System “PCS 1x”

Indian Ports Association (IPA) launches ‘PCS 1x’ to increase the Ease of Doing Business under the guidance of Ministry of Shipping. About: • PCS 1x: It is a cloud based new generation technology, with user-friendly interface. This system seamlessly integrates various stakeholders from the maritime trade on a single platform. • Functions: The platform offers…

Civil Aviation sector

Civil Aviation sector

Indian Civil Aviation sector is awaiting a lot of reforms amidst challenges emerging like government’s decision for non-operationalization of Draft Passenger Charter and high demand for reforms in Aircraft Act. About: • Draft Passenger Charter: Recently, government has decided not to continue with the Draft Passenger Charter which was unveiled in May, 2018. The charter…

National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC)

National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC)

National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC) will be created to provide an impetus and boost to Indian Medical Devices manufacturing industry and support the ‘Make in India’ impetus for Medical Devices in India. About: • National Medical Devices Promotion Council (NMDPC) will be setup under the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) in the…

National Drones Policy

National Drones Policy

Civil Aviation ministry announced that it had started the process of registration for drone operations in the country, to be done through portal called ‘Digital sky’. About: • Flying drones or remotely-piloted aircraft have become legal in India with the National Drones Policy drafted by the Ministry of Civil Aviation. • Drone regulation 1.0: The…

Gaganyaan

Gaganyaan

During the 72nd Independence Day speech, Hon’ble PM of India announced that India’s first manned space mission will be launched by 2022. About: • The manned Mission is proposed to be called ‘Gaganyaan’ and is expected to cost less than Rs 10,000 Crore. • The spacecraft will be placed in Low Earth Orbit of 300-400…

National Digital Communications Policy-2018

National Digital Communications Policy-2018

New Digital Communications Policy aims to provide broadband access to all citizens by 2022 About: • The Union Cabinet recently approved the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 (NDCP-2018) to replace the existing National Telecom Policy-2012, and re-designation of the Telecom Commission as the “Digital Communications Commission (DCC)”. • It has three major missions named Connect…