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Indias case on its solar policy (analysis from The Hindu editorial)

India will contest the ruling of World Trade Organisation (WTO) against India’s policy of local sourcing of components as part of the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission. The verdict is seen as a setback for India’s Solar Mission aimed at ensuring energy security and its commitment to limit global warming. India had recently five times increased … Continued

India may become home to the largest telescope project in the world (adapted from The Economic Times)

Hanle village in Ladakh (near Pangong Tso lake, close to Line of Actual Control)  has been short-listed as a prospective site by the $1.47 billion Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) International Observatory board.  The project faced legal hurdles in Mauna Kea, Hawaii , which was the first choice for the project.  The Hawaii Supreme Court had in December 2015 … Continued

New medicine for drug-resistant TB launched (adapted from TheHindu)

A new drug for drug-resistant TB named Bedaquiline has been launched by the Health Minister, J.P. Nadda as a part of national program. The drug is a diarylquinoline that targets specifically Mycobacterial ATP synthase, an enzyme essential for supply of energy to Mycobacterium tuberculosis and most other mycobacteria which cause tuberculosis. It is introduced in … Continued

E-mail inventor Tomlinson dead

Ray Tomlinson the US programmer died at the age of 71. He is credited with 2 contributions namely:First, invention of e-mail in 1971 and Secondly, choosing ‘@’ symbol to distinguish user from host website. All the best! PrepMate

India successfully test-fired nuclear-capable Dhanush missile

India successfully test fired nuclear weapons-capable Dhanush missile.   Facts about Dhanush Missile Indigenously developed by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). The surface-to-surface missile is a naval variant of Prithvi missile. It has range of 350 km.   It should be noted that Dhanush is one of the 5 missiles developed by the DRDO … Continued

Tianhe-2 (or Milky Way 2) World’s powerful Supercomputer for the sixth consecutive time

China’s Tianhe-2 supercomputer has emerged as the world’s most powerful supercomputer system for the sixth consecutive time. Key facts from the list The Chinese Supercomputer is capable of performing calculations with processing speed of 33.86 petaflops per second (Pflop/s). It has held the title since June 2013. Supercomputer Titan of the US Department of Energy … Continued

DRDO sets up world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre in Ladakh

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has established the world’s Highest Terrestrial Research Centre near Pengong Lake at Changla in Ladakh. The centre dubbed as Extreme Altitude Research Centre is located at 17,600 feet above mean sea level.   Key features The centre will serve as a natural cold storage for preserving endangered and rare … Continued

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