Month: August 2023

Regional Rural Banks (RRBs)

India’s Finance Minister has emphasized the need for digital enhancement in Regional Rural Banks (RRBs) to enhance Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana’s reach. RRBs are government-owned banks operating at regional levels, catering to rural areas with essential financial services. Originating from… Read More

Pirola or BA.2.86 variant

The US, UK, and China grapple with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, highlighting worries about the Pirola or BA.2.86 variant. CDC flags this variant as higher-risk due to its widespread infections. Despite being milder than the initial strain, it’s distinct… Read More


Recent unrest in Gabon saw mutinous soldiers asserting control shortly after announcing the house arrest of the newly re-elected president. Situated in West-Central Africa, Gabon shares borders with Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and the Republic of the Congo. Once a French… Read More

Red Sand Boa

A report from WCS-India highlights 172 incidents of red sand boa seizures between 2016-2021. It is also known as the Indian Sand Boa, non-venomous and nocturnal, is essential for ecosystem balance as it preys on rodents, lizards, and other snakes…. Read More

CE-20 Cryogenic Rocket Engine

India’s Liquid Propulsion Research Centre (IPRC) has achieved a successful test of the CE-20 cryogenic rocket engine, a key component for ISRO’s ‘Mission Gaganyaan. It is designed by the Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), this engine will power the Cryogenic… Read More

Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has convened in Bonn, Germany, for its 10th plenary session. IPBES, established in 2012, offers objective scientific insights on global biodiversity and ecosystems to policymakers. It is akin to the… Read More

Grade Green Activated Carbon

Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) to develop technology for producing marketable Grade Green Activated Carbon from bamboo dust, a byproduct of NRL’s 2nd Generation Bio-Refinery project. A 5 MT/batch plant will… Read More

Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS)

The Chandrayaan-3 Rover has utilized the Laser-Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) instrument to detect Sulphur (S) on the lunar surface, marking the first-ever in-situ elemental composition measurements near the lunar South Pole. LIBS functions by subjecting materials to intense laser pulses,… Read More


CSIR-CMERI introduces the CSIR PRIMA ET11, a compact 100% Pure Electric Tractor, aimed at addressing the sustainability needs of small and marginal farmers in India. With a Lithium-ion battery, indigenous design, and user-friendly features, the tractor aims to reduce greenhouse… Read More


Recent images posted on X (formerly Twitter) unveil the Indian Army’s possession of Polish Warmate micro loitering drones. Manufactured by WB Electronics, these combat mini UAVs offer precise strike capabilities with a diverse range of roles based on their installed… Read More