Science, Health and Technology News Updates

Ayurveda Day in India

In an effort to promote ayurvedic medicine and the ayurveda way of life, Ayurveda Day was observed in India on November 5, 2018. This was the 3rd annual day in the series, with this year’s theme being “Ayurveda for Public Health”.

Mobile App Launched by Ministry of Railways

The Unreserved Mobile Ticketing (UTS on mobile) facility  was launched by the Indian Ministry of Railways on November 1, 2018.

India’s First Microprocessor

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras has designed and developed the country’s first indigenous microprocessor. The Semi Conductor Laboratory of ISRO at Chandigarh has provided the microchip for this microprocessor called ‘Shakti’.

Supreme Court Orders for Plying of Old Vehicles

The apex court passed orders prohibiting the plying of 15 year old petrol and 10 year old diesel vehicles in Delhi NCR on October 29, 2018.

National Mission for Clean Ganga Projects

The Executive Committee of the mission has approved Rs. 929 crore projects under the Namami Gange programme on October 29, 2018. These included sanction of 2 sewage treatment plants at Delhi, 2 at West Bengal and several other projects at Uttar Pradesh.

Pakistan Launches First Manned Space Mission

Pakistan has revealed that it plans to launch the mission in 2022, same as India. The decision was arrived at the federal cabinet meeting headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan, on October 25, 2018. The announcement came through the Information Minister of the country, Fawad Chaudhary. China will be assisting Pakistan in its mission to send an astronaut into space for the first time in 2022.

Supreme Court Rules Over Sale of Firecrackers

The Supreme Court will stated that it will not be imposing a blanket ban on the sale and manufacture of firecrackers on October 23, 2018. However, only green and low emission crackers will be allowed to be manufactured and sold. The decision was made by a bench comprising of Justices A.K. Sikri and Ashok Bhushan.

China to Have its Own Moon by 2020

China will be launching its own moon by 2020 to do away with street lamps in urban areas. The moon or illumination satellites are being developed by the Tian Fu New Area Science Society along with other universities and institutes. This artificial moon will be launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Centre in Sichuan.

US Ends Age Old Treaty with Russia

The US President Donald Trump has made the decision for  America to withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed with Russia 30 years ago during the cold war. The news was confirmed on October 20, 2018.

Spacecraft to Mercury Starts a Seven Year Journey

European and Japanese space agencies collaboratively launched the Bepi Columbo Spacecraft from French Guiana on October 20, 2018. The spacecraft sent into orbit two probes that will reach Mercury in 2025. The UK built spacecraft was launched to explore the existence of water on the planet closest to the sun.