PM-STIAC: Prime Minister Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council

PM-STIAC: Prime Minister Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council Missions

In August 2018, Union Government constituted a new 21-member advisory panel on science, technology and innovation called Prime Minister’s Science, Technology and Innovation Advisory Council (PM-STIAC). It replaced earlier Scientific Advisory Committee to Prime Minister and to Cabinet. Composition and Functions: Principal Scientific Advisor, government of India – (currently Prof. K. Vijay Raghvan) heads the panel. It has nine members, including Chairperson. Apart from nine members, it also has twelve Continue Reading

Science & Tech: Aug-Nov 2018 Summary

ISRO launches communication satellite GSAT-29 Communication satellite GSAT-29 was launched successfully by the second developmental flight of Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III (GSLV MKIII-D2) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota. Gaganyaan Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Russia’s federal space agency Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities (ROSCOSMOS) have agreed to worked together for first manned space mission Gaganyaan. In this regard, both space agencies have Continue Reading

S&T Summary: June-July 2018

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Oxytoxin: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has banned manufacture and sale of Oxytocin drug formulations for domestic use in private sector to prevent its misuse from 1st July 2018. Its import also has been banned. Henceforth, Karnataka Antibiotics & Pharmaceuticals Ltd will only manufacture the drug and supply it directly to registered private and public hospitals.   Saposhi: Cybersecurity agencies have detected a new malware called Saposhi Continue Reading

Science & Technology Current Affairs Summary: Dec 2017 – May 2018

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Scientists have discovered world’s second oldest grain of magmatic zircon (a mineral that contains traces of radioactive isotopes) from Champua from Singhbhum rock sample in Odisha’s Kendujhar district. It is an estimated 4,240 million years old, making it world’s second oldest rock ever to be discovered. It is oldest magmatic zircon on earth.   The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)-Delhi has installed Massive Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO) lab on campus for Continue Reading

Nipah Virus: About, Symptoms, Prevention

Nipah Virus - Causes, Symptoms, Prevention, Spread, India

Recently, there has been NEWS about Nipah Virus outbreak in Kerala. There has been as many as 12 deaths and more than 90 people have reportedly been quarantined after showing Nipah symptoms. Precautionary advisory has been issued in other states like Maharashtra. What is Nipah Virus Nipah Virus is an emerging infectious disease that broke out in Malaysia and Singapore in 1998 and 1999. The infection gets its name from the Continue Reading