Software Technology Parks of India

The Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) is investing up to ₹400 crore in setting up office and connectivity infrastructure across several cities, offering small technology firms a ‘plug-and-play’ facility. About Software Technology Parks of India  An STPI is a society established in 1991 by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The objective of an STPI is

Body Mass Index

India ranks third and fifth from the bottom respectively among countries where 19-year-old girls and boys have a low body mass index, according to a study in The Lancet.  What is ‘Body Mass Index’? Body mass index (BMI) is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters. BMI is an inexpensive

Ghogha-Hazira Ferry Service

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will virtually inaugurate the Ghogha-Hazira Ro-Pax ferry service in Gujarat. This will be the second such ferry service to be launched by the PM after the Ghogha-Dahej route three years ago, which is now dysfunctional. What is different about the Ghogha-Hazira RoPax ferry service? Both the services were launched to bridge the Gulf of Khambhat by

Fast Radio Burst

Recently, NASA has reported that it observed a mix of X-ray and radio signals never observed before in the Milky Way. Significantly, the flare-up it observed included the first fast radio burst (FRB) seen within the galaxy. So what is an FRB? The first FRB was discovered in 2007. Essentially, FRBs are bright bursts of radio waves (radio waves

Chabahar Rail Project

India is not a part of the Chabahar-Zahedan railway at present, but as Iran begins the second phase of the 628 km project, Tehran hopes New Delhi will help it procure equipment to run the rail line from the Chabahar port to the Afghan border. Iran’s Port and Maritime Organisation (PMO) recently conveyed to India a request for

Chief Information Commissioner

Information Commissioner Yashvardhan Kumar Sinha has been administered the oath as the Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) recently by the President of India. About Central Information Commission   Under the provision of Section-12 of RTI Act 2005 the Central Government shall, by notification in the Official Gazette, constitute a body to be known as the Central Information Commission. Composition: The

Law against Religious Conversion

Haryana Home Minister Anil Vij said that his government is considering a law against forced religious conversions and has sought information about such a law already in force in Himachal Pradesh. Last year, the Himachal Pradesh Assembly passed the ‘Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019. What is the Himachal Pradesh anti-conversion law? The state had already

Arunachaleswarar Temple

The Arunachaleswarar Temple at Tiruvannamalai is gearing up for a simple ‘Karthigai Deepam’ festival. This year, the ‘mahadveepam’ falls on November 29. Around 15 lakh devotees turn up for the event. About Arunachalsewarar Temple  Situated at the foot of Tiruvannamalai Hills (Tamil Nadu) and spread over 25 acre, Arunachaleswarar Temple is an imposing structure with

EOS-01

India sent its first space mission in almost a year with a launch of EOS-01, an Earth Observation Satellite. EOS-01, along with nine satellites from foreign countries, was launched by a PSLV rocket twelve minutes past three. About EOS-01  EOS-01 is nothing but another Radar Imaging Satellite (RISAT) that will work together with RISAT-2B and RISAT-2BR1 launched

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