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By admin: Jan. 15, 2023

1. PM Modi flags off Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat Express train

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Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat Express trainPrime Minister Narendra Modi, on the occasion of Pongal on 15 January, virtually flagged off the Vande Bharata Express train connecting Secunderabad with Vishakhapatnam.

An overview of the news

  • This is the 8th Vande Bharata Express which will cover a distance of about eight hours between Secunderabad in Telangana and Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.

  • The intermediate stops envisaged for the train include Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada and Rajahmundry.

  • This will lead to ease of living, boost tourism and benefit the economy.

  • In the last few years, seven Vande Bharat trains have covered a distance of 23 lakh kms, carrying 40 lakh passengers to their destinations.

  • The state-of-the-art Vande Bharat Express can accelerate to 100 kmph in just 52 seconds.

Name of all 8 Vande Bharat Express train

  1. Varanasi-New Delhi, 

  2. Katra-New Delhi, 

  3. Mumbai Central-Gandhinagar, 

  4. Amb Andaura - New Delhi

  5. Chennai - Mysuru

  6. Nagpur - Bilaspur (Chhattisgarh)

  7. Howraha-New Jalpaiguri

  8. Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam 

About Vande Bharat Express Train

  • The first Vande Bharat Express was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 15 February 2019.

  • These trains have a self-propelled engine which can save diesel and reduce electricity usage by up to 30%.

  • The first Vande Bharat Express was manufactured by Integral Coach Factory (ICF), Chennai.

  • It was manufactured under the ‘Make in India’ programme, at a cost of about Rs 100 crore.

  • These trains can achieve a maximum speed of 160 kmph. 

  • In the Union Budget for 2022-2023 the government has proposed the development and manufacture of 400 new Vande Bharat trains in the next three years.

By admin: Jan. 11, 2023

2. DRDO develops unmanned vehicle for operations in Himalayan regions

Tags: Science and Technology

Research and Development Organization (DRDO) has developed an unmanned aerial vehicle with the aim of targeting logistics operations on the Himalayan border.

An overview of the news

  • This aircraft has been displayed by DRDO at the 108th Indian Science Congress held in Nagpur, Maharashtra.

  • This UAV can fly with a load of 5 to 25 kg. and is also capable of dropping bombs in enemy territory.

  • The aircraft can conduct autonomous missions within a radius of five kilometres and automatically return to the origin after delivering the cargo to the designated location.

  • This UAV is equipped with landing accuracy as well as ground vehicle follow mode and modular design, due to which this UAV can prove to be very useful during the war.

  • This multi-copter payload has been successfully tested by DRDO at an altitude of 14 thousand feet in Sikkim. After two more trials, this UAV will be inducted into the Armed Forces.

Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO)

  • It is a premier defence research and development agency under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

  • It aims to make India self-reliant in critical defence technology and systems.

  • It was established in 1958.

  • Headquarters - New Delhi

  • Chairman - Sameer V Kamath


By admin: Jan. 2, 2023

3. DRDO celebrated its 65th foundation day

Tags: Important Days

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) celebrated its 65th foundation day on 1st January 2023.

Important facts

  • DRDO Chairman Dr S V Kamat addressed the DRDO fraternity on the occasion.

  • He reaffirmed DRDO's commitment towards R&D excellence and briefed about the development of cutting edge technologies for self-reliance in defence.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)

  • It is a premier defence research and development agency under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

  • It is working on several cutting-edge military technology areas, including aeronautics, armaments, combat vehicles, electronics, instrumentation, engineering systems, missiles, materials, naval systems, advanced computing, simulation, cyber, hypersonic technology, quantum computing and communications

  • DRDO's first project for the Indian military was in surface-to-air missiles (SAM) known as Project Indigo.

  • Since inception, DRDO has made several breakthroughs in developing key systems and critical technologies such as aircraft avionics, UAVs, small arms, artillery systems, EW systems, tanks and armoured vehicles, sonar systems, command and control systems and missile systems

  • It aims to make India self-reliant in critical defence technology and systems.

  • It was set up in 1958.

  • Headquarters - New Delhi

  • Chairman - Samir V Kamat

By admin: Dec. 29, 2022

4. Air version of BrahMos Missile with 400 km Range test fired form IAF Sukhoi plane

Tags: Defence

Air version of BrahMos Missile with 400 km Range test fired form IAF Sukhoi plane

The Indian Air Force successfully tested the extended range version of the Brahmos Air Launched missile against a ship target in Bay of Bengal from Su-30 MKI fighter jet on 29 December 2022.

According to the media report the extended range of the Brahmos missile is believed to have the ability to take out targets in sea 400 km away. 

According to the Defence ministry the supersonic cruise missile successfully achieved all its mission objectives. 

The successful test firing was a joint effort by the Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), and the BrahMos Aerospace (BAPL).

In May this year, the extended-range version of the supersonic missile was successfully tested from the Sukhoi fighter. The extended range was reported to have increased to 350 km from 290 km. 

Brahmos missile 

Brahmos supersonic missile has been developed by the Brahmos Aerospace ltd.  The company is a joint venture of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) of India and Russia’s NPOM.

The missile takes its name from the river Brahmaputra and Moskva Rivers. Russian capital Moscow is situated along the Moskva River. 

The missile can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft, or land platforms.

The BrahMos supersonic cruise missile has a two-stage propellant booster engine. The first stage is a solid booster engine and the second stage is the liquid ramjet engine. The missile has a low radar signature. 

The missile has a speed of 2.8 Mach or 2.8 times the speed of the sound. 

The missile has a range of 290-400 km. 

The Philippines is the first country in the world to buy the Brahmos missile from India.   

 Managing Director and CEO of Brahmos Aerospace: Atul Dinkar Rane 


By admin: Dec. 27, 2022

5. Power ministry, DRDO ink pact to install early warning systems for power stations

Tags: National News

 vulnerable hydroelectric projects/power stations.

On 27 December the Ministry of Power has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) for the implementation of an early warning system for vulnerable hydroelectric projects/power stations.

Important facts

  • Power Secretary Alok Kumar and DRDO Chairman Dr Samir V Kamat signed the MoU in New Delhi.

  • It aims to jointly work towards developing appropriate mitigation measures against avalanches, landslides, glaciers, glacial lakes and other land hazards.

  • DRDO's expertise will also be utilized in developing a comprehensive early warning system for vulnerable hydroelectric projects/power stations in hilly areas.

  • With the comprehensive understanding developed through this MoU, separate and specific assignments will be drawn up between DRDO and the respective project developers.

  • Under the leadership of Union Power Minister RK Singh, the Ministry of Power has taken the initiative to implement Early Warning System (EWS) in hydro power projects especially located in the upper reaches of hilly areas.

Early Warning System (EWS)

  • It is an adaptive measure to climate change, which uses integrated communication systems to help communities prepare for dangerous climate-related events.

  • A successful EWS saves lives and jobs, land and infrastructure and provides long-term sustainability.

  • This will aid in planning in the public sector, saving money in the long run and protecting economies.


By admin: Dec. 26, 2022

6. Govt clears 120 Pralay ballistic missiles for armed forces, to be deployed along China, Pakistan border

Tags: Defence

Govt clears 120 Pralay ballistic missiles for armed forces, to be deployed along China, Pakistan border

The Union Defence ministry has approved a proposal on 25 December 2022 to buy around 120 Pralay ballistic missiles to be deployed along the China Pakistan borders. The missile will be inducted first in the Indian Air Force and then in the Indian Army.

Pralay ballistic missiles is a canisterised tactical, surface-to-surface short-range ballistic missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) for battlefield use.  

Pralay missile will replace the liquid fuelled Prithvi-1 missile which is in use by the Indian Army. Prithvi-1 has a range of 150 Km with a payload of 1 tonnes of warhead. Liquid fueled rockets are more accurate but are expensive and prone to weather conditions affecting its performances. 

The Pralay ballistic missile is an improvement over the Prithvi -1 missile. The missiles have a range of 150 to 500 kms. It is a solid fuelled rocket that follows a quasi- ballistic trajectory and can perform mid-air maneuver to defeat anti-ballistic interceptors.

Pralay is a tactical missile which can hit military targets in China and Pakistan and has a better capability in the high altitude areas. 

DRDO chairman: Samir Kamat 


By admin: Dec. 20, 2022

7. Rajasthan Government to provide LPG cylinder at Rs 500 per cylinder; Ashok Gehlot

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Rajasthan Government to provide LPG cylinder at Rs 500 per cylinder

The Rajasthan Government will provide 12 LPG cylinders per year to the poor families at Rs 500 per cylinder from 1 April 2023. This was announced by the Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot at the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Alwar on 19 December 2022.  

He said the decision was taken to provide relief to the people suffering from unprecedented inflation and unemployment.

Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana (PMUY)

‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana’ (PMUY) was launched by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 1 May 2016 in Ballia, Uttar Pradesh.

Under the scheme a poor household headed by a woman is provided with a free LPG gas stove and free first LPG Cylinder.  

However under the scheme the beneficiaries have to buy the subsidized LPG cylinder.

The target of the PMUY was to release 8 crore LPG connections by March 2020 which was achieved on 7 September 2019. 

PMUY 2.0

It was launched virtually by PM Modi on 10 August 2021 at Mahoba, Madhya Pradesh

It aims to provide additional 1.6 crore LPG connections with special focus on migrant households. 

Connection is provided to an adult woman belonging to a poor household. 

The beneficiaries should belong to any of the following categories:

  • Eligible as per Socio Economic Caste Census  2011 list,
  • Belongs to SC/ST households, be a beneficiary of Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), Antyodaya Anna Yojana (AAY), Forest dwellers, Most Backward Classes (MBC), Tea and Ex-Tea Garden Tribes, People residing in river Islands.


By admin: Dec. 20, 2022

8. Fifth Scorpene Submarine ‘Vagir’ delivered to Indian Navy

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Fifth Scorpene Submarine ‘Vagir’ delivered to Indian Navy

The fifth submarine of the Project -75, Kalvari Class submarines, Yard 11879 (Vagir) was delivered to the Indian Navy on 20 December. 

Important facts

  • Project -75 includes indigenous construction of six submarines of Scorpene design.

  • These submarines are being constructed at Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited (MDL) Mumbai, under collaboration with M/s Naval Group, France.

  • Launched on 12 Nov 20, Vagir commenced sea trials from 1 Feb 2022 and has completed all major trials, including weapon and sensor trials, in less time than earlier submarines.

  • The construction of these submarines in an Indian yard is another step towards 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' and instills confidence in the region.

  • What is also a remarkable achievement is that this is the third submarine delivered to the Indian Navy in a span of 24 months.

Project- 75

  • Project- 75 intends to build six diesel-electric attack submarines of the Kalvari class that are based on the Scorpene-class, which are being built at MDL (Mazagon Dock Limited).

  • Project 75 (I), approved in 2007, is part of the Indian Navy’s 30 year Plan for indigenous submarine construction.


By admin: Dec. 19, 2022

9. Gujarat CM unveils Urban G20 logo, website and social media handle

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Gujarat CM unveils Urban G20 logo, website and social media handle

Chief Minister of Gujarat Bhupendra Patel unveiled the logo, website and social media handles of the Urban-20 conference in Gandhinagar on 19 December 2022. The ceremony was attended virtually by the Union Minister for Urban Development and Urban Housing Hardeep Singh Puri.

Urban 20 

The UNESCO heritage city Ahmedabad will host the Urban 20 meetings as part of G 20 meetings between Februarys to July 2023.

 In July 2023, the U20 mayor’s summit will be held in Ahmedabad to discuss urban development issues.

The Urban 20 will provide a platform for the G20 cities to facilitate discussions on important issues of urban development including climate change, social inclusion, sustainable mobility, affordable housing, and financing of urban infrastructure to propose collective solutions.

Indian Presidency of G 20

India officially assumed the Presidency of G20 on 1 December 2022 from Indonesia. The summit meeting of the Head of the States and the leaders of the G20 is scheduled to be held in September 2023 in New Delhi.

To prepare for the summit meeting a series of meetings is to be held by India.

The first meeting was the G-20 Sherpa meeting held in Udaipur in the first week of December 2022.

G-20 

The G-20 was founded back in 1999 after the Asian financial crisis.

The Group of Twenty (G-20) comprises 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkiye, the United Kingdom, and the United States) and the European Union. 

The G-20 members represent around 85 per cent of the global GDP, over 75 per cent of the global trade, and about two-thirds of the world population.


By admin: Nov. 2, 2022

10. First successful flight test of phase -II ballistic missile defence interceptor

Tags: Defence Science and Technology National News

Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD)Interceptor

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) conducted the first successful flight test of Phase-II Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) Interceptor AD-1 missile with Large Kill Altitude Bracket from APJ Abdul Kalam Island off the coast of Odisha on November 2, 2022.

Interceptor AD-1 Missile

  • It is a long-range interceptor missile designed for both low exo-atmospheric and endo-atmospheric interception of long-range ballistic missiles as well as aircraft.

  • It is driven by a two-phase solid motor.

  • It is equipped with indigenously developed advanced control system, navigation and guidance algorithms to accurately guide the missile to the target.

  • It has the ability to hit many different types of targets.

  • During this flight-test, all sub-systems performed as expected.

Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) 

  • It is a premier defence research and development agency under the Ministry of Defence, Government of India.

  • It aims to make India self-reliant in critical defence technology and systems.

  • It was set up in 1958.

  • Headquarters - New Delhi 

  • Chairman - Samir V Kamat