Nag missile test-fired
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully test-fired the third generation Nag Anti-Tank Guided Missile (ATGM).
- It is a 'Fire and Forget' type of missile which incorporates imaging infrared radar seeker with integrated avionics.
What ails the Navigation Indian Constellation
- Navigation Indian Constellation (NavIC) is an independent Indian satellite-based positioning system for critical national applications
- NavIC consists of a constellation of seven satellites
- Problem: The clocks on the first satellite, IRNSS-1A had failed in June 2016, affecting the accuracy of the “GPS”. ISRO is trying to rectify this problem.
Vocab from the ArticlePrecise: marked by exactness and accuracy of expression or detail
As used in the Article: Rubidium clocks were the previous standard in accurate clocks and most organisations, that need precise time estimates, need cesium clocks
CSIR inks deal with Ethiopian institute
- The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a $7 million (Rs. 45 crore approx.) agreement with the Metal Industries Development Institute (MIDI), Ethiopia
- It is probably the largest, international deal that CSIR has ever signed
Drug that cuts risk of kidney, heart disease
- According to a study, an anti-diabetic drug that lowers blood sugar levels for Type 2 diabetes sufferers also significantly cuts the risk of cardiovascular and kidney disease
- Name of the Drug: Canagliflozin
- U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory (LIGO)’s detectors have picked up signals of merger of two black holes that are three billion light years away
- India's LIGO will start working by 2024(planned)
Vocab from the ArticleElusive: difficult to find, catch, or achieve; difficult to remember
As used in the Article: With this discovery emerges not only a pattern among black holes but also possibilities of gravitational wave astronomy, detection of new heavenly bodies and gaining a better understanding of that most elusive of theories — Einstein’s general theory of relativity, and the fundamental force of gravitation.
New labour survey to generate quarterly and annual data
- The Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation has started a Periodic Labour Force Survey, which will provide quarterly labour and employment data for urban India and annual data for rural India.
- Introduced in 2017, this survey will replace the earlier system where such data was available only every five years.
India ratifies ILO pacts on child labour
- India has ratified two core conventions of International Labour Organisation on child labour:
(2) to ensure minimum basic education to children
Vocab from the ArticleRatify: sign or give formal consent to (a treaty, contract, or agreement), making it officially valid
As used in the Article: India has ratified two core conventions of International Labour Organisation on child labour
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