SAFAR unveiled at Chandni Chowk

SAFAR unveiled at Chandni Chowk
Minister for Science and Technology, Harsh Vardhan has unveiled the 1st of a kind Air Quality and Weather Forecast System, SAFAR at Chandni Chowk in Delhi. The system will measure regular air quality parameters such as PM2.5 & PM10, levels of sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide & benzene. The station will provide online information about ultrafine particles PM1 & mercury.

PhonePe acquires Zopper Retail

PhonePe acquires Zopper Retail
PhonePe has acquired Zopper Retail as part of its strategy to aggressively ramp up its offline business. Zopper Retail is a hyper-local Point of Sale (PoS) platform for small and medium businesses. PhonePe is a Fin-Tech company that provides online payment system based on Unified Payments Interface. Flipkart is the parent company of PhonePe.

Google & UNEP to track environmental changes

Google & UNEP to track environmental changes
The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on ecosystems by using online tools. UN Environment Programme (UNEP) aims to develop a platform to enable govt, NGO’s & the public to track environment-related development targets. Google will produce geospatial maps & data on water-related ecosystems by employing massive cloud computing technology.

IISC, Park Systems to open Nanoscience Lab

IISC, Park Systems to open Nanoscience Lab
IISC Bangalore India and Park Systems to open ‘Park Nanoscience Lab’ at Centre for Nano Science and Engineering (CeNSE). The Nanoscience Lab will be equipped with Park NX20 AFM at the CeNSE & will hold workshops on the latest advancements in nanometrology. The Lab at Indian Institute is a tremendous step forward for researchers in India in fields of science & technology.

NCERT introducing QR code in textbooks

NCERT introducing QR code in textbooks
The National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) has initiated the process of introducing QR code in their textbooks. The move aims at helping students understand chapters better by reading additional content on laptops & digital boards. Quick Response (QR) Code is a machine-readable code used for storing web-links which can be read by a camera on a smartphone.

Wipro to buy Alight’s India for $117 million

Wipro to buy Alight’s India for $117 million
India’s third-biggest software services exporter, Wipro Ltd, has decided to buy US-based Alight Solutions’ India operations for $117 million in cash. Alight Solutions provides benefits administration and cloud-based HR and financial solutions to 1,400 clients serving 19 million employees and their 18 million family members. The current CEO of Wipro is Abidali Neemuchwala.

BIMSTEC summit to be held in Nepal

BIMSTEC summit to be held in Nepal
The 4th BIMSTEC Summit will be held in Kathmandu from 30-31 August 2018, the Nepal government said. Sub-regional connectivity and poverty alleviation will be top of the agenda during the two-day BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multilateral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit. The group formed in 1997 consists of Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Thailand.

MIB panel to be replaced soon

MIB panel to be replaced soon
A committee set up by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) to devise ways to regulate online media and other content has been disbanded. The 10-member committee was set up in April. Its mandate will now be handed over to a panel overseen by the ministry of electronics and information technology (MeitY). The committee has the secretary of MeitY, Ajay Prakash, as convener.

NASA launches online toolkit

NASA launches online toolkit
NASA has launched an online toolkit to make it easier for users to find, analyse and utilise the most relevant satellite data for their research, business projects or conservation efforts. The “Remote Sensing Toolkit” provides a simple system that quickly identifies relevant sources based on user input. The toolkit is designed to help users search for data as well as code to build new tools.

MicroDot technology to check vehicle thefts

The govt will set a new standard to use a technology which involves spraying small dots laser etched with a vehicle identification number throughout the vehicle body. The tech named ‘MicroDots’ makes it almost impossible to remove the dots and hence will prevent the vehicle’s identity. Annually about 2.14 lakh vehicles are stolen across the country with Delhi topping the list at 38,644.

IFFCO rolls out portal for farmers

Fertiliser major IFFCO has partnered with Singapore-based technology firm iMandi to start an e-commerce platform for farmers, with an investment of about ?80 crore. An e-commerce app, ‘IFFCO iMandi’, has been introduced and would cater to 5.5 crore farmers already associated with the cooperative. A web portal has also been developed. IFFCO’s managing director is U.S. Awasthi.

India-Korea technology exchange centre

India-Korea technology exchange centre was inaugurated by MoS MSME, Giriraj Singh & Minister of SMEs & Start-ups of Republic of Korea, Hong Jong- hak in Delhi. It will work towards identifying Indian technologies which can be exported to Korea & find suitable Korean partners for the same. It will help SMEs of both the countries to learn from each other to enhance their comparative advantages

DNA Technology Regulation Bill, 2018

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill 2018. The bill aims to expand the application of DNA based forensic technologies to support and strengthen the justice delivery system of the country. Bill’s provisions will enable the cross-matching between persons who have been reported missing.

World’s First All-Digital Art Museum at Tokyo

The world’s first digital art museum opened at the MORI Building Digital Art Museum in Tokyo, a collaboration between the developer and art collective TeamLab. Owing to projection-mapping technology, the artworks react to movement and touch, inviting visitors to imagine they possess new superpowers. In 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics visitors to Tokyo will experience something unique.

Bengaluru to get India’s first e-waste plant

The country’s first e-waste recycling unit will come up in Bengaluru, Union minister of chemicals and fertilisers Ananth Kumar said. A 2016 study by Assocham and KPMG ranked India among the top five countries in e-waste generation. The e-waste recycling unit will be set up by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET).

RIL acquire Radisys Corp for $74 million

Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries (RIL) has entered into definitive agreement to acquire Nasdaq-listed Radisys Corp for $1.72 per share in cash. The deal size works out to be ?510 crore based on current outstanding equity share impact. This acquisition further accelerates Jio’s global innovation and technology leadership in the areas of 5G, IOT and open source architecture adoption.

1st government blockchain centre in Hyderabad

The Centre has decided to set up a Centre of Excellence for blockchain technology in Hyderabad to drive innovation. The Centre of Excellence proposed to come up at C-DAC’s Hyderabad unit. The plan is to use blockchain technology to digitise and secure land records for Telangana. ICICI Bank was the first to execute transactions using Blockchain technology.

BHEL and Korean firm work on curbing emission

BHEL has inked a pact with South Korean firm NANO Co Ltd for design and manufacture emission control devices. The Technology Collaboration Agreement (TCA) with NANO Co is for design and manufacture of SCR Catalysts for De-NOx application in coal-fired plants. In India, there is a 32% increase in SO2 levels and 34% rise in PM2.5 levels.

India and Uzbekistan to boost ties

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Suhrob Rustamovich Kholmuradov in New Delhi. Both sides discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields including Agriculture, Pharmaceuticals, Textiles, Construction, Information and Communication Technology, innovation and tourism. The current President of Uzbekistan is Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

India-Nordic partnership to curb Pollution

Sweden to come up with innovative technology to address the issue of stubble-burning in parts of north India that leads to pollution. Finland & India are also working on converting rice paddy to fibre that can be used for making clothes. Nordic countries include Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden. The partnership comes after India-Nordic Summit in Stockholm in April 2018.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw elected to MIT board

India’s biotech queen Kiran Mazumdar Shaw has been elected as a full-term member of the Board of Trustees of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Shaw is also ranked among the world’s most influential people in bio-pharma by Forbes magazine. Shaw was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in 2006.

WCD Ministry to organise TECH-THON 2018

Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India will organize a seminar on technology partnerships for steering POSHAN Abhiyaan called ‘TECH-THON’ in Delhi. The seminar aims to discuss technology and also share an overview of POSHAN Abhiyaan and combat malnutrition. POSHAN Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission) was launched by the Prime Minister on 8th March 2018 in, Rajasthan.

CEMS Sets Up Labs in Mumbai and Vizag

The Centre of Excellence in Maritime & Shipbuilding (CEMS) has announced setting up of 24 labs-6 in Mumbai and 18 in Vizag. The labs being set up include Product Design & Validation, Advance Manufacturing, Hull Design, Welding Technology, Virtual Reality & Robotics. CEMS aims to provide skill development in manufacturing technologies for shipbuilding/ repair and ancillary sectors.

FICCI awarded at X international IT forum

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) was awareded at X International IT Forum at Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. FICCI was awarded for its support and active participation at the forum, consecutively for two years. The forum brought together industry leaders from BRICS and SCO nations to interact in the fields of information technology and digital transformation.

‘Women Wizards Rule Tech’ programme

NASSCOM unveiled a programme named Women Wizards Rule Tech. It aims to increase the number of women in senior levels in the Information Technology (IT) industry. The Women Wizards Rule Tech was announced in March at the Nasscom Diversity and Inclusion Summit in Chennai as a joint initiative by the Nasscom Sector Skills Council and the Data Security Council of India.

Goa and Hawaii to sign sister agreement

The government of Goa and US state of Hawaii will sign a sister agreement as the draft was cleared by State Cabinet. This would enhance the cooperation between Goa and Hawaii and would include areas such as trade, tourism, sports, technology, yoga, skill development, agriculture and Ayurveda. This would also boost the infrastructure project such as Mandovi river project & Zuari river bridge

Maharashtra government, Quebec ink pact

The Maharashtra government and Canada’s Quebec province have signed a pact to increase the economic cooperation especially in areas like information technology, biotechnology, artificial intelligence and welfare of the tribal community. The pact was signed between Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis and Philippe Couillard, Prime Minister of Quebec province of Canada.

Bindeshwar honoured with Nikkei Asia Prize

Social reformer & founder of Sulabh Int. Bindeshwar Pathak was honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination. Launched in 1996, the award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in science, technology & innovation and culture & community.

India to make Lithium Ion batteries

India will soon start producing first indigenous Lithium Ion batteries. A MoU for transfer of technology for India’s first Lithium Ion (Li-ion) Battery project was signed between CSIR’s Central Electro Chemical Research Institute (CECRI) and RAASI Solar Power Pvt Ltd. At present India depends on countries like China, Japan and South Korea for import of Lithium Ion batteries.

Cabinet approves MoU between India and Oman

The Union Cabinet approved a MoU signed between India represented by the ISRO and Oman represented by the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The MoU on Cooperation in the peaceful uses of outer space was signed in February 2018 at Muscat. This MoU shall enable cooperation in space science, technology, and applications including remote sensing of the earth.

World first EPR nuclear reactor begins

A third generation EPR reactor in China carried out its first nuclear chain reaction, an initial start up which is a world first for the much-delayed European technology. The European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) in China “carried out its first chain and therefore it has started. The reactor is not expected to be completed until the mid 2020s.

IISc developed ‘LifeBox’ to transport organs

Researchers at IISc Bangalore have developed a ‘LifeBox’ that can extend the preservation time of organs, specifically the heart, and allows for increased travel time and distances. Researchers said that transport of organs using drones could cut down the transportation time by at least 50% compared to green corridors. The technology was used to transport a payload for 10 km.

TRAI moots network to help in disaster relief

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended setting up of a pan-India broadband public protection disaster relief (PPDR) communications network based on 3GPP PS-LTE technology. It will be used for an ‘advanced, reliable, robust and responsive communication networks’ to be used during disasters. PPDR communication supports services such as maintenance of law and order.

India test-fires nuclear capable Agni-5

India has successfully test-fired it’s indigenously developed nuclear capable long-range ballistic missile Agni-5 from Dr. Abdul Kalam Island off the Odisha coast. Unlike other missiles of the series, Agni-5 is the most advanced with new technologies in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine. The missile has been developed by DRDO and has a strike range of 5,000 kilometers.

IRCTC roped in Trapigo for food delivery

IRCTC has rolled out the facility of delivering food to passengers on their train seats. For the food delivery, Indian Railways has roped in Trapigo which provides last-mile logistics services for food products and other amenities such as medicines, travel, kits, handicrafts etc. Trapigo is unique as it has specialized the technology to deliver articles to the traveling customers.

Maharashtra govt unveils ‘sandbox’

The Maharashtra Government has announced the opening up of a ‘sandbox’ to boost start-ups. Sandbox is seen as a safe zone to test financial innovation which sees a limited rollout of new products to select customers. Reserve Bank panel had recommended introducing a “regulatory sandbox” to foster financial technology innovation.

Flight Test of SFDR conducted successfully

The technology demonstrator flight test of ‘Solid Fuel Ducted Ramjet (SFDR)’ propulsion based missile has been carried out successfully from Chandipur, Orissa on May 30. The SFDR is a surface-to-air missile developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation in collaboration with Russia. The new technology will help both surface-to-air and air-to-air missiles perform better.

Trai to tap blockchain to curb spam calls

In a first of its kind initiative, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) issued draft guidelines to curb pesky calls and SMSes by using blockchain technology. Blockchain will ensure two things—non- repudiative and confidentiality. Only those authorised to access details will be able to access subscriber details and only when they need to deliver service.

Akshay launches ad campaign for Swachh Bharat

Akshay Kumar launched an advertisement campaign for the Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen). The campaign was launched at a Collectors Convention for Toilet Technology. The campaign focuses on promoting the twin pit toilet technology in rural India. The advertisement campaign launched is an effort, supported by the World Bank.

Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education

HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has launched Samagra Shiksha scheme for school education from pre-school to senior secondary levels. The scheme focuses on improving quality of education, enhancing learning outcomes & using technology to empower children & teachers. The scheme will enhance the use of digital technology in education through smart classroom & digital boards.

First advisory centre for energy regulation

Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur has set up first of its kind Centre for Energy Regulation in the country to strengthen policy and regulatory limitations in energy and power sector. The centre has been set up with the assistance of the UK government. The centre would develop a regulatory database to enable stakeholders in taking more informed decisions.

Digital Leader of the Year

Andhra Pradesh Minister for IT, Panchayat Raj & Rural Development, Nara Lokesh received the Digital Leader of the Year award during Businessworld Digital India Summit 2018. The award was announced for best utilization of technology in governance. Lokesh won the award for using cutting edge technology & yielding good results in Panchayat Raj, Rural Development & Rural Water Supply departments

China’s first privately developed rocket

China has launched its first privately developed rocket from a launchpad in northwestern China on 17 May. The launch of the “Chongqing Liangjiang Star” rocket marks the first launch of a non-state Chinese rocket. The rocket was launched by OneSpace Technology and it uses energy-saving technology, such as wireless communications.

NPCIL won Russian award for ‘Atom on Wheels’

Nuclear Power Corp of India has won the top award in public communication category at the 10th anniversary of international event ATOMEXPO. NPCIL won the award for its “Atom on Wheels” campaign started in 2016 to spread awareness in rural areas about the benefits of nuclear energy. The campaign mounted on wheels covered 6 lakh rural population in 6 states with material on nuclear technology

DNA data banks to be set up

DNA databanks will be set up at the national and state level to store profiles, according to a draft bill on DNA technology being finalised by the Law Ministry. The draft bill also states that all DNA data including DNA profiles, DNA samples, and records, will only be used for identification of the person. The Department of Biotechnology was consulted by the law panel to draft the bill.

TNAU seed centre bags award

The seed centre at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) has bagged an award for excellence in research on seed technology. The best performance centre award was presented at the annual group meeting of the all-India coordinated research project on national seed projects. All agricultural universities under the Indian Council of Agricultural Research participated in the meet.

India’s first Lithium-Ion charger

President Ram Nath Kovind unveiled India’s first, indigenous lithium-ion battery charger, developed by Ampere Vehicles in New Delhi. The lithium-Ion charger project is supported by Technology Development Board of the Ministry of Science and Technology as part of the Make-in-India initiative. The unveiling event took place on the occasion of National Technology Day.

19th National Technology Day

The country observed 19th National Technology Day on 11th May to commemorate the successful carrying out of the nuclear test at Pokhran in Rajasthan. On the same day, India performed successful test firing of the Trishul Missile and test flying the first indigenous aircraft ‘Hansa-3’. The country started observing the day as National Technology Day every year since 1999.

MeitY launched internship scheme

Ministry of Electronics and Information technology (MeitY) has launched ‘Digital India Internship Scheme’ portal in which a token of ?10,000 will also be offered to interns as remuneration per month. The internship scheme will enable the young students to learn closely about working of the transformative initiative of Digital India. The 2-month internship will start from June 2018.

India’s most trusted FMCG brand

As per TRA’s Brand Trust Report 2018, Patanjali has left behind brands like HUL & ITC to emerge as the most trusted brand in the FMCG sector. Patanjali was established in 2006 by Ramdev along with Balkrishna, with the aim of establishing a science of Ayurveda in coordination with latest technology & ancient wisdom Besides FMCG, Patanjal is present in other sectors like education & healthcare

NITI Aayog ropes in IBM to use AI

NITI Aayog has partnered with IBM to develop a crop yield prediction model using artificial intelligence to provide real-time advisory to farmers. The partnership aims to make use of technology to improve crop productivity, soil yield and farmers income. 1st phase of the project will focus on developing a model for 10 backward districts branded as “aspirational districts” by NITI Aayog.

A new nuclear reactor for space

NASA has developed a new kind of reactor to be used for space exploration missions. NASA’s Kilopower project works to build the kind of technology that could be used for an affordable fission nuclear power system so astronauts can have longer trips to planets. Kilopower is a small, lightweight fission power system that can deliver 10 kilowatts of electrical power.

Paytm introduced ‘Tap Card’

Paytm has announced the launch of its offline payments solution – the Paytm Tap Card.The card uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to enable safe and convenient digital payments, completely offline at Paytm-issued, NFC PoS terminals. Tap Card has been launched to provide seamless payments solutions for non-internet customers.

First bank to roll out AI-run voicebot

Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched the country’s first artificial intelligence-powered voice-bot ‘Keya’ in the banking sector.Keya uses automatic speech recognition, natural language understanding and text-to-speech technology. The voice-bot uses natural language understanding to navigate the customer directly to the destination where he can get his issue resolved.

Jim Bridenstine to be the new NASA chief

US Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump-nominated Representative Jim Bridenstine to serve as NASA’s 13th administrator.His confirmation following a vote in the Senate ends the longest span of time that NASA has operated without a permanent leader. Bridenstine, a pilot in US Navy Reserve currently serves on the House Armed Services Committee & Science, Space & Technology Committee.

Key Accord Against Cyber Attacks

Top 34 global technology & securities firms, led by Microsoft, have signed a “Cybersecurity Tech Accord” to defend people from malicious attacks by cybercriminals & nation-states.The accord is a public commitment among 34 global companies to improve the security, stability and resilience of cyberspace. The economic losses due to cyber attacks are expected to reach $8 trillion by 2022.

India Mobile Congress 2018 to be Held in New Delhi

India Mobile Congress will be held in October 2018 at Aerocity in New Delhi.
ii. It is one of the biggest marquee Mobile, Internet and Technology events in Asia, organized by Department of Telecommunications and Cellular Operators Association of India.

Jayant Sinha to head task force for UAV tech

The Government has formed a task force under the Chairmanship of MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha for fast-tracking the roll-out of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology.The Task Force will focus on R&D, acquisition and commercialisation, regulatory framework and preference for Make in India. The task force will submit its report within 6 months of its constitution.

India-Timor Leste sign moU

India and Timor Leste have signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of public health to extend affordable healthcare to the people of the Southeast Asian nation.India has offered to share its expertise in matching information technology with healthcare through telemedicine. The MoU was signed by Krishan Pal Gurjar, the Minister of State for Social justice and Empowerment.

SBI sets up 60 ‘sbiINTOUCH’ digital branches

SBI has set up 60 digital branches, called ‘sbiINTOUCH’, across the country.SBI has set up these branches in partnership with Dimension Data, a global technology integrator and managed services provider. The digital branches aim to help SBI expand its reach with increasing profitability. It will offer services like instant loan approvals, assistance in choosing investment portfolios.

China launched Remote sensing satellites

China has launched the first group of China’s Yaogan-31 remote sensing satellites into space on 10th April.The satellites were carried by a Long March-4C rocket. The mission also sent a micro nanotechnology experiment satellite into orbit. The satellites will be used for electromagnetic environment surveys and other technology tests.

India, Equatorial Guinea inked three MoUs

Three Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) were signed between India and Equatorial Guinea.The MoUs were signed towards affirming cooperation in the fields of medicinal plants, traditional systems of medicine, and health and medicine sector. An action plan was also devised on cooperation in the field of Information and Communicational Technology.

NRDC to develop ASEAN technology data bank

The National Research Development Corporation (NRDC) will establish a technology data bank for ASEAN region as part of ASEAN-India Innovation Platform.The corporation has been entrusted by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) to manage the platform for a period of four years. The proposed data bank will link existing data banks of available technologies in the ASEAN region.

Debjani Ghosh is the new Nasscom President

Debjani Ghosh, former managing director of Intel South Asia, is the new president of Nasscom. She replaced R.Chandrashekhar whose term has completed. Ms.Ghosh was the first woman to lead Intel India and Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology. NASSCOM is a trade association of Indian Information Technology and Business Process Outsourcing industry.

Manipur-based black pottery gains prominence

The Manipur-based indigenous “Longpi Hampai pottery” has started gaining prominence in the international markets owing to its intricate designs and technology used to produce them.The ancient art has originated from two Longpi villages in Manipur namely Longpi Khullen and Longpi Kajui near Ukhrul district.It is practised by Tangkhul community residing in the hill district of Manipur.

Kerala to host Asia’s largest startup conclave

Asia’s largest startup ecosystem congregation, ‘Huddle Kerala’, will be held at Kovalam on April 6 & 7.The initiative is envisaged to provide a platform for start-ups to pitch their products & interact with a wide array of technology & industry leaders from around the world. It will primarily focus on emerging sectors like blockchain, cryptocurrency, IoT, VR among other latest technologies

Twin navigation satellites launched in China

China successfully launched twin satellites via a single carrier rocket in Xichang of southwest China‘s Sichuan province. This added two more members to its domestic ?BeiDou Navigation Satellite System? (BDS). The satellites and the rocket were developed by the Innovation Academy for Microsatellites at the Chinese Academy of Sciences and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology

Andhra Government launches NAIPUNYA RATHAM

Andhra Pradesh Govt has launched, NAIPUNYA RATHAM or World on Wheels, a multi-utility vehicle that aims to bring technology to remote corners. It will facilitate & look to improve digital literacy, digital skills & create an awareness on various govt schemes that are underway in Andhra Pradesh. Govt has allotted Rs 300 crore for the project & will be setting up 1000 skill development centres

One app, 1000 services: mKeralam

Kerala government has launched ‘mKeralam’, an app that will serve as a single window for accessing thousands of government services. The app has been developed by the Kerala State Information Technology Mission, and will initially offer 100 citizen-oriented public services of 20 departments. The services accessible via mKeralam are available through ‘’.

Indian firm among finalist in a competition

Indian startup ‘Uravu’ that has developed a technology to create water from the air is among the 5 finalists in a global competition. The 2-year competition is to create a device that extracts a minimum of 2,000 liters of water per day from air using 100% renewable energy. Los Angeles-based XPRIZE is running the water abundance prize with the support of the Tata Group and Australian Aid.

ISRO-BHEL to manufacture Li-ion cells

ISRO has signed a Technology Transfer Agreement with BHEL to transfer the technology for the manufacture of space grade =Li-Ion cells‘. ISRO uses =Li-Ion batteries‘ as power sources for satellite and launches vehicle applications due to their high energy density, reliability and long cycle life. This technology can be adapted to cater to the Li-Ion cell requirement for other national needs.

Device for measuring uranium traces in water

An instrument to measure traces of uranium in water has been developed by a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). The instrument, ?Fluorimeter?, has been developed by the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), an Indore-based unit of the DAE. It will be helpful in areas like Punjab where uranium traces in water sources have been found to be at dangerous levels.

BHEL inks pact with Korea-based HLB Power

BHEL has entered into a technology collaboration agreement (TCA) with HLB Power, Republic of Korea. This TCA will help in establishing the capability for in-house design, manufacture and testing of very large size gates and dampers. BHEL has been supplying conventional Gates and Dampers manufactured at its Boiler Auxiliaries Plant.

Fuel oil from plastic waste

Researchers from IIT Guwahati have successfully converted packaging plastic waste to plastic-derived oil (PDO), which has characteristics similar to diesel. Using a semi-batch reactor, the different wastes were heated for six to seven hours at 300-400 degree Celsius. Only hydrocarbon gases such as methane, ethane and propane were produced and there was negligible amount of carbon dioxide.

Parag Agrawal appointed as Twitter’s CTO

Twitter has appointed Parag Agrawal as its chief technology officer. Agrawal, an alumnus of IIT-Bombay and a PhD in Computer Science from Stanford University, succeeds Adam Messinger. His contributions at Twitter include leading efforts to increase the relevance of tweets in Twitter users‘ timelines using Artificial Intelligence.

TDP ministers resigned from Union Cabinet

Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Minister of State for Science and Technology Y.S.Chowdary of the Telugu Desam Party submitted their resignations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. BJP Ministers Kamineni Srinivas (Health) and Pydikondala Manikyala Rao (Endowments) resigned from the Andhra Pradesh Cabinet. Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Governor accepted the resignations.

India to help build plant in Bangladesh

India, Bangladesh and Russia have signed a tripartite memorandum of understanding (MoU) for cooperation in the construction of the Rooppur nuclear power plant in Bangladesh. The MoU was signed in Moscow by the Department of Atomic Energy of India, the Ministry of Science and Technology of Bangladesh and Rosatom. Russia is building the nuclear power plant in Bangladesh on a turnkey basis.


The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has signed a MoU with the Indian Ocean Rim Association’s Regional Center for Science and Technology Transfer.The MoU is for designating Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in Lucknow as the coordinating centre on medicinal plants. The IORA Centre will establish a database on the important medicinal plants.

Gadkari Lays the foundation stone for NTCPWC

Shri Nitin Gadkari laid the foundation stone for setting up of a National Technology Centre for Ports, Waterways and Coasts at IIT Chennai.NTCPWC, being set up under the Sagarmala programme will act as a technology arm of the Ministry of Shipping. It will provide engineering and technological inputs and support for Ports, Inland Waterways Authority of India and other institutions.

New record for fastest distance measurements

Germany and France-based researchers have recorded 100 million distance values per second, demonstrating the fastest distance measurement so far.The team studied a bullet travelling at 540 kmph with micrometre accuracy using laser-based LIDAR (light detection and ranging). This technology could be used in autonomous navigation and 3D cameras.

Shipping ministry and IIT Madras joins hand

Shipping ministry has set up a centre in a joint initiative with IIT Madras to accelerate indigenous development of technology & patents.It also aims to reduce reliance on costly foreign consultations. The centre, supported by ministry’s flagship Sagarmala Project, will be located at the satellite campus of IIT Madras. It is expected to serve as the technological arm of shipping ministry.

Tie up b/w Tamil Nadu Govt and Microsoft

Govt of Tamil Nadu has signed an agreement with Microsoft to improve integration of technology in teaching & learning in the state.The partnership aims to reform education sector, build tech capacity & enhance digital literacy across all levels. As a part of the agreement, Microsoft will adopt 7 schools identified by govt & train their teachers & students around building 21st century skills

Airtel joins global alliance for net in air

Bharti Airtel said it has joined a new global collaboration to bring high-speed and uninterrupted in-flight data connectivity to mobile customers.The global partnership Seamless Alliance, whose other founding members include OneWeb, Airbus, Delta and Sprint, will work towards leveraging satellite technology. It will offer high-speed data connectivity even in the sky.

Blockchain tech could help prevent frauds

The adoption of blockchain by India’s banks could help avert frauds such as the one at PNB.It updates information across all users simultaneously, which would have ensured that various officials would have instantly been alerted to the creation of the LoUs. Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology originally developed as an accounting system for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

60,000-crore fund for urban housing scheme

The Union Cabinet has approved the creation of National Urban Housing Fund (NUHF) with Rs 60,000 crore in its kitty.The fund will be situated in Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council under the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. The Ministry has so far sanctioned 39.4 lakh houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban).

Modi launches Nasscom’s ‘Future Skills’

PM Modi has launched Nasscom’s platform—Future Skills—for skill development in 8 varied technologies.Modi launched the platform via video conference during the inaugural session of the World Congress on Information Technology 2018. The platform offers skilling and up-skilling in Artificial Intelligence, virtual reality, Internet of Things, big data analytics, 3D printing & cloud computing.

World Congress on Information Technology

The 3 day long, World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) has begun in Hyderabad.WCIT is being organised for the time in the country & Prime Minister Modi will inaugurate the summit through a video conference. It has been organized in partnership with NASSCOM, WITSA& the Government of Telangana. The humanoid, Sophia the robot is also one of the featured speakers at the WCIT summit.

Pranab Mukherjee to get honorary D.Litt

Former President Pranab Mukherjee will be conferred an honorary D.Litt by the Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology.Mukherjee will be conferred the honour during IIEST convocation for his role as a public figure for many decades. Mukherjee was also awarded an honorary D. Litt by Jadavpur University in December last year.

Umang App wins Best M-Govt Service award

Umang App was named as the winner of the Best M-Government Service award in the Accessible Govt category while Aadhar won the best emerging technology award at the World Government Summit 2018 in Dubai.Aadhaar was also recognized as the world’s largest biometric-enabled identification programme. The award acknowledged Govt of India’s efforts to provide convenient services to its citizens.

Scientists simulate Mars mission in desert

Over 200 scientists from 25 countries have chosen a desert in Oman to field-test technology for a manned Mars mission for four weeks.Analog astronauts would sport a 50-kg spacesuit and stay in an inflated habitat, having a 10-minute communication delay from their base in Austria.The project features 15 experiments including exploration of the surface using a wind-powered rover.

Most cryptocurrencies are Ponzi schemes: WB

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has said that most of the cryptocurrencies are “basically Ponzi Schemes”.“It’s still not really clear how it’s going to work,” he added.However, he said that blockchain technology can be used by developing nations to “follow the money more effectively” and that World Bank is “looking really carefully” at the technology.

Google And NCERT Join Hands

Google and NCERT signed a pact to integrate a course on ‘Digital Citizenship and Safety’ in information and communi-cation technology curriculum.It was signed on the occasion of Safer Internet Day (06th February).The curriculum is spread into four themes – being smart, being safe, being a digital citizen and being future ready.

World’s 1st robot citizen to come in India

World’s first robot citizen Sophia is expected to make a public appearance at a global technology event this month in Hyderabad.The humanoid, designed in British actress Audrey Hepburn’s image by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics, was given citizenship by Saudi Arabia last year.Sophia made her first appearance in India draped in a sari at IIT Bombay last December.

Ind-Origin in US Inventors Hall Of Fame

2 Indian-American innovation pioneers – Arogyaswami Paulraj for his MIMO wireless technology and Sumita Mitra for her nanocomposite dental materials, have been inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame.Arogyaswami and Sumita along with 13 other innovation pioneers would be formally felicitated. Paulraj’s wireless technology has revolutionised broadband wireless Internet access.

Prodigee Finance granted NBFC-ND license

Prodigee Finance received their NBFC license from RBI, making it possible for the firm to provide SME loans as part of their services.Enterslice is a legal technology company that specialises in helping entrepreneurs in starting successful businesses. The goal at Prodigee is to provide SMEs loans that they likely otherwise would not have had available.

Second IIIT in Karnataka

The Centre today sanctioned the setting up of a second Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) in Karnataka at Raichur.It will be the second such institute in Karnataka, after the one in Dharwad. The state has been asked to provide alternative infrastructure to commence the 2018-19 academic year till it identifies the land for the construction of the proposed IIIT.

4 schemes to promote young scientists-2

The third scheme –Distinguished Investigator Award — offers a maximum of 100 fellowships to principal investigators of Science and Engineering Research Board/Department of Science and Technology projects.The fourth scheme ‘Augmenting Writing Skills for Articulating Research (AWSAR)’ aims to encourage science writing. The scheme seeks to tap the potential of over 20,000 PhD scholars.

FICCI Appoints Dilip Chenoy as DG

Industry Chamber Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has appointed Dilip Chenoy as its Director General.Prior to this, he was Chairman of Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and Member, Board of Advisors, IILM. He was awarded the Game Changer Award in 2015 and the Rashtriya Media Ratan Award in 2013.

Sarabhai Space Centre’s new director

ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) director S Somnath has taken charge as the new director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre.He says the focus is on two upcoming launches next month. Somnath told that his priorities will be on technology upgradation of launch vehicle design and to focus on immediate launches including GSLV-Mark (MK) II and PSLV-C41 in Feb.

Pact signed for research incubator

The Odisha government has signed an agreement to set up an incubator for promoting research with Software Technology Park of India.VARCoE will be set up at the campus of IIT, Bhubaneswar and it will become a landmark initiative for promoting research, technology incubation and product development in the country. Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, was present during the signing of the agreement.