15,000 tuberculosis patients to be ‘adopted’ in Uttarakhand
In a bid to encourage community participation in eradicating tuberculosis (TB), the state health and cooperative minister Dhan Singh Rawat announced that all the 670 Primary Agricultural Credit Society (PACS) — multipurpose cooperative committees — of Uttarakhand, along with the chairman and secretary of the cooperatives, will adopt over 15,000 TB patients.
The cooperatives will ensure that the adopted TB patients get adequate treatment and proper care. Chairman and secretaries of these cooperatives will reach out to these patients to find out if they are getting medicines on time or facing any other issues.
China launches third and final space station component
China’s third and final module docked with its permanent space station to further a more than decade-long effort to maintain a constant crewed presence in orbit, as its competition with the U.S. grows increasingly fierce.
The name of China’s final space station module, Mengtian, translates to dreaming of the heavens. The roughly 18-meter-long module will link to the Tianhe core module and the Wentian experiment module to complete China’s Tiangong space station.
NASA to Set Up Independent Study on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena
NASA is commissioning a study team to start early in the fall to examine unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs) – that is, observations of events in the sky that cannot be identified as aircraft or known natural phenomena – from a scientific perspective. The study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future data, and how NASA can use that data to move the scientific understanding of UAPs forward.
The study is expected to take about nine months to complete. It will secure the counsel of experts in the scientific, aeronautics, and data analytics communities to focus on how best to collect new data and improve observations of UAPs.
India to expand NaVIC, make signals more secure
India plans to expand its regional satellite navigation system NaVIC in a bid to increase its use in the civilian sector and also by ships and aircraft travelling far from the country’s borders.
The Navigation with Indian Constellation (NaVIC) uses seven satellites to provide real-time positioning and timing services in India and an area extending up to 1,500 km from the country’s borders.
Amendments to the IT Rules, 2021
Recently, government notified amendments to the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules 2021.
These are aimed at making internet-open, safe & trusted and accountable, for the digital nagriks of the country.
Currently, intermediaries are only required to inform users about not uploading certain categories of harmful/unlawful content. These amendments impose a legal obligation on intermediaries to take reasonable efforts to prevent users from uploading such content. The new provision will ensure that the intermediary’s obligation is not a mere formality.
The amendment requires intermediaries to respect the rights guaranteed to users under the Articles 14, 19 and 21 of the Indian Constitution, therefore, including a reasonable expectation of due diligence, privacy and transparency.
Two more Indian beaches get ‘Blue Flag
Two more beaches, both in Lakshadweep, have been accorded the ‘Blue Flag’ tag, putting them in an elite list of the world’s cleanest and most eco-friendly “beaches, marinas and sustainable boating tourism operators”.
The Blue Flag is an exclusive eco-label or certification that is given to coastal locations around the world as a badge of environmental honour. The Blue Flag programme is run by the Copenhagen, Denmark-headquartered Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a nonprofit which, through its work, contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations.
The Blue Flag programme started in 1987, initially in Europe. Certification is awarded annually. A total 5,042 beaches, marinas, and tourism boats in 48 countries have been awarded the label so far. A marina is a small harbour where mainly pleasure boats and yachts dock.
The certification is given by an international jury comprising members of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), and International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), besides FEE.
Agni Prime ballistic missile
Agni Prime” ballistic missile was successfully tested off the coast of Odisha recently.
The recent test is the third consecutive test flight of the Agni Prime missile. It marks the completion of development trial.
It confirmed the accuracy and reliability of the indigenous missile system.
The first flight test of the Agni Prime was conducted in June 2021, with the second one taking place six months later in December.
These two tests also saw the missile successfully meeting the mission objectives with high level of accuracy.
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