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1st May – Editorials/Opinions Analyses

Contents The making of the modern public intellectual Religion and freedom: On India and communal violence Print money, save economy What is India’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations? Needed: a pandemic patent pool THE MAKING OF THE MODERN PUBLIC INTELLECTUAL Focus: GS-IV Ethics Law is not the source of its own moral authority and […]

1st May Current Affairs

Contents Recovery rate rises to 25%, says government March 2020 core sector output slumps 6.5% Plan to extend CAT opposed GI tag to Manipur black rice, Gorakhpur terracotta, Kovilpatti kadalai mittai Oman job cuts not India-specific: Centre Coronavirus is pulling millions back into poverty RECOVERY RATE RISES TO 25%, SAYS GOVERNMENT Focus: GS-III Disaster Management […]

PIB 30th April

Contents National Testing Agency (NTA) extends application dates Index of Eight Core Industries Electric field structure in Earth’s Magnetosphere History of river erosion in Ladakh Himalayas Ayush Sector Has Immense Potential Tribute to Raja Ravi Varma on his 172nd Birth Anniversary NATIONAL TESTING AGENCY (NTA) EXTENDS APPLICATION DATES Focus: GS-II Governance Why in news? In […]

New Space India Limited

The establishment of NSIL was announced in Budget 2019. One of the mandates of NSIL is to mass-produce and manufacture the SSLV and the more powerful PSLV in partnership with the private sector in India through technology transfers. Its aim is to use research and development carried out by ISRO over the years for commercial purposes through Indian industry […]

ISRO’s Seven Mega Missions

The seven mega missions include: Chandrayaan-2. XPoSat (to study cosmic radiation in 2020) and Aditya-L1(to the Sun in 2021). Undefined Missions – which include missions which are still in planning stage namely Mangalyaan-2 (or Mars Orbiter Mission-2 in 2022), Lunar Polar Exploration (or Chandrayaan-3 in 2024), Venus mission (in 2023), Exoworlds (exploration outside the solar […]


What is it? NISAR stands for NASA ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar Mission Aims: To study the hazards and global environmental changes When? Slated to launched in 2020-21 Details:  NISAR is a dual frequency (L & S Band) Radar Imaging Satellite. It will be the first radar imaging satellite to use dual frequency. Will be launched in a Sun Synchronous Low -Earth It […]


It is a space observatory launched by ISRO in 2015. It was launched with a lift-off mass of about 1500 kg by PSLV-C30. It is India‘s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory. Most other scientific satellites can observe only a narrow range of wavelength band. But AstroSat enables the simultaneous multi-wavelength observations of various astronomical […]

Aditya- L1 mission

It is India’s first solar mission. It will be launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in XL configuration. The space-based observatory will have seven payloads (instruments) on board to study the Sun’s corona, solar emissions, solar winds and flares, and Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs), and will carry out round-the-clock imaging of the Sun. Key Facts: Aditya L1 […]


To avoid communication blackouts that led to 20 fishermen going missing in the aftermath of Cyclone Okchi in 2017, a slew of government departments, research agencies and private companies have developed GEMINI. Details: GEMINI is a portable receiver linked to ISRO-satellites, that is “fail-proof” and warn fishermen of danger. The Indian National Centre for Ocean […]

Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0

Recently an upgraded geo-imaging web portal, Bhuvan Panchayat 3.0 was launched during the National Workshop on “Space-based Information Support for Decentralised Planning-2″. The launch is part of the advanced Space-based Information Support for Decentralised Planning (SISDP) project. Services: This version of the portal will provide database visualisation and services for the benefit of panchayat members, among others. The targeted audiences […]