- Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves
- Promotion of Tribal Products from North-Eastern Region (PTP-NER) Scheme
Focus: GS III: Science and Technology
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Scientists have identified Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron (EMIC) waves, a form of plasma waves in the Indian Antarctic station, Maitri.
Electromagnetic Ion Cyclotron Waves:
- These waves play a crucial role in the precipitation of killer electrons, which are harmful to space-borne technology.
- They can help understand the impact of energetic particles in the radiation belts on low orbiting satellites.
- EMIC waves are discreet electromagnetic emissions observed in Earth’s magnetosphere.
- They are generated in equatorial latitudes and propagate along magnetic field lines to the high latitude ionosphere.
- Their signatures can be recorded in both space and ground-based magnetometers.
- The magnetosphere is the cavity in which Earth lies and is protected from the Sun’s harmful effects.
- It is formed by the interaction between Earth’s magnetic field and the solar wind, a stream of charged particles flowing from the Sun.
- Earth’s magnetic field is generated by the motion of molten iron in its outer core.
- A magnetometer is a scientific instrument used to measure the strength and direction of magnetic fields.
- It can be used to study the magnetic fields of celestial bodies such as planets, moons, stars, and galaxies.
- Magnetometers work based on the principles of electromagnetic induction or magnetoresistance.
- Plasma waves are a type of electromagnetic wave that propagates through plasma, which is a state of matter.
- Plasma is formed when a gas is heated to high temperatures or subjected to strong electric fields, causing its atoms to become ionised.
- More than 99% of the visible universe consists of plasma.
- Plasma waves have significant applications in astrophysics, space science, plasma physics, and communication technology.
- They are involved in the generation of auroras and provide us with information on regions inaccessible to us, transport mass and energy across different regions, and control the overall dynamics of Earth’s magnetosphere.
Focus: GS II: Government policies and Interventions, GS III: Indian Economy
Why in News?
Tribal Affairs Minister recently launched Marketing and Logistics Development for Promotion of Tribal Products from North-Eastern Region (PTP-NER) scheme in Manipur.
The PTP-NER Scheme is a government initiative that aims to empower Scheduled Tribes in the North-Eastern Region of India by improving the procurement, logistics, and marketing of tribal products. Here are some key points to know about the scheme:
To strengthen livelihood opportunities for tribal artisans in North Eastern States.
The scheme applies to the states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, and Sikkim.
- Empanelment of tribal artisans from the North Eastern Region through organizing 68 Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) in various districts of the region.
- Organizing regular Design & Skill Development training sessions for tribal recipients.
- Improving the efficiency of procurement, logistics, and marketing of tribal products from North Eastern States.
- North Eastern Handicrafts and Handlooms Development Corporation (NEHHDC).
- India Post under the Department of Posts.
- Other North Eastern State Government Departments/Agencies.
- India Post will provide logistics support to meet the goals of the scheme.