India's first Liquid Mirror Telescope made of a thin film of mercury installed in Uttarakhand.

  • India's first liquid mirror telescope has been commissioned atop Devasthal, a hill in Uttarakhand.
  • The liquid mirror telescope, which is the largest in Asia, will observe the overhead sky to identify transient or variable objects such as supernovae, gravitational lenses, space debris, and asteroids.
  • The mirror is made up of a thin film of liquid mercury to collect and focus light.
  • The telescope has been placed at an altitude of 2,450 metres above sea level, at the Devasthal Observatory campus of Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES).
  • India's first liquid mirror telescope will use mercury as the primary mirror

NTPC issues "Biodiversity Policy" for conservation, restoration of biodiversity.

  • India’s largest power generating firm NTPC Limited has issued renewed Biodiversity Policy 2022 to establish a comprehensive vision and guiding principle for conservation, restoration, and enhancement of biodiversity.
  • This Biodiversity Policy is an essential component of the NTPC Environmental Policy.
  • Its goals are consistent with environmental and sustainability policies.
  • NTPC was the first PSU to issue Biodiversity Policy in 2018. In the same year, NTPC became a member of the India Business and Biodiversity Initiative (IBBI).

IIM Ahmedabad presents country's first agricultural land price index.

  • IIM Ahmedabad presents country's first agricultural land price index.
  • The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA) in collaboration with Indian agri-land marketplace SFarmsIndia has announced the launch of IIMA-SFarmsIndia Agri Land Price Index (ISALPI).
  • A first-of-its-kind land price index that will record and present quality controlled data of prices of agricultural land across the country.
  • Agriculture land in Karnataka is the most expensive followed by Telangana, according to a new Agri Land Price Index (ALPI) launched for six states.
  • As per the index, 34 districts in the six states are considered most expensive while land prices in 32 districts are referred to as median and prices in the rest of the 41 districts are least expensive.

Indian men's hockey team beats Japan 1-0 to clinch Asia Cup bronze.

  • The Indian men's hockey team beat Japan 1-0 to clinch the bronze medal in the Asia Cup.
  • It had missed out on a chance to reach the Asia Cup 2022 final after playing out a thrilling 4-4 draw against South Korea at the GBK Sports Complex Hockey Stadium.

Harini Logan wins Scripps National Spelling Bee 2022.

  • Indian-American Harini Logan from San Antonia, Texas was declared the winner of the Scripps National Spelling Bee 2022 in a historic tie-breaker.
  • The 13-year-old eighth-grader, who took part in the final fully individualized spelling bee three years ago and then correctly spelled 21 words during a 90-second spell off, won the title.
  • The winner of the National Spelling Bee 2022, Harini Logan, has been presented with over $50,000 in cash and prizes.
  • The Scripps National Spelling Bee is an annual spelling bee held in the United States.

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