India recognized as "country of the year" by Europe’s Vivatech.

  • The Europe’s biggest start-up conference, Vivatech 2020 has recognized India as the country of the year.
  • The country has been recognised with this honour, due to the global contribution of Indian start-ups.
  • The start-up ecosystem of India is growing rapidly and has over 100 unicorns.
  • India has participated in Vivatech is to showcase Indian start-ups are solving global problems and innovating for the world.

Union Transport minister approves Draft GSR Notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program).

  • Nitin Gadkari has approved the Draft GSR Notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program), wherein automobiles in India shall be accorded Star Ratings based upon their performance in Crash Tests.
  • Bharat-NCAP will serve as a consumer-centric platform allowing customers to opt for safer cars based upon their star-ratings, while promoting a healthy competition among OEMs in India to manufacture safer vehicles.
  • Star Rating of Indian Cars based on Crash Tests is extremely crucial not only to ensure structural and passenger safety in cars, but to also increase the export-worthiness of Indian automobiles.
  • The testing protocol of Bharat NCAP shall be aligned with Global Crash Test Protocols factoring in the existing Indian regulations, allowing OEMs to get their vehicles tested at India’s own in-house testing facilities.
  • Bharat NCAP will prove to be a critical instrument in making our automobile industry Aatmanirbhar with the mission of making India the Number one automobile hub in the world.

World Health Network declares monkeypox a pandemic.

  • The World Health Network (WHN) recently announced monkeypox to be a pandemic as the disease touched base in 58 countries, with 3,417 confirmed cases.
  • This designation of Monkeypox as a public emergency by the World Health Network (WHN) indicates that this outbreak is not limited to a single country or region and should be addressed by immediate actions to prevent community transmission.
  • The severe pain, scaring, blindness, and death, which has been observed in cases of Monkeypox historically.

Indoor Solar Cooking System "Surya Nutan" developed by Indian Oil unveiled.

  • Indian Oil has developed an indoor solar cooking system - Surya Nutan.
  • It collects energy from sun and converts the sun energy into heat through a specially designed heating element.
  • The product is rechargeble and sitable for four person.
  • It offers an online cooking mode while charging.
  • Surya Nutan works in hybrid mode, which means it can run on both solar and auxiliary energy sources simultaneously.
  • The initial cost of the product has been kept at ₹12,000 for the base model and ₹23,000 for the top model.

Sanjeev Joshi, Deputy CEO of BrahMos Aerospace honored with World Disaster Management Award 2022.

  • BrahMos Aerospace Deputy CEO Sanjeev Joshi received the World Disaster Management Congress for Disaster Risk Reduction during the COVID-19 pandemic from 2020 to 2021.
  • The award ceremony was held in the national capital on Wednesday evening and presented by Tourism and Culture G Kishan Reddy.
  • Joshi was in Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) when the COVID crisis hit globally and collaborated on the efforts against the pandemic.

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