India's hockey star Harmanpreet Singh voted FIH Player of the Year.

  • India men’s hockey team defender and vice-captain, Harmanpreet Singh has been voted the 2021/22 FIH Player of the Year for the second year running.
  • He becomes the fourth player to win the Player of the Year award in men's category in consecutive years.
  • He joined an elite list, that includes Teun De Nooijer (Netherlands), Jamie Dwyer (Australia) and Arthur van Doren (Belgium).
  • Felice Albers of Netherlands has been named 2021/22 FIH Player of the Year in women's category.

India to host military exercise, Manesar Anti-Terror 2022.

  • The National Security Guard (NSG) has organised the multinational Joint Anti-Terror Exercise (JATE), Manesar Anti-Terror 2022 at NSG Manesar Garrison.
  • The exercises was conducted under the framework of SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS).
  • It is the second stage of the exercise, as the Stage-1 was conducted from July 27 to August 1 by the National Counter Terrorist Forces of SCO Member Countries in their respective territories.

Asteria Aerospace receives first micro-category drone certification.

  • Asteria Aerospace Limited has received India’s first micro category drone type certification for its indigenously designed A200 drone from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
  • The A200 drone was found to be fully compliant with the Certification Scheme for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
  • Asteria’s A200 drone has been developed for surveying and mapping applications in GIS, agriculture, construction, mining and other industries.

Chandrayaan-2 spectrometer maps abundance of sodium on moon.

  • According to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the X-ray spectrometer CLASS on the Chandrayaan-2 orbiter has mapped an abundance of sodium on the moon for the first time.
  • Chandrayaan-1’s X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometer (C1XS) has detected sodium from its characteristic line in X-rays.
  • CLASS was built at the U R Rao Satellite Centre of ISRO in Bengaluru.
  • It provides clean signatures of the sodium line due to its high sensitivity and performance.

Government, LIC to sell 60.72% stake in IDBI Bank.

  • The government and LIC will together divest a 60.72% stake in the IDBI Bank.
  • The Centre will divest a 30.48% stake while LIC will offload 30.24%.
  • For this, the Department of Investment and Public Asset Management (DIPAM) has invited expressions of interest (EoIs) from potential bidders.
  • The potential investor should have a minimum net worth of ₹22,500 crore, must report net profit in three out of the past five years, will be eligible for bidding.

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