JUICE Space Mission of Europe to be launched in April 2023.

  • The European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) will be launched from the agency’s spaceport in French Guiana in April 2023.
  • Aim: To explore the large, frigid worlds that orbit Jupiter, Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa.
  • Ariane 5 will carry the satellite.
  • JUICE will be the first satellite from the earth to enter the orbit of Ganymede.
  • If launched in April 2023, the satellite is expected to enter Jupiter orbit by 2034 and will be deorbited in 2035.

North India’s largest floating Solar project inaugurated.

  • The Governor of Punjab, Banwari Lal Purohit inaugurated North India’s largest floating Solar project of 2000kWp at Water Works in Chandigarh.
  • He has also inaugurated a 500kWp floating Solar Project with Fountains at Dhanas Lake in Chandigarh.
  • These projects were designed and executed by CREST (Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society).
  • It will generate a minimum of 35 Lac Units(kWh) of Solar Energy per year with 20% module efficiency.

Krishi-Mahotsav: Pradarshani evam Prashikshan organized in Rajasthan.

  • The Department of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare has organized a two-day event, ‘Krishi-Mahotsav: Pradarshani evam Prashikshan’ at Kota, Rajasthan.
  • It was organized in association with the Department of Agriculture, Government of Rajasthan.
  • Aim: To make Kota Division advanced and leading in the field of agriculture and rural development.
  • Through the exhibition, the government can also spread awareness about the schemes of governments.
  • Rajasthan CM: Ashok Gehlot

President Murmu conferred PM's national award for children.

  • President, Droupadi Murmu has conferred the Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar (PMRBP) 2023 to 11 exceptional children in an award ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan.
  • The awards are conferred upon children in the age group 5 – 18 years.
  • This award is given in six categories - Art & Culture, Bravery, Innovation, Scholastic, Social Service, and Sports.
  • Each awardee of PMRBP is given a medal, a cash prize of Rs.1 Lakh and a Certificate.

Bihar inks MoU with FSI for TOF field survey to promote agroforestry.

  • Bihar government in association with the Forest Survey of India (FSI) has decided to conduct a 'Trees Outside Forest' (TOF) field survey
  • Aim: To identify the dominant tree species that are growing outside the recorded forest areas (RFA).
  • As per the FSI India State of Forest Report, 2021, Bihar has registered an increase of 3.79% in growing stock in RFA and 0.58% in TOF.
  • The overall tree cover has also increased in the state from 2,003 sq km in 2019 to 2,341 sq km in 2021

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