South Korea to conduct 1st launch of commercial-grade satellite.

  • South Korea is planning to conduct its first launch of a commercial-grade satellite aboard a domestically built rocket as part of its space development program.
  • It will blast off from the space launch center on a southern island in May 2023.
  • It will carry one main satellite Next Generation Small Satellite 2 and seven other smaller cube-shaped satellites.
  • The main satellite will verify imaging radar technology and observe cosmic radiation in near-Earth orbit.

PM Modi flagged off Rajasthan's 1st Vande Bharat Express.

  • PM Narendra Modi has flagged off Rajasthan’s 1st Vande Bharat Express train on April 12, 2023.
  • It is the world’s 1st semi-high-speed passenger train on high-rise overhead electric (OHE) territory.
  • It will make its inaugural journey between Jaipur and Delhi Cantt railway stations.
  • It will operate between Ajmer and Delhi Cantt, with stops at Jaipur, Alwar, and Gurgaon.
  • It will complete the Ajmer-Delhi Cantt journey in 5 hours and 15 minutes.

Nisha Dahiya wins Silver in Asian Wrestling Championship in Kazakhstan.

  • India wrestler, Nisha Dahiya has secured the silver medal in the women's 68kg category at the Asian wrestling championships 2023, held in Astana, Kazakhstan.
  • She reached the final but fell to Japan’s Ami Ishii 10-0 and finished as a runner-up.
  • She had defeated China's Feng Zhou 7-6 in the semi-finals.
  • Another Indian wrestler, Priya Malik clinched a bronze in the 76 kg category after defeating Japan's Mizuki Nagashima.

WhatsApp launches "Stay Safe" campaign.

  • WhatsApp has launched a new campaign named Stay Safe with WhatsApp to highlight the several safety features that are pre-built on the messaging app.
  • It will run for three months with a focus on several safety-centric features like Block and Report, Two-Step Verification, and Privacy and group settings.
  • The campaign highlights why it is important to add two-step verification to WhatsApp, which requires a 6-digit pin and an OTP to authenticate a user.

NSE Indices launches India's first-ever REITs and InvITs index.

  • NSE Indices Ltd, an arm of the National Stock Exchange, has launched the country's first-ever Real Estate Investment Trusts and Infrastructure Investment Trusts index -Nifty REITs and InvITs Index.
  • Aim: To track the performance of REITs and InvITs that are publicly listed and traded on the NSE.
  • A Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) or an Infrastructure Investment Trust (InvIT) is an investment vehicle that owns revenue-generating real estate or infrastructure assets.

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