India to host 1st edition of "Global IndiaAI 2023" in October 2023.

  • The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology will organize the first edition of the Global IndiaAI 2023 in October 2023.
  • The leading AI players, researchers, startups, and investors in India and worldwide will participate in the event.
  • Union MoS for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship and Electronics & IT, Rajeev Chandrasekhar chairs the conference’s steering committee which is entrusted with the task of shaping the contours of the Global IndiaAI 2023.

NASA to test end-to-end laser communication in space.

  • NASA is launching a groundbreaking technology demonstration known as the Integrated LCRD Low Earth Orbit User Modem and Amplifier Terminal (ILLUMA-T) to the Space Station.
  • ILLUMA-T is scheduled to launch on SpaceX’s 29th Commercial Resupply mission.
  • Aim: To enhance space communications capabilities.
  • The ILLUMA-T, along with the Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) launched in December 2021, will complete NASA’s first two-way, end-to-end laser relay system.

Chandrayaan-3 shows 50°C difference between moon’s surface and 10 cm below.

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) released a graph of the temperature variation between the moon’s surface and a point around 8 cm below.
  • It was measured by an instrument named ChaSTE (Chandra’s Surface Thermophysical Experiment).
  • The graph shows that the temperature at 8 cm (80 mm) depth into the Moon’s surface drops to -10 degrees Celsius and at 6 cm (60 mm) depth, the temperature is around 5-10 degrees Celsius.

Centre announces up to Rs 50 lakh grant for technical textiles startups.

  • The Textiles ministry released the guidelines of the GREAT scheme (Grant for Research and Entrepreneurship across Aspiring Innovators in Technical Textiles), under which they will provide a grant-in-aid of up to Rs 50 lakh for startups and individuals to promote innovation in the niche technical textiles segment.
  • They would grant-in-aid of up to Rs 50 lakh for up to a period of 18 months.
  • Additionally, they will provide 10% of the total grant-in-aid to incubators.

Govt to set up 1,000 Khelo India Centres in country within a year.

  • Youth Affairs Minister, Anurag Singh Thakur has announced that 1,000 Khelo India Centres will be established within a year in the country.
  • He also informed that each player will receive 5 lakh rupees to procure equipment for their centres and per year another 5 lakh rupees for operational expenses.
  • He also launched an Information booklet on Sports Infrastructure Projects sanctioned under the Khelo India Scheme as well as launched a National Sports Federations portal.

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