TAPAS UAV: The Tactical Airborne Platform for Aerial Surveillance-Beyond Horizon-201 or Tapas BH-201 is a long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle.It was previously used to be referred as Rustom-II. It can cover a range of 250+ km using the C Band frequency data link developed by Defence Electronics Application Laboratory (DEAL) at DRDO. It can also cover 1000+ km via SATCOM using the Kᵤ Band frequency and GAGAN system. The medium-altitude, long-endurance drone has an impressive flight endurance of several hours and successfully completed its maiden flight in November 2016.Its compact, lightweight design makes it easily transportable and deployable to remote locations. Its real-time data collection and transmission provide valuable intelligence for decision-making. It has a range of over 18 hours and altitude capabilities of up to 28,000 feet. It is being developed in India by Aeronautical Development Establishment.
Anti-Ragging Laws in India: While ragging is not a specific offence, it could be penalised under several other provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).For example, the offence of wrongful restraint is criminalised under Section 339 of the IPC which is punished with simple imprisonment up to 1 month, or with fine up to Rs 500, or with both. Wrongful restraint is an offence when a person is prevented from proceeding in any direction in which that person has a right to proceed. Section 340 criminalises wrongful confinement which is defined as wrongfully restraining any person in such a manner as to prevent that person from proceedings beyond certain circumscribing limits. Several states have special laws for anti-ragging. For example, The Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act 1998 provides for suspension or dismissal of the student accused of ragging and mandatorily requires the college administration to inform the nearest police station.If an educational institution fails to do so, it would be “deemed abetment” to commit the offence.
Artemis 2 Mission: It will be the first mission to carry humans to the moon’s vicinity since 1972.
It is the second scheduled flight of the Artemis program and the first crewed Artemis mission.
During Artemis II, four astronauts will fly around the moon before returning to Earth.
It will use the huge Space Launch System (SLS) mega-rocket and Orion spacecraftto launch the crew on the lunar flyby mission.It will include three astronauts from NASA and one from the Canadian Space Agency. The astronauts and mission controllers will collect data on Orion and the crew’s performance to assess how ready the Artemis program is to send people to the moon’s surface.
Green Hydrogen Standard: In a significant move for the progress of the National Green Hydrogen Mission, the government has notified the Green Hydrogen Standard for India. The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy has decided to define Green Hydrogen as having a well-to-gate emission (i.e., including water treatment, electrolysis, gas purification, drying and compression of hydrogen) of not more than 2 kg CO2 equivalent / kg H2.
The Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power shall be the Nodal Authority for accreditation of agencies for the monitoring, verification and certification for Green Hydrogen production projects.
The scope of the definition encompasses both electrolysis-based and biomass-based hydrogen production methods.