INS Androth:It is an Anti-Submarine Warfare Shallow Water Craft (ASW SWC).It is built by Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers (GRSE) in Kolkata for the Indian Navy.
Primary Role: To conduct anti-submarine operations in coastal waters, low-intensity maritime operations, and mine-laying operations. It is also capable of full-scale sub-surface surveillance of coastal waters and various surface platforms and coordinated ASW operations with aircraft.
Features: It is propelled by three diesel-driven water jets.It can attain a maximum speed of 25 knots.It carries lightweight torpedoes, ASW rockets and mines.It will be fitted with hull-mounted sonar and a low-frequency variable depth sonar.
Indian New Year:
|New Year||State||New Year||State|
|Chaitra Sukladi||North India||Bestu Varas||Gujarat,Rajashthan (after Deepawali)|
|Puthandu||Tamil nadu||Sajibu cheiraoba||Meiteis in Manipur|
Green Tug Transition Programme(GTTP): India aims at becoming ‘Global Hub for Green Ship’ building by 2030 with launch of GTTP. Aim: To convert all tugboats working in the country into ‘Green Hybrid Tugs’, running on non-fossil fuel like Methanol, Ammonia, and Hydrogen. Tugs are special boats that assist other vessels into and out of port. The primary purpose of these boats is to help move larger ships by towing, pushing, and guiding. The Ministry has set a target for the initial Green Tugs to start working in all Major Ports by 2025.At least 50% of all the Tugs are likely to be converted into Green Tugs by 2030.The minister also inaugurated India’s first National Centre of Excellence in Green Port & Shipping (NCoEGPS) in Gurugram,Haryana.It is the setup by Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and the TERI.It will act as a technological arm of MoPSW.
Stories of Change series: Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) has launched a series called “Stories of Change,” which features 15 change-makers from the grassroots.Aim: To inspire people to become entrepreneurs and showcase the potential of Indian villages for problem-solving capabilities.AIM has established 15 Atal Community Innovation Centers in 9 states of India and plans to establish 50 such centres soon to serve unserved areas.