- AUKUS: As part of the AUKUS initiative with Australia and the US, the UK has given three UK businesses a 4 billion pound ($4.9 billion) contract to design and build an attack submarine powered by nuclear energy. Established in 2021, the AUKUS is intended to be a strategic partnership among Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States to bolster their allied deterrence and defense capabilities in the Indo-Pacific. The trilateral partnership, which builds on their decades-long security cooperation, has two pillars. Pillar I revolves around the acquisition and development of conventionally armed nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian Navy; Pillar II calls for collaboration on advanced capabilities that will involve technology and information sharing.
- R21/Matrix-M Vaccine: The R21 vaccine is the second malaria vaccine recommended by the WHO, following the RTS,S/AS01 vaccine, which received a WHO recommendation in 2021. WHO is now reviewing the vaccine for prequalification, which is the WHO stamp of approval, and will enable GAVI (a global vaccine alliance) and UNICEF to buy the vaccine from manufacturers. It is a new vaccine approved for the prevention of malaria in children. It was developed by the University of Oxford and the Serum Institute of India with support from the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (‘EDCTP’), the Welcome Trust, and the European Investment Bank (‘EIB’).It is the first malaria vaccine to reach the WHO’s target of 75% efficacy. It has already been approved for use in Burkina Faso, Ghana, and Nigeria. The vaccine will be rolled out in those African countries in early 2024 and will be available in mid-2024 in other countries.
- Sanwariya Seth Temple: It is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Krishna, specifically to his beloved child form known as “Sanwariya Seth” or “Shyam Seth. It is located in the village of Mandaphia in the Chittorgarh district of Rajasthan. It was built in 1840 A.D. The temple follows the traditional architecture of Rajasthan, known for its intricate carvings, domes, and vibrant colors. The main structure of the temple is built using white marble. The temple is adorned with intricate carvings on the walls, pillars, and ceilings. These carvings depict scenes from Hindu mythology and various motifs. The temple features multiple domes that are adorned with decorative elements. The temple has a prominent spire, or shikhar, which is a tall, tapering structure that rises above the main sanctum. In the sanctum sanctorum of the temple, a black stone idol of Lord Krishna is installed.
- Green Ammonia: Recently, V.O. Chidambaranar Port Authority, Tamil Nadu, successfully received and handled Green Ammonia Containers from Damietta Port, Egypt. It is produced by using hydrogen from water electrolysis and nitrogen separated from the air. These are then fed into the Haber process (also known as Haber-Bosch) which is powered by sustainable electricity. In the Haber process, hydrogen and nitrogen are reacted together at high temperatures and pressures to produce ammonia, NH3. Green ammonia production is where the process of making ammonia is 100% renewable and carbon-free.
It can be used in Fuel for engines such as locomotives and shipping, replacing diesel and marine fuel oil, Fuel source for electricity and power generation, Building block to make fertilizers for use in agriculture; Feedstock for industrial and manufacturing applications ranging from water purification through to pharmaceuticals.