Baijayant Panda Committee: It is a committee constituted by the Ministry of Defence constituted a High Level Expert Committee for a comprehensive review of National Cadet Corps (NCC). Objectives of the Committee:
- Committee is to suggest measures to empower NCC cadets to contribute more effectively towards nation building.
- To propose ways for gainful engagement of NCC Alumni for betterment of the organization.
- To recommend best practices of similar international youth organisations for inclusion in NCC curriculum.
Rice Fortification: In this technology, milled rice is pulverized and mixed with a premix containing vitamins and minerals. In India, rice is fortified using extrusion technology. Fortified rice kernels (FRK) are produced from this mixture using an extruder machine. Recently, Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs has approved the supply of fortified rice in government-run food schemes by 2024 in a phased manner with an aim to combat nutrition deficiency in all states and UTS. Supply of fortified rice through Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS) will be done under National Food Security Act (NFSA), Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS), PM POSHAN, and other welfare schemes (OWS).
Ramjet Technology: A ramjet is a form of air-breathing jet engine that uses the vehicle’s forward motion to compress incoming air for combustion without a rotating compressor. Ramjets work most efficiently at supersonic speeds around Mach 3 (three times the speed of sound) and can operate up to speeds of Mach 6. However, ramjet efficiency starts to drop at hypersonic speeds.
Bhuvan-Aadhar portal: Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between UIDAI and ISRO for developing the portal. Bhuvan Aadhar Portal will facilitate complete geographic information storage, retrieval, analysis and reporting for Aadhaar centres, with a high resolution backdrop of natural color satellite images. Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) is a statutory authority established under the provisions of the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016 for issuing Aadhar cards.
Banarasi Pashmina: Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) launched Banarasi Pashmina in Varanasi. This is for the first time that Pashmina products are being produced outside the region of Leh-Ladakh and Jammu & Kashmir. Changthangi or Pashmina goats are raised for ultra-fine cashmere wool, known as Pashmina once woven. Changthangi or Pashmina goat is a special breed of goat indigenous to the high altitude regions of Ladakh (domesticated and reared by Changpa nomadic communities). Kashmir Pashmina has been assigned Geographical indication (Gl) tag.