Statue of equality: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Statue of Equality, a gigantic statue of Ramanujacharya, on February 5 on the outskirts of Hyderabad. Ramanuja was an advocate of social equality among all sections of people centuries ago, and encouraged temples to open their doors to everyone irrespective of caste or position in society at a time when people of many castes were forbidden from entering them. He took education to those who were deprived of it. His greatest contribution is the propagation of the concept of “vasudhaiva kutumbakam”, which translates as “all the universe is one family”.
River city alliance: has been launched with the objective to provide the member cities with a platform to discuss and exchange information on aspects that are vital for sustainable management of urban rivers, sharing best practices and supporting innovation. The Alliance is open to all river cities of India. Any river city can join the Alliance at any time. State Governments are implementing Action Plans for restoration of water quality of the identified polluted river stretches.
Chandrayaan 3: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will make its third venture to the Moon through the Chandrayaan-3 mission in August this year. Chandrayaan-3 is a planned third lunar exploration mission by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Following Chandrayaan-2, where a last-minute glitch in the soft landing guidance software led to the failure of the lander’s soft landing attempt after a successful orbital insertion, another lunar mission for demonstrating soft landing was proposed. Chandrayaan-3 will be a mission repeat of Chandrayaan-2 but will only include a lander and rover similar to that of Chandrayaan-2. It will not have an orbiter. The spacecraft is planned to be launched in August 2022.
GSLV MKIII: stands for Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle. GSLV Mk III is a 3 stage heavy lift launch vehicle developed by ISRO. This launch vehicle is designed for carrying heavier satellites. GSLV Mk -III has higher thrust than the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), the most successful launch vehicle of ISRO. The objective of developing GSLV Mk III are listed below.To launch heavier communication satellites, To launch heavier multi-purpose satellites, Future Interplanetary exploration, To launch future crewed missions i.e. to carry humans to space.
AMR: Anti-microbial resistance is the resistance acquired by any microorganism (bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasite, etc.) against antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals, antimalarials, and anthelmintics) that are used to treat infections. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others. Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as “superbugs”. Antimicrobial resistance is now regarded as a major threat to public health across the globe.
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