Atal New India Challenges
- The Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) of the NITI Aayog announced to launch the Atal New India Challenges.
- Under the Atal New India Challenge AIM will invite prospective innovators/MSMEs/start-ups to design market-ready products, using cutting edge technologies or prototypes across 17 identified focus areas
- The programme is open to Indian companies registered under the Companies Act 1956/2013, primarily a Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) as defined in the MSMED Act, 2006.
- It is also open to Start-Ups, as defined by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), Government or private R&D organizations, academic institutions, academicians, or even individual innovators are encouraged to apply, provided they partner with entities with appropriate manufacturing capabilities.
- Applicants showing capability, intent, and potential to productize technologies will be awarded grants up to Rs. One crore.
- This grant support will be supplemented by mentoring, hand holding, incubating and other support as needed at various stages of commercialisation. While generating wider deployment.
The focus areas are, namely:
- Climate-smart agriculture
- Fog vision system for road and rail
- Prevention of Rail failure using emerging technologies
- Predictive maintenance of Rolling Stock
- Alternate fuel based transportation
- Smart Mobility
- Electric Mobility
- Safe transport
- Instant Portable Water Quality Testing
- Affordable Desalination / Recycling Technology
- Waste management recycling / reuse
- Garbage composition devices
- Quality of compost
- Decentralized composting
- Mixing blades for composting
- Waste in public spaces
- Dissuading public littering
Bureau of Indian Standards grants first license for Liquid Chlorine
- Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) granted First Licence to M/s Gujarat Alkalies and Chemicals Ltd for Liquid Chlorine on All India basis.
- This is the First Licence granted on All India basis.
- The licence has been made operative for a period of one year.
- This product is in liquid form and stored in metal containers. It is usually used as a gas obtained by evaporating the liquid from the metal container.
- It is used mainly in paper, pulp, textile bleaching, water sterilization and manufacture of chemicals.
- The Indian Standard 646:1986 for Liquid Chlorine, Technical, prescribes the requirements and the methods of sampling and test for liquid chlorine, technical.
- The move will facilitate industry to get a quality Liquid Chlorine with Standard Mark under BIS Certification Marks scheme.
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