26 Apr 2018: UPSC Exam PIB Summary & Analysis

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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