National workshop on Sowa-Rigpa for the Sowa-Rigpa Practitioners
⇒ A two days National workshop on Sowa-Rigpa for the Sowa-Rigpa practitioners from North Eastern States was organized on 20th & 21st May 2022.
The two-day workshop was organized by the National Institute of Sowa Rigpa (NISR), Leh, under the Ministry of Ayush in collaboration with Namgyal Institute of Tibetology (NIT) at Gangtok in Sikkim.
» The workshop was attended by Practitioners, Academicians, students and other stakeholders of Sowa Rigpa medicinal practice of Himalyanan people. It was attended by traditional Sowa-Rigpa practitioners from North Eastern States as well as from all over India.
The Union Minister for Ayush and Ports, Shipping & Waterways Shri Sarbananda Sonowal attended the National Workshop on Sowa Rigpa – the traditional & ancient medicinal practice of Himalyanan people in Sikkim.
During the event, the minister announced major initiatives to boost the traditional medicinal practice including Sowa Rigpa, Ayurveda and Naturopathy in the state of Sikkim on 21st May.
- The Ayush Minister announced that an International Yoga & Naturopathy College will be set up in Sikkim which will boost the medical tourism sector in the Northeast India.
- Underlying the importance of Sowa Rigpa & its further exposure among people for enriching their quality of life, a 30 bedded Sowa Rigpa Hospital is going to be set up in Sikkim.
- Furthering the Ayush initiatives in the Northeast region, the Union Minister announced setting up of Yoga & Wellness centre at every Gram Panchayat level in the state along with an Ayurveda Medical College under Satellite Institute programme in Sikkim.
- This is the first time such an event has been held in Gangtok.
- The event helped in the process for the preservation and promotion of Sowa-Rigpa system of medicine in North Eastern states.
- Also, it provided a platform to scholars, practitioners, researchers and students from various institutions to carry forward the legacy of this great medical system for standardization.
- The Sowa-Rigpa, system of medicine is one of the oldest surviving and well-documented medical traditions of the world with history of more than 2500 years.
- It is also popularly known as Amchi and popularly practiced in Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim and Darjelling.
Vikram-1 rocket's third stage/engine
⇒ India’s private space agency Skyroot Aerospace Private Ltd successfully tested its Vikram-1 rocket’s third stage/engine.
- It was named ‘Kalam-100’ after renowned Indian rocket scientist Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
The rocket’s stage was tested at the facilities of Solar Industries India Ltd, one of the investors in Skyroot, in Nagpur. The company on 19 May 2022 announced the completion of the milestone of full duration test-firing of its Vikram-1 rocket stage.
- The third stage of Vikram-1 produces a peak vacuum thrust of 100 kN (about10 tons) and has a burn time of 108 seconds.
- The rocket stage is built with high-strength carbon fiber structure, solid fuel, Ethylene-Propylene-Diene terpolymers (EPDM) thermal protection system, and carbon ablative nozzle.
- The rocket stage/engine has no moving parts and a high level of automation in manufacturing.
- The Rocket has been made by Hyderabad-based start-up Skyroot Aerospace with Solar Group. Nagpur’s Solar Group provided the propellent, which is needed to carry it up.
- Vikram 1 is now the largest rocket stage completely designed, manufactured, and tested by the Indian private sector.
Single National Portal for Biotech researchers and Start-ups
⇒ In keeping with the spirit of “One Nation, One Portal”, Union Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Science and Technology; Minister of State (I/C) Ministry of Earth Science; MoS of Prime Minister’s Office and Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh launched Single National Portal for Biotech researchers and Start-ups on 21 May 2022.
The Portal “BioRRAP” will cater to all those seeking regulatory approval for biological research & development activity in the country and thus offer a huge relief for “Ease of Science as well as Ease of Business.
During the launch of Biological Research Regulatory Approval Portal (BioRRAP), Dr Jitendra Singh said, India is poised to become a Global Bio-manufacturing Hub and will figure among the top 5 countries of the world by 2025.
- The Portal will also allow stakeholders to see the approvals accorded against a particular application through a unique BioRRAP ID.
- At present there is no mechanism to track the requisite regulatory approval for a research proposal on a single portal. Therefore, to provide more credibility and recognition to such biological researches, Government of India has developed a web system under which each research, requiring regulatory oversight, will be identified by a unique ID called “BioRRAP ID”.
New Prime Minister of Australia
⇒ Labor Party leader Anthony Albanese was sworn in as the new Prime Minister of Australia on 23 May 2022. Anthony Albanese became the country’s 31st Prime Minister.
Mr Albanese’s Labor Party defeated Scott Morrison’s conservative government in an election. It is Australia’s first Labor government in almost a decade.
World Bee Day 2022
⇒ World Bee Day is observed every year on May 20 across the world.
World Bee Day is observed to create awareness on the pivotal role of bees and other pollinators in keeping people and the planet healthy.
The theme for World Bee Day 2022 was “Bee Engaged: Celebrating the diversity of bees and beekeeping systems.”
About World Bee Day:
- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) celebrated the first World Bee Day on 20 May 2018.
- The proposal for World Bee Day was submitted for consideration at the 40th Session of FAO Conference. The United Nations General Assembly unanimously proclaimed 20 May as World Bee Day in 2017.
- The date for this observance was chosen as it was the day Anton Janša, a pioneer of modern apiculture, was born on 20 May 1734.
- Janša came from a family of beekeepers in Slovenia, where beekeeping is an important agricultural activity with a long-standing tradition.