1)Union Minister Sonowal launches ‘SAGAR-SETU’ mobile app of National Logistics Portal Marine
The Minister of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal, introduced the “Sagar Setu” mobile application for the National Logistics Portal Marine. The “Sagar Setu” mobile app by the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways offers a login module, service catalogue, Letter of Credit, bank guarantee, certification, and track & trace features.

Significance of the ‘SAGAR-SETU’ mobile app:
It gives real-time information on vessel-related details, gate information, container freight stations, and transactions. The app also facilitates digital payments for charges associated with import and export clearance processes, such as shipping line charges, transportation fees, and container freight station charges.

2)G20 EMPOWER 2nd Meeting: Accelerating Women’s Economic Empowerment
The G20 EMPOWER Alliance is dedicated to accelerating women’s leadership and empowerment in the private sector. This initiative is critical not only for social justice but also for economic growth, given that the G20 represents more than 80% of the world’s GDP, 75% of international trade, and 60% of the world’s population. With its strategic position in the global economy, the G20 has enormous potential to advance gender equality and women’s empowerment.

G20 EMPOWER 2nd Meeting: Women’s Empowerment for Economic Prosperity
India, under its G20 Presidency, is taking forward its women-led development agenda through the G20 EMPOWER 2023. The theme for the second EMPOWER meeting, scheduled to be held in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, is “Women’s Empowerment: A Win-Win for Equity and Economy.” This inclusive, ambitious, and action-oriented G20 Presidency is perfectly timed to accelerate the global focus on empowering women.


4th desalination plant

VA Tech Wabag Ltd has bagged an order from Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) for building a 4th desalination plant in Chennai. Once the project is complete, Chennai can treat about 750 MLD of desalinated water

Tamil Nadu has been the pioneer in the use of desalination technology for providing potable water and achieving water security. It already has two fully functional desalination plants near Chennai – Minjur and Nemmeli. Minjur, the first desalination plant in India, was opened in 2010.


Sudha Shivkumar took over as 40th President of FICCI Ladies Organisation
Sudha Shivkumar has been appointed as the 40th president of FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO), which is the oldest women-led and women-centric business chamber in Southeast Asia. The appointment took place during the 39th annual session. As the president of FLO, Shivkumar aims to focus on empowering women by promoting an enabling environment that fosters entrepreneurship, industry participation, and economic development for women.

She intends to carry out several interventions towards achieving this goal. FLO plays a significant role in promoting and encouraging women’s participation in various fields, and the organization has been working towards the economic and social empowerment of women in India for many years.


India Justice Report 2022: Karnataka tops among 18 large States

India justice report-2022

According to the India Justice Report (IJR) 2022, which assesses the performance of states in terms of justice delivery, the state of Karnataka has achieved the top rank among the 18 large and mid-sized states with populations over one crore. The report considers several parameters such as police, judiciary, prisons, and legal aid to assess the overall performance of each state.

The state of Tamil Nadu has secured the second position in the rankings, while Telangana has secured the third position.The State of Gujarat has got the fourth position and Andhra Pradesh is at slot five as per the report which was released on April 4 in New Delhi. On the other hand, the state of Uttar Pradesh has been ranked at 18, which is the lowest among the states considered in the report. This report is based on 24-month quantitative research. The IJR 2022, like the previous two, has tracked the performance of States in capacitating their Justice delivery structures to effectively deliver mandated services.


Laser Carbon to Produce Hydrogen

Recently, a few Researchers have developed a novel Carbon-Based Catalyst called Laser Carbon to make water electrolysis more efficient.

Significance of Laser carbon

  • Laser Carbon can replace expensive metal-based catalysts in the electrolysis of water to produce hydrogen.Laser carbon is a porous carbon material containing nitrogen that acts as both a catalyst and an anode in electrolysis.
  • It reduces the energy required for splitting water by lowering the overpotential of the Oxygen Evolution Reaction (OER).
  • Laser carbon is simpler to synthesise, and can be batch-manufactured with a laser in an environmentally friendly process, unlike other carbon-based catalysts.
  • Although its catalytic activity is not as good as metal-based catalysts, it can be improved by using different polymers in the fabrication process.


International Day of Conscience 2023: 05th April
International Conscience Day is celebrated on April 5 to promote peace. To lead a conscientious life, one must respect human rights and dignity as well as protect other living beings. Conscience is the ability of a person to distinguish between what’s right and what’s wrong. The ability guides the person to be compassionate, and be thoughtful of one’s actions. Conscience allows people to have a moral backbone and to protect those who are weak.

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