October Spotlight 2020

ūüóďÔłŹ¬† October¬†2020


1. ISRO is scheduled to launch its Venus mission in 2025 and France’s CNES (National Centre for Space Studies) will participate in it.

  • The VIRAL (Venus Infrared Atmospheric Gases Linker) instrument ‚Äď which is attached to the French national scientific research centre (CNRS) ‚Äď has been selected by ISRO for this mission. VIRAL will be equipped on the Shukrayaan.
  • This is the first time, a French payload will be flown on an Indian exploration mission.

2. Rajasthan govt has decided to give 30% of the new Public Distribution System (PDS) shops to women for their empowerment.

  • The government has approved an additional budget of Rs 11 crore for the Sahyog Evam Uphar Yojana of the state.
  • In this scheme, financial assistance is provided to the needy and eligible families for a¬†daughter’s marriage.

3. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has launched the Ambedkar Social Innovation Incubation Mission (ASIIM) to promote innovation and entrepreneurship amongst SC students in higher education campuses.

  • 1,000 initiatives of SC youth would be identified by 2024 and will be provided up to ‚āĻ30 lakh in a three year period as equity.
  • Successful ventures would further get funding of up to ‚āĻ5 Crore from the Venture Capital Fund for SCs.
  • ASIIM has been launched under the Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes (VCFSC).
  • VCFSC was launched in 2014-15 to develop entrepreneurship amongst the SC/ Divyang youth and to enable them to become ‘job-givers’.

4. Indian Institute of Technology Madras(IITM) has collaborated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to find ways to use industrial and agricultural by-products.

5. Andhra Pradesh govt has launched the Jagananna Vidya Kanuka scheme to arouse the interest of students in education.

  • The scheme aims to distribute educational kits (comprising of school uniform, shoes,¬†socks, textbooks, etc.) worth Rs 650 crore to the students in grades 1 to 10.

6. India and Bangladesh conducted the 2nd edition of the bilateral naval exercise ‚ÄúBongosagar‚ÄĚ in Northern Bay of Bengal.

  • After Bongosagar, the 3rd edition of India Bangladesh Coordinated Patrol (CORPAT) will¬†be held.

7. Dassault Systemes (Software company), in collaboration with the Shiv Nadar University, has established Shiv Nadar University-Dassault Systemes Centre of Excellence (SDC) at the university’s campus.


  • Purpose: for promoting research, innovation, design, and entrepreneurship among students¬†of Shiv Nadar University.

8. Ayush Grid project and National Digital Health Mission have announced to integrate for providing better health services to the people.


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