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Aero India - iDEX Start-up Manthan:

iDEX – Start-up Manthan to promote defense innovation organised at Aero India 2021.

About iDEX Start-up Manthan:

♦ Every year, Start-up Manthan is organized under iDEX.

♦ The Prime Minister launched iDEX in April 2018, and its core objective is to create a business model that meets the defense needs of India and enables start-ups to take advantage of the defense market.

♦ Since its launch, iDEX has become a national ecosystem that brings startups, innovators and entrepreneurs together with military users and operators.

♦ This event offers a rare opportunity for DIO-iDEX-related companies to demonstrate market leaders and business decision-makers their skills, products and services.

FSSAI Caps Trans Fats in Foods:

Laws to limit trans fatty acids (TFA) in food products have been amended by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI). This decision was taken a week after the regulations for oils and fats were amended.  


♦ According to the new regulations, in foods containing edible fats and oils, the total quantity of industrial trans fats shall not exceed 2% of the total quantity of fats and oils found in the product.

♦ The regulation will be applicable from January 1, 2022.

♦ In December 2020, the FSSAI will restrict the amount of TFA content required for oils and fats to 3% in 2021, and will also limit the existing 5% to 2% by 2022.



Russia to Launch 40 Satellites in 2021 of March:

The Russian Aerospace Industry has announced that in March 2021, Russia will launch 40 satellites from 18 different countries in the world into orbit.
♦ Using the Soyuz-2 launch vehicle, the satellite will be launched. It was also discovered in November 2020 that Soyuz-2.1 will be bombed on March 20, 2021 by the aerospace industry.
♦ The Soyuz 2.1 is a launch vehicle with boosters from Fregat. Together with a Korean compact Advanced Satellite 500 spacecraft named CAS500-1, it will be launched.
♦ Along with Soyuz 2.1 and CAS500-1, payloads from 18 nations will also be sent to space. The list of satellites has not been finalized yet, however.
♦ The Alliance 2.1 payload will launch satellites from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Japan, South Korea, UAE, Israel, Thailand, Germany, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Hungary, Argentina, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Tunisia and the United Kingdom.
Soyuz: It is a Soviet expendable launch systems family. It was developed by OKB-1, and the Space Center Progress Rocket was designed in Samara, Russia. In 1966, it launched its first satellite. It has launched over 1,700 flights so far. In the world, it is the most widely used launch vehicle.

Arka Shubha - New Marigold Variety Developed:

A new variety of marigold named Arka Shubha has been established by the Indian Institute of Horticulture Research (IIHR).
♦ Arka Shubha`s carotene content is approximately 2.8 percent (maximum 1.4 percent for all marigolds), the highest of all plant sources.
♦ Even if it deteriorates after blooming, which is distinct from other varieties, this new variety of marigold can be used to extract crude carotene.
Ornamental and carotene extraction: Not only does this new variety have ornamental uses, it is also a good source of crude carotene.
Poultry Feed: Its petals can be used to acquire high-quality egg yolks as poultry feed.
Reduce Import Dependency: Most of the carotene imported by India comes from other nations, including China. This creation will dramatically reduce reliance on imports. The field of cultivation and investment in carotene extraction should therefore be expanded.
Key Facts About Carotene: Carotene is a non-oxygen-containing carotenoid pigment. They are usually unsaturated hydrocarbons that contain only carbon and hydrogen. The colors vary from yellow to red to orange. The color is due to the chain of single and double alternating bonds. Carotene is responsible for the orange color of carrots. Examples of carotene include alpha carotene, beta-carotene and lycopene. Carotene is used in the pharmaceutical industry and the demand for it has been high.


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