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Chinese astronauts record growing rice in space

  • In the space station being built in space by China, plants like rice and Thale cress have been grown artificially. The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) has been publishing research on lab-grown rice and Thale cress since July this year.
  • Among them, the scientists said that the trials of Thale cress and rice planting are going on smoothly in China's Wentian lab module. Thale grace seed produced four leaves and paddy seeds grew up to 30 cm during this research.
  • It is reported that these plants have been artificially grown in the space station being built by China in the space station, in very low gravity. And in this experiment, it is reported that the experiment is being conducted by Chinese space researchers in an attempt to understand how plants behave in space where radiation levels are high.
  • This is not the first time China has tested plant seeds in space. In July last year, China brought back the first batch of rice grown from seeds returned from space.
India's GDP grew by 13.5% in the first quarter of the current fiscal
  • According to data released by the National Statistics Office (NSO), India's GDP rose to Rs 36.85 lakh crore from Rs 32.46 lakh crore in the April-June first quarter of the financial year 2022-23.
  • The GDP growth rate was 20.1 per cent in the April-June first quarter of the 2021-22 financial year. It is notable that it has decreased by 6.6 percent. However, the GDP growth in the first quarter of the fiscal year 2022-23 between April-June came in lower than the Reserve Bank's forecast.
  • At the fiscal policy meeting earlier this month, the Reserve Bank had projected GDP growth of 16.2 percent in the April-June quarter. But the GDP growth was lower than expected by 2.7 percent.
Central government release of funds for rural local bodies - Rs.1380 crore for Tamil Nadu
  • The central government has released funds of Rs.15075 crore to the states for rural panchayat bodies. The central government has earmarked up to Rs.1380 crore as share for Tamil Nadu.
  • Also various states have been allocated similar funds. According to this, for UP, Rs. 3,733 crore, MP, Rs.1,472 crore, Rs. 1,1181 crore has been allocated by the central government to Gujarat.
The Union Cabinet has approved the signing of MoU between India and Nepal in the field of Biodiversity Conservation
  • To the proposal of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Biodiversity Conservation with the Government of Nepal with a view to strengthen and expand cooperation in the areas of forests, wildlife, environment, biodiversity conservation, climate change including restoration of corridors and interconnecting areas, sharing of knowledge and best practices between the two countries. The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has given its approval.
  • The MoU will help enhance cooperation between the two sides in the areas of forests, wildlife, environment, biodiversity conservation, climate change, including restoration of corridors and interconnectors.

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