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ISRO's test landing of reusable rocket successful
  • The Indian Space Research Organization, DRDO and the Indian Air Force jointly conducted the landing test of the Reusable Rocket Landing Mission (RLV LEX) at the Iranautical Test Range in Chitradurga, Karnataka yesterday. 
  • The reusable rocket vehicle took off at 7.10 am yesterday with the help of an Indian Air Force Chinook helicopter. It was released in mid-air while flying at an altitude of 4.5 km above sea level. 
  • The rocket was then guided from the Integrated Control Computer Center and landed. The rocket was successfully landed back on the runway. Already in 2016, the first hypersonic flight test was conducted from Satishthavan Space Centre. It is noteworthy that as the next test of this, ISRO has made great progress and successfully conducted its test of reusable rockets.
Second G20 Energy Transitions Working Group meeting
  • The 2nd Energy Transitions Working Group (ETWG) meeting under the chairmanship of G20 India began today in Gandhinagar.
  • More than 100 delegates from G20 member states, special invitee countries and international organizations including International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), European Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries ( OPEC), and the International Solar Alliance (ISA), participate in these discussions.
  • The meeting focuses on six priority areas, including energy transition by addressing technology gaps, low-cost financing of energy transition, energy security and diversified supply chains, energy efficiency, industrial low-carbon transitions and responsible consumption, and fuel for the future. Global access to clean energy and equitable, affordable and inclusive energy transition pathways are discussed.
  • A side event of the meeting was a seminar on Global Green Hydrogen Ecosystem - Implementing Net Zero Pathways. As part of the second Energy Transitions Working Group (ETWG) meeting, they also visited Gift City in Gandhinagar.
Major Achievements of Indian Railways in FY 2022-23
  • In the financial year 2022-23, Indian Railways has achieved new achievements and milestones in various sectors including freight loading, electrification, new track/doubling/track conversion, logo production and integration of technology to ensure safety.
  • Indian Railways has handled 1512 MT in 2022-23 as compared to 1418 MT in 2021-22. This is an increase of 6.63%. This is the highest growth ever for railways in a financial year. Revenue in FY 2022-23 Rs. 2.44 lakh crore in 2021-22 as compared to Rs.1.91 lakh crore in 2021-22. This is an increase of 27.75%.
  • Record Electrification: Indian Railways is rapidly progressing to become the world's largest green rail network by achieving 100 percent electrification. In 2022-23, 6,542 km has been covered in the history of Indian Railways. The previous maximum electrification was 6,366 km in 2021-22 which is an increase of 2.76%.
  • Achievements have also been achieved in the construction of new tracks, track doubling, automatic signalling, flyovers, tunnels, flyovers, lifts and escalators.

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