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UPSC Prelims Mains FACTS


UPSC Prelims Mains FACTS


  • GenoVault is a centralized genomic repository for researchers using private cloud infrastructure.

  •  GenoVault has enormous importance in healthcare and is of great use in personalized medicine also.

  •  GenoVault provides a genomics repository with easy to use interfaces and Cloud based services.

  •  GenoVault is supported by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India. 

  • The infrastructure is supported by the BRAF facility under the National Supercomputing Mission (NSM).

Lunar Polar Exploration mission (LUPEX)

  • It is a robotic lunar mission by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). 

  • The mission aims to send a lunar rover and lander to explore the south pole region of the Moon in 2024. 

  • JAXA is likely to provide the under-development H3 launch vehicle and the rover while ISRO would be responsible for the lander for this mission.

Shetrunjay Hills Reserve Forest 

  • Shetrunjay Hills Reserve Forest is located in Gujarat.The hills are located on the banks of river Shetrunji and are considered as a sacred hill by Jains. 

  • These hills are similar to other hills where Jain temples have been built in Gwalior, Mount Abu, Bihar and Girnar. 

  • The reserve forest is a patch of hilly, dry and deciduous forest.It is home to Asiatic lions and leopards as well as herbivores such as blue bulls.

Shanghai Cooperation Organization: 

  • 8 Member States:  China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, Pakistan.

  • 4 Observer States:  Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, Mongolia.


  • The tri-Service integrated defence staff under the defence ministry is two-day “IndSpaceEx”, with all military and scientific stakeholders.

  • Aim: to assess the requisite space and counter-space capabilities that are needed by India to ensure we can protect our national security interests in this final frontier of warfare

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