11th May : National Technology Day

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      Here we come up with another article in our days observance section. Because we don’t want you to miss any important topic which is related to our self not only in terms of exams but as a human being. So here we go –

Every year, National Technology Day is observed across India on May 11 to mark Indian technological advancement. The day has been declared National Technology Day by the Indian Government in order to commemorate the history of India’s technological capability and expertise. This day glorifies the importance of science in day to day life and to celebrate the anniversary of first of the five tests of Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) nuclear test which was held on 11 May 1998 in Pokhran, Rajasthan.

Apart from Pokhran nuclear test, on this day first indigenous aircraft Hansa-3 was test flown at Bangalore and India also conducted successful test firing of the Trishul missile on the same day. Considering all these achievements 11 May was chosen to be commemorated as National Technology Day. 

To mark this day, Technology Development Board (TDB) has instituted a National Award. This award is conferred on to various individuals and industries for their successful achievement in commercialization of Indigenous Technology. The Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) also celebrates National Technology Day to commemorate the anniversary of Shakti and the Pokhran nuclear test.

On this day, the DFRL is also organizing an exhibition for publicly showcasing the products and technology recently developed by the laboratory. For this day the DFRL will be open for the public from 10 am to 4 pm. 

Things you should know about Pokhran :- 

Pokhran-2nd was the sequence of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted by India at the Indian Army’s Pokhran Test Range in May 1998. It was the second Indian nuclear test. The first test, code-named Smiling Buddha was conducted in May 1974. These nuclear tests resulted in a variety of consents against India by a number of major states, including Japan and the United States.

On May 11, 1998, Operation Shakti (Pokhran-II) was initiated with the detonation of one fusion and two fission bombs. On May 13, 1998, two additional fission devices were detonated and the Indian government led by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee shortly convened a press conference to declare India a full-fledged nuclear state.

Many names are credited to these tests but formerly, they were called Operation Shakti-98 (Power-98), and the five nuclear bombs were designated Shakti-I through Shakti-V. More recently, the operation as a whole has come to be known as Pokhran II, and the 1974 explosion as Pokhran-I.

This time, the celebration of 2016 National Technology Day will be attended by President Pranab Mukherjee and Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the Science and Technology Exhibition. This year’s theme is Technology enablers of Startup India.

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