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NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY OBSERVED

NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DAY OBSERVED

Context

Every year, National Technology Day is celebrated  on May 11.

Details

  • The National Technology Day 2021 theme is “Science and Technology for a Sustainable Future”.
  • Its objective is to highlight the achievements of engineers and scientists in the field of technology and science.
  • It is also the day when India conducted its first successful test in Pokhran.
  • On May 11, Indian successfully test-fired the Shakti-I nuclear missile at Pokhran Test Range in Rajasthan.
  • India became a nuclear state and the sixth country to join the elite ‘nuclear club’ of nations.
  • Also, on the very same day India tested its first indigenous aircraft ‘Hansa-3’ designed by National Aerospace Laboratory which took flight in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • Since 1999, the Ministry of Science and Technology, Technology Development Board (TDB) commemorates the day.

About Pokhran Test

  • These were a series of five nuclear bomb test explosions conducted at Pokhran Test Range in May 1998.
  • These tests were assigned code name Operation Shakti.

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