Harsh Vardhan Current Affairs - 2019

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Guinness World Record of most students assembling radio kits simultaneously created

The Guinness World Record of most students assembling radio kits simultaneously was created on the third day of 5th India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019 being held in Kolkata. This is the 2nd Guinness World Record at IISF 2019 as earlier on first day of IISF more than 1,598 students had created a Guinness World Record for Largest astrophysics lesson and assembly of spectroscopes.

Record Highlights

Although 490 students participated in the event but a record 268 succeeded in completing process of assembling radio kits simultaneously in the stipulated hours. The participants students all from city and districts accomplished the record feat in 2 hours at an event in Science City Expo.

A representative of Guinness World Records presented a certificate and memento to Union Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan who took it on behalf of students.

5th IISF 2019: IISF is the world’s largest science festival. For year 2019 the host city is Kolkata. The first was held in December 2015 at IIT Delhi. Since 2015 it is held annually with the vision of promoting science and technology by showcasing public how Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) provides us solutions to improve our lives.

2nd phase of LOTUS-HR launched in New Delhi

The second phase of an Indo-Dutch project called Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse, or LOTUS-HR was launched at Barapullah drain in New Delhi by Minister of Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan and the Dutch Royal couple, Netherlands King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima.

The Dutch Royal couple is on a five-day visit to India at the invitation of President Ram Nath Kovind. This trip will be King Willem-Alexander’s first state visit to India following his ascension to the throne in 2013. The visit is expected to boost political and economic cooperation between two countries.


It is a water treatment laboratory that seeks to treat dirty water of Barapullah Drain before it deposits into Yamuna. The project was set up in 2017 at the Sun Dial Park in New Delhi as part of collaboration between governments of India and Netherlands. Upon commissioning, this innovative pilot scale modular plant will treat 10,000 litre sewage water per day and will also showcase a self-sustaining model for end user.

Objective: To demonstrate a holistic waste-water management approach that will produce clean water which can further be reused for various purposes.

Bodies Involved: It is jointly supported by Department of Biotechnology, under Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research. Moreover, IIT-Delhi and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) are partners in this project.

Technology being used in LOTUS-HR is called wetland technique.