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LOTUSHR Project - Shanmugam IAS academy in coimbatore


What’s in news?

The 25th edition of DST-CII India Netherlands Technology Summit was inaugurated at New Delhi which brought a successful collaboration in Science & Technology between the two countries.

Key data’s:

  • The summit was organized by the Department of Science and Technology and Confederation of Indian Industry.
  • This summit will further intensify cooperation and build a sound bilateral relationship. 
  • Theme of the summit:NEXUS which means how to co-create on pioneering innovative solutions for global challenges relatedto water, food and good health for all.
  • Core focus of the summit on Cross-cutting Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), Artificial Intelligence, IoT, Cybersecurity, Design Thinking, Education, Geo Data & Space.
  • Netherland is India’s 28th largest trading partner globally and 6th largest trading partner from the European Union.
  • The Netherland is one of the top 5 investors in India by investing US Dollars 24.31 billion.
  • Among the total 40,000 startups, 31 start-ups were got unicorn status in our country.
  • Along with 100 Dutch companies which already existing another 200 companies have representation in this summit.
  • India and the Netherlands were celebrating 10 years of cooperation in Science, Technology and Innovation space, especially in areas such as Urban Water Management, Smart Energy Grids, and anti-microbial resistance, among others.

Unicorn status:

A unicorn is a privately held startup company valued at over $1 billion.

LOTUSHR project:

  • The second phase of an Indo-Dutch project 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.
  • LOTUS-HR project is abbreviated as “Local Treatment of Urban Sewage Streams for Healthy Reuse”
  • It is a water treatment laboratory established by India and Netherland in the year 2017.
  • Aim: To treat dirty water of Barapullah Drain before it deposits into Yamuna.
  • Need: Nearly 1.6 mn litres of waste water drain into Yamuna. If the waste water retreated and used efficiently, the water scarcity may reduce and may help in Modi’s Swachh Bharat Mission to clean up India.
  • Technology:Wetland technique” is being used in this project.
  • The project is jointly supported by Department of Biotechnology, under Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.



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