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National Technology Day Observed on 11th May

Published on May 13, 2019
The National Technology Day is observed every year on the 11th of May in India.
National Technology Day Observed on 11th May
  • The aim of the celebration is to highlight the achievements of the scientists and engineers of India in the field of science and technology.
  • It also helps to encourage students towards the field of science and technology.

About Nuclear Tests conducted by India:

  • The first nuclear test at Pokhran with code name as 'Smiling Buddha' was carried out in May 1974.
  • The second test conducted was Pokhran II which was a series of five tests of nuclear bomb explosions, administered by India at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in May, 1998.
  • Pokhran II comprised of five detonations out of which the first one was a fusion bomb while the other four were fission bombs.
  • These nuclear tests evolved various sanctions against India by many major states, including the United States and Japan.

Why 11th of May is celebrated?

  • On 11th of May, 1998, India victoriously test fired the nuclear missile, Shakti-I at the Pokhran Test Range of Indian Army in Rajasthan in an operation administered by late President and aerospace engineer Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

One must know:

  • After two days, the country victoriously tested two additional nuclear weapons.
  • Following this, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced India as a nuclear state, making it sixth country in the world that has joined the 'nuclear club" and the first country that was not party to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty (NPT).
  • NPT is a global treaty signed by the UK, Russia, China, France, and the US which has the objectives to prevent the increase of nuclear weapons and attain nuclear disarmament.


Q. When is the National Technology Day observed every year in India?
a. 9th May
b. 10th May
c. 11th May
d. 12th May
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