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President Kovind lays foundation stone to Lakshadweep’s first Super Specialty Hospital at Kavaratti
- President Ram Nath Kovind laid foundation stone to Lakshadweep’s first Super Specialty Hospital at Kavaratti.
- President who is on two days visit to the union territory assured special focus for the development of Lakshadweep and directed Lakshadweep Administrator to give special attention for the completion of Super Specialty Hospital.
- President received guard of honour from a joint group of 160 different forces.
- At the event in Kavaratti, President congratulated Rahmath Begum, the only woman who won Padmashri from Lakshadweep. He extended new year wishes and invited the people of Lakshadweep to visit Rashtrapati Bhavan.
- President reached Bangaram island of Lakshadweep.
Special drive launched to remove speed breakers from National Highways
- A special drive has been initiated for removal of all sorts of speed breakers on National Highways. Road Transport and Highways Ministry stated, The step comes in a bid to ensure smooth and hassle-free traffic movement, especially at toll plazas.
- With the effective implementation of FASTag on toll plazas, the speed breakers and rumble strips constructed at toll plazas are being removed with immediate effect for smooth vehicular movement.
- The Ministry stated, the speed breakers result in considerable delay, damage to the vehicles and significant discomfort to vehicle occupants and more fuel consumption due to acceleration and deceleration.
- This initiative will save time, money and facilitate smooth vehicular movement especially to ambulances, elderly and unwell people commuting on National Highways.
- Electronic Toll Collection through FASTag has been implemented from 15th December last year to provide commotion-free movement on highways.
Sahitya Akademi, Iran Embassy organize Indo-Iranian Writers’ Meet in New Delhi
- In continuation of the cultural exchange programme between India and Iran, Sahitya Akademi in collaboration with Embassy of Iran organized an Indo-Iranian Writers’ Meet in New Delhi.
- The objective of the meet is to further deepen cultural ties between the two nations and heighten literary awareness among the readers at both sides.
- The meet was also aimed at providing a platform for meaningful-dialogue between writers of both countries. Culture Counsellor of Iran Mohammad Ali Rabbani, Secretary Sahitya Akademi K Sreenivasarao and eminent writer and scholar Nasera Sharma were present in the meet.
- The events also witnessed a panel discussion on Indo-Iranian Cultural Bonds.
- Addressing the gathering, Mohammad Ali Rabbani stated, mutual understanding and communication have been the bases of the cultural and civilizational bond between the two countries. He futher stated, Persian literary works reflect sense of great respect in centuries-old relationship between India and Iran.
India continues to be top sourcing market for Sri Lankan tourism
- India continued to be the top sourcing market for Sri Lankan tourism with Indian tourists constituting maximum 19 per cent of total tourist arrivals to the island nation in 2019.
- The latest data released by Sri Lankan Tourism revealed that 3,55,002 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka last year against total arrival of around 1.91 million. Over 48 thousand Indians visited Sri Lanka during last month of December alone including over thousand by sea route.
- The tourism sector in Sri Lanka suffered a setback following Easter Sunday attacks last April and the annual tourist arrival dropped by 18 per cent since 2018 figures.
- India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and Australia were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets last year. Sea beaches and religious places connected to Ramayana circuit remain the top attractions for Indian tourists.
Bangladesh High Court orders ban on single use plastic
- The Bangladesh High Court ordered the government to impose a ban on single use plastic in coastal areas and hotels, motels and restaurants across the country within the next one year.
- Single-use plastic products include drinking straws, cotton buds, food packaging, food containers, bottles, plates, plastic cutlery and plastic bags.
- The court also ordered strict enforcement of the ban on polythene across the country.
- As per the Bangladesh Environment Conservation Act polythene has been banned in the country since 2002 but its use is continuing all over Bangladesh.
- The court order came in response to a writ petition filed by 11 organizations working in the field of environment and climate change.
- The petition claimed that according to government data Bangladesh generated 3000 tonnes of plastic waste daily.
- Close to 25 percent of the plastic waste was dumped into rivers flowing into Bay of Bengal causing serious harm to environment.
- The court asked the government to submit a report on the implementation of its orders by January next
Newly-elected Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin proposes four-day working week
- Finland’s newly elected Prime Minister has proposed a four-day working week arguing that such a measure will enable people to spend more time with their families.
- I believe people deserve to spend more time with their families, loved ones, hobbies and other aspects of life, such as culture. This could be the next step for us in working life ,Sanna Marin stated.
- Marin, 34, who is the world’s youngest Prime Minister is a social democrat, assumed office in December and leads a coalition that includes greens, leftists and centrists.
- She also added that the standard working day should be reduced from eight to six hours.
- The working week in Europe has gone through a significant transformation over the 20th century but change has been slower in recent decades with the five-day week and eight-hour workday becoming the standard benchmark.
Mizoram govt to organise Zo Kutpui to unify Mizo tribes
- Mizoram government will organise Zo Festival under the banner Zo Kutpui in at least 10 different cities across the globe.
- The first festival would be held at Vanghmun, a hub town of Mizos in neighbouring Tripura from January 9 to 11.
- The event aims at re-unifying and strengthening brotherhood among different tribes of Mizo.
- Zo Kutpui will also be organised in Maryland in USA, Tahan in Myanmar, Churachandpur in Manipur and Bangladesh.
‘Buxa Bird Festival’ begins in West Bengal
- The fourth ‘Buxa Bird Festival’ has begun in Buxa National Park in West Bengal’s Alipurduar district.
- Over 50 birdwatchers from across the country and abroad have registered for the 2020 edition of the four-day festival.
- More than 300 rare species including the Great Hornbill, Sultan Tit and Greater Spotted Eagle visit the national park during this period.
BMC declares ODF++ status for Bhubaneswar
- A day before commencement of Swachh Survekshan-2020, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on declared the Capital an open defecation-free (ODF) ++ city.
- BMC Administrator and Director of Municipal Administration Sangramjit Nayak stated the ODF++ status will be open for third party verification following the declaration
- ODF++ status is accorded to a city where not a single person is found defecating and, or urinating in the open, all community and public toilets are functional and well maintained, faecal sludge and sewage are safely managed and treated with no discharge or dumping of untreated in drains, water bodies or open areas at any point of a day.
- Nayak also pinned hope that the Smart City will do better in the Swachh Survekshan this year.
- As many as 4,830 urban local bodies will participate in the survey to be carried out by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs across the country from January 4.
- The total mark for the survey is 6,000 of which 25 per cent will be given to cities on the basis of the performance in Swachh Survekshan League 2020 held in three different quarters last year.
India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 estimated at 5%, says NSO
- The Indian economy is estimated to grow at 5 per cent in 2019-20 as against 8 per cent in the previous fiscal. According to the first advanced estimates of the national income released by National Statistical Office (NSO) .
- The decline has been mainly on account of deceleration in manufacturing sector growth, which is expected to come down to 2 per cent in 2019-20 from 2 per cent in the year-ago fiscal.
- The deceleration was also witnessed in sectors like agriculture, construction and electricity, gas and water supply.
Whereas, some sector, including mining, public administration, and defence, showed minor improvement.
RBI buys three long-term securities worth Rs10,000 cr in 3rd special OMO
- In the third special open market operation in many weeks, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) bought three long-term securities worth 10,000 crore rupees while selling the same amount of three short-term bonds.
- The RBI had announced to simultaneous purchase and sale of Government Securities (G-Secs) under Open Market Operations (OMOs) for 10,000 crore rupees each . Though the RBI offered to sell four securities in the auction, it accepted bids for three bonds.
- In the current OMO purchase auction, the RBI offered to purchase three securities including 10-year benchmark government bond, as against just one bond in the previous two auctions. It got bids worth 64,505 crore rupees for the three bonds but choose to accept only bids of 10,000 crore rupees under the OMO purchase auction.
- In the previous two similar auctions, the RBI had purchased bonds of 20,000 crore rupees and sold bonds worth 15,326 crore rupees. These special OMO auctions are similar to the US Federal Reserves’ Operation Twist aimed at faster transmission of policy rates.
Equitas Small Finance Bank waives non-maintenance charges
- Equitas Small Finance Bank stated it has waived non-maintenance charges on all savings accounts besides offering lower transaction charges to customers.
- The bank offers upto 5 per cent per annum on savings and upto 8.25 per cent per annum on fixed deposits and 0.60 per cent extra for senior citizens.
- They intend to further strengthen the liability franchise with a focus on growing the retail deposit and CASA deposit base to provide with a stable and low-cost source of funding.
- Premature closure of accounts and partial withdrawal is also permitted for senior citizens, according to the release.
RBI rolls out new Supervisory Action Framework to tighten norms for UCBs
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) rolled out its final Supervisory Action Framework (SAF) tightening norms for Urban Co-operative Banks (UCBs). The revised SAF will be implemented with immediate effect and the move comes close on the heels of the Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank crisis and aims at avoiding the collapse of UCBs in future.
- According to the norms, a UCB may be placed under SAF when its net NPAs exceed six per cent of its net advances and depending on the severity of stress, RBI may either advise it submit a board-approved action plan to lower NPAs or impose severe sanctions such as preventing the bank from sanctioning or renewing credit, or reduce exposure limits for fresh loans and advances besides others.
- UCBs may also come under the scanner for incurring losses for two consecutive financial years or have accumulated losses on its balance sheet. Similarly, if CRAR falls below 9 per cent, they may be prohibited from declaring or paying the dividend, restricted from incurring capital expenditure beyond a specified limit, or be forced to lower administrative expenses besides others.
- Actions such as the imposition of all-inclusive directions under section 35A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 (as applicable to co-operative societies) and issue of show cause notice for cancellation of banking license may be considered by the RBI when continued normal functioning of the UCB.
RBI gives in-principle nod to Shivalik Mercantile to convert to SFB
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) granted in-principle approval to Uttar Pradesh-based Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd to convert to a small finance bank (SFB), becoming the first urban cooperative bank (UCB) to make the transition since the guidelines came out nearly two years ago.
- “The Reserve Bank of India has granted in-principle approval to Shivalik Mercantile Co-operative Bank Ltd (the applicant) for transition into a small finance bank under the scheme on voluntary transition of urban co-operative bank into a small finance bank issued on September 27, 2018,” an RBI notification stated.
- The UCB will get 18 months to comply with the requirements under the scheme, which state that banks with a minimum net worth of ₹50 crore and capital to risk (weighted) assets ratio of 9% and above are eligible to apply for voluntary transition to SFB.
- These UCBs will also have to comply with the latest guidelines for on-tap licensing of SFBs in the private sector, under which SFBs will have to maintain a minimum net worth of ₹100 crore from the date of commencement of busi
- The SFBs are also required to maintain minimum capital adequacy ratio of 15% of its risk weighted assets (RWA) on a continuous basis and increase the minimum paid-up voting equity capital to ₹200 crore within five years of the date of commencement of busin
PM Kisan scheme: 50 per cent farmers to be covered this year
- The government is likely to miss this year target of reimbursement under the PM Kisan scheme, mainly on account of lack of updated data about farmers to be given by state governments.
- “The government will not be able to meet the target this year under the PM Kisan scheme. One is a tight revenue position and another is lack of authentic data from state governments. So we expect to cover only 50 per cent of farmers this year stated an official, Department of Expenditure.
- The scheme, which came into effect from December 1, 2018, provides Rs 2,000 each in three instalments for every four months to the farmer families. It has identified about 14 crore farmers to be benefitted under the scheme and had made budgetary provision of Rs 75,000 crore for this financial year.
India’s per-capita income rises 6.8 per cent to 11,254 a month in FY20
- In 2018-19, the monthly per-capita income had stood at Rs 10,534
- The country’s per-capita monthly income is estimated to have risen by 8 per cent to Rs 11,254 during 2019-20, Government data on national income.
- In 2018-19, the monthly per-capita income had stood at Rs 10,534.
- “The per-capita net national income during 2019-20 is estimated to be Rs 1,35,050 showing a rise of 8 per cent as compared to Rs 1,26,406 during 2018-19 with the growth rate of 10.0 per cent,” according to the annual national income and GDP 2019-20 data released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
- The per-capita income is a crude indicator of the prosperity of a country.
Poor performance of manufacturing and construction sectors is estimated to pull down the country’s economic growth to 11-year low of 5 per cent in 2019-20, according to first advance estimates of the national income released by the National Statistical Office.
Golden Globe winners 2020
- 77thGolden Globe Awards honouring the best films and television of calendar year 2019 was held at Beverly Hills, California in the USA.
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy||Ramy Youssef (“Ramy”)|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Musical or Comedy||Phoebe Waller-Bridge (“Fleabag”)|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series — Drama||Brian Cox (“Succession”)|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series — Drama||Olivia Colman (“The Crown”)|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Russell Crowe (“The Loudest Voice”)|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Michelle Williams (“Fosse/Verdon”)|
|Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||“Chernobyl”|
|Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Patricia Arquette (“The Act”)|
|Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television||Stellan Skarsgård (“Chernobyl”)|
|Best Television Series — Drama||“Succession”|
|Best Television Series — Musical or Comedy||“Fleabag”|
|Best Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy||“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”|
|Best Motion Picture — Drama||“1917”|
|Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language||“Parasite”|
|Best Screenplay — Motion Picture||Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)|
|Best Original Song — Motion Picture||“(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” (“Rocketman”)|
|Best Original Score — Motion Picture||Hildur Guðnadóttir (“Joker”)|
|Best Actor in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture||Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)|
|Best Actress in a Supporting Role in Any Motion Picture||Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)|
|Best Actor in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy||Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”)|
|Best Motion Picture — Animated||“Missing Link”|
|Best Actor in a Motion Picture||Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)|
|Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama||Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)|
|Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Musical or Comedy||Awkwafina (“The Farewell”)|
|Best Director — Motion Picture||Sam Mendes (“1917”)|
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane wins African Footballer of the Year award
- Sadio Mane was voted as African Footballer of the Year for the first time .
- Senegal forward beat Liverpool teammate Mohamed Salah and Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez to the continent’s biggest individual soccer prize at a ceremony in Egypt.
- Nigeria international Asisat Oshoala, who plays for Barcelona, was voted as women’s player of the year.
Mane has finished as runner-up to Salah the last two years, and was third in 2016 behind winner Mahrez.
- He is the second Senegalese player to win the men’s award, after El Hadji-Diouf.
Challakere to be ISRO’s astronaut training hub
- India’s world-class facility for training astronauts will come up not in the space headquarters in
- It will be established in three years at Challakere, Bengaluru-Pune NH4 in Chitradurga district of
- The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has proposed a ₹ 2,700-crore master plan to create top infrastructure that will house its young Human Space Flight Centre (HSFC).
- The facility spread over 400-acre ISRO land at Challakere will be a self-contained facility having infrastructure and activities related to space travellers.
- The first set of four astronaut candidates selected for the first Gaganyaan mission of 2022 will be trained in
- The new facility will help to save hefty sum to use such facilities abroad and in future, whatever training and activities would be done in Russia for the Gaganyaan crew can all be done at Challakere facility.
SpaceX launches third batch of Starlink satellites part of plan to form global broadband
- SpaceX launched its third batch of 60 mini-satellites into orbit, part of its plans to build a giant constellation of thousands of spacecraft that will form a global broadband internet system.
- A live broadcast by SpaceX showed a Falcon 9 rocket taking off without incident from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 9:19 pm (0219 GMT Tuesday).
- The satellites are set to release about one hour after takeoff, bringing the total number of satellites that are part of the US company’s Starlink network to just under 180.
- But that figure could one day total 42,000, resulting in far more crowded skies, which has raised concerns among astronomers that they may one day threaten our view of the cosmos.
- To put that into context, there are currently around 2,100 active satellites orbiting our planet, according to the Satellite Industry Association.
- The launch was broadcast live by SpaceX, a company created by tycoon Elon Musk, who is also chief executive of Tesla.
- SpaceX’s goal is to control a huge share of the future internet market from space.
NASA’s planet hunter finds Earth-sized world in ‘Goldilocks zone’
- NASA stated that its planet hunter satellite TESS had discovered an Earth-sized world within the habitable range of its star, which could allow the presence of liquid water.
- The planet, named “TOI 700 d“, is relatively close to Earth — only 100 light-years away, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory announced during the annual American Astronomical Society meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii.
- “TESS was designed and launched specifically to find Earth-sized planets orbiting nearby stars.The discovery was later confirmed by the Spitzer Space Telescope.
- A few other similar planets have been discovered before, notably by the former Kepler Space Telescope, but this is the first discovered by TESS, which was launched in 2018.
- TESS stabilizes on one area of the sky to detect whether objects — planets — pass in front of stars, which causes a temporary drop in the stars’ luminosity.
- TESS discovered three planets in orbit, named TOI 700 b, c and d.
- Only “d” is in the so-called habitable zone, not too far from and not too close to the star, where the temperature could allow the presence of liquid water.
Royal Navy of Oman ships arrive in Goa for naval exercise ”Naseem-Al-Bahr”
- Two ships of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) arrived in Goa to participate in the 12th edition of the Indo-Oman bilateral naval exercise Naseem-Al-Bahr.
- RNOV Al Rasikh and RNOV Khassab arrived at Mormugao Port.
- ”Naseem-Al-Bahr” (or sea breeze) is a naval exercise between the Indian Navy and the RNO, being conducted since 1993.
- Indian Navy ships Beas and Subhadra are participating in it, with harbour phase in Goa followed by sea phase off the Goa coast.
- During the harbour phase, the Commanding Officers of the visiting ships will call on the Flag Officer Commanding of Goa Naval Area.
- The harbour phase also includes sports activities between the Indian Navy and the RNO personnel, reciprocal receptions and planning conferences for the sea phase of the exercise.
Indian Navy Kicks Off First ‘Maha-Navy Connect 2020’ In Maharashtra
- The first tri-dimensional expedition‘Maha-Navy Connect 2020’was launched by Indian Navy in Mumbai. It aims to promote the heritage of Indian Navy and to spread awareness about Coastal Security amongst the coastal communities in Maharashtra.
- The expedition covers more than 555 km, stretching from Arnala fort, which is the northernmost fort of Maharashtra to Sindhudurg fort, the southernmost fort of Maharashtra.
- The teams will also visit many schools and local institutions to interact with locals and students. Along these routes, the teams will engage in community interaction and carry out Swachhata Abhiyan and awareness campaigns amongst the fishing communities, school and college students, NCC and NSS cadets.
CISF to observe 2020 as ”year of mobility” for troops” welfare, housing
- The CISF will observe 2020 as the ”year of mobility” that will have a special focus on creation of more residential units and implementation of various welfare measures for the troops.
- It will emphasise on taking all measures for welfare of troops and their families, creating infrastructure and logistics like housing, acquiring new land and procuring modern equipment, training with focus on physical fitness and sports and leveraging modern gadgetry and technology on duty.
- The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) is mandated as the primary civil airports guarding force of the country apart from protecting some vital installations in the aerospace, nuclear, government and private domain.
Former Western Army Commander Lt Gen PN Hoon passes away
- Former Western Army Commander Lieutenant general Prem Nath Hoon, who played an important role in the war against Pakistan in 1984, passed away at the age of 90.
- Lt Gen Hoon was admitted in Command Hospital, Chandimandir, Panchkula for the past two days due to illness.
- Born in pre-partition India on October 4, 1929, Lt Gen Hoon had joined the Indian Army and led Operation Meghdoot, the code-name for the Indian Armed Forces operation to capture the Siachen Glacier in the Kashmir region, precipitating the Siachen Conflict.
- The action resulted in Indian troops gaining control of the entire Siachen Glacier.
DAILY CA-7TH JAN
- Foreign tourist arrivals in India rose 3% in Jan-Nov 2019
- Union Home Minister Shri Amit Shah lays foundation stone of The Delhi Cycle Walk
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh launches website on grant of permission for aerial photography and remote sensing survey
- Centre releases Rs 5,908 cr to seven states as disaster relief
- UAE Cabinet approves issuance of 5-Year multi-entry tourist visa
- Navigation facilities for visually impaired inaugurated at Chandigarh railway station
- Journalist Day Observed in Maharashtra on January 6
- Himachal Pradesh Govt launches Himachal MyGov portal to strengthen public participation
- West Bengal Govt to provide insurance coverage of Rs 5 lakh to Ganga Sagar pilgrims
- IRDAI gives big boost to affordable health cover with mandatory ‘Arogya Sanjeevani’ Policy
- Piyush Goyal inaugurates NSE Knowledge Hub
- Plans afoot to launch e-comm platform for MSMEs: Gadkari
- Wipro, HAL in pact to make 3D-printed aircraft parts
- Indian Bank sings MoU with Women Entrepreneurs Welfare Association to provide credit
- 8 states finalise action plan for agri export policy
- Uber teams up with Hyundai on electric air taxi
- PayPal unveils Adoption Assistance Programme
- Dubai-based Indian girl who can sing in 120 languages wins Global Child Prodigy Award
- Singular ‘they‘ voted word of the decade by US linguists
- Isro signs pact with astrophysics institute to set up optical telescopes
- App for visually challenged to read currency
- Lucknow to host Defence Expo 2020, inauguration by PM Modi on Feb 5
- Army to sign MoU for AK-203 assault rifles with Russia
- Khelo India Youth Games-2020 to advocate for elimination of single-use plastics
- Bhubaneswar to host 1st edition of Khelo India University Games from Feb 22 to March 1
- P Magesh Chandran lifts 95th Hastings International Chess title
- AS Roma legend and World Cup winner Daniele De Rossi announces retirement
- Germany’s 1966 World Cup goalkeeper Hans Tilkowski dies at 84
DAILY CA-8TH JAN
- President Kovind lays foundation stone to Lakshadweep’s first Super Specialty Hospital at Kavaratti
- Special drive launched to remove speed breakers from National Highways
- Sahitya Akademi, Iran Embassy organize Indo-Iranian Writers’ Meet in New Delhi
- India continues to be top sourcing market for Sri Lankan tourism
- Bangladesh High Court orders ban on single use plastic
- Newly-elected Finland Prime Minister Sanna Marin proposes four-day working week
- Mizoram govt to organise Zo Kutpui to unify Mizo tribes
- ‘Buxa Bird Festival’ begins in West Bengal
- BMC declares ODF++ status for Bhubaneswar
- India’s GDP growth rate for 2019-20 estimated at 5%, says NSO
- RBI buys three long-term securities worth Rs10,000 cr in 3rd special OMO
- Equitas Small Finance Bank waives non-maintenance charges
- RBI rolls out new Supervisory Action Framework to tighten norms for UCBs
- RBI gives in-principle nod to Shivalik Mercantile to convert to SFB
- PM Kisan scheme: 50 per cent farmers to be covered this year
- India’s per-capita income rises 8 per cent to 11,254 a month in FY20
- Golden Globe winners 2020
- Liverpool’s Sadio Mane wins African Footballer of the Year award
- Challakere to be ISRO’s astronaut training hub
- SpaceX launches third batch of Starlink satellites part of plan to form global broadband
- NASA’s planet hunter finds Earth-sized world in ‘Goldilocks zone’
- Royal Navy of Oman ships arrive in Goa for naval exercise ”Naseem-Al-Bahr”
- Indian Navy Kicks Off First ‘Maha-Navy Connect 2020’ In Maharashtra
- CISF to observe 2020 as ”year of mobility” for troops” welfare, housing
- Former Western Army Commander Lt Gen PN Hoon passes away
Australia to kill 10,000 camels due to drought
• Administration in Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands ordered to kill 10,000 camels in southern Australia.
• As per media reports, People complained that wild animals are entering their homes for water due to wildfires. Tribal leaders of the area ordered to kill 10,000 camels.
• Australia camel administration said that the population of wild camels doubles every nine years. Camels require a lot of water which is impossible to fulfill.
Gaganyaan menu released by DRDO
• Defence Food Research Laboratory (DFRL) has recently released food items that will be part of the space menu of Gaganyaan.
• DFRL prepared a list of items for astronauts of Gaganyaan including – vegetable rolls, egg rolls, idli sambhar, upma, vegetable pulao, and Moong Dal Halwa.
• Gaganyaan’s menu has been prepared by the DFRL, Mysore. The crew will also have a food heater to warm their meals.
NASA’s TESS finds first Earth-sized habitable planet
• TESS (Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite) has recently discovered TOI 700d. As per the reports, it is an earth-sized habitable planet found by TESS.
• This planet is 101.5 light-years away from the Earth. NASA has predicted life on this planet which is 20 percent larger than the Earth
• TESS is designed to search for planets orbiting stars near the Earth. TESS was launched by NASA on April 18, 2018.
Indian Cobra’s genome sequenced
• Cobra is believed as one of the poisonous snakes in the country and a group of scientists has mapped its genome.
• This research will help to prepare anti-venom vaccination. It will also help scientists to understand the chemical constituents of the venom.
• According to the reports, about 46000 people die every year due to snakebites in India.
Three Kerala cities in the world’s fastest-growing cities’ list
• According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), Malappuram (India) city ranks first among the top 10 fastest-growing urban areas in the world.
• Kerala’s Kozhikode has been ranked number 4; Kollam is in the tenth position.
• Vietnam’s Can Tho is in the second position while China’s three cities (Suqian, Putian, and Suzhou) have included in the list.
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