Current Affairs This Week (01-10-2017)

  • September 21 : International Day of Peace
    The International Day of Peace, sometimes unofficially known as World Peace Day, is a holiday observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence
  • Hubble Spots Unusual Binary Asteroid in Main Belt

    Astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have spotted an unusual object in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter: two asteroids orbiting each other and exhibiting comet-like features, including a bright coma and a long tail.
  • India’s first home built submarine handed over to Navy

    The first of a six Scorpene-class submarine, Kalvari, was on 22nd September handed over to the Indian Navy for its commissioning.Kalvari was built indigenously under a venture called Project 75, at Mumbai’s Mazagon Docks.
  • Scientists create world’s first molecular robot

    Scientists at The University of Manchester have created the world’s first ‘molecular robot’ that is capable of performing basic tasks including building other molecules.
  • World’s first handheld mobile phone
    The first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing c. 2 kilograms (4.4 lbs). In 1983, the DynaTAC 8000x was the first commercially available handheld mobile phone.
  • SBI launches India’s first bond index series

    State Bank of India (SBI) has launched the FTSE SBI Bond Index series in partnership with global index provider FTSE 100, which it is hoped will give tools to investors from India to analyse India’s government bond market,
  • A step closer to treating oral cancer without surgery
    Researchers in Mumbai have moved a step closer to treating surface tumours such as oral, breast and cervical cancer and other tumours such melanoma and colon cancer through photothermal ablation using gold-polymer nanoparticles and near infrared light.
  • Dino-killing asteroid’s impact on bird evolution

    Jacob Berv from Cornell University and Daniel Field from University of Bath suggest that the meteor-induced mass extinction (a.k.a. the K-Pg event) led to acceleration in the rate of genetic evolution among its avian survivors.
  • Drug-resistant bacteria emerge from untreated effluents
    The bacteria from these water bodies have been found to produce enzymes such as extended spectrum beta-lactamases and carbapenemases which can protect them from antibiotics such as penicillin, cephalosporins, cephamycins, and carbapenems.
  • IGIB researchers reverse cancer drug resistance
    Researchers at the(CSIR-IGIB), New Delhi have found a way to make cancer cells that are resistant to two commonly used anticancer drugs – doxorubicin and topotecan – to once again become sensitive to the drugs.
  • Nod for GM mustard ‘unlikely soon’

    Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has indicated that a decision on releasing genetically modified (GM) mustard commercially was unlikely any time soon.
  • IUCN : Snow leopard no longer endangered1

    The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has downgraded conservation status of snow leopard from “endangered” to “vulnerable”. It was changed after three-year assessment process by international experts.
  • Asima Chatterjee:India’s First Woman Doctorates of Science

    Asima Chatterjee (23 September 1917 – 22 November 2006) was an Indian organic chemist noted for her work in the fields of organic chemistry and phytomedicine.
  • ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission completes 3 years in orbit
    ISRO’s globally acclaimed Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) also known as Mangalyaan completed three years in Martian orbit. It has outlived its original lifespan and is still in good health and continues to work as expected.
  • Made in India Mahamana Express : Varanasi-Vadodara trai
    This is India’s third Mahamana Express. The first Mahamana Express was unveiled as part of Railways’ Model Rake Project in 2016 running between Varanasi – New Delhi and the other route is from Bhopal-Khajuraho.
  • Gian Cassini : man who discovered the Cassini Division

    Italy-born French astronomer Gian Domenico Cassini discovered the Cassini Division-the gap present between Ring A and Ring B of Saturn. He also discovered four moons of Saturn and was the first person to record zodiacal light.
  • Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi takes over as CAG

    Former Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi took over as the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India on 25th September.Mr. Mehrishi, a 1978 batch (retired) Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer of Rajasthan cadre.
  • CNR Rao : First Asian to be chosen for the Von Hippel Award

    Eminent scientist, Professor C.N.R Rao, has become the first Asian to be chosen for the prestigious Von Hippel Award for his immense contribution in materials research.The award is the US-based Materials Research Society’s (MRS) highest honour.
  • LED lights can damage your eyes

    The study found that exposure to LED lights can cause irreparable harm to the retina of the human eye.Once the retina cells are destroyed by prolonged exposure to LED rays, they cannot be replaced and will not regrow.
  • Mysterious night side of Venus revealed for first time

    Scientists have characterised wind and cloud patterns of the night side of planet Venus for the first time, and found that it behaves very differently from the part facing the Sun.
  • Chemical technology that can clean lake water in a few hours

    A team of scientists at Osmania University led by a botanist C. Venkateshwar claims to posses what it takes to clean up lakes like Hussainsagar at a fraction of the cost of past attempts made by the government.
  • Primate ancestors were nimble acrobats, shows ankle fossil

    Primate ancestors were high-flying acrobats as they mastered the task of leaping through the trees, a 52-million-year-old ankle bone fossil found in France suggests.
  • Worlds largest aircraft passes first engine tests
    A colossal airplane with the worlds largest wingspan – designed to serve as a launching platform for sending rockets into low-Earth orbit – has successfully completed its initial engine tests.
  • Multi-gene test may predict onset of dementia in individuals

    Scientists have combined the effects of over two dozen gene mutations, which individually lead to risk of Alzheimer’s disease, to come up with a new tests that can better predict who all will suffer from dementia or cognitive decline.
  • Eman Ahmed : World’s heaviest woman

    Eman Ahmed, the world’s heaviest woman, passed away in Abu Dhabi’s Burjeel hospital on September 25. She died due to complications from the underlying co-morbid conditions including kidney dysfunction and heart disease.
  • Satish Dhawan:Father of experimental fluid dynamics in India

    Satish Dhawan was considered by the Indian scientific community to be the father of experimental fluid dynamics research in India and was one of the most eminent researchers in the field of turbulence and boundary layers.
  • India third in nuclear power installations: study

    India is third in the world in the number of nuclear reactors being installed, at six, while China is leading at 20, the World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2017, released this month, shows.
  • Asteroid-bound NASA spacecraft swings by Earth
    NASA’s asteroid-chasing spacecraft swung by Earth on Friday on its way to a space rock. Launched a year ago, Osiris-Rex passed within 17,237 kilometres of the home planet early Friday afternoon above Antarctica. It used Earth’s gravity as a slingshot to put it on a path toward the asteroid Bennu.
  • V-409 : Indian Coast Guard’s interceptor boat launched

    Indian Coast Guard’s (ICG) new interceptor boat V-409 was launched in Mangaluru, Karnataka by BDIL. The vessel will be inducted into service by mid-October 2017 to give boost to coastal security and national security.
  • India’s first electric bus service launched in Himachal

    In a boost for green transport in Himachal Pradesh, Transport Minister G S Bali on september 22nd flagged off the country’s first electric bus service for Rohtang Pass, a tourist destination near Manali.
  • September 27 : World Tourism Day
    The World Tourism Day (WTD) is being observed every year on 27th September to raise awareness about importance of tourism. Observance of day aims to foster awareness among international community of importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
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