Current Affairs This Week (25-03-2018)

  • Dravidian language family is 4,500 years old
    The Dravidian language family’s four largest languages — Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu — have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said.
  • March 27: World Theatre Day
    It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theater Institute.The first World Theater Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.
  • Ptilomera nagalanda: New species of water

    Scientists from Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered new species of water strider named Ptilomera nagalanda Jehamalar and Chandra in Nagaland. It measures about 11.79 mm.
  • March 20: World Sparrow Day
    World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the house sparrow and then other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations, observed on 20 March.
  • India joins Europe’s satellite data sharing pool
    India has joined Europe’s mega global arrangement of sharing data from Earth observation satellites, called Copernicus.The space-based information will be used for forecasting response during disasters.
  • Stem cell trial restores partial vision
    For the study, a British-American research team used human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to grow RPE cells on a thin plastic scaffold. They then transplanted this “engineered tissue” into the eyes of the two volunteers.
  • 143 species spotted in bird survey
    A recent bird survey organised by the Forest Department and the Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology in the South Wayanad Forest Division has recorded 143 species.
  • Two new dog-faced bat species discovered
    The dog-faced bats are a fast-flying, insectivorous species that are highly difficult to spot. Scientists have only recorded 6 species so far, but now an international team of scientists has succeeded in recognising 2 more species of these bats.
  • World’s last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
    The northern white rhinoceros, or northern square-lipped rhinoceros is one of the two subspecies of the white rhinoceros.According to the latest IUCN assessment the subspecies is considered “Critically Endangered.
  • BrahMos missile successfully test-fired for first time
    Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully flight-tested for first time with indigenously developed seeker at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan. So far, seeker, a critical technology in missiles was imported from Russia.
  • MCX launches world’s first brass futures contracts
    India’s largest commodities exchange platform, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) launched world’s first brass futures contracts. It will facilitate brass stakeholders to hedge their price risk.
  • India’s 1st sign language dictionary launched
    The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched Sign Language Dictionary of 3000. The dictionary has been developed by by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC;)
  • Mathematician Robert P. Langlands wins Abel Prize 2018
    Canadian mathematician Robert P. Langlands (81) has won prestigious Abel Prize 2018 for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory.
  • 1st National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement
    The first-ever National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.
  • Fluorimeter device to measure uranium traces in water
    An instrument to measure traces of uranium in water has been developed by a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), an official said today.
  • 39 Indians killed in Mosul
    The 39 Indian constructions workers whose bodies were discovered in a dirt mound outside a village in Iraq’s Mosul were shot dead, most of them in the head, Iraqi authorities have confirmed.
  • Lingayat, newest religion in Karnataka
    The Karnataka state govt approved a distinct entity for Lingayat community.Lingayatism was founded, or revived, by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava in Karnataka.

 

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