Current Affairs This Week (20-05-2018)

  • China’s 1st home-built aircraft carrier begins sea trials
    The 50,000-ton carrier will likely be formally commissioned sometime before 2020. “test the reliability and stability of its propulsion and other system,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
  • India, Nepal to increase people-to-people contact
    Kathmandu to get greater access to markets. Trade and transport agreements that may allow Kathmandu greater access to the Indian market. The joint statement described connectivity as “catalytic” in triggering economic growth.
  • 12 May: International Nurse Day
    The International Nurse Day is observed every year on May 12 across world to mark the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, and also mark contribution of nurses towards the society.
  • Bangladesh’s 1st communication satellite to be launched
    Bangladesh’s first communication satellite Bangabandhu-1 will be launched by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39A. It is designed to provide wide range of broadcast and communication services throughout Bangladesh.
  • ISRO developing environment-friendly propellant
    Scientists at ISRO’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC) are developing environment-friendly propellant propellant blend based on hydroxylammonium nitrate (HAN) to power satellites and spacecraft. It seeks to replace conventional hydrazine fuel for future missions.
  • Eminent physicist Sudarshan
    He was recommended for the Nobel Prize nine times, but never awarded. Ennackal Chandy George Sudarshan, popularly known as E.C.G. Sudarshan, who made path-breaking discoveries in the realm of quantum optics.
  • Moving a mountain to mapping brain cancer
    From different molecular features of brain cancer & know about the regions & genes involved with it. A new detailed atlas called Ivy Glioblastoma Atlas developed. Maps out all the information about glioblastoma which can help scientists & doctors in better diagnosis, treatment of glioblastoma.
  • Wind-Solar Hybrid
    “hybrid” electric system that combines home wind electric and home solar electric (photovoltaic or PV) technologies offers several advantages over either single system. Boost renewable power generation.
  • May 15: International Day of Families
    To promote awareness of issues relating to families and increase knowledge of social, economic and demographic progression that affects families which are the basic unit of society.
  • WHO publishes its first Essential Diagnostics List
    Publish catalogue of tests needed to diagnose most common diseases along with number of global priority diseases. It aims to address people’s inability to access diagnostic services, which results in them from receiving correct treatment.
  • Network For Spectrum (NFS) Project
    The NFS project aims at laying alternate communication network for Defence Services. NFS project will boost the communication capabilities of of Defence Forces. In major way, it will lead to enhanced national operational preparedness.
  • New frog species discovered in coastal Karnataka
    Scientists have discovered new frog species named Microhyla kodial or Mangaluru narrow-mouthed frog in a small industrial region in coastal Karnataka. It is christened Microhyla kodial after city of Mangaluru (called kodial in Konkani language) from where they spotted it two years ago.
  • 1st International Rail Coach Expo held in Chennai
    Many reputed rail car and equipment builders showcased their technology and products in this expo. It provided unique platform to bring different suppliers under one roof and create synergy for “Make in India”. It saw participation of train enthusiasts, railway suppliers, designers, developers, and general public.
  • In a first, China lands strategic bombers in SCS
    China has for the first time landed strategic bombers on an island in the disputed South China Sea (SCS), drawing sharp reaction from the United States which said that the move will “raise tensions and destabilise the region.”
  • IISER develops device to detect and remove arsenic frm water
    The Indian Institute of Science Education and Research in collaboration with a private company has developed a new device which can be used to remove arsenic content from water and make it safe and usable by households.



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