Current Affairs This Week (23-09-2018)

  • INSV Tarini: Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award 2018
    All-women crew of INSV Tarini has bagged the prestigious Tenzing Norgay National Adventure award for beating the odds in water with their enduring skills and sailing across the world for 8 long months.
    The award is the highest national recognition for outstanding achievements in the field of adventure on land, sea and air.


  • Home Ministry ISRO to set up ICR-ER
    Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to set up of state-of-the-art Integrated Control Room for Emergency Response (ICR-ER). ISRO will render its technical expertise for setting up of proposed ICR-ER.


  • Green Agriculture project
    In New Delhi, the Government of India (GoI) along with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has recently launched the Green Agriculture project that seeks to bring transformative change in the farm sector through conservation of biodiversity and forest landscapes.


  • India: world’s first country to develop document on CAP
    On 2018 World Ozone Day (WOD), the Union Environment Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan released a draft India Cooling Action Plan (ICAP) and a booklet on ‘Montreal Protocol – India’s Success Story’. With this, India has become the world’s first country to develop such a document (ICAP).


  • Transparent loudspeakers & MICs : skin play music
    Their ultrathin, conductive, and transparent hybrid NMs can be applied to the fabrication of skin-attachable NM loudspeakers and voice-recognition microphones, which would be unobtrusive in appearance due to their excellent transparency and conformal contact capability.


  • ISRO’s PSLV-C-42 launches two U.K. satellites
    “This was a spectacular mission. We have placed the satellite in a very, very precise orbit,” R. Hutton, Mission Director, said. Among the launches scheduled over the next few months, the much-awaited and delayed Chandrayaan-2, finally has a launch window.


  • IIT-incubated startup to roll out cheaper lithium batteries
    A startup incubated at Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H) has developed lithium batteries with wide applications in fields of agriculture and aerospace and will be commercially launching them during the Renewable Energy Expo 2018.


  • S. Korea wants to elevate ties with India
    One of the major foreign policy initiatives of President Moon Jae-in of South Korea is the government’s ‘New Southern Policy’, with a goal of deepening ties with South East Asian nations as well as India and building an inclusive regional architecture in Asia.


  • Archaeologists discover ancient sphinx in Egypt
    Egypt says archaeologists have discovered a statue of a lion’s body and a human head in the southern city of Aswan.Sphinx made of sandstone was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater.


  • The day Hyderabad surrendered to the Indian Union
    Bidar played a significant role in Hyderabad’s resistance to integration into the Indian Union. Visitors to the tombs of Ashtur near Bidar are surprised to see the grand tombs, their intricate inlay work, incised stucco work and the scale of the monuments.


  • Anna Rajam Malhotra: India’s first woman IAS officer
    India’s first woman IAS officer after Independence, Anna Rajam Malhotra, who served in the Madras State under then Chief Minister C. Rajagopalachari and at the Central government. Born in Kerala’s Ernakulam district in July 1927, she moved to Chennai after her schooling in Kozhikode to pursue higher education at the University of Madras.


  • World’s first hydrogen-powered train
    Germany rolled out the world’s first hydrogen-powered train, signalling the start of a push to challenge the might of polluting diesel trains with costlier but eco-friendly technology.


  • Gut bacteria’s shocking secret: They produce electricity
    Listeria bacteria transport electrons through their cell wall into the environment as tiny currents, assisted by ubiquitous flavin molecules (yellow dots).
    While bacteria that produce electricity have been found in exotic environments like mines and the bottoms of lakes, scientists have missed a source closer to home: the human gut.


  • Volkswagen stops production of iconic Beetle in 2019
    Automaker prepares for a leap toward a future of mass-market electric cars.The VW Beetle and the VW minibus became symbols of the small-is-beautiful esthetic of many in the post-war baby boom and the crescent shaped car was revived with the “New Beetle” of the late 1990s, which featured a built-in flower vase.


  • Fat from 558 million years ago reveals earliest known animal
    Scientists from The Australian National University (ANU) and overseas have discovered molecules of fat in an ancient fossil to reveal the earliest confirmed animal in the geological record that lived on Earth 558 million years ago.


  • ‘Robotic Skins’ turn everyday objects into robots
    When you think of robotics, you likely think of something rigid, heavy, and built for a specific purpose. New “Robotic Skins” technology developed by Yale researchers flips that notion on its head, allowing users to animate the inanimate and turn everyday objects into robots.


  • Village Rockstars is India’s official entry to Oscars 2019
    The National Award-winning feature is directed by Rima Das. Rima Das’ National Award-winning feature Village Rockstars has been chosen to represent India in the Best Foreign Language category at the 91st Academy Awards next year.


  • SpaceX announces new plan to send tourist around Moon
    In February, 2017, SpaceX announced it would send the world’s first two space tourists around the Moon in late 2018. Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), a massive launch vehicle that is being designed to carry people into deep space.


  • Dassault Rafale
    The Dassault Rafale is a French twin-engine, multirole fighter aircraft designed and built by Dassault Aviation. Equipped with a wide range of weapons, the Rafale is intended to perform air supremacy, interdiction, aerial reconnaissance, ground support, in-depth strike, anti-ship strike and nuclear deterrence missions.


  • Mock tests for NEET, JEE, KCET/MHCET and Bank Exams

Online mock tests for JEE
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Online mock tests for KCET
Online mock tests for MHT-CET
Online mock tests for Bank Exams – RRB, RBI, IBPS, SBI


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