Current Affairs This Week (14-10-2018)

  • Parker Solar Probe completes first Venus flyby: NASA
    NASA’s Parker Solar Probe – mankind’s 1st mission to ‘touch’ the Sun – successfully completed a flyby of Venus at a distance of about 2,415 kilometres during its 1st gravity assist from the planet.


  • Swachh Sarvekshan Grameen Awards 2018
    The Swachh Sarvekshan Grameen awards 2018 were announced and conferred by Prime Minister Narendra Modi where Haryana was ranked cleanest state and Satara district was ranked the cleanest district.


  • ISRO & ROSCOSMOS work together for 1st Indian manned mission
    ISRO & ROSCOSMOS work together for 1st Indian manned mission, a MoU was inked between ISRO and the Federal Space Agency of Russia ‘ROSCOSMOS’ for joint activities in the field of Human Spaceflight Programme.


  • Tiny spheres to trap water contaminants developed
    Scientists have created tiny spheres that can catch and destroy bisphenol A (BPA), a synthetic chemical used to plastics that often contaminates water.
    BPA is commonly used to coat the insides of food cans, bottle tops and water supply lines, and was once a component of baby bottles.


  • October 8 : 86th Air Force Day
    The Indian Air Force (IAF) is celebrating its 86th anniversary as October 8 commemorates the official foundation day of the force. The IAF, air arm of the Indian armed forces, has the prime responsibility of securing the Indian airspace.


  • ‘Idiocracy’ among 1,400 new words in Oxford dictionary
    The new word, refers to a society consisting of or governed by people characterized as idiots, or a government formed of people considered stupid or idiotic. Idiocracy is among 1,400 new words added in the latest update of the OED.


  • Tababi Devi clinches India’s 1st judo medal : Youth Olympics
    Thangjam Tababi Devi became India’s 1st judo medallist at the Olympic, claiming a silver at the ongoing Youth Games after losing to Venezuela’s Maria Giminez in the finals of the women’s 44kg category.


  • Jeremy Lalrinnunga wins India’s 1st gold : Youth Olympics
    India had already eclipsed its best-ever tally at a Youth Olympic Games having won three silver medals, India won their first gold medal at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina with Jeremy Lalrinnunga lifting 150kg on his last attempt.


  • Nobel Prize in Economics 2018
    Americans William Nordhaus and Paul Romer won the 2018 Nobel Economics Prize for work in integrating climate change and technological innovation into economic analysis.


  • October 9 : World Post Day
    World Post day happens each year on October 9, the anniversary of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), which started in 1874 in Switzerland. The UPU was the start of the global communications revolution, introducing the ability to write to others all over the world.




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