Current Affairs This Week (28-04-2019)

  • Insight Mars lander detects likely Marsquake
    NASA’s InSight lander spacecraft has detected what’s believed to be a “marsquake” on the Red Planet. NASA scientists are still working to confirm the source of the faint trembling. If scientists confirm it would become the first seismic activity ever detected on Mars.


  • World Immunization Week 2019
    It is being observed from 24-30 April with the theme Protected Together: Vaccines Work. World Immunisation Week 2019. celebrates Vaccine Heroes from around the world from parents and community members to health workers and innovators who help ensure we are all protected , at all ages, through the power of vaccines.


  • Ramayana Themed Stamp Released by Indonesia
    Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of its diplomatic ties with India. It is a specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.


  • World Book Day 2019
    23rd of April is observed as World Book by UNESCO and other related organisations every year. The city of Sharjah has been selected as the World Book Capital for the year 2019.


  • English Language Day: 23 April
    To commemorate both the birthday and date of death of William Shakespeare. The English Language Day was the result of a 2010 initiative by the Department of Public Information which had sought to establish language days.


  • Earth Day 2019 (April 22)
    Earth Day was formally proposed by John McConnell at UNESCO conference on Environment in 1969. Later in 1971, a proclamation was signed to observe international Earth Day annually on the Vernal Equinox by UN Secretary-General U Thant and was first celebrated in 1970.


  • NASA Spots 1st Molecule of the Universe
    The scientists have detected the first molecule to ever form from stray atoms in the universe. The first such molecule was helium hydride, a combination of helium and hydrogen. The discovery is a first step in unlocking the mystery of the universe’s chemistry.


  • Genome Sequencing to Map Population Diversity
    The Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has undertaken an indigenous genetic mapping effort to educate a generation of students on the “usefulness” of genomics.


  • Nepal’s First Ever Satellite Launched into Space
    Nepal’s first satellite NepaliSat-1 was launched into space from the Virginia-based station of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US. NepaliSat-1 will start rotating around the Earths orbit to collect information about the country’s topography and Earths magnetic field.


  • Raavana-1 launched into Space
    Sri Lanka’s first satellite Raavana-1 was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore. Raavana 1 weights around 1.05 kg and is 1000 cubic centimetres in size. The minimum lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years and a half years and it is expected to be active for five years.




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