He’ll be a passenger in the back of the Unity rocket plane his Virgin Galactic company has been developing in the US. The vehicle can climb to an altitude of 90km (295,000ft), giving those onboard a few minutes of weightlessness and a view of the curvature of the Earth. (Source: bbc.com)
- Great Barrier Reef
Great Barrier Reef should be listed as ‘in danger’, UN committee recommends. The world’s biggest coral reef system had deteriorated and action was needed to counter the effects of climate change, said the UNs Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Source: The Indian Express)
- Largest diamonds unearthed in Botswana
One of the world’s largest diamonds has been unearthed in Botswana, the country’s government has announced.
The 1,098-carat stone, believed to be the third largest “gem-quality” diamond ever found, was presented to President Mokgweetsi Masisi on Wednesday (Source: cnn.com)
- Dehing Patkai and Raimona
Two new national parks, Dehing Patkai and Raimona, notified in Assam
Assam now is the state with the second highest number of national parks in the country, after Madhya Pradesh’s 11. The Union Territory of Andaman and Nicobar has nine national parks (Source: The Indian Express)
Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) has announced the dates for the Common Entrance Test (CET) for 2021. KEA has published the revised timetable for the KCET exam, scheduled to be held on August 28-30, 2021. There are going to be 2 exam shifts on each day. Check the detailed timetable below. Continue reading KCET 2021 examination will be conducted on 28th & 29th August 2021.
- Alaska: Arctic drilling leases suspended
US President Joe Biden’s administration will suspend oil and gas leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge pending an environmental review.
The giant Alaskan wilderness is home to many important species, including polar bears, caribou and wolves. (Source: bbc.com)
Very Severe Cyclonic Storm Yaas was a relatively strong and highly damaging tropical cyclone that made landfall in Odisha and brought significant impacts to West Bengal during late May 2021. The Yaas was formed from a tropical disturbance first monitored on May 23. (Source: Wikipedia) Continue reading Current Affairs This Week (30-05-2021)
A giant slab of ice bigger than the Spanish island of Majorca has sheared off from the frozen edge of Antarctica into the Weddell Sea, becoming the largest iceberg (designated A-76) afloat in the world. (Source: The Indian Express)
- Lag BaOmer
Lag BaOmer is a Jewish religious holiday celebrated on the 18th day of the Hebrew month of Iyar. This day marks the celebration of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai the day on which he revealed the deepest secrets of kabbalah in the form of the Zohar a landmark text of Jewish mysticism. (Source: Wikipedia)
- Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins
Michael Collins – one of the three crew members of the first manned mission to land on the Moon, Apollo 11 in 1969 – has died aged 90. Collins stayed in lunar orbit as his colleagues Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the Moon. (Source: bbc.com)
- Nasa astronauts splash-land on Earth
Four astronauts have returned to Earth from the International Space Station, in what was Nasa’s first night-time landing in 53 years.
The crew – three Nasa astronauts and one from Japan’s space agency Jaxa – spent almost six months in space. (Source: bbc.com)