Current Affairs This Week (22-04-2018)

  • April 18: World Heritage Day
    Observance of day aims to spread awareness importance of protecting and preserving various sites around world that have achieved world heritage status and having outstanding universal values.
  • 2018 Pulitzer Prizes winners
    The Pulitzer Prize is an annual award for achievements in newspaper, magazine and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in will of American-Hungarian newspaper publisher and master of yellow journalism Joseph Pulit.
  • Govt launches first tranche of Sovereign gold bonds for FY19
    SGB Scheme is aimed at providing alternative to buying physical gold. It will be sold through banks, designated post offices and recognised stock exchanges namely NSE and BSE and Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited.
  • World’s 1st contact lens: that darken in bright light
    “This contact lens is the first of its kind to incorporate the same technology that is used in eyeglasses that automatically darken in the sun,”
  • 1st health & wellness centre: Bijapur, Chhattisgarh
    Ayushman Bharat Yojana It aims to target over 10 crore families belonging to poor and vulnerable population based on Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) database.the government aims to set up 1.5 lakh wellness centres by 2022 that will leverage on comprehensive primary health care for preventive, promotive and curative care.
  • 1st regional conference of eastern states on Water Resources
    The first regional conference of eastern states on Water Resources was held in Kolkata, West Bengal in bid to address outstanding water resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.
  • United Nations launches UN Road Safety Trust Fund
    United Nations has launched UN Road Safety Trust Fund to improve road safety worldwide to save lives and prevent the loss of opportunity associated with road accidents. UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is secretariat for the trust fund.
  • CJI first among equals, power to allocate work: SC
    The Supreme Court has reiterated that Chief Justice of India (CJI) is first among equals and has exclusive prerogative to allocate cases and constitute benches.
  • April 19: World Liver Day
    The World Liver Day (WLD) is observed every year on April 19 to build awareness and understanding importance of liver in human body and how liver ailments can be treated.
  • Ib Setu: between Sambalpur and Brajarajnagar (Odhisa)
    The much-awaited river bridge ‘Ib Setu’, which is built over the Ib river in Sambalpur district. The 2.5-km-long bridge, which is the State’s second longest bridge.
  • April 17: World Haemophilia Day (WHD)
    Tncrease awareness of haemophilia and other inherited bleeding disorders. It is an opportunity to help people with bleeding disorders live healthier, longer and more productive lives
  • Manika Batra: first-ever Indian woman table tennis player
    Manika Batra has created history by becoming the first Indian woman table tennis player to win a singles gold at the Commonwealth Games.She is an Indian table tennis player. She is the top-ranked female table tennis player in India and ranked 58th in the world.
  • Mary Kom: 1st Indian woman boxer to win a Commonwealth Gold
    She is an Indian Olympic boxer hailing from the Kom tribe in Manipur. She is a five-time World Amateur Boxing champion, and the only woman boxer to have won a medal in each one of the six world championships.
  • NASA’s new planet-hunting mission begins
    NASA’s latest planet hunting satellite was successfully launched today on the first-of-its-kind mission to find new worlds beyond our solar system and identify the ones that could support alien life.
  • The israeli park with valuable secrets
    In Israel’s Negev Desert, a side road leads to a valley ringed by red, purple and brown cliffs. Now part of Timna National Park, this valley is famous for its jagged landscape carved by wind and water over many millennia.
  • In a first, scientists devise way to bend, stretch diamond
    The strongest of all natural materials, can bend and stretch much like rubber and snap back to its original shape. Developed a unique nano mechanical approach to precisely control and quantify the ultra-large elastic strain distributed in the nano diamond samples.
  • Delhi 1st city compensate consumers for unscheduled outages
    As per the proposed policy, power discoms will have to pay their consumers for unscheduled power cuts, after first hour, at an hourly rate of Rs 100.
    With the LG’s approval, Delhi will become the first city in the country to have a policy to compensate consumers for unscheduled outages.
  • Why this India priest carried an ‘untouchable’ into a temple
    “I wanted to show people that everyone is equal in the eyes of god,” the priest, CS Rangarajan. Dalits have historically been denied entry into temples as they are considered “impure” by many conservative Hindus.
  • Europe’s Mars rover takes shape
    Structural Thermal Model, or STM. It is one of three rovers that will be built as part of the European Space Agency’s ExoMars 2020 mission to search for life on the Red Planet.

 

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Current Affairs This Week (15-04-2018)

  • A new beginning with Nepal
    Nepali Prime Ministers make Delhi the first foreign port of call after taking over. Delhi and Kathmandu — project implementation will be the test.
  • IRNSS-1I up in space, completes navigation fleet
    The navigation satellites, dubbed India’s own GPS, are meant for giving precise information of position, navigation and time of objects or people. Although 1I is the 9th to be launched in the NavIC navigation fleet.
  • The biggest ever fire sale of Indian corporate
    The Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) has decided to clean up the balance sheets of Indian banks, which are collectively saddled with Rs five lakh crore of bad loans, by the end of this fiscal.
  • World’s hottest chilli pepper, the ‘Carolina Reaper’.
    Man suffers narrowing of brain blood vessels after eating ‘Carolina Reaper’ at a contest. It was the first reported case of a patient being diagnosed with RCVS after eating a chilli pepper, the authors said.
  • Mixed team badminton claimed gold for the first time
    The Indian shuttlers have been on fire here. On Monday, they came up with another superb display, giving the country its first ever gold medal in the mixed team event with a brilliant 3-1 win over defending champion Malaysia.
  • Commonwealth Games 2018: Mirabai claims first gold for India
    ‘Mirabai is a true Manipuri girl’
    The 23-year-old from Manipur, the reigning World champion in women’s 48kg.
  • Record-breaking show by Manu
    Manu Bhaker, showcased her immense talent as she stylishly shot down the women’s 10m air pistol gold medal. The 16-year-old from Jhajjar (Haryana), the youngest Indian to win an ISSF World Cup gold medal.
  • IIT-Delhi installs India’s first 5G lab
    It will be the first of its kind 5G lab in the country and has been set-up at Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management. 5G is wireless communication technology based on third-generation partnership project (3GPP).
  • India’s first high-speed electric locomotive
    India’s first high-speed electric locomotive with 12000 horsepower (HP). Madhepura Electric Locomotive Factory in Bihar. It is first big Make-in-India project developed and completed by Indian Railways in collaboration with French firm Alstome.
  • April 11: National Safe Motherhood Day
    The National Safe Motherhood Day (NSMD) is celebrated every year on April 11 to create awareness on proper healthcare and maternity facilities to pregnant and lactating women.
  • Earth’s bedrock: New source of global nitrogen discovered
    Over quarter of nitrogen on Earth comes from weathering of planet’s bedrock. For centuries, prevailing science indicated that all of nitrogen on Earth available to plants comes from atmosphere.
  • April 10: World Homoeopathy Day
    The World Homoeopathy Day (WHD) is observed every year on April 10 to pay tribute to Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, founder and father of Homeopathy system of medicine.
  • Scientist develops world’s 1st microfactory for e-waste
    IIT-trained Australian scientist of Indian origin Veena Sahajwalla has launched world’s first microfactory that can transform components from electronic waste items into valuable materials for re-use.
  • Health Ministry bans sale of 14 steroid creams
    Prevent indiscriminate sale of ointments containing steroids and antibiotics without prescription. These 14 preparations were included under H of the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 to impose the ban.
  • Parker Solar Probe: 1st flight to Sun in July 2018
    NASA’s will launch humanity’s first mission Parker Solar Probe (PSP) to the Sun in July 31, 2018. It is undergoing final preparations for its scheduled launch on board of NASA’s.
  • First International project under IMT Trilateral Highway.
    This project is part of India-Myanmar-Thailand (IMT) Trilateral Highway and will be NHAI’s first international project. NHAI responsible for management of network of over 70,000 km of national highways in India.
  • Neeraj Chopra: 1st Indian to win gold in javelin throw
    The 20-year-old junior world champion Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian javelin thrower to claim a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games, with a season’s best effort of 86.47m in the final.
  • Noted artist Ram Kumar
    A modernist, he was associated with the Progressive Artists’ Group comprising M.F.Husain, F.N.Souza, H.A.Gade, S.H.Raza and others. The seminal group gave a new direction to Indian art by introducing a fresh idiom.
  • 15-year-old Anish Bhanwala wins gold, creates history
    Indian shooter Anish Bhanwala, aged 15, created history by becoming the country’s youngest ever gold medal winner in the Commonwealth Games.

 

Current Affairs This Week (08-04-2018)

 

  • Fimbristylis: New plant species discovered in Western Ghats
    Researchers have discovered new grass-like plant species named Fimbristylis agasthyamalaensis in Ponmudi hills within the Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot.
  • India at risk of food shortage due to climate change
    According to recently published global study, India is among countries which are at greatest risk of food insecurity due to weather extremes caused by climate change.
  • SIDBI celebrates its foundation day
    The Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) celebrated its foundation day this year on April 2, 2018. he day was celebrated as day of Sampark (connect), Sanwad (interaction), Suraksha (security) and Sampreshan.
  • Multi Modal Logistic Park inaugurated at Balli, Goa
    The part is located on Konkan Railway route.The park from its economic transport solutions and state of the art facilities will benefit both trade and industry in Goa. It will generate additional revenue for Konkan Railway.
  • Tiangong-1: China’s 1st prototype space station
    China’s out-of-control Tiangong-1 space lab has re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, landing in middle of the South Pacific Ocean near world’s spacecraft cemetery or graveyard’. China’s space lab plummets to earth, burns up over Pacific Ocean.
  • Delhi becomes first city to roll-out BS-VI fuel
    Delhi became the first city in India to supply ultra-clean Bharat Stage (BS) VI grade fuel (both petrol and diesel) with an aim to combat the rising levels of air pollution in Delhi-NCR region.
  • India becomes World’s 2nd largest mobile phone producer
    India has replaced Vietnam to become second largest producer of mobile phones in 2017. This information has been shared by government on the basis of data provided by Indian Cellular Association.
  • Nepal launches its first accessible trekking trail
    As a part of three-day international conference on “Accessible Tourism”, Nepal has launched its first accessible trekking trail for differently abled and elders in Pokhara city.
  • Fiat Digital Currency
    Fiat Digital Currency (or Central bank digital currency) is the digital form of fiat money which is currency established as money by government regulation or law. As opposed to private digital tokens, fiat digital currency will be issued by central bank.
  • India third most vulnerable country to cyber threats
    According to recently published Internet Security Threat Report, India emerged as third most vulnerable country in terms of risk of cyber threats, such as malware, spam and ransomware in 2017.
  • India becomes 2nd largest manufacturer of crude steel
    In a major achievement, India has overtaken Japan to become the world’s second largest producer of crude steel in February, according to the Steel Users Federation of India (Sufi).
  • NASA successfully tests supersonic Mars landing parachute
    A supersonic parachute designed for future missions to Mars has undergone a successful test in which it was sent very high up in the sky in a rocket from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia
  • Sanjita Chanu bags gold medal; creates new record
    Sanjita Chanu landed India its second gold medal at the XXI Commonwealth Games, winning the top spot in the women’s 53kg category of the weightlifting.
  • The center of the Milky Way is teeming with black holes
    The newly confirmed black holes are about 10 times the mass of our sun.In the rest of the massive Milky Way, scientists have only spotted about five dozen black holes so far, Hailey said.
  • Hampi goes digital
    Digital walkthrough and see 3D recreations of the sculptures that were damaged, rotate them 360 degrees to appreciate their workmanship better, and understand why Hampi is special.
  • Govt. bans imports of hormone oxytocin
    The Union government has banned imports of hormone oxytocin to stop its misuse in livestock industry, where it causes hormonal imbalances and the lives of milch animals.
  • Railways introduces dynamic tamping express machines
    The Indian Railway introduced latest integrated track maintenance technology by way of inducting three numbers of 09-3X Dynamic Tamping Express machines.
  • RBI’s 1st bimonthly policy FY: Policy rates unchanged
    The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in its first bimonthly policy review for financial year 2018-19 has decided to maintain status quo in policy rates by keeping repo rate unchanged at 6.0%.
  • Virgin Galactic spaceship completes test flight
    Virgin Galactic launches its rocket-powered Unity spacecraft. Unity’s test flight reached supersonic speeds of Mach 1.87.This is the 1st powered flight test of a Virgin Galactic spacecraft since the fatal crash of Spaceship Enterprise on Oct. 31, 2014.

Current Affairs This Week (01-04-2018)

  • March 21: International Day of Forests
    The International Day of Forests was established on the 21st day of March, by resolution of the United Nations General Assembly on November 28, 2012.
  • China launches twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites
    Using a Long March 3B booster, China successfully launched its newest duo of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites to orbit.
  • TESS: NASA, SpaceX collaborate to search for exoplanets
    NASA has partnered with private space launching company SpaceX to launch Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to search for exoplanets Survey Satellite (TESS) to search for exoplanets using the transit method.
  • SWIFT broadens payment tracking capabilities
    SWIFT rolled out the gpi Tracker solution last year as a solution to help treasurers track payments in real time with a focus on cross-border transactions.
  • Surat 1st district – 100% solar powered health centres
    All 52 PHCs in the district are now powered by solar system. With this, Surat sets an example for country by developing villages that use sustainable forms of energy at a time when global warming is mounting with each passing day.
  • World’s largest tropical peatland found in Congo basin
    Scientists have discovered the world’s largest tropical peatland in the remote Congo swamps, estimated to store the equivalent of three year’s worth of the world’s total fossil fuel emissions.
  • Ministry of Culture organises Madhavpur Mela in Gujarat
    The Union Ministry of Culture for the first time had organised Madhavpur Mela in Madhavpur Ghed in Porbandar District of Gujarat under the banner of of Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat.
  • Chhattisgarh wins National Water Digest Award
    The award was presented to Chhattisgarh Water Resources Department (CWRD) on the occasion ‘World Forestry Day’ (observed on March 21) in New Delhi.
  • 1st International Exhibition of Graphic Prints
    Print Biennale India 2018: The first-ever International Print Biennale, an International Exhibition of Graphic Prints was held in New Delhi. It was organised by Lalit Kala Akadem.
  • March 25
    International Day of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade –
    The day honours and remembers those who suffered and died as a consequence of the transatlantic slave trade, which has been called “the worst violation of human rights in history”, in which over 400 years more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims.
  • Earth Hour 2018 observed across the world
    The twelfth edition of Earth Hour was observed across the world on 24 March 2018 to take a global call on climate change. To mark this day, cities worldwide turned their lights off for one hour from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm local time.
  • Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi (31 March 1865 – 26 Feb 1887)
    She was one of the earliest female Indian physicians. She was the first woman of Indian origin to study and graduate with a two-year diploma in medicine in the United States. She is also believed to be the first Indian woman to set foot on American soil
  • MP Kadaknath chicken gets Geographical Indication tag
    The GI tag will ensure that no one else can use name Kadaknath Chicken while selling any other black chicken. It will also translate into higher prices for producers, officials in the animal husbandry department said.
  • India’s1st US LNG shipment at Dabhol under long-term deal
    India received its first Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) cargo from United States (US) under long-term supply deal. The first US-sourced LNG shipment was imported by state-owned GAIL on board of its chartered LNG ship ‘Meridian Spirit’ from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Louisiana.
  • CCEA approves new Integrated Scheme for School Education
    The scheme aims is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education from nursery to senior secondary stage in accordance with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for Education.
  • K2-229b: Hot, metallic Earth-sized planet discovered
    The planet is almost 20 per cent larger than Earth but has a mass which is over two-and-a-half times greater.It is located very close to its host star.
  • First privately-occupied saloon coach
    Air-conditioned rooms, valet service and attached bathroom, started its journey on Saturday with six customers of a private tour operating company as the Jammu Mail pulled out of the Old Delhi Railway Station.
  • Abdel Fattah al-Sisi: Elected as the new President of Egypt
    Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has been re-elected for a second term with a sweeping majority in the 2018 Egyptian presidential election.
  • Ajmer: first mega food park of Rajasthan
    The first mega food park of Rajasthan has inaugurated by Union Minister for Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal at Roopangarh village near Ajmer.

 

Current Affairs This Week (25-03-2018)

  • Dravidian language family is 4,500 years old
    The Dravidian language family’s four largest languages — Kannada, Malayalam, Tamil and Telugu — have literary traditions spanning centuries, of which Tamil reaches back the furthest, researchers said.
  • March 27: World Theatre Day
    It was initiated in 1961 by the International Theater Institute.The first World Theater Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau (France) in 1962.
  • Ptilomera nagalanda: New species of water

    Scientists from Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered new species of water strider named Ptilomera nagalanda Jehamalar and Chandra in Nagaland. It measures about 11.79 mm.
  • March 20: World Sparrow Day
    World Sparrow Day is a day designated to raise awareness of the house sparrow and then other common birds to urban environments, and of threats to their populations, observed on 20 March.
  • India joins Europe’s satellite data sharing pool
    India has joined Europe’s mega global arrangement of sharing data from Earth observation satellites, called Copernicus.The space-based information will be used for forecasting response during disasters.
  • Stem cell trial restores partial vision
    For the study, a British-American research team used human embryonic stem cells (hESC) to grow RPE cells on a thin plastic scaffold. They then transplanted this “engineered tissue” into the eyes of the two volunteers.
  • 143 species spotted in bird survey
    A recent bird survey organised by the Forest Department and the Hume Centre for Ecology and Wildlife Biology in the South Wayanad Forest Division has recorded 143 species.
  • Two new dog-faced bat species discovered
    The dog-faced bats are a fast-flying, insectivorous species that are highly difficult to spot. Scientists have only recorded 6 species so far, but now an international team of scientists has succeeded in recognising 2 more species of these bats.
  • World’s last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
    The northern white rhinoceros, or northern square-lipped rhinoceros is one of the two subspecies of the white rhinoceros.According to the latest IUCN assessment the subspecies is considered “Critically Endangered.
  • BrahMos missile successfully test-fired for first time
    Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was successfully flight-tested for first time with indigenously developed seeker at Pokhran test range, Rajasthan. So far, seeker, a critical technology in missiles was imported from Russia.
  • MCX launches world’s first brass futures contracts
    India’s largest commodities exchange platform, Multi Commodity Exchange of India Limited (MCX) launched world’s first brass futures contracts. It will facilitate brass stakeholders to hedge their price risk.
  • India’s 1st sign language dictionary launched
    The Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has launched Sign Language Dictionary of 3000. The dictionary has been developed by by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC;)
  • Mathematician Robert P. Langlands wins Abel Prize 2018
    Canadian mathematician Robert P. Langlands (81) has won prestigious Abel Prize 2018 for his visionary programme connecting representation theory to number theory.
  • 1st National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement
    The first-ever National Conference on Drug Law Enforcement was held in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir.
  • Fluorimeter device to measure uranium traces in water
    An instrument to measure traces of uranium in water has been developed by a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), an official said today.
  • 39 Indians killed in Mosul
    The 39 Indian constructions workers whose bodies were discovered in a dirt mound outside a village in Iraq’s Mosul were shot dead, most of them in the head, Iraqi authorities have confirmed.
  • Lingayat, newest religion in Karnataka
    The Karnataka state govt approved a distinct entity for Lingayat community.Lingayatism was founded, or revived, by the 12th-century philosopher and statesman Basava in Karnataka.

 

Current Affairs This Week (18-03-2018)

  • QOL-2C: AYUSH Drug developed by CCRAS for cancer patients
    The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has undertaken development of coded drug AYUSH QOL-2C for improving quality of life in cancer patients.
  • India-UK Joint Team wins Newton-Bhabha Fund
    Won Newton-Bhabha Fund for project on Groundwater Arsenic Research in Ganga River Basin. To find solutions to water challenges faced in pervasively arsenic-affected Ganga River Basin.
  • ICMR wins 2017 Kochon Prize for TB research

    The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) was awarded 2017 Kochon Prize for building tradition of excellence in Tuberculosis (TB) research and development. It had emerged winner from among 18 nominations.
  • Stephen Hawking

    World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018, leaving behind a rich legacy. Known for his wit and humour, Hawking has also appeared in many TV shows and talk shows.
  • Former world number two tennis player Tommy Haas

    The German, who turned professional in 1996, reached the Australian Open semi-finals three times as well as the last-four at Wimbledon in 2009. He announced his retirement from tennis.
  • Sanjivani takes bronze, helps Indian team finish third

    Maharashtra’s Sanjivani Jadhav, the World University Games 10,000m silver medallist last year, won the women’s bronze in the 14th Asian Cross Country Championships at Guiyang, China
  • Sach-Gaurav: India’s first cloned Assamese buffalo born

    Male calf named Sach-Gaurav was born in Hisar, Haryana. It was born to Murrah buffalo, at Hi Tech Sach Dairy Farm, 100 kms from cloning laboratory, making it first buffalo calf to be born in field.
  • Haryana passes bill for death penalty for child rapists

    Death penalty for convicts found guilty of raping girls aged 12 years or less. Haryana became third state, after Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to have provision of capital punishment for such sexual offenders.
  • Diu becomes first UT to run 100% on solar power
    The harnessing of solar energy has made Diu the country’s first energy surplus Union territory and a model for an effective way for people to harness this renewable energy source.
  • First ever crime-free zone on India-Bdesh border launched
    In a first for both countries, the director generals of the Border Security Force (BSF) and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) declared an 8.3 km stretch of the Indo-Bangladesh border as a ‘crime-free zone’.
  • India : Supreme Court allows passive euthanasia,living will
    Stating that human beings have the right to die with dignity, the Supreme Court (SC) allowed passive euthanasia, but made sure to set out strict guidelines that will govern when it is permitted.
  • India’s first coastal policing academy set up in Gujarat
    Nearly a decade after threats to coastal security was magnified during the 26/11 terror attacks, the country’s first national academy to train police forces in effectively safeguarding the Indian shoreline will start functioning from the next month along the Gujarat seafront.
  • Kinzhal : Russia successfully launches hypersonic missile
    The high-precision Kinzhal (Dagger) missile was launched from a MiG-31 supersonic interceptor jet that took off from an airfield in the South Military District in Russia’s southwest.
  • March 14 : Pi Day
    Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical constant π (pi). Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of π.
  • Sound of volcanic thunder captured for the first time ever
    Scientists set up microphones near Bogolof volcano in Aleutian Islands of Alaska way before any eruption took place there. According to Phys.org, the researchers made observations in a span of nine months starting from December 2016 to August 2017.
  • March 16 : World Sleep Day
    World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving
  • Ferrari 812 Superfast : Fastest sportscar launched in India
    Ferrari officially launched its fastest and most powerful car Ferrari 812 Superfast in India at 5.20 crore. This sportscar is the successor of the hugely popular F12 Berlinetta and can sprint from 0 to 100kmph in 2.9 seconds.
  • Bhanu Athaiya: The Lady Who Won India Our First Ever Oscar.
    The first ever Oscar award that was brought home was in 1982. Bhanu Athaiya, a costume designer, made history after she won an award for Best Costume Design for the 1982 British-Indian drama Gandhi.
  • New species of water strider found in Nagaland
    Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) have discovered a new species of water strider from Nagaland. The species, named Ptilomera nagalanda Jehamalar and Chandra, was found in the river Intanki, Peren district.
  • William Perkin: Inventor of first synthetic dye mauveine
    Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS (12 March 1838 – 14 July 1907)[1] was a British chemist and entrepreneur best known for his serendipitous discovery of the first synthetic organic dye, mauveine, made from aniline.

 

Current Affairs This Week (11-03-2018)

  • EBRD approves India’s membership
    The shareholders of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have given their nod to India’s candidature to international financial institution. With this, India will become the 69th member of EBRD.
  • Impacting Research Innovation and Technology (IMPRINT) India
    IMPRINT India Programme is joint initiative of Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). It seeks to develop road map for research to solve major engineering and technology challenges in 10 technology domains relevant for country.
  • India for the first time starts importing LNG from US
    The development comes on the heels of India’s first import of crude oil from the US in October 2017
  • AWBI headquarters shifted from Chennai to Ballabhgarh
    Government has shifted headquarters of Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) to Ballabhgarh in Faridabad District of Haryana from Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
  • Saposhi: Threat of new malware looms over cyberspace.
    Cybersecurity agencies have detected a new malware called Saposhi that can take over electronic devices and use them for Distributed of Service (DDoS) attacks.
  • Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland Chief Minister
    Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio was on Thursday sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland.
  • Dhamtari: 1st in the state to be free of open defecation
    Kunwar Bai Yadav lived in a village in Dhamtari district in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh. Inspired by the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, she sold 7 of her goats to raise the money to build a toilet at her house. She was declared a mascot of the campaign and visited by PM Narendra Modi.
  • Balkrishna Doshi wins Pritzker Prize
    Pioneer of low-cost housing design has won the prestigious Pritzker Prize, considered architecture field’s Nobel. He is 45th Pritzker laureate and first from India to receive it.
  • World’s Largest Street Light Replacement Programme
    Replace 1.34 crore conventional street lights with energy efficient LED lights by March, 2019. It is being implemented by EESL. Rajasthan was the first state to adopt this scheme.
  • Iraq overtakes SA as India’s biggest Oil Supplier
    Iraq has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become India’s top crude oil supplier by supplying 38.9 million tonnes (MT) crude oil in the current financial year. It was fifth of the India’s oil needs.
  • India’s first HeliTaxi service launched in Bengaluru
    The maiden trip of helitaxi was between Electronic City and Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru.
  • India-US team test-fires M777 ultra-light howitzers

    Joint investigation committee (JIC) comprising US and Indian officials has test-fired M777 ultra-light howitzers (ULH) at Pokhran firing range in Rajasthan.
  • AgCuTe: Researchers develop thermoelectric compound
    Researchers have developed silver copper telluride (AgCuTe), a novel compound that exhibits poor thermal conductivity but shows good electrical conductivity.
  • Marshall Islands to launch world-first digital legal tender

    Marshall Islands in Pacific Ocean is set to become first country in world to recognize cryptocurrency as its legal tender and adopt transparent crypto monetary system.
  • 90th Academy Awards (Oscars 2018)
    The 90th Academy Awards commonly referred to as Oscars was held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California (US).The Shape of Water won the most number of awards.
  • A new state of matter created

    An international team of physicists have successfully created a “giant atom” and filled it with ordinary atoms, creating a new state of matter termed “Rydberg polarons”.
  • Google Lens coming to all phones running Google Photos
    Google has announced that it is rolling out “Google Lens” — app designed to bringing up relevant information using visual analysis — to all Android phones running “Google Photos”.
  • New plant species after former President Abdul Kalam
    Plant species from West Bengal named Drypetes kalamii, it is a small shrub found to be shorter version of its close relative Drypetes ellisii.
  • World wildlife day – wildlife under threat
    Every year March 3 is celebrated as World Wildlife Day to raise awareness about our planet’s flora and fauna.This year the theme is “Big cats — predators under threat.”