www.tnpsc.academy – Tnpsc current affairs dec in English – Dec. 31, 2016 (31/12/2016)
Topic : Political Science – General Administration
Mobile App and Facebook Page of National Trust
Mobile App and Facebook Page of the National Trust to mark the “National Trust Foundation Day” on the theme “Celebrating Inclusion” by the government.
In 1999 dec. 30th the National Trust Act for the welfare of persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities was passed in the Parliament.
About National Trust:
The National Trust is a Statutory Body under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities and Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment.
The National Trust is implementing 10 schemes for overall development of persons with disabilities which have been revised and launched.
Topic : Geography – Geographical symptoms and Landmarks
Indian Standard Time adds LEAP SECOND in 2016
This year will have an extra leap second added to the end of it, making it slightly longer than 2015.
Why is it added?
The Earth’s rotation around its own axis is not regular, as sometimes it speeds up and sometimes it slows down, due to various factors including the moon’s gravitational Earth-braking forces.
As a result, Astronomical Time (UT1) gradually falls out of synch with Atomic time (UTC), and as and when the difference between UTC and UT1 approaches 0.9 seconds, a “Leap Second” is added to UTC through Atomic clocks worldwide.
Since 1972, 36 “Leap Seconds” have been added at intervals varying from six months to seven years.
37th “Leap Second” will be added to UTC at the midnight of December 31, 2016 in the countries within this time zone.
As the “Leap Second” is added simultaneously all over the world at UTC 23:59:59 on December 31, 2016, implying that in India the “Leap Second” will be inserted at IST 05:29:59 on January 1, 2017 (IST being five hours and thirty minutes ahead of UTC).
Topic : India and its Neighbour countries
Power supply to Nepal
India is ready to Supply Additional 80 MW to Nepal from January 2017. With this, the total supply of electricity to Nepal from India will be about 400 MW.
The power will be supplied to Nepal through the Muzaffarpur (India) – Dhalkebar (Nepal) transmission line.
Topic : Political Science – Govt., welfare oriented schemes and their utilities
Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM)
Among Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Aadhaar-based mobile app Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM). This is named after Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar.
The Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is a simplified payment platform designed to make Unified Payment Interface (UPI) and USSD payment modes.
Topic : History – Latest Diary of Events
Sudharsan’s Santa achieved the Limca Book of Records
Sand artist Sudharsan pattnaik’s Santa claus sculpture has got place in the Limca book of Records, which is the world’s largest sand sculpture.
He was born in puri, Odisha and he started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand arts.
He was awarded Padma shri in 2014.