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TNPSC current affairs May 25, 2017

www.tnpsc.academy TNPSC current affairs May 25, 2017 (25/05/2017)

 

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Topic : National Security, Defence and Terrorism

Defence SP model comes into force

The government’s ambitious Strategic Partnership (SP) model for promoting Indian private industry participation in defence manufacturing has come into effect.

What you need to know about SP model?

Under the “Strategic Partnership” model, the government will shortlist and then pick Indian companies to join forces with foreign firms to supply fighter jets, helicopters, armoured vehicles and submarines.

For each platform, one private sector strategic partner will be chosen.

The strategic partnership model aims to create a vibrant defence manufacturing ecosystem in the country through involvement of both the major Indian corporate as well as the MSME (Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises) sector.

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Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News, Latest Diary of Events

WHO elected Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as its new director general

Ethiopia’s former health minister has been elected to serve as the next director-general of the World Health Organization.

The first African selected to head the global health agency.

About WHO:

The World Health Assembly is the legislative and supreme body of WHO.

Based in Geneva, it appoints the Director-General every five years.

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events, New inventions on Science and Technology

Airlander 10 – World’s Largest Aircraft Completed Test Flight

The world’s largest aircraft has successfully completed a test flight.

This move bringing the massive helium-filled airship one step closer to commercial use.

About Airlander 10:

The hybrid aircraft, the Airlander 10 combines technology from airplanes, helicopters and airships.

It is designed to fly at altitudes of 6,100 meters for up to five days when manned.

With a length of 92 metres, it is the largest aircraft currently flying.

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Topic : Books and Authors

India 2017 Yearbook

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has released the book ‘India 2017 Yearbook’ authored by the Union Home Secretary, Shri Rajiv Mehrishi.

The book was published by the Mc Graw Hill Education India.

The chapters of the Book are divided into four broad groups covering Indian geography, history, polity, demography, economy, development schemes, environment, disaster management, media and communication, foreign policy, J&K and newsmakers in India.

The Book also deals with general knowledge, viz., general information, culture, monuments and cultural institutions of India and miscellaneous general topics among many other subjects.

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Topic : Profile of states, Latest Diary of Events, Places in News

India’s first underwater rail tunnel completed

The country’s first tunnel under the Hooghly river for establishing metro link between Howrah and Kolkata has completed.

Rachna, a giant tunnel-boring machine (TBM), was deployed to dig the underwater tunnel that runs a length of 502 metres under the river.

The project connects Howrah to the west and Salt lake to the east.

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events

World Turtle Day 2017 – 23rd May

The World Turtle Day 2017 was observed globally on 23rd May 2017.

This is used to protect the turtles and tortoises and their rapidly disappearing habitats across the world.

Key Facts:

American Tortoise Rescue is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 that works to provide protection to all species of tortoise and turtle.

ATR has placed about 4000 tortoises and turtles in caring homes so far.

Organization’s ultimate goal is to stop the illegal trade of turtles and tortoises around the world.

Do you know ?

The World Turtle Day was proclaimed by American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) proclaimed this day in the year 2000.

Since then, it is celebrated yearly to create awareness about turtles and tortoises, the world’s oldest living reptiles in the world.

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Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News, Latest Diary of Events

PV Sindhu elected as one of the members of BWF Athlete’s Commision

Olympic silver medalist P.V. Sindhu became a member of the BWF Athletes’ Commission.

The 21-year-old Indian topped the ballot with 129 votes as she led a trio of women onto the BWF Athletes’ Commission. She will serve for four years term.

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Topic : Profile of states, Latest Diary of Events, Places in News

Dhola-Sadiya: A Bridge of New Hope for the North East 

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurates the country’s longest river bridge –the Dhola- Sadiya Bridge in Assam tomorrow.

This new, three lane, 9.15 kilometre bridge has been built over river Lohit, a tributary of the Brahmaputra, linking Dhola to Sadiya in Assam .

The bridge will fill a huge connectivity gap that has existed in the region.

Till now, the only means to cross the Brahmaputra at this location has been by ferry only in day-time and even this is not possible during floods.

The last bridge over the Brahmaputra was the Kalia Bhomora Bridge at Tejpur.

This will however change from with the Dhola-Sadiya bridge ensuring 24X7 connectivity between upper Assam and Eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh.

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Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News, Latest Diary of Events

Sanjay Mitra Appointed as the New Defence Secretary 

Shri Sanjay Mitra, Appointed as the new Defence Secretary on May 24th, succeeding Shri G Mohan Kumar.

About him:

Belonging to the 1982 batch of IAS, West Bengal cadre, Shri Mitra is a Post-Graduate in Physics and Economics.

He also did his Mason Fellowship at the John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University in 1995 – 96.

Shri Mitra was earlier Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in the Government of India and had also worked as Chief Secretary of West Bengal.

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Persons in News

Roger Moore passed away

British actor Roger Moore passed away at 89.

He was best known for his role as James Bond in films such as “Live and Let Die” and “The Spy Who Loved Me.

Sir Roger was appointed as UNICEF  Goodwill Ambassador in 1991.

He passed away in Switzerland after a brief battle with cancer.

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Topic : World Organization’s, Latest Diary of Events

WEF – UN Habitat Data

According to World Economic Forum’s UN Habitat Data of 10 most densely populated cities, Dhaka, with 44500 people per square meter, is placed at first position.

Mumbai, with 31700 people/sq.meter secured the second place while Kota is at number seven.

Dhaka tops the list with 44500 people per sq km while Mumbai with 31700 ranks second in the list of 10 most densely populated cities in the world.

The 10 most densely populated cities are

1.Dhaka 2. Mumbai 3. Medellin 4. Manila 5. Casablanca 6. Lagos 7. Kota 8. Abuja 9. Singapore 10. Jakarta

Six of the most densely populated cities are in Asia, three in Africa and one in South America.

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