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TNPSC Current Affairs September 09, 2017

www.tnpsc.academy TNPSC Current Affairs September 09, 2017 (09/09/2017)

 

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Places in News

Pluto Mountains named after Tenzing Norgay, Edmund Hillary

Two mountain ranges on Pluto have been named after Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary respectively by the International Astronomical Union.

These are the first geological features on the planet to be named following the close flyby by the New Horizons spacecraft in July 2015.

Who are Tenzing Montes and Hillary Montes?

Tenzing Montes and Hillary Montes are mountain ranges honouring Tenzing Norgay (1914-1986) and Sir Edmund Hillary (1919-2008).

Tenzing Norgay was the Indian/Nepali Sherpa and Sir Edmund Hillary was New Zealand mountaineer.

These two were the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest and return safely.

About the IAU:

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) was founded in 1919.

Its mission is to promote and safeguard the science of astronomy in all its aspects through international cooperation.

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Places in News

Sahara Forest Project in Jordan

A new project named “Sahara Forest Project” has been launched in Jordan.

It aims to turn Jordan’s sand dunes into farming land to produce food using sun and sea water.

Key facts:

It will use solar panels to provide power and include outdoor planting space, two saltwater-cooled greenhouses, a water desalination unit and salt ponds for salt production.

The Sahara Forest Project demonstrates that innovative application of technology has the potential to revolutionize our land systems in a way that benefits the climate, people, and businesses.

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Topic : Sports and Medals

Sonam won gold at World Cadet Wrestling Championship

Indian wrestler Sonam Malik won a gold medal in the 56kg category at the World Cadet Wrestling Championship in Athens, Greece.

Among other Indians in the fray, Neelam settled for bronze in the 43kg category.

15-year-old Sonam defeated Japanese Sena Nagamoto 3-1 in the final.

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