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www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs April 12, 2019

www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs April 12, 2019 (12/04/2019)


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Topic: Awards and Honours, Latest Diary of Events

Utkarsh Bangla, Sabuj Sathi won UN awards

West Bengal’s Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi schemes have won the prestigious World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) awards under the United Nations.

Key facts:

Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi were selected out of 1,062 nominations and they also topped the list in their respective categories.

Utkarsh Bangla got the topmost award and emerged a winner in the Capacity Building category.

Sabuj Sathi ranked in the first five as a champion project under the ICT application: E-Government category.

About Utkarsh Bangla:

Under Utkarsh Bangla, skill development training is given to youths. Several centres have been opened and youths are being given training there. The trained youths are then absorbed in different industries.

About Sabooj Sathi:

Sabooj Sathi is a scheme for distribution of bicycles to the students of class IX to XII studying in Govt. run and Govt. aided Schools and Madrashas.

World Summit on the Information Society Awards:

Aims to create an effective mechanism to evaluate and recognize individuals, governments, civil society, local, regional and international agencies, research institutions and private-sector companies for outstanding success in implementing development oriented strategies that leverage the power of ICTs as an enabler of the development.

About WSIS:

WSIS is, at global level, the world’s largest annual gathering of the ‘ICT for development’ community and provides an opportunity for information exchange, knowledge creation and sharing of best practices, while identifying emerging trends and fostering partnerships, taking into account the evolving Information and Knowledge Societies.

The WSIS Forum is co-organized by The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

In 2019, The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum will celebrate its 10th anniversary of the establishment of WSIS Forum from April 8 to 12 in Geneva at the International Telecommunication Union, under the theme “Information and Communication Technologies for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.


Topic: Awards and Honours, Latest Diary of Events

Namami Gange gets global recognition at world summit

The National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) was awarded the distinction of “Public Water Agency of the Year” by Global Water Intelligence at the Global Water Summit in London.

Global Water Awards:

The Global Water Awards are presented at the Global Water Summit, the major business conference for the water industry worldwide.

The awards recognise excellence across the international water industry and reward those initiatives in the water, waste water, and desalination sectors, which bring remarkable improvements in the lives of people.


Topic: Latest Diary of Events

Hong Kong Overtakes Japan as World’s Third Largest Stock Market

Hong Kong’s equity market has overtaken Japan to be the world’s third largest in value, behind only the U.S. and mainland China.

Key facts:

Hong Kong’s market value stood at $5.78 trillion, surpassing Japan’s market value at $5.76 trillion tally for the first time since 2015.

Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index has increased by 17 percent this year. Topix Index of Japan advanced at 8.3 percent in this period.


Topic: Latest Diary of Events

Bold Kurukshetra–2019

Bold Kurukshetra is a Joint Military Exercise of India and Singapore. The latest edition is being held at Babina Cantonment of Jhansi.

The joint exercise is aimed at developing military technology, enhance the maritime security and bolster the nations’ fight against terrorism.


Topic: Latest Diary of Events

International Day of Human Space Flight

The International Day of Human Space Flight was observed across the world on April 12, 2019. The day celebrates the anniversary of the first ever human space flight undertaken by Yuri Gagarin, a Soviet Union citizen then. The spacecraft was launched by Vostok-K launch vehicle.


Topic: Latest Diary of Events, Awareness in Space

SpaceX launches its first commercial flight with Falcon Heavy

US space flight company SpaceX recently carried out its first commercial launch with its Falcon Heavy rocket by placing a Saudi satellite in orbit. The 13,000-pound Saudi Arabian telecommunication satellite is operated by Arabsat and is expected to provide television, internet and mobile phone service to the Middle East, Africa and Europe.


Topic: Latest Diary of Events, Profile of States

Bamboo rice

Four decades later, bamboo rice shows up in Odisha. The rare variety, which was last harvested in Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in 1979, grows twice or thrice in a century

What is Bamboo Rice?

Bamboo rice is special rice that is grown out of a dying bamboo shoot. When the bamboo shoot breathes its last, it flowers into a rare variety of rice seeds, which are known as bamboo rice.

The Process of Storing Bamboo Rice:

Given the unpredictable flowering and thorniness of the bamboo, this makes no easy rice harvest. To get perfect polished bamboo rice, the area around the base of each bamboo is cleaned and all the debris formed is removed.

The base is then smoothed with a slush of clay and kept to dry. Once dried, the bamboo rice is then stored in to the prepared surface and gathered to be consumed.


Topic: Latest Diary of Events

PM Narendra Modi conferred with Russia’s highest State Honour

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the “Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle”, by Russia for exceptional services in promoting bilateral ties.

The award is the highest civilian honour of the Russian Federation which was established by Czar Peter I of Russia in the 17th century.

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