www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs April 24, 2019 (24/04/2019)
Topic : International Diary of Events
Indonesia releases special stamp on Ramayana theme
Indonesia has released a special commemorative stamp on the theme of Ramayana to mark the 70th anniversary of establishment of its diplomatic ties with India. A specially signed version of the stamp will be on display at the Philately Museum in Jakarta.
The stamp, designed by renowned Indonesian sculptor Padmashri Bapak Nyoman Nuarta, featured a scene from Ramayana in which Jatayu valiantly fought to save Sita.
Topic: Awareness in Space, Latest Terminologies
Following a series of tests conducted in space over the past five months, the ESA-JAXA BepiColombo mission has successfully completed its near-Earth commissioning phase and is now ready for the operations that will take place during the cruise and, eventually, for its scientific investigations at Mercury.
BepiColombo is a joint mission between ESA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), executed under ESA leadership.
The mission comprises two spacecraft: the Mercury Planetary Orbiter (MPO) and the Mercury Magnetospheric Orbiter (MMO). The MPO will study the surface and internal composition of the planet, and the MMO will study Mercury’s magnetosphere, that is, the region of space around the planet that is influenced by its magnetic field.
Topic: Latest Diary of Events
Horsefield’s Bronze Cuckoo Bird
A recent study published in the journal Birding ASIA mentions the sighting of Horsefield’s Bronze Cuckoo Bird.
It was spotted on the Greater Nicobar Island of the Andaman and Nicobar island chain. It is native of Australia and New Guinea. The sighting was the first recorded instance of the bird in India.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with just about 0.25% the country’s landmass, is home to about 350 species of exotic birds.
Topic: Profile of States, Latest Diary of Events
Fake news has been spread that Tamil inscriptions in the Thanjavur Brihadheeswara temple are being replaced with Hindi inscriptions.
In reality, the epigraphs were in Marathi, written in Devanagiri script which is common for Hindi.