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TNPSC Current Affairs March 19, 2018

www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs March 19, 2018 (19/03/2018)


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Topic : India’s Foreign Policy, Latest Diary of Events

Shri Atul M. Gotsurve appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

Shri Atul M. Gotsurve (IFS: 2004), currently Director in the Ministry of External Affairs, has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.


Topic: Indian art and culture

Nabakalebar festival

Commemorative coins in denominations of ₹10 and ₹1000 have been released on Lord Jagannath’s Nabakalebar festival.

About Nabakalebar festival:

The Nabakalebara is an ancient ritual associated with most of the Jagannath Temples when the Idols of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, Subhadra and Sudarshan are replaced by a new set of Idols.

A year with an extra Ashadha masa/month as per Hindu Calendar is considered auspicious for conducting the ceremony. This usually occurs every twelve to nineteen years.

The Deities are made from a special type of Neem wood known as Daru Bramha.

The most recent ceremony was in 2015, following the 1996 ceremony.

This festival is celebrated at the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Orissa.


Topic : General Administration, Latest Diary of Events, Profile of States

Indian Science Congress In Manipur

105th Indian Science Congress was recently held in Manipur. It focussed on translational science for promoting affordable sustainable innovation.

Indian Science Congress was organized by the Indian Science Congress Association.

Theme: “Reaching the Unreached Through Science & Technology”.

Women Science Congress:

7th Women Science Congress was also held at the 105th session of Indian Science Congress in Imphal. The first Women Science Congress was held in 2012.


Topic : Indian Navy, Defense and Anti-terrorism activities, Latest Diary of Events

ICGS C-437

It is the Indian Coast Guard ship commissioned recently at Porbandar.

About ICGS C-437:

The boat is capable of undertaking multifarious task such as surveillance, interdiction, search and rescue and rendering assistance to boats and craft in distress at sea.

The boat has advanced navigational and communication equipment with capability to respond to any maritime situation.


Topic : General Administration, Latest Diary of Events, Profile of States

Jackfruit to be Kerala’s state fruit

Jackfruit is set to be declared as the official fruit of Kerala.

The core objective of the government was to give a fillip to the production and sale of jackfruit and its value-added products.

Key facts:

Elephant is the state animal of Kerala, while ‘great hornbill’ is the state bird and ‘kanikkonna’, the official flower.

The state had also recently declared pearl spot, popularly known as ‘karimeen’, as its official fish.


Topic : Awards and Honours, Profile of States

UN Award for Excellence in Education and Humanitarian Works

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the UN Award for Excellence in Education and Humanitarian Works was conferred on the founder’s family and the faculty of Nehru Group of Institutions in Coimbatore for excellent service in the field of education for the past 50 years.

The award was handed over to the founder’s family by Madhu Krishan, Chief Governor of UN – GDO and Founder-Chairman of Academy of Global Peace, the U.S., during the International Women’s Day function held recently.


Topic : Latest Diary of Events

Arichamunai to get India’s first offshore wind turbines

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is planning to set up India’s first offshore wind turbines at Arichamunai near Dhanushkodi.

The MNRE proposed to install four to five wind turbines, each with the capacity to generate a minimum of 6 MW of power, though offshore wind turbines were quite large with capacities going up to 12 MW.


Topic : Religious in India, Latest Diary of Events

Minority religion status for Lingayats

Siddaramaiah government decided to declare Lingayats as a religious minority and include the Veerashaivas who follow Basavanna as a group within the community.

About Lingayatism:

Lingayatism is a Shaivite religious tradition in India.

Initially known as Veerashaivas, since the 18th century adherents of this faith are known as Lingayats.

The terms Lingayatism and Veerashaivism have been used synonymously, but Veerashaivism may refer to the broader Veerashaiva philosophy which predates Lingayatism, to the historical community now called Lingayats, and to a contemporary (sub)tradition within Lingayatism with Vedic influences.

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