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TNPSC Current Affairs March 23, 2018

 www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs March 23, 2018 (23/03/2018)

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Topic : Latest Diary of Events

International Day of Forests

International Day of Forests is observed on March 21st every year.

2018 Theme: Forests and Sustainable Cities.

About the International Day of Forests:

The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed 21 March the International Day of Forests (IDF) in 2012.

The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns.

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Topic : Places in News

Okhla Bird Sanctuary

Foundation Stone for Redevelopment and Upgardation of Okhla Bird Sanctuary was recently laid.

Key facts:

Okhla Bird Sanctuary is located close to New Delhi and is one of the 467 Important Bird Areas (IBA) of the country and is home to a large number of resident, as well as migratory birds like grey-headed fish eagle, Baikal teal, Baer’s pochard and Sarus crane.

It is home to 32 species of reptiles, 7 species of amphibians and 186 plant species.

Okhla Bird Sanctuary, belonging to the State of Uttar Pradesh, has an area of 400 ha, out of which 120 ha falls within the National Capital Region of Delhi.

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

World’s first brass futures contract

MCX, the country’s largest commodity exchange, has launched futures trading in brass for first time in the world.

With the launch of a transparent brass futures contract, MCX will emerge as the benchmark price as volume picks up in two month time.

Key facts:

Brass would be first non-ferrous contract with compulsory delivery options – the IS-319 grade brass ingots and billets can be delivered at Jamnagar in Gujarat.

Brass, an alloy, usually contains 60% zinc and the rest is copper.

It finds varied industrial use in electrical appliance, switch gears, sanitary ware, automobiles and defence sectors.

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Topic : Latest Diary of Event

First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 Words Launched

First Indian Sign Language Dictionary of 3000 words has been launched.

As per the census 2011, there are 50, 71,007 Deaf people and 19, 98,535 with speech disability in India.

Key facts:

The dictionary has been developed by Indian Sign Language Research & Training Centre (ISLR&TC) under Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPwD), M/o Social Justice & Empowerment.

Its aim is to give Deaf people the constitutional right to speech and opportunity of freedom of expression and also bringing them into the main stream of the society.

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

Fluorimeter

An instrument to measure traces of uranium in water has been developed by a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE).

Key facts:

The instrument, “Fluorimeter”, has been developed by the Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT), an Indore-based unit of the DAE.

The device, costing Rs 1 lakh, would help in detecting traces of uranium in water.

The instrument is capable of examining traces of uranium in a sample of water from 0.1 PPB (Parts-per-billion) unit to 100 PPB.

Uranium:

Uranium is a radioactive element. If in any source of water it’s quantity is more than the permissible limit, then use of such water may cause thyroid cancer, blood cancer, depression and other serious ailments.

Notably, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board has fixed the permissible radiological limit to 60 PPB of uranium concentration for drinking water.

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Topic : Indian Navy and Defense, Anti-Terrorism Activities, Latest Diary of Events

BrahMos Supersonic Cruise Missile

Supersonic cruise missile BrahMos was recently successfully flight-tested for the first time with an indigenous seeker.

So far, the seeker, a critical technology in missiles, had come from Russia. The seeker technology determines the accuracy of a missile.

Key facts:

The BrahMos is the fastest cruise missile of its class in the world.

BrahMos missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8 and has a range of 290 km.

The missile has been jointly developed with Russia and is named after the rivers Brahmaputra and Moskva in Russia.

BrahMos missile is the heaviest weapon to be deployed on India’s Su-30 fighter aircraft.

Since India’s entry into the MTCR, the range has been extended to 450 km and the plan is to increase it to 600km.

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Topic : Awards and Honours, Person in News

G.K. Reddy award for journalist Karan Thapar

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the G.K. Reddy Memorial National Award for journalism to senior journalist and television presenter Karan Thapar.

About award:

Gunupati Keshava Reddy, better known as G. K. Reddy (1923–1987), was an Indian journalist that attained national and international acclaim for his articles and news stories.

He was a major contributor to the newspaper The Hindu for more than two decades, becoming a household name with his front-page articles every day.

In his memory, the G. K. Reddy Memorial Award for Outstanding Journalism was established by T. Subbarami Reddy.

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