www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs March 30, 2018 (30/03/2018)
Topic : Latest Diary of Events, Profile of States
Mega food park
Greentech Mega Food Park Private Ltd, first mega food park in Rajasthan, was recently inaugurated at Roopangarh Village in Ajmer.
The Park has been set up at a cost of Rs 113.57 crore and will benefit around 25,000 farmers in this as well as neighbouring districts.
About Mega Food Parks:
Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country.
The Scheme of Mega Food Park aims at providing a mechanism to link agricultural production to the market by bringing together farmers, processors and retailers so as to ensure maximizing value addition, minimizing wastages, increasing farmers’ income and creating employment opportunities particularly in rural sector.
India’s first mega food park ‘Srini Mega Food Park’, sprawling 147-acre space, was opened in Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh in 2012.
Topic: Awareness in space
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has successfully launched communication satellite GSAT-6A, on board its geosynchronous rocket GSLV-F08, at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
This is the 12th flight of the GSLV rocket and the sixth with and indigenous cryogenic upper stage.
About GSAT- 6A satellite:
The GSAT-6A is a high power S-band communication satellite with a mission life of about 10 years.
A key feature of the satellite is to provide mobile communication to India through multi beam coverage facility.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events, International Affairs
It is the first-ever mission by NASA dedicated to exploring the deep interior of Mars.
It will also be the first Nasa mission since the Apollo moon landings to place a seismometer, a device that measures quakes, on the soil of another planet.
About the mission:
InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) is a NASA Discovery Program mission that will place a single geophysical lander on Mars to study its deep interior.
Significance of this mission:
Mars is the exoplanet next door—a nearby example of how gas, dust and heat combine and arrange themselves into a planet. Looking deep into Mars will let scientists understand how different its crust, mantle and core are from Earth.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
Google on March 26th commemorated the 45th year of the Chipko movement.
What is Chipko movement?
Chipko, signifying ’embrace or hug’, was the strategy of hundreds of villagers –mostly women- in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, to save the forest cover on the Garhwal Himalyas.
Reckless felling of trees on the hill slopes was having a devastating effect on the livelihood of the villagers.
The floods in 1970, when the Alakananda River broke its banks, led to massive landslides that blocked the river and washed away hundreds of hamlets downstream.
Widespread protests followed in the early 70s, when villagers led by Chandi Prasad Bhatt, a Gandhian, literally embraced the trees to save them from the woodcutters’ axe.
The original Chipko andolan dates back to the 18th century and was started by Rajasthan’s Bishnoi community.
The incident has been etched in the annals of history for the sacrifice of a group of villagers, who led by a lady named Amrita Devi, laid down their lives while protecting trees from being felled on the orders of then King of Jodhpur.
After this incident, the king, in a royal decree, banned cutting of trees in all Bishnoi villages.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events
Mathya Pradesh got GI tag for black chicken ‘Kadaknath’
Madhya Pradesh has won the Geographical Indication (GI) tag for Kadaknath, a black-feathered chicken known for its flavourful meat.
The GI tag will ensure that no one else can use the name Kadaknath while selling any other black chicken and will also translate into higher prices for producers.
It is found mainly in the tribal district of Jhabua.
Kadaknath is in demand not only because of its taste but also due to its low cholesterol and high protein content.
Topic : Latest Diary of Events, India’s Foreign Policy, General Administration
State Visit of Prime Minister of Nepal to India
K.P. Sharma Oli, Prime Minister of Nepal, accompanied by his spouse Mrs. Radhika Shakya, will be paying a State Visit to India from April 6-8, 2018.
During the visit, Prime Minister of Nepal will call on Rashtrapatiji and Vice President of India, and will hold talks with Prime Minister of India.
The upcoming visit will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review wide-ranging cooperative partnership, and to progress it further for the benefit of the two peoples.