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TNPSC Current Affairs May 12, 2018

www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs May 12, 2018 (12/05/2018)

 

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Topic : Latest Reports and Summits, Latest Diary of events

World Migratory Bird Day 2018

World Migratory Bird Day 2018 is being celebrated on May 12th this year.

World Migratory Bird Day 2018 theme: “Unifying Our Voices for Bird Conservation”.

About World Migratory Bird Day:

World Migratory Bird Day is celebrated each year to highlight the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

More than 300 events in more than 60 countries to mark World Migratory Bird Day 2018 will include bird festivals, education programmes, media events, bird watching trips, presentations, film screenings and a benefit concert to raise funds for international nature conservation.

Concerns:

Forty percent of all migratory birds are seeing their number in decline, with one in eight being threatened with global extinction.

Major threats include habitat loss and degradation, collision with badly placed wind turbines and power lines, unsustainable harvesting and the illegal killing and taking of birds.

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Topic : Latest Space Technology, World Organizations, Latest Diary of Events

NASA Mars Helicopter

NASA is planning to send a small helicopter to Mars as part of the space agency’s 2020 mission to place a next-generation rover on the Martian surface, marking the first time such an aircraft will be used on another world.

The mission:

The Mars Helicopter, a small, autonomous rotorcraft, will travel with the agency’s Mars 2020 rover mission, currently scheduled to launch in July 2020, to demonstrate the viability and potential of heavier-than-air vehicles on the Red Planet.

The helicopter also contains built-in capabilities needed for operation at Mars, including solar cells to charge its lithium-ion batteries, and a heating mechanism to keep it warm through the cold Martian nights.

But before the helicopter can fly at Mars it has to get there. It will do so attached to the belly pan of the Mars 2020 rover.

As a technology demonstration, the Mars Helicopter is considered a high-risk, high-reward project. If it does not work, the Mars 2020 mission will not be impacted.

If it does work, helicopters may have a real future as low-flying scouts and aerial vehicles to access locations not reachable by ground travel.

Mars 2020:

Mars 2020 will launch on a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, and is expected to reach Mars in February 2021.

The rover will conduct geological assessments of its landing site on Mars, determine the habitability of the environment, search for signs of ancient Martian life, and assess natural resources and hazards for future human explorers.

Scientists will use the instruments aboard the rover to identify and collect samples of rock and soil, encase them in sealed tubes, and leave them on the planet’s surface for potential return to Earth on a future Mars mission.

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Topic : Games and Medals, Persons in News, Latest Diary of Events

International Shooting World Championship

World University champion Vinita Bhardwaj and Mukund Agarwal won the gold in mixed air rifle in the International Shooting Competition of Hannover.

The Indian pair beat Germany’s Maran Prediger and Soren Meissner by 0.4 point for the gold.

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Topic : Mass Communication, Persons in News, Latest Diary of Events

Vijay Amritraj – Biopic

Former Tennis Champion Vijay Amritraj’s story will be told on the big screen as a biopic.

About Vijay Amritraj:

Vijay Amritraj is a former tennis player from India, sports commentator and actor. He was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth highest civilian honor in 1983.

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