www.tnpsc.academy – TNPSC Current Affairs November 02, 2018 (02/11/2018)
Topic : Profile of States, Latest Diary of Events
Renaming of Jharsuguda Airport in Odisha
Jharsuguda Airport in Odisha now renamed as “Veer Surendra Sai Airport, Jharsuguda”.
Who was Veer Surendra Sai?
Veer Surendra Sai who is well-known freedom fighter and a tribal leader of Odisha.
Topic : International Diary of Events
World’s first sovereign Blue Bond by Seychelles
The Republic of Seychelles has launched the world’s first Sovereign Blue Bond, a financial instrument designed to support sustainable marine and fisheries projects.
With this, Seychelles became the first nation to introduce such a novel financing instrument.
Key features and uses of the Blue Bond:
The Blue Bond is a part of an initiative that combines public and private investment to mobilise resources for empowering local communities and businesses. It will greatly assist Seychelles in achieving a transition to sustainable fisheries and safeguarding oceans.
The Seychelles blue bond is partially guaranteed by a USD 5 million guarantee from the World Bank (IBRD) and is further supported by a USD 5 million concessional loan from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) which will partially cover interest payments for the bond.
Topic : Science and Technology, Indian Defense activities
India has successfully conducted the night trial of the indigenously developed nuclear capable Agni-I ballistic missile off the Odisha coast.
The surface-to-surface missile test was test-fired as part of a user-trial from the Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.
About Agni –I:
Agni-I is a short-range ballistic missile developed by DRDO of India under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
Agni-I missile has a specialised navigation system which ensures it reaches the target with a high degree of accuracy and precision.
Agni-I was developed by advanced systems laboratory, the premier missile development laboratory of the DRDO.
The 15-metre-long Agni-I, which can carry payloads up to 1000 kg, has already been inducted into the Indian Army.
Topic : World Organizations, Space and Science Technology
NASA’s Dawn asteroid mission
Dawn, a NASA spacecraft that launched 11 years ago and studied two of the largest objects in the asteroid belt, has ended its mission after running out of fuel.
Topic : Indian Defense and Army, Space Technology
Indian astrophysicists have discovered large ultraviolet lobes and jets, hurled out from a dying star- NGC 6302, popularly called the Butterfly Nebula, using data from AstroSat, the space observatory launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in 2015.
What is a planetary nebula?
A planetary nebula is formed when a star like our Sun – or a few times heavier – is in its dying days. The term, a misnomer now, was coined by astronomers in the 19th century since the nebula looked like planets through their telescopes.
When hydrogen and helium fuel that kept the star shining gets exhausted, the star expands in size and becomes a red giant star.
Such stars shed most of their outer layers which expands outwards, and the inner core, made of carbon and oxygen, shrinks further and becomes hotter. This hot core shines brightly in the ultraviolet, and ionises the expanding gas. This glowing ionised gas is what is seen as a planetary nebula.
Topic : New Appointments, Persons in News
Next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Shri Dinkar Asthana, presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
Topic : India’s Foreign Policy
NDO – Japan joint military exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN 2018
Exercise DHARMA GUARDIAN – 2018, a joint military exercise between Indian & Japanese Armies, commenced at Counter Insurgency and Jungle Warfare School, Vairengete, Mizoram, India on 01 November 2018.
The Japanese contingent is being represented by 32nd Infantry Battalion, while the Indian side is being represented by 6/1 Gorkha Rifles.