- NASA has described the SLS as the “world’s most powerful rocket,” and said the test aims to see how the propellant performs at the colder end of its temperature range. This is seen as a powerful engine that may one day launch astronauts to Mars.
- The method involves injecting a chemical compound, nitrobenzaldehyde, into the tumour and allowing it to diffuse into the tissue.
3.Future of Panchayat Raj:
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8.New Census data on Marriages:
New Census data released by the government shows that the median age at the time of marriage has increased across categories of people and genders
9.Isak Chishi Swu:
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Naga rebel leader Isak Chishi Swu died at Fortis hospital in Vasant Kunj,
- Founder-member and chairman of Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah)
- Belonged to the Sumi tribe, hailed from Nagaland’s Zunheboto district
- His death has brought the focus back on the status of the Naga peace accord negotiations since the signing of a ‘framework agreement’ between the Centre and the NSCN-IM in August last year.
German engineers created a Nano-camera that can explore human body is no longer bigger than a grain of salt that could change the future of Health imaging and surveillance
- India’s first woman cab driver, has died
- Belongs to Andhra Pradesh, 10 years ago she shifted to Bangalore.
China has remained the last major obstacle in the way of India’s membership bid in the Nuclear Suppliers Group as 47 of 48 members supported New Delhi’s application at the group’s special plenary session in Seoul recently.
- The session failed to come to a conclusion after hours of discussions, with China adamant in its opposition. Questions and doubts by other fence-sitting countries dissolved in the course of the evening, leaving China as the last man standing against India.
- China raised a procedural block, refusing to admit the India membership issue to be discussed in the meeting. Brazil and South Africa, two other members of BRICS, stood behind India, as did Russia.
- China’s stand might wreck India’s chances this time if Beijing continues to hold out. But the fact that India has mounted such a huge diplomatic exercise will play to India’s advantage going forward.
- Interestingly, the NSG was set up in 1974 as a reaction to India’s nuclear tests to stop what it called the misuse of nuclear material meant for peaceful purposes. Currently, it has 48 members.
- Gets timely information on nuclear matters.
- Contributes by way of information.
- Has confirmed credentials.
- Can act as an instrument of harmonization and coordination.
- Is part of a very transparent process.
Tigers roar loud in Manas, population up 50% in 3 years
Transboundary Manas Conservation Area (TraMCA)
- The latest Tiger monitoring, carried out by the MNP, RMNP, National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), WWF-India and conservation group Aaaranyak last year, covered an area of 560 sq km across the two protected areas.
- TraMCA, floated in 2008, is a joint initiative of India and Bhutan for trans-boundary biodiversity conservation
- The Manas river flows thorough the west of the park and is the main river within it. It is a major tributary of Brahmaputra river and splits into two separate rivers, the Beki and Bholkaduba as it reaches the plains.
- The Manas river also serves as an international border dividing India and Bhutan.
- The bedrock of the savanna area in the north of the park is made up of limestone and sandstone, whereas the grasslands in the south of the park stand on deep deposits of fine alluvium.
- The combination of Sub-Himalayan Bhabar Terai formation along with the riverine succession continuing up to Sub-Himalayan mountain forest make it one of the richest areas of biodiversity in the world.
- The fauna of the sanctuary include Indian elephants, Indian rhinoceros, gaurs, Asian water buffaloes, barasingha, Indian tigers, Indian leopards, clouded leopards, Asian golden cats, dholes, capped langurs, golden langurs, Assamese macaques, slow loris, hoolock gibbons, smooth-coated otters, sloth bears, barking deers, hog deers, black panthers, sambar deers and chitals.
- The park is well known for species of rare and endangered wildlife that are not found anywhere else in the world like the Assam roofed turtle, hispid hare, golden langur and pygmy hog.
Torpid airports may convert into SEZs
The government is looking at converting some unused airports into special economic zones where aircraft leasing companies can park their planes and showcase them to potential customers.
- Besides, it would explore ways to reduce the cost of leasing aircraft as part of larger efforts to make the domestic aviation space more attractive.
- The new civil aviation policy, unveiled recently, provides for measures to enhance regional connectivity and reducing the cost of leasing would help this initiative.
- The Civil Aviation Ministry would look at the possibility of utilising certain unused airports for the purpose of parking aircraft and even use aerodromes for plane-breaking or dismantling of old aircraft. There are around 400 unused airports and airstrips across the country.
- Generation of additional economic activity.
- Promotion of exports of goods and services.
- Promotion of investment from domestic and foreign sources.
- Creation of employment opportunities.
- Development of infrastructure facilities.
- AnilKumble has been appointed as the head coach of Team India
- China has launched its first dark sky reserve for astronomical observation in the Tibetan prefecture of Ngari limit light pollution
- garbage bins in 10 prominent wildlife parks ten wildlife parks i Jim Corbett National Park, Coringa Wildlife Sanctuary in Andhra Pradesh; Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in Gujarat; Kanha Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh; Tadoba Andhari Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra; Flamingo Sanctuary in Maharashtra; Nagarhole Tiger Reserve in Karnataka; Periyar Tiger Reserve in Kerala; Sariska Tiger Reserve in Rajasthan; and Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu.
- Protocol amending the Agreement between India and Belgium