Current Affairs - 2017

Two new species of Earthworm discovered in Kerala

Scientists have discovered two new species of earthworm belonging to the primitive family Moniligastridae in Western Ghats ranges of Kerala. The new earthworms distinguished by a set of characters have been named as Drawida polydiverticulata and Drawida thomasi. Key Facts In total, there are about 200 species of earthworm known in genus Drawida. To date,… Read More »

India, US establish Two-By-Two Ministerial Dialogue

India and US have established new two-by-two (2 by 2) ministerial dialogue to enhance strategic coordination between them and maintaining peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. The new dialogue format will replace the earlier India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue. It will be similar to the India-Japan 2+2 dialogue format between foreign and defence secretaries… Read More »

NASA successfully launches Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NSAS) has successfully launched Tracking and Data Relay Satellite-M (TDRS-M) into orbit. It was launched aboard a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket. TDRS-M is third and final satellite in a series of the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), next generation communications satellites. TDRS-M TDRS-M as… Read More »

Climate change costs India $10 billion every year: Government

In its recent report, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture has observed that extreme weather events are costing India $9-10 billion annually. It also observed that climate change is projected to impact agricultural productivity with increasing severity from 2020 to the end of the century. It also mentioned that the extreme weather events are not always… Read More »

19 August: World Humanitarian Day

The World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is observed every year on 19 August to recognize work of humanitarian personnel and those who have lost their lives. The campaign theme for this year is #NotATarget. The observance of the day also provides an opportunity to celebrate the spirit that inspires humanitarian work around the globe. It pays… Read More »

RBI to issue new Rs 50 currency note

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will shortly issue new banknotes of Rs.50 denomination in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series. The base colour of the new notes will be fluorescent blue. RBI also has clarified that all banknotes in Rs.50 denomination issued in the earlier series will continue to be legal tender. Key Features new… Read More »

5 Indian-origin persons in Fortune’s 2017 ’40 Under 40′ list

Five Indian-origin persons have featured in Fortune’s 2017 ’40 Under 40′ list of young and influential people in the field of business inspiring others with their work. They are Leo Varadkar (age: 38), Divya Nag (26), Rishi Shah (31), Shradha Agarwal (32) and Leila Janah (31). Fortune’s annual list of 40 young and influential people… Read More »

Scientists develops artificial womb to save premature babies

Scientists have developed an artificial womb that can be used in future to save the lives of extremely premature human babies. It was successfully used to incubate healthy baby lambs for a week. The research showed that preterm lambs were successfully maintained in a healthy, infection-free condition with significant growth, for a period of one… Read More »

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