Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2016

Vishwanathan Anand to be honoured with Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

Five-time world chess champion Vishwanathan Anand (46) will be honoured with the Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award.

Maharashtra State Governor C Vidyasagar Rao will bestow award upon him at an event to be held in Mumbai on April 12, 2016.

About Vishwanathan Anand

  • Born on December 11, 1969. He is an Indian chess grandmaster and a former world champion. He became India’s first grandmaster in 1988.
  • He held the FIDE World Chess Championship from 2000 to 2002 and became the undisputed world champion in 2007.

About Hridaynath Mangeshkar Award

  • Established in 2011 by Mumbai- based socio-cultural organisation Hridayesh Art in the honour of music composer and singer Hridaynath Mangeskar.
  • The award felicitates and recognises successful individuals across the country from various walks of life. It carries monetary award of Rs 2 lakh and a memento.
  • Hridaynath is the son of renowned musician Deenanath Mangeshkar and is younger brother of Indian music legends Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle.
  • The previous recipients of the award include eminent personalities like Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Amitabh Bachchan, Hariprasad Chaurasia and A R Rahman.


Architect of Madras Atomic Power Station M H P Rao passes away

Former Project Director of Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) Myneni Hari Prasad Rao passed away due to old age ailments. He was 88.

He was considered the Father or Architect of the MAPS and had served its first project director.

About Myneni Hari Prasad Rao

  • Born on 21 July 1927 in Edlalanka village near Avanigadda.
  • Rao had served as the Executive Director of the Nuclear Power Board (now NPCIL: Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd) of DAE, Mumbai.
  • He also had served as a member of Western, Southern and Northern Indian Regional electricity boards for many years.
  • Awards and Honours: Padma Shri (1984), Sanjay Gandhi Award for contribution in Science and Technology (1983).


Scientists discover new planet with triple-star system named KELT-4Ab

Scientists have discovered a rare triple-star system named KELT-4Ab with a gas giant planet similar in size to Jupiter.

It was discovered by the researchers at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics in the United States. The research was published in The Astronomical Journal.

Key facts

  • Known planets with three stars appearing in their sky are rare and the new discovery is just the fourth and the closest one yet.
  • In KELT-4Ab triple-star system, the main star named KELT-A is brighter than the other stars that serve as suns for their planets.
  • It has a gas giant planet, similar in size to Jupiter takes approximately three days to make its way around its sun (star) KELT-A.
  • The other two stars are named KELT-B and C. They are much farther away and orbit one another over the course of approximately 30 years.
  • It takes the pair of stars approximately four thousand years to orbit KELT-A. They appear much dimmer due to their great distance.