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New Wasp species identified in Goa

Scientists have recently identified a new species of wasp from the genus Kudakrumia in Goa. The wasp species was collected from Western Ghats forest. Key Highlights Nomenclature: The wasp is dubbed as Kudakrumia rangnekari. It has been named after Parag Rangnekar, a Goa-based researcher. Genus: It belongs to genus Kudakrumia. The Kudakrumia is a genus Read More…

Harsh Vardhan Committee: on Housing Finance Securitisation Market Development

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) constituted a committee under Harsh Vardhan, to review existing state of mortgage securitisation in India and suggest measures to develop market further. About Committee on Development of Housing Finance Securitisation Market Composition: The committee constitutes a six-member panel that is headed by Harsh Vardhan, Senior Advisor in Bain & Read More…

India removed from US’s Currency Watchlist

In a recent announcement by United States, it has removed India and Switzerland from the currency monitoring lists. The US has retained other countries like China, Japan and Germany in the list. Key Highlights Background: It was in May 2018 when for the first time India was placed by US in its currency monitoring list Read More…

Binny: India’s only Orangutan dies

India’s only orangutan named Binny died at the age of 41 in Nandankanan Zoological Park in Bhubaneswar, Odisha. Key Highlights About: The Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) has lost one of its beloved members the 41-year-old orangutan ‘Bini’, an extant species of great apes. Background: The lone female orangutan Binny, was brought to Nandankanan Zoo from Read More…

ICC launches Criiio Campaign on eve of Men’s World Cup

The International Cricket Council (ICC) launched the criiio campaign on the eve of Men’s World Cup. The initiative will bring together around 460 million people playing cricket globally and to celebrate magnificent diversity of cricket. About Criiio It is a celebration of all brilliant and unique ways people play cricket game which can be played Read More…

29 May: International Everest Day observed

The International Everest Day is observed every year on 29 May. The day is celebrated with processions, memorial events, and special events in Kathmandu, Nepal and the Everest region. Background The day is observed every year in memory of the first summit of Mt. Everest on 29 May 1953 undertaken by Sir Edmund Hillary from Read More…

MoU: signed between IAF and ISRO

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for astronaut selection and training for ambitious Gaganyaan Programme, scheduled for 2022. Key Highlight IAF has signed MoU with ISRO for crew selection and training for prestigious Gaganyaan Programme. The MoU was handed over by R G Read More…

29 MAY: International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers observed

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers was observed on May 29 2019. The theme for this year is ‘Protecting Civilians, Protecting Peace’. About International Day of UN Peacekeepers Background: It was instituted by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) through Resolution 57/129 in December 2002. It was chosen to mark 20th anniversary of UN Security Read More…