Today’s Current Affairs and General Knowledge
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Following are selected important current events.
Indian names have given to star and a planet by IAU(International Astronomical unit)
on January 21, 2020
The star is named as Bibha and the planet is named as Santamasa by International Astronomical unit(IAU) through a global contest which was ‘NameExoWorlds’.The star has been named in the honour of Indian Scientist Bibha Chaudhary. Who has discovered subatomic particles(pi-meson) Bibha means the ‘bright beam of light’ in Bengali.Santamasa is a Sanskrit name which means ‘clouded’ to reflect the cloudy nature of the planet’s atmosphere.once a star and his characteristics were identified was given names based on catalogue Henry Draper Catalogue (HD) and assigned a telephone-number like designation(86081).Ananya Bhattacharya,22 years old from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Institute of technology, Gujrat has suggested name Bibha for the star and Vidyasagar Daud, 13 years old from Singhad Spring Dale Public School, Pune has suggested the name Santamasa for the planet.
GSAT-30 satellite launched by ISRO.
on January 20, 2020
On 17 January 2020 ISRO launched GSAT30 satellite on the launch vehicle Ariane-5.it is launched to replace INSAT-4A.The mission life of this satellite is15 years. This satellite is designed in such a way to increase the number of transponders. This satellite will help in supporting VSAT network, teleport services, DTH televisions services, cellular backhaul connectivity and digital news gather.INSAT-4A was launched in 2005 mainly for communication purpose.The Indian National Satellite system was a series of geostationary satellite.Ariane Space is a commercial satellite launching organization that was founded in 1980. Since then, it has launched 23 Indian satellites. The first Indian experimental satellite for communication was APPLE launched in 1981 for TV and radio communication.
All S-400 missile to be delivered to India by 2025: Russian Deputy Chief of Mission.
on January 17, 2020
The production of S-400 missile to be delivered to India has started.Russian Deputy chief of mission Roman Babushkin on 17 January said that all S-400 missile to be delivered to India by 2025.It is manufactured by Almaz Antey and has been in service in Russia since 2007 External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will visit Russia on March 22 and March 23 to attend a meeting of the Russia-Indian-China trilateral.
Tania Shergil: India’s first women parade adjutant
on January 16, 2020
Captain Tania Shergill, an officer with Army Army’s Corps of Signals, became the first woman parade adjutant in the Army Day Parade 2020 to lead an all-men contingent.Captain Shergill is an electronics and electrical graduate, commissioned in March 2017 from the Officer training academy, Chennai.On 15 January, Shergill a fourth-generation woman Army Officer breaks the glass ceil when she becomes first woman army parade adjutant to lead all men contingent at the Army Day Parade.Both her father and grandfather have served in the Army.
Oscar 2020: Nominees
on January 15, 2020
From left: ‘1917,’ ‘The Irishman,’ ‘Joker,’ ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ ‘Parasite’The 92nd Academy Awards will be broadcasted on February 9, 2020(February 10 IST)Joker leads the nominations list with 11 nominations, followed by 1917, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Irishman with 10 nominations each.Six nominations grabbed by the Marriage story, Parasite, Jojo Rabbit and Little Women.For the Best Picture category nominees are Marriage Story, Jojo Rabbit, The Irishman, Joker, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Ford v Ferrari, Little Women, Parasite and the Golden Globe winner 1917.For the Best Director nominees are Quentin Tarantino(Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ), Sam Mendes(1917), Martin Scorsese(The Irishman), Bong Joon-ho(Parasite), Todd Phillips(Joker).For the Best Actor in leading role nominees are Adam Driver( Marriage Story), Antonio Banderas( Pain and Glory) Joaquin Phoenix( Joker), Leonardo DiCaprio(Once Upon a Time in Hollywood)Jonathan Pryce(The Two Popes).For the Best Actress in leading role nominees are Scarlett Johansson( Marriage Story), Saoirse Ronan( Little Women), Cynthia Erivo( Harriet), Renée Zellweger(Judy), Charlize Theron(Bombshell)For the Best International feature film nominees are Parasite (South Korea), Les Misérables (France), Honeyland (North Macedonia), Corpus Christi (Poland), Pain and Glory (Spain).
Air quality index in delhi has fallen below 425 and slipped in hazardous category. In many regions it is far more dangerous e.g. in Dwarika AQI is 907, in Ghaziabad it is 737, in Narela 727, Gahangirpuri 775, Rohini 759, Environment Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority has declared ‘public health emergency’ in Delhi. Schools to remain close.
AQI between range of 51-100 is said to be ‘satisfactory’, 101-200 is referred to as ‘moderate’, 201-300 is ‘poor’ and 301-400 is ‘very poor’. AQI that falls between 401-500 is considered ‘hazardous’.
- 1 October – International Day of the Older Persons
- 2 October – International Day of Non-Violence
- 4 October – World Animal Day
- 5 October – World Teacher’s Day
- 7 October – World Habitat Day (First Monday of October)
- 8 October – Indian Air Force Day
- 9 October – World Post Day
- 10 October – World Mental Health Day
- 11 October – International Day of Girl Child
- 12 October – World Migratory Bird Day
- 13 October – International Day for Natural Disaster Reduction
- 14 October – World Standards Day
- 15 October – International Day of Rural Women
- 16 October – World Food Day
- 17 October – International Poverty Eradication Day
- 20 October – World Statistics Day
- 24 October – UN Day, ITBP Foundation Day
- 25 October – National Ayurved Diwash ( Celebrated on Dhanteras)
Girish Chandra Murmu appointed as First Lieutenant-Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory. He is an IAS officer of 1985 batch from Gujarat Cadre. He was principal secretary to Narendra Modi during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Central Government approved six new medical colleges in Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka won Vijay Hazare Trophy after winning against Tamil Nadu by 7 wicket.
Bill Gates reclaimed the top position in richest person list after dethroning Jeff Bozos.
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