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Daily G.K. - Top Stories

27 May 2020

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Mexican Archaeologists Locate Wreck of 200-Year-Old Ship

  • Underwater archaeologists in Mexico have revealed details of the remains of a sailing ship they have located off the coast of Quintana Roo state.
  • They believe the ship sank more than 200 years ago after hitting a reef.
  • While most of the wood has rotted away, the ship's cannon and anchor are well preserved.
  • The wreck has been named after Manuel Polanco, the fisherman who first spotted it and reported it to Mexico's National Archaeological Institute.

Costa Rica Celebrates First Same-Sex Weddings

  • The first same-sex weddings have taken place in Costa Rica, the first Central American country to equalise its marriage legislation.
  • A lesbian couple became the first to tie the knot in a ceremony that took place just after the new law came into effect.
  • President Carlos Alvarado said the law change meant Costa Rica now recognised the rights lesbian and gay people had always deserved.
  • The first same-sex marriage ceremony was broadcast as the culmination of a three-hour programme celebrating marriage equality.
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ENVIRONMENT

Australia's Megafauna Roamed the Tropics with First Humans But Then Disappeared

  • Giant wombats, six-metre-long goannas and the world's largest kangaroos are among the enormous megafauna that inhabited Queensland between 40,000 and 60,000 years ago.
  • Some scientists have argued that hunting by humans was a possible cause of their extinction, but new evidence suggests it was most likely major climatic and environmental change.
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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Astronomers Create Cloud Atlas for Hot, Jupiter-Like Exoplanets

  • Giant planets in our solar system and circling other stars have exotic clouds unlike anything on Earth, and the gas giants orbiting close to their stars—so-called hot Jupiters—boast the most extreme.
  • A team of astronomers from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom have now come up with a model that predicts which of the many types of proposed clouds, from sapphire to smoggy methane haze, to expect on hot Jupiters of different temperatures, up to thousands of degrees Kelvin.
  • Surprisingly, the most common type of cloud, expected over a large range of temperatures, should consist of liquid or solid droplets of silicon and oxygen, like melted quartz or molten sand.
  • On cooler hot Jupiters, below about 950 Kelvin (1,250 degrees Fahrenheit), skies are dominated by a hydrocarbon haze, essentially smog.

Tata Capital Launches Voicebot 'TIA' on Whatsapp

  • Private NBFC, Tata Capital has launched the voicebot "TIA" on WhatsApp.
  • The voicebot offers a range of services to its customers like opting for a new loan or getting queries resolved etc to provide seamless and interactive services on the widely used messaging platform, Whatsapp.
  • Tata Capital intends to provide convenient and hassle-free access to products and services to its tech-savvy customers i.e. the new age digital friendly customers.
  • Through TIA on Whatsapp, the customers can view their account and EMI details, download documents instantly, update their details, get instant responses for any product related queries and apply for a new loan or for a new product.
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NATIONAL AFFAIRS

Nitin Gadkari Inaugurates the breakthrough Event of Chamba Tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana

  • Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs Nitin Gadkari inaugurated the breakthrough event of Chamba Tunnel under Chardham Pariyojana through video conference mode.
  • Border Roads Organisation (BRO) achieved this major milestone by digging up a 440 m long Tunnel below the busy Chamba town on Rishikesh-Dharasu road Highway (NH 94).
  • This Rishikesh-Dharasu-Gangotri road in Uttarakhand has a very significant role from socio economic and religious point of view.

India Combats Locust Attack Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

  • An invasion by desert locusts has hit large swathes of India and Pakistan in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Large and aggressive swarms of these crop-devouring short-horned insects have invaded more than two dozen districts covering more than 50,000 hectares of desert areas of western India. Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat are the worst affected states.
  • In neighbouring Pakistan, authorities declared a nationwide emergency in February, 2020 saying locust numbers were the worst in more than two decades. 

Uttarakhand Forest Fire

  • Indian state of Uttarakhand has been burning since 4 days, as per individual accounts on social media.
  • People took to social media, revealing pictures of the Uttarakhand forest fires, to bring attention to the tragedy facing the hill state amid coronavirus outbreak.
  • As per the information available, different regions of Uttarakhand witnessed the outbreak of wildfires. 
  • Over 50 hectares of land have already been destroyed by the forest fires.
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PERSONS IN NEWS

Renowned Vocalist Shyamala Bhave Passes Away at 76

  • Noted Classical musician Shyamala G. Bhave, who was well versed in both the Hindustani and Carnatic styles passed away at the age of 79 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • She was born on March 14, 1941, in Bengaluru, Karnataka.
  • She was honoured with the title of 'Ubhayagaana Vidushi' (expert in both styles) by Sir M Visvesvaraya, the 19th Diwan of Mysore.
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AWARDS AND HONOURS

Indian-American IBM Scientist Bags Inventor of the Year Award

  • Prolific Indian-American inventor Rajiv Joshi has bagged the prestigious Inventor of the Year award in recognition of his pioneering work in advancing the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence capabilities.
  • Dr Joshi, who is a master inventor with more than 250 patented inventions in the US, works at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York.
  • He was presented with the prestigious annual award by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association during a virtual award ceremony.

Major Suman Gawani to be Honoured with UN Military Gender Advocate Award

  • Major Suman Gawani, an Indian Army officer and woman peacekeeper who has served with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has been selected for the prestigious United Nations Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award (2019).
  • She has been awarded for her outstanding contribution to peacekeeping efforts in the UNMISS.
  • This is the first time that an Indian peacekeeper is being given the UN Military Gender Advocate award.
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ART AND CULTURE

'Hunar Haat' will Restart with the Theme "Local to Global" from Sept 2020

  • Ministry of Minority Affairs flagship programme 'Hunar Haat' will restart from September 2020 with the theme of "Local to Global".
  • This Platform is for artisans and craftsmen from various parts of the country to showcase their art and craft.
  • This platform has provided employment and employment opportunities to more than five lakh Indian artisans, craftsmen, culinary experts and other people associated with them in the last five years.
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