Prelims cum Mains

Prelims Addon 21082020

  • 5 dwarf planet recognizes so far are as follows –  [Source πŸ”— ]
    • Pluto
    • MakeMake
    • Eris
    • Ceres (Recently it has been given the status of “Ocean World” )
      • Discovered in 1801 by Giueseppe Piazzi, he considered it as a missing plant between Mars & Jupiter
      • Largest object in Asteroid Belt
      • It has 1682 Earth Days or 4.6 Earth years | 9 hours of Axial Rotation (Shortest Day Length)
      • Classified as dwarf planet in 2006, when Pluto’s planet status was downgraded to dwarf
      • First dwarf planet to be orbited by spacecraft (2015) | NASA Dwan Mission- 2007
      • It doesn’t have any moon or Ring
    • Haumea
  • Sataya Pal Malik has been appointed as new governor of Meghalaya.
    • Bhagat Singh Koshyari has been given Additional charge of Goa Governor’s after Malik Transfer.
  • Govt has hiked the sugarcane FRP by β‚Ή10 to 285 per quintal for the season 2020-21 (Oct- Sept)
    • FRP has been fixed on recommendation of CACP by cabinet committee of Economic Affairs.
  • Former CBI Chief, Rakesh Asthana is appointed as the new chief of BSF. [August 2020]
    • He is currently holding the position of chief of NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) & Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.
  • Pandit Jasraj, Passes away, some facts about him-
    • Hindustani classical music
    • Born in Hisar, Haryana
    • Awarded Padma Bhushan
  • India ranks 3rd in Cotton & bovine Meat Exports though the overall Agri Export has been down in 2019 compare to last year.
    • Cotton ranking
      • USA
      • Brazil
      • India
    • Bovine (Meat) Ranking
      • Brazil
      • Australia
      • India
  • Abraham Accord” is the agreement between Israel, UAE & USA for the full normalization of relation between UAE & Israel.
  • Recently, the Mauna Loa observatory in Hawaii has observed that global concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere have crossed the 415 parts per million (ppm) mark for the first time
  • Maldives is the first neighbouring country with which an air bubble is being operationalized by India. The first flight under the Air Bubble is expected to begin on August 18
  • USA Election, Democratic party Presidential candidate, Joseph R Biden chosen Kamla Harris as his running mate in presidential election.
  • Next Generation Sequencing Machine (NSG) is the potential device considered by CSIR to ramp up the covid testing in the country.
    • NSG has higher accuracy rate (97.3%)  compare to RT-PCR
    • NSG look for the whole genome of virus while RT-PCR looks for the specific genes
    • NSG can process the 1500-300 tests in one go
    • Sequence Machine is used for the Genome Sequencing which on modification can be turn to a covid testing machine claimed by CSIR, it will unleash new way of testing viral diseases on global platform.
    • It can also trace the virus evolution & mutation reliably.
    • NSG needs only custom reagents.
  • Rajive Mehrshi is the chief of CAG, Appointed in 2017
    • Girish Chandra Murmu, becomes the new Chief of CAG on 5th August 2020
  • Scope of the Priority sector Lending (PSL) has been widen up by including the Startups in the list & enhancing the credit for renewable energy while overall limit of PSL is same at 40%.
  • Kishan Rail Service has been started by the Indian Railway for transportation of perishable items, first such service is provided between Danapur (Place nearby Patna) to Devlali (Maharashtra).
    • It was announced in the 2020-21 budget

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