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SAGITTARIUS A*

Recently, Scientists from the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT)facility, revealed the first image of the black hole named Sagittarius A* at the centre of our galaxy – the Milky Way. Nearly all galaxies have these giant black holes at their centre, where light and matter cannot escape, making it extremely hard to …

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RAKHIGARHI

The recent excavation of Harappan site of Rakhigarhi by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has revealed the structure of some houses, lanes and drainage system. The ASI excavations also revealed pieces of copper and gold jewellery, terracotta toys, besides thousands of earthen pots and seals. The idea of this excavation is to make …

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GOPAL KRISHNA GOKHALE

The Prime Minister of India paid tribute to Gopal Krishna Gokhale on his Jayanti. Gopal Krishna Gokhale was a great social reformer and educationist who provided exemplary leadership to India’s freedom movement. 9th May 1866 in Kotluk village in present-day Maharashtra (then part of the Bombay Presidency). Gokhale worked towards social empowerment, …

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RABINDRANATH TAGORE

The Prime Minister on 9th May, 2022 paid tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on his birth anniversary. According to the Bengali calendar, the Tagore Jayanti falls on the 25th day of the Boishakh month. Rabindranath Tagore He was born in Calcutta on 7th May 1861. He was also referred to as ‘Gurudev’, ‘Kabiguru’, and ‘Biswakabi’. He …

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CYCLONE ASANI

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted the Cyclone Asani to intensify into a ‘severe cyclone’ over Southeast regions of Bay of Bengal. The name Cyclone Asani has been given by Sri Lanka. It means ‘wrath’ in Sinhalese. Cyclones that Hit India in 2020-21: Tauktae, Yaas, Nisarga Amphan Occurrence of Cyclones in India India has a bi-annual cyclone season that occurs between March …

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WET BULB TEMPERATURE

The recently published Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report AR6 (Sixth Assessment Report) has emphasised that humidity is very important factor while estimating the physiological stress that extreme heat puts on the human body. Instead of the “dry bulb” temperaturewhich is usually measured using a regular thermometer, an alternative metric known as the “wet bulb …

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RESTORATION OF HISTORIC ANANG TAL LAKE

Recently, the Ministry of Culture has ordered the restoration of Historic Anang Tal lake in South Delhi. National Monuments Authority (NMA) and Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) have asked officials to expedite conservation work so the site could be declared a National Monument. The lake is situated in Mehrauli, Delhi …

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BASAVA JAYANTI

The Prime Minister paid tributes to Jagadguru Basaveshwara (Basavanna) on the sacred occasion of Basava Jayanti. As per the Hindu calendar, the birth of Basavanna falls on the 3rd day of Vaisahaka month in the Shukla paksha. This usually falls either in April of May of the English calendar. Basavana …

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MALCHA MAHAL

The Delhi government is about to renovate the 14th century monument Malcha Mahal. It was built in 1325 by the then Sultan Firoz Shah Tughlaq and was, for a long time, used as a hunting lodge. It later became the residence of the descendants of the Nawab of Awadh. It …

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EAST TIMOR

Recently, East Timor, also known as Timor Leste, Asia’s Youngest Democracy, held the second and final round of its presidential election. The territory was colonised by Portugal in the 18th century and remained under its control until 1975. When the Portuguese withdrew, troops from Indonesia invaded and annexed East Timor …

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