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CYCLONE TAUKTAE

Recently, Cyclone Tauktae made landfall in Gujarat. The cyclone has left a trail of destruction as it swept through the coastal states of Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra. Important points: It is a tropical cyclone, named by Myanmar. It means ‘gecko’, a highly vocal lizard, in the Burmese language. Typically, tropical cyclones in the North Indian Ocean region (Bay …

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URANIUM

Two people were arrested under the Atomic Energy Act, 1962 for possessing uranium without licence and selling it illegally. On testing, the sample was confirmed as natural uranium by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). Important points: Uranium occurs naturally in low concentrations in soil, rock and water. It is a hard, dense, malleable, ductile, silver-white, …

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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. Important points: Birth: 9th May, 1866 in Kotluk village in present-day Maharashtra (then part of the Bombay Presidency). Gokhale worked …

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MAHARANA PRATAP

The Prime Minister of India paid tributes to Maharana Pratap on his Jayanti. Important points: Rana Pratap Singh also known as Maharana Pratap was born on 9th May 1540 in Kumbhalgarh, Rajasthan. He was the 13th King of Mewar and was the eldest son of Udai Singh II Maharana Udai Singh II ruled the kingdom of Mewar, with his capital at …

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RABINDRANATH TAGORE

The Prime Minister paid tribute to Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore on 160th Jayanti on 7th May, 2021. Important points: He was born in Calcutta on 7th May 1861. He was also referred to as ‘Gurudev’, ‘Kabiguru’, and ‘Biswakabi’ He is regarded as the outstanding creative artist of modern India and hailed by W.B Yeats, Rabindranath Tagore was a Bengali poet, novelist, and painter, who …

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VENUS

Recently, scientists have obtained new data about Venus by bouncing radio waves off the planet. The scientists transmitted radio waves toward Venus 21 times from 2006 to 2020 from NASA’s Goldstone Antenna in the Mojave Desert of California and studied the radio echo, which provided information on certain planetary traits. Important points: Latest Findings: A …

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INDIAN MONSOON

According to a recent study based on fossil leaves, Indian monsoon 25 million years ago resembled present day Australia’s. Understanding the past dynamics of Indian monsoon will help in climate modelling for future monsoon prediction. Important points: The morphological characters of fossil leaves from different geological ages collected from Deccan Volcanic Province, East Garo Hills of Meghalaya, …

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EARTH ROTATION

A study published in Geophysical Research Letters of the American Geophysical Union (AGU) says that due to the significant melting of glaciers because of global temperature rise, Earth’s axis of rotation has been moving more than usual since the 1990s. While this change is not expected to affect daily life, it can change the length of …

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GURU TEGH BAHADUR

Sri Akhand Path was inaugurated at Gurdwara Guru Ke Mahal, the birthplace of the ninth Sikh guru, Guru Tegh Bahadur, to mark the 400th Prakash Purab (birth centenary) of the Guru. Important points: Guru Teg Bahadur (1621-1675): Guru Tegh Bahadur was the ninth Sikh Guru, often venerated as the ‘Protector of Humanity’ (Srisht-di-Chadar) by the Sikhs. Known as a great teacher, …

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EARTHQUAKE

Recently, a powerful earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale jolted Assam and other parts of Northeast. According to the National Centre for Seismology (NCS) report, the tremors have been attributed to Kopili Fault zone closer to Himalayan Frontal Thrust (HFT). NCS is the nodal agency of the Government of …

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