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5057
Nasa successfully flies small helicopter on Mars

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The American space agency has successfully flown a small helicopter on Mars. The drone, called Ingenuity, was airborne for less than a minute, but Nasa is celebrating what represents the first powered, controlled flight by an aircraft on another world. (Source: bbc.com)

Sun, 25 Apr, 2021

5056
Satoshi Nakamoto

Satoshi Nakamoto is the name used by the presumed pseudonymous person or persons who developed bitcoin, authored the bitcoin white paper, and created and deployed bitcoin's original reference implementation. As part of the implementation, Nakamoto also devised the first blockchain database. (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 25 Apr, 2021

5055
Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

Sputnik V is a viral vector vaccine for COVID-19 developed by the Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology. Registered on 11 August 2020 by the Russian Ministry of Health as Gam-COVID-Vac (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 25 Apr, 2021

5054
PM CARES Fund allocates funds for 551 oxygen plants

The PM CARES Fund has approved allocation of funds for setting up 551 Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) medical oxygen generation plants at public health facilities in the country (Source: The Hindu)

Sun, 25 Apr, 2021

5052
A68: Iceberg

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The iceberg that was for a time the biggest in the world is no more. A68, as it was known, covered an area of nearly 6,000 sq km (2,300 sq miles) when it broke away from Antarctica in 2017. (Source: bbc.com)

Sun, 18 Apr, 2021

5051
Pressure swing adsorption (PSA)

A technology used to separate some gas species from a mixture of gases under pressure according to the species' molecular characteristics and affinity for an adsorbent material. It is used to supply medical oxygen, or as a substitute for bulk cryogenic or compressed-cylinder storage, which is the primary oxygen source for any hospital (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 18 Apr, 2021

5050
Kumbh Mela 2021 at Haridwar

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The Kumbh Mela at Haridwar is held every 12 years at Haridwar, India. The exact date is determined according to Hindu astrology: the Mela is held when Jupiter is in Aquarius and the sun enters Aries. An Ardh Kumbh ("Half Kumbh") Mela is held six years after a Kumbh Mela (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 18 Apr, 2021

5049
Remdesivir

Remdesivir, sold under the brand name Veklury, is a broad-spectrum antiviral medication developed by the biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences. During the COVID-19 pandemic, remdesivir was authorized for emergency use to treat COVID‑19 in around 50 countries. Remdesivir was originally developed to treat hepatitis C (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 18 Apr, 2021

5048
Nambi Narayanan

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S. Nambi Narayanan is an Indian scientist and an aerospace engineer, Padma Bhushan awardee. The scientist was instrumental in developing the Vikas engine that would be used for the first PSLV that India launched. In 1994, he was falsely charged with espionage and arrested. (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 18 Apr, 2021

5046
Saint Vincent volcano

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The Caribbean island of St Vincent has been blanketed in a layer of ash, bringing major disruption after a volcano erupted on Friday. White-coloured dust has covered buildings and roads around the island, including in its capital Kingstown (Source: bbc.com)

Sun, 11 Apr, 2021

5045
Kangana Ranaut

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Kangana Ranaut is an Indian actress and filmmaker, recipient of several awards, including 4 National Film Awards and four Filmfare Awards. In 2020, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, the country's fourth highest civilian award. (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 11 Apr, 2021

5044
Barakah nuclear power plant

The Barakah nuclear power plant is the United Arab Emirates's first nuclear power station, the first nuclear power station in the Arabian Peninsula, and the first commercial nuclear power station in the Arab World. It consists of four APR-1400 nuclear reactors (one operating, three mostly completed). Total capacity is 5,600 MW (Source: Wikipedia)

Sun, 11 Apr, 2021

5043
Tribunals Reforms Ordinance

The government has issued an ordinance which does away with certain appellate tribunals, including the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT) set up to hear appeals of filmmakers, and transfers their functions to other existing judicial bodies. (Source: The Hindu)

Sun, 11 Apr, 2021

5041
Justice N.V. Ramana

Justice N.V. Ramana set to take over as 48th Chief Justice of India. He was elevated to the Supreme Court on February 17, 2014 when he was the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court. Justice Ramana was born in an agricultural family on August 27, 1957 in Ponnavaram village in Krishna district. (Source: The Hindu)

Sun, 04 Apr, 2021

5040
HSN code

HSN stands for Harmonised System of Nomenclature code. It is mandatory for both B2B and B2C tax invoices on the supplies of Goods and Services. This was introduced in 1988 by the World Customs Organization (WCO) (Source: The Economic Times)

Sun, 04 Apr, 2021

5039
Indian Army Disbands Military Farms

In line with its reform measures, the Army on Wednesday disbanded its military farms after 132 years in service, including shutting down of the military farms, housing around 25,000 head of cattle, in the country. The farms were set up by the British to ensure supply of milk to Army units. (Source: NDTV)

Sun, 04 Apr, 2021

5038
Rajinikanth gets Dadasaheb Phalke Award

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Rajinikanth, the larger-than-life superstar will be bestowed the government’s highest honour for Indian cinema, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. (Source: The Indian Express)

Sun, 04 Apr, 2021

5037
Chenab arch

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A HALF-A-KILOMETER long arch, the defining feature of the world’s highest railway bridge over river Chenab, is set to be completed on Monday. The arch bridge over Chenab, is a major leap towards the completion of the 111-km long-winding stretch from Katra to Baniha (Source: The Indian Express)

Sun, 04 Apr, 2021