1. Which of the following is true in context with Xingkong-2 ?
a)It is an annual joint military training exercise between India and China.
b)It is the world’s most expensive earth imaging satellite till date ($1.5 billion), being jointly developed by India and China
c)It is the world’s first satellite under the Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) mission, to test the fundamentals of quantum communication in space; Launched by China
d)None of the above.
➢It is China’s hypersonic “waverider” flight vehicle.
➢Waverider is flight vehicle that flies in atmosphere and uses shockwaves generated by its own hypersonic flight with air to glide at high speed…
➢The hypersonic waverider flight vehicle was designed by staterun China Academy of Aerospace Aerodynamics (CAAA) in collaboration with China Aerospace…
➢It can carry can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.
2. World’s first Thermal Battery Plant has been inaugurated in:
What is thermal battery technology?
➢A thermal energy battery is used for storing and releasing thermal energy. It allows for available energy to be temporarily stored and be released for use whenever necessary.
➢Standard battery technology is based on charging and discharging cycles mainly operated by electricity. The most commonly used Lithium-ion battery works on electrical energy. However, thermal batteries operate on thermal energy, which can be defined as energy created by temperature differences.
➢Lithium batteries are expensive, have adverse effects on the environment and last for up to seven years. The technology BEST plans to use will last longer and will be more environment-friendly.
➢By using this technology, Andhra Pradesh plans to become 100 percent eco-friendly. This project will electrify urban and rural areas and provide thousands of jobs within the next three years. Applications with power grids ➢The possible integration of thermal batteries with power grids is one of its main applications. This will help boost industrial demand and provide substantial support to public transport and telecom grids.
➢Thermal batteries can function as long as heat is available for them to operate, which can be helpful in power transmission to remote areas. India’s rising regional energy requirements can be resolved using this technology. ➢The telecom industry will also benefit as thermal batteries will help boost signal strength and network connectivity, which will thereby increase internet and smartphone penetration. Use in e-vehicles technology
➢The thermal batteries can be used in electric vehicles as well. India’s automobile industry has an ambitious target of going completely electric by 2030. Car manufacturers can use thermal battery technology to manufacture vehicle with clean energy at minimal maintenance cost and set up charging stations for the same.
➢ These batteries are being manufactured by Bharat Energy Storage Technology Private Limited (BEST).
➢ By 2025, BEST aims to expand the capacity of its thermal battery plant to 10GW.
➢ This technology, patented in India by Dr Patrick Glynn in 2016, scores over Li-ion batteries due to lesser heat sensitivity, as well as a smaller carbon footprint.
➢ In addition, these also outperform solar panels, which are expensive to maintain, and highly weatherdependent during operation.
➢ While conforming to the Indian government’s 2030 e-vehicles goal, BEST also plans to make batteries that are completely free of hard metal or inflammable substances, so that re-usable materials could make up 95 per cent of all thermal batteries
3. The 8888 Uprising; Recently in news is associated with:
➢The 8888 Nationwide Popular Pro-Democracy Protests also known as the 8-8-88 Uprisings, or the People Power Uprising, the People’s Democracy Movement and the 1988 Uprising, were a series of nationwide protests,]marches and civil unrestin Burma (Myanmar) that peaked in August 1988. Key events occurred on 8 August 1988 and therefore it is known as the 8888 Uprising
➢8888’ was a people’s movement that challenged the then ruling Burma Socialist Programme Party’s grip on political, economic and social affairs which led the country into extreme poverty. The protests and the bloody crackdown gave rise to the National League for Democracy (NLD), a political party which paved the way for the current Myanmar State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi’s entry into politics and for the pro-democracy movement to continue.
4. Which of the following is true in context with PARIWARTAN ?
a)It provides a single platform for all Indian Citizens to access pan India e-Gov services ranging from Central to Local Government bodies and other citizen centric services.
b)The app provides comprehensive information on initiatives and achievements of the Union Government, including an ‘infographics’ section.
c)This feature-rich app is a product of government’s initiative to crowd-source ideas from the common citizens d)None of the above
Pariwartan Scheme POWER ASSET REVIVAL THROUGH WAREHOUSING AND REHABILITATION
➢The Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) has finalised this plan to revitalise stressed power sector assets.
➢ Government has planned to warehouse stressed power projects totalling 25,000 megawatts (MW) under an asset management and rehabilitation company (AMRC) jointly owned by the financial institutions(Power finance corporation and lending banks) to protect the value of the assets and prevent their distress sale under the insolvency and bankruptcy code till demand for power picks up.
5. Which of the following are among the Member States of SCO?
a) All except 1
b) All except 4
c) All except 1 and 4
d) All of the above
➢Headquarters Beijing, China 8 member states
6. MAP SPECIAL
Which of the following ocean current is not a cold current?
7. POLITY SPECIAL
Consider the features of the Indian constitution given below.
1) Vesting of residuary powers in the Centre
2) Appointment of state governors by the Centre
3) Concurrent List
4) Advisory jurisdiction of the Supreme Court Which of the given above have been borrowed from the Canadian Constitution?
a) 1, 2 and 4 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d)1 and 4 only
8. CULTURE SPECIAL
Which of the following cities are not included in UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network from India?
b)Only 1 & 3
c)1,2 and 3
d)None of the above
➢What is Creative Cities Network?
➢Created in 2004
➢The 7 creative fields, on basis of which thecities are awarded the status, are Crafts & Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Music and Media Arts.
➢Chennai has been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for its rich musical Tradition
➢it is the 3rd Indian city after Jaipur (craft) & Varanasi (music).