- Oppari music is a sort of funeral dirge sung in parts of Tamil Nadu that is associated with backward castes; Gaana is a folk music style associated with Dalits from the slums of north Chennai.
- Thoubal rives flows through Manipur. Mapithel dam has been constructed across the Thoubal river.
- The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is a report published annually by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP).
- Soyuz spacecraft is a Russian spacecraft which recently took US and Russian astronauts to the International Space Station. The International Space Station has been orbiting the Earth at roughly 28,000 km per hour since 1998.
- ‘Chau’ is a masked dance form from West Bengal’s Purulia district.
- The Boeing 737 MAX series is a single aisle aircraft fitted with high-bypass twin-turbofan engines. It is the fourth generation variant of the Boeing 737 aircraft, a base model which has been in production since the 1960s.; The Boeing 737 MAX has been in news due to its grounding after recent crashes of Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines aircrafts; Minimum Equipment List Release (MEL release) is related to the aviation regulations – “no minimum equipment list (MEL) release” — a list which allows aircraft operation, under specified conditions — if there were control system red flags.
- A natural biopolymer, chitosan (a kind of polysaccharide obtained from a chitin shell such as the shrimp’s), which is water-soluble, has been chemically modified by researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati to selectively remove either an oil or water phase from an oil-water mixture.
- Organophosphate pesticides bring about the inhibition of important enzymes (AChE) of the body, which can, in turn, affect the functioning of nervous system, heart, immunity, and even the reproductive system.
- Kerala’s ‘Suchitwa Sagaram’ (Clean Sea) initiative meant to keep the marine environment clean and litter-free.
- Theatre Level Operational Readiness Exercise (TROPEX 19) is the largest war game of the Navy – About 60 ships of the Navy, 12 ships of the Coast Guard and 60 aircraft had taken part in the exercise. It began with a tri-service amphibious exercise in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. This was followed by the largest coastal defence exercise, ‘Sea Vigil,’ on January 22 and 23, with the participation of all 13 coastal States and UTs along with all maritime stakeholders.
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