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Facts about Parker Solar Probe

Q: Which spacecraft reached closest to the sun?
A: Parker solar probe reached closest to the sun than any man-made object has ever been.

The spacecraft, launched on August 12, is on an unprecedented mission to explore the sun’s atmosphere.

A German-American spacecraft had reached within 26.55 million miles of the Sun’s surface in April 1976 to set the previous record. The Parker Solar Probe passed the record at about 10.34 pm Indian time on Monday, NASA said.

The spacecraft will move even closer and is expected to be within 3.83 million miles of the Sun’s surface in 2024.

The unmanned spacecraft is named after solar physicist Eugene Parker, who first described solar wind in 1958. It is the first NASA mission to be named after a living individual. Built at a cost of $1.5 billion (Rs 10,364 crore), it will fly into the sun’s outer orbit, known as the corona.

Facts about India's first fully indigenous engine-less train, Train 18

Q: Which is India’s first fully indigenous engine-less train?
A: Train 18, India’s first engine-less train was developed by Chennai Integral Coach Factory.

1. Train 18 has a potential to travel up to the speed at 160 kmph as against 130 kmph for Shatabdis and will result in the travel time being reduced by around 15% once tracks are fitted to suit.

2. India’s first engine-less train was developed by Chennai Integral Coach Factory in 18 months, the full AC train is designed in such a way that passengers can have a look at the driver’s cabin.

3. PTI quoted ICF General Manager Sudhanshu Mani as saying that Train 18 will cost nearly Rs 100 crore to build the prototype and subsequent production will bring down the cost.

4. The self-propelled train, fitted with CCTV cameras, will have two executive compartments.

5. The two executive compartments will have 52 seats each, whereas trailer coaches will have 78 seats each.

6. The executive class will have rotating seats to match the direction of…

Facts about 'Statue of Unity' dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Q: What is the height of 'Statue of Unity'?
A: 182-metre (600 feet approx.) ‘Statue of Unity’ dedicated to India’s ‘Iron Man’ Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Q: When will the 'Statue of Unity' be unveiled?
A: 'Statue of Unity' will be unveiled on October 31 – Sardar Patel’s birthday. Dubbed an ‘engineering marvel’ by makers Larsen & Toubro, it was built in a record time.

Q: Who laid the foundation stone for the tallest statue 'Statue of Unity'?
A: The foundation stone of the Sardar Patel statue was laid by PM Narendra Modi on 31 October 2013. Built near the Narmada Dam in Gujarat, it is not only the tallest statue in the world (twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York) but also built in shortest time.

Trivia: The statue is built by infrastructure giant Larsen & Toubro at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore. It is made up of 18,500 tonnes of reinforced steel, 6,500 tonnes of structural steel, 1,700 tonnes of bronze, 1,850 tonnes of bronze cladding made up of …

Current Affairs 4th week October 2018

Q: Who became the fastest batsman to reach 10,000 runs in ODI's after scoring a second consecutive century against Windies?
A: Virat Kohli

Trivia: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly had achieved the feat in 263 innings. Kohli, who achieved the feat in his 205th innings, surpassed India legend Sachin Tendulkar, who did it in 259 innings in 2001.

Q: Which TV show got the Limca book of world records and Guinness book of world records for its record-breaking single shot episode?
Trivia: 'CID' got into both the Limca Book of Records and the Guinness Book of World Records on 7 November 2004 for its record-breaking single shot episode of 111 minutes (1 hour and 51 minutes), entitled "The Inheritance", without a single cut.

What is the PPM unit?

Q: What is the PPM unit?
A: PPM is an abbreviation for "Parts Per Million".

Trivia: PPM is generally used for measuring the contamination of Air or Water with minute particles or chemicals in them. If the contaminate is solid in water solution then 1 PPM is like 1 mg/L.

Who is the CEO of Technology giant Oracle?

Q: Who is the CEO of Technology giant Oracle?
A: Mark Hurd and Safra Catz

Trivia: On September 18, 2014, Ellison appointed Mark Hurd to CEO of Oracle from his former position as President; Safra Catz was also made CEO, moving from her former role as CFO. Ellison assumed the positions of chief technology officer and executive chairman.

What is floccinaucinihilipilification?

Q: Name the book which Congress MP Dr. Shashi Tharoor wrote on PM Modi?

Trivia: Dr. Shashi Tharoor described his new book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “more than just a 400-page exercise in floccinaucinihilipilification”.

Q: What is floccinaucinihilipilification, which Shashi Tharoor tweeted to describe his book on Prime Minister Narendra Modi?
A: According to the Oxford dictionary, the word is a noun and means “the action or habit of estimating something as worthless”.

Current Affairs 1st week October 2018

Q: Legendary lady of Kapoor clan, Krishna Raj Kapoor, passed away earlier this week due to a cardiac arrest. Which one of these is not her son?
A: Shammi Kapoor

Q: United Nations' first goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking won the Nobel Peace Prize award this year. Who is she?
A: Nadia Murad

Trivia: First Iraqi to win a Nobel Peace Prize award, Nadia Murad, was tortured and raped by Islamic State militants until she escaped from Mosul in 2014. She went on to become the face of a campaign to free the Yazidi people. Murad was named the UN's first goodwill ambassador for survivors of human trafficking in 2016.

Q: At 18 years 329 days, Prithvi Shaw became the second youngest Indian to score his maiden Test century. Who holds the record for being India's youngest Test centurion?
A: Sachin Tendulkar scored his first century (119*) against England at Old Trafford at an age of 17 years and 112 days.

Q: Which defense deal was signed between India and Russia during Presid…

When did India launch its first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan?

Q: When did India launch its first interplanetary mission, Mangalyaan?

A: 5th November 2013 by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Trivia: The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), also called Mangalyaan, is a space probe orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is India's first interplanetary mission and ISRO has also become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. It is the first Asian nation to reach Mars orbit, and the first nation in the world to do so in its first attempt.

who was Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy?

Q: who was Dr.  Govindappa Venkataswamy?

A: Govindappa Venkataswamy (1 October 1918 – 7 July 2006) was an Indian ophthalmologist who dedicated his life eliminating needless blindness. He was the founder and former chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals.

Trivia: Govindappa Venkataswamy (1 October 1918 – 7 July 2006) was an Indian ophthalmologist who dedicated his life eliminating needless blindness. He was the founder and former chairman of Aravind Eye Hospitals, the largest provider of eye care in the world. He is best known for developing a high quality, high volume, low-cost service delivery model that has restored sight to millions of people. As a government servant, he helped develop and pioneer the concept of eye camps and received a Padma Shri from the Government of India in 1973.

What does IL&FS stand for?

Q: What does IL&FS stand for?

A: Infrastructure Leasing & Finance Services.

Trivia: IL&FS group has a debt burden of 90,000 crores, which is said to be bailed out by PM Modi using LIC and SBI.

Q: Who has been appointed as the MD & Vice-Chairman of IL&FS?

A: Vineet Nayyar

Who was the wife of legendary actor Raj Kapoor?

Q: Who was the wife of legendary actor Raj Kapoor?

A: Krishna Raj Kapoor. She died of cardiac arrest on 1st of October 2018.

Trivia: The senior most member of the Kapoor family, wife of the legendary actor Raj Kapoor, mother of Rishi Kapoor, Randhir Kapoor, Ritu Kapoor Nanda, Rima Kapoor Jain and Rajiv Kapoor and grandmother to Ranbir Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Karisma Kapoor, Aadar and Armaan Jain, Natasha and Nikhil Nanda and Riddhima Kapoor Sahni-  Krishna Raj Kapoor passed away at the age of 87.

Which school in Rajkot converted into Mahatma Gandhi museum

Q: Which school in Rajkot is converted into Mahatma Gandhi museum?A: Alfred high school, RajkotTrivia: Alfred High school is also known as Mohandas Gandhi school. The school is considered one of the oldest school in the country established in the year 1885.
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi graduated from this school at the age of 18.
After Independence in 1947, the school renamed to Mohandas Gandhi school.
In the year 2017, school was shut down and was later converted into a museum of Mahatma Gandhi. The museum got inaugurated by the then Prime Minister of India. Shri Narendra Modi.