‘Kaiser-i-Hind’ approved as the state butterfly of Arunachal Pradesh
State Cabinet of Arunachal Pradesh headed by CM Pema Khandu has approved ‘Kaiser-i-Hind’ as the state butterfly.
‘Kaiser-i-Hind’ is a large and brightly colored butterfly that carries ‘India’ in its name.
International Union for Conservation of Nature has red-listed the Kaiser-i-Hind.
Quick Facts: Kaiser-i-Hind is protected under the Schedule II of Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Russia starts delivery of S-400 missile systems to India
Russia has started the delivery of the S-400 missile system to India in a bid to boost India’s air-defense capabilities.
India bought this system for USD 5 billion in 2018.
The S-400 is considered the most advanced air-defense system worldwide.
Quick Facts: The world’s longest continuous railway can be found in Russia.
Science and Technology
Longest Partial Lunar Eclipse of the Century
On November 19, 2021, in the morning, several countries will witness the next eclipse of the moon and it will be the longest partial lunar eclipse of the century.
It is going to be the longest lunar eclipse in 580 years and will last about 3 hours, 28 minutes, and 23 seconds.
The partial lunar eclipse will be visible across Eastern Asia, Australia, North America, South America, and the Pacific Region.
Science and Technology
Science and Technology Ministry inaugurates ‘Tech NEEV@75’
The Ministry of Science and Technology has inaugurated “Tech NEEV@75” as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav.
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh announced the setting up of 40 Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Hubs across the country for Scheduled Tribes (STs) by the end of 2022.
Tech NEEV@75 is a year-long celebration highlighting the impact of Science Technology Innovation (STI) in empowering the community to create equitable inclusive economic growth.
Quick Facts: Tech NEEV@75 is launched by the Ministry of Science & Technology and the Ministry of Earth Sciences.
Australia wins their maiden T20 World Cup title by eight wickets
Australia has won the 2021 T20 World Cup after defeating New Zealand by eight wickets that were held on November 14, 2021, at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE.
This is the first T20 World Cup title won by Australia.
The Player of the Match has been awarded to Mitchell Marsh.
Quick Facts: The Player of the Tournament has been clinched by David Warner.
India successfully launches 41st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica
India has successfully launched 41st Scientific Expedition to Antarctica with the arrival of 1st batch of its contingent.
The first batch comprising 23 scientists and support staff reached the Indian Antarctic station Maitri.
The 41st expedition has 2 programs- Geological exploration of the Amery ice shelf at Bharati station and reconnaissance surveys-preparatory work for drilling of 500 meters of ice core near Maitri.
Quick Facts: Indian Antarctic program began in 1981.
Indian Teenage brothers win 2021 International Children’s Peace Prize
Two Delhi-based teenage brothers Vihaan and Nav Agarwal have won the 17th annual Kids Rights International Children’s Peace Prize for tackling pollution in their home city by recycling household waste.
The duo received the award from Indian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Kailash Satyarthi.
Vihaan and Nav have developed the One-Step Greener initiative for segregating rubbish and organizing waste pickups for trash for thousands of homes, schools, and offices.