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Renewed interest in Proxima Centauri, the closest star to the Sun

Proxima Centauri - "Breakthrough Listen Project"Approx Read Time: 4 min In News: Astronomers with the "Breakthrough Listen Project" are investigating a mysterious radio wave signal from the direction of Proxima Centauri, the closest star to Earth’s Sun.The signal named Breakthrough Listen Candidate 1 or BLC-1 was detected in April, 2019, by the Parkes radio telescope at Parkes Observatory in Australia. The signal has not been spotted again.Scientists are currently working on a paper explaining BLC1,…


PM Inaugurates the New Bhaupur- New Khurja Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor

New Bhaupur - New Khurja Section of Eastern Dedicated Freight CorridorApprox Read Time: 5 min In News: Prime Minister recently inaugurated the 351-km ‘New Bhaupur- New Khurja section’ in Uttar Pradesh of the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC).He also inaugurated the EDFC’s Operation Control Centre (OCC) at Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh.The OCC will be the command centre for the entire route of the EDFC and will control and monitor all systems, including train operation and power supply…


Jaishankar meets Qatar leaders, talks economic and security ties

Jaishankar meets Qatar leadersApprox Read Time: 5 min Jaishankar meets Qatar leaders In News: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar recently visited Qatar. On his visit, Mr. Jaishankar met Qatar’s Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani as well as other top leaders of the Gulf country. Highlights of the visit: The agenda of the visit to Qatar included discussions on bilateral, regional as well as international issues.Discussions were held on ways to strengthen…


How biofuels can double farm incomes

Advantages of biofuels for farmersApprox Read Time: 5 min Advantages of biofuels for farmers India's per-capita energy consumption is low:  India currently consumes only one-third of the global average consumption of energy. Increased consumption will come with new challenges: As India moves towards more robust energy consumption figures, the country faces the unique challenge of merging together often-conflicting needs:Addressing a fast increasing demand while cutting dependence on importsGreening the grid…


What is Winter Solstice, which made December 21st the shortest day of the year?

What is Winter Solstice?Approx Read Time: 4 min In News: December 21st is the day of Winter Solstice in the northern hemisphere, and it is the shortest day (day with the shortest day-time) of the year.This year, the day-time of December 21st in Delhi was approximately 10 hours 19 minutes long. About: Winter and Summer Solstices The winter solstice, hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice occurs when one of the Earth's poles has…


Singapore’s hawkers gets recognised by UNESCO

Intangible Cultural HeritageApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: Singapore’s street hawker food culture has been designated as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the UNESCO.Hawker culture refers to the community of vendors who cook and sell meals in the 114 hawker centres across Singapore. News Summary: Singapore’s street hawker food culture, one of its most popular attractions, has been designated as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage' by the UNESCO.The award took place at a virtual…


Jupiter and Saturn will meet again — but the Great Conjunction is still on

The Great Conjunction between Jupiter and SaturnApprox Read Time: 3 min In News: For the last several days, a rare cosmic event is taking place - the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn.During this event, Jupiter and Saturn appear to merge in the night sky.The planets appeared closest to each other on the night of December 21. About: Great Conjunction Astronomers use the word conjunction to describe pairing of planets and other objects in the…


How Vadodara corporation plans to raise money via municipal bonds

Municipal BondsApprox Read Time: 4 min In News: The Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) is expected to launch municipal bonds in January, 2021.VMC will become the third Urban Local Body (ULB) in Gujarat to use this method to raise money to fund development work sanctioned under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).Ahmedabad was the first city in south Asia to launch a municipal bond of Rs 100 crore in 1998. Surat…