26-27.12.21 Daily jPSC Current Affairs

 

 

JHARKHAND

Underground ‘palace’ of Naga kingdom excavated in Jharkhand, could yield many secrets

A multi-storeyed underground palace, of immense historical importance, has been found during excavations by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) at Navratangarh in Gumla district in Jharkhand.

The structure is believed to be around five and a half centuries old and date to the Naga or Nagavanshi dynasty.

The excavations being carried out by the ASI in and around the palace have yielded many important ancient remains. The department will carry out further studies to unravel the mysteries behind it.

Navratnagarh was declared as a heritage site in 2009 for conservation.

Durjan Sal ruled the kingdom for the longest. According to the evidence found so far, he had built the fort here in 1571. It is said that this fort was of 9 storeys, so it was given the name of Navratangarh. The ruins of this fort have been there for years and have been an object of curiosity for local tourists, as well as archaeologists and historians.

After the excavations started this month, for the first time, it was known that the king had built a grand underground palace as well. The legend is that the king built the palace to protect against any attack by the Mughal rulers. A secret tunnel passage has also been found in this underground palace, whose excavation is still going on.

On the basis of the structure, it is being speculated that there must have been a secret place to house his treasure of diamonds and other jewels.

 

INTERNATIONAL

 

NASA Psyche Mission

 

In August 2022, NASA will launch the Psyche mission. It will be the first mission to explore Psyche, a massive metal asteroid in the main asteroid belt.

Highlights:

The asteroid Psyche is orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter. The Psyche mission is one of NASA’s two early Solar System exploration missions.

The Lucy mission is another mission to study the early Solar System by exploring Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids.

The Psyche Mission is the first mission to be launched by NASA to investigate Psyche, a unique giant metal asteroid.

 

Inmarsat-6 F1 Communications Satellite Launched by Japan

 

Inmarsat-6 F1, a communication satellite, has been launched from Japan’s Tanegashima Space Center.

Highlights:

It was launched by a Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) H-IIA204 rocket into geostationary orbit, about 22,240 miles (35,790 kilometers) above the earth.

Inmarsat, a London-based company, is developing it as part of its next-generation satellite broadband service.

The satellite is the first of two ‘I-6’ spacecraft and weighs 12,060-pounds (5,470 kilograms).

The Inmarsat-6 F1 launch, designated H-IIAF45, is Japan’s third orbital flight of 2021 and H-second IIA’s mission of the year, marking the H-IIA vehicle’s 45th flight overall.

 

UNSC Counter-Terrorism Committee: Indias Chair

 

 

After a ten-year absence, India will take over as chair of the UN Security Council’s counter-terrorism committee in 2022 January.

Highlights:

The Counter-Terrorism Committee is more important for India because it has been advocating for relevant measures to combat terrorism on a global scale.

The committee was last chaired by India in 2012.

Ambassador TS Tirumurti, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, announced on January 8, 2021, that India will chair three important UNSC communities in 2021-22.

The Taliban Sanctions Committee, the Counter-Terrorism Committee, and the Libya Sanctions Committee are the three committees.

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

PETA Indias 2021 Person Of The Year – Alia Bhatt

 

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India has named Alia Bhatt as its Person of the Year for 2021.

Highlights:

She is an animal lover who frequently posts pictures of her pets on social media.

Alia Bhatt invested in Phool, the company that created Feather, a vegan leather made from discarded temple flowers, earlier this year.

Ed-a-Mamma, her vegan children’s clothing line, also won a PETA India fashion award in 2021 for fostering children’s love of animals and nature.

Alia also starred in a PETA India campaign promoting adoption to help cats and dogs. She has taken advantage of her position to advocate for stricter animal protection legislation.

 

First State to Have 100% First Dose Vaccinations – Telangana

 

Telangana has become the first state in India to complete 100 percent of the first dose of Covid-19 vaccination.

Highlights:

Telangana has given out the first doses of vaccination for 2.77 crore citizens with the help of health workers, including the ASHA workers and ANMs to doctors.

In terms of the first dose, the state is 9% ahead of the national average, while in terms of the second dose, it is 3% ahead of the national average.

Vaccination for children aged 15 to 18 will begin on January 3, 2022. It will be carried out in dual-mode mode.

Children in municipal corporation areas can use CoWIN to register for vaccination.

 

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