www.tnpsc.academy – Tnpsc current affairs april 29, 2017 (29/04/2017)
Topic : India’s Foreign Policy
India & Cyprus signed four agreements
India and Cyprus signed four agreements during delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades.
Agreements signed between two countries:
Co-operation in the field of Executive programme on Culture, Education and Scientific Research for the year 2017 – 2020.
Co-operation in the field of Agriculture for the period 2017-2018.
Co-operation in the area of Merchant shipping.
Co-operation in the area of boost air services between the two countries.
Some special events:
Ansastasiades confered Cyprus’s highest civilian honour, the Grand Collar of the Order of Makarios III, on President Pranab Mukherjee.
Topic : New inventions on Science and Technology
A safer alternative to lithium-ion batteries
Researchers at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) developed the nickel-zinc (Ni-Zn) batteries.
These batteries are made up of three-dimensional Zn “sponge”.
These batteries replaces the normally or traditionally used powdered zinc anode or positively charged electrode in the batteries.
Previous zinc-based rechargeable batteries suffer from a major drawback.
Repeated cycles of charging and discharging cause zinc atoms to pile up on one of the electrodes.
That causes the growth of “dendrites,” tiny zinc spears that can pierce other parts of the battery, causing it to short-circuit and fail.
Benefits of Ni-Zn batteries:
With Zn, the battery provides an energy content and rechargeability.
Zinc-nickel battery provides nearly the same electrical jolt, but not the fire risk of Li-ion cells.
Topic : National, Profile of State, Latest Diary of Events
First-ever athletics meet for transgender persons in India
The first ever Athletics meet for Transgender persons organized by the Kerala government at Trivandrum’s Central Stadium.
The first-of-its-kind tournament saw them taking part in popular track and field events such as sprint, relay race, shot put and long jump.
Topic : Sports and Medals
India won 6 medals in 2nd leg of Asian Grand Prix Atheletics Meet
India won six medals in the second leg of the Asian Grand Prix Athletics Meet in Jiaxing, China.
Neena Varakil won the Gold Medal in women’s long jump.
Javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra won the Silver Medal.
Manpreet Kaur won the Silver Medal in women’s Shot put.
Dutee Chand won the Silver Medal in Women’s 100 metre Race.
Tintu Luka won the Silver Medal in the Women’s 800 metre race.
Om Prakash Karhana won the Bronze Medal in Men’s Shot put.
India had won seven medals, including a gold and 4 silver in the first leg.