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Sep 19, 2021: Current affairs for UPSC/State PSC

This section contains daily current affairs taken from all major news papers and magazines like - The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Live Mint, RSTV etc.

These current affairs are written in a easy to remember format and are useful for competitive exams like - UPSC Civil Services, UPPSC, BPSC, MPPPSC, State PSCs and other competitive examinations.

What is "Cyclone Gulab" ?

Cyclone Gulab was a tropical cyclone and was named by Pakistan. It affected the coasts of south Odisha north Andhra Pradesh.

Cyclones that Hit India in 2020-21:

Tauktae: Kerala, Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra.

Yaas: Balasore in Odisha.

Nisarga: Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Amphan: West Bengal and the Hatiya islands of Bangladesh.

Social Issues

First woman Speaker of Gujarat Assembly

Veteran legislator Nimaben Acharya was unanimously elected the first woman Speaker of the Gujarat Assembly, which met for the two-day monsoon session.

A three-time BJP MLA and a two-time Congress MLA, Ms. Acharya is one of the seniormost MLAs in the State.


What is "Zoji-la Tunnel" ?

Zoji La Tunnel is a 14.2 km long road tunnel under Zoji La pass in the Himalayas between Sonmarg and Drass town in Kargil district of the Indian Union Territory of Ladakh, currently under construction, with completion expected about 5-7 years after commencement of construction in 2018.

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What is "Landsat 9" ?

Landsat 9 is an Earth observation satellite launched by NASA on 27 September 2021.

It is a joint mission of NASA and the US Geological Survey (USGS).

NASA is in charge of building, launching, and testing the satellite, while the US Geological Survey (USGS) operates the satellite, and manages and distributes the data archive.

It takes 8 days to capture the whole Earth.

It can see more colour shades with greater depths than the previous satellites, helping scientists capture more details about our ever-changing planet.

The instruments aboard Landsat 9 are the Operational Land Imager 2 (OLI-2) and the Thermal Infrared Sensor 2 (TIRS-2).

The first Landsat satellite was launched in 1972 and since then, Landsat satellites have collected images of our planet and helped understand how land usage has changed over the decades.

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