AspirantWorld One liners : 1st June

• Indimimus jayanti, a new species of cricket, was discovered recently in the Kurra caves of Chhattisgarh. The new species was named after Professor Jayant Biswas, one of the country’s foremost cave explorers.

• Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (POWERGRID), a Maharatna CPSU of the Government of India, has received the 220 kV Srinagar-Drass-Kargil-Khaltsi-Leh Transmission System from the Union Ministry of Power. The transmission system was put into use in February 2019.

• The Ministry of Ports, Shipping & Waterways launched the second Floating jetty at Old Goa. Highlights: The jetty will provide tourists with safe, hassle-free transportation. The Government of India has approved the construction of two concrete floating jetties on the River Mondovi (NW-68) to connect Old Goa and Panjim.

• Two consignments of 4.5 tonnes of patented “village rice” were exported by a startup company. A patented ‘village rice’ sourced from Kumbakonam, Thanjavur district, Tamil Nadu by a start-up Udaya Agro Farm was exported to Ghana and Yemen.

• A new study found a significant loss of bird species in all modified landscapes in Uttarakhand. Both natural oak-dominated forests and modified forests were studied. The Western Himalayan temperate forests of Uttarakhand are home to a large number of endemic bird species.

• China launched and docked the Tianzhou-2 cargo spacecraft, taking another step toward completing the construction of its first space station. It was carried into space by a Long March-7 rocket. It will be followed by the launch of another cargo spacecraft, Tianzhou-3, as well as two manned missions.

• The UN Global Day of Parents is celebrated on 1 June each year. The day pursuits to honour all the parents in the course of the world. The day’s observation acknowledges the most important accountability of the family in nurturing and defending their children.

• Following the latest anti-government protests, the Colombian Army has tightened its control on Cali. Protests erupted in Cali and other cities in April in response to a proposed reform that would have reduced the threshold at which salaries are taxed.

• The last “foreigner,” Manindra Das, walked out of one of Assam’s six detention centres, leaving approximately 170 more to be released from the other five. Mahindra Das was labelled a “D-voter” in 2015 before being declared a “foreigner” in a one-sided decision by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in 2019.

• The ‘Bell of Faith’ scheme will now be implemented for elderly people who live alone in villages. Previously, this scheme had been successfully implemented in a number of urban Kerala households. It is a safety initiative conceived as part of Kerala’s Community Policing Scheme.

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