Category Indian Express

SpaceX Demo-2 mission

• On May 27, 2020 NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 test flight will lift off for International Space Station (ISS), becoming the first crewed flight to launch from American soil since the conclusion of the space shuttle era in 2011. About: •…

Sonic boom

• The ‘loud sound’ heard recently in Bengaluru was revealed to have emanated from an IAF test flight involving a supersonic profile. The sound effect caused due to such high-speed flights is known as ‘sonic boom’. About: • A sonic…

Moderna vaccine

• US stock markets went soaring on the back of promising results from an mRNA-1273 vaccine against novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19) developed by US pharmaceutical company Moderna. About: • mRNA-1273 is the working name of Moderna’s vaccine, which is currently…

Minimum Public Shareholding

• The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has relaxed the 25 percent Minimum Public Shareholding (MPS) norm. About: • The rules have been relaxed for listed entities for whom the deadline to comply with MPS requirements falls between…

HANKO

• As the number of COVID cases in Japan rise, the Hanko tradition is coming under fierce criticism, with industry leaders demanding that the tradition be abandoned. About: • The Hanko is a personal stamp in Japan, that is equivalent…

Troglomyces twitteri

• A new species has just been discovered using a Twitter image and thus has been named as Troglomyces twitteri. About: • Troglomyces twitteri is a type of parasitic fungus. • It belongs to an order called Laboulbeniales — tiny…

Direct seeding of rice

• Due to a shortage of laborers in Punjab and Haryana, farmers are now being encouraged to adopt the ‘direct seeding of rice’ (DSR) in place of conventional transplanting. Normal transplanting of paddy: • In transplanting, farmers prepare nurseries where…

Labour law changes

• As the economy struggles with the lockdown, a number of state governments recently made key changes in the application of labour laws. Key highlights the proposed changes in the states: • The most significant changes were announced by three…