Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 February 2018

Feb 7, 2018 15:31 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 7 February 2018

SpaceX launches Falcon Heavy, the world's most powerful rocket carrying car into space

US space flight company SpaceX on February 6, 2018  launched the world's most powerful operational rocket 'Falcon Heavy' into the space. The Falcon Heavy blasted off from the Kennedy Space Centre at Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States.

Falcon Heavy's smooth takeoff wasn't the only surprising thing about this launch, but also SpaceX managed to guide two of the Falcon Heavy's first-stage rocket boosters to land straight back on Earth. They landed in unison at a Kennedy Space Centre landing pad.

Falcon Heavy carried a red Tesla Roadster car belonging to SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk into space. The car was outfitted with a mannequin dressed in a spacesuit, a high-data storage unit containing Isaac Asimov's science fiction book series, the Foundation Trilogy, and a plaque bearing the names of 6000 SpaceX employees.

Earlier, the only rocket that delivered more payload into the space was Saturn V moon rocket, which was last flown in 1973.

India successfully test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Prithvi-II

India on February 7, 2018 successfully test-fired indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile from launch complex three of the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur near Balasore, Odisha.

The user trial of this surface-to-surface ballistic missile was a complete success. The trial was carried out by the specially formed Strategic Force Command (SFC) of the India Army and was monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

This was the third test launch of an Indian missile this year. Earlier, Indian Army conducted successful trials of Agni-V on January 18, 2018 and Agni-I missile on February 6, 2018 from Abdul Kalam Island off Odisha coast.

The last successful user trial of Prithvi-II missile was carried out on June 2, 2017 from the same base..

Flowering plants originated 250 million years ago, says Study

Flowering plants may have originated between 149 and 256 million years ago, says the findings of a study that was published on February 5, 2018.

Researchers found that flowering plants are neither as old as suggested by previous molecular studies, nor are they as young as a literal interpretation of their fossil record. In fact, the discrepancy between the estimates of flowering plant evolution from molecular data and fossil records has caused much debate.

The English naturalist, geologist and biologist, Charles Darwin, who is best known for his contributions to the science of evolution, also described the origin of this group as an 'abominable mystery'.

According to Jose Barba-Montoya, the lead author of the study, in order to uncover the key to solving the mystery of when flowers originated, they carefully analysed the genetic make-up of the flowering plants and the rate at which mutations accumulate in their genomes.

Railways Ministry signs MoU with AYUSH Ministry to augment AYUSH services in Railway hospitals

The Ministry of Railways on February 6, 2018 signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Ministry of AYUSH to augment the AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy) system services in Railway zonal hospitals at New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Guwahati.

The MoU was signed by Principal Executive Director of Health Gajendra Kumar, on behalf of the Ministry of Railways and Advisor Manoj Nesari from Ministry of AYUSH.

The AYUSH health services will be augmented in B.R. Singh Hospital in Eastern Railway, Perambur Railway Hospital Southern Railway, Central Hospital of Northern Railway, JR Hospital in Western Railway and the Central Hospital of Northeast Frontier Railway.

IBBI amends IBBI (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI) on February 6, 2018 amended the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons) Regulations, 2016.

Appointment of two registered valuers: The Resolution Professional shall appoint two registered valuers to determine the fair value and the liquidation value of the corporate debtor. After the receipt of resolution plans, the resolution professional shall provide the fair value and the liquidation value to each member of the committee of creditors in electronic form, on receiving a confidentiality undertaking.

Submission of information memorandum in electronic form: The Resolution Professional shall submit the information memorandum in electronic form to each member of the committee of creditors within two weeks of his appointment as resolution professional and to each prospective resolution applicant latest by the date of invitation of resolution plan, after receiving confidentiality undertaking.

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