UPSC PRELIMS 2018 DAILY CURRENT AFFAIRS | DATED : 5/2/2018


CURRENT AFFAIRS : Skull of soldier, executed by the East India Company for rebellion in 1857, found its way to London pub; it’s now with historian Kim Wagner

HOW THIS SKULL WAS SAVED ? Colonial rulers of India also collected heads of Indian soldiers as war trophies.

WHOSE SKULL IS THAT ? It is skull of sepoy Alam Beg

HOW OLD IS THAT SKULL ? 160 years.

WHO IS HE ? In 1857, Alam Beg, also known as Alum Bheg, was a soldier with the 46th Bengal Native Infantry, an arm of the East India Company.

THEN WHY WAS HE KILLED ? The Mutiny that year, he along with his soldiers attacked the Europeans posted there. On July 9, 1857, they killed seven Europeans, including an entire Scottish family.

HOW HE WAS KILLED ? He was tried for the brutal killing of the Scottish family and blown up from the mouth of a cannon.

HISTORY TO REMEMBER : Alam Beg, who played a leading role in the mutiny in Sialkot.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : ‘ISRO needs 4 years to catch up with satellite demand’

FACTS FROM ISRO

HOW MANY SATELLITES DO WE HAVE IN SPACE NOW ?

We now have 43 satellites in space — for communication, earth observation and navigation.


WHAT IS OUR PER YEAR LAUNCH TARGET OF SATELLITES ?

Our aim is to meet the immediate requirement and for that, we have set 18 launches per year as the target.


WHAT IS THE MAJOR SATELLITE OF THE YEAR? One major satellite that we plan to launch in a couple of months is GSAT-11. We will launch it from Kourou [in French Guiana, South America].

WHEN WILL CHANDRAYAN 2 WILL BE LAUNCHED ?

The Chandrayaan-2 mission will be launched this year on another GSLV.

WILL INDIANS GO TO SPACE ?

The human space flight is really not in our approved programmes for now.


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