TNPSC Current Affairs May 2017
1.Indian Army Test-Fires Advanced Block III Version of BrahMos Cruise Missile
The Indian Army has successfully test fired the advanced Block II version of the BrahMos land attack Cruise Missile in Andaman and Nicobar Island.
It was tested in steep-dive mode as part of its capability enhancement endeavour. It was the fourth successful launch of the Block-II version of the BrahMos land attack cruise missile.
As per official statement, the test has met all it parameters, the supersonic cruise missile successfully hit the land-based target with desired precision in a top attack configuration
- Brhamos is a Joint venture between India’s DRDO and Russia’s NPOM.
- BRahMos was named after river Brahmaputra in India and Moskova river in Russia
- BrahMos is a two stage missile ,first stage has the solid propellant booster engine and second stage has the ramjet liquid propellant. It can travel at thrice the speed of sound and carry warheads weighing upto 300 kg.
- The first stage ,solid propellant booster engine will gives the supersonic fast then it gets separated and second stage, ramjet liquid propellant will take the missile closer with 3 Mach speed
- Most of the frontline ships of Indian Navy, like the Kolkata, Ranvir and Teg classes of ships, are capable of firing this missile.
- This missile will provide Indian Naval Ships the capability to precisely neutralise selected targets deep inland, far away from coast, from stand-off ranges at sea.
2.Odisha’s Sualgiri, Swalgiri Notified as Scheduled Castes
Odhisha’s Sualgiri, Swalgiri Communites have been notified as Scheduled castes following President Pranab Mukherjee’s approval. The Bill already passed in April and it was cleared by Lok Sabha in March.
The members of the community included in Scheduled castes will get certain privileges or concession under the provisions of Article 341 of the Indian constitution.
About Article 341.
- Article 341 defines as to who should be in schedule Caste.
- President can issue the list of Scheduled caste in relation to a state or union territory after having consultation with the concerned State or union Territory.
- Any subsequent inclusion in or exclusion from the list of Scheduled Castes can be effected through an Act of Parliament as envisaged under clause (2) of Article 341.
- Once the bill becomes an Act member of the community included in the Scheduled cast list will be able to get benefits meant for Scheduled castes under the existing schemes..
- Important benefits include Post Matric Scholarship, National Overseas Scholarship, Rajiv Gandhi National Fellowship, Top Class Education, Concessional Loans from National Scheduled Castes Financeand Development Corporation, Hostels for SC Boys and Girls etc
- They also entitled to the benefits of reservation in services and admission to educational institutions.