Daily Current affairs and Questions from The Hindu & PIB - May 28


The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday inducted Tejas Mk-1 FOC aircraft into the recently resurrected No 18 Sqn, the “Flying Bullets” at Air Force Station Sulur, marking yet another important step towards enhancing the operational capability of the Air Force. The Squadron is the first in the IAF to induct this platform. This is also an important milestone in the country’s indigenous fighter aircraft program and a significant boost to the ‘Make In India’ initiative.

Tejas Mk-1 FOC

  • Tejas Mk-1 FOC is a single engine, light weight, highly agile, all weather multi role fighter aircraft capable of air-to-air refueling thus making it a truly versatile platform.
  • The IAF’s first LCA Tejas squadron, Number 45 the Flying Daggers, was raised in 2016. 
  • The fourth-generation Tejas has been indigenously designed by the Aircraft Development Agency (ADA) under the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).

Russia starts building its first stealth bomber: TASS

  • Russia has begun building a prototype of its first stealth bomber which should be completed next year, the state-controlled TASS news agency reported
  • When completed and operational, the new plane will be able to carry an array of advanced missiles and bombs, including hypersonic weapons .
  • The aircraft, known as the PAK DA, will compete with the U.S. B-2 strategic stealth bomber which entered service in 1997. China is also developing its own stealth bomber - the Xian H-20.
  • Russia has already developed its own stealth fighter, the Sukhoi-57. It first flew in 2010 but has yet to be manufactured in large numbers.

Montenegro is the first country in Europe to declare itself coronavirus-free

  • Montenegro is a country of South and Southeast Europe on the coast of the Balkans.
  • It borders Bosnia-Herzegovina to the northwest, Serbia to the northeast, Kosovo to the east, Albania to the southeast, the Adriatic Sea to the southwest, and Croatia to the west.
  • Its capital is Podgorica.
  • Montenegro is a founding member of the Union for the Mediterranean. It is also in the process of joining the European Union.
  • The largest lake in Montenegro and the Balkans is Lake Scutari.

International Day of UN Peacekeepers 29 May

The International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, 29 May, offers a chance to pay tribute to the uniformed and civilian personnel’s invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,900 peacekeepers who have lost their lives serving under the UN flag since 1948, including 102 last year.
The theme for this year’s Day is “Women in Peacekeeping: A Key to Peace” to help mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security

Invasive mussel is spreading rapidly in Kerala’s backwaters

An invasive mussel native to the South and Central American coasts is spreading quickly in the backwaters of Kerala, elbowing out other mussel and clam species and threatening the livelihoods of fishermen engaged in molluscan fisheries.

Charru mussel

  • The rapid spread of the Charru mussel (Mytella strigata) may have been triggered by Cyclone Ockhi which struck the region in 2017, according to a paper published in the Journal of Aquatic Biology and Fisheries.
  • Surveys show the presence of the Charru mussel in the Kadinamkulam, Paravur, EdavaNadayara, Ashtamudi, Kayamkulam, Vembanad, Chettuva and Ponnani estuaries/backwaters. Ashtamudi Lake, a Ramsar site in Kollam district, remains the worsthit.
  • With a population as high as 11,384 per sq metre here, it has replaced the Asian green mussel (Perna viridis) and the edible oyster Magallana bilineata (known locally as muringa).
  • Externally, the Charru mussel resembles the green and brown mussels (kallummekkaya in Malayalam), but is much smaller in size. Its colour varies from black to brown, purple or dark green.

1) "Tupolev PAK DA" sometimes seen in the news recently, is associated with which of the following?
a) Submarines
b) Stealth strategic bomber
c) an indegenously developed radar system inducted into Indian Defence
d) None of the above

2) Montenegro is a country of South and Southeast Europe on the coast of the Balkans . Montenegro borders ?
a) Croatia to the west
b) Adriatic Sea to the southwest
c) Serbia to the northeast
d) All the above

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