New shark species “Atlantic sixgill shark” discovered in Atlantic Ocean
A new shark species named “Atlantic sixgill shark” was discovered in the Atlantic Ocean.
Atlantic sixgill shark – Hexanchus vitulus:
i. Through genetic testing it has been proved that, the new shark species named “Atlantic sixgill shark” is different from the similar ones found in Indian and Pacific Oceans.
ii. Hence they have not been associated with the existing species Hexanchus nakamurai. This new species is named Hexanchus vitulus.
iii. The findings have been published in the journal Marine Biodiversity. The “Atlantic sixgill shark” is up to 6 feet long.
iv. They feature unique, saw-like lower teeth and six gill slits. They date back to nearly 250 million years ago and are one of the oldest creatures on Earth.
Some museums in India:
♦ HAL Aerospace Museum – Bangalore
♦ Asutosh Museum of Indian Art – Kolkata
♦ Salar Jung Museum – Hyderabad
India bag gold medal at 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship
Indian “A” team won gold at the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship held in Gold Coast, Australia, between 14 and 18 February 2018.
India bag gold medal at 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship:
i. The Indian “A” team was headed by Kiran Nadar. The team members were Keyzad Anklesari, B. Satyanarayana, Rajeshwar Tewari, Jaggy Shivdasani and Sunit Chokshi.
ii. The Indian “A” team defeated the Australian team with a score of 103-65. Indian “A” team won gold in the 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship.
About 5th Commonwealth Nations Bridge Championship:
♦ Dates – 14 – 18 February 2018
♦ Location – Gold Coast, Australia
♦ Teams – 36
Rajasthan BJP MLA Kalyan Singh Chouhan passes away
On 20th February 2018, Kalyan Singh Chouhan, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Nathdwara, died after fighting cancer for a long time, in Udaipur, Rajasthan.
Death of Kalyan Singh Chouhan:
i. Kalyan Singh Chouhan entered politics in 1988. He joined the Congress Party and became sarpanch from Kotharia gram panchayat in Rajsamand district.
ii. He was Khamnor Pradhan from 1998 to 2000 and Up-Zila Pramukh in the 2000 to 2005 period. Later Kalyan Singh Chouhan joined BJP. He became MLA twice.
About National Parks of Rajasthan:
♦ Darrah National Park
♦ Desert National Park
♦ Ranthambore National Park
Renowned violinist MS Anantharaman passes away
On 19th February 2018, M S Anantharaman, a popular violinist, passed away due to age-related ailments, at his residence in Mylapore, Chennai.
Death of MS Anantharaman:
i. MS Anantharaman was 94 years old. He was born in Parur, Kerala.
ii. He was taught to play violin when he was just six years old. He was associated with the Parur School of Music.
iii. His father was Sundaram Iyer, a great violinist. His brother M S Gopalakrishnan was also a violinist. He familiarised the Parur bani along with his brother.
Some National Parks in Tamil Nadu:
♦ Guindy National Park
♦ Gulf of Mannar Marine National Park
♦ Anamalai Tiger Reserve