Current Affairs Today – December, 27th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

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Current Affairs Today – December, 27th, 2017 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

Mumbai Gets India’s First Ever AC Local Train

Mumbai Gets India’s First Ever AC Local Train

  1. The country’s first AC local has been started from the borivali for the first journey to the Churchgate at 10.30am on Monday. This train got good resonse and get travelled with full of packed with the passengers from 6-year-old to senior citizens enjoying the ride.
  2. The Western Railway will run six services this week — with three services in the Up and three in Down direction — between Churchgate and Borivali and that too during non-peak hours. “This is being done till Friday. The AC train will run on regular basis between Churchgate and Virar stations, with total 12 services including those in peak hours, from January 1,” said WR chief public relations officer Ravinder Bhakar.
  3. “The AC trains will be a good ride for regular office-goers who have to bear Mumbai’s humid weather and sweat it out while travelling by the ordinary suburban trains daily,” said daily office-goer Devyani Vyas. The children on board were ecstatic as they took selfies and enjoyed the 47-minute ride to Churchgate.

 

India’s First Runway on ‘Sea Bridge’ in Lakshadweep

India’s First Runway on ‘Sea Bridge’ in Lakshadweep

  1. India has been going to see the country’s first runway that is the ‘sea bridge’ soon, as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been given the approval for the extend of the Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport. This work will be started after the creation of the RCC platform on the beach and shallow area, which will allow bigger ATRs to operate to the island, a report, and claims.
  2. A senior AAI official, speaking to The Times of India, said,”There is a little bit of change in the plan due to environmental concerns.” He also informed that the entire project, of erecting pillars into the beach and shallow sea area and building RCC platform, is likely to cost about Rs 1,500 crore. “Once completed, the runway will be long enough for ATR-72 to operate. At present, only smaller turboprops operate there,” the official added.
  3. “The island-linking plan has been changed due to environmental concerns. Now, we will get into the beach and shallow sea area, erect pillars there and build an RCC platform on that. On this extended area, we will expand the runway and terminal,” a senior AAI official said. “The entire project is likely to cost about Rs 1,500 crore. Once completed, the runway will be long enough for ATR-72 to operate. At present, only smaller turboprops operate there,” he said.
  4. As per the officials, “The air fare (to and from Agatti) is on the higher side as the ATR-72 aircraft are running with load penalty and carry only maximum of 50 passengers with 15 kg of luggage. The runway on a ‘sea bridge’ will help in bringing the fares to affordable level.”

UP Government Signs MoU with South Korea

UP Government Signs MoU with South Korea

  1. The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday has signed a memorandum of understanding with South Korea to provide the boost up of the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming.
  2. “On the occasion, an MoU was signed for giving a new dimension to cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming, which will provide more employment opportunities and development,” an official release said.
  3. “There are immense possibilities in tourism in Uttar Pradesh and South Korea…there is also a need to improve cooperation in the field of technology…this will not only bring investment but also create employment opportunities,” Adityanath said.
  4. There has been the agreement has signed in the year 2000 to develop Ayodhya and Gimhae as sister cities, following which a memorial was constructed in Ayodhya which is visited by a large number of tourists from South Korea every year.

 

Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City to have its Own Logo

Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City to have its Own Logo

  1. There has been the problem related to the roads and the lake the Karnataka government on Sunday launched the Bengaluru city logo, the first Indian city to do so, in a bid to resurrect its image as a tourism destination. Because of this launch there will be the joint of the cities like Amsterdam in The Netherlands and New York in the US to have its own logo.
  2. Speaking in the report of the media, state tourism minister, Priyank Kharge, has said although the city was a brand in terms of investment, it was not so for tourism. “We wanted to remedy this and portray the rich history and culture of the city,” he said. It was his idea to come up with the logo.
  3. Kharge said the government wanted to bring the city on par with Amsterdam and New York as a brand to attract tourists and showcase its cosmopolitan nature. This, he said, was highlighted in the logo, where ‘Be’ and ‘U’ in Bengaluru are highlighted in red. “This represents the welcoming character of the city, where people of all identities will be respected,” he said.
  4. Nammur’s Vinod Kumar said the challenge in the design was to incorporate the city’s rich cultural heritage and yet show how it is changing. “It is for this reason that some of the English letters have been designed to look similar to characters in the Kannada script,” he said. The logo was also designed to subconsciously teach Kannada, he said. The company has also launched merchandise that will represent Bengaluru.

 

Environment Ministry Launches Pilot Project ‘Blue Flag’ for Beach Clean-up

Environment Ministry Launches Pilot Project ‘Blue Flag’ for Beach Clean-up

  1. To boost up of the plan related to the one of the cleanliness process of the beach, the environment ministry has launched a pilot project for its clean up and development.
  2. Minister of State for Environment and Forests Mahesh Sharma, has given the reply in the term of written to Lok Sabha, said that under the project, each state or union territory has been asked to nominate a beach which will be funded through the ongoing Integrated Coastal Management Programme.
  3. “With the prime objective of enhancing standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches, the ministry has launched a pilot project for beach clean-up and development, also striving for the Blue Flag certification for such identified beaches,” Sharma said.
  4. “All the coastal states have nominated the pilot beaches in their receptive territories including Goa. Formal nominations are, however, awaited from the coastal UTs — Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andamanan and Nicobar,” he said.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Guatemala to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Guatemala to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

  1. Israel has given the statement that is has the one of the good thing that is the Guatemala’s president, Jimmy Morales, in the term of the leader Donald Trump in announcing plans to move his country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
  2. “One of the most important topics was the return of Guatemala’s embassy to Jerusale. For this reason I am informing you that I have given instructions to the foreign ministry that it start the necessary respective coordination to make this happen,” Morales wrote.
  3. Israel’s foreign ministry on Monday hailed a “true friendship” with Guatemala. The deputy minister for diplomacy, Michael Oren, also praised the move.
  4. “Viva Guatemala! It takes courage for a superpower to stand up for justice and recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s eternal capital. But it takes even more – immense guts – for a small nation to do that,” Oren wrote on Twitter. “People of Guatemala, the people of Israel will never forget your support and bravery.”
  5. “Guatemalans have shown they know very well that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel! I welcome their decision to bring their embassy to Jerusalem and thank them for their deep friendship,” added Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin. “We look forward to welcoming you to Jerusalem!”
  6. “Guatemala is historically pro-Israeli,” he told a news conference in Guatemala City. “In 70 years of relations, Israel has been our ally.
  7. “We have a Christian way of thinking that, as well as the politics of it, has us believing that Israel is our ally and we must support it. Despite us only being nine in the world [in the UN vote], we have the total certainty and conviction that this is the right path.”

 

World’s Longest Glass Bridge Opens in China

World’s Longest Glass Bridge Opens in China

  1. The world’s longest glass bridge has been opened for the public on Sunday. It has been developed at the Shijiazhuang, Hebei province near Bejing, the capital of China. This bridge is the size of the 488 meters long and two meters wide. It has created at the top of the 218 meters above the valley between two steep cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan county.
  2. It is made of 1,077 panes of transparent glass with each being four centimeters thick and weighs a total of 70 metric tons. The sky bridge is designed in a such a way that it swings a little when visitors walk to its center.
  3. According to a video by People’s Daily China, Liu Qiqi, in charge of the project, said the bridge can support up to 2,000 people, however, only 500 people will be on it at one time.
  4. Walking on the transparent bridge will be quite a daredevil heart and it does not seem to be for the faint-hearted. Along with being located at quite a height, the transparent floor could be spine chilling for visitors. However, the view from the top is spectacular.

Uttar Pradesh Government Signs MoU with South Korea

Uttar Pradesh Government Signs MoU with South Korea

  1. The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday has signed a memorandum of understanding with the country South Korea to boost the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming.
  2. “On the occasion, an MoU was signed for giving a new dimension to cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming, which will provide more employment opportunities and development,” an official release said.
  3. “There are immense possibilities in tourism in Uttar Pradesh and South Korea…there is also a need to improve cooperation in the field of technology…this will not only bring investment but also create employment opportunities,” Adityanath said.
  4. There has been the agreement has been signed in the year 2000 to develop Ayodhya and Gimhae as sister cities, following which a memorial was constructed in Ayodhya which is visited by a large number of tourists from South Korea every year.

 

Environment Ministry Launches Pilot Project Blue Flag for Beach Clean-up

Environment Ministry Launches Pilot Project Blue Flag for Beach Clean-up

  1. To boost up of the plan related to the one of the cleanliness process of the beach, the environment ministry has launched a pilot project for its clean up and development.
  2. Minister of State for Environment and Forests Mahesh Sharma, has given the reply in the term of written to Lok Sabha, said that under the project, each state or union territory has been asked to nominate a beach which will be funded through the ongoing Integrated Coastal Management Programme.
  3. “With the prime objective of enhancing standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches, the ministry has launched a pilot project for beach clean-up and development, also striving for the Blue Flag certification for such identified beaches,” Sharma said.
  4. “All the coastal states have nominated the pilot beaches in their receptive territories including Goa. Formal nominations are, however, awaited from the coastal UTs — Daman and Diu, Puducherry, Lakshadweep and Andamanan and Nicobar,” he said.

BANKING AND FINANCE

State-Run Banks’ NPAs Touched Rs 7.34 Lakh Crore- RBI Data

State-Run Banks’ NPAs Touched Rs 7.34 Lakh Crore- RBI Data

  1. Non-performing assets (NPAs), or bad loans, of state-run banks that has set for the record of the Rs 7.34 lakh crore by the end of second quarter of the current fiscal ended September, most on account of corporate defaulters, according to data furnished by the RBI and the government.
  2. Reserve Bank of India data earlier this week, that has set at the record of the NPAs of private sector banks stood at a much lower level of around Rs 1.03 lakh crore by the end of the July-September quarter.
  3. “The gross non-performing assets of public sector and private sector banks as on September 30, 2017 were Rs 7,33,974 crore and Rs 1,02,808 crore, respectively,” a Finance Ministry statement said.
  4. Among the major government-owned banks, State Bank of India had the highest level of NPAs at over Rs 1.86 lakh crore, followed by Punjab National Bank (Rs 57,630 crore), Bank of India (Rs 49,307 crore), Bank of Baroda (Rs 46,307 crore), Canara Bank (Rs 39,164 crore) and the Union Bank of India (Rs 38,286 crore).
  5. Up to end-September, among private banks, ICICI Bank had the most amount of NPAs at Rs 44,237 crore, followed by Axis Bank (Rs 22,136 crore), HDFC Bank (Rs 7,644 crore) and Jammu and Kashmir Bank (Rs 5,983 crore).

Science and Technology

With an aim to move only electric vehicles by 2030, Honda to set up electric car battery plant in India

With an aim to move only electric vehicles by 2030, Honda to set up electric car battery plant in India

  1. Japanese carmaker Honda Motor Co. Ltd has been planning to set the lithium ion battery manufacturing unit in India as the thing has been getting seems like the potentially lucrative electric vehicle opportunity in the country.
  2. “Recently, on the global front, Honda has tied up with Hitachi for electric motors and we will derive benefits from all those developments. Our India strategy has to align with Honda’s global strategy. We have been working on the electric vehicle strategy for quite some time now,” said Jnaneswar Sen, senior vice-president, Honda Cars India.
  3. “To participate in the EV market in India, we will have to be relevant to the market and that is why we are preparing a strategy to participate properly. We are studying the Indian laws, customer psyche along with Honda’s global strategy,” said Sen.
  4. “We had started on the hybrid direction, and last October, we launched the Accord hybrid. Prices have gone up sharply after the GST implementation, hence demand has dried up. So it is back to the drawing board for us because the technology costs money, and the customer does not want to pay once the prices increased substantially,” said Sen.

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City to have its Own Logo

Bengaluru Becomes First Indian City to have its Own Logo

  1. In the term of the lake of the roads and the place at the Karnataka government on Sunday launched the Bengaluru city logo, the first Indian city to do so, in a bid to resurrect its image as a tourism destination. Because of the Amsterdam in The Netherlands and New York in the US to have its own logo.
  2. Speaking to HT, state tourism minister, Priyank Kharge, said although the city was a brand in terms of investment, it was not so for tourism. “We wanted to remedy this and portray the rich history and culture of the city,” he said. It was his idea to come up with the logo.
  3. This, he said, was highlighted in the logo, where ‘Be’ and ‘U’ in Bengaluru are highlighted in red. “This represents the welcoming character of the city, where people of all identities will be respected,” he said.
  4. Nammur’s Vinod Kumar said the challenge in the design was to incorporate the city’s rich cultural heritage and yet show how it is changing. “It is for this reason that some of the English letters have been designed to look similar to characters in the Kannada script,” he said.

OBITUARY

‘Sound of Music’ star Heather Menzies Urich dies at 68

'Sound of Music' star Heather Menzies Urich dies at 68

  1. There has been the more than the years has turn the music on of the “The Sound of Music,” actress Heather Menzies Urich has died at the age of 68 years because of the brain cancer, her son told CNN.
  2. “The most important thing was my mom was an actress, talented dancer (and) really avid in arts and theater,” Urich told CNN. “She had this unbelievable network of friends.”
  3. “After my husband lost his battle on April 16th, 2002, I vowed that I would make it my life’s mission to continue to fight for his dream and vision: a world where the word ‘cancer’ is simply a memory of war we have won,” Menzies Urich wrote on the foundation’s website.

 

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