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INDIAN AFFAIRS

Mazagon Dock Ltd delivered 1st Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to Indian Navy

Mazagon Dock Ltd delivered 1st Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari to Indian Navy

  1. Kalvari, which is the Indian Navy submarines, is the first of the six Scorpene-class submarines, which has been got by the Indian Navy on Thursday by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock limited, paving way for its commissioning soon.
  2. The developer of this ship has signed the famous sign on this Indian Navy’s submarine programme as the vessel is expected to bolster India’s maritime prowess, a senior Navy official said.
  3. “History was written at MDL (Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd) with the delivery of the first Scorpene submarine, Kalvari, to the Indian Navy today,” a senior MDL official said.
  4. Theis Kolavari, submarines, has been developed and designed by French naval defence and energy company DCNS, and built at the Mazagon Dock Limited in Mumbai as part of Project-75 of the Indian Navy. Kalvari has been develped at the secret place that is called Project 75, at Mumbai’s Mazagon Docks. Under this project, the Indian Navy was authorised to build six submarines in collaboration with French firm DCNS at a cost of around Rs 350 crore.
  5. “The state-of-the-art technology utilised in the Scorpene has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimised shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons,” the MDL said in a statement.
  6. MDL in a statement issued on Thursday stated, “History was written at MDL on September 21, 2017 with the delivery of the first Scorpene submarine, Kalvari, to the Indian Navy. Post delivery, the submarine would soon be commissioned into the navy.”

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces
  2. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy
  3. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star Admiral, commands the navy
  4. Motto: शं नो वरुणः (Sanskrit); Sham No Varunaḥ (IAST); May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us (English)
  5. Garrison/HQ: Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy)
  6. Founded: 5 September 1612
  7. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, AVSM
  8. Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
  9. Engagements: World War II, World War I,

 

Himachal Pradesh becomes first in the world to operate electric buses at an altitude of 13 thousand feet

Himachal Pradesh becomes first in the world to operate electric buses at an altitude of 13 thousand feet

  1. Himachal Pradesh has become the first state of the India which has facilated the first electric bus service for the tourist spot. This step is the eco-friendly step according to the government of the Himanchal with an aim to boost terrorism in the state and over the concerns of environmental degradation.
  2. After inaugurating the electric bus service State Transport Minister GS Bali said, “Trials of these buses have been successfully conducted last year and the purchase orders will be placed within a week.”
  3. Goldstone’s electric has featured with the front and rear air suspension, and these are the vary comfirtable to the customers and the peoples. These electric buses has been developed and manufactured with tie-up with BYD Auto Industry Co. Ltd – the world’s largest electric vehicle company.
  4. Every buses has the capacity of the 200 km on a single charge and can be recharged in less than four hours thanks to its fast charging technology. These buses use Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries, which ensure longer lifetime, better power density and are safe on account of their chemical and thermal stability.
  5. Anand Swaroop, Chief Operating Officer – Goldstone Infratech Ltd said, “Goldstone Infratech is proud to become India’s first company to run its ARAI certified electric buses on Indian roads. We are committed to offer quality products to the country. We are sure that these electric buses will become a benchmark for every state transport undertaking. This will surely augment faster adoption of a much needed electric public transport system in the country and further support the cause of environment protection.”
  6. In the starting of the month August there has the 12-metre low-floor AC electric bus from Goldstone-BYD successfully completed trials with the Chandigarh Transport Undertaking. In addition to this, Goldstone-BYD conducted successful trials of its electric buses in Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Rajkot.

KEYS:

  1. Himachal Pradesh is a northern Indian state in the Himalayas
  2. It’s home to scenic mountain towns and resorts such as Dalhousie
  3. Host to the Dalai Lama, Himachal Pradesh has a strong Tibetan presence
  4. This is reflected in its Buddhist temples and monasteries, as well as its vibrant Tibetan New Year celebrations
  5. The region is also well known for its trekking, climbing and skiing areas
  6. Capital: Shimla

 

Coast Guard commissions 2 high speed interceptor boats

Coast Guard commissions 2 high speed interceptor boats

  1. The Indian Coast Guard has given the statement that it has launched the two high-speed interceptor boats fitted with a 12.7 mm machine gun at the Dighi Port in Mumbai, and it is said that this move will give the boost security along the Maharashtra coastline.
  2. The interceptor boat has the C-433 and C-434 boats and it is manufactured by the L&T Shipbuilding in Chennai – are 27.42 metres long and have a displacement of 136 tons each.
  3. “These water jet propelled vessel have an endurance of 500 nautical miles at 20 knots and are capable of doing speeds up to 45 knots. The vessels are fitted with latest state of art navigational and communication equipment with 12.7 mm machine gun,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
  4. The material which has used in the ship that is high-speed interception, close coast patrol, low intensity maritime operations, search and rescue and maritime surveillance, it added.
  5. By launch of this boat there will be the increase the amount of the security umbrella over the 720-km-long Maharashtra coastline. This boat will also be in usefull with the patrolling and prevent illicit activities such as infiltration, smuggling and illegal fishing. These boats has been put at the Dighi Port, Murud Janjira, by Inspector General KR Nautiyal, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West) yesterday.

KEYS:

  1. The Indian Navy is the naval branch of the Indian Armed Forces
  2. The President of India is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Navy
  3. The Chief of Naval Staff, a four-star Admiral, commands the navy
  4. Motto: शं नो वरुणः (Sanskrit); Sham No Varunaḥ (IAST); May the Lord of the Water be auspicious unto us (English)
  5. Garrison/HQ: Integrated Headquarters, Ministry of Defence (Navy)
  6. Founded: 5 September 1612
  7. Vice Chief of the Naval Staff (VCNS): Vice Admiral Karambir Singh, AVSM
  8. Chief of the Naval Staff (CNS): Admiral Sunil Lanba, PVSM, AVSM, ADC
  9. Engagements: World War II, World War I,

Government unveils PPP for cheap housing

Government unveils PPP for cheap housing

  1. The central government given the announcement for the launch of the new public private partnerships (PPP) for the promotion of the private sector that is at the line with its Housing for All target by 2022.
  2. In the statement about the Real Estate and Infrastructure Investors Summit 2017, that has organized by real estate body National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO), minister of housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh introduced eight PPP options for the private sector to invest in affordable housing segment.
  3. He said the policy seeks to assign risks among the government, developers and financial institutions, to “those who can manage them best, besides leveraging under-utilized and unutilized private and public lands.”
  4. “This policy seeks to assign risks among the government, developers, and financial institutions, to those who can manage them the best, besides leveraging under-utilised and unutilised private and public lands towards meeting the Housing for All target by 2022,” he said.
  5. Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) or Housing For all the person who has not any house has been comes in the forward. The government has already constructed the 12 lakh houses under PMAY by 2017-18, but only 1.49 lakh houses have been constructed till last year. The Centre now seeks to construct 26 lakh houses in 2018-19, 26 lakh in 2019-20, 30 lakh in 2020-21 and 29.80 lakh in the 2021-22 period.
  6. “Under the second option, central assistance of Rs1.50 lakh per each house to be built on private lands would be provided, in case the beneficiaries do not intend to take bank loan,” he said.
  7. “Under this option, private builders can design, build and transfer houses built on government lands to public authorities…Payment to builders will be made by the public authority based on progress of project as per agreed upon milestones and buyers will pay to the government,” Singh said. Under the six government land-based PPP models, the person can demand for the Rs1 to 2.50 lakh per house as provisioned under different components of PMAY (Urban).

 

NITI Aayog and IRF Geneva signs Statement of Intent in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems

NITI Aayog and IRF Geneva signs Statement of Intent in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems

  1. The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) and the International Road Federation, Geneva (IRF Geneva) has signed the Statement of Intent (SoI) on Friday for the cooperate in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS).
  2. The objective of the SoI will develop the such a plateform that will include the Government of India stakeholders, Indian and foreign companies active in the sector, and relevant technical experts for the purpose of developing a National ITS Policy covering: 1) Traffic Management, 2) Parking Management, 3) Electronic Enforcement of Traffic Rules and Regulations, 4) Fleet Management and Monitoring, 5) Innovation in the field of ITS, and 6) Education in the field of ITS.
  3. The main aim of this national level of the ITS Policy will be to contribute to reducing urban traffic congestion, improving the situation around parking of vehicles in cities, improving road safety, and improving the security of passenger and goods traffic. The work of this National Platform will provide a coherent and consistent National ITS Policy covering domains such as traffic and parking management, enforcement, and security.

 

First e-court of Jammu & Kashmir inaugurated in Srinagar

First e-court of Jammu & Kashmir inaugurated in Srinagar

  1. In the term of the digital system of the field of judiciary, the first paperless e-court has been inaugurates and initiated at Jammu and Kashmir High Court’s Srinagar wing on Thursday.
  2. This court will start functioning from Monday, September 25, and will use digitized case records thereby bringing down paper and space required to maintain the records, government said in a statement.
    1. “The e-court would provide an electronic case list (e-case list) before the presiding judge to make digital noting on a computer that has electronic case records. The case records and notings would be synchronized in the available database,” the statement read.
  3. Chief Justice of the High Court, Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed, while inaugurating the e-court project said it will help litigants as well as advocates to know the status of different cases speedily.
  4. “It is the memorable and historic day in the State when the whole world is digitized we are not now behind digital revolution,” Justice Durrez said.
  5. “Digitization of records will help to keep our records up to date as well as the records will not vanish because of natural disasters like we witnessed earlier in 2014 floods,” he said.
  6. Justice Durrez thanked Chief Secretary B B Vyas for the quick response and providing timely funds for the completion of the project, which took only four months to accomplish.

KEYS:

  1. Jammu and Kashmir is a state in northern India, often denoted by the acronym J&K
  2. It is located mostly in the Himalayan mountains, and shares borders with the states of Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south
  3. Districts: 22
  4. Chief minister: Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed
  5. Capitals: Srinagar (Summer), Jammu (Winter)

 

Govt launches campaign to sensitise women about cancer on the theme “Nurturing the Nurturer”

  1. FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) has been going to launch the world wide program of the health with the theme “Nurturing the Nurturer” and in that there will be the firstly will be focus on the breast, cervical and other forms of cancer related to women here on September 21, 2017.
  2. The health Initiative has been launched at the partnership with Apollo Hospitals group has been designed to sensitize women about importance of screening for various types of women specific cancers including breast, cervix, ovary, gall bladder, lung, thyroid and mouth.
  3. “FLO, as the oldest women business Chamber, has contributed significantly over the last 34 years towards economic empowerment of women in India has taken up the mandate to assess the current state of cancer care for women in India and identify key imperatives and recommendations for industry stakeholders that will enable effective management of the disease over the medium term.” Said Ms Vasvi Bharat Ram, President , FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO)
  4. “With cancer cases on the rise in the country, the government plans to set up 27 cancer centres in the coming days. The centres will be in addition to already functioning and upgraded in various medical colleges and districts since the government floated the scheme,” she said.
  5. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, Health and Family Welfare, GOI will also come as a guest in this launch ceremony. Three inspirational women will be felicitated with the FLO Cancer Crusader Awards – Dr. Vijay Bharthi Rangarajan, Neerja Malik, and cine star Lisa Ray during the event .
  6. Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson, Apollo Hospitals Group and Dr. Sameer Kaul, surgical oncologist from Apollo Hospitals will grace the occasion.
  7. Vijaya Bharathi Rangarajan is the Founder of CAN-STOP (Cancer Support Therapy to Overcome Pain). Dr. Vijaya Bharathi Rangarajan is the Trustee & Director – Community Services at Sundaram Medical Foundation (SMF). A Dentist by profession, Heads the Dental Department of SMF.

 

Bollywood movie ‘Newton’ becomes India’s official entry for Oscars 2018

Bollywood movie ‘Newton’ becomes India’s official entry for Oscars 2018

  1. Bollywood film ‘Newton’ has get the entry in the foreign categories award which is called as the biggest award in the field of cinematography that is 2018 Oscars.
  2. Rajkummar Rao, is the actor as the lead role in the ‘Newton’, took to Twitter to share the news. He said, “Very happy to share this news that #NEWTON is India’s official entry to the #OSCARS this year. Congratulations team.”
  3. Talking to the media, Rajkummar said, “I am elated and super thrilled. The kind of response we are getting for the film in India is so good and now, an Oscar submission, it’s huge. I am very happy to represent India at Oscars. I hope the film makes it to the final list. But right now, I am very happy because we made the movie with a lot of passion, sincerity and honesty, and people are recognising that sincerity.”
  4. “It’s a huge thing that people are loving the film here because we didn’t make a big, commercial, masala entertainer. The power of the film is its story and the way it has been told. The credit goes to the team, which didn’t compromise on the story. It’s a very pure, simple and sweetly told film,” added the ‘Newton’ actor.
  5. Newton ‘director’ Amit Masurkar, who is very happy with this development, said, “The timing is so perfect. I can’t believe it. The film hits the screens today, and today is the announcement for Oscars. I just hope more people come to watch the film now. We are a 70-year-old democracy, and I am glad that with this film we could focus on the need to strengthen our democracy. It is important because there are people who are not treated at par with the rest of the country. This will help the general movie going audience also realise that this is an issue we need to address.”

KEYS:

  1. The Academy Awards, now known officially as The Oscars, is a set of twenty-four awards for artistic and technical merit in the American film industry, given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture
  2. Ceremony date: 4 March 2018
  3. Country: United States of America
  4. Presented by: Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  5. First awarded: May 16, 1929; 88 years ago

 

India to host World Congress on Adolescent Health on October

India to host World Congress on Adolescent Health on October

  1. There are around in the home there are the 253 million adolescents, India has been going to host the World Congress on Adolescent Health, in the next month billed as the biggest global event in adolescent health this year.
  2. This event has been held every four years, the International Association for Adolescent Health’s 11th World Congress on Adolescent Health, themed ‘Investing in Adolescent Health – the Future is Now’ will be held here from October 27-29.
  3. The Congress has been taking the step of the globaly of the areas of global adolescent health, which include leading causes of death among adolescents, together with road traffic injuries and self-harm, interpersonal violence, communicable diseases and teenage pregnancy.
  4. Tobacco, alcohol and many of the drugs that has been use by the many of the adults and the child and there are many of the adolescents along with unemployment, accidents, depression and suicide will be also discussed. This event has been taking under the facility of the Ministry of Health and MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child is hosting the World Congress with a consortium of partners.
  5. It is said that there is the well-known of the risk for health, increasingly adolescence is now recognized as a period of opportunity for health, in which individuals gain the assets and resources to sustain health across the life-course, Dr Sunil Mehra, Executive Director, MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child said.
  6. “Adolescents need to be at the centre of future investment in health and education for sustainable development,” Mehra said.
  7. Professor Susan Sawyer, President, International Association for Adolescent Health, said, “This meeting couldn’t be better timed, as never has there been such global recognition of the importance of advancing the health and well being of adolescents, including in India.”
  8. The World Congress has been giving its efforts at the 800 international and national delegates including adolescent health experts from across the globe, representatives from ministry of health, national and global representatives of UN organizations and national and international NGO among others.

KEYS:

  1. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is an Indian government ministry charged with health policy in India
  2. It is also responsible for all government programs relating to family planning in India
  3. Jurisdiction: India
  4. Headquarters: A Wing, Nirman Bhawan, Maulana Azad Road, New Delhi – 110 011
  5. Cabinet minister: Jagat Prakash Nadda
  6. Minister of state: Anupriya Patel, Faggan Singh Kulaste
  7. Programs: Central Government Health Scheme, MORE
  8. Departments: Department of AIDS Control, Department of Health Research

 

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

Exercise Panda-Kangaroo 2017: Chinese, Australian conducted 1st joint drills in China

Exercise Panda-Kangaroo 2017: Chinese, Australian conducted 1st joint drills in China

  1. Chinese and Australian soldiers has finished the event of the series of the military exercises in the mountainous terrain of southwestern China.
  2. A defense ministry statement said the small training maneuvers “Exercise Panda-Kangaroo 2017” were the first of the drill that has been join the countries have held in China.
  3. Ten soldiers from each country’s army has taken the part in this, which lasted 10 days and ended yesterday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. The training in Yunnan province included mountainous marches, moving through natural obstacles and field survival.
  4. Australia and China do over $100 billion in trade annually, but Australia is also an important US military ally at a time when Beijing expands its global influence.

KEYS:

  1. Australia is a country and continent surrounded by the Indian and Pacific oceans
  2. Its major cities – Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide – are coastal
  3. Its capital, Canberra, is inland
  4. The country is known for its Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, a vast interior desert wilderness called the Outback, and unique animal species like kangaroos and duck-billed platypuses.
  5. Capital: Canberra
  6. Dialing code: +61
  7. Currency: Australian dollar
  8. Points of interest: Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour Bridge,

Science and Technology

University of Manchester in UK created World’s first ‘molecular robot’

University of Manchester in UK created World’s first ‘molecular robot’

  1. Scientists has developed the world’s first ‘molecular robot’ – millionth of a millimeter in size that is used to build molecules and may help discover novel drugs.
  2. Professor David Leigh, who led the research at University is School of Chemistry, explains, “All matter is made up of atoms and these are the basic building blocks that form molecules. Our robot is literally a molecular robot constructed of atoms just like you can build a very simple robot out of Lego bricks. The robot then responds to a series of simple commands that are programmed with chemical inputs by a scientist. It is similar to the way robots are used on a car assembly line. Those robots pick up a panel and position it so that it can be riveted in the correct way to build the bodywork of a car. So, just like the robot in the factory, our molecular version can be programmed to position and rivet components in different ways to build different products, just on a much smaller scale at a molecular level.”
  3. Prof Leigh says, “Molecular robotics represents the ultimate in the miniaturization of machinery. Our aim is to design and make the smallest machines possible. This is just the start but we anticipate that within 10 to 20 years molecular robots will begin to be used to build molecules and materials on assembly lines in molecular factories.”
  4. Prof Leigh added, “The robots are assembled and operated using chemistry. This is the science of how atoms and molecules react with each other and how larger molecules are constructed from smaller ones. It is the same sort of process scientists use to make medicines and plastics from simple chemical building blocks. Then, once the nano-robots have been constructed, they are operated by scientists by adding chemical inputs which tell the robots what to do and when, just like a computer program.”

KEYS:

  1. The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester
  2. Address: Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
  3. Total enrollment: 39,700 (2015)
  4. Chancellor: Lemn Sissay MBE
  5. Phone: +44 161 306 6000
  6. Founded: 1 October 2004
  7. Undergraduate tuition and fees: Domestic tuition: 9,250 GBP (2017), International tuition: 21,000 GBP (2017)
  8. Colors: Blue, Purple, Gold

 

SPORTS

SAFF U-18 Championship 2017: Bhutan 0-3 India: Blues prey on hosts to notch up first win

SAFF U-18 Championship 2017: Bhutan 0-3 India: Blues prey on hosts to notch up first win

  1. India U18s has opened its race at the match against the match of the Bhutan U18s in the 2017 SAFF Championships with a 0-3 win at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimpu on Friday.
  2. Lalawmpuia (38′ and 79′) scored a brace and in the second-half substitute Asish Rai (90+1′) ensured a return of three points for the Colts .
  3. Head coach Floyd Pinto has created the head that will change the 3-4 defeat at the hands of Bangladesh in the opening round. Jayananda Singh Moirangthem, Lalliansanga Renthlei, Lalengzama Vangchhia and Asish Rai were all dropped. Deepak Tangri, Abhishek Halder, Pranjal Bhumij and Namgyal Bhutia were ushered in.
  4. This was of the India’s level that will show itself around the world as the neighbour’s prowess on the field. Abhishek Halder had the first real chance of the game when his shot kissed the woodwork in the 19th minute.

 

OBITUARY

Liliane Bettencourt, world’s richest woman passed away at 94.

Liliane Bettencourt, world’s richest woman passed away at 94.

  1. The world’s richest woman and heiress to the L’Oreal cosmetics fortune has been died at the age of 94 years.
  2. “In this painful moment for us, I would like to reiterate, on behalf of our family, our entire commitment and loyalty to L’Oreal and to renew my confidence in its President Jean-Paul Agon and his teams worldwide,” Bettencourt Meyers told the the report to the media an email statement.
  3. Bettencourt’s father, Eugène Schueller, has founded the cosmetic giant L’Oreal. After the death of him in the year 1957 she became the head of the company, and following the move to go public she remained the largest shareholder in L’Oreal.
  4. In March of this year Forbes given the rank herself as the richest female on the planet, the second time in as many years; it even reported that her fortune had increased by $3.4billion in just 12 months.
  5. “In this painful moment for us, I would like to reiterate, on behalf of our family, our entire commitment and loyalty to L’Oreal and to renew my confidence in its President Jean-Paul Agon,” Bettencourt Meyers said

KEYS:

  1. L’Oréal S.A. is a French cosmetics company headquartered in Clichy, Hauts-de-Seine with a registered office in Paris
  2. Headquarters: Clichy, France
  3. Customer service: 022 6700 3000
  4. Stock price: OR (EPA) € 180.95 +4.35 (+2.46%)
  5. 22 Sep, 5:36 PM GMT+2 – Disclaimer
  6. Founder: Eugène Schueller
  7. Founded: 30 July 1909
  8. CEO: Jean Paul Agon (25 Apr 2006–)
  9. Subsidiaries: Lancôme, The Body Shop, Urban Decay, Kiehl’s,

 

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