Current Affairs Today – January, 14th, 2018 | Latest News and Updates

INDIAN AFFAIRS

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched its 42nd Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)

  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Friday has launched a Cartosat-2 series weather observation satellite successfully, and with that also the 30 other spacecraft, by using the its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), that has taken from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  2. “PSLV successfully launches 31 satellites in a single flight. ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 42nd flight, successfully launched the 710-kg Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite, along with 30 co-passenger satellites today (January 12, 2018) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota,” Isro said in a statement on Friday.
  3. The PSLV-C40 successfully set the Cartosat-2 series satellite in the orbit of the sun system, Isro added. Friday’s successful launch has start from the four months after Isro’s PSLV-C39 failed following a technical snag involving its heat shield.
  4. PSLV-C40 lifted off at 9.28am and flown in the sky as a uplift. There has the proper sequence of the flight, each of which was applauded by ISRO scientists; the four-stage rocket first injected the Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation into a 505-km polar sun synchronous orbit about 17 minutes after lift-off.

 

India Tops Domestic Air Traffic Demand at 16.4% in November: IATA

  1. India’s domestic air passenger traffic has increased by the 16.4 percent in November in the last year 2017, topping the growth chart worldwide, global aviation body, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said on Thursday.
  2. The IATA, has set at the point of the mainly of the, said India has started to witness double-digit growth for the 39th consecutive month.
  3. The ASK for India was at 10.4 per cent, that is at the second, China where capacity grew by 12.9 per cent, according to the IATA’s monthly data. “The airline industry is in a good place entering 2018. November’s strong demand gives the industry momentum.
  4. The number of unique city-pair connections now tops 20,000. Passengers not only have more travel choices than ever, the cost of travel in real terms has never been cheaper,” IATA’s Director General and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac said.

 

5th Bilateral Meeting between India and Malaysia Held in New Delhi

  1. The 5th Bilateral Technical has taken the meeting of the topic of the Traditional Systems of Medicine between Govt. of India and Malaysia was held on Thursday at New Delhi which was a part of agreement signed between both countries in 2010.
  2. The Meeting was presided by Sh. Pramod Kumar Pathak, Joint Secretary, and Ministry of AYUSH from Indian side and Deputy Director General Health (Medical), Ministry of Health Malaysia.

KEYS:

The Meeting had discussed the following agenda:-

  1. Establishment of Ayurveda Chair in University of UTAR, Malaysia
  2. Professional training in Panchakarma therapy for Malaysian experts in India
  3. The evaluation of safety and efficacy of combination Ayurvedic/ traditional products for clinical trials.
  4. Safety evaluation of Ayurvedic products based on Good Laboratory Practices (GLP)
  5. Bilateral MoU between National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB), Ministry of AYUSH and Malaysia for Cooperation in the field of Medicinal Plants.
  6. Registration of Homeopathic Practitioner and their capacity-building module in Malaysia.

 

INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

China Becomes Nepal’s 2nd Internet Service Provider

  1. Nepal has been going to get the bandwidth of Internet from the China from Friday, that is the ending of the Himalayan nation’s sole dependence on India for connecting to the cyber space.
  2. State-owned telecom company Nepal Telecom (NT) said has said that the network that is spread at the ground network that all has connect to the Nepal with Chinese bandwidth from January 12.
  3. “The process of acquiring internet bandwidth from China has been completed. The commercial operation of the Nepal- China optical fiber link will begin from Friday,” said Prativa Baidhya, spokesperson for NT.
  4. Still the, Nepal Telecom did not disclose the actual volume of Chinese internet bandwidth that Nepal that will receive. The public has made this detail after a formal inauguration tomorrow, she added.
  5. In the month of December, in the year 2016, NT had reached an agreement with China Telecom to acquire internet bandwidth. NT had begun the test transmission of the project from the first week of September last year.

 

UN Environment and WHO Agreed to Major Collaboration on Environmental Health Risks

  1. UN Environment and the World Health Organization has signed the new agreement of the, wide-ranging collaboration to boost the work of the curb environmental health risks that cause an estimated 12.6 million deaths a year.
  2. On Friday at the Nairobi, Mr. Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, has signed an agreement to step up joint actions to combat air pollution, climate change and antimicrobial resistance, as well as improve coordination on waste and chemicals management, water quality, and food and nutrition issues.
  3. The collaboration has also comes with the joint management of the Breathe Life advocacy campaign to reduce air pollution for multiple climate, environment and health benefits.
  4. Besides this there has the some of the areas that is of the, this represents the most significant formal agreement on joint action across the spectrum of environment and health issues in over 15 years.

BANKING AND FINANCE

IndusInd Bank to Introduce India’s First Battery-Powered Interactive Payment Card

  1. IndusInd Bank and Dynamics Inc. on Friday at the eve of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) has announced the plans for the launch of the first battery-powered, interactive payment cards to the Indian market in 2018.
  2. The new IndusInd Bank card from Dynamics has many of the buttons that has the consumers use a single card to pay in multiple ways. By only the touch of the button the user can select credit, points or monthly instalments as payment option. A different colour light will activate based on the selected payment option.
  3. There will no any change in the method of the payment infrastructure or merchant systems. Any of the user will be given the option of the pay by the points or installment anywhere Mastercard is accepted.
  4. The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) recognized IndusInd Bank and Dynamics with four CES Innovation awards including the Best of Innovation Award for Security and honoree awards for Computers, Embedded Technologies, and Technologies for a Better World. This marks the first time in history an Indian Bank has been awarded the consumer electronics industry’s most prestigious award.

KEYS:

  1. IndusInd Bank Limited is a Mumbai based Indian new generation bank, established in 1994
  2. The bank offers commercial, transactional and electronic banking products and services
  3. Customer service: 1860 500 5004
  4. Headquarters: Mumbai
  5. CEO: Romesh Sobti (1 Feb 2011–)
  6. Owner: Hinduja Group

 

India a top borrower from China-sponsored AIIB in 2017

  1. India has the top of the barrower from the neighobour country China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) with USD 1.5 billion worth of loans last year and USD three billion more in the pipeline.
  2. India’s Ambassador Gautam Bambawale on Friday has met from the AIIB President Jin Liqun in Beijing and held in-depth talks on deepening India’s engagements with the bank.
  3. In that they also get the changes in the view of the prospectus of the next annual meet of AIIB, which will be held in Mumbai in June this year, the Indian Embassy said in a statement. The vice president and chief investment officer of the bank, DJ Pandian has also present in the meeting.
  4. Bambawale’s meeting with Jin, a former Vice Finance Minister of China assumed significance as the China-sponsored bank has permitted the worth of USD 1.5 billion worth of loans for various infrastructure projects last year the highest compared to all the countries, officials told PTI here.

 

Science and Technology

ISRO successfully launches its 100th satellite

  1. The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) on Friday has launched a Cartosat-2 series weather observation satellite, successfully and with that 30 other spacecraft, using its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C40), that has given the uplift by the Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.
  2. “PSLV successfully launches 31 satellites in a single flight. Isro’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 42nd flight, successfully launched the 710-kg Cartosat-2 series remote sensing satellite, along with 30 co-passenger satellites today (January 12, 2018) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota,” Isro said in a statement on Friday.
  3. The PSLV-C40 with no issue has placed the Cartosat-2 series satellite in a sun synchronous orbit, Isro added. On Friday’s successful launch has come up with the four months after Isro’s PSLV-C39 failed following a technical snag involving its heat shield.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi given the congratulation to the Isro scientists for the successful launch, saying the moment signified the country’s “bright future” in its space programme.

SPORTS

Sarjubala Devi claims gold in National Women’s Boxing Championship

  1. Former world silver-medalist Sarjubala Devi who plays in the 48kg category, and representing the Manipur state, has clinch gold as well as the best boxer trophy and also the Railways Sports Promotion Board emerged overall champions in the National Women’s Boxing Championships.
  2. Sarjubala has comes at the past Haryana’s Ritu 3-2 to clinch Manipur’s lone gold medal and her second successive national title.

KEYS:

  1. Light Fly (45-48KG): Rajesh Narwal (RSPB) bt Monika (Har) 3:2.
  2. Bantam (51-54KG): Meena Kumari (AIP) bt Manisha (Har) 5:0;
  3. Light Welter (60-64KG): Pwilao Basumatary (RSPB) bt Simranjit Kaur (Pun) 5:0;
  4. Welter (64-69KG): Pooja (RSPB) bt Lovlina Borgohain (Asm) 3:2;
  5. Middle (69-75KG): Pooja Rani (Har) bt Alari Boro (Asm) 5:0;
  6. Light Heavy (75-81KG): Bhagyabati Kachari (RSPB) bt Kalawanti (Har) 4:1;
  7. Heavy (82KG): Seema Poonia (RSPB) bt Kavita Chahal (AIP) 5:0;
  8. Fly (48-51KG): Sh Sarju Bala (Man) bt Ritu (Har) 3:2
  9. Feather (54-57KG): Sonia Lather (RSPB) bt Shashi Chopra (Har) 5:0;
  10. Light (57-60KG): L Sarita Devi (AIP) bt Pavitra (RSPB).

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

V J Mathew Appointed Maritime Board Chairman

  1. The Kerala Maritime Board that has constituted by the government for the administration, control, and management of the port that are the small in the State will have V.J. Mathew as the first chairperson. The State Cabinet on Thursday decided to appoint him to the post.
  2. Prakash Iyer (Kochi), M.P. Shibu (Cherthala), M.K. Uthaman (Alappuzha), and V. Manilal (Kollam) will be given the name in the government nominees on the board.
  3. Mathew is the legal adviser to Vizhinjam International Seaport Limited and co-president of the Indian Maritime Association.

OBITUARY

Eminent Hindi author Doodhnath Singh passes away

  1. Eminent Hindi writer Doodhnath Singh, the winner of the Bharat Bharti award, has died here early on Friday at the age of 81 years.
  2. Singh was admitted in the hospital in the month of October 2017 cancer, after he was admitted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. In the month of December, he was shifted to the Phoenix hospital here.
  3. Singh’s literary journey had many milestones. He is known for his works like “Sapaat Chehre Wala Aadmi”, “Aakhri Kalaam”, “Nishkaasan”, “Bhai Ka Shok Geet”, “Dharmakshetra-Kurukshetra” and “Surang se Lautate Huye”.

IMPORTANT DAYS

Makar Sankranti

  1. Makar Sankranti is also called as the Makara Sankranthi or Maghi to trubute the solar day in the Hindu calendar and a Hindu festival in the term of the deity Surya (sun) that is comes and seen in January every year.
  2. It is celebrated as the entry of the sun’s transit into the Makara (Capricorn), and that is the sign of the end of the month that is the winter solstice and the start of longer days. Makar Sankranti is one of the festival that is seen by the solar cycles, besides this the other festival is seen by the lunar cycle of the lunisolar Hindu calendar.
  3. At the time of the solar cycle, this festival mostaly comes in the Gregorian date every year that is on January 14, except in rare years when the date shifts by a day for that year, because of the complexity of earth-sun relative movement.

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