Current Affairs 24 January 2019

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Current Affairs 24 January 2019

Current Affairs :National

1.Nitin Gadkari to inaugurate first inter-state bridge in J&K

Union minister Nitin Gadkari will inaugurate the 1.2 km-long Keediyan-Gandiyal bridge on the Ravi river in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir.The inter-state bridge was built at a cost of nearly Rs 150 crore in a span of three and a half years linking secluded areas of Kathua district with Punjab.The bridge would strengthen the inter-state connectivity besides giving a boost to the social as well as economical development of the people living in the adjoining areas.

2.Indian Navy Coordinates Largest Ever Coastal Defence Exercise

The Indian Navy commenced the largest coastal defence exercise off the Indian coast . Exercise SEA VIGIL, a first of its kind, is being undertaken along the entire 7516.6 km coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone of India and is involving all the 13 coastal States and Union Territories along with all maritime stakeholders, including the fishing and coastal communities.

3.India set to surpass China to become second-largest oil demand centre in 2019

India will surpass China to become the second-largest oil demand growth centre globally in 2019 on the back of buoyant auto fuel and LPG consumption, research and consultancy group Wood Mackenzie.In a report, Wood Mackenzie said India’s oil demand growth recovered strongly in 2018.

4.Arunachal govt declares Pakke Hornbill Fest as ‘state festival’

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Pema Khandu declared Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) as the “State Festival” at Seijosa in East Kameng district, Arunachal Pradesh. Pakke Paga Hornbill Festival (PPHF) is only conservation festival of Arunachal Pradesh.The PPHF festival was celebrated first time in 2015 to recognize the role played by the resident Nyishi tribe in conserving hornbills in the Pakke Tiger Reserve (PTR).

5.Andhra Pradesh cabinet decides to give quota for Kapus community

The Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to include 5 per cent quota for Kapus of the 10 per cent under the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) reservations, brought in by the Centre, has stirred a hornet’s nest in a already charged up political environment in the election-bound State.Kapus are primarily an agrarian community, forming a heterogeneous peasant caste. They are classified as a Forward Caste in Andhra Pradesh, where they are the dominant community in the districts of East Godavari and West Godavari.

Current Affairs:International

6.Israel, US successfully test ballistic missile interceptors

The Israeli and US defence ministries today said, they have successfully tested ballistic missile interceptors deployed at Israeli airbases. The tests came a day after the latest deadly exchange of fire between Israel and Iranian forces operating in Syria.The Arrow 3 interceptor system, designed to shoot down missiles above the atmosphere, was deployed at air force bases across Israel two years ago

7.Novel system can produce electricity, fuel from CO2

Scientists have developed a system that can produce electricity and hydrogen fuel from carbon dioxide — the main contributor of global warming. The Hybrid Na-CO2 system can continuously produce electrical energy and hydrogen through efficient carbon dioxide (CO2) conversion with stable operation for over 1,000 hours

8.Facebook to Set Up Institute for AI Ethics with Initial Investment of $7.5 Million

Social media giant Facebook announced that it will create an independent Institute for Ethics in Artificial intelligence (AI) with an initial investment of $7.5 million over a period of five years. Technical University of Munich (TUM) in Germany will collaborate with this project which aims to explore fundamental issues affecting the use and impact of AI.

Current Affairs:Sports

9.Mohammed Shami becomes fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets

Mohammed Shami edged former India seamers Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ajit Agarkar and Javagal Srinath to become quickest to 100 ODI wickets for the country.The Indian record was previously held by Irfan Pathan, who got there in his 59th match, against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2006.

10.Former India hockey player Raghbir Bhola passes away

Former India hockey player Raghbir Singh Bhola, a two-time Olympic medallist, passed away on January 21, 2019 at the age of 92.He served in diverse roles such as the member of the IHF selection committee, FIH international umpire, manager of the Indian hockey team, TV commentator and government observer at the Olympic Games.

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