12th August 2018 Current Affairs

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Israel has opened a Visa Application Centre in Kolkata for tourists from West Bengal

  • Israel has opened a Visa Application Centre in Kolkata for tourists from West Bengal and the northeastern states to encourage more Indian travelers to visit that country.
  • Israel recently announced a reduction in visa fees to INR 1,100 rupees from its previous 1,700 charged from Indians.

AIIMS has started a wellness clinic for its medical students and doctors.

  • All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has started a wellness clinic for its medical students and doctors.
  • Medical college in India experiences the highest level of stress than students in any other country.

Civil Aviation Ministry has approved a proposal for setting up of water aerodromes in the country.

  • Civil Aviation Ministry has approved a proposal for setting up of water aerodromes in the country.
  • In the first phase, Chilika Lake in Odisha, Sardar Sarovar Dam and Sabarmati river front Ahmedabad in Gujarat have been identified for construction of water aerodromes.

NASA blasted off a $1.5 billion spacecraft toward the Sun on a historic mission .

  • The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) on Sunday blasted off a $1.5 billion spacecraft toward the Sun on a historic mission to protect the Earth by unveiling the mysteries of dangerous solar storms.
  • Lift-off took place from Space Launch Complex 37 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in the US early today.

 

ISRO has celebrated Vikram Sarabhai centenary to honour visionary scientist

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation will have a year-long Vikram Sarabhai centenary celebration starting in August 2019 to honour visionary scientist and its legendary founding father.
  • Sarabhai, the architect of the Indian space programme, the first ISRO chief and renowned cosmic ray scientist, was born on August 12, 1919.

Nirmala Sitharaman met with south korean counterpart to discuss on the issue of mutual interest.

  • Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman met with South Korean counterpart Young-Moo Song.
  • The two ministers discussed “issues of mutual interest” and ways to strengthen cooperation in defence and security.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away.

  • Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee passed away. He was 89 years old.
  • Chatterjee was the Speaker of the Lower House from 2004-09 when Manmohan Singh-led UPA- 1 (United Progressive Alliance) was in power.

Nobel Prize-winning British author V S Naipaul died.

  • Nobel Prize-winning British author V S Naipaul has died at the age of 85.
  • Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul who was born in Trinidad wrote more than 30 books and won the Nobel Literature Prize in 2001.

Geeta Mittal became first woman chief justice of Jammu and Kashmir.

  • Justice Gita Mittal became the first-ever woman Chief Justice of Jammu and Kashmir High Court.
  • She was administered the oath of office by Governor NN Vohra.

Nepal-India Literature Festival 2018 has begun in Birgunj.

  • Nepal-India Literature Festival 2018 has begun in Birgunj, Nepal.
  • The festival was inaugurated by Chief Minister of Province 2 Mohammad Lalbabu Raut.

 

 

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