19th January 2019 Current Affairs

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Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet Mary Oliver Passes Away

  • Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet passed away at the age of 83.
  • The cause of death was lymphoma.
  • She authored more than 15 poetry and essay collections — wrote brief, direct pieces that sang of her worship of the outdoors and disdain for greed, despoilment and other human crimes.

PM Narendra Modi Launches National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai.
  • The development of the Museum was guided by the Museum Advisory Committee headed by Shyam Benegal.
  • An innovation Committee headed by Prasoon Joshi provided an upgrade to the NMIC. Built at a cost of Rs 61 crore, the museum depicts the journey of over a century of Indian cinema in a story telling mode with the help of visuals, graphics, artifacts, interactive exhibits and multimedia expositions.

Prabhat Singh Appointed DG In NHRC

  • The Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India has appointed Senior IPS Officer Prabhat Singh as Director General (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission.
  • Singh, a 1985 batch IPS Officer of AGMUT cadre is at present Special Director, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). He has been appointed to the post for a period up to April 30, 2020.

HDFC Standard Life Insurance Renamed to HDFC Life Insurance

  • HDFC Standard Life Insurance has changed its name to HDFC Life Insurance following the receipt of relevant approvals from regulatory authorities.
  • It stated, the change in name is effective right off the bat and the company will henceforth operate under the name HDFC Life Insurance Company Ltd.

India’s 2nd Defence Innovation Hub to come Up In Nashik

  • Nashik in Maharashtra will be the site of the country’s second defence innovation hub after Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.
  • Union Minister of State for Defence Subhash Bhamre stated that the defence innovation hub at Nashik will help local industries and entrepreneurs in the country’s defence sector.
  • He added, the plan is to achieve annual arms exports of Rs 35,000 crore.

India To Host 14th Session of The Conference of Parties To UNCCD

  • India will host the 14th session of the Conference of Parties to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to address the issue of land degradation and desertification which will have participation from over 100 countries.
  • It is likely to be held in October 2019.
  • The UNCCD, established in 1994, has 197 parties working towards maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity and mitigating the effects of drought.
  • The permanent secretariat of the Convention is located in Bonn, Germany since January 1999.

Japan Launches Satellite for World’s 1st Artificial Meteor Shower

  • Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has launched Tokyo-based startup Star-ALE’s mini-satellite aimed to deliver the world’s first artificial meteor shower.
  • The satellite carries 400 tiny balls, will be enough for 20-30 events, that will glow as they rush down the atmosphere on being released.
  • ALE plans to deliver its first show in Hiroshima in early 2020.

BHEL and LIBCOIN To Build India’s 1st Lithium Ion Giga Factory

  • Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in dialogue to form a world-class consortium to initially build 1GWh lithium-ion battery plant in India. Its capacity will be scaled up to 30GWh in due course.
  • With this, India has finally taken steps into its energy security and clean energy commitment to the world.
  • BHEL will be sending a team of senior officers for the study of the facilities, R&D infrastructure and other techno-commercial issues soon.

Saksham 2019 Launched by Petroleum Ministry In New Delhi

  • ‘Saksham’, an annual high intensity one-month long people-centric mega campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) was launched by the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
  • ‘Saksham’ Cycle Day in 200 cities, Cyclothons, Workshops for drivers of commercial vehicles, Nationwide campaign through Radio, TV, Digital Cinemas, Outdoor media etc. will be conducted, with a focus on reaching out to various segments of fuel users.

Tripura Launches Project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management

  • Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched a project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management at State Forest Academy Ground in West Tripura and stated that the project would help develop the quality of forestlands and livelihood of forest dwellers in the state.
  • The project is jointly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India. JICA is providing Rs. 1,000 crores for a span of 10 years. 80% of the project would be funded by JICA while Government of India would fund 20% of the project value.

India Signs Long Term Contract with Uzbekistan For Supply of Uranium

  • India has signed a long-term contract with Uzbekistan for supply of uranium ore concentrates to widen its source base for the nuclear fuel. The contract was exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who were at the Vibrant Gujarat summit in Gandhinagar.
  • Uzbekistan is the seventh largest exporter of uranium in the world. The Exim Bank signed an agreement with Uzbekistan to extend a 200-million US dollar line of credit for financing housing and social infrastructure projects.

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurates Diffo Bridge

  • In Arunachal Pradesh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Diffo Bridge over Chipu River in Lower Dibang Valley District.
  • The bridge is 426 mts in length and its work started in 2011.
  • the inauguration of the bridge traveling from East to West in Arunachal Pradesh will become very convenient as it is also connecting highways.

Try out the quiz ?

1. In which category did Mary Oliver won Pulitzer Prize?

Correct! Wrong!

Mary Oliver, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet passed away at the age of 83. She authored more than 15 poetry and essay collections — wrote brief, direct pieces that sang of her worship of the outdoors and disdain for greed, despoilment and other human crimes.

2. Where is National Museum of Indian Cinema located?

Correct! Wrong!

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema (NMIC) in Mumbai.

3. Who appoints DG in NHRC?

Correct! Wrong!

The Department of Personnel & Training, Government of India has appointed Senior IPS Officer Prabhat Singh as Director General (Investigation) in the National Human Rights Commission.

4. What is new name for HDFC Standard Life Insurance?

Correct! Wrong!

HDFC Standard Life Insurance Renamed to HDFC Life Insurance

5. Where is India’s first Defence Innovation Hub situated?

Correct! Wrong!

Nashik in Maharashtra will be the site of the country’s second defence innovation hub after Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

6. How many parties working together in UNCCD?

Correct! Wrong!

The UNCCD, established in 1994, has 197 parties working towards maintaining and restoring land and soil productivity and mitigating the effects of drought.

7. Which country launches satellite for World’s 1st Artificial Meteor Shower?

Correct! Wrong!

Japan Launches Satellite for World’s 1st Artificial Meteor Shower

8. Which type of battery will be produced by BHEL and Libcoin together in India?

Correct! Wrong!

Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) and Libcoin are in dialogue to form a world-class consortium to initially build 1GWh lithium-ion battery plant in India. Its capacity will be scaled up to 30GWh in due course.

9. In which city Saksham 2019 Launched by Petroleum Ministry, India?

Correct! Wrong!

Saksham 2019 Launched by Petroleum Ministry in New Delhi

10. Sustainable Catchment Forest Management is jointly funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and …….

Correct! Wrong!

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb launched a project for Sustainable Catchment Forest Management at State Forest Academy Ground in West Tripura and stated that the project would help develop the quality of forestlands and livelihood of forest dwellers in the state. The project is jointly funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of India. JICA is providing Rs. 1,000 crores for a span of 10 years. 80% of the project would be funded by JICA while Government of India would fund 20% of the project value.

11. For supply which metal India signed Long Term Contract with Uzbekistan?

Correct! Wrong!

India Signs Long Term Contract with Uzbekistan For Supply of Uranium

12. Where is Diffo bridge located?

Correct! Wrong!

In Arunachal Pradesh, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman inaugurated the Diffo Bridge over Chipu River in Lower Dibang Valley District.

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