Current Affairs Today
Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) has proposed the State government to provide a mobile app to drivers of the mini jetting machines to tackle sewer blockage complaints in a speedy manner and give easy access to the machines.
The app will be integrated with the complaints module of the Water Board. It will show the complaints registered under the mini jetting machines jurisdiction. With the help of complaint details, the driver will be able to know the route map of the locations where the complaint is pending. After attending the complaint, geo-tagged photographs will be captured and the complaint will automatically be closed in the system.
Aditya Jagtap won his third Professional Squash Association (PSA) title in the Bourbon Trail Challenger Tour squash at Chattanooga, USA. He defeated Andrew Schnell of Canada and secured 12-10, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6.
Aditya, ranked 120th, got past the early rounds with ease before facing third seed, Schnell. The triumph should help him move into the top 100.
Professional Squash Association (PSA):
♦ Founded: 1975
♦ Location: England, UK
♦ President: Ali Farag (for Men), Jenny Duncalf (for Women)
♦ Chairman: Ziad Al-Turki
♦ PSA is the governing body for the men's and women's professional squash circuit
♦ Over 800 players from all the 5 continents
India Meteorological Department said that the Cold wave conditions continue in Himachal Pradesh. The prominent tourist destinations have reduced to below freezing temperatures. The minimum temperature in Manali was minus 5 degrees Celsius, followed by minus 4.2 in Kufri, minus 1.5 in Dalhousie and minus 0.2 deg C in Shimla.
India Meteorological Department
♦ Formed on: 1875
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Functions under: Ministry of Earth Sciences
♦ Minister responsible: Harsh Vardhan
♦ Director General: K.J. Ramesh
The Union Cabinet is to approve a relief package for farmers grappling with falling prices and to tackle distress in the farm sector. The relief package is seen as an attempt to assuage the farming community’s discontent ahead of the general elections.
The Agriculture Ministry has recommended several options to provide both short and long-term solutions to address agrarian distress. It has also proposed is waiving interest on crop loans for farmers who pay on time, which will cost an additional Rs.15,000 crore to the exchequer.
There is also a proposal to completely waive premium for insurance on food crops. The Centre is also evaluating the scheme followed by the Telangana and Odisha governments wherein a fixed amount is transferred directly into the bank account of farmers.
The Visakhapatnam Port Trust (VPT), the only major port in India, has met its total energy requirement from solar power generated by its captive plant. It has achieved the incremental growth during the current fiscal year three months ahead of the schedule.
Now, the VPT is generating 17 million units of power per annum. After meeting the requirement of the port and its BOT operators it is selling the surplus to the Andhra Pradesh State.
GMR group is to introduce face recognition-based terminal entry system in its Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, Hyderabad. It has already conducted trials successfully involving its staff members. The airport showed 20% passenger growth every year.
In the expansion project, 26 new aircraft parking stands were commissioned for airside capacity enhancement. This one of the major recent milestones in the airport’s journey towards expansion. It acquired Level 3+ carbon neutrality status from Airports Council International for the third time in a row.
Other initiatives of the airport are:
♦ Waste recycling
♦ Composting plant
♦ Water conservation measures
Shriyanka Sadangi and Akhil Sheoran won gold in the mixed air rifle event in the H&N Cup international shooting championship which was held in Munich, Germany. The H&N Cup is organized and conducted by the Bavarian Sport Shooting Federation (BSSB).
Air rifle: Men: 1. Dane Sampson (Aus) 248.6 (630.6); 2. Alin Moldoveanu (Rou) 248.3 (630.4); 3. Sergey Richter (Isr) 228.1 (630.8); 4. Deepak Kumar 206.8 (630.4); 13. Akhil Sheoran 628.4.
Mixed: 1. India (Shriyanka Sadangi, Akhil Sheoran) 502.9 (840.7); 2. Russia-2 (Daria Vdovina, Vladimir Maslennikov) 500.9 (842.4); 3. Russia (Anastasia Galashina, Aleksandr Driagin) 437.1 (843.2).
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu approved Rs.3,000 crore on the Backward Classes. The fund is for the upgradation of federations to corporations and setting up new corporations for castes that come under the BC. category.
Besides upgrading the 11 BC federations, new corporations would be set up for Agnikula Kshatriya, Toorpu Kapu, Yadava, Kuraba Settibalija (including Gowda and Eediga castes), Koppula Velama, Neta, Kalinga, Gavara and Gandla castes.
♦ Capital: Amaravati
♦ Governor: E.S.L.Narasimhan
♦ Chief Minister: N Chandrababu Naidu
♦ Official language: Telugu
Australian T20 cricket team “Brisbane Heat” won their maiden Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL) title by defeating Sydney Sixers in the final by three wickets at Drummoyne Oval in Sydney, Australia.
Sydney Sixers opted to bat first but couldn’t get off to a flying start that they unusually followed throughout the season and could score only 131 runs which was chased by Brisbane Heat with four ball remaining.
Beth Mooney from ‘Brisbane Heat’ was awarded as the Player of the match for her knock of 65 runs from just 46 balls.
Ellyse Perry from “Sydney Sixers” was awarded the “Player of the tournament” for scoring highest number of runs in the tournament.
New Zealand fast bowler Ewen Chatfield, who is also known as ‘The Naenae Express’ decided to hang up his boots at the ripe age of 68.
Chatfield made this decision after he was ‘slogged’ all over the field when he turned out for Naenae Old Boys in Wellington.
Ewen Chatfield, who made his international debut for New Zealand back in 1975, played for his country in 43 Tests and 114 One-Day Internationals (ODIs).
He played alongside Sir Richard Hadlee and his last appearance for New Zealand came in 1989.
Ministry of Defence launched ‘RDP INDIA 2019’ app was launched on the 70th Republic Day. Using the mobile application, people can watch the highlights of this year’s Republic Day parade at the Rajpath.
The new initiative is in sync with the Digital India campaign of the government. The app included the information including the order of the march, details of the tableaux presented by different States and Ministries, cultural performances by children, fly past and names of recipients of Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2019.
Ministry of Defence:
♦ Formed: 1776 (as Military Department), August 1947(as Ministry of Defence)
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman
♦ Deputy Minister: Dr.Subhash Ramrao Bhamre
♦ It is responsible for coordinating and supervising all agencies and functions of the government relating directly to national security and the Indian armed forces
World Health Organization (WHO) stated more than half of the leprosy cases globally was reported by India although there is a steady decline worldwide in the number of leprosy cases which is estimated to be 2 around Lakh.
Significant leprosy cases has been detected in South-east Asia region, Brazil, Sub-Saharan Africa and Pacific apart from India.
WHO said leprosy related ‘discrimination, stigma, and prejudice’ were the most powerful barriers in ending the disease.
It also stated that disease is 100% curable if detected early.
Leprosy is a chronic infectious disease which mainly affects the skin, the peripheral nerves, mucosal surfaces of the upper respiratory tract and the eyes.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari inaugurated four-lane, 5.1-kilometer long “Atal Setu”, the third Cable bridge across river Mandovi in Panaji, Goa.
This is the third bridge across Mandovi River.
This bridge would overcome the bottlenecks and curb traffic jams at Panaji Circle and Panaji entrance.
Assam government entitled the Republic Day Journalism Award 2019 to veteran journalist and former editor Dhirendra Nath Chakraborty.
The award comprises Rupees one lakh in cash, a citation, the Assamese ‘xoraai’ (the bell metal memento presented as an honor), ‘jaapi‘ (headgear) and an angavastra.
The Forest Department has issued permission to expand Pioneer Power Corporation Ltd, a private company's mini-hydel project in the eco-sensitive zone (ESZ) of the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary in Mandya district, Karnataka. The project was rejected twice by the State Board for Wildlife.
Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change:
♦ Formed on: 1985
♦ Headquarters: New Delhi
♦ Minister: Dr. Harsh Vardhan
♦ MoEF is responsible for planning, promoting, coordinating, and overseeing the implementation of environmental and forestry programmes in the country
♦ Conservation and survey of the flora of India and fauna of India, forests and other wilderness areas
The Pakistan government declared sugarcane juice as the “national drink” of the country.
The government of Pakistan declared sugarcane juice as the nation juice of Pakistan.
The Poll includes three option including orange juice, carrot juice, and sugarcane juice. But it is sugarcane juice which won the poll with 81 percent votes.
Over 7,600 people participated in the poll and declared sugarcane as national drink ok Pakistan with 81 percent votes.
An expert programme ‘Operation Olympics’ managed by Kerala’s Sports Department and State Sports Council was commenced to train 123 athletes in 11 disciplines for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The programme has the objective to provide international standard training to the athletes with the help of eminent trainers from both India and abroad.
Under the Programme, Expert training will be provided in athletics, boxing, cycling, swimming, shooting, wrestling, badminton, fencing, rowing and archery.
Training in wrestling, cycling, swimming, and boxing has been started at the various stadium in Thiruvananthapuram district whereas training for other streams will be at Kollam, Ernakulam, Alappuzha and Kannur districts.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched ‘Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ for youths of the weak section in urban areas of Madhya Pradesh
The scheme was launched in Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh
The main aim is to provide employment to the youth belonging to the weaker section of the society mainly in urban areas of the state.
Under this scheme, 100 days of employment will be provided.
The Oxford Dictionaries announced that the word ‘Nari Shakti’ which is derived from Sanskrit has been chosen as the Hindi Word of the year for 2018.
The Announcement was made during a session at Jaipur Literature Festival which is being held at Diggi Palace in Jaipur, Rajasthan.