Current Affairs This Week (30-09-2018)

  • India’s biggest cyclotron facility
    India’s biggest cyclotron facility “Cyclone-30” has become operational at the Kolkata-based Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) under the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) for treatment of cancer. The facility produces a 30MeV beam that will be used to produce radioisotopes for medical for medical imaging & diagnosis.
  • Hima Das: India’s 1st Gold in the Women’s Junior 500m
    Win a gold at the world level as she clinched the top spot in the women’s 400m final race in the IAAF World Under-20 Athletics Championships. The 18-year-old Das, a pre-tournament favourite, clocked 51.46s to win the gold, which triggered a wild celebration at the Indian camp.
  • 1st-ever General Assembly of the ISA
    The first-ever General Assembly of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) will be held at Delhi-NCR from 2nd October 2018. The India and France-led ISA — international treaty-based alliance of 121 solar-rich nations — had become a legal entity in December 2017.
  • India’s 1st indigenously developed 500-mw prototype
    India’s first indigenously developed 500-megawatt (mw) prototype fast breeder reactor at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu is expected to achieve criticality in 2019. The reactor was designed by the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR).
  • India’s first-ever online and centralised NDSO
    India’s first-ever online and centralised National Database on Sexual Offenders has been launched by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. With this, India will become the 9th country in the world to maintain such a database. The database will have a record of the name, photographs, address, fingerprint and other details of convicted sexual offenders.
  • Nepal becomes first country to double its tiger population
    According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), an organisation dealing with wildlife conservation and endangered species, this news can help Nepal become the first country to double its national tiger population since the ambitious TX2, a goal to double tiger numbers in the wild by 2022.
  • Sikkim’s first airport at Pakyong
    The airport is spread over 201 acres and is located on top of a hill about two km above Pakyong village at 4,500 feet above sea level.Integrated structures comprising an ATC tower-cum-fire station, two sophisticated CFT, one terminal building for passengers, high-intensity runway lights, parking for over 50 vehicles are some of the features of the airport.
  • World’s largest state-funded Ayushman Bharat health scheme
    Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana launched from Ranchi. The scheme aims to provide free secondary and tertiary care to 50 cr people across the country. Beneficiaries can access healthcare at govt and private hospitals, with no cap on family size, age or restriction on pre-existing conditions.
  • Scientists grow human esophagus in lab
    Advancement from researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Center for Stem Cell and Organoid Medicine (CuSTOM). The center is developing new ways to study birth defects and diseases that affect millions of people with gastrointestinal disorders, such as gastric reflux, cancer, etc.
  • #LooReview Campaign
    The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, under the aegis of Swachh Bharat Mission- Urban, has partnered with Google to launch the Loo Review campaign to encourage all local guides in India to rate and review public toilets on Google Maps. India with more than 30,000 toilets with the name of “SBM Toilet” are currently live on Google Maps.
  • Govt launches Rail heritage digitisation: Google
    project in collaboration with Google. First-of-its-kind project that aims to showcase India’s rail heritage to the national and international audience in an online story-telling platform.It is also largest cultural heritage digitisation project in India and possibly in entire Asia Pacific Region.
  • World Rabies Day: September 28
    To raise awareness about rabies disease and its preventable measures. The 2018 theme was ‘Rabies: Share the message. Save a life’. Observance of the day seeks to raise awareness about the impact of rabies on animals and human beings. It also seeks to share information on how to prevent disease and highlight progress in defeating this horrifying disease.
  • Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013
    It was passed in 2013 to constitute statutory body to inquire into allegations of corruption against public functionaries. Under it, the appointments to Lokpal is made by high-level selection committee comprising of Prime Minister, Chief Justice of India, Lok Sabha Speaker, Leader of Opposition Party and an eminent jurist chosen by them.
  • Narendra Modi, Emmanuel M: UN’s Champions of Earth Award
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron have been jointly awarded the UN highest environmental honour for their pioneering work in championing the International Solar Alliance and promoting new areas of cooperation on environmental action.
  • First multi-skills park in MP
    Multilateral lender ADB will provide USD 150 million loan for establishing the first multi-skills park in central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. The board of directors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD 150 million loan to establish the first multi-skills park in India.
  • World Tourism Day: September 27
    To raise awareness about importance of tourism. Observance of day aims to foster awareness among international community of importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.
  • World Maritime Day celebrated on September 27
    To acknowledge the maritime industry and to highlight importance of shipping safety, maritime security and marine environment and to acknowledge maritime industry.theme as “IMO 70: Our Heritage – Better Shipping for a Better Future”.
  • Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons: September 26
    The International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons is observed every year on 26 September across the world. The day aims to provide an occasion for world community to reaffirm its commitment to global nuclear disarmament as high priority.
  • Astra: Indian Air Force Successfully Test Fires Air-To-Air
    indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range Air-to-Air Missile (BVRAAM) Astra from a Su-30 aircraft, the Defence Ministry said.
    The missile, tested at Kalaikunda Air Force Station, “successfully engaged a manoeuvring target with high precision meeting the mission objectives”.




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