Daily GK Update: 18th January 2020

Govt awards over Rs 2000 cr for completing Z Morh tunnel

  • A Concession Agreement for completing the 6.5-kilometre long Z-Morh tunnel in Jammu and Kashmir was signed today in New Delhi.
  • Under the agreement, the two-lane bi-directional tunnel with parallel escape tunnel will be completed in 3.5 years at a cost of 2379 Crore rupees.
  • The project includes construction, operation and maintenance of the tunnel with approaches on NH-1 at Srinagar-Sonmarg-Gumri Road from 61 kilometres to 89.30 kilometres on Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer Annuity basis. Z-Morh Tunnel will provide all-weather road connectivity to Sonmarg tourist spot in Jammu and Kashmir.

Source: News Services Division

Prakash Javadekar inaugurates ELECRAMA 2020, a flagship showcase of electrical industry in India

  • Union Minister for Heavy Industries Prakash Javadekar today asked the power industry to focus on the quality of electrical equipment.
  • He said, fire incidents in many cases are caused by the poor quality of equipment and faulty wiring.
  • He urged the industry to become a part of the production chain and not just a supplier of spare parts.
  • Mr. Javadekar was inaugurating ELECRAMA 2020, the flagship showcase of the Indian electrical industry, in Greater Noida. He said, the electrical industry is a platform to facilitate the world to connect with India in technology and innovation.
  • Mr Javadekar said, the annual growth of energy should be ten percent even if the country’s economy grows at the rate of six percent annually.  He further said, the power industry must aim at benefiting society.

Source: News Services Division

Industrial Meet of ‘Wings India’-Asia’s largest Civil Aviation Event held at Bengaluru

  • Indian aviation and technology leaders gathered for the aviation industry meet ahead of “Wings India 2020”, in Bengaluru on Saturday evening.  Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Usha Padhee, JS, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Dr S Unnikrishnan Nair, Chairman, Director, Human Space Flight Centre ISRO along with other senior government officials graced the occasion.
  • Addressing the event, Pradeep Singh Kharola, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation said: “Over the last decade, India has witnessed a robust civil aviation market, and through this event we aim to provide a congenial forum that will cater to the rapidly changing dynamics of the sector, focusing on new business acquisition, investments, policy formation and regional connectivity.”

Source: PsuWatch.com

WHO endorses India’s TB test TrueNat for more accuracy

  • In a matter of pride for Indian scientists, the WHO Global TB Programme has included an indigenously developed TrueNat tuberculosis technology, developed by them, to detect TB and multi-drug resistant TB in view of its high diagnostic accuracy. TrueNat gives results within an hour while the conventional TB tests take at least 24 to 48 hours.
  • According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Director General Dr Balram Bhargava, the endorsement of the technology by WHO would enable low and middle-income countries to procure TrueNat for tuberculosis and Rifampicin resistance, thus supporting elimination of the disease in developing countries.
  • The TrueNat TB test, is already part of the National TB Elimination Programme in India.

Source: The Pioneer

Amazon aims to create 1 million jobs by 2025

  • Amazon said it’s looking to create 1 million new direct and indirect jobs in India by 2025, a day after industry and commerce minister Piyush Goyal said the world’s largest online retailer wasn’t doing any favours by investing $1 billion in the country.
  • The jobs will be in areas such as information technology, infrastructure, logistics and across its entire ecosystem, the company said in a release. Amazon has created more than 700,000 direct and indirect jobs through its investments in the country since 2013, it said.

Source: The Economic Times

Russia starts making S-400 missiles for India, to be delivered by 2025

  • Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that a contract will shortly be finalised for joint production of Kamov light weight multi-role military helicopters for India
  • Russia on Friday said it has started production of S-400 long-range surface-to-air missile systems for India and all the five units will be delivered by 2025.
  • Russian Deputy Chief of Mission Roman Babushkin also said that a contract will shortly be finalised for joint production of Kamov light weight multi-role military helicopters for India.

Source: Business Standard

DV Sadananda Gowda launches APNA UREA – SonaUgle” brand of HURL

  • Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda today launched the APNA UREA – Sona Ugle brand of Hindustan Urvarak and Rasayan Limited (HURL) at a function in New Delhi.
  • HURL is Joint Venture Company promoted by the three Maha Ratna Companies – Coal India Limited, NTPC Limited and Indian Oil Corporation Limited.
  • Mr Gowda said, with the objective of making the country self-reliant in Urea, Prime Minister had directed for the revival of five major sick or shutdown fertilizer plants.

Source: News Services Division

MoU between NITI Aayog and Union Territory of Ladakh for Development of Infrastructure Projects

  • In an important initiative to promote the development of key infrastructure sectors in the newly constituted Union Territory of Ladakh, NITI Aayog entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the UT’s administration on 17 January 2020. Under this MoU, NITI Aayog will be supporting the UT’s administration through its key initiative ‘Development Support Services to States for Infrastructure Projects (D3S-i)’.
  • The MoU was executed in the presence of NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and Joint Secretary MC Jauhari. It was signed by NITI Aayog Senior Adviser Dr Yogesh Suri and Adviser to the Lieutenant Governor of Ladakh Umang Narula.

Source: Press Information Bureau