Daily GK Update: 27th December 2019

Ladakhi New Year being celebrated with traditional fervor & enthusiasm

  • People in Ladakh region are celebrating Ladakhi New Year, Losar with festive fervor, today. Ladakh Lieutenant Governor RK Mathur participated in the celebrations, organized by the Ladakh Buddhist Association and Leh Hill Council, in Leh.
  • Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mathur said Ladakh is made Union Territory with an objective of protecting the culture, tradition, ecology and economy of the region.  He said, as UT Ladakh will be the Crown of the country.
  • This is first Losar Ladakh Region celebrating as Union Territory. Our correspondent reports that Daring the minus 20 degrees temperature in Leh, People have gathered at Chokang Vihara for Losar celebrations in traditional attrire.

Source: News Services Division

MiG 27 to pass into history, its last squadron to be decommissioned in Jodhpur on Friday

  • Indian Air Forces’s “lethal” fighter aircraft Mig-27, which proved to be “ace attacker” during the 1999 Kargil war and earned nickname of ‘Bahadur’ from pilots, are all set to pass into the glorious history of country’s air force on Friday when their last squadron of seven planes will have its last sortie from Jodhpur air base.
  • “The squadron of seven MiG 27 will have its last sortie from Jodhpur Air Base on December 27. All the planes of this squadron will be decommissioned on this day, after which none of them would be flying anywhere in the country,” said defence spokesperson Col Sombit Ghosh on Tuesday, announcing the scheduled decommissioning of Russian-made MiG 27 aircraft from the South West Air Command.

Source: The Economic Times

National Tribal Dance Festival begins in Raipur

  • National Tribal Dance Festival has begun in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, today. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the festival. The inaugural function was presided over by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
  • The National Tribal Dance Festival is being organized in Chhattisgarh for the first time. More than 1300 participants from 25 states & UTs of the country and six countries are participating in this three-day dance fest. These folk dance teams will present their respective folk art cultures. During these three days, 29 tribal troupes will present more than 43 styles of four different dance forms.

Source: News Services Division

LPG bottling plant inaugurated in Odisha

  • The LPG bottling plant at Balangir, Odisha was recently dedicated to the nation by Odisha Governor Ganeshi Lal. This BPCL plant was to be dedicated to the nation by the Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, but he could not come due to bad weather.
  • The plant has been built in a record time of 19 months at a cost of Rs 103 crores. The foundation stone of the plant was laid on May 21, 2018, by the then Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Skill Development, Dharmendra Pradhan.

Source: Jagran Josh

All railways recruits to be inducted through UPSC

All new recruits in railways will be inducted through the UPSC civil services exams under five specialities, Railway Board Chairman V K Yadav said on Thursday, days after the Cabinet approved the merger of its eight services into one — the Indian Railway Management Service (IRMS).

Source: The Economic Times

5th Round of India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue

  • 5th Round of India-Japan Maritime Affairs Dialogue was held in Tokyo on 24 December 2019. Indian delegation was led by Shri Indra Mani Pandey, Additional Secretary (Disarmament and International Security Affairs), Ministry of External Affairs, while Japanese delegation was led by Ambassador Yamanaka A Osamu, Deputy Assistant Minister, Deputy Director-General in Foreign Policy Bureau. The two sides exchanged views on various topics of mutual interest in maritime domain and identified the means for further strengthening their maritime cooperation.
  • Both sides reiterated the importance of the Dialogue as an important mechanism between the two countries for consultations on issues of mutual interest in maritime affairs and agreed to hold the next round of the Dialogue on a mutually convenient date in India.

Source: Ministry of External Affairs

India’s 1st transit-oriented development project with Delhi’s tallest tower to come up in 3 years!

  • India’s first transit-oriented development (TOD) project to be a reality in the next three years! Union Home Minister Amit Shah recently laid the foundation stone for the country’s very first TOD project, under which a state-of-the-art infrastructure zone will be constructed.
  • The project will include the national capital’s tallest tower which will be built in East Delhi. According to officials quoted in a PTI report, the TOD project has been titled as ‘East Delhi Hub’ and will be developed at Karkardooma spread over an area of 30 hectares. The TOD infrastructure project will come in the next three and a half years.

Source: Financial Express

Health Minister inaugurates second edition of Eat Right Mela in New Delhi

  • Inaugurating the second edition of Eat Right Mela in New Delhi, the Minister said, healthy eating should become a people’s movement.
  • He stressed upon the importance of having a people’s movement, encouraging people to have healthier diets which will help in reduction of the disease burden in the country.
  • Dr. Harsh Vardhan stated that the Eat Right Mela is a commendable effort and outreach activity for citizens to nudge them towards eating right.
  • He also highlighted that on one hand, India is suffering from under-nourishment and on the other side, there is obesity due to the result of junk food, wrong choices of food, overeating and lack of exercise.

Source: DD News

HRD Minister launches five documents developed by UGC

  • Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank launched the five documents developed by University Grants Commission, covering the 5 verticals of Quality Mandate in New Delhi on Thursday.
  • These five documents cover evaluation reforms, eco-friendly and sustainable university campuses, human values and professional ethics, faculty induction and academic research integrity.
  • Speaking on the occasion, HRD minister said that to improve the quality in Higher Educational Institutions, UGC has adopted the Higher Education Quality Improvement Programme Mandate.
  • He said, the quality mandate aims at evolving higher education system to equip country’s next-generation with vital skills, knowledge and ethics for leading a rewarding life.

Source: DD News