Daily Current Affairs and GK | 12 November 2019

2019-11-12

1. World’s 1st CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar, Gujarat

  • An MoU has been signed between Gujarat Maritime Board and London based Foresight Group during the 2019 Vibrant Gujarat summit to set up a CNG port terminal at Bhavnagar, Gujarat.
  • The total worth of the project is Rs. 1900 Crore.
  • The proposed CNG port terminal will be developed on the Northern side of the present port.
  • It will have an annual capacity of 6 million metric tones, which will increase the total handling capacity of the port to 9 million metric tonnes.
  • It will have Ro-Ro terminal, liquid terminal and container terminal in the future.
  • Ro-Ro terminal: Roll-on/ Roll-off terminal includes ferries or ships designed to carry wheeled cargo, such as cars, trucks, etc.

2. 12th November is celebrated as Public Service Broadcasting Day

  • Public Service Broadcasting Day is celebrated on November 12 every year.
  • This day is celebrated to commemorate the first and the only visit of Mahatma Gandhi to the studio of All India Radio, Delhi, in 1947.
  • On 12th November 1947, Mahatma Gandhi recorded the message for the grief-stricken refugees affected by the repercussions of the Partition.

3. Mohammad Imran appointed as the new High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India

  • Mohammad Imran succeeded Syed Muazzem Ali to become Bangladesh’s new High Commissioner to India.
  • Mohammad Imran belongs to the 1986 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre. He has served Bangladesh Missions in different capacities in Kolkata, Berlin, Bonn, Ottawa and Jeddah.
  • The capital of Bangladesh is Dhakaa and its currency is Bangladeshi Taka.

4. Gambia filed a case in UN court against Myanmar for the genocide of Rohingyas  

  • Gambia filed the case on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) in the International Court of Justice against Myanmar for the genocide of Rohingyas.
  • In August 2017, the Military of Myanmar had begun a counter-insurgency campaign against the Rohingyas in response to an insurgent attack. 
  • The Rohingya genocide is a series of ongoing persecutions by the Myanmar government against the Rohingyas (ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar).
  • More than 7,00,000 Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh to escape from an unethical cleansing campaign led by Myanmar.
  • Gambia: It is a small country located in western Africa. It is bounded by Senegal and has a narrow coastline formed by North Atlantic Ocean. The capital of Gambia is Banjul and its currency is Gambian Dalasi.
  • The International Court of Justice: It is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations and is also known as the World Court. It was established in June 1945 and is situated at The Hague, Netherlands.

5. 1st edition of Global Dhaka Dialogue in Bangladesh from 12-14 November 2019 

  • The 1st edition of a three-day-long Global Dhaka Dialogue is going to start from today.
  • The dialogue is jointly organized by the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and the Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS).
  • Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to be the chief guest of the inaugural session.
  • BJP National General Secretary Ram Madhav, India's High Commissioner to Bangladesh Riva Ganguly Das and Former Minister of I&B Manish Tewari, are among some of the eminent speakers during the meet.
  • Over 150 delegates from 50 countries are attending the meet to discuss the steps for achieving sustainable peace and prosperity in the Indo-pacific region.
  • The strategic location of Bangladesh acts as a bridge between South Asia and South-East Asia.

6. Confirmation of Iran’s uranium enrichment

  • Breaching the 2015 Nuclear-Deal Framework, Iran is enriching uranium at its underground Fordow Nuclear Plant.
  • According to a report released by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), it has been confirmed now that Iran is rapidly accelerating its nuclear enrichment.
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA): It is an international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons. It was established in July 1957 and is headquartered in Vienna, Austria.

7. NASA exhibits its 1st electric plane

  • An early version of 1st all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell” has been recently showcased by NASA in their aeronautics lab situated in the Californian desert.
  • The Maxwell is the latest experimental aircraft developed by NASA after bullet-shaped Bell X-1 (that first broke the sound barrier) and the X-15 rocket plane flown by Neil Armstrong.
  • X-57 Maxwell electric aircraft has Italian-made Tecnam P2006T twin-engine propeller and is powered by specially designed lithium-ion batteries. Also, it will be NASA’s 1st crewed X-plane that has been developed in two decades.
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA): It is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government, which is responsible for space programs, aeronautics and aerospace research. It was established in 1958 and is headquartered in Washington D.C., United States.

8. K. Ullas Karanth awarded the George Schaller Lifetime Award in Wildlife Conservation Science 

  • Wildlife biologist K. Ullas Karanth was awarded the George Schaller Lifetime Award in Wildlife Conservation Science by Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), New York.
  • K. Ullas Karanth is a wildlife biologist and is also the Director of Centre for Wildlife Studies, Bengaluru.
  • The award is given in the honour of Dr. George Schaller, who is considered as one of the greatest wildlife scientists and conservationists globally.

9. Sundar Singh Gurjar and Yogesh Kathuniya secure Gold and Silver in World’s Para Athletics Championship respectively

  • Sundar Singh Gurjar has won gold, whereas Ajeet Singh and Rinku secured bronze medals in men's F46 event of Javelin throw in World Para Athletics Championships held in Dubai, UAE.
  • With this, India has now secured three Tokyo Paralympic Games quota.
  • Also, Yogesh Kathuniya got silver for India in men's discus throw F56 event.

10. Shooter Saurabh Chaudhary secures Silver at the 14th Asian Championship in Doha

  • Saurabh Chaudhary won silver in men’s 10m air pistol event while North Korea’s Kim Song Guk won gold at 14th Asian Championship held in Doha.
  • Saurabh Chaudhary is a World Cup winner and an Asian Games gold-medalist.
  • Also, Gurnihal Garcha won silver in women’s skeet.

 

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In which of the following states the world’s first CNG port is going to develop?

a. Gujarat

b. Maharashtra

c. Telangana

d. Odisha

Correct answer: a

2. Public Service Broadcasting day is celebrated on

a. November 14

b. November 18

c. November 12

d. November 21

Correct answer: c

3. Where is the country Gambia located?

a. In the northern part of the African continent

b. In the western part of the African continent

c. In the southern part of the African continent

d. In the eastern part of the African continent

Correct answer: b

4. What is the name of NASA’s first electric aircraft?

a. X-67 Maxwell

b. X-97 Maxwell

c. X-57 Maxwell

d. X-77 Maxwell

Correct answer: c

5. George Schaller award is given in the field of

a. Science

b. Peace

c. Environment

d. Wildlife

Correct answer: d

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