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IMPORTANT CURRENT AFFAIRS & DAILY NEWS UPDATES : 19 - JULY - 2016
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19- JULY - 2016

 

UNION GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES TRANSFORMING INDIA WEBSITE

The Union Minister of Electronics and Information Technology and Law & Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad launched Transforming India website www.transformingindia.mygov.in.

Transforming India website is a repository for sharing the impact of various governance initiatives with citizens in real-time.

Highlights of the website

• It provides information in a user-friendly format enabling citizens to view the content in the form of Infographics, e-books, performance dashboard, videos, daily news corner, etc.

• It facilitates two-way communication between the government and citizens.

• It is also a social platform on which users can share their opinions about various initiatives of the government.

• It acts as a repository of major policies and decisions and provides a central platform to citizens for sharing of transformational changes that they see around themselves.

Key features of the Website

• Performance Dashboard – A holistic view, with real-time updates, on the progress in key parameters in some of the flagships government schemes and initiatives.

• Infographics – Easy accessibility to various government schemes and their progress through pictorial, graphical & animated representations.

Voice of India – Testimonials from citizens, recorded in their own voice and in their milieu,  on the  transformative impact in their lives through various schemes and programmes of the government.

• Live Events – Facilitate live interaction between citizens, senior government officials, domain experts and civil society.

• Videos – Short videos about upcoming policy initiatives introduced by the Government of India, as well as video clips of speeches by prominent dignitaries discussing issues of national importance.

• Weekly Summary – A weekly digest of the best #TransformingIndia posts by citizens and senior government functionaries across social media platforms, including on MyGov.

• Citizen Speak – Section devoted especially for citizen voices. Citizens can share stories about transformative growth in India that they see around themselves.

• Social Media Corner – Daily news on policy and governance summarized through best Social Media posts.

DIPIKA PALLIKAL KARTHIK, SAURAV GHOSAL CLINCHES 73RD SENIOR NATIONAL SQUASH CHAMPIONSHIP

The 73rd Senior National Squash Championship held concluded in Mumbai, Maharashtra.

Women: Final Result

Dipika Pallikal Karthik (World no. 19) dethroned defending champion Joshna Chinappa 4-11 11-6 11-2 11-8 to regain the women's title. Dipika was playing in the nationals after a five-year gap when she won in 2011.

Men: Final Result

Top seed Saurav Ghosal defeated fourth seed Harinderpal Singh Sandhu 11-7 7-11 3-11 11-8 14-12 in five hard-fought games to claim the title.

With this win, Ghosal also created a history of winning the title for the 11th time and went ahead of RK Narpat Singh's feat of 10 titles, won from 1946 to 1955.

NELSON MANDELA INTERNATIONAL DAY 2016 OBSERVED

18 July: Nelson Mandela International Day

Nelson Mandela International Day was observed across the world to honour the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela (1918-2013).

The day is aimed at inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better.

The Day was celebrated for the first time on 18 July 2010 as per a UN General Assembly resolution of November 2009.

Background
In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.

It recognized Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights.

SPACEX LAUNCHED UNMANNED DRAGON CARGO CAPSULE TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

SpaceX launched its unmanned Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space Station, carrying a key piece of equipment that was lost in 2015 due to rocket explosion. The launch to the ISS is a resupply mission for NASA.

Dragon spaceship was packed with nearly 23000 kilograms of gear, including science experiments and equipment for the astronauts living in space.

After blasting off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the rocket separated after sending the cargo to orbit. Then the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket landed back on the solid ground in Cape Canaveral at the NASA facility.

As per the plan, the Dragon is expected to arrive at the space station early 20 July 2016.

With this, SpaceX now has five successful rocket landings to its name. The first occurred in December 2015, when a Falcon 9 first stage came back to Cape Canaveral during a commercial satellite launch. The other three successful launches happened in April (one) and May (two), these launches were featured with sea landings, on a robotic ship named Of Course I Still Love You.

Dragon spaceship

• Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft developed by SpaceX, an American private space transportation company based in Hawthorne, California.

• It is launched into space by the SpaceX Falcon 9 two-stage-to-orbit launch vehicle, and SpaceX is developing a crewed version called the Dragon 2.

• The spacecraft is designed to deliver both cargo and people to orbiting destinations.

• Dragon made history in 2012 when it became the first commercial spacecraft in history to deliver cargo to the International Space Station and safely return cargo to Earth, a feat previously achieved only by governments.

• It is the only spacecraft currently flying that is capable of returning significant amounts of cargo to Earth.

TRI-NETRA SYSTEM DEVELOPED FOR ENHANCING THE VISION OF LOCOMOTIVE PILOTS IN INCLEMENT WEATHER

The Ministry of Railways developed the TRI-NETRA system on locomotives for enhancing the vision of Locomotive Pilots in inclement weather. TRI-NETRA stands for Terrain imaging for diesel dRivers INfra-red, Enhanced opTical &Radar Assisted system.

TRI-NETRA system is be made up of high-resolution optical video camera, high sensitivity infra-red video camera and additionally a radar-based terrain mapping system. These three components of the system act as three eyes (Tri-Netra) of the Locomotive Pilot.

Highlights of the TRI-NETRA system

• TRI-NETRA is designed to see the terrain ahead of the running locomotive during inclement weather by combining the images captured by the three sub-systems.

• It will create a composite video image which shall be displayed in front of the Loco Pilot on a computer monitor.

• It will give the locomotive pilot a clear view of the track ahead in bad visibility conditions so that he can apply brakes well in time.

• *It will also map the terrain ahead so that the driver knows when he is approaching a station or a signal.

Concept of TRI-NETRA

The concept of TRI-NETRA was developed by Development Cell under the guidance of Member Mechanical, Railway Board while brainstorming on how to use the technology employed by fighter aircrafts to see through clouds and operate in pitch darkness.

GURUPRASAD MOHAPATRA APPOINTED AS CHAIRMAN OF AIRPORTS AUTHORITY OF INDIA

Odisha-born bureaucrat Guruprasad Mohapatra was on 15 July 2016 appointed as the Chairman of Airports Authority of India (AAI) with effect.
Guruprasad Mohapatra is a 1986 batch IAS officer of Gujarat cadre.

About Guruprasad Mohapatra

• Prior to the recent posting, he was posted as Joint Secretary in Union Ministry of Commerce.

• Mohpatra also served the Sales Tax department as Special Commissioner (Enforcement), and as a Commissioner of Commercial Taxes and as the Commissioner of Transport.

• He was the Joint MD of Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) during his service in Gujarat.

• He had also served as Municipal Commissioner of Ahmedabad for over three years.

• He started in the State Electricity Sector with the erstwhile Gujarat Electricity Board in 2002 and worked with various Electricity Companies such as GSEC and the distribution companies such as PGVCL, DGVCL & UGVCL.

• He is an MA in Political Science, MPhil in Diplomacy (International Relation) and also an MBA degree holder.

 

 

 

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