Current Affairs 16 January 2024

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Jitendra Singh laid the foundation of road project in Udhampur, Jammu and Kashmir

Jitendra Singh inaugurated the foundation stone laying ceremony of the road project from Ramnagar to Ramvel in Udhampur district.

This Rs 2.96 crore project highlights Prime Minister Modi’s commitment to equitable development, Dr Singh stressed on significant improvement in road connectivity. Udhampur has been ranked among the top PMGSY road projects at the national level.

 

International Camel Festival begins with grand heritage walk

The three-day International Camel Festival began with a vibrant heritage walk in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

The inauguration day includes decorated camels, traditional costumes and live cultural performances.

The Heritage Walk, starting from Rampuriya Haveli, offers a glimpse of the rich culture of Bikaner showcasing local folk artists, traditional songs, ramatas and captivating dances.

 

Australian cricketer Shaun Marsh bids farewell, announces retirement

Australian cricketer Shaun Marsh has officially retired from professional cricket.

His final match will be with Melbourne Renegades against Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League.

At the age of 40, Marsh enjoyed a successful career, scoring over 5,200 runs and scoring 13 centuries across all formats for Australia.

 

First National Highway Steel Slag Road inaugurated on NH-66 Mumbai-Goa

Dr. V.K. Saraswat officially opened the inaugural section of the National Highway Steel Slag Road on NH-66, connecting Mumbai and Goa.

Developed by CSIR-CRRI, it converts steel industry waste into a resource, contributing to the construction of strong and environment-friendly national highways.

This innovation is in line with the efforts of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to enhance the sustainability of infrastructure in the country.

 

Rahagire Anand Utsav: Lively festival in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh

As a result of the efforts of MP CM Mohan Yadav, Rahagire Anand Utsav was successfully organized in Ujjain.

Held annually between 14 and 28 January, the event aims to promote community enjoyment through sporting and cultural events.

Residents, including girls in traditional attire, participate in Kabaddi, Kho-Kho, folk music, dance and other activities to promote enthusiasm and inclusivity.

 

‘Bheeshma’, a 25T bollard pull tug, launched in a victory for ‘Make in India’

Commodore S. in Kolkata. Inaugurated by Shrikumar, ‘Bheeshma’ is part of the series of six tugs manufactured at M/s Titagarh Rail Systems under the “Make in India” initiative.

In line with the “Atmanirbhar Bharat” vision, these tugs follow the classification rules of the Indian Shipping Register (IRS).

Tugs play a crucial role in improving naval operations by providing assistance in berthing, un-berthing, maneuvering, and firefighting.

 

Rajnath Singh to lead Armed Forces Ex-Servicemen Day celebrations

Rajnath Singh will lead the 8th Armed Forces Veterans Day celebrations with an ex-servicemen rally at Air Force Station, Kanpur on January 14, 2024.

The celebrations were held at 10 places across the country including Srinagar, Pathankot, Delhi, Alwar, Jodhpur, Guwahati, Mumbai, Secunderabad and Kochi.

‘We for Veterans’ anthem will be played during the programme.

 

Global water crisis report highlights huge heat and climate impacts

More than 77 countries experienced the highest temperatures in 45 years, affecting the global water cycle.

The intensification of cyclones due to rising ocean temperatures has resulted in severe flooding and significant economic consequences.

Despite hot, dry air, annual soil moisture increased by 3.5%, affecting terrestrial water storage.

Rohit Sharma first male player with 150 T20I appearances and 100 wins

Rohit Sharma has become the first male cricketer to achieve 150 T20 International appearances.

Rohit achieved another feat when he went past 100 T20I wins against Afghanistan.

The Indian opening batsman has an impressive record, scoring 3853 runs in 149 matches, boasting a strike rate of almost 140 and registering four centuries in T20Is.

 

Wecoli CMD Manoj Kumar honored with IMMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Manoj Kumar, CMD and Executive Director, Western Coalfields Limited (WECOLI) received the prestigious “IMMA Lifetime Achievement Award”.

The award was presented during the National Seminar on “Green Mining Initiative: Indian Mineral Industry Perspective” at Hotel Tuli International, Nagpur.

In his leadership role, Kumar has made significant contributions to the progress in coal production.

 

Delhi LG gives green signal to 24×7 operations for 32 more establishments

Delhi LG VK Saxena approved 32 more establishments, including departmental stores, cosmetic shops and sweet shops, for 24×7 operations.

This decision has been taken under Sections 14, 15 and 16 of the Delhi Shops and Establishments Act, 1954.

The seven approvals include relaxation for women employees working at night, establishments ensuring safety with foolproof assurances.

 

Nadda launches ‘Namo Navmatdutt’ portal for first-time voters

BJP President J. P. Nadda inaugurates NaMo Navmated Registration Portal in New Delhi.

The portal aims to engage and register first-time voters as ambassadors of Developing India.

As part of the initiative, five thousand conferences will be organized on January 25 to strengthen the party’s youth reach and democratic engagement.

Maldives requested India to withdraw troops by March 15

Maldivian President Mohammed Muizzu formally asked India to withdraw military personnel by March 15.

The first meeting of the high-level core group formed for talks was held at the Ministry of External Affairs headquarters in Male.

President Muizzu’s pro-China stance and recent comments indicate a turn in foreign policy, raising concerns in India.

 

Himalayan wolf classified as ‘vulnerable’ in IUCN Red List

The Himalayan wolf has been evaluated for the first time in the IUCN Red List, classifying it as “Vulnerable”.

The population, estimated at 2,275–3,792 mature adults, is facing a continuing decline, primarily due to threats such as predatory conflict, habitat modification and poaching.

IUCN’s recommendations include securing wild prey populations, improving methods of protecting livestock.

 

CM Stalin will inaugurate the state-of-the-art Madurai Jallikattu Stadium

Chief Minister M.K. Stalin will inaugurate the newly constructed Madurai Jallikattu Stadium on January 23.

Located near Alanganallur, the stadium is named after former CM M. Karunanidhi and has a seating capacity of over 5,000.

The facility, costing Rs 44 crore, includes VIP seating, a museum, bull shed, veterinary dispensary and health aid centre.

 

Ritu Goswami approved as Director (Technical) of RCF Limited

The Central Government has approved Ritu Goswami as Director (Technical) in Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers (RCF) Limited.

Goswami, currently GM (Technical) in the NFL, was selected among 11 candidates recommended by the PESB in August 2023.

As Director (Technical), she will play a key role in overseeing efficient plant operations and as a key advisor on technical matters.

 

 

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