Daily Current GK Update
24 May, 2019
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Brahmos air missile successfully launched from Su-30 MKI aircraft
Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully fired the BrahMos air version missile from its frontline Su-30 MKI fighter aircraft. The launch from the aircraft was smooth and the missile followed the desired trajectory before directly hitting the land target.
The air-launched BrahMos missile is a 2.5ton supersonic air to surface cruise missile with ranges of close to 300 km, designed and developed by BAPL. Earlier, IAF became the first Air Force in the world to have successfully fired an air-launched 2.8 Mach surface attack missile of this category on a sea target in November 2017.
Source: – Press Information Bureau
US, Japan, South Korea, and Australia hold 1st naval drills in Western Pacific
U.S. Navy ships conducted joint drills with warships from allies Japan, Australia and South Korea in their first combined exercise in the Western Pacific.
The Pacific Vanguard exercise near the U.S. island of Guam takes place ahead of President Donald Trump’s visit to Japan, as Washington looks to allies in Asia to help counter China’s military might in the region.
Source: – The Reuters
WHO Declares Algeria, Argentina malaria-free
The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Algeria and Argentina as malaria free, with no recorded cases of indigenous transmission of the disease since 2013 and 2010 respectively.
Contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito, malaria remains one of the world’s leading killers. It accounted for an estimated 219 million cases from 87 countries and over 400,000 related deaths in 2017, according to WHO’s World malaria report 2018.
Source: – The Telegraph
Sethu FC Crowned as Indian Women’s League Champions
Sethu FC turned around a first-half deficit to clinch their first ever Indian Women’s League trophy after defeating Manipur Police at the Guru Nanak Stadium, in Ludhiana, Punjab.
Source: – ANI News
5th smart cities India 2019 expo inaugurated in New Delhi
The 5th Smart Cities India 2019 expo, including Transport India, Solar India, Buildings India and Water India expos, was inaugurated by Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MOUHUA) at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
Organised by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) and Exhibitions India Group, the event builds upon Government of India’s ‘Smart Cities Mission’ through a display of a vast array of products and solutions relevant to building smart cities in India.
Source: – ANI News
HDFC Group overtakes Tata Group as India’s most valuable
The HDFC group has overtaken the 151 year-old Tata group to emerge as India’s most valuable by way of market capitalization (m-cap). The combined market value of the five listed companies of the HDFC group – HDFC, HDFC Bank, HDFC Life, HDFC Asset Management and Gruh Finance stood at Rs 11.66 lakh crore while the combined m-cap of 29 Tata group companies stood at Rs 11.64 lakh crore, about Rs 2,000 crore less than that of the HDFC group.
Source: – Times Now