Current Affairs: 28 December 2018

Daily Current GK Update

28 December, 2018

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  1. Railways develops Al robot ‘USTAAD’ to check for faults

Railways has developed an artificial intelligence powered robot to check for faults in trains called USTAAD, which stands for ‘Undergear Surveillance Through Artificial Intelligence Assisted Droid (USTAAD)’. The robot examines parts of coaches in real time with an HD camera and transmits them over Wi-Fi. “The camera can be rotated in any direction as per command given by the engineers,” Railways said.

Source: – Livemint


  1. Dwijing festival begins in Assam

In Assam, the 3rd Dwijing Festival has begun on the bank of Aye river at Chirang district. Around 15 lakh tourists will participate in the festival. Assam PHE minister Rihon Daimary inaugurated the festival in presence of several dignitaries.

Chief Minister Sarbanand Sonowal will attend the event. Adventure sports, food mart, cultural events, traditional games are being organized in the 12-day long event. Participants from Thailand, Bhutan and Bangladesh have reached the festival.

Source: – News on AIR


  1. IIT Bombay graduate Subramaniam named FedEx Express President, CEO

Indian-American Rajesh Subramaniam, an IIT Bombay graduate from Thiruvananthapuram, has been named as the President and Chief Executive Officer of US courier delivery giant FedEx Express. Subramaniam, who has been working with FedEx for more than 27 years, will assume his new role on January 1, 2019. He earned his Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Syracuse University.

Source: – Livemint


  1. CA Kuttappa appointed as India’s Chief Boxing Coach

Dronacharya awardee C A Kuttappa has taken over as India’s chief boxing coach at the ongoing national camp. He took over from veteran coach SR Singh at the beginning of the camp.

The 39-year-old Kuttappa is credited with shaping some of the country’s most successful boxers such as Vijender Singh, M Suranjoy Singh, and Shiva Thapa, among others.

Source: – News on AIR


  1. Ex-Governor Bimal Jalan to lead RBI’s panel on excess reserves

The RBI has appointed former Governor Bimal Jalan as the Chairman of the Economic Capital Framework committee formed to address the issue of RBI reserves. The committee will submit its report within a period of 90 days from the date of its first meeting. The six-member panel also includes RBI Deputy Governor NS Vishwanathan and Economic Affairs Secretary SC Garg.

Source: – Livemint


  1. Madhya Pradesh Declares Kuno as National Park

Madhya Pradesh State government has declared Kuno wildlife Sanctuary as a national park in compliance with the last condition imposed by a Supreme Courtappointed committee for the much awaited ‘translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir in Gujarat

The move is expected to pave way for translocation of lions from Gir in Gujarat to Kuno. It is spread over 750 sq km area.


  1. Russia successfully tests new hypersonic nuclear missile

Russia on Wednesday successfully tested the new hypersonic missile system Avangard, which is capable of carrying nuclear and conventional warheads. Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed the successful launch and said that the new missile system will be deployed in 2019. Putin had earlier said the missile could hit almost any point in the world and evade a US-built missile shield.

Source: – Deutsche Welle


  1. Sitarist Manju Mehta gets ‘Tansen Samman’

Noted sitar player Manju Mehta has been conferred with the ‘Tansen Samman’ for 2018 by the Madhya Pradesh government for her contribution in the field of music. Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar presented the award to Mehta, 74, at the inaugural ceremony of the Tansen Music Festival.

The ‘Raja Mansingh Tomar Honour’ was given to the Sankat Mochan Pratishthan in Varanasi for 2017 and the Natrang Pratishthan of New Delhi for 2018. The award is given to institutions for nurturing good music.

Source: – The Business Standard


  1. Lok Sabha passes bill to make instant Triple Talaq criminal offence

The Lok Sabha has passed the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, following a debate. The bill proposes to make the method of Muslim men instantly divorcing their wives by uttering “Talaq” thrice as “unconstitutional” and “arbitrary” and suggests a three-year jail term to husbands who follow the method. It will now be presented in Rajya Sabha.

Source: – ANI


  1. Aadi Sai Vijaykaran wins ‘Top Debater In The World’ Title

Aadi Sai Vijaykaran created history by winning the Junior Debate Championship at the World Scholar’s Cup held at Yale University, the USA.

The theme for the cup was ‘An Entangled World: diplomacy, human relationships, the science of memory, and literature, art’. It is the first time an individual from India has won the coveted title.

Source: – Business Standard


  1. Telangana, Andhra to have separate High Courts from Jan 1

Telangana and Andhra Pradesh will have separate High Courts from January 1, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday issued orders stating that Andhra Pradesh will have a separate HC which will function from Amravati, the capital of the state. Since the bifurcation of the state on June 2, 2014, Andhra and Telangana have had a common HC at Hyderabad.

Source: – Hindustan Times


  1. Bhutanese PM Dr. Lotay Tshering on 3-day visit to India

Prime Minister of Bhutan Dr. Lotay Tshering arrived in New Delhi on a three-day official visit to India. The visit of the Bhutanese Prime Minister is taking place during the Golden Jubilee year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. During his visit, Bhutanese PM will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Source: – DD News

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