Current Affairs of 12 Jan 2018
Keshav Kishore, Published On:12-Jan-2018
1. ISRO has successfully launched PSLV-C40
• The PSLV-C40 is carrying 31 satellites, originating from seven countries and will place them in two orbits.
• The fourth satellite of advance remote sensing Cartosat-2 series whose imagery will be used to develop various land and geographical information system applications was the primary payload of this launch.
• Along with Cartosat-2 two other Indian satellites are microsatellite of 100 kg class and a nanosatellite .
• The nanosatellite is named Indian Nano Satellite- 1C which is third in its series; its predecessors were part of PSLV- C37launch in Feb 2017.
• The previous launch of ISRO PSLV-C39 was failed because the heat shield didn’t separate, resulting in satellite separation occurring within the shield.
• In nearly 24 years of launching ISRO has experienced only two unsuccessful launching – PSLV-D1 and PSLV-C39.
2. Indu Malhotra: First women lawyer to be SC judge
• Indu Malhotra will be first woman advocate to be directly elevated from the bar to the Supreme Court as a judge.
• Her name was accepted unanimously by the five-member Collegium headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
• In 1989, Justice M. Fathima Beevi became first woman judge in SC.
• Currently, Justice R. Banumati is lone woman judge in SC.
3. Fourth International Dharma-Dhamma Conference in Rajgir
• A three-day international Dharma-Dhamma conference was inaugurated by President Ram Nath Kovind at Rajgir in Bihar.
• The aim of this conference is to facilitate crosspollination of ideas and foster harmony at global level.
• The conference was organized jointly by Nalanda University, Centre for study of Religion and Society, India Foundation, Ministry of External Affairs and Vietnam Budhhist University.
4. National Youth Day: 12 January
• National Youth Day is celebrated in India on the occasion of birth anniversary of great philosopher, social-reformer and youth icon of India Swami Vivekananda.
• The 22nd National Youth Festival was held in Gautam Buddha University Greater Noida and organized by Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with UP government.
• The objective of youth day and youth festival is to provide platform to bring youth of country together in attempt to provide them opportunity to showcase their talents in various activities.
5. Matunga: India’s first All-Women Railway Station
• Matunga railway station of Central railway manned by a staff of 41 women, has entered the Limca Book of Records.
• This station is situated in Mumbai, Maharashtra.
• For this first all-women station in India, the initiative was taken by Central Railway General Manager D.K.Sharma with the aim of empowering women.
Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express