Current Affairs of 28 July 2018
Keshav Kishore, Published On:28-Jul-2018
1. BRICS Summit 2018
· BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit 2018 has been held in Johannesburg, South Africa from 25th July to 27th July.
· The theme for this year is “BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity”.
· Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Brazilian President Michel Temer, China’s President Xi Jinping and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa represented their countries in this meeting.
· Argentina and Turkey were the guest country.
2. Monitoring Panel for Yamuna Rejuvenation
· National Green Tribunal (NGT) constituted monitoring committee to oversee the Yamuna rejuvenation Project.
· The monitoring panel is a two member committee comprising Delhi Chief Secretary Shailaja Chandra and retired NGT expert Bikram Singh Sajwan which will submit report in December, 2018.
· NGT has also directed Haryana and UP government to assist the committee on the project.
3. Karnataka is leading in renewable energy
· Karnataka has emerged the largest producer of green energy after beating Tamil Nadu.
· The total renewable energy capacity of Karnataka is 12.3 GW in which 5 GW was added in 2017-18 only.
· Renewable energy constitutes 27% of the total power generated in the State.
· Pavagada Solar Park of Karnataka with a capacity of 600MW will boost State’s renewable energy production further.
4. Galileo Navigation satellite
· Recently Europe launched four more Galileo satellites to have its own navigation system.
· This navigation system comprising 30 satellites will be alternative of U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS).
· Navigation satellite provides geo-spatial positioning which can be used for precision in the delivery of weapons to targets and can also be used in agriculture, weather forecasting etc.
· Apart from GPS and Galileo other navigation satellites are GLONASS of Russia, BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) of China and IRNSS of India are prominent navigation satellite.
5. Underground lake on Mars
· Italian scientists working for European Space Agency’s Mars express mission have found 12 mile wide underground liquid pool on Mars.
· This discovery can be essential for life expectation on red planet.
· After the discovery of water scientists are expecting more evidence of life on Mars.
Source: The Hindu, The Indian Express, PIB