Current Affairs for NDA, CDS, AFCAT, Airforce X&Y Groups – News
Analysis from THE HINDU (January 28, 2019)
FOR YOUR DAILY DOSE OF CURRENT AFFAIRS FROM “THE HINDU”,
1. Jumbos to patrol Odisha’s Satkosia Tiger Reserve
Patrolling in the Satkosia Tiger Reserve is set to be
strengthened as two trained elephants would be deployed there shortly.
Trained elephants will help ground-level forest guards
patrol deep in the forest where jeeps cannot go.
The two elephants are being brought from the Similipal Tiger
Sources in the Forest and Environment Department said the
authorities did not want to leave any stone unturned before approaching the
NTCA for resuming the ambitious tiger reintroduction programme in Satkosia.
The tiger reintroduction programme in STR had run into rough
weather following the death of India’s first inter-State translocated tiger
The Odisha government had planned to bring six tigers (three
male and three female) from Madhya Pradesh to increase the feline population in
Satkosia. Last year, one pair of big cats was brought to Satkosia.
2. Train 18 named Vande Bharat Express
The Indian Railways has named the indigenously manufactured
superfast Train 18 as ‘Vande Bharat Express’, which will ply from the national
capital to Varanasi, Railway Minister Piyush Goyal said on Sunday.
3. Hypsometric curve
This refers to a graphical representation used to show the
share of the earth’s land area that is at various heights above or below sea
level. The curve suggests that most of the earth’s land area is located at
predominantly two levels. In contrast to the normal distribution curve, the
vast majority of the earth’s land area is a little over sea level, while a
little less, but still considerable, proportion of the remaining land is
located at about 5,000 m below sea level. The hypsometric curve has been
attributed to the significant difference in the densities of the materials that
make up the continents and the sea bed.
4. Cabinet nod likely for relief package for farmers
The Union Cabinet is expected to soon approve a relief
package for farmers grappling with falling prices and to tackle distress in the
farm sector, according to sources.
The relief package is seen as an attempt to assuage the
farming community’s discontent ahead of the general elections.
Meanwhile, the Cabinet meeting scheduled for Monday, has
been deferred, as per sources.
The Agriculture Ministry has recommended several options to
provide both short and long-term solutions to address agrarian distress.
However, a final call will be taken at the Cabinet meeting as a huge cost is
involved, they said.
One option proposed is waiving interest on crop loans for
farmers who pay on time, which will cost an additional ₹15,000 crore to the
There is also a proposal to completely waive premium for
insurance on food crops.
The Centre is also evaluating the scheme followed by the
Telangana and Odisha governments wherein a fixed amount is transferred directly
into the bank account of farmers, the sources said.
5. App launched with R-Day highlights
People can watch the highlights of this year’s Republic Day
parade at the Rajpath on a mobile application launched by the Defence Ministry.
The ‘RDP INDIA 2019’ app was launched on Saturday on the
70th Republic Day.
The app also had the provision for live streaming of the
parade and contains information about it, including the order of the march,
details of the tableaux presented by different States and Ministries, cultural
performances by children, fly past and names of recipients of Pradhan Mantri
Rashtriya Bal Puraskar, 2019, the statement said.
According to the statement, this new initiative is in sync
with the Digital India campaign of the government.
The Ministry said the app would help people who desire to
know the theme and ideas depicted in the tableaux.
6. Maduro rejects Europe’s call to hold fresh election
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rejected an
international ultimatum to call elections within eight days and said Opposition
leader Juan Guaido had violated the Constitution by declaring himself the
Israel on Sunday joined a growing list of countries led by
the United States that back Mr. Guaido’s claim to the presidency on the basis
that Mr. Maduro’s second-term election victory was fraudulent.
Mr. Maduro, in an interview with CNN Turk aired on Sunday,
also said he was open to dialogue and that meeting U.S. President Donald Trump
was improbable but not impossible.
The broadcaster dubbed the interview from Spanish into Turkish.
“It’s not impossible but it’s not likely. I sent many messages to Donald
7. Malaysia stripped of right to host sports event
Malaysia has been stripped of the right to host the 2019
World Para Swimming Championships for threatening to refuse to allow Israeli
athletes to take part, the International Paralympic Committee said.
The decision was taken “after the Home Ministry of Malaysia
failed to provide the necessary guarantees that Israeli Para swimmers could
participate, free from discrimination, and safely in the Championships,” the
IPC president Andrew Parsons said: “When a host country
excludes athletes from a particular nation, for political reasons, then we have
absolutely no alternative but to look for a new Championships host.
The championships, a qualifying event for the 2020 Tokyo
Paralympics, were due to take place in Kuching on July 29-August 4. Israeli
Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon called it “a victory of values over
hatred and bigotry”.
8. Pak. closes consulate in Balkh after attack attempt
Pakistan on Sunday closed its Consulate in Afghanistan’s
Mazar-e-Sharif city after a woman tried to enter the building with a hand
grenade hidden in her bag, the Foreign Office said. Mazar-e-Sharif is the
capital of Balkh province. Pakistan said the woman was arrested by the police
and investigations are on to find the perpetrators.
The Embassy of Pakistan in Kabul urged the Afghanistan
Foreign Office to provide foolproof security and to share the findings of its
investigation at the earliest.
9. Djokovic makes it seven with a magnificent display
An imperious Novak Djokovic won a record magnificent seventh
Australian Open title by routing Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday with a
display of flawless tennis.
The Serbian World No.1 dominated the Spanish second seed to
win his 15th Grand Slam title in just 2 hours, four minutes at the Rod Laver
It put Djokovic, 31, out on his own ahead of Roger Federer
and Roy Emerson, who both won six Australian Open men’s singles titles.
Djokovic dropped to his knees and kissed the ground after vanquishing his
10. Saina ends two-year BWF title drought
Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal claimed her first BWF title in two
years after three-time World champion Carolina Marin of Spain limped out of the
Indonesia Masters final due to a leg injury, here on Sunday.
The London Olympics bronze medallist was trailing 4-10 in
the opening game when Marin decided to withdraw from the contest.
11. Seventh title for Carlsen
Five-time winner Viswanathan Anand and Vidit Gujarati signed
peace in 30 moves in the 13th and final round to finish fifth and sixth in the
Tata Steel Masters chess tournament here on Sunday. Magnus Carlsen (9) won the
title for a record seventh time with a 30-move draw with runner-up Anish Giri
In the Challengers section, R. Praggnanandhaa drew his final
round with Dinara Saduakassova to finish 11th with five points from 13 rounds.
The results (13th round): Viswanathan Anand (7.5) drew with
Vidit Gujarati (7); Anish Giri (8.5) drew with Magnus Carlsen (Nor, 9); Ian
Nepomniachtchi (Rus, 7.5) drew with Teimour Radjabov (Aze, 6.5); Jan-Krzysztof
Duda (Pol, 5.5) drew with Ding Liren (Chn, 7.5); Richard Rapport (Hun, 6.5) bt
Jordeen van Foreest (Ned, 4.5); Vladimir Kramnik (Rus, 4.5) lost to Samuel
Shankland (USA, 6.5); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Aze, 5) drew with Vladimir
Fedoseev (Rus, 5).
Standings (Masters): 1. Carlsen, 2. Giri, 3-5.
Nepomniachtchi, Ding, Anand, 6. Vidit, 7-9. Radjabov, Shankland, Rapport, 10.
Duda, 11-12. Fedoseev, Mamedyarov, 13-14. Foreest and Kramnik.
12. Aditya Jagtap claims his third PSA crown
Aditya Jagtap won his third PSA title, beating Andrew
Schnell of Canada 12-10, 4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-6 in the Bourbon Trail Challenger
Tour squash on Saturday.
13. ‘Germany should phase out coal use by 2038’
Germany should stop using coal for electricity production by
2038, a government-appointed commission has said, earmarking €80 billion for
the purpose. Half of the amount will go to the regions shuttering plants, while
the other half will be spent on preventing electricity prices from
Public Sector Banks (PSBs)
15. Things to Remember:
Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu – Edappadi K. Palaniswami
Chief Vigilance Commissioner K.V. Chowdary
16. Improve your Vocabulary:
Meaning – The intervening time
Example – ‘in the interim I’ll just keep my fingers crossed’
Synonyms – meantime, meanwhile, intervening time, interval,