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Daily GK Dose August 20th 2018

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Daily GK Dose August 20th

1. Conclusion: Exercise Pitch Black 2018

Ex Pitch Black a biennial multi-national large force employment warfare exercise was hosted by Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) from 24 Jul 18 to 18 Aug 18 in Darwin, Australia.

  1. Indian Air Force had earlier participated in the exercise as observers and this was for the first time that IAF participated with air assets in the Exercise Pitch Black (PB-18).
  2. With participation of 16 nations and more than 140 aircraft, the current edition was the largest Pitch Black ever conducted by Australia.

2. Successful Flight Tests of Smart Anti Airfield Weapon

Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) were successfully flight tested from IAF aircraft at Chandan range. 

  1. The weapon system was integrated with live warhead and has destroyed the targets with high precision.
  2. The telemetry and tracking systems captured all the mission events.
  3. This weapon is capable of destroying variety of ground targets using precision navigation.
  4. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted during 16 to 18 August 2018 and all the mission objectives have been achieved.

3. Successful Flight Test of ATGM ‘HELINA’

Indigenously developed Helicopter launched Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ has been successfully flight tested from Army Helicopter in the ranges of Pokhran.

  1. The weapon system has been tested for its full range.
  2. The ‘HELINA’ weapon system released smoothly from the launch platform has tracked the target all through its course and hit the target with high precision.
  3. All the parameters have been monitored by the telemetry stations, tracking systems and the Helicopters.

4. Closing Ceremony: Indo – Thailand Joint Exercise Maitree 2018

 Exercise Maitree 2018, a two week long platoon level joint military exercise between Indian Army and Royal Thai Army culminated on 19 August 2018.

  1. The Exercise Maitree is an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between Royal Thai Army and Indian Army and the exercise commenced on 06 August 2018 in Thailand. 
  2. The exercise began with a cross training period involving familiarization training between two armies to evolve drills and procedures involved in counter insurgency & counter terrorist operations in urban, rural and jungle terrain under UN mandate.

5. NPCI launches UPI 2.0 with overdraft facility

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) has launched Unified Payments Interface (UPI) 2.0, which among others allows customers to link their overdraft account to UPI.

  1. UPI is a system that powers multiple bank accounts into a single mobile application.
  2. NPCI is an umbrella organization for all retail payments in India. UPI version 1 was launched in April 2016.

6. HAL becomes first PSU to transact on TReDS

The Receivables Exchange of India (RXIL) said Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has become the first public sector enterprise to make a transaction on the "TReDS platform".

  1. TReDS is an online electronic institutional mechanism for facilitating the financing of trade receivables of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSME) through multiple financiers.

7. Delhi government official wins WHO award on tobacco control initiative

An official of the Delhi government's health department has been awarded the prestigious WHO World No Tobacco Day 2018 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control.

  1. Additional Director of Health, SK Arora was presented the award by Henk Bekedam, WHO India Country Head at a gathering on August 16.
  2. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2 (GATS 2, 2016-17), the prevalence of tobacco use has reduced by 27 per cent in Delhi as compared to 17 per cent for the rest of India on an average.

8. Asian Games 2018: Wrestler Bajrang Punia Wins Gold

Bajrang Punia opened India's gold medal account at the 2018 Asian Games, bringing smiles and relief to the Indian camp which was jolted by the early exit of star wrestler Sushil Kumar.

  1. An in-form Bajrang won his maiden Asian Games gold in the 65kg category.
  2. In the final, he was tested by Japan's Takatani Daichi but Bajrang held his nerves to prevail 11-8 in an exciting battle.

9. India Win SAFF Under-15 Women’s Football Championship

The Indian women’s team were crowned champions of the SAFF U-15 Championship after defeating defending champions Bangladesh by a solitary goal.

  1. Sunita Munda’s strike in the 67th minute made all the difference between the two teams.
  2. The final was played at the Changlimithang Stadium in Thimphu, Bhutan.

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