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Daily GK Dose November 30th 2018

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Daily GK Dose November 30th

1. India to Chair Kimberley Process from 1st January 2019

The Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) Plenary 2018, was held in Brussels, Belgium, from 12th-16thNovember 2018.

  1. EU handed over the Chairmanship of KPCS to India from 1st January, 2019.
  2. India is the founding member of KPCS and is actively involved in KP activities to ensure that almost 99% of the diamond trade in the world is conflict free.
  3. The next Intercessional session is slated to be held in India as Chair. Botswana and the Russian Federation will serve as Vice-Chair during the period of 2019-2020

 

 

2. NASA's InSight spacecraft successfully lands on Mars

NASA's robotic InSight lander successfully landed on Mars after the six-month journey.

  1. The US space agency's InSight mission team in a statement said, the lander sent signals indicating that its solar panels are open and collecting sunlight on the Martian surface.
  2. NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter relayed the signals of the landing, which were received on Earth.
  3. In Sight will study the interior of Mars, and will teach about valuable science as they prepare to send astronauts to the Moon and later to Mars.
  4. The probe was launched from the Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on 5th of May.

3. PSLV-C43 successfully launches earth observation satellite HysIS and 30 foreign satellites

The Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C43) successfully launched 31 satellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.

  1. HysIS is an earth observation satellite built around ISRO’s Mini Satellite2 (IMS-2) bus weighing about 380kg. The mission life of the satellite is five years.
  2. The primary goal of HysIS is to study the earth’s surface in both the visible, near infrared and shortwave infrared regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
  3. Data from the satellite will be used for a wide range of applications including agriculture, forestry, soil/geological environments, coastal zones and inland waters, etc.

4. KONKAN-18 exercise begins at Goa

Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long term strategic relationship between both countries.

  1. Both Navies have, over the years, undertaken bilateral activities such as training exchanges and technical cooperation.
  2. The Bilateral KONKAN exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices.
  3. The KONKAN series of exercises commenced in 2004, and since then has grown in scale. KONKAN-2018 will be conducted from 28 Nov to 06 Dec 18 off Goa with units participating from both navies

5. Cockerel Gunners' White Water Rafting Expedition

Keeping the indomitable spirit of adventure alive, soldiers of Indian Army conducted ‘Cockerel Gunners’ White Water Rafting Expedition’ at Rishikesh on 29 November 2018. 

  1. The expedition commenced on 26 November 2018 wherein a team comprising of 20 adventure enthusiasts of a Medium Regiment were flagged off at Rudraprayag.
  2. After successfully traversing 150 kilometers across River Ganges over four days, the team was flagged in at Rishikesh. 
  3. As part of its challenging journey, the team successfully negotiated numerous grade III and IV Rapids.
  4. The expedition reaffirmed the Indian Army’s resolve of a strong sense of determination, grit and perseverance in face of all odds.

6. Casio launches world’s first GST calculator

Japanese electronics company ‘CASIO’ has launched world’s first Goods and Services Tax (GST) calculator in India for simplify the GST calculations for tax payers.

  1. The company has two variants of GST calculators MJ-120GST and MJ-12GST in the Indian market.
  2. These new GST calculators will provide solution for GST based invoicing.
  3. These GST calculators feature built-in GST tabs for all five tabs- 0%, 5%, 12%, 18% and 28%.
  4. It includes separate buttons for GST slabs to reduce time required for processing invoice.

7. Wipro Chairman Azim Premji conferred with highest French Civilian Honour

Chairman of IT major Wipro and philanthropist Azim Premji was bestowed with highest French civilian distinction Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour).

  1. He was awarded for his outstanding contribution to developing information technology industry in India, his economic outreach in France and his contribution to society as philanthropist through the Azim Premji Foundation and Azim Premji University.
  2. It is the highest civilian award given by the French government to person for his outstanding service to France,. It was instituted in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte.

8. Senior AIR broadcaster Ashutosh Jain passes away

Senior Hindi News Reader of All India Radio, Ashutosh Jain passed away in New. He was 60.

  1. Ashutosh Jain, who joined the AIR in 1989 in Chandigarh retired from Delhi in April this year.

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