Dear Aspirants, Notesbag is sharing with you all the important current affairs of 11th & 12th September 2019. Our aim to provide you up to date current affairs for the preparation of upcoming competitive exams.

(1) 69 KM Oil product pipeline between India (Bihar’s Motihari) and Nepal (Amlekhgunj) Launched.

PM Narendra Modi and his Nepalese counterpart K P Sharma Oli jointly inaugurated through video-conference the 69km pipeline from IndianOil’s terminal in Bihar’s Motihari to Nepal Oil Corporation’s Amlekhgunj depot in Narayani zone of southern Nepal.

Key Points of this project: –

This pipe line has a length of 69 KM and built in ₹324 crore in 15 months.

2-million-ton motor fuel is its annual wheeling capacity and it will help in reducing petrol price by ₹2 in Nepal.

(2) India and ADB signs 200 million dollar loan agreement.

India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed 200 million dollar loan agreement. Under the agreement, they will upgrade rural roads in 34 districts of Maharashtra to improve road safety.

The project aims to improve the condition of about 2,100 km of rural roads to all-weather standards, with climate resilience and safety features. It will also help in connecting rural communities with productive agricultural areas and socio-economic centres. The enhanced road connectivity and better access to markets will help the farmers increase agricultural productivity and incomes.

(3) PM Modi launched National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP).

PM Narendra Modi launched National Animal Disease Control Programme (NADCP) in Mathura, aims to control the livestock diseases by 2025 and eradicate these by 2030. The project will cost ₹12,652 crores for a period of five years till 2024. The programme aims at vaccinating over 500 million livestock including cattle, buffalo, sheep, goats and pigs against the Foot-Mouth-Disease (FMD).

The Prime Minister also launched the National Artificial Insemination Programme and a country wide workshop in all the KrishiVIgyanKendras(KVKs) in all the 687 Districts of the country on vaccination and disease management, Artificial Insemination and Productivity.

(4) PK Mishra appointed as Principal Secretary, while PK Sinha as Principal Advisor to PM Modi.

PK Mishra, who was serving as the Additional Secretary to PM Narendra Modi, took charge as the Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday. Mishra, a 1972 batch Gujarat cadre IAS, had earlier worked with Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat. Additionally, PK Sinha was appointed as the Principal Advisor to the Prime Minister.

(5) INS Khanderi to be commissioned into the Indian Navy.

India’s 2nd Scorpene-class submarine, INS Khanderi will be commissioned into the Indian Navy by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. The conventional diesel-electric submarine has been manufactured by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai.

The first Scorpene-class submarine INS Kalvari was commissioned into the Indian Navy in December 2017.

 (6) IAF resurrected its 17‘Golden Arrows’ squadron to fly Rafale jets.

The IAF resurrected its 17 ‘Golden Arrows’ Squadron in Ambala ahead of the first Rafale fighter jet to be formally handed over to India in the presence of defence minister Rajnath Singh in France early next month.

The first 16 Rafales will be inducted into the 17 Squadron, which was commanded by IAF chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa during the Kargil conflict in 1999 and ‘number-plated’ after its old MiG-21s were retired in 2011, for the western front with Pakistan. The next 16 jets will be based in Hasimara (West Bengal) to cater for China.

(7) Rajiv Gandhi Hyderabad International Airport has become India’s first airport to induct a cloud-based Central Irrigation Control System.

The GMR-led Hyderabad International Airport has become India’s first airport to induct a cloud-based Central Irrigation Control System using an ‘IMMS online’ (Irrigation Management and Monitoring Software) mechanism to control the intricate automatic irrigation system across the 80 acres of landscape spread along the 8.4 km stretch of the airport spine road.

The system enables the airport to save water up to 35% over the conventional mode of irrigation system.

 (8) St Vincent & Grenadines became the 79th country to join India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines became the 79th country to join India-led International Solar Alliance (ISA). The initiative was launched by France and India during the Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in November 2015. The PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ralph Gonsalves had arrived in India for a five-day official visit.

(9) International conference ‘ANGAN’ organized in New Delhi.

International conference ANGAN (Augmenting Nature by Green Affordable New-habitat) for Energy Efficiency in the Building Sector is being organized by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency in New Delhi.

This event to discuss various alternative options and technologies in the field of design and construction of energy-efficient commercial as well as residential buildings. This event will provide a platform to deliberate on the interdependence between organizations, systems sustainability and feedback loops for better resource efficiency.

(10) Minister of State for Agriculture launched “CHC Farm Machinery” App for farmers.

Minister of State for Agriculture, Parshottam Rupala has launched a multilingual Mobile App “CHC Farm Machinery” during a conference on Crop Residue Management in New Delhi. The app will allow farmers to avail custom hiring services of CHCs located in a radius of 50 km. With the help of app, the farmers will now be able to get affordable access to cutting-edge technology at their doorsteps.

(11) Govt to spend $130 billion in military modernisation.

Indian government has decided to spend $130 billion for “fleet modernisation in next 5-7 years across all armed forces”. Government’s immediate priority is procurement of 2,600 infantry combat vehicles and 1,700 future ready combat vehicles for the Indian Army. The Navy has reportedly finalised a plan to procure 200 ships, 500 aircraft and 24 attack submarines.

 (12) Thailand 1st in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging.

Thailand became the first Asian nation to unveil plain cigarette packaging to reduce the appeal of smoking and complied with the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) guidelines. In 2012, Australia became the first country to require tobacco products to be sold without colourful brand logos.

(13) Typhoon Faxai hits Tokyo, Japan.

Typhoon Faxai has hit Tokyo, Japan. There were winds of up to 210km/h (130mph). Faxai is one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Japanese capital in a decade. The Authorities have issued non-compulsory evacuation warnings to more than 390,000 people.

(14) 24th World Energy Congress commence in Abu Dhabi.

The 24th World Energy Congress commence in Abu Dhabi under the patronage of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the United Arab Emirates. World Energy Congress aims to bring together international energy stakeholders, including governments, private and state corporations, academia and media. The theme of this World Energy Congress is “Energy for Prosperity”.

World Energy Congress is the World Energy Council’s global flagship event offering a unique platform for global energy leaders to explore new energy futures, critical innovation areas, and new strategies.

(15) Gaurvi Singhvi (16) youngest open water swimmer to cross the English Channel in 13 hours.

Gaurvi Singhvi (16) from Udaipur has made India proud by becoming the world’s youngest open water swimmer to cross the English Channel in 13 hours and 26 minutes last month.

The record for being the youngest swimmer to cross the English Channel is held by Thomas Gregory of United Kingdom, who achieved the feat in 11 hours, 54 minutes on September 6, 1988, at the age of 11. The Channel Swimming Association has since raised the minimum age limit to 16 years.

(16) Kenya’s Kosgei won women’s half marathon in world best time.

Leading the Kenyan clean sweep at Great North Run, Brigid Kosgei set the record for running the fastest women’s half-marathon in a time of one hour, four minutes and 28 seconds. The record was previously held by her compatriot Joyciline Jepkosgei, who took one hour, four minutes and 51 seconds in 2017. Kosgei had also won this year’s London Marathon.

(17) All India Radio signed a deal with BCCI to provide live cricket commentary.

The BCCI has announced a two-year radio rights arrangement with All India Radio (AIR) for live commentary of Team India’s matches at home. The audio commentary will commence from the first match of India’s upcoming T20I series against South Africa on September 15. The arrangement also includes domestic tournaments including Ranji Trophy, Irani Cup and Deodhar Trophy among others.

(18) Rajesh Sethi named NBA India’s Managing Director.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) has appointed Rajesh Sethi as the Managing Director of NBA India effective September 12. He was most recently with Essel Group, where he held various leadership roles with the group’s entities, including SITI Networks, Zee Entertainment and Ten Sports.

 

The 8th edition of Ladakh Marathon was held in Leh. It is the highest marathon in the world as it is held at over 11,000 feet above the mean sea level. The Marathon was held in the categories of 42 Km Full Marathon, 21 Km half marathon and 7 km long Run for Fun. Over 6000 runners from 25 countries participated in the four categories of Ladakh Marathon.

The 9th Edition to be held in 2020 will be a qualifying race for the Abbot World Marathon Majors.