Here’s your daily summary of Current Affairs.
Book on Gauri Lankesh’s writings launched
A book containing selected writings by late journalist Gauri Lankesh was launched at the Mumbai Press Club, three months after she was gunned down. The book, The Way I See It – a Gauri Lankesh Reader, has been edited by writer and sociologist Chandan Gowda. The six sections of the book comprise Lankesh’s early reportage in various publications and selected articles she wrote for the Kannada language Gauri Lankesh Patrike, which she edited.
World’s longest glass bridge opened in China
The world’s longest glass bridge has been opened in China to the public. Though it has a capacity to hold 2000 people, only 500 would be allowed at a time. Located in Shijiazhuang, the magnificent bridge lies 218 meters above hanging between the two cliffs in Hongyagu Scenic Area in Pingshan County. The bridge is 488 meters long and two meters wide, with two dragon statues on top that could produce smoke. Another bridge 430 meters long and 6 meters wide was opened last year in the Grand Canyon Scenic Area in Zhangjiajie, China.
UP Government signs MOU with South Korea
The Uttar Pradesh government signed a MoU with South Korea to enhance cooperation in the field of tourism, skill development, culture and farming. An agreement was signed in 2000 to develop Ayodhya and Gimhae as sister cities, following which a memorial was constructed in Ayodhya which is visited by a large number of tourists from South Korea every year.
Project “Blue Flag “launched for cleanup of beaches
To enhance standards of cleanliness on beaches, the environment ministry has launched a pilot project ‘Blue Flag’ for its clean-up and development. With the prime objective of enhancing standards of cleanliness, upkeep and basic amenities at beaches, the ministry has launched a pilot project, also striving for the ‘Blue Flag’ certification for such identified beaches. The ‘Blue Flag’ is a certification by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) that a beach, Marina or sustainable boating tourism operator, meets its stringent standards.
India’s first runway on “sea bridge” coming up in Lakshwadeep
India is all set to get its first runway on a ‘sea bridge’, as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been given a nod to extend Lakshadweep’s Agatti Airport. The task will be carried out by building an RCC platform on the beach and shallow area which will allow bigger ATRs to operate on the island. The Project is likely to cost about Rs 1, 500 crores.
Bengaluru becomes first Indian city to have its own logo
Karnataka’s capital city Bengaluru has become the first Indian city to have its own logo after the state government launched it. The logo was designed by a design start-up and uses both English and Kannada alphabets reiterating the fact that Bengaluru has a vibrant culture. The red and black logo is part English and part Kannada. With this, Bengaluru joins a select group of global cities like New York City, Melbourne and Singapore to have a tourism logo of its own.
Mumbai gets India’s first AC local train
Mumbai has got India’s first ever AC suburban local train as Christmas gift. The first service of the 12-coach EMU will commence between Borivali and Churchgate. The first and 12th coaches from Churchgate end are earmarked as ladies coaches. This will be the first train with automatic doors in the suburban system. Out of 12 services of AC Local train, 8 will run fast and will only halt at major stations. The services of AC local train will replace existing 12 Non AC services.
December 25th-Good Governance Day
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s birthday is being celebrated as Good Governance Day across the country on 25th December. Good Governance Day was established in 2014 to honour Mr. Vajpayee by fostering awareness among the people of accountability in government. In keeping with this principle, the Good Governance Day has been declared to be a working day for the government.
Andhra Pradesh Government bans celebration of English New Year in temples
The Endowments Department of the Andhra Pradesh Government has banned the celebration of the English New Year in temples and the special darshans etc in the temples. The Government took this extreme decision citing the reason that the English New Year is not part of the Hindu or Telugu culture. The Government has said that the officials and priests should not spend its money on decorations etc for the English New Year.
IndiGo becomes first Indian airline to operate 1000 flights in a day
On 22nd December 2017, IndiGo became the first airline in the country to operate 1000 flights in a day. Its flight no 6E 185 from Mumbai to Kochi was its 1000th flight of the day. On the same day, IndiGo also took delivery of its 31st Airbus A 320 Neo aircraft, taking its total fleet size to 150 planes.