Current Affairs of 27th December 2019

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1. First Trial Run of Double Stack Train conducted on newly built Rewari-Madar section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC)

An inaugural Trial-Run of Indian Railways (IR) freight train on the newly built Rewari-Madar section of Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDFC), covering a distance of about 306 km (Total 663 track Km) was conducted on 27.12.2019. The trial run was flagged off from New Kishangarh Station by Station Sr. Executive Sh. Ravindra Sharma in the presence of Sh. Anurag Sachan, Managing Director, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation India Limited (DFCCIL). The total cost of works in this section is Rs. 3918 Crore, excluding land.

About Rewari-Madar section

The Rewari-Madar section is in Haryana State (for approximately 79 Km in Mahendragarh & Rewari districts) and Rajasthan State (for approximately 227 Km in Jaipur, Ajmer, Sikar, Nagaur & Alwar districts). This section contains 16 major bridges and viaduct (1 viaduct & 15 major bridges), 270 minor bridges, 4 Rail Fly Overs, 19 Road Over Bridges (11 completed and 8 under construction) & 178 Road Under Bridges eliminating 148 Level crossings. There are 9 newly built DFC stations in this section, six crossing stations (i.e. New Dabla, New Bhagega, New Sri Madhopur, New Pachar Malikpur, New Sakun, and New Kishangarh) and three junction stations (i.e. New Rewari, New Ateli and New Phulera).

DFCCIL will run freight trains at the maximum speed of 100 Kmph hour as against the current maximum speed of 75 kmph on Indian Railway tracks whereas the average speed of freight trains will also be increased from existing speed of 26 kmph on Indian Railways lines to 70 kmph on Dedicated Freight Corridors (DFC).

Industrial Areas likely to benefit

The opening of this stretch will benefit various industries in Rewari – Manesar, Narnaul, Phulera & Kishangarh areas of Rajasthan & Haryana. In addition to this, the container depot of CONCOR at Kathwas will also come on the DFC map and get an advantage in terms of faster throughput.

Highlights

  • Heavy haul train operation with 32.5 Ton axle load has been envisaged for the first time in India (currently practiced only in USA, Canada, Brazil, Australia, China, Russia South-Africa, and Sweden-Norway)
  • Double stack containers
  • Double line electric (2 X 25 KV) track to undertake higher haulage at higher speeds
  • Automated New Track Construction (NTC) machine with a record single-day track laying of more than 3 km.
  • More Powerful Locomotives 7000 kW (9000 HP) CO-CO 6 axles
  • High rise Over Head Equipment (OHE) of 7.4-meter height (existing IR OHE 5.5 m) for double-stack container movement on flat wagons
  • Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) for safe and efficient operation
  • Elimination of road crossing
  • Connecting Multi Modal Logistic Hubs and Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor
  • Water Conservation through Rainwater harvesting in all the stations and RUBs (road under bridge)
  • Reduced Energy Consumption using latest technology
  • Recycling and Re-use – Construction materials and Waste management
  • Green Initiatives – developed as “Low Carbon & Energy Efficient Green Transportation” with reducing GHG emissions w.r.t. freight transportation by existing rail and road system

2. Rajnath Singh launches mobile app of forthcoming DefExpo 2020

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today launched the mobile app of the forthcoming DefExpo 2020 to be held in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. The app provides detailed information about the day-to-day events, participating exhibitors, guest speakers of seminars, maps and directions of the venues. Mr. Singh also reviewed the preparations of DefExpo. During the meeting, senior officials informed that a record number of over 880 exhibitors, including foreign companies, have registered so far. Dozens of MoUs are also expected to be inked during the Expo.


3. S Gurumurthy releases book titled Politics of Opportunism

Noted Economist and Political Analyst S Gurumurthy today released a book titled Politics of Opportunism at a function in New Delhi. The book was written by R P N Singh which throws light on the subject related to rise of regional parties and Centre -States relation. On the occasion, Mr. Gurumurthy shared his views on the politics of opportunism. 
According to him Citizenship Amendment Act grants citizenship to the minority communities who have faced religious persecution in three neighbouring countries and came to India. He said, granting citizenship to such minority communities was also the stand of Mahatma Gandhi and former Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru.


4. Bhubaneswar-New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express depicting Odisha’s Art and culture flagged off

The Bhubaneswar-New Delhi-Bhubaneswar Rajdhani Express which has been transformed with the display of Odisha’s art, culture and heritage was flagged off by the Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The train has been draped in high-quality designs on vinyl wrapping showcasing dance forms, archaeological monuments, traditional Pattachitra, and flora and fauna of Odisha.

East Coast Railway (ECoR) and National Aluminium Limited Company (NALCO) had signed an agreement in this regard. On this occasion, the Minister also launched unreserved train tickets in Odia language, which will be available at 317 stations across the state.


5. LPG bottling plant established at Balangir in Odisha

The bottling plant has been established at an expenditure of 103 crore rupees and has capacity of manufacturing 42 lakh cylinders annually. The bottling plant will benefit residents of 14 western Odisha districts.

The State will soon have seven LPG bottling plants with two more plants coming up at Bhubaneswar and Rayagada. While the current bottling capacity of the existing four plants is 2 crore 80 lakh cylinders per annum, the bottling capacity will increase to 4 crore 6 lakh cylinders annually once all seven plants start production.


6. Indian Air Force Bids farewell to MiG 27

The MiG-27, which proved to be an ace attacker during the 1999 Kargil War roared through the skies for one last time today after serving the Indian Air Force for over three decades. The swing-wing fighter has been the backbone of a ground-attack fleet of the Air Force for several decades and the IAF bidding adieu to its squadron of seven aircraft from Jodhpur Air Base.

Veteran air warriors along with serving air warriors in large numbers are taking part in the ceremony. The Aircrafts also received water salute at Air Force Station Jodhpur.

Defence Ministry said the upgraded variant of this last swing-wing fleet has been the pride of the IAF strike fleet since 2006. All other variants, such as MiG-23 BN and MiG-23 MF and the pure MiG-27 have already retired from IAF. It said the fleet earned its glory in the historic Kargil conflict when it delivered rockets and bombs with accuracy on enemy positions. The fleet also took an active part in Operation Parakram.

The Number 29 Squadron is the only unit in the IAF operating the MiG-27 upgrades. The upgraded version, because of its survivability, has participated in numerous national and international exercises. The Ministry said, the Squadron was raised on March 10, 1958, at Air Force Station Halwara with Ouragan (Toofani) aircraft. Over the years, the Squadron has been equipped with numerous types of fighters such as MiG-21 Type 77, MiG-21 Type 96, MiG-27 ML and MiG-27 upgrade. The lethal aircraft, for their role during the 1999 Kargil War, earned the moniker ‘Bahadur’ from IAF pilots.


7. National Tribal Dance Festival begins in Raipur

National Tribal Dance Festival has begun in Raipur, the capital of Chhattisgarh, today. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi inaugurated the festival. The inaugural function was presided over by Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.

The National Tribal Dance Festival is being organized in Chhattisgarh for the first time. More than 1300 participants from 25 states & UTs of the country and six countries are participating in this three-day dance fest. These folk dance teams will present their respective folk art cultures. During these three days, 29 tribal troupes will present more than 43 styles of four different dance forms.


8. Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurates the National Workshop of HRD Ministry on Social Media Outreach & Communication held in New Delhi

Union Human Resource Development Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ inaugurated the ‘Social Media Outreach & Communication: National Workshop on Management and Best Practices’ organised by the Ministry of HRD for various educational institutions and organisations in New Delhi today. Nearly 200 Social Media Champions from various Centrally funded educational institutions participated in the workshop.

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