‘’Paper 4-GS-III, Topic: Infrastructure of India: Railways – Luxurious Mumbai-Goa Tejas from May 22

Five-day-a-week train will have gangways, automatic doors and 22 new features

    What you need to know:

  • The luxurious train, Tejas Express, will start running between Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and Karmali in North Goa on May 22.
  • All preparations have been done for the launch of the 20-coach train, which will have secured gangways, automatic doors, and 22 new features.
  • According to Central Railway officials, the coaches have been manufactured in the Indian Coach Factory, Perambur, Chennai.
  • The train will run at a speed of 130kmph and will cover the distance in nearly eight and a half hours.
  • The coaches will have bio-vaccum toilets, water level indicators, tap sensors, and hand dryers. Such facilities and features are the first of its kind in the Indian Railways,” said the officials.
  • The five-day-a-week train will depart from CST at 5 a.m. and reach Karmali at 1.30 p.m. Similarly, it will leave Karmali at 2.30 p.m. and reach CST at 11 p.m.
  • The train will have executive class and chair class. “The coaches will have tea and coffee vending machines, magazines, snacks tables, LCD screens, and Wi-Fi,” said the officials.
  • The fare has not been disclosed, but the officials point out that it will be nearly 30% more than that of Shatabdi and other premium trains. General manager Devendra Kumar Sharma confirmed the launch.
  • Tejas Express will be in the city on May 20 from New Delhi and will be launched by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on May 22

   Source: Indian Express

 

‘’Paper 4-GS-III, Topic: Science & Technology – ISRO gets Indira Gandhi Prize for 2014

A S Kiran Kumar, the chairman of ISRO, received the award, presented for the organisation’s efforts towards fostering international cooperation and space exploration

    Brief:

  • The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) was on Thursday presented with the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development for the year 2014.The prize was presented to ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar by former Prime Minister and Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust (IGMT) trustee Dr. Manmohan Singh.
  • The ISRO was selected for the prize in 2014 by a jury headed by Vice-President Hamid Ansari. It consists of a trophy made of banded Haematite Jasper, with a portrait of the late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in Jaipur miniature paintings, a cash award of ₹1 crore and a citation, the IGMT said in a statement.
  • The citation read: “The International Jury… awarded the prize in recognition of its path-breaking achievements, culminating in the Mars Orbiter Mission and its contributions in strengthening international cooperation.

   Points to be noted:

  • Isro has shown how Indian scientists and talents can be harnessed to international level, catching up with more advanced nations in a highly technical and sophisticated field.
  • It has shown how true self-reliance is, often working in adverse circumstances when it was denied adequate access to the latest research and development elsewhere.
  • Isro has demonstrated that in space technology, India stands shoulder to shoulder with the best in the world.

   Source: Deccan Herald

 

‘’Paper 3-GS-II, Topic: Global grouping & Agreements affecting India’s interest – India aims to boost trade ties with African nations

African Development Bank meet to be held in Gujarat

    What is important to know:

  • India has extended credit totaling $7.6 billion to African nations and aims to use the upcoming annual meeting of the African Development Bank in Gujarat this month to strengthen its trade ties with the continent.
  • As on March 31, 2017, India has extended 152 lines of credit to 44 African nations amounting to $7.6 billion, Economic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das said.
  • The meeting will take place on May 22-26 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who will inaugurate the meeting, had in the India-Africa Summit committed a $10 billion line of credit to African nations.
  • The African Development Bank (AfDB) has 81 member countries, 57 of which are from Africa. India is among the other 24 non-regional members.
  • Indian companies have invested $72 billion in African nations as of 2014-15, Mr. Das added, saying that this made up 20% of the total investment in those countries.
  • During the course of the event, the board of governors of the Bank will meet to dwell on major developmental challenges facing the African countries and the ways to achieve an inclusive and sustainable growth.

   Positive Outcome:

  • AfDB has adopted a strategy called “High 5s”, which focuses on five major developmental priorities comprising agriculture, energy, industrialization, regional connectivity, and improved quality of life through access to social and economic opportunities. During the India Africa Forum Summit 2015, the announcement of a $10 billion line of credit by the prime minister marked a new beginning in India’s approach to engage with African countries in a more constructive manner.

   Source: Worldtv News