Current Affairs in Short: 11 January 2018
- US travel advisory puts India at level 2: India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution), while Pakistan has been placed in Level 3 (reconsider travel). Level 1 advises travellers to exercise normal precaution, while Level 4, which has countries like Afghanistan, recommends "Do Not Travel".
- Railway launches SFOORTI App: In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways have launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.
1. US travel advisory puts India at level 2
The US issued a new travel advisory for countries including India, which is "user friendly" as it is based on ready-to-understand level of advice ranging from one to four.
India has been ranked Level 2 (exercise increased caution), while Pakistan has been placed in Level 3 (reconsider travel). Level 1 advises travellers to exercise normal precaution, while Level 4, which has countries like Afghanistan, recommends "Do Not Travel".
Now every country has a travel advisory based on this system, which has replaced all the previous such advisories.
2. WB govt launching water ATMs in city, districts
West Bengal government has launched a water ATM project to provide bacteria-free drinking water in schools.
The government is setting up water ATMs in the city and suburbs and the machines are made in Germany. As per the government, Arsenic contamination was most alarming in 90 blocks of seven districts but with government efforts, it has been contained to 61%. However, the WB government is working to contain it fully.
3. Ministry of Railway launches Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) Application
In a major digital initiative to help plan the traffic flows and optimize freight operations, Ministry of Railways have launched Smart Freight Operation Optimisation & Real Time Information (SFOORTI) App for Freight Managers which provides features for monitoring and managing freight business using Geographic Information System (GIS) Views and Dashboard.
Salient features of SFOORTI
With this application, movement of freight trains on Geographic Information System (GIS) view can be tracked.
•Both passenger and freight trains can be tracked over Zones/Divisions/ Sections in single GIS View.
•Freight business can be monitored.
•Comparative Analysis of Zonal/Divisional Traffic.
•Analysis of new traffic captured and traffic lost.
•This app provides a Bird’s eye view of all Freight Assets in a single window.
•Provides end to end Rake movement on Geospatial view
•Expected Traffic at Interchange points to evaluate daily performance can be viewed.
•Performance of each zone and divisions with respect to loading and utilization of freight assets can be viewed.
•Sectional performance monitoring for sections, divisions and zones shall help in traffic routing.
•Freight terminal and sidings can be better monitored to ensure better turnaround of rakes.
4. Aanchal Thakur wins India its 1st international medal in skiing
Aanchal Thakur, from Arunachal Pradesh, has made history by winning India's first-ever international medal in skiing.
The 21-year-old clinched bronze in the coveted Alpine Ejder 3200 Cup organised by the Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS), skiing's international governing body at the Palandoken Ski Centre in Erzurum in Turkey.
She won the medal in the slalom race category.
5. Pak suspends intelligence, military cooperation with US
Pakistan has suspended intelligence and military cooperation with the United States after Washington froze military assistance to Pakistan.
The development comes after the United States made its stand clear that the aid to Pakistan has only been suspended not cut-off, as it wanted the country to take an aggressive approach in eliminating terrorism.
6. IAF mountaineering team achieves 'Seven Summit' goal
Indian Air Force adventure team has achieved the goal of climbing the highest mountains in seven continents of the world.
The IAF team was successful in implanting the tricolour and the IAF flag on Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mt. Vinson in Antarctica, Mt. Puncak Jaya in Australia, Mt. Everest in Eurasia, Mt. Denali in North America, Mt. Mauna Kea in Pacific, Mt. Aconcagua in South America.
These peaks were scaled by a five member mountaineering team led by Gp Capt RC Tripathi is the first organisation in India to achieve this unique feat.
7. Amazon CEO becomes richest man in history
Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos has become the richest person in the world after making $6.1 billion in just five trading days in 2018 and is now worth $105 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
As per the report, Jeff Bezos’ net worth reached $105.1 billion eclipsing the record previously held by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. A 1.4% rise in Amazon’s share price made him richer by $1.4 billion.
Jeff Bezos owns around 17% of the equity of Amazon. Besides his stake in Amazon, Bezos also controls closely held space exploration business Blue Origin and The Washington Post.
8. NF Railway introduces new technology to tackle fog
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has introduced a new GPS-based system in all locomotives for auto warning to train drivers during the foggy season.
The new system called FogPASS (Fog Pilot Assistance System for Safety), consisting of an in-built battery and GPS antenna with a magnetic base, has been installed in all locomotives in the NFR.
The system is also expected to ensure timely running of trains.