Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 January 2018

Jan 31, 2018 16:51 IST
Top 5 Current Affairs: 31 January 2018

Total Lunar eclipse, Super Blue Blood Moon to be seen around the world

In a rare celestial occurrence, people around the world would be able to witness a total lunar eclipse and a super blue moon today, January 31, 2018. The event is being termed as a super blue blood moon and would be a rare lunar event to watch.

The celestial event is a lunar trifecta where three particular events are colliding including total lunar eclipse, blue moon and the super moon phenomena. During the lunar eclipse, the earth comes exactly between the sun and the moon and the earth's shadow falls on the moon. If the three are almost exactly on the same line, it is called a total lunar eclipse.

India ranked as 6th wealthiest country in the world: Report

A report by New World Wealth has ranked India in the sixth position in the list of wealthiest countries. It noted that India was the best-performing wealth market globally in 2017, as its total wealth increased from USD 6,584 billion in 2016 to USD 8,230 billion in 2017, registering a 25 per cent growth.

As per the report, the United States is the wealthiest country in the world with a total wealth of USD 64,584 billion. China was ranked second, as its total wealth in 2017 amounted to USD 24,803 billion followed by Japan at the third position with a total wealth of USD 19,522 billion.

Rural women in Maharashtra to get sanitary pads for just Rs 5

The state government of Maharashtra on January 30, 2017 approved a proposal to provide sanitary napkins at a subsidised rate of Rs 5 to women living in rural areas. The decision is aimed at promoting menstrual hygiene among young girls and women.

The use of sanitary pads among girls and women stands at around 17 per cent in the rural areas of the state due to high costs. Besides this, it had also been noticed that girls remain absent for 50-60 days a year during their menstrual cycles.

India, World Bank sign USD 100 million loan agreement to boost rural economy of Tamil Nadu

India and the World Bank on 30 January 2018 signed a USD 100 million loan agreement for Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project, aimed at boosting up the rural economy of Tamil Nadu.

The Tamil Nadu Rural Transformation Project will create an enabling environment for producer organizations and enterprises to promote businesses across select value chains. The project aims to promote rural enterprises, facilitate their access to finance and create employment opportunities for youth particularly women in selected blocks of Tamil Nadu across 26 districts, benefitting over 400000 people.

Indian Navy launches third Scorpene Class Submarine INS Karanj

INS Karanj, the third Scorpene class submarine constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited, was launched by the Indian Navy on January 31, 2018.

Following the launch, the submarine was towed to Mumbai Port Trust for separation from the pontoon. INS Karanj will now undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before it is commissioned into the Navy.

The modern technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines ensures superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels and hydro-dynamically optimized shape.

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