The Daily Brief – 14th November 2018


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  1. World Pneumonia Day is observed globally every year on November 12 to generate awareness about ‘pneumonia’ disease. The observance of day aims to highlight the severity of pneumonia and bring together people from all over world to promote the prevention and treatment of the disease. World Pneumonia Day was first observed in 2009 after more than 100 organisations joined together form Global Coalition against Child Pneumonia. Pneumonia is form of acute respiratory infection that affects the lungs. It is caused by inflammation of the airspaces in the lungs.
  2. Twitter India has launched #PowerOf18 campaign aimed at encouraging youth to contribute in public debates and participate in civic engagement for the 2019 general elections. The initiative was launched by Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Maya Hari, Vice-President and Managing Director, Asia Pacific, Twitter during townhall chat with the students of IIT Delhi. It is supported by Twitter’s mission to serve the public conversation and work with more like-minded partners and personalities to create awareness of importance of voting.
  3. The inaugural edition India, Indonesia Bilateral Naval Exercise ‘Samudra Shakti’ was held at the port of Surabaya, Indonesia. The aim of the exercise is to strengthen bilateral relations, expand maritime co-operation, enhance interoperability and exchange best practices. Indian Navy was represented by INS Rana of Eastern Fleet based at Visakhapatnam under Eastern Naval Command, which is deployed in South East Asia.
  4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated India’s first Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port on river Ganga at Ramnagar in Varanasi and received first container cargo belonging to PepsiCo. It is the first of four Multi-Modal Terminals being constructed on National Waterways-I (NW1) on River Ganga as part of World Bank-aided Jal Marg Vikas project of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI). Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) project aims to enable commercial navigation of vessels with capacity of 1500 – 2000 tons on NW1.
  5. Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserves Ltd. (ISPRL) has signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to explore storage of crude oil at Padur underground facility in Karnataka. This follows arrival of final shipment of initial delivery of ADNOC crude to be stored in another ISPRL underground facility in Mangaluru, which will store 5.86 million barrels. ISPRL is Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV), which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oil Industry Development Board (OIDB) under Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas.
  6. The Union Ministry of Finance on November 13, 2018 decided to release a Rs 75 commemorative coin on the occasion of 75th anniversary of the hoisting of Tricolour for the first time by Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose at Port Blair. The coin will bear the portrait of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose saluting the flag on the background of cellular jail.  A numeral 75th along with inscription “anniversary” will be depicted below the portrait. There will be inscription in both Devanagari script and English saying ‘First Flag Hoisting Day’. The 35-gram coin will be composed of 50 percent silver, 40 percent copper and 5 percent each of nickel and zinc.
  7. The Union Government has set up a state of -the- art National Data Repository. The repository is a database of all the geo-scientific data of hydrocarbon resources in the country. It is equipped with cutting-edge technology and will provide ready access to interested companies. It is hosted at Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) in Noida.
  8. The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch the modern communication satellite GSAT-29 onboard the rocket GSLV-Mark-Three. The flight would take place from the second launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Center at Sriharikota. This would be the second development flight of the heavier launch vehicle GSLV Mark-III. It has the capacity to lift satellites of about four-tons into a geostationary transfer orbit. The payload for the GSAT-29 is a high; it has a lift off mass of 3423 kilograms and an operational life of more than ten years.

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Today’s Quiz

1. World Pneumonia Day is observed globally every year on ____

2. In which year World Pneumonia Day was first observed?

3. ____ India has launched #PowerOf18 campaign?

4. Which among the following a naval exercise between India and Indonesia?

5. Where was the India’s first Inland Multi-Modal Terminal Port constructed?

6. What is the lift-off mass of GSAT-29?

7. ISPRL underground facility in Mangaluru, which will store ____million barrels of crude oil.

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