Weekly Current Affairs 15th To 21st November 2019

Weekly Current Affairs 15th To 21st November 2019

National News

Global Cooling Prize

  • The Global Cooling Prize is organized by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the Mission Innovation (MI) programme.
  • Mission Innovation (MI) is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Union to accelerate global clean energy innovation.

MELPL: Largest FDI Project of Indian Railways

  • The Madhepura Electric Locomotive Pvt. Ltd. (MELPL) is a joint venture of Indian Railways (India) and Alstom (France).
  • Ministry of Railways and Alstom came together in 2015 to transform the heavy freight transportation landscape of India and an agreement worth 3.5 billion Euro was signed to manufacture 800 electric locomotives for freight service.

1st Winter-Grade Diesel

  • The first Winter-Grade Diesel was launched to avoid the problem of freezing of diesel in the vehicles when winter temperatures drop to as low as -30 degree Celsius.
  • Normal grade of Diesel loses its fluidity function in the extreme winter weather of the region.

Indian Railways launched “Heritage Week”

  • The tourism arm of Indian Railways, Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited, is organising the “Heritage Week”.
  • The Special Tour Package will explore the heritage and culture of Gujarat and will cover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of “Rani ki Vav”, Champaner-Pavagadh Archaeological Park, Modhera Sun Temple etc.

Golden Chariot Train

  • IRCTC (Indian Railway Catering & Tourism Corporation Limited) will commence operations from March 2020.
  • The Golden Chariot train started its operations in 2008, is a Government of Karnataka initiative in a Joint Venture with the Ministry of Railways.

National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa

  • The National Institute for Sowa-Rigpa (NISR) in Leh, Union Territory of Ladakh would be an autonomous organization under the Ministry of AYUSH.
  • The Institute will provide opportunities to Indian students as well as students from other countries.

Banking

ADB, India Sign $91 Million Loan

  • The first project is helping the modernization of the Gondi irrigation system and the second Project to modernize Vijayanagara Channel.
  • ADB was established in 1966, owned by 68 members - 49 from the Asia-Pacific region and aims to eradicate extreme poverty and achieve inclusive, resilient, and sustainable Asia and the Pacific.

Reports

Water Quality Report

  • The Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution have released the Water Quality Report for State Capitals & UT.
  • The study on the quality of piped drinking water being supplied in the country is undertaken by the Bureau of India Standards (BIS).
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