Current Affairs Assam – April 2018
( Covers all important Assam Current Affairs & GK topics for the month of April 2018 )
India to get IAF fighter jet for $20 billion
India will be procuring 110 fighter Jets for the Indian Air Force for approximately $20 billion. The Government has re-invited aviation companies to compete for producing fighter jets in India under the government’s “strategic partnership” policy.
IAF issued a preliminary global tender or RFI (request for information) to acquire 110 fighter jets, of which 85% are to be built in India with a domestic strategic partner or production agency.
IAf wants to set up a second fighter manufacturing line in India to supplement the delayed production of Tejas jets by HAL. The current strength of IAF is 31 fighter squadrons (each with 18 jets). It requires at least 42 to tackle Pakistan and China. However, 10 existing squadrons of old MiG-21s and MiG-27s are slated for retirement by 2022.
ISRO to launch navigation satellite IRNSS-1I
The Indian Space Research Organisation will launch the IRNSS-1I satellite in the NavIC navigation satellite constellation on April 12.According to ISRO’s website Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C41) will take off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 4.04am carrying IRNSS-1I.
The launch will be PSLV’s 20th flight with ‘XL’ configuration. ISRO had launched IRNSS-1H in August 2017 as a replacement, but the mission failed after the heat shield covering the satellite failed to separate.PSLV had placed GSAT-6A.in orbit, However, Isro lost communication with the satellite.
Exercise ‘Chakravath’ by Indian Navy
Chakravath, a joint humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HADR) exercise was organised by the Indian Navy in coordination with the Kerala government. Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated an exhibition at the Sagara Hall of Cochin Port Trust (CoPT). Various national and state level agencies, NGOs and vendors displayed a large range of disaster relief equipment. The CM also attended the skill Demo exercise, which was conducted in the Mattancherry Channel off the BTP Jetty. The exercise showcased the capabilities of the Armed Forces and all state agencies, in tackling an emergency using all available resource. ‘Chakravath’ is being conducted by the Southern Naval Command, here from April 5 to 8.
Assam Spring Festival organised in Manas National Park
The two-day Assam Spring Festival was held at Manas National Park. It was organised by IndianWeavers’ Association and Swankar Mithinga Onsai Afat, an association of reformed poachers in Manas who are now engaged in wildlife conservation and preservation.
The aim of the festival was to promote local food and culture of fringe villagers. It also attempted to create model of alternative livelihood through food, handloom and culture.
Cisco launched incubator for startups in Kerala.
Global IT networking giant Cisco will launch an incubator for startups at the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management (IIITM-K) in association with NASSCOM Foundation.The announcement was made at ‘Huddle Kerala’, a two-day conclave for startups in Kovalam.
Harish Krishnan, India chief of CISCO, said that ‘thingQbator’ will assist startups whose ideas are at the core of the domain of ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and blockchain technology.Incubators on a similar model are being planned in other states as well, but the first one would roll out in Kerala.Unicorn India Ventures has already invested in four companies that took part in deliberations at ‘Huddle Kerala’ and that it planned to invest in two more startups very soon.Sea Fund is another investor which has expressed interest in the state’s emerging and innovative startups.