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Current Affairs (18th January, 2024)

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Ganga Sagar Mela 2024

  • The Ganga Sagar Mela conducted every year in Sagardwip, West Bengal, serves as a reflection of India's rich cultural and spiritual diversity.
  • It is held on the occasion of Makar Sankranti which falls either on 14th or 15th of January of every year.
  • This grand event is the second most widely attended fair in the nation after Kumbhmela.
  • Annually, on Makar Sankranti, devotees from all over the country assemble at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal for a sacred bath, followed by prayers at the esteemed Kapil Muni Temple.

SBI Launches Green Rupee Term Deposit (SGRTD)

  • The State Bank of India (SBI) has introduced a distinctive fixed deposit (FD) program, known as the SBI Green Rupee Term Deposit (SGRTD).
  • This initiative aims to raise funds to champion environmentally conscious initiatives and projects.
  • The objective is to encourage the development of a sustainable finance ecosystem in India, as detailed in the bank's official statement.

Mitsubishi Heavy Launches H-IIA Rocket Carrying Japan’s Spy Satellite

  • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has made achievement in the realms of space exploration and national security by successfully launching an H-IIA rocket.
  • H-IIA rocket is carrying Japan’s Information-Gathering Satellite "Optical-8."
  • This milestone signifies a crucial advancement in Japan’s aerospace capabilities and strategic surveillance.

DRDO Achieves Success in Akash-NG Missile Flight Test

  • The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has successfully conducted the flight test of the New Generation AKASH (AKASH-NG) missile.
  • The test was carried out at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur, off the coast of Odisha.
  • The test demonstrated the system’s proficiency in intercepting high-speed unmanned aerial targets at extremely low altitudes.
  • The Ministry of Defence underscored that the test affirmed the flawless operation of the entire weapon system, representing a noteworthy technological accomplishment for DRDO and enhancing India’s defence capabilities.

PM Modi Inaugurates Atal Setu

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi officially opened the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link (MTHL), known as the Atal Setu.
  • Constructed at an estimated cost of around ₹17,840 crore, the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Sewri-Nhava Sheva Atal Setu stands as the longest bridge in India and the lengthiest sea bridge in the country.