Current Affairs 2018

  • 20-Aug-2018
  • India Successfully Tests Anti-Tank Guided Missile ‘HELINA’ 

    Indigenously designed and developed guided bombs Smart Anti Airfield Weapon (SAAW) and anti-tank guided missile Helina were successfully tested at separate firing ranges in Rajasthan.
    The SAAW, tested on Sunday at Chandan range, was integrated with a live warhead, which was able to destroy the targets with high precision. The telemetry and tracking systems captured the mission events. This weapon is capable of destroying a variety of ground targets using precision navigation. A total of three tests with different release conditions were conducted during August 16-18. All the mission objectives have been achieved.

  • India-Thailand Conclude ‘Maitree’ Military Exercise 

    The Indian and Thai armed forces on Sunday concluded a two-week long platoon level military exercise called 'Exercise Maitree 2018' in Jammu & Kashmir's Srinagar. The exercise was an annual event designed to strengthen the partnership between armies of the two countries.

    The exercise began on August 6 and comprised of cross-training period, which included familiarization between the two armies to evolve drills and procedures that help in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism operations in varied terrains under the United Nations (UN) mandate. The first phase of the training also focused on familiarising both armies with each other's modus operandi, basic maneuvers, and evolving joint drills in the first phase.

  • FSSAI Constitutes B Sesikeran Committee To Review Food Labelling Standards 

    The government has put on hold the draft that proposes red-labelling of packaged food products containing high levels of fat, sugar and salt, FSSAI CEO Pawan Kumar Agarwal said today. 

    In April, food safety regulator FSSAI had come out with the draft of Food Safety and Standards (Labelling and Display) Regulations 2018 that propose mandatory red-label marking on such packaged food products. 

  • 1st All India Rural Financial Inclusion Survey By NABARD Released

    NABARD All India Financial Inclusion Survey (NAFIS), conducted by National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), was released by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog in New Delhi. The report revealed that farm households register higher income than the families solely dependent on non-farm livelihood activities in rural areas.
    The survey, with reference year of 2015-16, which covered 40,327 rural households, highlighted that the average annual income of an agricultural household is Rs 1,07,172 compared to Rs 87,228 for families engaged only in non-agricultural activities.

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