Exam Power: 29 April 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 29 April 2018 Current Affairs
International Dance Day is observed on 29 April
International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the Dance Committee of the International Theatre Institute (ITI), the main partner for the performing arts of UNESCO.
The event takes place every year on 29th April, the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre (1727-1810), the creator of modern ballet. The day strives to encourage participation and education in dance through events and festivals held on the date all over the world. UNESCO formally recognize ITI to be the creators and organizers of the event

India’s first industrial solar microgrid commissioned in Gujarat
On April 26, 2018, Swedish-Swiss multinational giant ABB announced commissioning of India’s first industrial solar microgrid at its factory in Vadodara, Gujarat.
India’s first industrial solar microgrid commissioned in GujaratDetails about India’s first industrial solar microgrid:
 Microgrid is a localized electricity source which can function autonomously as well as by connecting and being synced with the traditional centralized electrical grid (macrogrid).

 Microgrids with integrated battery energy storage is primarily setup to ensure continuity of work during planned and unplanned power outages. 

 ABB’s Mircrogrid (having rooftop photovoltaic field and battery-energy storage system) at its factory in Vadodara will harness the solar energy and will thus help in meeting the growing electricity needs.

This facility will not only ensure continuity during power outages, but will also help in lowering carbon footprint.

Shirui Lily Festival Concludes In Manipur

Manipur's Shirui Lily Festival 2018 was concluded at Ukhrul district.

The festival was spread over multiple venues.

The festival was sponsored by the department of tourism, Manipur to spread awareness about conservation of the endangered Shirui Lily and promote the district of Ukhrul as a tourist destination in Manipur.

The festival was also supported by NEC and aims to promote afforestation and sustainable tourism efforts in the state.

Deen Dayal Upadhyay Scholarship announced for people who did exemplary work for development of journalism

Union Minister of Information & Broadcasting Smriti Zubin Irani addressed the 69th Valedictory session of Development Journalism Course at Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi. 

During the  occasion, the Minister  announced a scholarship for  Rs 25000 in commemoration of Deen Dayal Upadhyay for people of Indian Origin who did exemplary work in development of journalism.

On this occasion she also inaugurated National Media Faculty Development Center in IIMC Campus. 

She launched ECHO Newsletter, Samachar Madhyam and Communicator magazines.

NHAI Inks Pact With MacquarieThe 

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) entered into a pact with Macquarie for road projects under the highway monetization drive.

The Agreement has been signed with Macquarie for the first bundle\of highway projects (USD 1.5 billion one of the highest FDI in highways).

Environment Ministry declares all protected areas plastic free zones

The Environment Ministry has banned plastics in all protected areas around the country and declared them plastic free zones. 

It has directed states and Union territories to organise awareness campaigns to sensitise people about the issue. 

The decision has been taken ahead of the World Environment Day that is observed on June 5.

AIIMS sets up India’s first VBN system
On 26th April 2018, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) set up India’s first Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN), an advanced facility for diagnosis and treatment of small tumour-like spots in lungs.
Virtual Bronchoscopy Navigation (VBN):

The VBN system was installed in the Department of Pulmonary Medicine and Sleep Disorders at AIIMS.
Apart from India only few countries like China, Singapore besides the US and Europe own this facility.
Using VBN system samples can be collected from small lung lesions with extreme precision and safety by using a bronchoscope.
The machine uses the CT scan image of a patient to produce a 3D view of the windpipe. After that a bronchoscope can be passed through the windpipe to reach the abnormal areas. This will reduce the risk of puncturing the lung.

New frog species Fejervarya goemchi named after Goa

Scientists have identified a new species of frog called Fejervarya goemchi in the highland plateaus of the Western Ghats parts of Goa. 

It has been named after state of Goa where the species is discovered.

Fejervarya goemchi are large-sized terrestrial frogs.

Most Fejervarya species in South and South-East Asia are difficult to identify on the basis of morphology alone. The authors have used a combination of morphology, geographic distribution range and molecular methods to describe the new species

Sources : TOI, Business Standard, The Hindu, ANI, Economic Times 

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