Exam Power: 20 May 2018 Today Current Affairs

Exam Power: 20 May 2018 Today Current Affairs
20 May 2018 Today Current Affairs, May 2018 Current Affairs
PM Narendra Modi To Lay Foundation Stone Of Indias Longest Road Tunnel In J&K
Prime Minister Narendra Modiis on a day-long visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

During his visit, Prime Minister will lay the foundation stone of 'Zojila Tunnel' on the Srinagar-Leh National Highway in Leh.

The 14-kilometer long Zojila tunnel will be India’s longest road tunnel and Asia’s longest bidirectional tunnel.

It will provide all-weather connectivity to the whole Ladakh region and Kargil in particular which remains cut off from rest of the world for more than 5 months of the winter.

Prime Minister Modi will dedicate to the nation a 330 MW Kishenganga hydroelectric project from Srinagar.

There are 7 functional NHPC power projects in J&K.

The project has been built at a cost of Rs 5200 Crores.

PM Narendra Modi inaugurates 330-MW Kishenganga hydel power project in Srinagar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 330-MW Kishenganga hydel power project in Srinagar. 

Jammu and Kashmir Governor, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari and Jitendra Singh were present on the occasion. 

The project has been built by the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district. It has been constructed at a cost of 5200 crore rupees. 

It is expected to generate 1,713 million units of electricity per annum. Jammu and Kashmir would get 12 percent of power from the project. 

He also laid the foundation stone of the ring road project in Srinagar. This will boost connectivity with Bandipora, Uri, and Ganderbal.

Earlier, PM Modi laid the foundation stone of Zojila Tunnel, providing all-weather connectivity between Srinagar, Kargil, and Leh.

The Zojila pass will be Asia's longest bi-directional tunnel. It is situated at an altitude of 11,578 feet on Srinagar-Kargil-Leh National Highway which remains closed during winters.

Jammu and Kashmir is going to get development projects worth 25,000 crore rupees. He said these projects will have a positive impact on the people of the states.

There is great scope for agricultural growth across the state. He said Jammu and Kashmir can play a key role in holistic healthcare.

Karnataka Chief Minister Yeddyurappa Resigns

BS Yeddyurappa resigned 55 hours after taking oath as the Karnataka CM, ahead of the floor test. BJP, with 104 seats, was seven short of the required number of 111.

The Congress with 78 MLAs, the JD(S) with 36 and three others were also individually not in a position to form the government.

But with BJP now exiting the picture, the Congress-JD(S) combine has 114 seats, more than the required number.


NITI Aayogs 3-Day Venture Capital Symposium 2018 Begins

NITI Aayog, in association with Vision India Foundation, is organizing the Venture Capital Symposium 2018 to deepen the economic relationships between France and India.

The Venture Capital Symposium 2018 is a three-day event where the French investors will be interacting with 100 early to mid-stage Indian start-ups.

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, along with Atul Chaturvedi, Additional Secretary, DIPP addressed the inaugural address of the Symposium, which was attended by Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India.

Indias Jagriti Yatra Wins Charity Award In United Kingdom

The Yatra, an Indian charity that organizes 15-day train journeys around India to understand and build the India of smaller towns and villages through enterprise has won an award in London.

Jagriti Yatra was among a series of worldwide charities and individuals recognized for their impact within their communities at the Asian Voice Charity Awards.

Jagriti Yatra organizes 15-day train journeys, covering 800 km for 400 young change-makers across India every year.

It has created some of India’s foremost social entrepreneurs and pioneers of enterprise-led development that cuts across socio-economic boundaries in India.

Shivangi Pathak Becomes Youngest Indian Woman To Scale Mount Everest

India's Shivangi Pathak become youngest women of the country to scale Mt Everest from Nepal side.

According to the Managing Director of Seven Summit Treks, Mingma Sherpa, 16-year-old Shivangi successfully stood atop world’s highest mountain.

Born in Hisar of Haryana Shivangi climbed Mt Everest to spread the message that women could overcome any obstacle to achieve their goals.

Rajinder Singh named Hockey India president 
Rajinder Singh was  named president of Hockey India (HI), following Mariamma Koshy's resignation from the post. 

Singh, who is the Senior Vice President of HI will take charge as President from 19 May 2018

He was earlier the Treasurer of HI and currently serves as the Treasurer of Hockey Jammu & Kashmir. 

Gina Haspel Confirmed as first female Director Of CIA

The US Senate confirmed Gina Haspel as the first female director of Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). 

Gina Haspel's confirmation in a 54-45 vote follows a partisan fight among senators about the CIA's Bush-era use of techniques such as waterboarding.

The former CIA chief, Mike Pompeo, left to become US Secretary of State.

'AYUSH' Finds A Place In English Language

20 May 2018 Today Current Affairs, Latest Current Affair
The Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology decided to adopt the word ‘AYUSH’ in Hindi and English languages for scientific and technical purposes.

The “AYUSH” became popular as the acronym for five traditional and complementary systems of medicine, namely Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy and successfully adopted and used in all Government communications.

The decision follows a proposal from the Ministry of AYUSH in this regards.


Sources : The Hindu, TOI,PIB, Economic Times, ANI, Indian Express

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