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DEFENCE CURRENT AFFAIRS FOR CDS,INET,AFCAT,NDA,SSB,AFSB & OTHER ENTRIES #4


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  • The Deep Depression formed over the southeast and adjoining southwest Bay of Bengal has intensified into a Cyclonic Storm ‘Burevi’ over southwest Bay of Bengal.

  • It is about 240 km east-southeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka), 470 km east-southeast of Pamban (Tamil Nadu) and 650 km nearly east-northeast of Kanniyakumari (Tamil Nadu).

  • The name of Cyclone ‘Burevi’ (बुरेवि), has been contributed by the Maldives.

  • This is the second cyclone formed in the southwest region of the Bay of Bengal within a week.

  • Cyclone Alert have been issued for South Tamilnadu and South Kerala coasts by the India Meteorological Department (IMD).


  • In Karnataka, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa laid the foundation stone for a 11.5 megawatt power plant based on municipal waste in Bidadi, a town in Bengaluru.

  • It is first of its kind power plant in the state being set up by the Karnataka Power Corporation Limited (KPCL) and will help in converting 600 tonnes of municipal waste into 11.5 megawatt energy.

  • This power plant will add 80.59 million units of power to the existing power grid.

  • The power plant project is being constructed at a cost of Rs. 260 crore and is likely to be operational by 2022.



  • The Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Shri Dharmendra Pradhan launched India’s first indigenously developed ‘100 Octane premium petrol’ through video conferencing on 1st December 2020.

  • The high octane premium grade petrol will be marketed under the brand ‘XP-100’.

  • It has been developed by Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) at its Mathura refinery in Uttar Pradesh.

  • XP-100 will be made available in phased manner across the country and in the first phase, it will be made available in 10 cities.

  • The cities are Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida, Agra, Jaipur, Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.

  • With this launch, India has joined a select league of nations globally that have such superior quality fuel.. Octane ratings are measures of fuel stability that increases engine efficiency.

  • Till date, such quality of fuel is available only in six countries including USA, Germany, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia and Israel.








BUSINESS & ECONOMY


Amul world’s 8th largest milk processor Amul, a brand of dairy cooperative major Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation Ltd (GCMMF), is ranked 8th in the list of top 20 global dairy processors released by the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN). The home-grown dairy giant has moved up one rank since last year’s ranking.

  • Amul has replaced United States’ Dean Foods in the global rankings after two years. The American dairy giant commanded a 1.1% market share in the world milk production in 2018. However, it has gone bankrupt and is out of the 2020 global ranking.

  • Meanwhile, other dairy biggies such as New Zealand’s Fonterra, Switzerland’s Nestle Dairy, Canada’s Saputo, US’ Dairy Farmers of America, France’ Groupe Lactalis, Netherlands’ FrieslandCampina, and Denmark’s Arla Foods have retained their rankings in 2020.





APPOINTMENTS


  • Lt Gen Rajeev Chaudhary has been appointed as the 27th Director General of Border Roads Organisation (BRO). His appointment is effective from 1st December 2020.

  • Lt Gen Chaudhary succeeds Lt Gen Harpal Singh who has been appointed as the new Engineer-in-Chief of the Indian Army.

  • The BRO is responsible for construction and maintenance of all border roads including those along the frontiers with China and Pakistan.




OBITUARIES


MDH Masala owner Mahashay Dharampal Gulati passes away Dharampal Gulati, owner of MDH Spices and the face of the company’s advertisements, passed away. He was 97.

  • Popularly called ‘King of Spices,’ was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the country’s third-highest civilian award, in 2019.

  • MDH exports spices to countries across the world such as Switzerland, Japan, the US, and Canada. It is one of the biggest brands of spices, and manufactures almost 50 different types of spices.



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