current affairs(29TH NOVEMBER)
SPICEJET LAUNCHED DEDICATED FREIGHTER SERVICES IN LEH
- SpiceJet has launched dedicated freighter services connecting Leh with the rest of the country. This is the first time a civil airliner has started freighter services to Leh.
- Accordingly, the airline operated its first freighter flight from Delhi to Leh carrying 13 tonnes of cargo supplies. SpiceXpress, the dedicated cargo arm of SpiceJet, will deploy its Boeing 737 freighter on this route.
- The dedicated cargo flights will help transport fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers, perishables, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment, and other general cargo.
- Besides improving logistics and connectivity, the new freighter service will ensure transportation of these essential commodities remains unaffected due to dipping temperatures and adverse weather conditions during these winter months.
- The new flights launched are seasonal and will operate during the winter months when surface transportation is disrupted owing to harsh weather conditions.
- In line with its commitment to ensuring seamless transportation of essential commodities, SpiceJet aims to address the geographical challenges while offering seamless connectivity through its cargo service.
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- Chairman & Managing Director of SpiceJet: Ajay Singh.
- RIJIJU Launched 2ND FIT INDIA SCHOOL WEEK PROGRAM
- Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has launched the 2nd edition of the “Fit India School Week” program in the presence of Fit India Mission.
- Sports Minister encourages school children to participate in the Fit India movement.
- To participate in the program the schools have to register themselves on fitindia.gov.in/fit-india-school-week.
- The Fit India School week program was launched in November last year and saw participation from over 15 thousand schools across the country.
- Founder of FIT India: Suparno Satpathy.
FOOTBALL INDIAN TEAM RANKED 104TH IN FIFA RANKINGS
- The Indian national team has moved up a spot to 104 in the latest FIFA Rankings.
- The Indian team were ranked 108th in the October 2020 rankings. In two months, India has climbed 5 spots after being 109th in September.
- Meanwhile, on the global scene, the top six remain unchanged. Belgium continues to lead the rankings followed by France, Brazil, England, Portugal and Spain.
- Argentina is seventh, having interchanged spots with eighth-placed Uruguay. Mexico and Italy complete the top 10.
- President of FIFA: Gianni Infantino; Founded: 21 May 1904.
- Headquarters: Zürich, Switzerland.
NITIN GADKARI LAUNCHED HIGHWAY PROJECTS IN UP
- Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has inaugurated and laid the foundation stones of 16 National Highway projects in Uttar Pradesh.
- The construction cost of these infra projects is estimated to be around Rs 7477 crore.
- These highway projects include a road length of 505 kilometres and will provide better connectivity, convenience to the public as well as lead to economic growth in the state.
- National Highways works worth two lakh crore rupees are being undertaken in UP.
RUSSIA SUCCESSFULLY TEST-FIRED TSIRKON CRUISE MISSILE
- Russia successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile in the Arctic.
- The frigate Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile, hitting a naval target 450 km away in the Barents Sea at a speed of over Mach 8.
- In early January, the same frigate test-fired a Tsirkon missile for the first time, striking a ground target over 500 km
- Last month, the warship deployed in the White Sea destroyed a naval target in the Barents Sea with a Tsirkon missile.
'QUARANTINE': CAMBRIDGE WORD OF THE YEAR 2020
- Cambridge Dictionary has named ‘quarantine’ as Word of the Year 2020.
- The word has been named the word of the year based on data that showed that it was one of the most highly searched words on the Cambridge Dictionary this year.
- Cambridge editors have noticed that people are using the word in a new way this year describing a “general period of time in which people are not allowed to leave their homes or travel freely so that they do not catch or spread a disease.”
- This new sense of quarantine has now been added to the Cambridge Dictionary. “Quarantine was the only word to rank in the top five for both search spikes and overall views (more than 183,000 by early November),
- With the largest spike in searches (28,545) seen in the week of March 18-24, when many countries around the world went into lockdown as a result of Covid-19,” as per an official release.
BOWRING MEDICAL COLLEGE NAMED AFTER VAJPAYEE
- The Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute in Bengaluru have been named after former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- The institute was set up in 2018-19 on the campus of Bowring and Lady Curzon Hospital in Shivajinagar in the heart of Bengaluru.
- Atal Bihari Vajpayee was the first leader from the Bharatiya Janata Party to become the Prime Minister. He served as Prime Minister thrice — briefly in 1996, from 1998 to 1999, and then for a full five-year term between 1999 and 2004.
- Among his several portfolios, Vajpayee had also served as External Affairs Minister during PM Morarji Desai’s tenure during 1977 and 1979.
POWER EXERCISED BY US PRESIDENT TO PARDON FORMER NSA
- Recently, the President of the United States of America (USA) has exercised his powers under the constitution to pardon his former National Security Advisor.
- Unlike the USA President, whose powers to grant pardons are almost unrestrained, the President of India has to act on the advice of the Cabinet.
- The President of the USA has the constitutional right to pardon or commute sentences related to federal crimes.
- Clemency is a broad executive power, and discretionary which means the President is not answerable for his pardons, and does not have to provide a reason for issuing one. But there are few limitations.
- Under Article 72 of the Constitution, the President shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence where the sentence is a sentence of death.
- In several cases, the Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that the President has to act on the advice of the Council of Ministers while deciding mercy pleas.
- These include Maru Ram v. Union of India in 1980 and Dhananjoy Chatterjee v. State of West Bengal in 1994.