Daily : February 3, 2018

INS Karanj, India's third Scorpene class submarine, launched in Mumbai


Question- On January 31st, 2018, the third Scorpene class submarine constructed indigenously was launched. The development of this class of submarines is being done by the Indian government with a joint effort of which of the following countries?
(a) Russia
(b) Israel
(c) America
(d) France
Answer: (d)
Related Facts:

  • On 31stJanuary 2018, the third Scorpene class submarine constructed by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Limited for the Indian Navy, was launched by Mrs Reena Lanba, President Navy Wives Welfare Association.
  • After the recitation of Sanskrit shlokas from the Atharva Veda and traditional ceremonies, launching was performed.
  • She also named this submarine as ‘Karanj’ and wished her good fortune.
  • Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff was the chief guest on the occasion.
  • This historic event reaffirms the giant strides taken by Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd (MDL) in the ongoing ‘Make In India’ programme, which is being actively implemented by the Department of Defence Production (MoD).
  • The contract for the construction and Transfer-of-Technology for six Scorpene submarines in series, has M/s Naval Group (formerly DCNS) of France as ‘Collaborator’ and are being built by MDL.
  • The submarine 67.5 m Long, 12.3 m Weighing and 1565 tons weighing.
  • The submarine was then towed to Mumbai Port Trust, for separation from the pontoon.
  • The old Karanj had served the nation for 34 years from 1969 to 2003 including participation in 1971 war.
  • Last year, on 14 December 2017, INS Kalvari, the first Scorpene class submarine was commissioned into the Indian Navy, by Hon’ble Prime Minister.
  • Khanderi, the second Scorpene class submarine was launched in January 2017, and is currently undergoing the rigorous phase of sea trials and is also scheduled to be delivered shortly.
  • Karanj will now undergo rigorous trials and tests, both in harbour and at sea before it is commissioned into the Navy.
  • The state-of- the-art technology utilised for construction of the Scorpene class submarines has ensured superior stealth features such as advanced acoustic silencing techniques, low radiated noise levels, hydro-dynamically optimized shape and the ability to launch a crippling attack on the enemy using precision guided weapons.


Indian cricket team in South Africa in 2017–18

India South Africa Test Series, 2018

Question: Who amongst the following was selected as the ‘Player of the Series’ in the series of 3 Test matches played between India-South Africa concluded recently?
(a) Virat Kohli
(b) Mohammed Shami
(c) Kagiso Rabada
(d) Vernon Philander
Answer: (d) 
Related Facts:

  • Indian cricket team’s Tour to Africa (5th January-24th February, 2018)
  • 3 Tests, 6 ODIs and 3 T-20 matches will be paid in the tour.
  • Series of three Test matches concluded. (January 5-27, 2018)
  • South Africa won the Test Series (Freedom Trophy) 2-1.
  • Player of the series- Vernon Philander (S. Africa) scored 94 runs and 15 wickets in the series.
  • Most runs in the series – Virat Kohli (286 runs).
  • Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada of S. Africa and Mohammad Shami of India won the most 15-15 wickets.
  • First Test (5-8 January, 2018), Newlands Cricket Ground (Cape Town)
  • Jaspreet Bumrah made his international Test debut.
  • Riddhiman Saha becomes the first Indian cricketer to catch 10 catches in a Test.
  • From January 13th-17th, 2018, Second Test held at Super Sport Park (Centurion).
  • Mohammed Shami of India achieved 100th wickets in the Test match.
  • Cheteshwar Pujara became the first Indian batsman to be run out in both innings of a Test match.
  • Lungi Angadi became the 23rd African bowler to joins the club, taking 5 wickets in his first Test match.
  • From January 24th -27th, 2018 Third Test held at Wanderers Stadium, (Johannesburg).
  • Indian bowler Jaspreet Bumrah (5/54) ​​got the first five wicket haul for the first time in a Test match.
  • Virat Kohli as captain becomes the Indian cricketer who scored the most runs (3,456) in Test matches.
  • South Africa’s Diane Elgar became first opener batsman to be not-out twice in the Test matches since 1992.
  • Earlier, in the year 2015, he was remained not out on 118 against England.
  • Carry the bat or carry one’s bat in cricket means the opener who does not have a not out after the end of the entire innings.
  • This was the first test series of three matches or more, in which all the 40 wickets in the series (3 × 40 = 120 wickets) fell.
  • Earlier on three occasions 118 wickets fell in the three test matches series.
  • The highest 157 wickets fall in the four matches’ series.
  • Fall of 197 wickets in the five-match series is the best record.
  • Mohammed Shami in the second innings of the third Test match took 5 wickets for 28 runs, his best figure in Test cricket.
  • This is the third win of the Indian team in 20 Test matches in South Africa.
  • Indian team played 5 Tests at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg, with two wins and three draws.
  • On December 1st, 2017, India defeated Sri Lanka in the Test series and equaled England and Australia’s world record of winning consecutive 9 Test series matches.
  • Indian team’s captain was Virat Kohli and South African team’s Captain was Faf du Plessis.
  • Indian team has failed to win the 10th consecutive Test series.
  • Victory in Johannesburg is the 21st win of Virat Kohli as Indian captain.
  • With this win he came at second place in the list of India’s most successful Test captains after Sourav Ganguly.
  • Dhoni is at top of this list with 27 Test wins.


Domestic air passenger traffic on the rise in 17.31

Increase in the number of air travelers in the year 2017

Question: What percentage of air travelers have increased in year 2017?
(a) 23.18 percent
(b) 17.31 percent
(c) 20.34 percent
(d) 18.5 percent
Answer: (b) 
Related Facts

  • For the first time in the year 2017 number of air travelers on domestic routes Crossed 10 million.
  • 11 million 71 lakh 76 thousand passengers travelled on domestic routes in the year 2017 which is a record of air travel.
  • This is the first time that this figure has reached 100 million in a calendar year.
  • Earlier in the year 2016, the number of air passengers was 9 crore 98 thousand 88 thousand.
  • This year, in the year 2017 the number of air passengers increased by 17.31 percent.
  • Earlier, in 2016, the number of people traveling by plane in the country increased by 23.8 percent and 20.34 percent in 2015.
  • In the year 2014it was 9.70 percent.


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