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News in Short - 13-September-2019

Gujarat and Karnataka cut traffic fines

Date: 13 September 2019 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • The Karnataka government is considering cutting traffic fines amount after looking at Gujarat's decision to do the same.
  • The government has ordered to look into traffic violations under the amended Motor Vehicles (MV) Act and take immediate action to reduce the penalties in Karnataka.

Indian peacekeepers awarded medal for bravery in South Sudan

Date: 13 September 2019 Tags: Honours & Awards
  • Seventeen Indian peacekeepers deployed with the UN mission in South Sudan have been awarded medals in recognition of their service to the people.
  • Their duties included protecting displaced civilians, community policing and building local police skills.
  • India is among the largest troop contributing countries in the world to UN peacekeeping missions.

Tejas express passengers to get free lounge and insurance

Date: 13 September 2019 Tags: Railways
  • Passengers travelling on IRCTC’s Delhi-Lucknow Tejas Express will get a free rail travel insurance of ?25 lakh each, offer of luggage ferried from their homes to seats at a cost and even have exclusive lounges to relax.
  • The Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad Tejas Express trains will be the first trains to be run by the IRCTC, a private subsidiary of Indian railways.

World’s most powerful electric eel found in Amazon

Date: 13 September 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Researchers have discovered two new species of electric eels in South America, one of which can deliver a bigger jolt of electricity than any other known animal.
  • One of the new species , Electrophorus voltai , can discharge up to 860 volts of electricity, which is more than the 650 volts generated by the known electric eel species, Electrophorus electricus.

Railways to recharge phone of customers using crushed plastic bottle machine

Date: 13 September 2019 Tags: Railways
  • Railways will help recharge phones of passengers if they use plastic bottle crushing machines installed at stations.
  • Passengers wanting to use them will have to key in their phone number into the machine and their phone will be recharged.
  • This initiative is carried out to promote Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s initiative to junk single use plastic.

India successfully launches man portable anti-tank guided missile

Date: 13 September 2019 Tags: Military
  • DRDO has successfully flight tested an indigenously-developed low weight, fire and forget Man Portable Antitank Guided Missile (MPATGM) in the ranges of Kurnool on September 11.
  • This is the third series of successful testing of MPATGM. The missile is incorporated with state-of-the-art Infrared Imaging Seeker along with advanced avionics.