25 January 2019 Current Affairs

ISRO | Microsat-R | JNPT | RIL - Den Hathway | New King of Malaysia | IndiGo CEO |

Posted on Jan 25, 2019 16:29 IST in Current Affairs.

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1) Which military satellite was successfully placed into Earth’s orbit by ISRO’s PSLV C-44 in the late hours of 24 January 2019? - Microsat-R

Explanation: Microsat-R is the name of the defence application satellite that was successfully placed into Earth’s orbit by Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO’s) PSLV C-44 in the late hours of 24 January 2019. Along with it a student satellite, Kalamsat, made by Space Kidz India, was also successfully placed in the orbit.

- It is worth mentioning that Microsat-R is the first Indian satellite that was placed by ISRO in a low orbit at an altitude of 274 km.

- The mission with the modified PSLV with just two strap-on motors, dubbed the PSLV-DL (dual strap-ons), marked another first for ISRO as it provided an alternative to its normal six strap-on motors. This will enable it to carry slightly higher payloads than its Core-Alone version.

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2) Which major port of the country became India’s only port to get listed among the top 30 global container ports of Lloyd Report, as was announced by the Union Shipping Ministry during January 2019? - Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT)

Explanation: Mumbai’s Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT), India’s premiere container port got listed amongst the top 30 container ports globally, as per the latest Lloyds Report. JNPT notched up five spots, to be 28th on the list, compared to its previous ranking. This was announced by the Union Shipping Ministry on 22 January 2019.

- Various new processes activated by JNPT under the ‘ease of doing business’ initiative have not only helped in overall growth of the port business, but also allowed the EXIM (Export Import) trade to save time and cost.

- The JNPT also launched their App service to facilitate better tracking of consignment and ease the trade process for their EXIM partners.

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3) On 23 January 2019 which entity received the CCI's approval to acquire majority stakes in Den Networks and Hathway Cable & Datacom? - Reliance Industries Limited (RIL)

Explanation: Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) on 23 January 2019 received the Competition Commission of India's (CCI) approval to acquire majority stakes in Den Networks (DEN), and Hathway Cable & Datacom (Hathway), two of India's largest cable operators.

- Reliance will take 66% stake in Den for Rs. 2,290 crore and 51.3% stake in Hathway for Rs. 2,940 crore. The acquisition will give RIL control of around 27,000 local cable operators.

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4) On 24 January 2019 who was named new king of Malaysia to take place of Sultan Muhammad V who abdicated from the post earlier? - Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah

Explanation: Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, the hereditary ruler of the central Malaysian state of Pahang and a prominent adviser to several world sporting bodies, was on 24 January 2019 named the country’s new king.

- He replaces the previous king, the flamboyant Sultan Muhammad V, who had stunned the country with his sudden abdication in early January 2019. The new king will be installed in a traditional ceremony on 31 January 2019.

- Malaysia’s unique system of rotational constitutional monarchy requires the role of king to be passed between the heads of the country’s nine royal households.

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5) Leading budget airline IndiGo on 24 January 2019 named who as company’s new CEO? - Ronojoy Dutta

Explanation: InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, which runs IndiGo, India’s largest airline in terms of passengers carried, on 24 January 2019 named industry veteran Ronojoy Dutta as chief executive officer (CEO).

- His appointment comes about nine months after IndiGo’s president and whole-time director Aditya Ghosh, who managed the day-to-day operations at the airline, announced his decision to quit. Dutta, who has several decades of experience in the aviation sector, has been the president of United Airlines, after rising through the ranks in the company.

- InterGlobe also appointed former SEBI chairman M. Damodaran as chairman of the company’s board. His appointment comes two months after the death of M.D. Mallya who had served as chairman of the company.

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