India’s new Inland Water Transport (IWT) Kolkata-Patna, an origin-destination pair for containerised cargo movement on the National Waterway-1.
Patna will be witness to a new landmark in India’s IWT sector.
The Ministry of Shipping is developing NW-1 (River Ganga) under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP) from Haldia to Varanasi (1390 Km) with the technical and financial assistance of the World Bank at an estimated cost of Rs 5369 crore.
5. UN launches new framework to combat terrorism
Antonio Guterres (UN Secretary-General) has launched a new framework to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace and security, humanitarian, human rights and sustainable development sectors.
The framework is an agreement between the UN chief, 36 organizational entities, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organisation.
The UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact Task Force will replace the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (established in 2005) to strengthen UN system-wide coordination and coherence of counter-terrorism efforts.
6. Japan govt enacts a new law to accept foreign workers
Japanese government passed a new law to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country to address chronic labour shortages (from April 2019).
The government plans to start the new scheme from April next year.
Under the law, Japan plans to bring in 3 lakh 45 thousand foreign workers in construction, food services, nursing and other sectors for five years.
The law allows foreign nationals with skills in sectors facing severe shortages to obtain five-year visas, which will not allow them to bring their families.
Science & Defense
7. China launches the 1st mission to land on the far side of the moon
A Long March 3B rocket launches China’s first-ever spacecraft Chang’e 4 lunar probe from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center.
The probe is expected to make the first-ever soft landing on the far side of the moon in early January 2019.
The Chang’e-4 mission will see a static lander and rover touch down in Von Kármán crater, located on the side of the Moon which never faces Earth.
The mission will perform a variety of science work and plant a flag for humanity in a region that remains largely unexplored to date.
8. NASA’s InSight lander ‘hears’ Martian winds
NASA’s InSight lander has provided the first-ever ‘sounds’ of Martian wind on the Red Planet.
According to NASA, InSight sensors captured a haunting low rumble caused by vibrations from the wind, estimated to be blowing between 10 to 15 miles per hour on 1st December.
Two very sensitive sensors on the spacecraft detected these wind vibrations.
The seismometer recorded lander vibrations caused by the wind moving over the spacecraft’s solar panels.
The air pressure sensor, which will collect meteorological data, recorded these air vibrations directly.
InSight landed safely at Elysium Planitia on Mars on 26th November 2018.
9. Italy wins Admiral’s cup Sailing Regatta 2018
Italy won the Admiral’s Cup Sailing Regatta 2018 (ninth edition) at Indian Naval Academy (INA), Ezhimala.
Team Singapore was the Runners-Up and Team USA came third.
The host country team (Indian Naval Academy) finished fourth in the overall position of Admiral’s Cup 2018.
The Admiral’s Cup witnessed competitive sailing races in Laser Radials boats during race days scheduled from 3 -6 December 2018.