· Who has been appointed the new Director of CBI ? > Rishi Kumar Shukla
· Rishi Kumar Shukla, a 1983 batch Indian Police Service (IPS) officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre was on February 2, 2019 appointed the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a fixed two year term. Prime Minister Narendra Modi led panel picked Mr. Shukla for the top CBI post. He succeeds Alok Verma on this post. Prior to his selection as CBI Chief, he was the chairman of Madhya Pradesh Police Housing Corporation. Rishi Kumar had also served as the Director-General of Police (DGP) of Madhya Pradesh.
l Who became the first woman President of ASI ? > Dr. G. C. Anupama
l Dr. G. C. Anupama was elected the President of the Astronomical Society of India (ASI) in the ASI Executive Council elections for 2019-2022 in February, 2019. Dr. Anupama became the first woman President of ASI, the prime association of professional astronomers in India. She is also the Dean and Senior Professor at the Bengaluru based Indian Institute of Astrophysics. She was also a recipient of the Sir C. V. Raman award for young scientists in 2000.
l India successfully test-fired its helicopter launched anti-tank missile named > Helina
l India successfully test-fired its indigenously developed helicopter launched anti-tank missile Helina on February 8, 2019 from the Integrated Test Range Chandipur in Balasore, Odisha. Helina is the helicopter launched version of the Nag missile, an anti-tank guided missile with a strike range of 7-8 km. Helina is named after Hel of helicopter and Na of ‘Nag’. Developed by the DRDO, the Helina is guided by an infrared imaging seeker operating in the Lock on before launched mode.
l PM Narendra Modi inaugurated PETROTECH- 2019 in > Greater Noida
l Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 11, 2019 inaugurated the 13th International Oil and Gas Conference—PETROTECH-2019 at India Expo Centre in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh. The conference was organised under the aegis of the Union MInistry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. In his inaugural address PM Modi stressed on the need to move towards transparent and flexible markets for oil and gas to serve energy needs in an optimal manner. ‘Shaping the New Energy world through Innovation and Collaboration’ was the theme of the event.
l PM Narendra Modi flagged off India’s first semi-high speed train named
> The Vande Bharat Express
l Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 15, 2019 flagged off India’s first semi-high speed train—The Vande Bharat Express from New Delhi, It will ply between Delhi and Varanasi. Initially the train was known as Train 18. It was recently rechristened the Vande Bharat Train. It can run upto a maximum speed of 160 kmph. Blessed with 16 air conditioned coaches and many advanced technologies and facilities, the train does not have a locomotive as it is self propelled train set. The train will complete the 780 km journey in eight hours between Delhi and Varanasi, curtailing about 3 hours journey time in traditional trains.