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Important Current Affairs for CLAT- 4th July 2022

Yair Lapid takes over as 14th Prime Minister of Israel

Leader of Yesh Atid Party, Yair Lapid has been officially became the 14th prime minister of Israel, after replacing the Naftali Benett. He is a former journalist who serving as PM of Israel since 1 July 2022. Yair Lapid’s term could be the short one as he take over the caretaker government ahead of Israel’s election which was scheduled to take place on November 1.

Who is Yair Lapid?

Yair Lapid is an Israeli politician and a former journalist. He also previously served as the Alternate Prime Minister of Israel and the Prime Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2021 to 2022. Before entering politics, Yair Lapid was an author, TV presenter, and news anchor.

Vivek Express: Indian Railway’s longest Train Route

The Vivek Express holds the title of the longest train route in the country which runs from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu. It covers 4247 km of distance and nine States. There is a network of more than ten thousand kilometers of railway lines. This network connects the far and near states together. The farthest Indian railway network is 4247 km long, which is also the longest train route in the country both in terms of distance and time.

Vivek Express: History

The Vivek Express is a chain of Express trains on the Indian railway network. The railway budget of 2011-12 was announced about the Vivek Express by the then Railways Minister. These Express trains started to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda which was held in 2013. From this chain of Express trains, one of the Vivek Express trains that go from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari is the longest route on the Indian railway networks in terms of both distance and time and it is currently the 24th longest railway network in the world. On its way, the train crosses a total of 9 countries with 58 stops. The train goes through Assam, Nagaland, Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, and Tamil Nādu.

Under the Vivek Express initiation, Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari route was one of the four routes that work out on the Indian map. The other Vivek Express trains have different routes which are Okha, Gujarat to Thoothukudi Tamil Nadu; Bandra to Mumbai to Katra, Jammu; Howrah, West Bengal to Bengaluru Karnataka. The Vivek Express ranks 24th in the world’s longest train route, the first position is held by the Trans-Siberian railway that connects Moscow and Vladivostok, it takes 6 days and covers 9250 kilometers of the journey to complete the railway network.

List of Vivek Express trains

  1. Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari Vivek Express- The Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari Vivek Express is number 15905/15906 and it is a weekly train. It is the longest train route in the Indian railway networks. It connects Dibrugarh in Assam, not East India to Kanyakumari Tamil Nadu which is the southernmost tip of mainland India. The network covers a total of 4247 km from Dibrugarh to Kanyakumari and it takes 79 hours to cover this distance within 58 stoppages.

  2. Okha to Tuticorin Vivek Express- this is also a weekly train and numbers 19567/19568. It connects Okha, Gujarat to Thoothukudi in Tamil Nādu. The train covers 3043 km in 54.25 hours. It passes through Gujarat, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nādu. The train is religiously important as it joins two religious significant places in India Lord Krishna’s Dwarka and Rameshwaram which is close to Thoothukudi.

  3. Bandra Terminus Jammu Tawi Vivek Express- The train number is 19027/19028 and this is also a weekly train. It connects Bandra Terminus, Mumbai to Jammu Tawi, in North India. The train goes through Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Abu Road, Jodhpur, Degana, Sujangarh, Churu, Sadulpur, Hisar, Ludhiana, Jalandhar, Chakki Bank, and bypassing Delhi NCR.

  4. Santragachi Mangalore Central Vivek Express- The train number is 22851/22852 and this is also a weekly train. The santragachi Mangalore Central Vivek Express connects santragachi which is a town of Howrah, Kolkata in West Bengal, and Mangalore Central in Karnataka. This train comes under the superfast category of the Indian Railways unlike the other Vivek expresses. This train passes through West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala, and Karnataka.

NMCG Plants 75 Saplings to Create Amrit Vatika

With the installation of 75 trees as part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) established Namami Gange Amrit Vatika at Kalindi Kunj Ghat on the River Yamuna in New Delhi. The project Yamuna Ghat par Vriksharopan served as the umbrella organisation for the plantation works. The Union Government of India authorised the Namami Gange Program, an integrated conservation mission, as a “Flagship Program” in June 2014 with a financial commitment of Rs. 20,000 crore.

Speaking at the event, Director General of NMCG G. Asok Kumar stated that one of the Namami Gange Program’s main areas of concentration is cleaning up Ganga tributaries, particularly Yamuna. The attendees were inspired by him to join the Clean Yamuna initiative. The National Mission for Clean Ganga regularly hosts a cleanliness drive on the River Yamuna in Delhi on the fourth Saturday of each month.

NTPC Commissions India’s largest floating solar power project in Telangana

NTPC Ltd has declared the Commercial Operations Date (COD) of the last part capacity of 20 MW out of 100 MW Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project in Telangana. Ramagundam Floating Solar PV Project is India’s largest Floating Solar Plant commissioned by NTPC. Now the total commercial operation of Floating Solar Capacity in Southern Region has reached 217 MW. Prior to this, NTPC declared Commercial operation of 92 MW Floating Solar at Kayamkulam (Kerala) and 25 MW Floating Solar at Simhadri (Andhra Pradesh).

According to the ministry, the total installed capacity of the company is 69,134.20 MW having 23 coal based, seven gas based, one Hydro, 19 renewable energy projects. Under JV, NTPC has nine coal based, four gas based, eight hydro and five renewable energy projects.

QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023: Mumbai tops in India

According to the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2023, released by global higher education consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), Mumbai ranked at 103 has emerged as India’s highest-ranked student city. The other Indian cities in the rankings include Bengaluru at 114, Chennai at 125 and New Delhi at 129.

London (UK) has topped the list ranked 1 followed by Munich (Germany) and Seoul (South Korea) ranked 2nd and Zurich (Switzerland) ranked 4th. The ranking provides students with independent data regarding a range of factors relevant to their study decisions: affordability, quality of life, the standard of university, and the views of previous students that have studied in that destination.

Singapore’s T. Raja Kumar is new president of FATF

T. Raja Kumar of Singapore has been appointed as the president of Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the anti-money laundering watchdog. Kumar has replaced Marcus Pleyer who was holding the post till now, and will discharge his service for next two years.

Kumar has been working against global terror financing for quite a long time. Soon after taking over the charge, Kumar presented his objectives for the coming Plenary period (July 2022 -June 2024) to strength the FATF. During the Singapore Presidency, the FATF will continue its core work of identifying and analysing money laundering and terrorist financing methods and trends, developing and refining the FATF Standards, and evaluating and supporting the assessments of countries within the Global Network

About the T. Raja Kumar:

Raja Kumar holds an LLB (Hons) degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master’s degree in Philosophy (Criminology and Law) from the University of Cambridge. Kumar also attended the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in 2006. Kumar had been assisting the Ministry of Home Affairs, Singapore and the Singapore Police Force for over 35 years.


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