Current Affairs, News & Facts of 11 Jan 2014

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  • Gorakhpur railway station's platform number one becomes the world’s longest platform by Limca Book of Records.    
    • The platform with a length of 1355.40 meters had been inaugurated in October 2013. 
    • This distinction earlier rested with 1072.5 meters long platform of Kharagpur railway station (West Bengal).
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  • India's first gun for women, 'Nirbheek', rolls out of Indian Ordnance Factory, Kanpur.  
    • The 'smallest revolver made in India' is a .32 bore firearm weighing mere 500 grams. 
    • It is also the first IOF handgun made of titanium alloy.
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  • World Hindi Day observed on January 10.  
    • Hindi as a language is spoken in over 20 countries around the world and is being taught in almost 150 Universities of the world. 
    • National Hindi Diwas is celebrated annually on September 14 as Hindi was granted the Raajbhasha (official language) status on this very date in 1949. 
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  • Mahatma Gandhi's grand-daughter Ela Gandhi, Australian senator of Indian origin Lisa Maria Singh and Ramkrishna Mission in Fiji are among the 13 recipients of Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award 2014.  - read more cat
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  • Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) clinches both Women and Men titles at recently (Jan 2014) concluded 75th Senior National Table Tennis Championship.  
    • The PSPB men retained the Barna Ballack cup defeating West Bengal 3-0 in the final.
    • PSPB Women regained the Jayalakshmi Cup beating North Bengal by the same margin.
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  • Posco steel project gets green clearance. - read more cat
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