Current Affairs, News & Facts of 20 Feb 2015

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  • PM to inaugurate first train from Arunachal Pradesh to Delhi today on its 29th 'statehood day' anniversary. 
    • The train will be a weekly AC Express train (22411/22412) connecting Naharlagun with national capital.
    • The 21.75-km new rail line - connecting Itanagar with Harmuti in northern Assam - will also be dedicated to nation.
  • Indian swim team create the World Record for the longest open water swim in the world. 
    • The six-man relay team, led by Wing Commander Paramvir Singh, swam from Goa to Mumbai covering a total distance of 433.11 kms in 156 hours.
    • The previous record belonged to an Israeli team which had clocked a total distance of 380 kms in 123.2 hrs.
  • Indian Railways to videograph passengers at the time of boarding on select sensitive routes to enhance security measures.
    • Railways will also set up a commando training centre to provide specialised training to RPF personnel to be deployed in trains passing through Maoist-affected areas.
    • Railway will also provide trained security escorts on Maoist-infested regions.
    • To train the RPF manpower for this new role, the Public transporter is soon going to set up a commando training centre.
    • As for women, a separate Mahila Vahini will be created soon out of the women RPF personnels.
  • Government sets up the 'Hindi Salahkar Samiti' to advise Ministry of Corporate Affairs on 'progressive use' of Hindi language. 
    • The panel will also give recommendations in regard to the implementation of the provisions relating to Hindi contained in the Constitution (Official Languages Act and Rules) and Policy decisions of the 'Kendriya Hindi Samiti' and instructions issued by the Home Ministry relating to Hindi.
    • The tenure of the members of the Samiti shall ordinarily be three years from the date of its constitution.
  • Four new species of fish discovered in Kerala. - read more cat
  • India's longest running movie - 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' - ends its marathon run at Mumbai's Maratha Mandir cinema after almost 20 years.
    • The movie was being screened in the theatre ever since October 19, 1995 - clocking a period of 1009 weeks to be exact.
    • It was becoming difficult for the uniplex theatre to accommodate multiple new releases every week with just 3 regular shows and that's why a new time slot from 9:15 AM was squeezed in to continue the DDLJ record breaking run.
    • However, the stretched workhour soon took a toll on the staffs and the move had to be scrapped.
  • Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and National Aeronautical Laboratory (NAL) will jointly take up design, development and manufacture of 70 to100-seater regional civil aircraft through a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). 
    • A 'green-field facility' for manufacture of Light Utility Helicopter (LUH) and Naval Multi-role Helicopter (NMRH) in Timkur District, Karnataka is also in the pipeline.
    • These are some of the measures taken by DPSU to Boost HAL capability.
  • Printing of Union Budget 2015-16 documents commenced with Halwa Ceremony; over 100 officials involved in the making of Union Budget to be Locked In till it gets presented in Lok Sabha by the Finance Minister on 28th February, 2015. 
    • The lock-in is done to maintain the secrecy of the Budget preparation process as leakage of such sensitive information may be exploited by stakeholders.

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