Current Affairs – February, 2019

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India successfully test-fires two Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles

India has successfully test-fired two indigenously developed Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air missiles (QRSAM) from a test range off the Odisha coast.

QRSAM was test fired from a rotatable truck-based launch unit at Chandipur in Odisha’s Balasore district. The two missiles tested for different altitude and conditions successfully demonstrated robust control, aerodynamics, propulsion, structural performance and high manoeuvring capabilities

Quick Reaction Surface-to-Air Missiles

  • The missile is an all-weather, all-terrain missile with electronic countermeasures against jamming by aircraft radars.
  • QRSAM uses solid-fuel propellant and has a range of 25-30 km.
  • QRSAM has been developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in association with Bharat Electronics Limited and Bharat Dynamics Limited as a replacement to Osa-AK and Kvadrat missile systems.

This was the third test firing of QRSAM. The first test firing was done on June 4, 2017, and the second on July 14, 2018.

Govind Prasad Sharma appointed as Chairman of NBT

Educationist and Author Govind Prasad Sharma has been appointed as the Chairman of National Book Trust (NBT).

Govind Prasad Sharma

Govind Prasad Sharma in his long carrier has served as the Principal of Government P.G. College in Madhya Pradesh, Additional Director of Higher Education of Gwalior Chambal Division, Director of Madhya Pradesh Hindi Granth Akademi and also as Vice Chairman of Madhya Pradesh Board of Secondary Education.

National Book Trust

National Book Trust (NBT) is an apex body established by the Government Of India in the Year 1957 under the Department Of Higher Education, Ministry Of Human Resource Development.

Objectives of NBT
  • To produce and encourage the production of good literature in English, Hindi And Other Indian Languages.
  • To make such literature available at moderate prices to the public.
  • To bring out book catalogues.
  • Arrange Book Fairs/Exhibitions and Seminars.
  • Take all necessary steps to make the people book-minded.

To pursue these objectives NBT publishes:

  • The Classical Literature of India.
  • Outstanding works of Indian authors in Indian Languages and their translation from one Indian Language to another.
  • Translation of outstanding books from foreign languages.
  • Outstanding Books of Modern Knowledge for Popular Diffusion.

The major activities of NBT include publishing non- textbooks, organizing book fairs, book exhibitions, conducting literary events, activities for children, training in publishing throughout the country, participating in international book fairs to promote Indian literature.

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