Daily Current Affairs for Competitive examinations: September 19, 2016

Guided Missile Destroyer Ship Mormugao launched in Mumbai

The Guided Missile Destroyer, Mormugao, second ship of Project 15B, was launched on September 17, 2016, at Mazagaon Dock Ship Builders Limited (MDL), Mumbai.

This marks a significant milestone in the annals of the Indigenous Warship design and construction programme of India.

Project 15B ships feature cutting edge advanced technology and are comparable to the best ships of similar class anywhere in the world.

  • These ships have been designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi.
  • Each ship spans 163 metres in length and 17.4 metres at beam and displaces 7300 tonnes.
  • These ships will be propelled by four gas turbines to achieve speeds in excess of 30 knots.
  • The P15B destroyers incorporate new design concepts for improved survivability, sea keeping, stealth and ship manoeuvrability.
  • P 15B ships will be equipped to carry and operate two multiple role helicopters.
  • These ships are packed with an array of state of the art weapons and sensors, including vertically launched missile system for long distance engagement of shore, sea-based and air targets.

Indian-origin Ravi Reddy appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion

An Indian-origin South African Ravi Reddy has been appointed as Head of International Society for Blood Transfusion (ISBT), on September 18, 2016. With this, Reddy became the first person from Africa to head the ISBT, a global organisation of medicine professionals working for the safety of blood transfusion worldwide.

Virat Kohli appointed as brand ambassador for Punjab National Bank

Indian test skipper Virat Kohli was appointed as Brand Ambassador of state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB), on September 17, 2016.

Since its inception in 1895, PNB has been people’s bank serving millions of customers throughout India. Over the years, the Bank has established itself as a major player in Indian banking space.

Priyesha Deshmukh wins bronze in World Deaf Shooting Championships

Hearing-impaired Indian shooter Priyesha Deshmukh won the bronze medal in her first-ever international competition on September 14, 2016, at the first World Deaf Shooting Championships.

  • The Championships was held in Kazan, Russia from 7 September to 15 September 2016.
  • Deshmukh won the bronze in the 10m air rifle category.
  • The shooter won the medal after scoring 180.4 points.