International Current Affairs - 2019
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Tomas Brunegård, chairman of Sweden’s Stampen Media Group, has been elected as the new president of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-INFRA).
He will have a two-year term. He succeeds Jacob Mathew of the Kerala-based Malayala Manorama .
The 65th World Newspaper Congress, the 20th World Editors Forum, and the 23rd World Advertising Forum were held in Bangkok.
- WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore and India, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers.
- It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries.
- Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of thriving businesses.
Japan has successfully performed the first successful test of new generation L0 Series Trains (maglev bullet trains) designed to travel at speeds of 311 mph. These trains have latest Magnetic levitation technology (maglev) instead of the conventional wheels. The commercial services of this series of trains will start in 2027.
What is special about these trains?
These trains are also called ‘floating’ trains as there is lack of friction due to the new maglev technology which makes acceleration and deceleration faster and they are unaffected by weather conditions. The train will have 16 carriages and will carry up to 1000 passengers at a time.
Japan had launched its first bullet train named Shinkansen in 1964 to concur with its hosting of the Olympic Games. Currently, Japan has the World’s most sophisticated rail network.