Current Affairs Today - Current Affairs 2018

हिंदी करंट अफेयर्स प्रश्नोत्तरी 2018 के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें.

OPV Vijaya: Indian Coast Guard patrol vessel launched

The second indigenously built offshore patrol vessel (OPV) named Vijaya built by Larsen and Toubro (L&T) Shipyard for Indian Coast Guard (ICG) was launched at Kattupalli Shipyard, Tamil Nadu. It is expected to be inducted into service by September 2018 after trials on the equipment.

OPV Vijaya

The OPV is 98 metre long and 14.8 metres wide with gross tonnage of 2,100 tonnes. It has endurance of 5,000 nautical miles with cruising speed of 12-14 knots which can be increased to 26 knots. The ship is fitted with two units of diesel driven engines of 9,000 kw each with low fuel consumption.

It is equipped with state-of art radar, navigational and communication system. It will be utilised for day and night patrol and surveillance, anti-terrorist, anti-smuggling operations and coastal security. It is fitted with 30 mm automatic gun with Fire Control System (FCS) and two units of 12.7 mm gun with FCS.

Its navigation and communication system are capable of operating in tropical conditions. It also has capacity to carry one integral twin engine helicopter which will further enhance operational, surveillance, search and rescue capability. It will be manned by 102 crew, including 14 officers.


The Defence Ministry as part of rapid expansion of Indian Coast Guard to strengthen maritime security mechanism had signed Rs 1,432 crore contract with L&T Shipyard at Kattupalli to indigenously design and build seven OPVs. The first OPV named Vikarm as part of the deal was launched in October 2017. It was country’s first-ever such defence craft to be built in private shipyard. It will be inducted into service by March 2018 after completing necessary trials on fitted equipment and machineries.


President felicitates 112 first ladies

President Ram Nath Kovind has felicitated 112 exceptional women achievers at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. These women achievers ‘FIRST LADIES’ are those who are first to set milestone of achievement in their respective fields. This ‘First Ladies’ is second leg of the ‘100 Women Achievers’ campaign of the Ministry.

Key Facts

These 112 women were selected after extensive research process by Ministry of Women & Child Development (WCD). They are those who have been first in any field like first woman judge, first woman porter, first woman to head missile project, first para-trooper, first Olympian among others. Their felicitation aims to inspire other women to break the glass ceiling and do women of India proud.

Among those who were honoured by President include

  • Bachendri Pal: first Indian woman to reach the Mount Everest summit;
  • Deepa Malik: first woman to win a medal at the Paralympics;
  • Priya Jhingan: First Lady Cadet to join the Indian Army;
  • P V Sindhu: Olympic silver medallist
  • Nicole Faria: winner of the Miss earth title;
  • Karnam Malleswari: Olympic medal winning weightlifter Karnam Malleswari
  • Anshu Jamsenpa: First Indian woman to scale Mt Everest for fifth time.
  • Chhavi Rajawat: India’s first woman Sarpanch
  • Diana Edulji: First ODI captain of the first ever Indian Women’s Cricket Team.


Every year on March 8 (Women’s Day), WCD Ministry honours Nari Shakti Puruskars to those women who have contributed to society but have remained unsung. These awards are conferred by President of India at Rashtrapati Bhawan. The WCD Ministry in 2015 had collaborated with Facebook to recognise ‘100 Women Achievers’ who have excelled in diverse sectors of public work. It started to recognise different ways those women who have broken the glass ceiling and ventured into unusual fields.