Dehradun Current Affairs - 2019

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GSI Sets Up 22 GPS Stations across Country

The Geological Survey of India (GSI) has launched 22 permanent global positioning system (GPS) stations across India to identify seismically hazardous zones and encourage mapping activities.

These 22 stations are part of the 35 stations planned by GSI to establish and maintain a network of continuously operating 35 permanent GPS stations.

Fact Box: Bhuvisamvad

Bhuvisamvad is an app launched by the Ministry of Mines to facilitate interaction between geo-scientists and university and college students.

GPS stations

22 stations inaugurated are based at Kolkata, Thiruvananthapuram, Jaipur, Pune, Dehradun, Chennai, Jabalpur, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur, Bhopal, Chandigarh, Gandhinagar Vishakhapatnam, Agartala, Itanagar, Mangan, Jammu, Lucknow, Nagpur, Shillong and Little Andaman.

13 More Stations Would come up at Aizawl, Faridabad, Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Cooch Behar, Zawar, North Andaman, Middle Andaman, South Andaman, Ranchi, Mangalore, Imphal and Chitradurga.

These stations are meant to delineate high strain zones for earthquake probability, determine a seismic motion on faults that may lead to a rupture and produce thematic maps with high positional accuracy.

Geological Survey of India

Geological Survey of India (GSI) was established in 1851 primarily to find coal deposits for the Railways. Over the years GSI  has not only grown into a repository of geoscience information required in various fields in the country but has also attained the status of a geo-scientific organisation of international repute.

The main functions of GSI attached to the Ministry of Mines is to create and update of national geoscientific information and mineral resource assessment through ground surveys, airborne and marine surveys, mineral prospecting and investigations, multi-disciplinary geoscientific, geotechnical, geo-environmental and natural hazards studies, glaciology, seismotectonic study, and carrying out fundamental research.

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Afghanistan Posts Highest Ever T20 International Score

Afghanistan has created history in its second Twenty20 International against Ireland at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. Afghanistan scored 278 for the loss of three wickets in the 20 overs and registered the highest-ever total in T20s. Afghanistan broke the record of Australia. Australia had scored 263/3 back in 2016 against Sri Lanka.

Hazratullah Zazai was a star performer in Afghanistan’s innings with a score of 162 runs from just 62 balls. He hit 11 fours and 16 sixes and scored 140 runs from boundaries alone.

Usman Ghani also made a significant partnership with his 73 runs from 48 balls including 7 fours and three sixes. The 236 run partnership of Hazratullah Zazai and Usman Ghani beat the earlier record of Australia’s Aaron Finch and Darcy Short who had a score of 223-runs.

Why India is Hosting Afghanistan’s home series?

Afghanistan hit by war is still in the process of recovery. The Afghanistan Cricket team is making significant progress. Lack of necessary infrastructure and law and order issues makes it impossible to host the cricket matches.

India which is the time tested friend of Pakistan is hosting the home series for Afghanistan and is providing all infrastructural facilities for the country to enhance its excellence in the game of cricket.

In a significant development, all international teams touring India will now play a practice match against Afghanistan.

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