Odisha Current Affairs - 2019

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39th World Congress of Poets organized in Bhubaneswar

The 39th World Congress of Poets was inaugurated at the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology.

Theme: Compassion through Poetry.

The theme aims to promote peace and brotherhood through poetry.

The event was inaugurated by the Odisha Chief Minister. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu attended the event.

Significance of WCP

The congress is essential to achieve SDG 4 – Quality Education.

About World Congress of Poetry (WCP)

The WCP was founded in 1969. It was held at Manila, Philippines the first time. It is being organized by WAAC – World Academy of Arts and Culture. The WAAC conducts poetry workshops, art exhibits, dance, music, cultural exchange programs. The organization maintains a library at Taipei, Taiwan. WAAC serves UIA – Union of International Associations. UIA is a research institute and documentation center headquartered at Brussels. It was founded in 1907. It monitors international organizations, association and their challenges.

DRDO successfully test fires land-attack version of BrahMos missile

BRAHMOS Supersonic Cruise Missile, with major indigenous systems, was successfully test fired from Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha. The missile was test-fired for its full strike range of 290-km during the launch jointly conducted by Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace.

The first extended version of BrahMos missile was successfully tested on 11 March, 2017, which had a strike range of 450 kilometres.

About BrahMos Missile

The versatile BrahMos has been jointly developed by India and Russia and is operationalised in the Indian Armed Forces with all the three services.

The recent test fire was conduted on land-attack version of 290-km range BrahMos supersonic cruise missile which featured Indian propulsion system, airframe, power supply and major indigenous components.

The missile can be fired from land as well as sea-based platforms. The missile has been fitted with increased indigenous equipment and is a version used by Indian Army.

Significance: With this successful mission, the indigenous content in formidable weapon has reached a high value for the country, which further bolsters defence indigenisation of India and flagship ‘Make in India’ programme.