Rajasthan Current Affairs - 2019

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India ADB sign 190 million USD loan

On 12 October, 2019, the GoI signed a 190 million USD loan with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to upgrade road transport in the state of Rajasthan. The project includes upgrading of 754 km of state highways, major district roads to two lane. The project will benefit 26 million people in 14 districts of Rajasthan.

The project also includes construction of more than 200 bus stops and 2 km of raised side walk.

In 2017, the bank offered 220 million USD of loan to upgrade 1,000 km of road.

India and ADB

India is one of the founding members of the ADB. It is the fourth largest shareholder in the bank. In 1980s and 1990s the bank supported the government’s program of industrialization. India got its first loan from the bank in 1986 as Industrial credit to introduce new technologies and to modernize medium-sized industries.

About ADB

The bank was established in 1966. The headquarters of the bank is located in Philippines. The bank was modeled close to World Bank. Every year ADB releases an annual report that summarizes its budget, operations and other materials for review by the public.

ADB is a UN observer. Japan and US hold the largest shares of the bank as of 2016. China is the third largest shareholder followed by India and Australia.

IAF’s Tarun Chaudhri became 1st pilot to do Wingsuit Skydive Jump

Wing commander Tarun Chaudhri became 1st pilot of Indian Armed Forces (IAF) to do a Wing Suit Skydive Jump. The jump was accomplished from an altitude of 8500 feet (2590.8 meters) from a Mi-17 helicopter. This is 1st IAF Wing Suit Skydive Jump by a pilot who has flown and captained same type of helicopter.

Key Highlights

This is 1st flying wingsuit jump demonstration at an organised gathering. The feat was deepest imprint of ethos and professionalism of IAF.

Jump was undertaken during Kargil Diwas celebrations at Air Force Station Jodhpur, Rajasthan on 21-22 July 2019.

Since 1999, Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated every year on July 26 in India to mark success of Operation Vijay by Indian armed forces against Pakistani intruders in Kargil sector of Jammu and Kashmir in which Indian Air Force played a decisive role in changing the tide of the war in India’s favour.