Current Affairs, News & Facts of 31 Jan 2015

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  • Agni-5, intercontinental ballistic missile with a strike range of over 5000 kms, successfully test-fired from Wheeler's Island off Odisha coast. 
    • It was the 3rd developmental test of this surface-to-surface nuclear capable missile that can carry a nuclear warhead of over one tonne.
    • Few more trials are required before it becomes usable for our armed forces.

    Agni Series: the previous 4 version of this series has already been inducted.

    • Agni-1 : 700 km range 
    • Agni-2 : 2000 km
    • Agni-3 and Agni-4 : ranging from 2500 km to 3500 km
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  • DRDO gets approval for setting up a missile launch testing facility near Krishna Delta Complex (Andhra Pradesh). 
    • The ecologically sensitive zone is home to endangered species 'Olive Ridley turtles'.
    • The construction, however, is subject to a final green clearance from Supreme Court.
    • Government for its part has put few precautionary measures in place to minimize the harm to the ecology, like: No activities in night, and during the turtles’ nesting season.
    • Regeneration of mangroves is also planned.
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  • In a historic first; Trains flagged off remotely through telepresence. - read more cat
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  • Krishna Chaudhary is appointed as the Director General (DG) of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). 
    • He is currently serving as the Director General of the Railway Protection Force.
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  • Government rakes in Rs 22557 crore from disinvestment in Coal India Ltd - the largest ever disinvestment among Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs). 
    • The process involves disinvestment of 5% of the paid-up equity of Government of India (with an option to retain additional 5% in case of oversubscription) in CIL.
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  • Gold award for the Income Tax Department under National Award on E-Governance 2014-15. 
    • It gets the recognition under category 'Cat-I-Excellence in Government Process Re-engineering' for launching the project 'TDS Reconciliation Analysis & Correction Enabling System (TRACES)'.
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  • Centre released Commemorative Postage stamps on the theme of Swachh Bharat to mark the Martyrdom Day of Mahatma Gandhi on January 30 (his death anniversary).
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