Current Affairs, News & Facts of 19 Mar 2015

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  • Mumbai gets its first local train with automatic sliding doors. 
    • The train was introduced on the Churchgate to Borivali route.
    • Railway plans to add at least four rakes on both Central and Western Railway with closed doors in the next one year.
    • The local trains ferry 7.5 million commuters daily - roughly 30 per cent of the daily national rail traffic.
    • Some 37,383 persons were killed in local train accidents in the past decade.
  • Astra - indigenously developed air-to-air missile - successfully test-launched from a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft. 
    • The all-weather 'Beyond Visual Range (BVR)' missile can destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speed.
    • This 3.8 metre long missile is the smallest of the DRDO-developed missiles.
    • Its also capable of being launched from different altitudes.
  • Littering railway tracks and platform will cost you a fine of Rs 5000 from now on. 
    • The ruling has been given by National Green Tribunal to help the cleanliness drive in the country.
    • The bench, headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, also passed a slew of instructions to Railways and other authorities on how to keep the premises clean.
  • Department of Consumer Affairs launches a web portal "GAMA" (Grievances Against Misleading Advertisements) for redressal of grievances against misleading advertisements
    • It also introduced "Grahak Suvidha Kendras" - one stop consumer service centers, in six cities of Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Patna and Delhi.
    • These new initiatives aims to enhance consumer awareness and strengthen support services to them across the country.
  • For every convict, there are more than 2 undertrials in Indian jails. 
    • As per the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau at the end of 2013, there were 4,11,992 inmates in the jails of the country, out of which the number of convict prisoners was 1,29,608 and the number of undertrials was 2,78,503.
    • 'Prisons' is a state subject under Entry 4 of List II of the 7th schedule to the Constitution and prison administration is primarily the responsibility of the state governments.
  • Indian Oil Corporation is in talks with Nepal Oil Corporation for setting up a petroleum product pipeline from Raxaul in India to Amlekhganj in Nepal. 
    • The proposed pipeline, measuring some 38 Km, would come up at estimated cost of around Rs 200 crore.

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