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Current affairs on 26 May 2017

Mobile app 'SEVA' for quick tracking of coal dispatch launched

  1. As a part of ‘Digital India’ initiative Union Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, launched the Saral Eindhan Vitaran Application (SEVA), in News Delhi, which is developed in-house by Coal India Limited (CIL) for power sector consumers.
  2. Mobile app SEVA launched to aimed at increasing the Consumer Connect as well as the Transparency and Accountability in Coal dispatch.

World’s first-ever robot police officer was unveiled

  1. World’s first-ever robot police officer was unveiled in United Arab Emirates’ city Dubai on 24 May 2017.
  2. Dubai Police gave this robot the task of patrolling the city’s malls and tourist attractions.
  3. UAE government notified the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans.

Current affairs on 23 May 2017

Google announced a new version of Android operating system Android Go 

  1. Android Go launched by Google to target budget devices in China, as a cheap and cheerful lightweight OS that can run on phones with as little as 512MB of RAM.
  2. In Android Go users will be shown only apps that have been optimised to run on less-powerful hardware. These apps won’t be intensive or over 10MB in size, and they will happily work offline.
  3. YouTube Go is an example of the apps coming to Android Go, and unlike the full app available to other higher versions of Android, it lets users preview frames of a video and select the quality before starting streaming it.
Posted on: 23rd May 2017 Read complete Article →

Digital filing system was launched in Supreme Court on 10 May 2017

  1. ‘Integrated Case Management Information System’ (ICMIS) is launched in Supreme court and Prime Minister Narendra Modi uploaded the ICMIS on the Supreme Court website at the function held at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi.
  2. ICMIS is the state-of-the-art digital filing and case handling system, in which lawyers will be required to file only the grounds of appeal in the apex court and the remaining judicial files would be automatically transferred.
  3. Under this system, a litigant will file one case only in his lifetime, insofar as the paper book is concerned.

Current affairs on 03 May 2017

‘Tarang Sanchar’ launched by DoT

  1. The Department of Telecommunications has launched a web portal called the ‘Tarang Sanchar’ web portal that will allow tracking of radiation emitted from mobile towers within their locality and check for their compliance with the Electromagnetic field (EMF) emission norms defined by the government.
  2. The web portal is aimed at myths and misconceptions about mobile towers and emissions from them.
  3. This web portal was launched because recently, the Supreme Court had ordered the deactivation of a mobile tower in Gwalior after hearing the plea of a 42-year-old cancer patient.
  4. Howvere, the mobile tower emissions rules in India are 10 times more stringent than the global norms and was framed by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP).
  5. The ICNIRP pegs permissible tower emission at 4.5 watts/ sq m in popular 900 MHz band. In India, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has lowered it to be 0.45 W/sq m. India’s is among a handful of countries that have tougher emission standards than the ICNIRP norms. The others are China, Russia, Switzerland, Israel, Italy, Greece, Belarus, Poland, Lithuania, Belgium, Chile, Bulgaria and Liechtenstein
Posted on: 03rd May 2017 Read complete Article →

Maharashtra’s first automatic weather station

  1. Maharashtra chief minister has inaugurated the state’s first automatic weather station at Dongargaon in Nagpur. The information gathered by the weather stations would be shared among the farmers by making them available on Mahavedh portal (Maharashtra agriculture weather information network) as well as on the mobile application of Skymet. 
  2. The state government proposes to install around 2,065 such weather stations across the state on a public private partnership (PPP) mode in this year and 1,000 in next year. The weather stations will be helpful in measuring the wind direction, wind speed, air temperature, relative humidity and record amount of rainfall.
  3. Weather forecast firm Skymet Weather Private Ltd will be setting up these weather stations. Significance The farmers of the state can make use of the information to manage sowing in a much better and planned way as per the weather conditions.
  4. During the first phase, information will be shared using SMS. In the second phase, half hourly updates will be provided to all the Gram Panchayats. 

Current affairs on 01 May 2017

ISRO Develops "Solar Calculator" Android App

  1. Space Applications Centre (SAC), ISRO, has developed 'Solar Calculator' an android App for the computation of solar energy potential.
  2. Solar Calculator is a very useful tool for installation of PV solar panels for tapping solar energy and provides monthly/yearly solar potential (in kWh/m2) and minimum/maximum temperature at any location. 
Posted on: 01st May 2017 Read complete Article →

Current affairs on 28 April 2017

MFIN launches financial literacy app

  1. Microfinance Institutions Network (MFIN), a self-regulatory organisation and an industry association of microfinance, has launched a financial literacy mobile app for microfinance clients in six language.
  2. The launch of App is aimed to help microfinance clients in understanding the dynamics involved in microfinance like credit history.
Posted on: 28th April 2017 Read complete Article →

NASA launches super balloon in NZ

  1. A stadium-sized pressure balloon launched by NASA from Wanaka, South Island of New Zealand and began collecting data in near space.
  2. The balloon is designed to detect ultra-high energy cosmic particles from beyond the galaxy as they penetrate the earth’s atmosphere.
     

Current affairs on 25 April 2017

New types of blood cells discovered

  1. Scientists including Indian origin, have identified new types of blood cells in the human immune system through a aesearchers which use a technique called single-cell genomics to analyse gene expression patterns in individual human blood cells.
  2. The cells are new classes of types of white blood cells called dendritic cells and monocytes.
Posted on: 25th April 2017 Read complete Article →
Posted on: 25th April 2017 Read complete Article →
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