Current affairs- May 31, 2016


Hacking scare leads to norms for smartphones

Amid attempts of hacking and data theft by Pakistan and China, the government has come up with a smartphone policy for officials dealing with sensitive information.

Details:
  • To begin with, the government has put curbs on officials connecting their phones to office computers.
  • They will not be allowed to even to charge the phone battery. Also, every such device will have to be approved by seniors.
  • The rules would apply to armed forces, intelligence officials and personnel of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF).

Current affairs- May 30, 2016



European Space Agency discovers chemical building blocks for signs of life

Scientists have discovered ingredients regarded as crucial to the origins of life in a comet the European Space Agency (ESA) has been probing for two years.
  • Scientists have discovered these key organic compounds in Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (also known as Rosetta’s comet), bolstering the notion these celestial objects delivered such chemical building blocks for life long ago to Earth and throughout the solar system.
  • With this, scientists now say possible impact of small bodies on a forming Earth drastically increased the concentration of life-related chemicals by impact on a closed water body.

Current affairs- May 29, 2016


Twitter Seva
Micro-blogging platform Twitter is now considering the roll-out of the Twitter Seva service in other countries such as the U.K. and the UAE. This follows the success of the service, developed for the India market to help delivery of e-governance services.

Details:
  • Twitter Seva helps process a large volume of tweets and assigns them to the relevant authority for real-time resolution.
  • It is currently being used by Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Railways, besides the Bengaluru Police.
Made in India:
The product had been designed and developed in the country, and the processes that Twitter had built into it are ‘absolutely’ India exclusive.

Current affairs- May 28, 2016


Land-attack version of  BrahMos

The Indian Air Force successfully test-fired a land-attack version of the supersonic cruise missile, BrahMos, in the western sector.

Details:
  • The missile system “has empowered all the three wings of the armed forces with anti-ship and land-attack capability,”
  • This brings to light that the IAF too has been equipped with the land-attack version of BrahMos, which flies at a supersonic speed of Mach 3 (that is, three times the speed of sound). The Navy and the Army have already deployed the two-stage missile, which has a range of 290 km.
  • BrahMos, two squadrons had already been equipped with the version. (One squadron has about 70 to 80 missiles).
  • The IAF had deployed the missile in the border areas to take out the enemy’s communication towers, runways, and radar in case of a conflict.

Sudhir Mishra, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of BrahMos






RTI gets a memorial in Rajasthan

A unique memorial celebrating the Right to Information has come up in the Beawar town of Rajasthan where the RTI movement had started 20 years ago.

Background:
·       The historic 40-day dharna of 1996 for RTI, witnessed unveiling of the aesthetically-built memorial and demanded restoration of chapters dealing with common people’s contribution to RTI in the textbooks.
·       The dharna, which lasted 40 days, went on to become a movement for transparency, accountability and participatory democracy and led to the establishment of the National Campaign for People’s Right to Information (NCPRI).

Memorial:

The dark blue memorial, is perhaps the only structure of its kind in the country, giving recognition to peasants and labourers who launched the campaign for their right to know about the way the government functioned and spent the public money.




Tejas to replace MiG as key fighter

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said the indigenously developed Light Combat Aircraft (LCA) Tejas would be the mainstay of the Indian Air Force and would likely replace the entire MIG-21 fleet of almost 250 fighters.


Details:
  • LCA is mainstay.
  • There will be seven squadrons of it.
  • It is 3-4 times better than MiG-21s,
  • LCA being a single-engine, light-weight fighter.
  • Functionally, the LCA is better than many other foreign fighters. 
  • It reacts very smoothly, fly-by-wire, its turn radius is very good, manoeuvrability is very good.

Current affairs- May 27, 2016


Neeranchal Project
Neeranchal is a Rs.2,142-crore World Bank-aided project of the Union Government that supports the watershed development component of the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY).
In a major initiative to plug loopholes in the Integrated Watershed Management Programmes, the Department of Land Resources, GoI has launched Neeranchal Regional Orientation Workshop for five States.

Current affairs- May 26, 2016


Bharatavani Portal and App

The Union HRD Minister, Smriti  Irani has launched the multilingual  knowledge portal www.bharatavani.in and app.
Aim:
  • The project aims at fostering national integration.
  • Its goal is to bring together the people under one portal,to bridge the digital and language divide, with the idea to publish and involve people in the open knowledge movement

Implementation:
  • The Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL), Mysuru is implementing this ambitious project of MHRD. 
  • This project is in line with the HRD Ministry’s efforts to not only ensure universalization of education but also towards creation of a knowledge society in the digital age.