Daily GK Update: 13th January 2020

ISRO to launch GSAT-30 satellite

  • GSAT-30 satellite is scheduled for launch onboard Ariane-5 launch vehicle (VA 251) from French Guiana on January 17, 2020 at 0235 hrs IST.
  • GSAT-30 is a communication satellite of India which is configured on ISRO’s enhanced I-3K Bus structure to provide communication services from Geostationary orbit in C and Ku bands. The satellite derives its heritage from ISRO’s earlier INSAT/GSAT satellite series.
  • Weighing 3357 kg, GSAT-30 is to serve as replacement to INSAT-4A spacecraft services with enhanced coverage.  The satellite provides Indian mainland and islands coverage in Ku-band and extended coverage in C-band covering Gulf countries, a large number of Asian countries and Australia.

Source : Isro.gov.in

GoI: 6th Island Development Agency meeting held in New Delhi

  • On January 13, 2020, Home Minister Amit Shah chaired the sixth Island Development Agency meeting in New Delhi.
  • The plan is to be implemented in four islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and five islands of Lakshadweep Islands.
  • In the second phase 12 more islands of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and 5 Islands of Lakshadweep islands are to be covered.

Source : The World News Monitor

Bushfire crisis: Australia may list Koalas as endangered, announces $76 mn emergency fund

  • The Australian government on Monday said it might declare Koalas as an “endangered” species after the population of the cuddly animal suffered an “extraordinary hit” in the unprecedented devastating bushfires, which destroyed 30 per cent of their habitat across the country.
  • The government also announced a 76-million Australian dollar fund for emergency mental health services for the communities hit by the crisis since September last year.
  • The raging Australian bushfires, one of the worst in its history, has killed at least 26 people, burned over 10 million hectares of land, destroyed over 2,000 homes and pushed many species towards extinction.

Source : India Today 

NIIT University to be part of NEAT Portal

  • The National Institute of Information Technology(NIIT) has been selected as one of the EdTech companies for the NEAT initiative.
  • The National Educational Alliance for Technology(NEAT) was launched to customize learning process using Artificial Intelligence.
  • It aims to recognize the development of emerging technologies in Adaptive Learning and bring them under a common platform so that learners can access it easily.
  • All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) would be the implementing agency for the NEAT programme.

Source : Factly

Shopper’ Malware Affects Over 14% of Indian Smartphone Users With Fake Reviews

  • India stood at third position as the most impacted country from ‘Shopper’ Malware
  • The malware gives hackers the access to spread ads, write fake reviews and install apps without the user’s knowledge
    The ‘Shopper’ malware keeps flashing ads every time the screen is unlocked by the user
  • Researchers from cybersecurity solutions provider Kaspersky, on Thursday (January 9), revealed that a new Trojan malware application called ‘Shopper’ has infected more than 14.23% Indian users.
  • The malware boosts shopping app ratings, spreads ads, installs apps without the consent of the user. This malware also has the potential to spread false information through social media channels and other platforms.

World Future Energy Summit to begin today in Abu Dhabi

  • The World Future Energy Summit will begin today in Abu Dhabi. 33,500 participants from 170 countries and 800 specialist exhibitors are expected to attend the four-day annual event.
  • The theme for this year’s summit is “Rethinking Global Consumption, Production, and Investment.” World Future Energy Summit is the Middle East’s largest future energy and sustainability event.
  • Held annually at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, the 2020 edition includes exhibition and forum programmes across five main pillars: energy, solar, water, waste and smart cities, hosting an unrivalled gathering of top-level government and business leaders.

Source : News Services Division

India to acquire 200 fighter jets for Indian Air Force: Defence secretary

  • The government is in the process of acquiring around 200 aircraft to cope with the depleting aerial inventories of the Indian Air Force, defence secretary Ajay Kumar said here on Sunday.
  • The contract for Hindustan Aeronautics Limited-manufactured 83 LCA Tejas Mark 1 A advanced fighter jets are in the final stages, he said.
  • Apart from these, Expression of Interest (EOI) has been floated for another 110 aircraft, based on which Request for Proposal (RFP) will be floated, Ajay Kumar said.

Source : The Economic Times