Daily GK Update: 28th June 2020

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport becomes 1st in India with this new tech at both ends of runway

  • Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport gets Aviation Weather Monitoring System! For the first time in India, an Aviation Weather Monitoring System has been installed at the Bangalore airport at both ends of the runway. Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL), which operates Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) at its new runway has recently installed an indigenously-developed Aviation Weather Monitoring System (AWMS). According to a statement released by BIAL, it is the first airport in India to have this technology installed at both ends of the runway.
  • The Aviation Weather Monitoring System has been developed by Bengaluru-based CSIR-National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL). Apart from this, Bengaluru airport has also installed four Drishti Transmissometers which is expected to help in measuring the Runway Visibility Range (RVR). With this, the number of RVRs installed at the both runways have reached six. According to the airport authorities, the Drishti Transmissometers are also made by NAL in association with the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). The move of installing RVRs and AWMS boosts the airport’s vision of ‘Made in India.’

Source: Financial Express

Rahul Dravid beats Sachin Tendulkar in Wisden poll on greatest Indian Test batsman

  • Rahul Dravid is the greatest Indian Test batsman, according to a poll conducted on social media by Wisden India. Dravid beat Tendulkar by a narrow margin of votes in the final round of voting.
  • Dravid got 52 per cent of the votes, with as many as 11,400 fans taking part in the final round of voting. “Much like Dravid batted during his playing career, he dug in and fought back in the poll, eventually crossing the line with a decent lead at the very end,” said the Wisden India report.
  • The poll initially had 16 Indian batting greats, with Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli being the two others to have made it through to the ‘semi finals’. Gavaskar beat Kohli in the ‘third-place play-off’ by a narrow margin.

Source: The Indian Express

NASA Names Headquarters After ‘Hidden Figure’ Mary W. Jackson

  • NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced Wednesday the agency’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C., will be named after Mary W. Jackson, the first African American female engineer at NASA.
  • Jackson started her NASA career in the segregated West Area Computing Unit of the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. Jackson, a mathematician and aerospace engineer, went on to lead programs influencing the hiring and promotion of women in NASA’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics careers. In 2019, she was posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.
  • “Mary W. Jackson was part of a group of very important women who helped NASA succeed in getting American astronauts into space. Mary never accepted the status quo, she helped break barriers and open opportunities for African Americans and women in the field of engineering and technology,” said Bridenstine. “Today, we proudly announce the Mary W. Jackson NASA Headquarters building. It appropriately sits on ‘Hidden Figures Way,’ a reminder that Mary is one of many incredible and talented professionals in NASA’s history who contributed to this agency’s success. Hidden no more, we will continue to recognize the contributions of women, African Americans, and people of all backgrounds who have made NASA’s successful history of exploration possible.”

Source: Nasa

Money in Swiss banks: India at 77th place, accounts 0.06% of foreign funds

  • India has moved down three places to 77th rank in terms of money parked by its citizens and enterprises with Swiss banks at the end of 2019, while the UK has retained its top position, as per the latest data from Switzerland’s central bank.
  • India was ranked 74th in the previous year.
  • An analysis of the latest annual banking statistics released by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) showed that India remains ranked very low when it comes to money parked by Indian individuals and enterprises in Swiss banks, including through their India-based branches, accounting for just about 0.06 per cent of the aggregate funds parked by all foreign clients of Switzerland-based banks.
  • In comparison, the top-ranked UK accounted for close to 27 per cent of the total foreign funds parked with Swiss banks at the end of 2019.

Source: Business Standard

India first country to control locusts through drones: Agriculture ministry

  • The Union Ministry of Agriculture on Saturday said that India is the first country to control locusts by using drones.
  • “India is the first country to control locust by using drones after finalising the protocols and getting all statutory approvals. Major operations are concentrated in Rajasthan where maximum resources are committed,” the Agriculture Ministry said in a release.
  • According to the information given by the ministry, all the groups of locust swarms are being tracked by teams of the state agriculture departments of Rajasthan, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, local administrations and officials of the Central Locust Warning Organisation, and control operations are underway.
  • More control teams from Rajasthan have been moved to Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to help control operations being carried out to ward away locusts in these two states, the release said.
  • Ground control teams are constantly tracking them and will undertake major control operations once they settle down.

Source: Business Standard

Yes Bank launches mobile payment app ‘Yuva Pay’

  • Yes Bank launched its digital wallet solution ‘Yuva Pay’ in partnership with UDMA Technologies to enable contactless payments for its customers.
  • The digital wallet issued under minimum KYC regulations to Yes Bank will offer bill payments via Bharat Bill Pay and provide Unified Payments Interface (UPI) facility to customers.
  • Through the app, customers can pay their utility bills (including municipal, house, water tax, electricity, LPG, DTH, Mobile bill, license fees), make insurance renewals, FASTag recharges, EMI payments, and use the app to make payments at retail outlets.

Source: Live Mint

Bhupesh Baghel gives cow politics a new twist

  • Politics in the name of the cow may have had its origins in the BJP, but in Chhattisgarh, it is the Congress that is reinventing it to draw maximum mileage. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel announced on June 25 that his government will be purchasing dung from cow owners—the first such scheme undertaken by any state government. The announcement has drawn a sharp reaction from the BJP—for the state Congress, it is a validation of the political capital the party can make through the programme.
  • The ‘Godhan Nyay Yojana’, which will kick off from July 11, when the state celebrates the Hareli agricultural festival, is not just about purchasing cow dung, but is an extension of what Baghel has been trying to achieve economically and politically ever since coming to power in Chhattisgarh a year and a half ago. Under the state government’s flagship ‘Narwa Garwa Ghurwa Badi’ programme, the focus has always been on cattle. In the past one year or so, some 2,200 gothans, or cow shelters, have been constructed in villages while another 2,800 are coming up. To finance the project, the Chhattisgarh government has imposed a cess of Rs 5 per bottle of liquor.

Source: India Today

Navi launches lending app for instant personal loans

  • Sachin Bansal co-founded Navi has launched Navi Lending App for instant personal loans up to ₹5 lakh. “Aimed at Indians in the middle-income segment who are comfortable with smartphones and technology, the Navi app provides instant loans of up to ₹5 lakh with tenures of up to 36 months, via a completely digital and contactless process for customers,” the company said in a release on Wednesday.

Source: Business Line

Jagan Mohan Reddy releases Rs 15,000 each to Kapu community women

  • Launching the YSR Kapu Nestham scheme intended to provide financial assistance of Rs 15,000 per annum each to members of the Kapu community, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Wednesday said that about Rs 354 crore was transferred to over 2.36 lakh women aged between 45 and 60 having rice cards and belonging to Kapu, Balija, Telaga and Ontari communities as part of the scheme.
  • The amount was deposited as ‘unencumbered’ amount into the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. In five years, the beneficiaries will be getting a total of Rs 75,000.
  • “The eligible beneficiaries will get the benefit within one month and, on the same day next month they will be given the financial assistance,’’ the Chief Minister said. He said that YSRC government has extended benefits worth Rs 4,470 crore to more than 23 lakh people of the Kapu community under various schemes in the past 13 months.

Source: The New Indian Express

IIT-Bombay develops chip Dhruva to be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations

  • IIT-Bombay has developed a homegrown receiver chip -Dhruva– that can be used in smartphones and navigation devices to find locations and routes within the country.
  • Dhruva will receive signals from India’s NAVIC group of navigation satellites as well as the US Global Positioning System-based satellites to determine these accurately under all weather conditions.
  • The radio frequency receiver chip was designed in 18 months by students and researchers at IIT Bombay. It can receive in multiple frequency bands and handle weak signals.
  • Besides, it can be converted into digital bits and processed by any standard digital signal processor (DSP) to determine one’s location precisely.

Source: Tech Economic Times