Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Daily Update On Current Affairs - May 02, 2017

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Maharashtra Becomes First State To Use Automated Weather Stations (AWS) For Farmers

Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has inaugurated the state’s first automatic weather station at Dongargaon in Nagpur. 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 the amount of rainfall. The information gathered by the weather stations would be shared among the farmers by making them available on the Mahavedh portal (Maharashtra agriculture weather information network) as well as on the mobile application of Skymet. Weather forecast firm Skymet Weather Private Ltd will be setting up these weather stations.

Indian Railways To Track Wagons And Coaches With RFID Tags

Leveraging information technology in a big way, the Indian Railways is set to make use of the radio-frequency identification tags (RFID) for tracking of wagons, coaches and locomotives to ensure the effective and transparent functioning of the system. For this purpose, the RFID tags have been designed by the Centre for Railway Information System (CRIS) at an estimated cost of Rs 1000 per tag. For the first phase of implementation of this project, the Railways have sanctioned a sum of Rs 57 crore. The trackside readers that will be installed at stations and other key points would read the RFID tag fitted in the rolling stocks and would transmit the wagon identity over a network to a central computer. From here afterwards, all new wagons coming out of manufacturing units would be equipped with RFID tags as a part of the standard practice. Indian railways have about 2.25 lakh wagons, 50,000 coaches and 9,000 locomotives in its possession. Earlier, the Railways used RFID tags on Vishakhapatnam-Talcher-Paradeep section as a pilot project.

Real Estate Act Comes Into Effect

The Real Estate Act which aims to protect the interests of homebuyers by ensuring transparency has come into effect. The Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (HUPA) has asked all the states and Union Territories to implement the Act with letter and spirit. Since land is a state subject, real estate sector comes within the ambit of the state governments. The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2016 was passed by Parliament in March last year. Partially, the Act came into force on 1 May last year with 59 of 92 notified sections of the Act coming into force. The remaining provisions have come into the force now. Already the act has been notified by 13 states and Union Territories including Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Delhi, Daman and Diu.

India And Turkey Agree To Work Together To Effectively Counter Terrorism

India and Turkey agreed to work together to strengthen cooperation to effectively counter terrorism at bilateral as well as multilateral levels. In a joint press statement with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New Delhi after delegation level talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, the world today faces new threats and challenges from terrorism, therefore there can be no justification whatsoever for it. He said, terrorist networks and their financing need to be disrupted unitedly and countries should put a stop to cross-border movement of terrorists.

SBI, Bank Of Baroda Cut Deposit Rates

State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda have reduced interest rates on fixed deposits on various maturities from the end of April as the Banking system is flush with liquidity. SBI reduced the retail term deposit rate (for upto Rs 1 Cr) by 25-50 basis points for various maturities. For deposits from two to three years, the interest rate has been reduced from 6.75 % to 6.25 %. Senior citizens will continue to get 50 bps more. Bank of Baroda will now pay 6.9% for a one-year deposit as against 7% earlier.

Scientists At IIT Create Low Cost Solar Cells Using Jamun

Scientists at IIT Roorkee have used Indian summer fruit, Jamun, to create low cost and more efficient solar cells. To create the solar cells, the researchers made use of naturally occurring pigment present in jamun as an inexpensive photosensitizer for Dye Sensitised Solar Cells (DSSCs) or Gratzel cells. Gratzel cells are nothing but thin film solar cells made of a porous layer of titanium dioxide (TiO2) coated photoanode, a layer of dye molecules that are capable of absorbing sunlight, an electrolyte for regenerating the dye, and a cathode. The above components of the Gratzel cell form a sandwich-like structure with the dye molecule playing a crucial role through its ability to absorb visible light.

Researchers made use of ethanol to extract the dyes from jamun. The extracted coloured pigment called anthocyanin was used as a sensitiser. The research got published in the Journal of Photovoltaics.

Commemorative Stamp On Ramanujar Released

The Prime Minister released a commemorative Stamp on 1000th Birth Anniversary of sage and Philosopher Ramanujacharya in New Delhi. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Modi said, the central message of Sant Shri Ramanujacharya’s life was inclusive society, religion and philosophy. He said that Ramanujacharya saw the manifestation of God in human beings and human beings in God. He also saw all devotees of God as equal. The Prime Minister said the Ramanujacharya broke the settled prejudice of his times.

May 1- International Labour Day

May 1 is International Labour Day, also known as International Worker's Day or May Day. It is observed on this day every year to promote and encourage the international labour associations. The day marks the victory of workers' movement for eight hours of work.

Aizawl FC Become First Northeastern Club To Win I-League

Aizawl FC has won its maiden I-League title against Shillong Lajong in their final game of the league season to become the first ever club from the northeast to win the I-League title. This was the 10th edition of the I-League held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Shillong, The victory of Aizawl FC with a shoe-string budget against Shillong Lajong is considered as one of the biggest achievements in Indian football history. Aizawl ended the league with 37 points.

Rafael Nadal Wins His 10th Barcelona Open Tennis Title

Rafael Nadal won his 10th Barcelona Open tennis title as he swept aside Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1 in the final yesterday. It was the 51st clay-court crown for Nadal. The Spaniard who has made the perfect start to the clay-court season will aim for a 10th French Open next month after also claiming his 10th title at the Monte Carlo Masters last week. Nadal won in Barcelona between 2005 to 2009, 2011 to 13 and now in the last two years.

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