Current Affairs Today
A fossil unearthed in northeastern China of a feathered dinosaur a bit bigger than a blue jay that possessed bat-like wings represents a remarkable but short-lived detour in the evolution of flight & the advent of birds.
The dinosaur, named Ambopteryx longibrachium, lived 163 million years ago during the Jurassic Period & took flight with membranous wings made of skin supported by a long, pointed wrist bone, dramatically different from the distinctive feathered wings of birds.
Unlike... Read More
International Nurses Day (IND) is an international day observed around the world on 12 May of each year, to mark the contributions that nurses make to society. It was first observed in 1965.
ICN commemorates this important day each year with the production and distribution of the International Nurses' Day (IND) resources and evidence. The theme for the year 2019 is "Nurses: A voice to lead - Health for All".
Singapore passed a controversial bill that could equip the government with extensive powers to police online media and free speech.
The bill was first drafted last month and, as had been expected, it passed 72-9 in Singapore’s parliament, dominated by the ruling People’s Action Party (PAP), late on Wednesday.
The bill caused concern through its potential to stifle free speech, as a key feature enables the government, and in fact any minister, to force “corrections” to... Read More
Samsung Electronics Co, the South Korean Tech Giant, unveiled the world's highest-resolution image sensor, with 64 megapixels for smartphones. This is a step to meet the increasing demand for mobile devices with better image quality. Samsung expanded its 0.8-micrometer pixel image sensor lineup by introducing two new 0.8-micrometer pixel image sensors namely:
1. 64-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GWI (for advanced handsets)
2.48-megapixel ISOCELL Bright GM2 (forfiagship... Read More
Two Indian Navy ships INS Kolkata and INS Shakti carried out a six-day long 'Group Sail' with naval ships in the South China Sea (SCS). The exercise was held from 3rd May to 9th May.
The Group Sail was aimed at deepening the existing partnership and fostering mutual understanding among participating country's navies. Four countries namely, US, India, Japan, and the Philippines participated in the naval exercise.
Six Naval combatants from participating countries... Read More
Recent UN report said that Climate change and rising sea levels may eventually wipe out The Sundarbans, which is one of the world's last and largest tiger strongholds. The report rely on climate change scenarios was developed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for its simulation models.
Observations listed in the report:
If greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions continued at the current rate, the atmosphere would warm as much as 1.5C (above preindustrial... Read More
15th Finance Commission held a two-day meeting with eminent economists, top executives of leading banks at RBI headquarters in Mumbai.
Addressing the media today Chairman of Finance Commission Mr N.K. Singh said that last two days meeting with top economists, Panel of experts from RBI and bankers, the Finance commission explored issues pertaining to state leadership, development, better governance and its connection with the market mechanism.
Mr Singh the experts also discussed on... Read More
Amazon entrepreneur Jeff Bezos has unveiled a mock-up of a new lunar lander spacecraft that aims to take equipment and humans to the Moon by 2024. The aim is for Blue Moon to land on the south pole of the Moon, where ice deposits have been found in craters. The water derived from that ice can be broken down to produce hydrogen, which could then fuel up the spacecraft for further missions across the solar system.
Features of the rocket:
The unmanned, reusable Blue Moon vehicle will carry... Read More
MIT scientists have developed a movement-tracking system 'Marko' based on wireless radio-frequency signals, which collects health and behaviour data after the signals bounce off a human. The system is trained using sensors worn by users for a few days.
The system is originally based on algorithms that detect changing reflections and associate them with specific individuals. The system then checks whether each individual’s movement around a digital floor plan. Comparing... Read More
US President Donald Trump's tariff increase to 25% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods took effect on 10th May, ratcheting up tensions between the United States and China as they pursue last-ditch talks to try to salvage a trade deal.
With no action from the Trump administration to reverse the increase, US Customs and Border Protection imposed the new 25% duty on affected US-bound cargoes leaving China on 10th May. Goods in the more than 5,700 affected product categories that left... Read More
Tractor-manufacturer Tractors and Farm Equipment (TAFE) Ltd signed an MoU with Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) to aid conservation of resources.
Under the MoU, the association plans to jointly conduct agricultural workshops by involving TAFE’s dealership network.
The workshop would help spread awareness on the advantages of better maintenance and upkeep of the tractors, resulting in lesser fuel consumption and maximizing productivity, among others.
Facebook chosen London as the centre for the global roll-out of WhatsApp pay, before the social media giant launches its digital payments service on the mobile messaging platform in India.
WhatsApp would hire nearly 100 people in London to focus on the digital payments service and additional operations staff would be hired in Dublin.
Facebook chose UK because it attracts a multicultural workforce from many of the countries where WhatsApp is widely used, such as India.
Sri Lanka to protect asylum seekers and not deport them following the Easter Sunday attacks.
In a joint appeal, the organizations raised concerns over the safety of the refugees and asylum seekers saying they have been unfairly targeted and displaced after the attacks, with landlords under local pressure to evict them from their homes.
1,200 people from Pakistan and Afghanistan have fled their homes due to the fear, threats and intimidation they experienced in their... Read More