Current Affairs Today
Stephen Hawking’s final scientific paper has been written and posted online by his colleagues at Cambridge and Harvard universities. The paper was completed days before his death. The paper titled ‘Black Hole Entropy and Soft Hair’ tackles with what happens to information when it falls into a blackhole, a problem that theoretical physicists refer to as ‘the information paradox’.
In his paper, Hawking had argued that black holes have a temperature. Since hot objects lose heat into space, the ultimate fate of a black hole is to evaporate out of existence. However, the rules of the quantum world dictate that information is never lost. So what happens to all the information contained in an object when it tumbles into a black hole. In the latest paper, Hawking and his colleagues showed how some of the information may be preserved.
The Khairatabad Masjid, one of the iconic buildings of the Qutb Shahi era in Hyderabad, is undergoing conservation. There where water stagnation and seepage from the roof of the masjid. The Department of Archaeology and Museums took charge and started the conservative works.
The Khairatabad Masjid named after Khairatunnisa Begum, the daughter of 6th Qutb Shahi king Sultan Muhammad Qutb Shah, is the apogee of architecture from that period.
♦ Built in: 1626 AD
♦ Built by: Khairunisa Begum
♦ Khairatabad Mosque was designed and constructed by Hussain Shah Wali ( son-in-law of Khairatunnisa Begum)
♦ The mosque has a three-arch opening in front
♦ The architecture of the mosque presents perfect harmony from bottom to top
♦ India had declared it as a heritage site
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami inaugurated the Skills Development Corporation at MIT Chromepet, Anna University and other engineering colleges through video conferencing. They were built at a cost of Rs.546.84 crore.
He launched a new software application for e-procurement of paddy by Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd., developed at a cost of over Rs.7.6 crore. About 2,100 tablets and printers have been procured and one each has been distributed to the procurement centres to ensure implementation of the project. He also inaugurated the new buildings of the Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department constructed at a cost of Rs.15.66 crore.
The Soyuz rocket made a successful emergency landing after an engine problem on lift-off to the International Space Station (ISS). The two-man crew, astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Aleksey Ovchinin, survived.
The rocket was launched was from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 0840 GMT. The rocket had a problem with the booster while launching. A few seconds after the first stage of separation after the crew has started to go into ballistic descent mode. The failure is a major setback for the Russian Space Industry.
Malaysia’s Cabinet has decided to abolish the death penalty which was welcomed by rights advocates. There are more than 1,200 people on death row set to win a reprieve following a groundswell of opposition to capital punishment. The move comes after the opposition of the public.
Executions are currently mandatory for murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking, among other crimes, and is carried out by hanging. Once the death penalty is scrapped, Malaysia will have the moral authority to fight for the lives of Malaysians facing death sentences abroad.
State Bank of India signed a 3 year MOU with Kathmandu-based National Banking Institute (NBI) for development of human resources.
About State Bank of India
♦ Chairman: Rajnish Kumar.
♦ Tagline: With you all the way, Pure Banking Nothing Else, The Nation’s banks on us.
The Website for Aero India 2019 is: https://aeroindia.gov.in/Aero-India
The portal facilitated payment of registration fee online for business visitors.
Furthermore, it has been integrated with multi-currency Payment Gateway where Indian companies would be able to pay in Indian Rupees using Credit Card/Debit Card/Net Banking/UPI/NEFT/RTGS and foreign companies would be able to pay in US dollars using credit card/debit card.
Strengthening Forest Fire Management in India”, jointly prepared by the Ministry of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the World Bank.
The report was released by Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Hon. Minister of Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
The report states that forest fires are the leading cause of forest degradation in India.
About 95 percent of all forest plots inventoried show some signs of degradation.
Kakinada SEZ Ltd., a subsidiary of GMR Infrastructure Ltd., has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Andhra Pradesh Gas Development Corporation (APGDC). The agreement is to get access to piped domestic natural gas for its upcoming 10,500-acre zone. With this development, Kakinada SEZ would be the first zone on the eastern coast of India to provide Piped Natural Gas (PNG) supply to all its industrial units.
The Kakinada SEZ lies 6 km away from the Kakinada Srikakulam pipeline. APGDC has agreed to lay a spur line from the main trunk line to the zone premises for facilitating piped gas access to commercial and industrial customers.
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI) announced that Mahesh Y Reddy taken over as its Secretary General with immediate effect.
He holds 28 years of experience in national level trade, infrastructure and industry bodies in various capacities.
Pakistan's anti-graft body has summoned Ali Jahangir Siddiqui, the country's envoy to the US, for bribing a top government official. Ali Jahangir Siddiqui allegedly bribed a top government official by paying Rs.15 crore to get the diplomatic post.
Ambassador Siddiqui has been issued a notice to appear before the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Lahore. The transaction was made between him and former Principal Secretary to Prime Minister Fawad Hasan Fawad.
National Accountability Bureau (NAB):
Formed: November 18 1399
Jurisdiction: Constitution of Pakistan
Headquarters: Islamabad Capital Venue
Chairman: Senior Justice (Retired) Javed Iqbal
NAB is an autonomous and constitutionally established federal institution responsible to build efforts against corruption and prepare critical national economic intelligence assessments against economic terrorism to the Government of Pakistan.
Indian para high jumper Sharad Kumar won gold in men’s high jump T42/63 category. This is his second successive gold in the Asian Para Games 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Silver was claimed by Varun Bhati (1.82m), Rio Paralympic bronze-medallist, and bronze by Thangavelu Mariyappan (1.67m), Rio gold-medallist.
The F46 category of disability covers upper limb deficiency, impaired muscle power or impaired range of movement.
A senior officer with the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI), as the Chief Statistician of India (CSI).
Srivastava’s tenure will be till August 31, 2020.
Wrestler Rahul Aware, the Commonwealth Games gold medallist, was awarded the Best Sportsperson of the Year award at the annual Sports Journalists’ Association of Mumbai (SJAM) award function. The awards function was sponsored by Star Sports. Other awardees of SJAM are listed below:
Sportsman of the year
Sportswomen of the year
Junior Sportsman of the year
Junior Sportswoman of the year
Sportsman of the year, Indian Games
Cricketer of the year
Ranji Trophy Cricketer of the year
Woman Cricketer of the year
Junior Cricketer of the year
Team of the year
Maharashtra kabaddi team
Best Co-Ed school
Jamnabai Narsee School, Bandra
Best boys’ school
Don Bosco High School, Matunga
Best Girls school
J. B. Petit High School, Fort
Lifetime Achievement Award
Football & Basketball
SS ‘Babu’ Narayan
International Olympics Committee (IOC) picked its first African host of any Olympics, formally awarding the 2022 Youth Games to Senegal.
Senegal will host the youth games in three places: Dakar; a new city of Diamniadio, close to the capital; and the coastal resort of Saly.
He will assume the office of the Solicitor General till June 30, 2020.
Presently, Mehta is serving as the Additional Solicitor General (ASG) of India.
Solicitor General is the second highest ranking law officer of the government after the Attorney General.
The Centre approved Delhi’s land pooling policy. The policy has already been approved by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA). Hardeep Puri, Minister of the Housing and Urban Affairs, said no major changes were made to the policy.
The land pooling policy covers any urbanisable area of urban extensions in 95 villages. With a floor area ratio (FAR) of 200, Delhi’s 76 lakh people will be accommodated in these homes. To promote affordable and inclusive housing, 15% FAR, over and above the permissible FAR, has been allowed for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The policy covers greenfield areas in five zones, including J, K-1, L, N and P-II, which come under the Master Plan of Delhi-2021 (MPD).
Land Pooling is a concept that where small chunks or parcels of land are owned by a group of owners who assemble for the development of infrastructure as per the provisions of the Delhi Development Act 1957 and the prescribed procedure.
IIT-Madras signed an agreement with Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency (TNeGA) to enhance data-driven governance.
The Robert Bosch Centre for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (RBC DSAI ) at IIT-Madras agreed to support the State government on various data science and ICT-related challenges.
Coal India tasked to become a net zero emission energy company by the ministry of coal and a move which requires it to generate 3,000 MW of solar power.
Neyveli lignite Corporation (NLC)
Headquarters: Kolkata, West Bengal, India.
Indus Towers, world's largest telecom tower company (outside China) won the Deming Prize for 2018, being the first Indian company in the service sector and the fifth in the world to achieve.
He is only the 29th Indian company to win this coveted award, with other notable names including Tata Steel, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra and Mahindra, and NBC Bearings.
The Deming Prize was bestowed on Indus Towers for distinctive performance improvements through the application of Total Quality Management (TQM) practices.