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23 October 2018

Cyient, IT firm, has appointed Vikas Sehgal as an independent director. Earlier, he was an executive vice-chairman of Rothschild Global Advisory for South and South East Asian region and global head of the automotive sector.  The firm has also appointed Peter F.Longo as the chairman of Cyient Inc. It also announced the appointment of Mr.Longo, who recently retired from United Technologies Corporation (UTC), to the board of Cyient Inc.  

23 October 2018

Researchers at the Australian National University found that the inner core of the earth is not only solid but softer than previously thought. It is expected that this study could improve the understanding of how the planet was formed.  They came up with a way to detect shear waves or J waves in the inner core, a type of wave which can only travel through solid objects. The inner core shares some similar elastic properties with gold and platinum.

23 October 2018

Tea Board of India is planning to launch an app aimed at guiding small growers, whose share in total tea production is increasing. The proposed name of the app is Chai Sahay (tea help). The main objective is to establish better two-way communication, that is, between the manufacturer and customers.  The regulatory authority has invited bids for the design, development and maintenance of the android-based mobile app. With the proliferation of smartphones, Tea Board is keen to develop a mobile application for better monitoring of activities.

23 October 2018

PNB Metlife, a Life insurer, unveiled an app named ‘Khushi’. The app is an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered customer service. The app is designed to be a one-stop shop providing insurance-related information, anytime, anywhere, such as policy features, premium due details besides providing fund value and portfolio details. Kushi has the ability to understand customer intent and provide tailored responses.

23 October 2018

Dance troupes from Bulgaria, Turkey and Sri Lanka, apart from 25 teams from India, participated in the event. About Gwalior State: Madhya Pradesh Region:Gird District:Gwalior Founded by:Suraj Sen (according to a legend)

23 October 2018

Tejas Networks, a maker of networking product, has received Rs.111 crore purchase order from Sterlite Technologies. The order is to implement the Indian Navy’s country-wide next-generation digital communications network.   Tejas Networks is to supply its terabit capacity Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) systems and high-performance layer-3 multi-gigabit ethernet switches for Navy's pan-India network. Systems integrator, Sterlite Technologies bagged the long-term contract for the design, execution, operations, and maintenance of the network.

23 October 2018

Nineteen-year-old Otoguro consistently attacked the left leg of Punia and emerged a comfortable 16-9 winner.  In the process, Otoguro became Japan's youngest World Champion at the age of 19.

23 October 2018

This campaign was initiated in 2017-18 wherein a large number of school children especially from eco-clubs participated and took a pledge to minimize bursting of crackers and also discouraged the neighborhood and their friends from bursting of crackers.  During this intensive campaign, the children were advised to celebrate Diwali in an environment-friendly manner by gifting plant sapling to their relatives and friends along with sweets, undertake cleaning of houses, neighbourhoods, schools, collect old books and unused notebooks gift to needy children, donate old warm clothing, blankets to night-shelters and other homeless people.

23 October 2018

Pöyry, a Finnish firm, and Infosys announced the release of a new data-driven framework for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This technique overcomes complex and expensive lifecycle management challenges faced by industry, utilities and infrastructure organisations across operational technology systems. Krti 4.0 Artificial Intelligence Framework for Operation Excellence applies AI, cognitive/machine learning and machine-to-machine capabilities in an industrial environment. Krti 4.0’s open and intuitive machine-to-machine interface provides for seamlessly connecting with different operational technology systems for collecting data.

23 October 2018

Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen claimed his first victory of F1 race US Grand Prix in Texas.  It was the longest gap between wins in F1 history, beating the previous mark of Italian Riccardo Patrese.  

23 October 2018

John Bolton, White House National Security Advisor, began two days of meetings with senior Russian officials as the U.S. announced its withdrawal from Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, known as the INF, a Cold War-era nuclear weapons treaty.  The Trump administration withdrew from the treaty due to Moscow’s deployment of Novator 9M729 missiles. The U.S. mentions the act falls under the treaty’s ban on missiles that can travel distances of between 310 and 3,400 miles (500 and 5,500 km).

23 October 2018

Mumbai defeated Delhi by four wickets to win their third Vijay Hazare Trophy title at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.  He won the trophy way back in 2006-07 when they defeated Rajasthan.  Aditya Tare struck a fluent half-century. 

23 October 2018

China’s first private research university has been officially inaugurated in Zhejiang Province’s Hangzhou city. Five Nobel laureates attended the founding ceremony of Westlake University in Hangzhou. It aimed at pushing forward national higher education reform.

23 October 2018

PayPay allows users to store money from a bank account in their “PayPay” wallet and aims to promote the use of cashless payment in Japan. Japan accounts for only 20% of overall cashless transactions in the country.

23 October 2018

NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope completes 10 years of operations. To celebrate this, the NASA scientists have devised a new set of 21 modern gamma-ray constellations. The constellations were named them after fictional characters such as the Hulk and Godzilla. They were constructed with sources visible through its gamma-ray telescope. The new constellations include a few characters from modern myths. Among them are the Little Prince, the time-warping TARDIS from ‘Doctor Who,’ Godzilla and his heat ray, the antimatter-powered U.S.S. Enterprise from ‘Star Trek: The Original Series’ and the Hulk, the product of a gamma-ray experiment gone awry.

23 October 2018

National Workshop for Orientation of District Officials of Aspirational Districts on Health and Nutrition, was held in New Delhi. It was organized by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Ministry of Women and Child Development (MoWCD). It was inaugurated by Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Anupriya Patel, Ministers of State for Health and Family Welfare. The e-Mitra (Mobile Integrated Toolkit RMNCH+A) app has been designed to complement the Aspirational District Programme. It will offer a one-stop solution to access RMNCH+A related statistics from various sources.

23 October 2018

It is organized by IAEA. It is hosted by the Department of Atomic Energy and Gandhinagar-based Institute of Plasma Research. It aims to provide a platform for discussion of major physics and technology issues and innovative concepts related to the use of nuclear fusion as a source of energy. International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) Organisation, European Atomic Energy Community (Euratom), research institutes involved in developing smaller plasma devices are participating in the conference.

23 October 2018

The conference was organized by the Bhagwan Rishabhdev Murti Nirman Samiti.  The President presented the 1st international “Bhagwan Rishabhdev Award” to the Teerthanker Mahaveer University of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh. The award consisted of a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh, a memento, and a citation.  It was received by the chancellor of Teerthanker Mahaveer University Suresh Jain.

23 October 2018

The theme for this year is “AI for ALL: Leveraging Artificial Intelligence for Inclusive Growth”.  About NITI Aayog NITI- National Institution for Transforming India. Vice-Chairman- Rajiv Kumar,  CEO- Amitabh Kant.

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