19.02.21 Daily UKPSC Current Affairs

UTTARAKHAND

 

Uttarakhand to form a separate department to study & monitor glaciers, says minister

 

Uttarakhand tourism and irrigation minister Satpal Maharaj on Tuesday said that his ministry will form a department so that the glaciers can be studied and monitored through satellite.

 

The minister also urged the central government to take steps to find the plutonium device that had gone missing in 1965 on the slopes of Nanda Devi when an expedition to plant it on the peak for the surveillance had to be suspended. Maharaj had in 2018 expressed apprehensions that the device’s radiation may be polluting the rivers in the Himalayas which go on to merge into the Ganga.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

Bangladesh Supreme Court launches AI based translation software ‘Amar Vasha’

The Bangladesh Supreme Court launched the Artificial Intelligence (AI) based translation software ‘Amar Vasha’ through a virtual event.

The software will translate orders and judgements of the Supreme Court from English to Bangla.

The Software has been developed with ‘EkStep’ foundation of India.

It is based on their ‘Anuvaad’ translation software used in India to translate from English to Indian languages including Bangla.

Anuvaad was deployed by the Supreme Court of India as SUVAS (Supreme Court Vidhik Anuvaad Software) from November 2019.

 

NATIONAL

Raksha Mantri Launched E-Chhawani

Raksha Mantri launched the E-Chhawani portal and mobile app.

 

A portal website (https://echhawani.gov.in/) has been created to provide online citizenship services to more than 20 lakh residents of 62 Cantonment Boards across the country.

Through the portal, residents of residential areas will be able to obtain basic services such as rent renewal, application for birth and death certificates, water and sewage system connection, trade permits, mobile toilet locator and payment of various taxes and fees, just a click of a button.

The portal is jointly developed by the eGov Foundation, Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL), Directorate General Defence Estates (DGDE) and National Informatics Center (NIC).

The portal is expected to ensure the effectiveness and transparency of the Cantonment Boards service distribution system and provide residents with time-bound solutions.

 

 

Seventy Five years of Shri Ram Chandra Mission

 

The Prime Minister addressed an event to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Shri Ram Chandra Mission.

 

Shri Ram Chandra Mission (SRCM) is an non-profit organization and a spiritual movement that originated in India.

It teaches the practice of the “Sahaj Marg” or “Heartfulness Meditation”.

It was registered by Ram Chandra of Shahjahanpur, Uttar Pradesh in 1945.

Current headquarters: Hyderabad, Telangana

Sahaj Marg (Natural Path) is a form of Raja Yoga.

This is a meditation system that involves meditation, cleansing and prayer.

 

Software Defined Radio (SDR) for Indian Army

 

Indian Army Software Defined Radio (SDR) under the Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.

In order to provide soldiers with technical advantages to enable them to fight a war in a net-centric battle space, existing radio equipment will soon be replaced by indigenously developed Software-Defined Radio (SDR).

SDR has enhanced data transmission capabilities, enhanced voice clarity and data transmission accuracy in a noisy spectrum environment, supports multiple waveforms, higher system security and better communication survivability in clear and secure mode to meet the operational needs of the Indian Army.

The Indian Army is transforming its communications system by purchasing Very/Ultra High Frequency (V/UHF) armored SDRs in the Make-II category.

 

FAO Recognized Hyderabad – 2020 Tree City of the World

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) and the Arbor Day Foundation have confirmed Hyderabad as the 2020 Tree City of the World.

 

Hyderabad is committed to the development and maintenance of urban forests, so it was awarded this honor.

This recognition is a testament to New York City’s ongoing and institutional efforts to plant trees, cultivate and celebrate trees.

In addition to the strategic planning and commitment to build healthy cities, it also marks the development of urban and suburban forestry operations.

Other cities recognized by the organization include 120 cities from 63 countries/regions.

Most cities are from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada. After receiving World Tree City recognition, the city of Hyderabad will join a network of like-minded cities that recognize the importance of trees.

Hyderabad was recognized in the second year of the foundation’s program.

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