Israel Centre opened at IIM, Bangalore
On 5th November 2017, the Israeli Consulate in Bengaluru launched the Israel Centre at Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB) to mark 25 years of India-Israel partnership.
Israel Centre at IIM:
i. The Israel Centre at IIMB is aimed to become a bridge of academic collaboration between India and Israel. The centre will be based on research by faculty and will also include faculty and student exchange programmes.
ii. The centre was inaugurated by the Ambassador of Israel to India, Daniel Carmon. It will act as a hub for research, technological innovations, business strategy, government policies, and culture.
iii. The chairperson of the Israel Centre is Professor Abhoy K Ojha. He who works in the Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management area, at IIMB.
About Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB):
♦ Director – G. Raghuram
♦ Location – Bangalore, Karnataka
Awards & Recognitions
Best Urban Transport Practices Awards announced in Urban Mobility Conference held in Hyderabad
On November 6, 2017, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs announced ‘Best Urban Transport Practices’ Award on the concluding day of the three day Urban Mobility Conference –cum-Exhibition at Hyderabad.
i. Surat Municipal Corporation has won ‘Best City Bus Services Award’ for attracting 87% of the private vehicle and auto rickshaw users to use city buses. This feat was accomplished with Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS) which was made operational in 2014. BRTS in Surat currently operates 275 buses on 28 routes.
ii. Mysuru’s ‘Public Bicycle Sharing’ has been chosen for ‘Best Non-Motorised Transport’ Award…
Mohan Joshi honoured with Vishnudas Bhave award
On 5th November 2017, Veteran actor Mohan Joshi was honoured with the prestigious Vishnudas Bhave award for his contribution to theatre.
Mohan Joshi – Vishnudas Bhave award:
i. Mohan Joshi was honoured with Vishnudas Bhave award at a ceremony held in Sangli, Maharashtra on the eve of Marathi Rangbhumi Din.
ii. Veteran actor Jayant Sawarkar presented the Vishnudas Bhave award to Mohan Joshi. Joshi has acted in a number of Marathi and Hindi films and plays.
iii. The award is instituted in memory of Vishnudas Bhave, the founder of Marathi theatre. The award consists of a trophy, a citation and a cash of Rs 25,000.\
About Mohan Joshi:
♦ Occupation – Indian film, television and theater actor
♦ Languages – Hindi, Marathi, Bhojpuri and Kannada
Goa to hold Nobel Prize Series-India 2018
On November 3, 2017, Goa State Government signed a trilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Department of Bio-Technology under Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Nobel Media, Sweden to hold the ‘Nobel Prize Series — India 2018’ from 1st – 28th February, 2018.
About ‘Nobel Prize Series – India 2018’:
i. ’Nobel Prize Series – India 2018’ will consist of a month-long exhibition from the Nobel Museum and Nobel dialogues in which Nobel laureates will interact with school children and teachers.
ii. The event will be jointly organised by Department of Bio-Technology under Union Ministry of Science and Technology and Nobel Media, Sweden
iii. Theme of this event will be ‘Science Impacts Life’.
iv. The first edition of ‘Nobel Prize Series in India’ was held in Gujarat in January 2017.
Banaganapalle mangoes, six others get GI tag
Banaganapalle mangoes of Andhra Pradesh and six other products have been granted Geographical Indications (GI) during this fiscal year, 2017-18 by the Indian patent office.
Geographical Indications (GI) tags granted during 2017-18:
i. Other six products which have received GI tag this year include Pochampally Ikat of Telangana; Tulapanji rice and Gobindobhog Rice of West Bengal; Chakshesang Shawl of Nagaland; Durgi Stone Carvings and Etikoppaka Toys of Andhra Pradesh.
ii. GI is a name or sign given to certain products which correspond to a specific geographical location or origin.
iii. GI tag grants exclusivity for using the name to the producer/manufacturer in the corresponding region and thereby testifies the origin, quality and reputation of the product/commodity.
iv .In 2016-17, as many as 33 items across India got GI tag.
Science & Technology
China launches 2 navigation satellites
On 6th November 2017, China successfully launched two navigation satellites, named BeiDou-3 satellites, aimed to build its own global positioning network with more than 30 satellites.
i. The BeiDou-3 satellites were launched with Long March-3B carrier rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, China.
ii. The two newly-launched satellites represent the third phase of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System. This system will provide services for countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
iii. This has been named after the Chinese term for the plough or the Big Dipper constellation. The project was initiated in 1994.
iv. The BeiDou-3 satellites and the carrier rocket were developed by China Academy of Space Technology and China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology, respectively.
About BeiDou Navigation Satellite System:
♦ Type – Military, commercial
♦ Operator – China National Space Administration (CNSA)
Tokyo’s AI ‘boy’ first bot to gain a residency
Having Microsoft as a joint developer, an AI character was made an official resident of a busy central Tokyo district in Japan. He doesn’t exist physically. He is a virtual chatty seven-year-old boy.
i. The virtual boy was named “Shibuya Mirai”. Mirai, whose name means “future” in Japanese language.
ii. He can have text conversations with humans on the widely used LINE messaging app.
iii. This makes him Japan’s first, and maybe the world’s first, artificial intelligence robot to be granted a place on a real-life local registry and he is supposed to be a first grader at an elementary school.
iv. He can reply to messages and make light-hearted alterations to the selfies he is sent.
v. His hobbies are taking pictures and observing people.
Pakistan naval ship ‘PNS Saif’ arrive in Sri Lanka on goodwill visit
Like INS Sujatha and INS Tir, Sri Lankan Navy welcomed the Pakistan Navy Ship PNS Saif, which arrived at the Port of Colombo on 05thNovember on a 4 days goodwill visit.
i. The PNS Saif is 123 m in length and 13.2 m in width. The ship which has a replenishment capacity of 3,144 tons is comprised of 225 crew members.
ii. During the visit, the crew of PNS Saif will take part in several programmes including friendly sports events organised by the Sri Lankan Navy.
iii. The Pakistan Naval Ship is scheduled to depart from the Colombo harbor on 8th of this month.
China unveils Asia’s largest island-building vessel
On November 3, 2017, China unveiled ‘Tiankun’ a massive ship described as a “magic island maker” and considered the most powerful vessel of its type in Asia.
More Details about ‘Tiankun’:
i. ’Tiankun’ was launched at Qidong in eastern Jiangsu province of China on November 3, 2017.
ii. Its displacement is 17000 metric tons and the deck is 140-meter-long.
iii. ’Tiankun’ can break underwater rocks and then suck out sand, water and mud and transfer the substance up to 15 kilometers away.
iv. It can dredge up to 6,000 cubic meters an hour from a depth of up to 35 meters.
v. This vessel has been designed by Marine Design and Research Institute in Shanghai.
vi. Although its primary utility is for coastal or channel dredging and land reclamation operations at sea, Chinese media has reported that ‘Tiankun’ could be used for the construction of artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea.