Current Affairs- 29th July
Science and Technology
IIT Kanpur develops 4kg Light Unmanned Drone-Helicopter
- A lightweight helicopter weighing 4kg has been developed by the researchers of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur which was showcased in the world’s ‘first’ Hybrid Air Show named Aero India 2021. The 13th edition of the Hybrid Air Show was held at Bengaluru’s Yelahanka Air Force Station in February 2021 and it was inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.
- Among the most attractive highlights of the event, the innovative, lightweight helicopter has been built by EndureAir Pvt Ltd. which is a start-up company incubated at IIT Kanpur.
Alphabet to launch robotics software company Intrinsic
- Alphabet, Google’s parent company, announced it will launch a new robotics company, Intrinsic. The company will focus on building industrial robots software.
- Wendy Tan-White, leading the robotics company, stated in the blog post Intrinsic will develop software tools for industrial robots that would make it easier to use, less costly and more flexible.
- Alphabet’s X, Moonshot factory is known to house futuristic projects like Waymo and Verily. Intrinsic is the latest product out of X.
Indore selected for International Clean Air Catalyst Program
- In collaboration with USAID and other international organisations like EDF and WRI, Indore has to implement City Clean Air Catalyst programme. In the programme, with the cooperation of Indore Municipal Corporation and Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board, the project will be operated for 5 years for clean and pure air in the city.
- For this, a meeting with the Clean and Catalyst team was held earlier this week. The meeting chaired by municipal commissioner Pratibha Pal discussed operation and design of the programme. Discussion was also held on source awareness study and other interventions.
INS Talwar participating in Cutlass Express-2021
- Indian Naval Ship Talwar is participating in the multi-national maritime exercise Cutlass Express-2021, CE-21 being conducted from 26th of July to 6th of Aug 2021 in Kenya.
- In the harbour phase, which was conducted from 26th to 28th July at Mombasa, a team of Indian Navy Marine Commandos, MARCOS conducted training of personnel from navies of Kenya, Djibouti, Mozambique, Cameroon and Coast Guard of Georgia. The MARCOS shared the best practices in executing Visit, Board, Search and Seizure, VBSS operations with the participating foreign Navy sailors during the exercise, which was held at the Bandari Maritime Academy in Mombasa.
Australia to return 14 artworks to India
- Australia will return 14 artworks to India, including at least six believed to have been stolen or illegally exported, the National Gallery announced today. The Canberra gallery identified the works, which include sculptures, photographs and a scroll, as either stolen, looted or of unknown origin.
- The collection is composed largely of religious and cultural artefacts worth a total of about 2.2 million US Dollars, including some dating back to the 12th century.
- Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich told media that, the works were set to be returned to the Indian Government within months.
Diksha Dagar qualifies for Tokyo after South Africa's golfer withdraws
- Indian golfer Diksha Dagar has qualified for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after South Africa’s Paula Reto withdrew, and Austria decided not to make a reallocation for their golfer Sarah Schober.
- International Golf Federation has reallocated that vacant spot to Diksha Dagar. Diksha Dagar is not in the Olympic village at present but Indian Golf Union said that they would ensure she reaches Tokyo on time. Apart from Dagar, Aditi Ashok will also represent India in women’s golf at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Awards and Honours
Railways announces cash awards for athletes and coaches in Tokyo Olympics
- The railways has announced special cash awards for its athletes and officials participating in the Tokyo Olympics. This includes 3 crore rupees for a gold medal winner, 2 crore rupees for a silver medalist and 1 crore rupees for a bronze medalist.
- If an athlete ends up among the last eight participants in his event, he or she will get 35 lakh rupees and each participant will get 7.5 lakh rupees. The coach of a gold medal winner will receive 25 Lakh rupees, and that of a silver medalist will get 20 lakh rupees, while the coach of a bronze medalist will get 15 lakh rupees. The coaches of the other participant athletes will get 7.5 lakh rupees each.
Days and Dates
India taking all legal steps to protect its interest in Cairn Energy case: Centre
- The government has said that it is taking all appropriate legal steps to protect its interest in connection with the case pertaining to Cairn Energy. In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary said that an order has been passed by a French Court freezing certain Indian government properties in Cairn Energy Case.
- French Court has ordered to freeze 20 Indian Government properties in Paris amounting 177 crore rupees in a case pertaining to this company.
- The Minister said that Arbitral tribunal which had its seat in the Hague pronounced its award on 21st December 2020 in favour of Cairn Energy Plc and Cairn UK Holdings Ltd. He informed the House that an appeal against this award has been filed in the Hague Court of Appeal on 22nd March this year.