Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 06 October 2021
Current Affairs for SSC CGL Exams - 06 October 2021
Dashboard launched to monitor projects in Bengaluru
Karnataka chief minister BasavarajBommai on Tuesday launched the dashboard that allows real-time monitoring of major projects in Bengaluru to avoid delays and speedy implementation.
The dashboard, according to the chief minister’s office (CMO), would provide accurate and up-to-date information on all major projects in the city that has become synonymous for its crumbling infrastructure as much as its prowess in Information Technology, startups and science.
“Officers should pay equal importance to planning as well as implementation. Senior officers must ensure that the officials at grassroot levels deliver the facility to the last man in the society. Effective implementation will bring people closer to the system and they feel that someone is there for them. We need to strive to achieve this.
The chief minister had announced plans to bring out a dashboard on August 28 to monitor all mega projects in the city to help avoid delays and timely implementation.
The fifth edition of India – Japan Maritime Bilateral Exercise, JIMEX, between the Indian Navy (IN) and the Japan Maritime Self-Defence Force (JMSDF), will be held in Arabian Sea from 06 to 08 October 2021. JIMEX series of exercises commenced in January 2012 with special focus on maritime security cooperation. The last edition of JIMEX was conducted in September 2020.
Indigenously built Guided Missile Stealth Destroyer Kochi and Guided Missile Frigate Teg, under the command of Rear Admiral Ajay Kochhar, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet, will represent the Indian Navy.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force will be represented by JMSDF ships Kaga, an Izumo Class Helicopter Carrier and Murasame, a Guided Missile Destroyer, led by Rear Admiral IkeuchiIzuru, Commander Escort Flotila - 3 (CCF-3). In addition to ships, P8I Long Range Maritime Patrol Aircraft, Dornier Maritime Patrol Aircraft, integral helicopters and MiG 29K fighter aircraft will also participate in the exercise.
JIMEX-21 aims to develop common understanding of operational procedures and enhance inter-operability through conduct of a multitude of advanced exercises, across the entire spectrum of maritime operations.
Multi-faceted tactical exercises involving weapon firings, cross-deck helicopter operations and complex surface, anti-submarine and air warfare drills will consolidate coordination developed by the two navies.
Naval cooperation between India and Japan has increased in scope and complexity over years. JIMEX-21 will further enhance the cooperation and mutual confidence between the two navies and fortify the long-standing bond of friendship between the two countries.
Windows 11: Microsoft’s new direction for PCs doesn’t forget the past
The more things change, the more they remain the same. You may feel all too familiar with your Windows 10 laptop or desktop. It has been more than 6 years since the last big update from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 happened back in summer of 2015. We are at another such juncture, with the expectation of an elevated computing experience from the free Windows 11 upgrade. Users in India and around the world can now download Windows 11 on compatible laptops, desktops and convertible computing devices. There are a few ways to get to experience Windows 11—either upgrade your existing PC using the PC Health Check app, buy a new PC with Windows 10 that is eligible to get Windows 11 or purchase a new PC that already has Windows 11 pre-installed.
The challenge for Windows 11 is magnified since Windows 10 has so far existed as a “Live” and “always updating” platform, including two major updates every year. Microsoft says Windows has now clocked more than 1.3 billion monthly active users globally. Of this, a large demographic is already using Windows 10, and ready to upgrade to Windows 11. Even the smallest change made in Windows, is a big deal.
In terms of the market share, Windows still has no competition. The biggest reason is affordable Windows laptops and PCs for the masses. The August numbers from research firm Statcounter peg Microsoft Windows with a 76.12% market share, while Apple macOS is in a distant second place with 16.14% share. Linux, with 2.38% share and the Google Chrome OS powered Chromebooks have cornered 1.74% of the global computing device market share.
Microsoft’s strict insistence on making TPM 2.0, or Trusted Privacy Module a requirement for Windows 11 saw a lot of laptops and desktops suddenly left in the lurch. TPM is a security chip in PCs, though older ones miss out, including some of their own Microsoft Surface devices. Some PC makers including HP and Lenovo will suggest steps to enable TPM 2.0 on select laptops and desktops—these machines have the hardware chip installed, but it isn’t active. Eventually, Microsoft confirmed that they will allow older PCs to download and install Windows 11, that is if users are willing to take the trouble of downloading a complete ISO file, a common term for disc image files. However, security and performance updates may not be available for such PCs.
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Center launches ICMR's drone-based vaccine delivery model 'i-Drone'
The Centre launched Indian Council of Medical Research’s (ICMR) vaccine delivery model --Drone Response and Outreach in North East (i-Drone).
The government said this is for the first time that a 'Make in India' drone has been used in South Asia to transport covid-19 vaccines over an aerial distance of 15 km in 12-15 minutes. The drone covered the distance from Bishnupur district hospital to Loktak lake, Karangisland in Manipur. The actual road distance between these locations is 26 km.
“India is a home to geographical diversities and drones can be used to deliver essentials to the last mile. We can use drones in delivering important life-saving medicines, collecting blood samples. This technology can also be used in critical situations.
This technology may prove a game changer in addressing the challenges in health care delivery, particularly health supplies in difficult areas," MansukhMandaviya, union minister for health and family welfare said while launching the initiative which would facilitate vaccine delivery to tough and hard-to-reach terrains of India.
Incorporating such drone technologies into national programs would also help deliver other vaccines and medical supplies as quickly as possible, he said.
Despite the effective and safe vaccine administration in states and Union Territories, vaccine delivery among tough and hard-to-reach terrains of India is still challenging. The i-Drone has been designed to overcome these challenges by deploying unmanned aerial vehicles/drones to remote areas and hard-to-reach terrains.
India pulls out of 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games hockey competition
The Indian men’s and women’s hockey teams, who performed brilliantly at the Tokyo Olympics, will not take part in the 2022 Commonwealth Games (CWG) in Birmingham, the national federation.
Hockey India (HI) cited CWG's proximity to the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou—the winner will directly qualify for the 2024 Paris Olympics--Covid-19 concerns and Britain’s “discriminatory” quarantine rules as reasons for the withdrawal. Significantly, the decision comes a day after England pulled out of the Junior Men’s World Cup, scheduled in Bhubaneswar from November 24-December 5, citing the 10-day quarantine rule imposed by India in response to Britain’s similar decree even for vaccinated Indians travelling to the UK.
“With reference to the pandemic, we have observed over the last 18 months that England has been the worst affected country in Europe,” HI President GyanandroNingombam said in a letter to Indian Olympic Association (IOA) president NarinderBatra, who also heads the world hockey body, FIH.