Daily Current Affairs Updates– 28th September 2015

    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 28th September 2015
    Daily Current Affairs Updates– 28th September 2015:
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     1). Union Government formed B S Baswan Committee to revist civil services examination pattern:
    ·        Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions constituted an expert committee to revisit the civil services examination pattern.
    ·        The seven member committee was constituted on 12 August 2015 and is led byB S Baswan
    ·        The committee has been set up  for revisiting the pattern and syllabus of the civil services examination
    Following are the members of committee
    ·        B S Baswan (Chaiman)
    ·        B N Nawalawala
    ·        Dr Hari Pratap Gautam
    ·        Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe
    ·        Prof Peter Ronal deSouza
    ·        B Mahadevan
    ·        M P Tangirala (Member-Secretary, UPSC)
    2). India’s first dedicated satellite for astronomy research Astrosat successfully launched:
    ·        India’s first dedicated satellite for astronomy researchAstrosat has been successfully launched fromSatish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta.
    ·        It was launched along with 6 foreign satellites by theISRO’s work horse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C30 (PSLV-C30).
    ·        PSLV-C30 –The first ever commercial launch of US satellites from India
    ·        Indian rocket has launchedseven satellitesin a single mission for 3rd time
     About  Astrosat:
    ·        Weight of satellite is  about1513 kg and  placed in 650 kmorbit inclined at anangle of6 degree to the equator around the Earth
    ·        The mission is capable of performing observations in Ultraviolet (UV), optical, low and high energy X-ray wavebands at the same time. 
    ·        Mission life will be managed by the spacecraft control centre atMission Operations Complex (MOX) of ISRO Telemetry, Tracking and Command Network (ISTRAC) at Bangalore
    ·        It carries four X-ray payloads, one UV telescope and a charge particle monitor.
     ASTROSAT’s life span is five years.
    ·        Lifespan of ASTROSAT is5 years
      FUNCTIONS:
    ·        As a space observatory it has ability to observe celestial bodies like cosmic X-Ray sources and distant stars in different wavelengths simultaneously
    WHAT IS PAYLOAD?
    ·        For a rocket, the payload can be a satellite, space probe, or spacecraft carrying humans, animals, or cargo. 
    ·        It includes telescopes, sky monitors, mirrors and special imager.
    Five key instruments are:
    ·        UltraViolet Imaging Telescope (UVIT)capable of observing the sky in the Visible, Near Ultraviolet and Far Ultraviolet regions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
    ·        Soft X-ray imaging Telescope(SXT)-designed for studying how the X-ray spectrum of 0.3-8 keV range coming from distant celestial bodies varies with time.
    ·        LAXPCInstrumentLarge Area X-ray Proportional Counter- It is designed for study the variations in the emission of X-rays from sources like X-ray binaries, Active Galactic Nuclei and other cosmic sources.
    ·        Cadmium Zinc Telluride Imager (CZTI)-functioning in the X-ray region extends the capability of the satellite to sense X-rays of high energy in 10-100 keV range.
    ·        Scanning Sky Monitor (SSM) and Charged Particle Monitor (CPM)- It is intended to scan the sky for long term monitoring of bright X-ray sources in binary stars, and for the detection and location of sources that become bright in X-rays for a short duration of time.
     PSLV-C30
    ·        The first and third stages of PSLV-C30 launch were powered by solid fuel while the second and fourth stages are powered by liquid fuel.
    Other 6 Satellites
    ·        4 identical LEMUR nano-satellites of Spire Global Inc of US
    ·        Micro-satellite LAPAN-A2 of Indonesia
    ·        Nano-satellite NLS-14 (Ev9) of Canada
    3). Dr. Jacob Tsimerman wins 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize:

    Dr. Jacob Tsimerman fromCanada has been chosen for the prestigious2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize.

    Dr. Jacob Tsimerman:
    ·        He is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto, Canada and his research work is mainly in the field of Number Theory and surrounding topics.
    ·        He will be conferred with the prize duringthe International Conference on Number Theory to be held at SASTRA University in Kumbakonam,TamilNadu.
       About SASTRA Ramanujan Prize:
    ·        The SASTRA Ramanujan Prize, founded by   Shanmugha Arts,Science,Technology& Research Academy(SASTRA) University in  Kumbakonam
    ·        India, Srinivasa Ramanujan’s hometown, is awarded every year to a young mathematicianin the field of Number Theory and surrounding topics
    ·        Theage limit for the prize has been set at32 (the age at which Ramanujan died), and the currentaward is$10,000.

    4). Qualcomm announced investment of 150 million US dollar for Indian start ups:
    ·        Silicon Valley based chip-makerQualcomm will provide local innovativestart-ups to help country’sMobile and Internet of Everything (IOE) ecosystem , announced on 27-sep-2015, that  will invest150 million US dollars
    ·        The announcement was made after thecompany’s executive chairman Paul E Jacobs met theIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modiat theDigital Economy event in San Jose.
    ·        It also  supportsIndian Government’s DigitalIndia andMake in India initiatives.

     

    5).Lucknow-based CSIR-CIMAP won CSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development, 2014:

    ·        Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CSIR-CIMAP), Lucknowon 26 September 2015 won theCSIR Award for S&T Innovations for Rural Development (CAIRD) 2014.

    ·        The award was announced on the occasion of CSIR Foundation Day by the DG, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research,Dr. Girish Sahni.

    ·        CSIR-CIMAP was awarded forVetiver based Technological Interventions. 


    6). Nepal imposed vehicle curbs due to fuel shortage:

    ·        Nepal government took this step due to fuel shortage after protesters, belonging to Madhesi community, blocked a major Indo-Nepal border trade route.

    ·        The route is blocked since the night of 24 September 2015.


    7).World Bank released report entitled Leveraging Urbanisation in South Asia:

    ·        World Bank released a report on24 September 2015, entitledLeveraging Urbanisation in South Asia: Managing Spatial Transformation for Prosperity and Livability.

    ·        The report provided diagnostic analysis of urbanization and related economic trends in the South Asia region and in in detail the key policy areas on urban governance and finance

    8).Lyngdoh, Meghalaya’s oldest& longest serving legislator, passed away:

    ·        Hoping StoneLyngdoh,Meghalaya’s oldest and longest servinglegislator,passedaway on26September2015 inShillong.
    ·        The86yearold veteran had been alegislator since the inception of the state, in 1972, till his death.
    ·        At the time of his death, he represented theNongstoinconstituency of West Khasi Hills district in the state legislative Assembly.
    ·        He was also thepresident of theHillStatePeoplesDemocraticParty.
    ·        Before the formation of Meghalaya, he was a legislator in the united Assam legislative assembly also.

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