Browse by

Science and Technology Current Events

Tanla's A2P messaging hub processes over 5 bn messages

Tanla Solutions has announced that its A2P (application to person) messaging hub, Fastrack, processed over 5 billion messages in the month of October. It also set a record of processing more than 200 million messages in a single day, making it the largest A2P messaging platform in the world by volume of messages processed. "We have achieved this through our constant endeavour to improve Quality of Service and set new benchmarks in the industry for platform reliability and delivery speed," said Uday Reddy, CEO Tanla Solutions. Source: IANS

Prithvi-II missile successfully test fired

India successfully test fired its indigenously developed surface-to-surface nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile. The missile was fired from a mobile launcher at the Integrated Test Range (ITR) Chandipur in Balasore district on the Odisha coast. Having a strike range of 350 km, the test was part of a user trial by the army. The missile, capable of carrying 500 kg to 1,000 kg of warheads, was inducted in the Indian Army in 2003. Source: IANS

Google celebrates India's milkman's birth anniversary

Honouring 'Father of white revolution' Verghese Kurien, Google on Thursday made a doodle of him on his 94th birth anniversary. Also known as the "Milkman of India", Kurien made India the world's largest milk producer, an upliftment from being a milk-deficient country. Celebrating his 94th birth anniversary, Google showed Kurien on its homepage with a can of milk in his hand. Source: IANS

Facebook makes Free Basics available in India

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in his Facebook post has said that his social networking company has taken a huge leap forward in its endeavor of connecting India. He went on to say that free internet services can be accessed throughout India for multiple purposes including communication, jobs, education, and health Free Basics app of on Reliance Network. Zuckerberg also gave example of a farmer named Ganesh who benefitted from AccuWeather and Reuters Market Light services for better timing of his crops, double crop yield, and also get better deal for crops.

India's Environment Minister talks tough before Paris Climate Talks

Prakash Javadekar, Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, has said that during the Paris Climate Conference, to start next week, India will not bow down to the aggressive postures of the developed nations, spearheaded by the USA, in accepting their agenda. The reaction comes after US Secretary of State John Kerry referred India as a challenge in Paris climate change negotiations. While calling Kerry’s comments as "unfair and unwarranted", Javedkar went on to say that India’s position was reached after extensively discussing with over 60 countries. Reports say that PM Modi will meet US President Obama on the sidelines of the Paris negotiation on November 30.

Mobile phone-based alerts for pregnant women launched

A mobile phone-based alert system for pregnant women in rural areas was launched here on Monday to help them stay healthy till delivery. Called 'M-Health Service', the service requires the would-be mothers to register via a cellphone. Periodic text messages will convey to them necessary treatment details to take care of issues that crop up during pregnancy. Arati Basu Sengupta, veteran gynaecologist and former president of the Bengal Obstetric and Gynaecological Society, said: With the help of this mobile health service provider pregnant women can stay in touch with the experts. They will get updates regarding the guidance and schedule of vaccine." Source: IANS

Smartphone with Dual Front Cameras to be launched in India Tomorrow

After launching the smartphone having dual front cameras (called Lenovo Vibe S1) in Berlin’s IFA 2015 trade show, Lenovo is all set to launch the well-awaited handset in India tomorrow in New Delhi. While the primary front camera has 8MP sensor, the secondary front camera has 2MP sensor. 13MP primary camera at the rear of Lenovo Vibe S1 is also present. New Lenovo smartphone will run on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and will showcase a 5-inch full HD display whose resolution is 1080 x 1920 pixels. Other important features are 64-bit quad-core MediaTek processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 4G LTE connectivity, etc.

Indian Academia including IISc, IIT-B, and AIIMS gets Rs. 56 Crore Grants from Infosys

Infosys Foundation has committed granting Rs. 56 crore to eight academic institutes of India. These institutes are Indian Institute of Science (IISc), IIT (Bengaluru), AIIMS, IIM (Ahmedabad), Presidency University, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB). Statement of Infosys Foundation said that the fund is granted for research and development in the fields of cancer treatment, rural development, biology, technology, mathematics, economics, agriculture, and obstetrics and gynecology. The 11 Infosys Chairs in these eight institutes will promote R&D, support student as well as faculty exchange programmes, and provide advanced training.

Ministry launches toll-free number for cable TV digitisation

The ministry of information and broadcasting has set up a toll-free number to answer queries of stakeholders, including consumers, for seamless transition to digitisation of the cable television in the country. The toll-free number 1-800-180-4343 would help secure answers to queries in eight languages -- Hindi, English, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada. Source: IANS

48 percent Indians online were cyber crime victims last year: Norton

An estimated 113 million Indians, or 48 percent of Indians online, fell victim to cyber crime last year, a report by American software security firm Norton said. Indian victims lost about Rs.16,558 on an average, as compared to the global average loss figure of Rs.23,878 ($358), according to the survey by Norton by Symantec that "explores the emotional side of cyber crime", Norton officials said. Source: IANS

Kejriwal second-most followed Indian politician on Twitter

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has become the second most-followed Indian politician on microblogging site Twitter with over six million followers. He crossed the six-million mark."And ... @ArvindKejriwal crossed the 6 million mark on @twitter," AAP's social media chief Ankit Lal tweeted. The Aam Aadmi Party chief trails Prime Minister Narendra Modi who has over 16 million followers on Twitter. Source: IANS

Government to start portal for innovators

Innovators seeking government help to transform their ideas into reality can now turn to a dedicated web portal to be set up for them, a minister said. "I have decided that there will be a separate, dedicated portal of my ministry dedicated to the innovators of India," IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said at the Intel DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge event. Source: IANS

Experts to create assistive devices for persons with disabilities

Technology and design experts will create assistive products for persons with disabilities in the form of prototypes in a 60 day programme organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment is supporting the programme called the "Enable Makeathon" in which participants will design and create, over 60 days from November 2015 to January 2016, new assistive devices for persons with disabilities living in rural areas across the world. Source: IANS

Google targets start-ups with new cloud, apps for work

Internet giant Google launched two new initiatives to target enterprises and start-ups with its new improved cloud and apps for work platforms. Under the two initiatives, Google will offer 1,000 start-ups with up to $20,000 each in India. The other initiative, under which the search giant is offering to waive off all fees for Google Apps for current enterprise customers till time of contract expiry, claims to help legacy enterprises to adapt easily to the new cloud and apps for work platforms. Source: IANS

'Social Media Week' brings top thinkers together in Mumbai

In a bid to discuss and exchange ideas on how social media has revolutionised the way we live, work and communicate, a unique five-day “Social Media Week” started off in Mumbai on November 16 with over 1,500 thinkers and innovators joining several brainstorming sessions. Mumbai is one of the three cities along with Chicago in the US and Santiago in Chile to host the last leg of “Social Media Week” for this year which has made its presence felt in more than 25 cities across the globe. Source: IANS

ixigo introduces meta-search on its platform

Travel search marketplace ixigo launched a meta-search across curated budget hotels on its website. A meta-search engine (or aggregator) is a search tool that uses another search engine's data to produce results from the internet. "We are making the lives of travellers simpler by narrowing down to the best budget hotels in India from among the 12,000 in our database. We've filtered them by amenities, location and by sifting through thousands of reviews and photos on the web," Aloke Bajpai, co-founder and chief executive, ixigo said. Source: IANS

NASA and ISRO Scientists to visit India for Special Outreach Programme on Indo-US NISAR mission

Reports say that 7 scientists from Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA and 3 scientists from ISRO will visit Gujarat Science City for a special outreach programme, which is going to enable around two hundred students (having science and engineering background) to interact with the scientists directly. All these scientists are working together in an Indo-US mission called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite mission, which is in the process of studying global environmental changes and their hazards. Gujarat Council of Science and Technology’s (GUJCOST) member secretary and advisor, Narottam Sahoo, said that the team of scientists will visit Gujarat Science City tomorrow.

UK-India Research investment gets boost-up of additional £72 Million during PM Modi's UK Visit

Research and development has got a major shot in the arm during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s on-going visit to UK as the total additional fund received by the joint UK-India research amounts to £72 Million. The funds are contributed by the 3rd parties, Indian government, and UK research Councils. Reports say that the total investment till now in the concerned UK-India research partnership has exceeded £200 million. These funds are being used in rapid urbanization, development of small cities, health, overall well-being of people, and programmes concerning security to water, energy, and food. Under Newton-Bhabha Fund, the new funded projects are announced.

IISc Bangalore gets in the League of Top 100 World Universities

Per a London based weekly magazine, The Times Higher Education, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is among the top 100 universities of the world. According to the published list, IISc Bangalore is ranked at 99th position. The top 10 positions are hold by the American institutes where the top three ranking universities are Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ editor Phil Baty has said that in the ranking of prestigious engineering and technology category of this year, success story is definitely India as Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has become successful in entering the top 100 world university league.

ISRO to launch 2 more Communication Satellites in 2016 and 2017

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is going to launch two more communication satellites in the coming two years. While GSAT–17 will be launched in 2016 by European space agency Aerospace, GSAT–18 will be launched by the same space agency from French Guiana’s Arianespace in 2017. The announcement comes a day after the launch of GSAT-15 communication satellite. Arianespace has said that both these spacecrafts (having approximate weight of 3,400 kgs) will be launched by Ariane 5 rocket for replacing currently operational relay platforms, thereby providing multiple frequency band services.