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13th March 2019 Current Affairs
IIT-Kharagpur Students created an App to detect fake currency notes

 

Researchers at IIT Kharagpur have developed a smartphone application to detect fake currency.

The code for a smartphone to detect fake currency has been developed by a group of six students from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kharagpur.

The app works as follows:

  • A user can upload the image of the currency note.
  • The mobile app would then perform verification of its authenticity with the help of 25 features that have been extracted from both the sides of the note.
  • If a fake note is detected, a notification will be sent to the user.

 

BBC Journalist Priyanka Dubey gets Chameli Devi Jain Award

 

The Chameli Devi Jain Award 2018 for an outstanding women journalist has been given to Priyanka Dubey, who works as a bilingual correspondent with the BBC at its Delhi bureau.

She was chosen for her multi-faceted, interrogative and investigative reports. She helped to uncover the reality underlying in social and political issues.

She was a freedom fighter. This award is the countries longest running media award for women.

Chameli Devi Jain Award has been awarded to women journalist for the past 37 years.

 

AU Small Finance Bank partnered with Acko General Insurance

 

AU Small Finance Bank Ltd. announced its partnership with a new age insurtech company, Acko General Insurance Limited.

AU Bank is now able to provide customized insurance products to its customers.

AU Small Finance Bank is working on offering customers access to financial services and products directly through their digital channels and building a robust digital banking platform to offer best in class products in Digital Loans, Deposits, and Investment segments.

Acko is a licensed digital-only general insurance company that aims at redefining insurance by making it more transparent and providing hassle-free access to policies directly to the end user.

About AU Small Finance Bank

Headquarters - Jaipur, Rajasthan

Chairman - Mannil Venugopalan

 

Dipa Karmakar selected as Barbie Role Model

 

Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar was selected as Barbie role model and was presented with a one-of-a-kind doll by Barbie.

On their 60th anniversary of Barbie, they released a new range of barbies to honor female role models globally, spanning different career fields.

Dipa Karmakar was the first Indian female gymnast in the Olympics.

 

England beat India to win Women's T20I Match

 

England beat India in the third and final Women's Twenty20 International in Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, Assam.

England women's team won the 3 match series for 3-0. India lost first T20 by 41 runs and second match by a five-wicket defeat.

England's Danielle Wyatt won the Player of the Series.

About United Kingdom

Capital - London

Currency - Pound

Prime Minister - Theresa May

About Assam

Capital - Dispur

Chief Minister - Sarbanand Sonowal

Governor - Jagdish Mukhi

National Park

  • Kaziranga National Park
  • Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
  • Manas National Park
  • Nameri National Park
  • Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park

 

China launches new communication satellite 'ChinaSat 6C'

 

China launched a new communication satellite into orbit from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center (CASC) in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The "ChinaSat 6C" satellite was launched by a Long March-3B carrier rocket, which completed its 300th launch mission.

The Long March carrier rocket series, enhanced by CASC, constitutes more than 95% of all the launch missions in China.

The launched satellite will provide high-quality radio and TV transmission services.

The satellite will perform its duty at the geostationary orbit, and it will contain the islands in China, Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.

About China

Capital - Beijing

Currency - Renminbi

President - Xi Jinping

 

India now 2nd Largest Arms Importer in the World; Saudi Arabia on Top: SIPRI Report

 

India is the second largest importer of weapons in the world as per the annual report 'Trends in International Arms Transfers-2018' released by the think tank Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI).

Saudi Arabia is now the world's largest weapons importer.

After maintaining its position of world's largest arms importer for about 8 years, India dropped down to be the 2nd largest importer of weapons during 2014-18.

India accounted for 9.5% of the global total imports during 2014-18, while Saudi Arabia accounted for 12% of the total imports during the period.

 

New Visa Agreement between India & Maldives comes into effect

 

The new visa agreement between India and Maldives has come into force.

The agreement will provide a liberal visa policy for Maldivian citizens seeking medical treatment as well as education and business opportunities in India.

The agreement has come into effect after all formalities including information being provided to all immigration offices, border points and customs authorities have been completed.

About Maldives

Capital - Male

Currency - Maldivian Rufiyaa

 

PINAKA Guided Weapons System Successfully test fired

 

Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO) successfully test fired the PINAKA guided weapons rocket system from Pokhran range in Rajasthan.

The weapon system is equipped with state-of-the-art guidance kit comprising of an advanced navigation and control system.

The indigenously developed Guided Pinaka by DRDO will significantly boost the capability of the artillery to make precision hits.

About DRDO

Headquarters - New Delhi

Established - 1958

Chairman - Dr. G. Satheesh Reddy

 

Manpreet Vohra appointed as the next India's Ambassador to Mexico

 

Manpreet Vohra (IFS:1988), has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to Mexico.

He is presently Additional Secretary in the Ministry.

He will succeed Muktesh K. Pardeshi.

About Mexico

Capital - Mexico City

Currency - Mexican Peso

President - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador

 

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