Daily Current Affairs 26th December, 2016
Pakistan urges World Bank to fulfil commitment under Indus treaty
- Pakistan has urged the World Bank to fulfil its commitment in accordance with the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) under which no party can pause the performance of its role.
- The demand was made by Pakistan in response to the World Bank’s decision to pause the process of empanelment of the Court of Arbitration.
Land of religious body can be acquired: HC
- Allahabad High Court has ruled that land belonging to religious body can be used for public purpose.
- The court noted, “once there is public purpose for which land in question has been acquired, invoking provision of National Highways Act, 1956, then no relief can be accorded to the petitioner”.
- The court also said that the Place of Worship (Special Provisions) Act only “bars any person from converting any place of worship of any religious denomination or different religious denomination” and that the “provision had been introduced to see that communal harmony is not disturbed and persons of one religious community may not take on the other”.
Kuchipudi performers dance their way into Guinness Records in 5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention
- Andhra Pradesh’s own classical dance ‘Kuchipudi’ has found a place in the Guinness World Records yet again when a record 6,117 dancers came together to present a show at the IGMC Stadium in Vijaywada recently.
- “Maha Brunda Natyam” (grand group dance) was organised as part of the ‘5th International Kuchipudi Dance Convention’ organised by the state Department of Language and Culture.
- “Jayamu Jayamu” is one of the glorious items of ‘Kuchipudi’ dance choreographed by the legend Vempati China Satyam.
- Kuchipudi is one of the ten major Indian classical dances.
- It originated in a village of Krishna district in modern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
- Kuchipudi is a dance-drama performance art, with its roots in the ancient Hindu Sanskrit text of Natya Shastra.
- Siddhendra Yogi founded and systematized the modern version of Kuchipudi in the 17th century.
- Kuchipudi largely developed as a Hindu god Krishna-oriented Vaishnavism tradition,and it is most closely related to Bhagavata Mela performance art found in Tamil Nadu.
Five global reinsurers get final licence from IRDA
- The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India (IRDA) has approved the R3 application and granted certificate of registration to five global reinsurers to opens shops..
- The five global reinsurers that were granted final approval by the regulator are the US-based reinsurer Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), Munich Re and Hannover from Germany, Swiss Re from Switzerland and French reinsurance major Scor.
Google India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs tie up for Digitally Safe Consumer campaign
- Google has teamed up with the Ministry of Consumer Affairs in India to launch a country-wide ‘Digitally Safe Consumer’ campaign in order to raise awareness and protect consumer interest on the internet.
- As part of the campaign, Google will work on educating consumer organisations in India, help in training members of the Consumer Affairs department,and also work with officials in the National Consumer Helpline.
- Google will start rolling out this year-long campaign in January 2017, and it will work towards organising ‘Digital Literacy, Safety & Security’ workshops.
SCIENCE AND TECH
India successfully test-fires nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni-5
- India tested its Agni-V intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in its final operational configuration from Wheeler Island off Odisha , paving the way for its eventual induction into the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) after user-trials.
- The state-of-the-art surface-to-surface missile was test fired successfully from the launch complex 4 of the Integrated Test Range from the Abdul Kalam Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
- It is the fourth developmental and second canisterised trial of the missile.
- Its 5,000-kilometre rangeallows it to deliver a nuclear payload anywhere in China.
- Agni-5 is the most advanced having new technologies incorporated with it in terms of navigation and guidance, warhead and engine.
- It carries Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicles (MIRV) payloads. A single MIRV equipped missile that can deliver multiple warheads at different targets.
Scientists build bacteria-powered battery on a paper sheet
- US-based scientists have developed a bacteria-powered battery (bio-battery) on a single sheet of paper, which is capable of powering disposable electronics.
- This bio-battery is cheap and can be easily manufactured as power source for medical sensors in remote and developing areas.
- In this case, the power is generated by common bacteria found in wastewater.
- Thus it store power generated by organic compounds.
- The simple components are needed to make these kinds of paper-based batteries.
- This makes them a reliable backup in places where grid electricity or conventional batteries aren’t available.
A new Ebola vaccine may be ‘up to 100 percent effective
- The World Health Organization said a prototype vaccine for Ebola may be “up to 100 percent effective” in protecting against the deadly virus.
- If all goes well, the vaccine could become available in 2018 under a fast-track approval process, it said.
- In a major clinical trial, nearly 6,000 people in Guinea were given the test vaccine last year, at the tail end of a lethal epidemic of Ebola.
- Not one of the 6,000 contracted the disease.
Scientists identify world’s most heat resistant materials
- A team of UK-based researchers have identified Hafnium carbide (HfC) and Tantalum carbide (TaC) as the world’s most heat resistant material.
- They can withstand record melting point temperatures up to 3958°C (approx 4000°C).
- These materials at present are mainly used in thermal protection systems on high-speed vehicles and as fuel cladding in the super-heated environments of nuclear reactors.
- This discovery may pave the way for improved heat resistant shielding for the faster-than-ever hypersonic space vehicles.
- It means that future spacecraft could become more faster than ever.
DRDO successfully flight tests Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon
- The Defence and Research Development Organization (DRDO) successfully flight tested Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW) from Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft at integrated test range in Chandipur, Odisha.
- During the test, the captive and release trials were tracked by Radar and Telemetry ground stations at Interim Test Range during the entire duration of the flight.
- Moreover,the performances of all systems of SAAW were satisfactory meet and all the mission objectives were achieved.
British singer George Michael dies at 53
Co-Artist of national emblem Dinanath Bhargava died at 89 in Indore
- He was a co-artist in the team that sketched the national emblem ‘Lion Capital of Ashoka’ and decorated the pages of the Constitution’s manuscript
Pankaj Advani won National title in 6-red Snooker
- Sixteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani ended the year on a high by bagging the National title in 6-red snooker, the shorter format of the game.