What is it? The Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is the system of using video replays to help on-field football referees. After years of considering – and opposing – video technology, the FIFA, football’s governing body, eventually came around. Trials began in 2016 when the International Football Association Board (IFAB), which defines the rules of the … Continued
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Union Power Minister statement In a surprising statement this month, Union Power Minister R.K. Singh said India would overshoot its target of installing 175 gigawatts of capacity from renewable energy sources by 2022. India was on track, he said, to hit 225 GW of renewable capacity by then. This is a tall claim, considering India … Continued
ISRO offering Lithium battery technology The drive for indigenously made lithium ion batteries on a large scale has got a push with the Indian Space Research Organisation offering its production technology to Indian industry. An RFQ (request for quotation) issued on Tuesday invites multiple qualified companies or start-ups to use its power storage technology to … Continued
NITI Aayog discussion paper on AI The NITI Aayog has published an ambitious discussion paper on kickstarting the artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem in India. AI is the use of computers to mimic human cognitive processes for decision-making. The paper talks of powering five sectors — agriculture, education, health care, smart cities/infrastructure and transport — with … Continued
Potential Uses of Methanol Methanol is a clean burning drop in fuel which can replace both petrol & diesel in transportation & LPG, Wood, Kerosene in cooking fuel. It can also replace diesel in Railways, Marine Sector, Gensets, Power Generation and Methanol based reformers could be an ideal complement to Hybrid and Electric Mobility. Why … Continued
With whom facebook shared user data? Facebook is under scanner once again, with the company now accused of sharing users’ private information with a number of device makers. A New York Times investigation has revealed that the social media company formed a data-sharing partnership with 60 device makers including Apple, Microsoft, Samsung, and gave access … Continued
Successfully tested Long-range ballistic missile Agni-5 was successfully test-fired off the Odisha coast on Sunday, proving its reliability. This is the sixth successful test of the missile and the second in its pre-induction configuration. About Agni-5 Agni-5 can carry nuclear warheads weighing 1.5 tonnes to a distance of over 5,000 km and is the longest … Continued
National Policy on Biofuels At a time when rising oil prices are putting increasing pressure on the economy, even small steps to encourage the use of biofuels are welcome. The Cabinet this month approved a National Policy on Biofuels, which encourages the generation and use of biofuels such as ethanol. It primarily tries to address … Continued
What is it? As the name suggests, fruit bats, or Pteropodidae, are a bat family that eats fruit. Since the Nipah virus broke out in Kozhikode, Kerala, fruit bats have attracted attention as the wildlife reservoir for the virus. This means the virus survives in the bat’s body without causing disease, allowing it to … Continued
Infection with the Nipah virus has killed at least 10 people out of 12 confirmed cases in Kozhikode and Malappuram of Kerala. While underlining the dangers of the disease, which has a high mortality rate, experts stress that there is no reason to panic because outbreaks, usually caused by fruit bats, have been generally localised. … Continued