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Topics list:

  1. National and International Issues on
    1. Economic Development
    2. Social Development
    3. Industrial Development
  2. Energy and Environment
    1. Energy
    2. Environment
  3. Information and Communication Technology
    1. Technology
    2. Application

Topic 1:Economic development

Banks Board Bureau may be revamped

The government is looking to revamp the Banks Board Bureau (BBB) and may select a successor for the incumbent chairman Vinod Rai if he is not available further.

About BBB:

  • Started to function in April 2016, was set up for a period of two years.
  • It was initially given the mandate to recommend candidates for the top post in state-run banks and financial institutions
  • Its role was expanded to help banks in developing strategies and capital raising plans.

Read more at: ET

Topic 2 : Environment

Conservation of Vellayani lake

A comprehensive project is on the anvil to conserve Vellayani lake, the second largest freshwater lake in Kerala, which has been ravaged by pollution and large-scale reclamation of land.Document to be finalized for release on World Wetlands Day

Highlights:

  • The project involves undertaking a scientific study and documentation of various aspects of the lake, including the threats faced by the ecosystem.
  • The lack of scientific study had bogged down conservation efforts
  • There has been evidence of increasing eutrophication and presence of pesticides in the lake.
  • Besides, the rich biodiversity of the ecosystem was threatened by the illegal extraction of sand in the fallow paddy fields along its periphery.
  • The invasion of exotic plants and fishes and its impact on the indigenous biodiversity of the lake remained to be documented in detail.

About Vellayani

Vellayani or Vellayani kayal as known in local language is one of the three rain-fed freshwater lakes in Kerala. Vellayani lake, is the largest freshwater lake in Thiruvananthapuram district, of Kerala.

Read more at: The Hindu

Topic 3 : ICT

Harmonising spectrum for 5G

The government has started tuning spectrum for 5G services as part of its road map to become early adopter of the next generation services, which is expected to provide download speed over 1,000 megabit per second on mobile devices.

Highlights:

  • The Department of Telecom has started harmonising spectrum in 3,500 megahertz band and 26 Gigahertz band along with E and V band
  • With increase in frequency band count, the signal coverage area reduces, but as per technology trend, speed of transmitting data has been increasing.

About E and V band:

  • The wave guide E band is the range of radio frequencies from 60 GHz to 90 GHz in the electromagnetic spectrum.At these high frequencies the short wavelengths give the radiation a very directional quality, similar to visible light.
  • The V band (“vee-band”) is a standard designation by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) for a band of frequencies in the microwave portion of the electromagnetic spectrum ranging from 40 to 75 gigahertz(GHz)

Read more at: ET

Technology innovation under single umbrella

With ‘Innovate Karnataka’, an initiative to bring innovation centres on blockchain, robotics and start-ups, under a single umbrella, the Karnataka government has set the tone for the State government to attract more investments.

Highlights:

  • The vision what the government has in mind seems to be to spur digitization of healthcare, agriculture and other domains
  • An Electronics System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) cluster for Mysuru
  • A Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) incubator in Hubli was announced
  • The event also saw the launch of two portals for the youth, Yuva Yuga portal, which will act as a one-stop-shop for all the information related to the State’s skill development programme.
  • The e-Margadarshi, which will help youth find employment.

Read more at: The Hindu

The “Cops Eye’’ App

The police have come up with a new app “Cops Eye.”

Highlights:

  • Based on face recognition feature, it would help them detect people with criminal backgrounds by clicking photographs with their mobile phones.
  • Taking photograph of any person whose data is available with the centralised criminal analysing system will give all particulars
  • It detects the criminal with 93% accuracy.
  • This system will also avoid inconvenience caused to innocent people who are otherwise made to wait at the police station till doubts are cleared

Read more at: The Hindu

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