AspirantWorld One liners : 22nd January

• The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, in cooperation with Amazon Web Services, will establish a quantum computing application laboratory. The laboratory will determine the quantum computing problems faced by the central government, state governments, and research institutions. Proposals selected from these entities will have access to Amazon Web Services to use Amazon’s computing cloud platform.

• For the first time, top palm oil producers are seeking opportunities to launch promotional campaigns in Europe. Indonesia and Malaysia, the world’s largest oil producers, have issued proposals for an advocacy company to conduct a campaign in Europe through the Committee of Palm Oil Producing Countries.

• Researchers at the University of California recently predicted that future climate change will cause uneven movement of tropical rain belts. This could threaten the food security of billions of people. According to this study, the transfer of tropical rain belts in the Indian Ocean and East Africa will cause drought pressure in Southeast Africa and Madagascar. In addition, it will increase flooding in southern India.

• NASA recently shared photos of the huge galaxy cluster named Abell 370. It is a cluster of galaxies four billion light-years away from the earth. The galaxy cluster is located in a constellation called Cetus. The core of Abell 370 is composed of hundreds of galaxies. The galaxy was catalogued by George Abell, hence the name.

• The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) may introduce a new monsoon pattern in 2021 to better predict changes in rainfall. Three different models can be tested this year. Two of them are dynamic models and one is statistical models. In the former, the climate of any day is simulated on a supercomputers, and meteorologists observe changes in daily output.

• The Union Minister of Commerce and Industry delivered a speech at the First National Conference of States on Logistics. The National Logistics Policy, which is being negotiated with the National Logistics Council and the State Logistics Coordination Committee, will serve as a template to better coordinate and integrate logistics centers.

• NITI Aayog launched the second edition of “India Innovation Index 2020”. The Indian Innovation Index 2020 seeks to rank States and Union Territories. The Indian Innovation Index 2020 seeks to rank States and Union Territories based on their relative performance in supporting innovation, and to highlight their strengths and weaknesses to enable them to improve their innovation policies.

• The first India-EU IPR dialogue was held to strengthen relations and promote cooperation in the field of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The EU Commission and India’s Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) conducted the first India-EU dialogue virtually.

• The Central Government has now decided to nominate non-official members of the National Startup Advisory Council. The nominated members represent various stakeholders, such as founders of successful start-up companies, veterans who develop and grow companies in India, people who can represent the interests of emerging companies, people who can represent the interests of incubators and accelerators, the Stakeholders Association Representatives of startup companies.

• The Prime Minister will provide financial assistance to the 6 lakh beneficiaries of UP under Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana – Gramin. The scheme was launched in 2016, and its goal is to provide pucca houses with basic facilities for all homeless households and families living in kutcha and dilapidated houses by 2022.

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