29 August Current Affairs
- India, EU to develop new influenza research programme named Horizon 2020; pay €15 million each to fund project.
The Indian government and the European Union (EU), joined hands for Rs. 240 crore research programme to develop a Next Generation Influenza Vaccine to protect citizens worldwide. Both the EU and the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) ), Government of India, have also committed EUR 15 million each to fund this joint call for the program named “Horizon 2020“.
Google’s Project Navlekha to Help Indian Publishers Take Their Content Online
The internet search giant unveiled Project Navlekha — its new initiative to bring India’s 135,000 Indic language publications online in a hassle-free manner.
Navlekha, which means ‘a new way to write’ in Sanksrit, will allow local publishers who do not have websites to make their offline content fit for online publishing in less than a minute. They can simply scan documents or PDFs and create instant web pages on the platform.
- Punjab Assembly session: Bill proposing life term for desecration of holy books gets nod
Punjab state Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed Bills for an amendment to the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) to make sacrilege of all religious texts punishable with life imprisonment.
NVIDIA joins hands with NITI Aayog for hackathon
NVIDIA said it has partnered with India’s think tank NITI Aayog to support it for MoveHack, the government’s Global Mobility Hackathon. The company, a prominent graphics processing unit (GPU) maker, is going to be a deep learning technology partner for the hackathon.
- Election Commission and ANFREL to hold Fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholder Forum
The Election Commission of Sri Lanka and the Asian Network for Free Elections (ANFREL) to convene the two day Fourth Asian Electoral Stakeholders Forum (AESF-IV) on August 27 and 28 in Colombo under the theme “Advancing Election Transparency and Integrity: Promoting and Defending Democracy Together.” The Colombo AESF is the first to be held in South Asia.
- Centre constitutes new scientific advisory body to the Prime Minister
The council will advise the PM on science, technology, as well as innovation, but also coordinate the implementation of the PMs vision.