• Daily Current Affairs: 13th February, 2018

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    1. World’s First Autonomous Pods Unveiled In Dubai

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) launched the first tests of the world’s first autonomous pods.

    Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has launched these autonomous pods in collaboration with Next Future Transportation.

    Autonomous pods commute in dedicated lanes and are designed to travel short and medium distances.

    Depending on riders’ destination, the pods can be coupled together.

    Coupling takes about 15 seconds time while detaching the same takes five seconds.

    The pods can commute at an average speed of 20 kilometres per hour.

    It operates on a rechargeable battery that supports three hours of operation.

    Each pod measures 2.87 metres in length, 2.24 metres in width and 2.82 metres in height.

    It weighs about 1,500 kilograms.

    Each pod can carry 10 riders at a time.

    2. World’s Tallest Hotel Opens In Dubai

    Gevora, world’s new tallest hotel opened in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) , adding another skyscraper to the already towering skyline.

    The gleaming gold 75-storey Gevora Hotel stands 356 metres, or nearly a quarter of a mile, tall.

    It has been built by Majid Al Attar.

    The hotel will have 528 guest rooms and suites and four restaurants.

    It has 232 Deluxe Rooms, 265 one-bed room deluxe and 31 two-bedroom suites.

    It also has a pool, Jacuzzi, health club, luxury spa.

    3. Indo-HCM : India’s First Manual On Road Expansion Released

    The Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways has released India’s first ever Highway Capacity Manual to guide road engineers and policy makers about road expansion.

    The manual is known as Indo-HCM.

    It was released by Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Nitin Gadkari in New Delhi.

    The manual lays down guidelines for when and how to expand or manage different types of roads and their intersections and level of services to be put in place.

    It is designed to be useful tool for guiding road engineers and policy makers in country.

    4. India’s Forest And Tree Cover Rises 1% Since 2015

    As per India State of Forest Report (ISFR) 2017 released by Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan on February 12, 2018, tree and forest cover in India increased by 8021 sq km (by 1%) in two years since 2015.

    As per ISFR 2017, total forest cover in India is 708273 sq km, which is 21.54 per cent of the total geographical area.

    Forest and tree cover combined is 802088 sq km (24.39 per cent of the total geographical area).

    Increase in the forest cover has been observed as 6,778 sq km and that of tree cover as 1,243 sq km, compared to the previous assessment in 2015.

    Much of the increase in forest cover has been observed in very dense forest (VDF) category.

    5. India to Host First Summit of International Solar Alliance

    India is to host the first International Solar Alliance (ISA) Summit on 11th March 2018, in Delhi.

    French President Emanuel Macron will participate in the First International Solar Alliance Summit.

    Leaders of African countries, Presidents of Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, leaders of South American co untries and Pacific Islands are expected to attend the summit.

    Heads of World Bank, ADB (Asian Development Bank), BRICS Bank and European Investment Bank are also expected to participate in the summit.

    The International Solar Alliance is a treaty based inter-governmental alliance.

    It comprises of 121 solar energy abundant nations located between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.

    The aim of ISA is to make solar energy affordable, develop solar grids and solar credit mechanism.

    6. Vikas Sathaye : India-Born Techie Wins Sci-Tech Oscar Award for New Camera System

    Vikas Sathaye, an Indian-born engineer, along with three other people won the scientific and engineering award, at the Oscars 2018 Scientific and Technical Awards in Beverly Hills, United States.

    The four-member team that included Vikas Sathaye was awarded for the concept, design, engineering and implementation of the Shotover K1 Camera system.

    Other members of the team are Brad Hurndell, John Coyle and Shane Buckham.

    It is a 6 axis stabilised aerial camera mount.

    The camera mount can be attached to the base of a helicopter.

    It eliminates vibration to provide a steady footage.

    The mount can move the camera head in required direction by the operator who is inside the helicopter.

    A joystick is used to control the camera movement.

    7. Kishan Gangolli Wins 13th Edition of National Chess Championship for Blind

    Defending champion Karnataka’s Kishan Gangolli won the 13th edition of the National ‘A’ Chess Championship for the blind in Mumbai. The championship was organised by All India Chess Federation for the Blind (AICFB).

    Gangolli became the champion for the fifth consecutive time with 10.5 points. Gujarat’s Ashvin Makwana stood second with 9.5 points.

    8. World Radio Day – 13th February

    2018 Theme : ‘Radio and Sports’

    World Radio Day is an observance day held annually on 13 February .

    World Radio Day is about celebrating radio, why we love it and why we need it today more than ever.

    A day to remember the unique power of radio to touch lives and bring people together across every corner of the globe .

    It was proclaimed on 3 November 2011 by UNESCO’s 36th General Conference after originally proposed by the Kingdom of Spain .

    Radio still remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, in the quickest possible time.

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