25.08.17 JPSC (Jharkhand) Current Affairs

Jharkhand

 

  • Assembly ratifies GST Bill after JMM ruckus.

 

  • The Jharkhand assembly on Thursday tabled and passed the State Goods and Services Tax Bill, 2017, unanimously through a voice vote. Jharkhand became the fourth state after Telaengana, Bihar and Rajasthan to clear the bill, paving the way for GST being rolled out nationally on July 1.

 

  • The state government convened a special one-day session of the assembly in which the ruling BJP made all efforts to get the support of the opposition and was successful in getting the bill passed unanimously.

 

 

INTERNATIONAL

  • Microsoft Launches ‘Project Brainwave’ for Real-Time AI.

 

  • Software giant Microsoft announced its ‘Project Brainwave’ deep learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence (AI).
  • The ‘Project Brainwave’ uses the massive field-programmable gate array (FPGA) infrastructure that Microsoft has been deploying over the past few years.
  • Real-time AI is becoming increasingly important as cloud infrastructures process live data streams, whether they be search queries, videos, sensor streams, or interactions with users.

 

  • Android Oreo released by Google

 

  • Google launched its version 8.0 of the operating system as Android Oreo.
  • The Oreo boasts of a two times faster boot speed, autofill option, and a longer battery life.
  • The new update comes with a Picture-in-Picture feature that allows the user to see two apps simultaneously.
  • Google is also making it easier to log into different apps, extending the autofill feature currently available on the website, to apps. The much-awaited Android instant apps, which can be accessed right from the browser without requiring installation, are also set to take off with Android Oreo.

 

 

 

NATIONAL

 

·       Union Cabinet renames SAMPADA Scheme as PMKSY

  • The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved the renaming of the new Central Sector Scheme- SAMPADA (Scheme for Agro-Marine Processing and Development of Agro-Processing Clusters) as “Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Yojana (PMKSY)” for the period of 2016-20 coterminous with the 14th Finance Commission cycle.
  • The new scheme was approved by the Central Government in the month of May.
  • The objective of PMKSY is to supplement agriculture, modernize processing and decrease Agri-Waste.

 

  • The implementation of PMKSY will result in creation of modern infrastructure with efficient supply chain management from farm gate to retail outlet.

 

  • It will provide a big boost to the growth of food processing sector in the country.

 

  • It will help in providing better prices to farmers and is a big step towards doubling of farmers’ income.

 

  • It will create huge employment opportunities especially in the rural areas.

 

  • Karnataka ties up with Microsoft to develop India’s first Farm Price Forecasting Model

ð Karnataka Government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with software giant Microsoft India to develop a unique price forecasting model.

ð The proposed initiative is claimed to be the first-of-its-kind in the country.

ð The farm price forecasting model will use latest IT tools in a bid to help farmers, administrators, and other stakeholders to understand market behavior.

 

  • Coast Guard Ship ‘Varuna’ Decommissioned.

 

  • Indian Coast Guard ship ‘Varuna’ decommissioned with full armed forces honours after an illustrious service spanning about 30 years, in a traditional military ceremony held at the naval base,Kochi.

 

  • The ceremony was presided over by Inspector General K R Nautiyal, Commander, Coast Guard Region (West).

 

 

  • ICGS Varuna was fourth of its series, known as Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) and built by Mazagaon Dock, Mumbai.

 

  • Odisha Government launches Rooftop Solar Project.

 

  • Odisha Government launched a grid-connected rooftop solar programme through the net-metering system at the State Secretariat in the capital city of Bhubaneshwar.
  • The program mainly aims at harnessing renewable solar capacity through people’s participation to further strengthen the grid and reduce power losses.
  • The program is being implemented by Odisha Renewable Energy Development Agency(OREDA)

 

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