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News in Short - 04-January-2020

Galaxy with peculiar hydrogen ring found

Date: 04 January 2020 Tags: Space
  • A team of astronomers at NCRATIFR, Pune, have discovered a mysterious ring of hydrogen gas in a distant galaxy, using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT).
  • The hydrogen ring is surrounded by a diameter of about four times of the Milky Way. The galaxy, named AGC 203001, is located about 260 million light years from us. 
  • The ring is peculiarly off-centred unlike the common occurrences, where hydrogen gas is connected to the outer ring of the galaxy. In another unique characteristic, there are no formed stars, yet.
  • Normally, the hydrogen gas condenses to form stars. However, in this scenario, no star formation was seen. This is an element of surprise despite the huge amount of hydrogen gas.

India’s Arabica coffee output at all time low

Date: 04 January 2020 Tags: Agriculture
  • India’s Arabica production has hit an all-time low this coffee-picking season.
  • The Arabica yield is expected to fall more than 50% after the torrential rains, floods and landslides during August-September last year washed away a sizeable chunk of plantations and destroyed coffee plants in Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Kodagu and Wayanad districts.
  • Coffea arabica, also known as the Arabian coffee, is a species of Coffee. It is believed to be the first species of coffee to be cultivated, and is the dominant cultivar, representing about 60% of global production. Robusta is another variety of coffee that is grown in India.

Manequins to monitor traffic in Karimnagar

Date: 04 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Karimnagar Commissionerate of Police has decided to install mannequins for traffic surveillance in various parts of the district.
  • The mannequins wearing traffic police gear, including uniform, reflector jacket, cap, boots, mask and sunglasses, would be installed at strategic locations to regulate traffic and prevent accidents.
  • Besides, the mannequin traffic police would also keep surveillance with a secret camera and take photos of traffic violators.
  • The move was carried out after seeing the success that was achieved by the authorities, when it was implemented in Bengaluru.

Iranian commander killed in air strike

Date: 04 January 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The Pentagon said that the US military has killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds Force also known as Revolutionary Guards.
  • The airstrike killed Soleimani, architect of Iran's regional security apparatus, at Baghdad's international airport.
  • He was responsible for carrying out operations beyond Iran and was a major adversary of the United States and Israel and Saudi Arabia.

Kavalan app

Date: 04 January 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • The Tamil Nadu police have launched the Kavalan app in Tiruppur to provide security related services to the people especially Women and children.
  • On pressing the SOS button, an alert is sent to the Tamil Nadu State Police Master Control Room within 15 seconds, signalling the place of origin of the message.
  • Topography of the area and landmarks in the vicinity are mapped through the GPS location.
  • These will automatically get sent to the control room, from where the information will get forwarded to the local police and the patrolling unit.