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News in Short - 12-February-2022

Sri Lanka in talks with India for Dornier aircrafts

Date: 12 February 2022 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • New Delhi and Colombo are discussing a proposal for the supply of two Dornier aircraft for the Sri Lankan military.
  • The Dornier is a twin-engine multi-purpose aircraft, used by the Indian Navy and Coast Guard for maritime surveillance. It is also used by the Indian Air Force.
  • It is manufactured by Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd under licence from Swiss company RUAG, and is a showpiece of the government’s “Make In India” programme.

Airtel internet faces major outage

Date: 12 February 2022 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Airtel broadband users across the country faced a momentary disruption in data connectivity. Network issues were reported from various corners of the country
  • Airtel connections ranging from fiber internet, broadband, to even mobile network is down in regions like Delhi, Mumbai, Noida and many other locations.
  • Earlier this month, a similar outage was reported by Jio users. The network outage was reported by users from the Mumbai circle.

RBI keeps repo rates unchanged

Date: 12 February 2022 Tags: Monetary Policy & RBI
  • The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has voted unanimously to keep the policy repo rate unchanged at 4%.
  • The MPC decided by a majority of 5 to 1 to continue with the accommodative stance as long as necessary to revive and sustain growth on a durable basis.
  • The marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate remain unchanged at 4.25% and the reverse repo rate also remains unchanged at 3.35%.

Indian astronomers develop AI tools to identify habitable planets

Date: 12 February 2022 Tags: Space
  • Astronomers from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics have devised a new approach for identifying potentially habitable planets with a high probability.
  • The astronomers used an Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based algorithm for this where around 60 potentially habitable planets have been found from 5,000 total planets known.
  • It is a tedious job to scan thousands of planets manually and to identify planets potentially similar to Earth. Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be utilized effectively to find habitable planets.

Controversial judge PushpaGanediwalaresigns

Date: 12 February 2022 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • Bombay High Court judge Justice PushpaGanediwala, who faced flak for the interpretation of what constitutes as ‘sexual assault’ under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, has resigned.
  • Justice Ganediwala, who presently presides at the Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court, tendered her resignation a day before her tenure as additional judge was to end.
  • After her problematic judgments, the apex court collegium had withdrawn its recommendation to appoint Justice Ganediwala as a permanent judge.