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News in Short - 20-October-2020

SpaceX to launch first spacecraft to Mars in 2024

Date: 20 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • SpaceX is set to launch its first Spacecraft to Mars by early 2024, according to spaceflight company's founder and CEO Elon Musk.
  • The opportunity to launch a mission to Mars comes every 26 months. After NASA, China, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched missions to Mars in July this year, the next window is set to open in 2022.
  • Starship is a reusable rocket-and-spacecraft combo which is being developed at the company's South Texas facility.
  • SpaceX is also planning to use Starship for missions to the Moon starting in 2022, as well as point-to-point trips around the Earth.

Chinese soldiers apprehended by Indian army

Date: 20 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A Chinese Army soldier was apprehended near Chumar-Demchok area of Ladakh on Monday morning.
  • The PLA soldier is currently in captivity of Indian Army. According to sources, the soldier might have entered the Indian territory inadvertently.
  • He will be returned to Chinese Army as per established protocol after following due procedure.
  • The latest incident was reported as both India and China held eighth round of discussion to resolve the border dispute in eastern Ladakh.

Artificial intelligence help detect deep fake videos

Date: 20 October 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Researchers at Stanford University and UC Berkeley have devised a programme that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to detect deep fake videos.
  • The programme is said to spot 80% fakes by recognising minute mismatches in the sounds people make and the shape of their mouths.
  • Deepfake videos can be made using face-swapping or lip sync technologies. Face swap videos can be convincing yet crude, leaving digital or visual artifacts that a computer can detect.
  • Although the program may help detect visual anomalies, deep fake detection is a cat-and-mouse game. As deep fake techniques improve, fewer clues will be left behind.

Chinese economy accelerates

Date: 20 October 2020 Tags: World Economy
  • China’s shaky economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic is gaining strength as consumers return to shopping malls and auto dealerships.
  • The world’s second-largest economy expanded by 4.9% over a year ago in the three months ending in September, official data showed.
  • China, where the pandemic began in December, became the first major economy to return to growth after the ruling government declared the disease under control in March and began reopening factories, shops, and offices.
  • It is the only major economy that is expected to grow this year while activity in the United States, Europe, and Japan shrinks.

Efforts to bring back Chola royal charter

Date: 20 October 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A royal charter or a sasana of the Chola kings, lost 300 years ago from Tamil Nadu, is now being preserved in the Leiden University in the Netherlands. Commonly referred to as the “Leiden plates”, it was issued by the kings to a Buddhist vihara.
  • With the Netherlands relooking at its colonial collections, and planning to return over 10,000 artefacts to the source nations or former colonies, art enthusiasts say it is time for India to make efforts to get the crowning glory of the Cholas back.
  • The charter has two sections — one in Sanskrit and another in Tamil — and the 21 copper plates are held together by a massive bronze ring bearing the regal seal of Rajendra Chola.
  • They also deal with the genealogy of the Chola dynasty and the reign of king Rajaraja I (985-1012 AD), the father of Rajendra Chola (1012-1042 AD).