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News in Short - 22-September-2020

Hints of ice on Enceladus' northern hemisphere

Date: 22 September 2020 Tags: Space
  • New composite images made from NASA's Cassini spacecraft have provided a detailed global infrared views ever produced of Saturn's moon Enceladus.
  • The data, used to build those images, provides strong evidence that the northern hemisphere of the moon has been resurfaced with ice from its interior.
  • Cassini's Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) collected light reflected off Saturn, its rings, and its 10 major icy moons -- light that is visible to humans as well as infrared light.
  • VIMS then separated the light into its various wavelengths, information that tells scientists more about the makeup of the material reflecting it.

Facebook planning to build 3D map of whole world

Date: 22 September 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Facebook is planning to use a set of glasses containing cameras, microphones, and other sensors to build a map of the world in a project called Aria.
  • The map will include everything from a street view to immediate surroundings and will feature objects inside houses and buildings that will constantly keep updating.
  • This also means that Facebook will possess a live map with images of a user’s surroundings and will have access to passwords and sensitive documents they will be looking at with the glasses on.

Bill seeking to amend FCRA introduced in Lok Sabha

Date: 22 September 2020 Tags: Bills & Laws
  • A bill that seeks to amend the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), under which providing the Aadhar numbers of the office-bearers of any NGO will be mandatory for registration, and public servants will be barred from receiving funds from abroad, was introduced in the Lok Sabha.
  • The Foreign Contribution Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2020 also proposes to enable the Centre to allow an NGO or association to surrender its FCRA certificate.
  • The draft bill proposes that not more than 20 per cent of the total foreign funds received could be spent on administrative expenses. Presently, the limit is 50 percent.

India delivers DEMU trains to Sri Lanka

Date: 22 September 2020 Tags: Railways
  • Konkan Railway successfully delivered these two DEMU train sets to Nepal against an order placed by Department of Railways, Nepal for a value of ?52.46 crore.
  • The trains were moved self propelled from Jaynagar in India to Janakpur in Nepal by Konkan Railways team.
  • The trainsets were received by the people of Nepal along the route and at Janakpur. The DEMU train sets are planned to be used for passenger services between Jaynagar in India and Kurtha in Nepal.

Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for unruly behaviour

Date: 22 September 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Eight opposition MPs were suspended from Rajya Sabha for unruly behaviour on Sunday, September 20.
  • The MPs include Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, Raju Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain and Elamaran Karim.
  • Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu condemned the MP’s misbehaviour with Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh when some members came to the well of the House. Deputy Chairman was physically threatened and was obstructed from doing his duty.