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News in Short - 22-November-2020

Tamil Nadu governor promulgated ordinance to ban online gaming

Date: 22 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has promulgated an ordinance to ban online gaming in the State, providing for the levy of a rs 5,000 fine and six months’ imprisonment for those found to be engaging in it.
  • Authorities noted that innocent people, mainly youngsters, were being cheated due to online gaming, and some had even been pushed to take the extreme step.
  • The government amended the Tamil Nadu Gaming Act, 1930 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1930), the Chennai City Police Act, 1888 (Tamil Nadu Act III of 1888) and the Tamil Nadu District Police Act, 1859 (Tamil Nadu Act XXIV of 1859).

Algorithm to detect brain signals and restore body movements

Date: 22 November 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • A machine learning algorithm has been designed to detect patterns in brain signals that relate to specific actions like walking and typing.
  • These signals can be used to develop brain-machine interfaces that help restore lost functions for people with neurological and mental disorders.
  • The team tested the algorithm on standard brain datasets during the performance of arm and eye movements. The algorithm could predict the movement kinematics by simply looking at the neural patterns in brain signals that generate the movement.

Ancient Hindu temple discovered in North West Pakistan

Date: 22 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A Hindu temple, believed to have been constructed 1,300 years ago, has been discovered by Pakistani and Italian archaeological experts in northwest Pakistan's Swat district.
  • The discovery was made during an excavation at Barikot Ghundai. It was built by the Hindus 1,300 years ago during the Hindu Shahi period.
  • The Hindu Shahis or Kabul Shahis (850 1026 CE) was a Hindu dynasty that ruled the Kabul Valley (eastern Afghanistan), Gandhara (modern-day Pakistan-Afghanistan), and present-day north-western India.
  • The experts also found a water tank near the temple site which they believe was used for bathing before worship.

Electoral bonds worth Rs. 280 cr sold ahead of Bihar polls

Date: 22 November 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Electoral bonds worth ?282.29 crore were sold in October ahead of the Bihar Assembly election, the State Bank of India said in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query.
  • The RTI reply showed that bonds worth ?282,29,01,000 were sold from nine SBI branches. The Mumbai branch sold the highest amount of electoral bonds at ?130 crore.
  • The information from the RTI response is significant as a petition challenging the validity of electoral bonds, filed by the NGO, Association for Democratic Reforms, has been pending for long in the Supreme Court.

Mala Adiga appointed Jill Biden's policy director

Date: 22 November 2020 Tags: Appointments & Resignations
  • US President-elect Joe Biden has appointed an Indian-American, Mala Adiga, the policy director of his wife Jill Biden, who will be the first lady.
  • Adiga has served as a senior advisor to Jill and a senior policy advisor on the Biden-Kamala Harris campaign. Previously, Adiga was director for Higher Education and Military Families at the Biden Foundation.
  • During former president Barack Obama's administration, Adiga served as the deputy assistant secretary of state for Academic Programs at the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in the Secretary of State's Office of Global Women's Issues as chief of staff and senior advisor to the Ambassador-at-Large, besides as director for human rights on the National Security Staff.