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News in Short - 26-June-2020

India’s tri-service contingent participates in Victory Day parade

Date: 26 June 2020 Tags: Historical Places
  • The Tri-Service contingent of the Indian Armed Forces comprised marched along with contingents of Russian Armed Forces and 17 other countries during the Victory Day parade held in Moscow.
  • The British Indian Armed Forces during World War-II were one of the largest Allied Forces contingents which took part in the North and East African Campaign, Western Desert Campaign and the European Theatre against the Axis powers.
  • Russia postponed its military parade traditionally held on Moscow’s Red Square on May 9 for a later date due to the coronavirus pandemic.

IIT- Kharagpur develops COVID-19 predictive model

Date: 26 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • IIT Kharagpur has developed a model to help predict the future spread of COVID-19 which can facilitate decision making in health-care, industry and even academics.
  • The study also indicates that the disease may continue to prevail in the country till September-end. The trend reveals that the country is yet to achieve a steady pattern in the spread of the disease.
  • The data used for the predictions pertain to the entire country, and for the eight most affected States of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

Japan’s Fugaku becomes fastest supercomputer

Date: 26 June 2020 Tags: IT, Mobile & Computers
  • Fugaku, a supercomputer jointly developed by RIKEN and Fujitsu Ltd., has taken the top position on the TOP500 list, a supercomputer benchmarking index.
  • The winning machine’s concept was initially proposed a decade ago, and six years after the official start of the project, the supercomputer is getting ready for a full launch in April 2021.
  • Fugaku has also topped the list of supercomputers that are ranked based on their performance capabilities for tasks completed using AI applications.

Foundation laid for Islamabad’s first Hindu temple

Date: 26 June 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Pakistan has started the construction process of a ?10 crore Hindu temple -- the first in Islamabad.
  • The plot for the temple was allotted to the Hindu Panchayat by the Capital Development Authority (CDA) in 2017. However, the construction work was delayed due to some formalities.
  • The temple complex will also have a cremation site, apart from the space for separate structures for other religious rites.

Rahul Dravid crowned as greatest ever Indian Test batsman in Wisden poll

Date: 26 June 2020 Tags: Sports
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  • Rahul Dravid has been named the greatest Indian Test batsman, according to a poll conducted on social media by Wisden India. Dravid beat Tendulkar by a narrow margin of votes in the final round of voting.
  • The poll initially had 16 Indian batting greats, with Sunil Gavaskar and Virat Kohli being the two others to have made it through to the ‘semi finals’. Gavaskar beat Kohli in the ‘third-place play-off’ by a narrow margin.
  • Both Dravid and Tendulkar are regarded as two of the greatest batsmen of all time. They both have over 10,000 runs in Tests and ODIs.