07/10/2017 UPSC PRELIMS 2018 CURRENT AFFAIRS


Aayog forms panel for ‘intelligent’ transport

COMMITTEE : National Level committee for developing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) policy.

ITS POLICY AIMS TO : Reduce urban traffic congestion, improve parking for vehicles in cities, road safety and the security of passenger and goods traffic.

LEVEL OF IMPLEMENTATION : The committee will work towards setting uniform standards to implement the ITS in various parts of the country.

RELEVANCE : This policy will contribute to the government of India’s SMART City Program, the Make in India initiative, and to a host of other initiatives aimed at the economic and social development of India.



‘Why can’t hanging be stopped?’

Death penalty by hanging is being questioned by Supreme Court.

WHY>A human being is entitled to dignity even in death, it said. ADVICE TENDERED BY SC: The government should look to the “dynamic progress” made in modern science to adopt painless methods of causing death.

CLARIFICATION : It should be clarified that it was not questioning the constitutionality of the death penalty, which has been well-settled by the apex court, including in Deena versus Union of India and earlier in the Bachan Singh case reported in 1980

SKA Project : What is SKA ? Square Kilometer Array (SKA) is a global project with 12 countries including India. SKA is a large multi radio telescope project under development in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

  • It utilizes radio astronomy and has receiving stations at a minimum distance of 3,000 kilometers (1,900 mi) from a concentrated central core, enabling it to provide the highest resolution images compared to other sub-disciplines of astronomy.

  • It is being developed in the Southern Hemisphere with cores in South Africa and Australia, where there is least radio interference to observe the Milky Way Galaxy.

  • The project will address some of the most interesting scientific questions in Astrophysics, ranging from characteristics of early Universe to search for intelligent extra-terrestrial life.

SOURCE: PIB : 06/10/2017


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