1.Science and Technology
Facebook launches calling application “CatchUp”
Facebook has launched a separate calling application called CatchUp
The app will enable a user to indicate their availability to talk to and call others.
It will also enable users to check availability of time with a group of up to eight people
Quick Fact: Facebook headquarters is located in California, US
2.Science and Technology
NASA renames telescope after ‘Mother of Hubble’ Nancy Grace Roman
NASA has renamed its next-generation space telescope Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope (WFIRST) in honour of Nancy Grace Roman
Nancy Grace Roman was NASA’s first chief astronomer. She worked to ensure space telescopes focused on the broader universe.
Quick Fact: NASA headquarters are located in Washington DC, US
3.Person in News
Major Suman Gawani to be honoured with UN Military Gender Advocate Award 2019
Major Suman Gawani would be the first Indian to be awarded with this honour.
The Indian Army officer has been conferred the award for her work against sexual violence while stationed in South Sudan under the United Nations Mission
She will be awarded on May 29, the International Day of the United Nations Peacekeepers
4.Person in News
Rajiv Joshi wins NYIPLA Inventor of the year Award 2020
He has won the award for his contribution to advance the electronic industry and improving artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities.
He works currently at the IBM Thomson Watson Research Center in New York.
The award has been presented by the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA).
5.Science and Technology
New species of fish discovered in Tamil Nadu
The small freshwater fish has been discovered in a small waterbody in Venlankanni, Tamil Nadu
The silvered colored fish has been named Puntius sanctus. ‘Sanctus’ is Latin for holy.
The new fish is now deposited in GoI’s museum, the Zoological Survey of India, Pune.
Quick Fact: International Commission of Zoological Nomenclature is the official authority for naming animals
NPCI launches an Artificial Intelligence Virtual Assistant called Pai
National Payment Corporation of India has launched a chatbot based on Artificial Intelligence, called Pai
The Chatbot aims to increase financial inclusion in India
It is a 24*7 accessible chatbot where users can ask queries about NPCI products.
The chatbot has been created by Bengaluru based startup CoRover Private Limited.
Quick Fact: NPCI services and products include FASTag, RuPay, UPI, etc.
7.Defence and Security
Russia constructs its first Stealth Bomber
Russia has constructed its first Stealth Bomber under its Perspective Aviation Complex for Long Range Aviation (PAKDA) programme
The PAKDA programme will use latest technologies to reduce the visibility and traceability of its weapons to opposite parties
The stealth bomber is the second-generation combat aircraft after Sukhoi Su-57