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

6.Economy

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


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