British low-cost carrier, EasyJet launched GPS-enabled shoes today, which connect with the GPS on your smartphone to help tourists discover new places. The shoes have vibrators embedded which give out signals, helping the travellers to follow the right route. It will soon be available for purchase onboard, according to company MD, Peter Duffy.
Nargis leaves for New York due to medical issues
Actress Nargis Fakhri’s spokesperson has said that the actress left for New York for a month to address her medical issues. “Nargis has been extremely overworked working on three films simultaneously over the last year,” added her spokesperson. Earlier, reports of Nargis leaving India were being attributed to a rumour of her boyfriend Uday Chopra refusing to marry her.
According to a study published in the journal Science, researchers have discovered 4.5 billion-year-old pieces of Earth within the volcanoes in Canada’s Baffin Island and in a region near Solomon Islands. These materials were created within the first 50 million years of the Earth’s creation, researchers added. The discovery could help them understand the processes that shaped the planet’s birth.
Israeli startup Tap Systems has developed ‘Tap Smart’, a foam strap that lets users type by tapping fingers. Controlled through an app, the bluetooth-connected strap translates 31 different kinds of finger tapping into various text inputs and claims 99% accuracy. While each finger is considered as a vowel, combinations of fingers make up the other letters and symbols.
Samsung launches 256 GB microSD card at ₹16,740
Samsung has launched a 256 GB microSD card ‘EVO Plus’ priced around ₹16,740. It claims to store up to 12 hours of 4K UHD video recording or 33 hours of full HD video playback. The card also claims reading and writing speeds of 95 MB/s and 90 MB/s, respectively. It will be available in over 50 countries from June 2016.
U’khand govt has close nexus with mafia: BJP
The Uttarakhand government has “a close nexus with the mining, narcotics, liquor and timbre (sic) mafia,” said BJP spokesperson Munna Singh Chauhan today. Chauhan said that Chief Minister Harish Rawat had withdrawn Governor KK Paul’s decision to set up a police station in Tyuni, Dehradun district. The government did so to promote the interest of the mafia, Chauhan claimed.
Black money declaration window opens June 1
The four-month compliance window for declaring domestic black money by paying 45% tax and penalty will open on June 1. Those opting to disclose their black money will not be subjected to scrutiny and enquiry by the tax department. Declarations under the Income Declaration Scheme 2016 can be made till September 30 and payments must be made by November 30.
Rwanda to use drones to supply vaccines, blood
Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Friday said that the country was keen on using drones to deliver blood supplies and vaccines to half of it transfusion centres by August. It is working with US-based robotics firm Zipline to launch the service with 12 to 15 drones, that will make deliveries 20 times faster than by land.
Twitter reacts to Kohli-de Villiers partnership
Reacting to Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ 229-run partnership on Saturday, a user tweeted, “Well done ABD and Kohli. Superb demonstration of what the pub capital of India can do to a dry state.” A user posted, “Meanwhile Suresh Raina Marked Himself ‘Safe’ on Facebook”, while another tweeted, “Virat Kohli’s Daily Schedule: Wake Up, Eat, Hit-Century, Sleep, Repeat.”
Sanctions against Russia to continue: Obama
United States President Barack Obama said on Friday that he and leaders from the five Nordic nations agreed on the need to maintain sanctions against Russia. Obama said the countries were united in their concern about Russia’s “aggressive military presence” in the Nordic region. Obama met leaders from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Iceland at a White House summit.
Germany to spend $106 bn on refugees: Report
According to reports today, Germany plans to spend 93.6 billion euros (Around $106 billion) by 2020 in costs related to the refugee crisis. The report said that the German finance ministry’s calculations included accommodation and integration costs for the refugees. The estimates were based on 6,00,000 migrants arriving this year, 4,00,000 next year and 3,00,000 in each following year.
UR Rao to be the 1st Indian in IAF Hall of Fame
Former ISRO Chairman UR Rao will become the first Indian to be inducted into the ‘International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Hall of Fame’. He will receive the ‘IAF Hall of Fame’ Award during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in September 2016. Rao is being honoured for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics within the framework of the IAF activities.
DU rejects RTI seeking PM’s degree details: AAP
AAP leader Sanjay Singh today claimed that an RTI application filed by AAP seeking details of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree has been returned by the Delhi University citing technical reasons. The University reasoned that the ₹10 pay order was not made in favour of the “Registrar”, he added. This proves Modi’s degree is fake and forged, he alleged.
Tiny space debris hits ISS, cracks window
British astronaut Tim Peake, aboard the International Space Station, has shared an image of a cracked window hit by space debris. According to the European Space Agency, the debris was “possibly a paint flake or small metal fragment no bigger than a few thousandths of a millimeter.” Notably, anything larger than 10 cm could “shatter a satellite or spacecraft into pieces”.
Yeddyurappa won’t be CM again: Siddaramaiah
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today asked BJP leader BS Yeddyurappa “not to be under illusion” of becoming CM again and asserted that the Congress will retain power in the 2018 Assembly polls. This comes after Yeddyurappa recently said Siddaramaiah’s three-year tenure had pushed Karnataka into “misery” and he would ensure that Siddaramaiah is the last Congress CM in Karnataka.
Google to pay $20/hour to test self-driving cars
Google has announced to pay $20/hour to drivers in Arizona for testing its self-driving cars and providing a written and oral feedback to the engineering team. Drivers will need to work under 12-24 month contracts and drive the vehicles from six to eight hours per day. Notably, Google in April had announced to expand its self-driving car program to Arizona.
PCI demands special law to protect journalists
The Press Council of India (PCI) today condemned the various incidents of killing of journalists and demanded the enactment of a special law to ensure the safety of scribes. The PCI also reportedly set up two fact finding committees to probe the killing of journalists Rajdeo Ranjan (42) and Akhilesh Pratap Singh (35) in Bihar and Jharkhand respectively.
Whale shark found dead in Gujarat
According to forest officials, a whale shark was found dead on the shore of Mandavi beach in Gujarat’s Kutch district on Friday. They further said that some fishermen first spotted the dead whale shark after which the forest department was informed. The 4.5 feet long creature was later buried at the beach side after veterinary doctors conducted its postmortem.
TN voters summoned for accepting cash for votes
According to the police, as many as 250 voters in Madurai were summoned today for accepting cash for votes for the upcoming Tamil Nadu Assembly elections. They have been asked to appear on May 18 and give an explanation for their conduct. Further, cases have also been registered against 14 people for distribution of money to voters.
Maha seeks ₹2000 cr more from Centre for drought
The Maharashtra government has sought an additional relief package of over ₹2,000 crore from the Centre to tackle the drought, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said today. He said the additional relief package has been sought “keeping in mind the drought and the Rabi crops.” Khadse said that he urged Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to provide the relief.
AAP seeks SIT probe in Khattar role in Jat stir
The AAP today demanded that a Supreme Court-monitored Special Investigation Team (SIT) probe the alleged role of leaders, including Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, during the Jat Quota stir in Haryana. It also demanded the suspension of the 90 officials found guilty of “deliberate negligence” by the Prakash Singh Committee, which probed violence and destruction during the February protests.
JD(U)-led govt is a govt of rape, murder: Paswan
Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today called the JD(U)-led government in Bihar “a government of rapes and murders,” and said that the law and order situation would not improve as long as Nitish Kumar remains Chief Minister. Paswan said, “The entire law and order has deteriorated,” and claimed no one would be punished in the Gaya road rage incident.
NASA finds seasonal patterns in Mars atmosphere
NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover recorded distinct seasonal patterns through two full cycles of Martian seasons, scientists have claimed. Mars atmosphere is clear in winters, dustier in spring and summers, and windy in autumn, scientists added. The Curiosity rover has measured relative humidity up to 70% during winter nights which can prompt researchers to search for formation of frost on ground.
Tons from de Villiers, Kohli help RCB thrash GL
Royal Challengers Bangalore crushed Gujarat Lions by 144 runs on Saturday in what was the biggest margin of victory in IPL history. Batting first, Bangalore posted 248/3 powered by AB de Villiers’ 129*(52) and Virat Kohli’s 109(55). In response, Gujarat were dismissed for 104, with Chris Jordan and Yuzvendra Chahal picking up four and three wickets respectively.
India ready for NSG membership: USA
India is ready for Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) membership and meets the requirements for Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), US officials said on Friday. This comes after China and Pakistan reportedly blocked India’s entry into NSG. NSG is a multinational body that oversees trade in nuclear materials while MTCR is a partnership to curb the spread of missiles and drones.