CURRENT AFFAIRS UPDATES: 30TH AUGUST
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YouTube changes its logo for the first time
- Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube today debuted a new logo for the first time since it was launched 12 years ago. Besides the new logo, YouTube has also redesigned its mobile app and desktop version to give it a cleaner look. YouTube also plans to launch gestures support on its app to let people switch between videos with a swipe.
Beach evacuated after 'chemical haze' burns eyes
- Over 100 people were treated in the hospital after a "chemical haze" spread across a beach in England. Beachgoers complained of breathing difficulties and burning eyes, and claimed there was a smell of chlorine. The police said, "this seems to have been caused by an unknown haze coming in from the sea, but the source has not yet been established."
US Open only Grand Slam to have been played on all surfaces
- The US Open is the only Grand Slam to have been played on all the three surfaces, starting with grass from 1881-1974. From 1975-1977, the season's last Grand Slam was played on clay before being shifted to a hard-court surface in 1978. Notably, Jimmy Connors is the only player to have won the US Open on all the three surfaces.
August 29 celebrated as National Sports Day
- National Sports Day in India is celebrated on August 29 to mark hockey legend Dhyan Chand's birthday. Dhyan Chand, considered the greatest player in hockey, played a key role in India's three consecutive Olympic triumphs in 1928, 1932 and 1936. Notably, the government gives away awards such as Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, Arjuna and Dronacharya Awards on this day.
New Appointments: National
Tata's Indian Hotels appoints Puneet Chhatwal as MD and CEO
- Tata Group's Indian Hotels Company, known as Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, on Tuesday said it has appointed Puneet Chhatwal as its Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer. He will take over from Rakesh Sarna, who is stepping down on September 30. Chhatwal is currently CEO and member of Executive Board of European hotel chain Deutsche Hospitality.
Union Ministry to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’
- The Union Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) is all set to launch ‘Deep Ocean Mission’ by January 2018, which is expected to improve India’s position in ocean research field, M Rajeevan, Secretary, MoES
Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu launches National Sports Talent Search Portal
- Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu officially launched the Sports Ministry’s much-awaited ‘National Sports Talent Search Portal’ at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.
Karnataka tourism dept launches Dasara package on Golden Chariot
- Karnataka’s Department of Tourism has announced Dasara Special Tour Packages. The department, through its arm KSTDC, plans to launch the ‘Dasara Special Tour Package’ in the Golden Chariot Luxury Train, to promote the state festival.
- The Golden Chariot is South India’s first and only luxury tourist train run by KSTDC. With its exquisite accommodation, décor inspired by dynasties from Karnataka’s past, fine dining and service by liveried attendants, the Golden Chariot gives you a glimpse of the rich heritage of Karnataka and a feel of royalty on wheels.
Airtel, Symantec partner to fight cyber wars
- Bharti Airtel has entered into a partnership with Symantec Corporation to protect businesses in India from online threats. The partnership comes amid a spike in cyber attacks over the past few months, including ransomwares such as Petya and WannaCry that disrupted systems across the world.
- According to the agreement, Airtel will be the exclusive Cyber Security Services partner for Symantec in India, and will distribute the US-based software firm’s enterprise security software, the companies said.
Narendra Modi to inaugurate road projects worth Rs15,000 crore in Rajasthan today, with eye on 2018 polls
- Eyeing assembly polls in Rajasthan scheduled for next year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to inaugurate highway and road projects worth Rs15,000 crore in Udaipur.
Kerala Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan launched the host city logo for Kochi, one of the venues of FIFA U-17 World Cup
- The logo represents and reflects Kochi's identity and will be a valuable tool in linking the local community in a global World Cup.
- Alongside the FIFA U-17 World Cup India official emblem, it will form a crucial link in the promotions and communications regarding the host city.
Caves with Ice Age artefacts become UNESCO Heritage Site
- A set of six caves housing over 50 artefacts from the last Ice Age has become the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Site in Germany. The artefacts, which were composed of bone and ivory, date back 33,000 to 43,000 years. Modern humans first arrived in Europe 43,000 years ago, taking up residence in the caves in the Swabian Jura mountain range.
Science & Technologies
New AI chips made of mice neurons can 'smell' explosives
- Oshi Agabi, a Nigerian neuroscientist, has created a computer chip using lab-grown mice neurons that can smell and detect volatile chemicals and explosives. The device could be implanted into robots and can help speed up airport security procedures, said Agabi. The 38-year-old has claimed his start-up Koniku has made profits worth $10 million with the security industry.
Most powerful X-ray generator contradicts black hole models
- Experiments with the world's most powerful X-ray generator at US-based Sandia Labs have contradicted models regarding black hole emissions, scientists claim. Models assume black holes are invisible as their intense gravitational pull doesn't allow light generated inside to escape. However, researchers found that "if no light is seen, then its generating element simply isn't there."
Quantum teleportation achieved underwater for the first time
- In a first, Chinese scientists have successfully sent information between entangled photons underwater across a 3.3-metre-long tank of seawater. Based on the Quantum Entanglement theory which Einstein once called "spooky action at a distance", this teleportation involves correlated particles. Changing one's state affects the another regardless of the distance, making the signal "unhackable".
Books & Authors
I'm writing a book titled 'A Book About Nothing': Sushant
- Sushant Singh Rajput has said he's writing a book titled 'A Book About Nothing', in which he'll put together 'thousands of thoughts' he has written over the years. "The thoughts may not be connected...the pages can be read in any order...it would still be thought-provoking," added Sushant. He further said the book is not a biography or a self-help guide.
Schemes / Programme
India, Germany ink pact to boost green energy ties
- Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal today said India has entered into a pact with Germany to improve parameters for grid integration of renewable energies.
Awards & Honours
Sardar conferred with Khel Ratna; Harmanpreet gets Arjuna
- As many as 29 sports personalities were given the national sports awards by President Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday. Former India captain Sardar Singh became only the second hockey player to receive the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award after Dhanraj Pillay. Indian women's cricketer Harmanpreet Kaur was among the 17 sportspersons who received the Arjuna award.
Nitasha Biswas is the winner of Miss Transqueen India 2017
- Nitasha, a trans woman who hails from Kolkata, was named the first Miss Transqueen India in Gurgaon on Sunday.
- Nitasha, 26, is currently pursuing Masters in Business Management in Kolkata.
- Loiloi from Manipur bagged the first runner-up position and Ragasya from Chennai was crowned the second runner-up.
14-yr-old beats 36-yr-old to become youngest TT champion
- Japanese table tennis player Tomokazu Harimoto, aged 14 years and 61 days, defeated 36-year-old German Timo Boll in the Czech Open final to become the youngest winner of an ITTF men's singles tournament. Harimoto broke the record of China's Yu Ziyang, who was aged 16 years and 30 days when he won the Japan Open in 2014.
Youngest Russian Winter Olympic gold winner retires aged 19
- Russia's youngest Winter Olympic gold medalist Yulia Lipnitskaya has reportedly retired from figure skating at the age of 19 after a battle with anorexia. Lipnitskaya had become Russia's youngest Winter Olympic gold medalist and the youngest gold medalist in figure skating for 78 years, as a 15-year-old in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Schumacher only racer to win 5 straight F1 championships
- German Formula One driver Michael Schumacher set the record for most Formula One Championship titles after winning his seventh overall and fifth consecutive championship on August 29, 2004. The Ferrari legend also holds the records for most Grand Prix wins (91), most number of fastest laps (77) and the most number of races won in a single season (13).
Sharapova wins first Grand Slam match since her doping ban
- Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova won her first Grand Slam match since the doping suspension which sidelined her for 15 months. The five-time Grand Slam winner defeated world number 2 Simona Halep, maintaining a perfect 7-0 head-to-head record against the Romanian. Sharapova's last Grand Slam appearance came in Australian Open in January 2016, where she went to the quarterfinals.