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Current Affairs Analysis

1st March 2016 Current Affairs Analysis

By IT's Current Affairs Analysis Team
March 01, 2016

Contents

Social Issues

Twitter launches campaign to empower women

Science & Technology

East coast set to get sixth doppler radar

Also in News

Indira Gandhi International Airport is world’s best airport for second time in row

 


Social Issues


Twitter launches campaign to empower women

 

Taking cue from a study showcasing a prevailing male dominance over both online and offline space, social networking site Twitter recently launched #Positionofstrength campaign to empower women to raise voices against any form of discrimination.

Details:

  • The movement has already been launched in Australia and Ireland.
  • Now the movement seeks to bridge the gender equality gap online in India and “inspire the next generation of women leaders to have an influential voice in society.”
  • The Twitter has partnered with FICCI Ladies Organisation and Observer Research Foundation.
  • #PositionOfStrength campaign aims to engage more women to find their voices online communicate safely with confidence and network with other like-minded women and the global community at large.
  • With the introduction of #PositionOfStrength, Twitter hopes to strengthen the women empowerment movement and encourage women to amplify their voices in a secure and confident manner.

Meanwhile, Twitter also launched its Safety Center in Hindi to ensure engagement and education of women locally to enable them to use the platform safely and with confidence. 

[Ref: ToI, BS]

 

Science & Technology

 

East coast set to get sixth doppler radar

 

To boost the weather forecasting system in the cyclone prone eastern coast, a new doppler radar will be commissioned shortly in Gopalpur in Odisha.

  • On the western coast, Kochi, Bhuj, Mumbai and Karaikal have doppler radars, while the equipment is being set up in Goa.

Details:

It will be the sixth such radar on the country’s east coast. The others are located in

  1. Chennai,
  2. Kolkata,
  3. Machilipatnam,
  4. Visakhapatnam and
  5. Paradip

Significance of the move:

  • The move to set up an additional radar assumes significance as the eastern coast is prone to cyclones and better forecast will help authorities in taking timely action.

Why in Gopalpur, Odisha?

  • The India Meteorological Department (IMD) had in November last year installed a doppler radar in Paradip, another coastal district in Odisha which was ravaged by a super cyclone in 1999.
  • Gopalpur had faced the severe cyclonic storm Phailin in October 2013.

About Doppler radar:

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  • Doppler radar is a specialized radar that uses the Doppler Effect to produce velocity data about objects at a distance.

Mechanism of Doppler radar:

It does this by bouncing a microwave signal off a desired target and analyzing how the object’s motion has altered the frequency of the returned signal.This variation gives direct and highly accurate measurements of the radial component of a target’s velocity relative to the radar.

Applications of Doppler radar:

  • Doppler radars are used in aviation, sounding satellites, meteorology, radar guns, radiology and healthcare (fall detection and risk assessment, nursing or clinic purpose), and bistatic radar (surface-to-air missile).
  • Doppler radar is widely used for monitoring and predicting severe weather events such as thunder storms, hailstorms, cyclones and tornados within a radius of 300 km.
  • It not only gives information about precipitation but also about wind velocity.

 [Ref: ToI, Wiki]

 

Also in News

 

 

Indira Gandhi International Airport is world’s best airport for second time in row

 

Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) has retained its number one position in the world for the second consecutive year in 25-40 Million Passengers Per Annum (MPPA) categories.

  • The IGI is operated by Delhi International Airport Limited (Dial) – a GMR led consortium.
  • Airports Council International (ACI) has released new rankings for 2015 Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Awards.
  • The parameters based on which the IGI Airport bagged the award include improved on-time performance of airlines impacting passenger experience positively, launch of interactive and user-friendly mobile app – flyDEL, improvement of ambiance and signages, strong bonding with stakeholders among others.
  • It was also appreciated for upgradation of shopping and eating facilities at the airport. Emphasis was also laid on sanitation.

[Ref: BS]

 

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