Current Affairs of 22 December 2015

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1. China launched DAMPE satellite to shed light on mysterious dark matter
1. China  launched the Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) Satellite to shed light on mysterious dark matter.
2. It was the country's first space telescope and launched on a Long March 2-D rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center.
3. The purpose of the satellite is to search for smoking-gun signals of dark matter, invisible material that scientists say makes up most of the universe's mass.
The satellite will be place in a sun-synchronous orbit at a height of 500 kilometers to observe the direction, energy and electric charge of high-energy particles in space.
The satellite was nicknamed "Wukong" after the Monkey King with penetrating eyes in the Chinese classical fiction Journey to the West.

2. New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum announced retirement
1. New Zealand cricket captain Brendon McCullum  announced retirement from all forms of international cricket. He will retire after the two home test series against Australia, which will begin in February 2016.
2. At present, the batsman and wicket-keeper, is New Zealand’s captain in all three forms of the international game viz., tests, ODIs and twenty20.

3. National Mathematics Day observed to commemorate birth anniversary of Srinivasa Ramanujan
1. India celebrated National Mathematics Day. The day was observed to commemorate the birth anniversary of great Indian Mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
On this occasion, India and UNESCO agreed to work jointly in spreading the joy of mathematics and knowledge to students and learners across the world.
2. To this end, Conferences on the “Zero” at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, as well as at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore were held in recognition of Aryabhata’s role in the invention of zero.

4. ADB grants $ 625 mn loan for Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor
1. The Department of Economic Affairs has approved the $ 500 million under project loan and $ 125 million under the policy loan component for the Vizag-Chennai Industrial Corridor. In addition, the Andhra Pradesh government will invest about $ 215 million under the project loan.
2. Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has agreed in principle to support the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor and the details of the funding pattern are being worked out by the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion and JICA.
3. Under this $ 840 million VCIC project, various components include four road projects worth Rs. 1220 crore would be taken up along with three power related (Rs 1243 crore), four infrastructure ugradation projects (Rs 906 crore).
4. For the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor, a concept plan prepared by the consultancy firm PWC has been approved and covers some of the select areas of Anantapur, Chittoor and Nellore districts as zones of influence. It has nodes at Hindupur in Anantapur district, Chittoor district and Krishnapatnam. The total tentative cost of the project is estimated to be Rs. 18,548 crore. The Krishnapatnam node, which has a port and power projects and is expected to be a major industrial, hub, covers 13,971 acres.

5. Tech Mahindra launches AQTTM, the future of automation
1. Midcap IT services firm Tech Mahindra has launched its robotics automation and artificial intelligence framework AQTTM to improve business efficiency.
2. The AQTTM (Automation, Quality, Time) framework is powered by technologies based on Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Tech Mahindra applies the principles of AQTTM in its projects, platforms and products across its service lines.
3. For the framework, Tech Mahindra has taken the “build-through approach” in partnership with veritable institutions like the Chennai Mathematical Institute and several thought leaders. The company has also involved its customers to co-create solutions, modelled on relevant real-life situations.
4. The AQT Toolkit, titled SureSmart, is a suite of tools and delivery accelerators across our key competencies. It comprises CUBES for Infrastructure and Application maintenance and operations, UNO for Robotic Process Automation, and TACTiX as our Artificial Intelligence-powered Knowledge Engine.

6. India joins select club nations to build LNG ships
1. India has joined select club nations to build Liquefied natural gas (LNG) ships after state owned Cochin Shipyard has received certification in this regard. Cochin Shipyard also became first shipyard in India to get the nod to build LNG-transporting ships for any client world-wide.
2. With this India joins the league other nations including South Korea, Japan and China building LNG transportation ships. It also opens a new chapter in ship-building technology in India and marks a big step for Make in India.

7. United States lifts 40-year-old ban on oil export
1. The United States (US) has lifted a 40 year ban on oil exports marking a historic shift for the booming US oil industry. This decision was taken as part of a 1.1 trillion dollars spending bill to fund US government until 2016 received assent of President Barack Obama 

2. This move will help in economic growth and in turn create jobs along with new revenues, prosperity and enhanced energy security for other countries.  It would pave the way for energy deficient countries including India to open up another frontier and diversify import basket of oil from US.

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