Current Affairs of 19th December 2019

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Virat Kohli tops Forbes India’s 2019 Celebrity 100 list

Forbes India has announced India’s 2019 Celebrity 100 list. The magazine has published its list of Celebrity 100 for the year 2019 which has been topped by Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli with the earning of Rs 252.72 crore.

The rankings are based on estimates of earnings through professions and endorsements of celebrities and estimates of their fame for October 1, 2018, to September 30, 2019.

Akshay is the highest-earning star from the country with Rs 293.25 crore, registering a rise of 58.51 percent from the previous year but is placed at the 2nd spot, followed by Salman with the earning of Rs 229.25 crore.

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan and Indian cricketer MS Dhoni are listed at 4th and 5th spots, with earnings of Rs 239.25 crore and Rs 135.93 crore, respectively.

They are followed closely by Shah Rukh Khan, who makes a comeback to the list, and Ranveer Singh, with the respective hauls of Rs 124.38 crores and Rs. 118.2 crores.

Alia Bhatt features at 8th with Rs 59.21 crore and Deepika Padukone at 10th with Rs 48 crore.

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar is placed 9th on the list with earnings of Rs 76.96 crores. Forbes India noted that in the top 100 list, there was an improved representation from the South Indian film industry.

EESL inks pact with Baghirathi Sustainability India to promote Electric Vehicles

EESL inks pact with Baghirathi Sustainability India to promote Electric Vehicles

State-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) on 19th December 2019 said it has inked a pact with Baghirathi Sustainability India to promote e-mobility in private and government agencies in the country.

EESL has signed a memorandum of understanding with Baghirathi Sustainability India Private Ltd to explore the possibilities of promoting Electric Vehicles (EVs) in India.

With this partnership, EESL seeks to deploy around 250 Electric Vehicles and fast-track the adoption of e-mobility within private and government agencies across India, starting with Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Under EESL’s EV program, to date, a total of 1,510 electric cars have been deployed and another 500 are under registration. EESL has signed agreements with various public sector undertakings, government departments, and state governments of Delhi, Haryana, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Gujarat, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Kerala, and others for deploying e-cars.

EESL is also working towards strengthening the charging infrastructure. Till date, 65 public charging stations (PCSs) complying with DC-001 (15kW) have been commissioned in Delhi.

Apart from these PCSs, EESL has installed a total of 470 captive chargers, out of which 170 are DC-001 fast chargers and 300 are AC-001 chargers. EESL has already signed the pact with various urban local bodies and other organizations for setting up public charging infrastructure across India. The aim is to set up at least 10,000 charging stations in the next 2-3 years across India.

Portuguese PM Antonio Costa to visit India from December 19-20

Description: Portugal, India, flag

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa will visit India from December 19-20 during which he will hold talks with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

The Ministry of External Affairs said Costa is visiting India on Modi’s invitation to attend the second meeting of the Organising Committee on the celebrations for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on December 19.

The meeting would be presided over by President Ram Nath Kovind. The high-level political exchanges between India and Portugal have imparted a robust momentum to bilateral relations, including in several new areas such as science and technology, defence, startups, shipping, youth exchanges and culture.

Scientists develop new ink formulation for security printing

Description: Indian scientists from CSIR-NPL develop ink to stop counterfeit currency notes

Researchers from the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research – National Physical Laboratory (CSIR-NPL) have developed an ink that may help in combating the problem of counterfeiting of currency notes, fake printing of passports and pharmaceuticals.

The ink is based on a single excitable dual emissive luminescent pigment. This new security feature of the ink is suitable for the printing of valuable products for protection against duplicity.

Dual emissive luminescent security ink
The formulation is based on the unexplored combinatory concept of the fluorescence and phosphorescence phenomenon. Both fluorescence and phosphorescence are spontaneous emissions of electromagnetic radiation.

It has dual features in single excitation. The two colours are red and green red at 611 nanometre (nm) is due to fluorescence, and the green at 532 nm is from the phosphorescence effect.

To get the desired features of the ink, the two pigments were admixed at a weight ratio of 3:1. The mixture was then sintered for three hours at a temperature of 400°C. The heating process is also known as annealing.

Cause of the New Ink

According to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) annual report 2018-19, the new Rs 500 and Rs 2,000 notes introduced after demonetisation are at the risk of duplication. According to the report, the duplication of a new design of Rs 500 notes is accounted to be 121 percent and of Rs 2,000 notes to be 21.9 percent during 2018-2019. The report also stated that about 12,728 counterfeit notes of the Rs 200 currency note, introduced in 2017.

Boeing’s Starliner crew capsule successfully performs emergency abort test

Boeing’s passenger spacecraft, the CST-100 Starliner, is all set to make its first uncrewed trip to the International Space Station (ISS) on December 20. The spacecraft is set to lift off on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. Data from the flight test will be used as part of NASA’s process of certifying Boeing’s crew transportation system for carrying astronauts to and from the space station. 

Bengaluru is the highest paying city to IT employees

Professionals from the IT industry command the highest salaries, while Bengaluru has retained the tag as the highest paying city in the country, a report said on 19th December.

According to Randstad Insights Salary Trends Report 2019, the average annual cost to company (CTC) in Bengaluru for talent across junior level stood at Rs 5.27 lakh, Rs 16.45 lakh for mid-level and Rs 35.45 lakh for senior level.

Bengaluru had topped the list in the 2017 and 2018 Salary Trends report as well.

Hyderabad (Rs 5 lakh) and Mumbai (Rs 4.59 lakh) took the second and third spot for junior level roles, Mumbai (Rs 15.07 lakh) and the National Capital Region (Rs 14.5 lakh) for mid-level roles and Mumbai (Rs 33.95 lakh) and Pune (Rs 32.68 lakh) for senior roles respectively, the report noted. The report also revealed that professionals from the IT industry command the highest average annual CTCs at the junior level (Rs 4.96 lakh) and senior-level (Rs 35.84 lakh).

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