Education Current Affairs - 2020

Google: Tangi Application; AI Model for Killer Whales; 1 million USD Grant

On January 31, 2020, Google announced I million USD grant to promote news literacy among Indians. Also, the organization has launched a new application called “Tangi”.

Highlights: Grant

The Google News Initiative has announced to contribute 1 million USD grant to improve news literacy of Indians. The grant is to be used to build a strong network against fake news producers in the country. Around 300 workshops, boot camps and sessions are to be organized to train journalists, academicians and fast-checkers on the authentication of the published content on the internet. The training is to be provided in 7 Indian languages

Highlights: Tangi Application

The Tangi Application of Google focuses on Do It Yourself videos. The name of the application has been inspired from TeAch aNd GIve.

Highlights: AI Model

Google has used an AI model that listens to Killer Whales, identifies the origin of sound and displays its location. The model has been installed in Canada. According to Centre for Whale Research, only 73 Southern Resident Orcas (a sub species of Killer Whales) are left in the world

Report Card on Smart Cities to be released by June 2020

The Government of India will release a report card on 100 selected smart cities by June 2020. The cities are to be assessed based on public performance index, ease of living and climate in June. The initiative is being undertaken as the Smart City Project completes 5 years in June.

Highlights

The cities are also to be assessed based on education, economic ability, safety, housing, development, mobility and health. Of these factors, 35% of weightage is to be given to quality of life, 20% to sustainability, 20% to economic viability and 30% to citizen participation.

Smart City Mission

Smart City Mission is being implemented by the Ministry of Urban Development. The mission aims at developing 100 smart cities in the country. Till January 2018, 99 cities were selected to be upgraded under the mission. Except West Bengal, all the states have selected at least one city under the mission. The mission was launched by PM Modi in 2015.