World Current Affairs - 2019
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China is reportedly en-route to launch its indigenous operating system which will give direct competition to Microsoft Windows and Google Android. This is said to be chiefly done to reduce Chinese dependence on US technology. The platform will be standard for all users in public and private domain with no difference whatsoever. The project is taken care by a collaboration of experienced developers under the guidelines of Guangnan Ni, the one who co-founded Chinese computer-maker Lenovo in 1984. He is very respected in China for his technical know-how and expertise.
China had done such experiments before also in 2001 when it made its own operating system for its military operations in one of its topmost military universities. It was called Kylin.China has also ventured into operating system via its another OS, the China Operating System(COS).
Guangnan in a media interview told that the new operating system is not being built from scratch but on the same model of Google’s android platform. The Chinese government which has complete control on the Chinese software market will help Chinese to adopt the new software.
The friction between China and US over the software started when more than two-thirds of Chinese computers came to an absolute halt as Microsoft had ended its support for Windows XP. This frustration had led China to blacklist Microsoft Windows 8, banning it especially from all government systems. The new OS is seen to be developing to pose a challenge to the Microsoft monopoly on the operating system market. Another valid reason is the threat posed by US spying, which was unearthed by Snowden. Snowden’s revelations had shocked the world and the world governments over the disbelief they had caused.
China presupposes that US can get a backdoor entry into the operating system giants and thus gain valuable information about China’s private affairs.
The operating system is expected to hit the markets in October 2014.
Israel offensive on Gaza continues into the seventh week. Israel in a fresh series of attacks is targeting the high-rise targets in Gaza suspected by Israel to house Hamas militants’ command and control centers.
The latest attack on was on a 16-floor residential complex after a prior warning to residents to leave the place by non-explosive missiles. The strike has brought down Basha Tower and also said to have wrecked the Italian complex building. These buildings are second and third most prominent buildings in Gaza after the 13-storey Al Zafer Tower was bombed before. As the residents were told to vacate the complex so only 2 people are reported to have lost their lives. 20 people have been badly wounded in attack on the Italian complex.
Cairo is making efforts to broker an indefinite halt on the offensive and opening of the crossings with Israel and Egypt alongwith widening of the fishing zone in Mediterranean. In the next stage, Cairo hopes to make the parties agree to construction of Gaza seaport and release of Hamas prisoners by Israel.
Hamas is being seen as a potent security threat by Egypt and Israel and both countries are working on possibilities to plug all weapon supply points to Gaza. US and other nations too have started pushing a resolution to UN for a ceasefire in the area as many innocents have been killed.
The death toll in Palestine is 2129 civilians with 490 children. Israel has lost 64 soldiers and 4 civilians. Apart from the glaring casualties, thousands are displaced as the strikes have flattened residential complexes, schools and mosques.