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Important Current Affairs for CLAT-19th February 2023

Rolls-Royce Marine North America and Kalyani Strategic Service inks an Agreement

Rolls-Royce Marine North America and Kalyani Strategic Service sign an Agreement: MoU was signed by Rolls-Royce Marine North America and Kalyani Strategic Service Limited (KSSL).

Rolls-Royce Marine North America and Kalyani Strategic Service sign an Agreement

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed by Rolls-Royce Marine North America and Kalyani Strategic Service Limited (KSSL), a 100% subsidiary of Bharat Forge, to investigate the possibility of KSSL serving as an in-country provider for propeller sales in the Indian market.

Pact between Rolls-Royce Marine North America and Kalyani Strategic Service Limited: Key Points

The agreement may cover installation, commissioning, testing, design and development, licenced manufacture, pre-sales and sales support, installation, and aftermarket services and support, among other things.

According to Rolls-Royce, the new agreement should make it possible to establish a local supply chain ecosystem in India for shafting and propellers with changeable pitch.

According to Kishore Jayaraman, President of Rolls-Royce for India and South Asia, the company is dedicated to meeting the changing needs of the Indian armed forces and is in a good position to provide cutting-edge technological solutions to assist India’s ambition for naval modernization.

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Benefit to Indian Defense Industry with this deal

The Indian Defense Industry is about to undergo a significant transformation in line with the AatmaNirbhar Bharat mission. Significant steps are being taken by Bharat Forge Ltd. to domesticate important systems and components for the armed forces.

Developing specialised naval propulsion technology and goods for the Indian Navy domestically is the goal of this strategic partnership with Rolls Royce, a longstanding participant in the naval ecosystem with a solid portfolio of technologically advanced products and offerings.

Tata Motors VP Rajan Amba named as MD of Jaguar Land Rover India

Tata Motors has appointed Rajan Amba as the Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover India. He will take charge on March 1, 2023.

Jaguar Land Rover India

Tata Motors has appointed Rajan Amba as the Managing Director of Jaguar Land Rover India. He will take charge on March 1, 2023. Amba replaces Rohit Suri, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Amba’s contributions have been instrumental in improving customer experience and expanding Tata Motors’ retail network. He has been spearheading the commercial teams since October 2020. Rajan will be replacing Rohit Suri, who announced his retirement from the position of MD and President back in January 2023.

Prior to joining Tata Motors, Amba was the Chief Operating Officer at Carat Lane. He also held several top managerial posts at Titan and Nike. Rajan Amba holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Calicut, and has completed MBA in Marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai.

During his tenure in Titan, he has been instrumental in redefining the product design and language for the Titan brand as well as bringing a blend of science and art to the area of product line management. Rajan is a graduate in Mechanical Engineering from National Institute of Technology, Calicut and Rajan completed MBA in Marketing from Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai. He started his career in 1990 with FILL and then worked in Nike, Titan Watches and Levi Strauss.

Lexi’: India’s first AI assistant powered by ChatGPT

Lexi, a ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot, has arrived in India. Velocity launched the chatbot to assist e-commerce owners by presenting them with business information in a simplified manner.

Lexi, a ChatGPT-powered AI chatbot, has arrived in India. Velocity, a financial technology firm, launched the chatbot to assist e-commerce owners by presenting them with business information in a simplified manner. Velocity insights, Velocity’s proprietary analytics platform, has been linked with the chatbot.

Lexi: Velocity introduces Indian version of ChatGPT:

“We are thrilled to launch India’s first chatbot tool that is integrated with ChatGPT. We have integrated this latest advancement in artificial intelligence with our existing analytics tool – Velocity Insights,” the blog post by Velocity reads.

The CEO and co-founder of Velocity, Abhiroop Medhekar, said in the same blog post that the product teams had been thinking of ways to use the ChatGPT technology for the benefit of their customers.

He said, “We strive to provide leverage to eCommerce founders. Ever since ChatGPT launched, our product teams have been brainstorming on how it can be leveraged to benefit our founders. Since Velocity customers already use Insights on a daily basis, we integrated ChatGPT with the same interface that they leverage for driving business spending, revenues, and so on.

It provides founders with necessary business insights, which can be accessed via WhatsApp in the form of a daily business report. Now that ChatGPT has been integrated in the same WhatsApp interface, customers will be able to use the AI, Lexi, for answering their queries.

The AI Chatbots:

AI chatbots have been around for quite some time but lacked a ‘human touch’. ChatGPT, with its human-like answers, stirred things up and prompted Google to come up with its own AI chatbot, Bard.

Microsoft, which has partnered with ChatGPT’s parent company OpenAI, also launched a new version of Bing recently that has a chat option. The responses are similar to what ChatGPT provides.

However, both Bing and Bard have their set of challenges as of now and are in the initial testing phases. While Bard was called out for making a factual error in its very first demo video, Bing was accused by users of ‘gaslighting them and refusing to accept its mistakes’.

Prominence of ChatGPT:

ChatGPT was made available to the public in November 2022. The developers had launched the AI chatbot as a test initially but when people started using it, they were surprised and excited. Students used ChatGPT to write their assignments, engineers used it to help them write code, musicians used it to compose music and content creators used it to generate video scripts. The popular tool has been widely used around the world and gained popularity quickly. A paid version of ChatGPT was also announced a couple of days back.

Govt Approves Rs 4,800 Crore Scheme For Holistic Development Of Border Villages

The Cabinet approved the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ with an allocation of Rs 4,800 crore to ensure the comprehensive development of villages along the northern border areas.

To improve the quality of life and encourage people to stay in their native locations in border areas, the union government announced a Rs 4,800 crore centrally sponsored scheme for four years through FY26.

The Cabinet approved the ‘Vibrant Villages Programme’ to ensure the comprehensive development of villages along the northern border areas. Out of the financial allocation of Rs 4,800 crore, Rs 2,500 crore would be used for constructing roads.

More About The Vibrant Villages Programme:

The scheme will provide funds for the development of essential infrastructure and creation of livelihood opportunities in 19 Districts and 46 Border blocks 4 states and 1 UT along the northern land border of the country which will help in achieving inclusive growth and retaining the population in the border areas. In the first phase 663 Villages will be taken up in the programme.

The scheme would help in encouraging people to stay in their native locations in border areas and reversing the outmigration from these villages adding to improved security of the border.

Objectives of The Vibrant Villages Programme:

Key outcomes that would be attempted include connectivity with the all-weather road, drinking water, 24×7 electricity (solar and wind energy), mobile and internet connectivity. Tourist centres, multi-purpose centres and health and wellness Centers would also be promoted.

The scheme aims to identify and develop the economic drivers based on local natural human and other resources of the border villages on the northern border and development of growth centres on the “Hub and Spoke Model” through the promotion of social entrepreneurship, empowerment of youth and women through skill development and entrepreneurship, leveraging the tourism potential through the promotion of local cultural, traditional knowledge and heritage and development of sustainable eco-agribusinesses on the concept of “One village-One product” through community-based organisations, Cooperatives, SHGs, NGOs, the government said.

Vibrant Village Action Plans will be created by the district administration with the help of Gram Panchayats to achieve 100% saturation of Central and state schemes.

Central Water Commission, IIT Roorkee to develop international centre of excellence for dams

The Central Water Commission (CWC) has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with IIT Roorkee for the development of International Centre of Excellence for Dams (ICED).

The Central Water Commission (CWC), Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, Ministry of Jal Shakti entered into a Memorandum of Agreement for Development of International Centre of Excellence for Dams (ICED) under externally funded Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project Phase II and Phase III. This MoA will remain valid for ten years or till the duration of the DRIP Phase-II and Phase-II Scheme, whichever is earlier, from the date of signing.

More About The International Centre of Excellence for Dams (ICED):

ICED, Roorkee will provide specialized technical support services to the Indian and overseas dam owners.

It will also carry out applied research, education, and technology transfer in dam safety management at local, regional, national, and international levels.

About Dam Rehabilitation and Improvement Project (DRIP):

It was launched by the Central Water Commission (CWC) with assistance from the World Bank in 2012 to improve the safety and operational performance of existing dams in a sustainable manner.

It aims to bridge the funding gap and provide urgent finance toStates for the repair and maintenance of Dams

Water Resources Departments and State Electricity Boards in the participating States and Central Water Commission at Central Level are the implementing agencies.

mPassport Police App: Police verification for passport in just 5 days

mPassport Police App: The mPassport Police App will reduce the verification time to 5 days.

mPassport Police App

The “mPassport Police App, developed by the consular, passport and visa division of the external affairs ministry for law enforcement agencies, is being rolled out along with 350 tablets to personnel of the Special Branch of Delhi Police. These personnel are responsible for carrying out verification of antecedents of passport applicants. A new app developed by the external affairs ministry and rolled out in New Delhi is expected to cut the time for police verification of passport applicants to five days and reduce the scope for misuse of the process. The new digital services were launched by Union Home Minister Amit Shah during the 76th Raising Day Parade of Delhi Police.

mPassport Police App: Steps to submit an online passport police verification

Step 1: Register on the online portal for Passport Seva

Step 2: Login to the Portal and click the “Apply for Police Clearance Certificate” link

Step 3: Submit after filling all the details in the form

Step 4: Now, click on “Pay and Schedule Appointment” on the “View Saved/Submitted Applications” screen to schedule an appointment and make your payment

Step 5: Once your payment is successful, click “Print Application Receipt”, or wait for an SMS of the receipt which you can show instead of a printout

Step 6: Visit the Passport Seva Kendra where your appointment is scheduled with all necessary documents along

Passport Seva: Check police verification status for passport online

The passport application will be given a label by the police as per the status of passport and verification. There are 3 status types that a passport may receive, which are clear, adverse and incomplete.

Step 1: Visit the website of Passport Seva Portal

Step 2: Using the toll-free number 1800 258 1800.

Russia-China and South Africa starts joint military exercise

Russia-China and South Africa starts joint military exercise: As some claim as endorsement of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, South Africa is beginning a joint military drill with Russia and China.

Russia-China and South Africa starts joint military exercise

In what some nations claim is an endorsement of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, South Africa is beginning a joint military drill with Russia and China. The 10-day naval exercises, which will go on on the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, have drawn criticism from the US as well. The South African government, however, insists that it is still impartial in the conflict and that it frequently hosts such exercises with other nations, such as France and the US.

Russia-China and South Africa starts joint military exercise: Key Points

The 10-day naval exercises, which will go on on the first anniversary of the war in Ukraine, have drawn criticism from the US as well.

The South African government, however, insists that it is still impartial in the conflict and that it frequently hosts such exercises with other nations, such as France and the US.

Off the coast of South Africa, in the Indian Ocean, are the Mosi II naval drills.

350 personnel of the South African National Defence Force, according to the organisation, will participate.

The Admiral Gorshkov cruiser, which is equipped with Zircon hypersonic missiles, will be sent, according to a Russian announcement.

They have a 1,000 km range and travel at nine times the speed of sound (620 miles).

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