Current Affairs in Short: 23 July 2019
Every year 23 July is observed as National Broadcasting Day. On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air.
National Boradcasting Day observed
• Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar has wished the people on National broadcasting Day.
• On this day in 1927, the first ever radio broadcast in the country went on the air from the Bombay Station under a private company, the Indian Broadcasting Company. The Indian State Broadcasting Service became All India Radio on 8th of June, 1936,
• All India Radio has been serving to inform, educate and entertain the masses since it's inception, truly living up to its motto - Bahujan Hitaya Bahujan Sukhaya.
'Agricopter' made by IIT Madras students to spray pesticides in fields
• A 'smart agricopter' has been made by students of IIT Madras to eliminate manual spraying of pesticides in agricultural fields. It will help to identify crop health by using an imaging camera.
• The agricopter aims to spray pesticides ten times faster than manual spraying.
• Three students also filed a patent for the agricopter, the estimated cost of which is around Rs. 5.1 lakh.
Virat Kohli ranks No.1 in ICC Test Rankings
• Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has retained his number one position in the latest ICC Test batsmen's rankings.
• Kohli is sitting on 922 points after India's 2-1 Test series win over Australia. New Zealand's Kane Williamson (913) is second and Cheteshwar Pujara (881) is third in the rankings.
• In the team rankings, India remain in the first place followed by New Zealand (2nd) and South Africa (3rd) with England (4th) and Australia (5th) in top five.
SC extends deadline for publication of Assam NRC
• The Supreme Court has extended the deadline for publication of the final National Register of Citizen (NRC) for Assam by a month to August 31.
• The apex court had fixed July 31 for publication of the final consolidated NRC.
• Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, heading a bench with Justice R F Nariman, pointed out that 27 per cent re-verification had already happened in the process of adjudication of fresh claims and objections.
NASA's First Flight Director Chris Kraft Dies
• NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft (95), who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations.
• He joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.
• Chris was one of the core team members that helped NASA to put humans in space and on the Moon, and his legacy is immeasurable.